1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Good variety of rights and lefts
- Good use of elevation
- Nice benches and bag poles
- Very limited chance of disc lose
- Some of the blue tees really add to the challenge : 100+ft, or additional tree gates, additional line shaping
Cons: - No Overall map or Hole diagrams
- Only two open holes (one more with open fairway but basket tucked in woods
- Several holes that had very tight lines; removing just a few trees would really eliminate the luck aspect of some fairways
- Difficult to see the baskets (Paint the top basket markers)
- Dirt pads
- Difficult to find some of the blue tees.
Other Thoughts: - Hole info on this site indicates multiple tees on every hole; however, many of the tee markers are painted both white and blue.
- Par information is messed up as well - I threw a 57 from the whites (+3) and a 58 from the blues (-14)?? Just forget par and enjoy.
- Don't get me wrong I wouldn't want to dramaticly open up the entire course, just so many tight woods and splitter trees gets a little tiring. It would nice to have 1 or 2 more holes you can relax and open up on.
This course has a lot of Potential. With a few little improvements (add a map at the entrance, some hole diagrams, cut a few small trees, and paint the top markers) this could easily be 1/2 to one full disc higher rated. Adding gravel pads would be a lot of work but would be icing on the cake.
I'll come back here rather than the overcrowed and overused Bryan Park.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Challenig and alot of fun
Pros: -Easy to navigate
-lots of tough holes and easier ones to make up for a rough one early on in the round
-bag holders at each tee
-normally pretty empty as far as people go
-lots of wildlife considering your in the middle of the woods
-nice, open area to warm up while walking towards the course
-very well kept
-Great on a windy day because trees block most of the wind!
-Hole in one oppurtunites for the less fortunate distance folk like myself.
Cons: -One of those courses where one hole you can have it going and the next be frustrated due to the large amount of trees one must avoid on each hole
-Baskets are getting old
Other Thoughts: Got my best score as to date at this course so i am a tad bit bi-est in my opinions on its awesomeness. Really like the course and it gives the finesse player and the power player an even template to compete on!
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Solid Course in a Nice Park
Pros: Even though it's located in a park where there were a good number of people out and about doing other activities, the course is in an isolated area and almost feels like it's own entity. Never had to worry about any pedestrians.
- 2 sets of tees
- Not crowded
- Lots of scoring opportunities if you hit the right lines
- Although there wasn't any signage, it was pretty easy to follow the natural flow of the course and most of the baskets you can see from the tee, so it's not too hard to figure out where you need to go.
Cons: - Holes are kind of repetitive, so doesn't force you to use the entire bag.
- Bit of a walk from parking lot to first tee.
Other Thoughts: - Take some bug spray with you, and beware of the spider webs if you go off the fairway.
- Watch out for the hollies as well.
- Fun course to play, could imagine it being a lot quicker to get through once you've played it a few times.
- Was in Richmond for the weekend and ran into another golfer at Bryan that told me Dorey was the oldest course in the area, so pretty neat and would recommend playing.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Well Manicured Woods
Pros: This is the best maintained course in Richmond.
The park around it is very beautiful. Great warmup field as you get to the start of the course, and also a nice practice basket before the start. That is always a plus.
2 sets of tees for different levels of challenge.
For a wooded course, there are very well defined shot lines that reward a good shot while fairly punishing a poor one.
Great elevation changes with some really neat approach shots on the back nine.
The holes that play down the underground lines path are really cool. It made for a really nice fairway.
Good hole signs. Navigation between holes was generally easy. Obvious paths led to the next hole which was marked by bright blue signs.
Cons: Natural tees are very slick here. And they hold water pretty badly.
Some of the baskets are bent from recent storm damage.
Simply too many short holes through the trees. It got a bit monotonous.
Navigation to the course from the park entrance is a problem. Basically no navigation exists. The course itself is around the lake at the end of the park. It takes some wandering to get there if you haven't been there before. Look for a large wooden sign across the lake from the last parking lot. A gravel path through the woods from there will lead you to the first tee.
The "par" from the blue tees is ridiculously inflated...most every hole could still easily a par 3.
Other Thoughts: I had been waiting to come here because I had heard it was way too narrow and in the woods, but it is actually appropriately narrow. This course most definitely holds its own with Bryan and Gillies.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -The Layout of the course makes it easy to go from one hole to the other without looking and wandering around to find the next tee
-Lots of ace opportunities
-Well thought out with various challenges as far as basket placement.
Cons: -While the signs help with finding the tee, Ive always been a fan of maps showing where the basket is.
-The walk does kinda suck, but I do this for exercise and to enjoy being outside so I didn't mind too much.
Other Thoughts: I live in the tidewater area and made the short drive up here and I really enjoyed this course but with all the area around that park it would be nice if another 9 holes were placed in there, its a really nice place to play a round.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Regular Richmond Course
Pros: UPDATE: So...Just got back out and played Dorey since the storm damage. Good news, someone dropped some money and put in some fancy blue "Tee X" signs, that are really easy to spot. Bad news, there are some bent cages that presumably got hit and haven't been replaced, and some nice stacks of wood which make it fun to find discs. Also, a couple of the tees are holding water pretty well now...had to throw from behind them in order to stay dry. This seems limited to white tees...pro tees all looked fine.
