Fun, with a guide
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Many of the holes at Rivery have unique looks to them and the technical challenge is good. It's a very pretty walk through the woods with lots of pretty Texas flora and rock formations.
The challenge is good for intermediate players to pros and is a very good place to practice with putters and mids. (for beginners, the rough is a little thick and the fairways a little tight.)
Cons: The course has been re-designed and the navigation is very challenging. Playing Rivery for the first time without a guide is 2/3 scavenger hunt and 1/3 disc golf. Highly recommended to print a map and preferably play with a guide.
The natural tee pads are a minor con. Most holes don't require a lot of power.
The lack of distance and multi-shot holes is a minor con.
Hole 1 and hole 2 crowd each other dangerously.
Holes 10 and 11 are back-to-back silly par 2's.
Hole 13 is one of the most ridiculous random pinball fairways I've seen.
Other Thoughts: Please help to keep the course clean.
If you're playing in the North Austin area, wilco is much, much better.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Lost in the woods
Pros: -Excellent pin locations that maximize available topography
-Tightly wooded technical holes that will test your control and patience level
-Most of the holes are well designed and enjoyable once you find the tee
Cons: -Bad flow from a lot of baskets to finding the next teepad and some walks are quite long
-Poor dirt tees that are rutted or even have tree stumps in them
-No signs except on the first hole
-When you add up the above cons it can lead to a frustrating round where you spend half of it searching for the next basket since that is the only thing that has numbers on it. Then once you find the basket you have to backtrack down the fairway to find the "worn spot" that is the teebox.
-Most of the holes are similar in style-- mostly straight or slight turns, shooting through tight woods, never really having the chance to let loose
-I didn't notice any trashcans and the course is worse off for it. Walking down the first fairway I noticed more trash strewn throughout the woods than I do on the entirety of most courses.
-The course feels unfinished and neglected. Apparently it was redesigned at some point, but the first design had tee signs which they didn't take down after the redesign. So now when you're searching for that next teebox all you find are the old tees still marked with the signs. The fact that they didn't even cut some of the stumps all the way down that were right in the middle of the teebox is just another sign of how neglected it is.
Other Thoughts: It seems like a lot of thought went into the redesign of this course, but in the end those thoughts were not implemented well. They went through a lot of trouble redesigning it, but ultimately the course feels unfinished and neglected.
Overall, I enjoyed most of the holes even though most of them felt the similar to each other, but the flow, poor tees, lack of signage, and overall feel of neglect leave this lingering sour taste in my mouth. It was worth checking out, but if I'm going to travel up to north Austin for a round of disc golf, there are many better options than this course.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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