Dorey is a well thought out wooded course with a range of hole styles. There are a couple of open holes that shoot down what appears to be a power line easement. The course varies, with both left and right doglegs. Trash cans abound, there is ample parking, and the course also has a few covered shelters under which one can hide from the rain. There were plenty of signs to keep us headed in the right direction, and a practice tee at the beginning of the course allows for practice putting. There's a decent bit of elevation change and, although it was raining, the course, for the most part, was not overly muddy or messy. For the most part, underbrush has been thinned, and the course is well maintained. The course is mostly heavily wooded, so you can play here without having to worry about the hot summer sun as much.
Cons: Tee beds are natural, which can lead to slippage. Also, one of the tee pads was instead a giant puddle due to the rain, but this did not plague the entire course. There is a little ambiguity in layout of the second half, but the course is still easy enough to follow.
Other Thoughts: It's a bit of a hike to get to the first tee but, as I play for pleasure and exercise, this doesn't bother me. If I wanted a golf cart, I'd play stick golf. Furthermore, the distance from the main part of the park provides some seclusion, meaning frosty beverages can be enjoyed away from prying eyes. This course is very enjoyable, and I highly recommend it as a compliment to Bryan, with Bryan being the place to work your arm and show your big booming drives, and Dorey being the more technical course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Nice Course, But Really Secluded
Pros: >18 hole challenging course with good lanes to throw, true challenges, not a toss and a prayer.
>Nice. It looks nice, is well thought out, and has nice appearance. Also, there are mounds that are made for challenges. It has character.
Cons: >Have fun driving to the complete back of the park, only to walk behind a LAKE, to find the entrance, where you walk some more to find #1. Hope you like walking it, because you get to do it again when you get done. :)
Natural Tees, though sanded, are always a hazard in my book.
Other Thoughts: Look, I like peace, but I could sneak up on deer out there, really too far out. Would be a great place for a Halloween disc golf game/scare.
Really, a nice course, just too wooded, and the open holes really are not too open. Not much variety, just woods.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Where a girl can keep up!
Pros: Being a newer female player this course is my favorite. It is more of a techinical course that challenges the thrower. The short pars allow a weaker thrower to keep up. The woodage allows for disc lay ups for the longer pars. There are long and short tees that allow for more than just par 3s. Plenty of benches and trash cans along the course. Lot's of ACE oppertunities.
Cons: No parking near the course. Preparing for a day in the sun is a challenge to keep hydrated. After a few rounds in the heat the walk becomes uncomfortable. The n
there are a few baskets that need replacement from trees falling on them and bending.
Other Thoughts: UPDATED: Park is OPEN. 10/08/11
Thanks guys for all the hard work you did to get it up and playable. You can see down tree stumps everywhere. I love this course and the use of nature. The trees are a great challenge that allows the game to stay close. Easily able to par most on the short tees with plenty of birdie oppertunities. Disc are easily Found in he woods. Great for begginers and intermediates and advance.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Where's the love?
Pros: 18 hole course set in the back of a large park full of family amenities and activities. Multiple tees for each hole providing either additional length, or in some cases totally different angles off the tee pad. Course is far removed from rest of park and has a nice quiet, secluded feel to it. There are some trails through the woods for other park users, but they didn't look heavily travelled.
Course is mostly wooded, but also has a few spots where you can let a big driver fly. Hole design has good variety. Nice mix of lefts and rights. Not a ton of elevation present, but what there is is used well.
Course plays mostly as a technical wooded course. Disc control and placement ismmore important than distance. Even with the wooded fairways most of the holes have an obvious line to the basket. On a couple holes it takes a good eye to see a line, but they are there. Even if they are a little tight at times. But there are no shots that you throw and pray.
Cons: Natural tee pads in various degrees of wear.
Signs that indicate hole number but nothing else. No distances or hole design. No navigation aids. For the most part navigation isn't too bad, but in a few spots there are multiple trails leading away from the basket. There are some walking trails out there too.
Older baskets can be a little hard too see in the woods. They could use a flag or bright tape to make them stand out.
Other Thoughts: From the short tees this course is pretty much a putter course. From the long tees it plays much more challenging, and can be more than tough enough. There is a decent mix of shots needed to score well, decent use of elevation, and a couple cool basket positions to add to the difficulty. There is probably only one or two holes that seem kind of thrown in for convenience. Mostly the holes in the open easement. Other than those there really are no bad holes on this course. But there are no memorable or epic holes either. I enjoyed my round, but was never super excited as I stepped up to any of the tees. It's a good course, and could be even better with some decent tee pads and signage, but it's not the kind of course that you'll make a point of traveling to from a distance or dream of getting back to.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Cool, easy enough for the beginner but still a little challenging for the more experienced dg'er. Easy to follow holes.
Cons: A problem that a lot of parks have, they need better signage. Other than that, I was pleased.....
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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