7 Helpful / 2 Not
You only have to share the course with the cats.
Pros: Kiosk with maps, TAKE ONE!
18 holes with 3 tees on every hole. (4 and 7 share a tee) Course was designed to have 54 separate tee locations to entertain all skill levels and prevent monotony.
Baskets are marked to guide you in the general direction of the next tee.
The new number plates make normally hard to see DGA baskets stand out like Discatchers, without the large yellow belt excellent idea!
The various tees often give a totally new look instead of just adding 30 feet.
Some slight elevation changes.
Low chance of disc loss.
Hole 15 is probably the signature hole throwing over a large valley with a low ceiling.
Hole 16 is a nice down hill ace run.
Large playground for the kids who do not play
Bathrooms on site.
Wind gauge flag on one of the baskets.
Course still features a 19th object hole to show the course's roots.
Cons: No tee signs on numerous blind shots.
You need the map to navigate the course and know where the baskets are.
Dirt tee pads with colored bars on the ground, some of the colored tee pad markers are becoming buried in sand due to erosion, tee 8 was a small white sliver poking out of the sand.
If the park were used more there would be several safety issues.
Hole 1 was blind and flooded with a creek running up the fairway
Hole 3 throws over or between pavilions, if the park were ever busy this hole would be unplayable. Tee 3B had no clear fairway, but is still playable with a lucky hyzer
Hole 4 appears to throw over the parking lot, but the visible basket is 18, 4 is hidden down the hill (look for the large flag sticking up) The drive is safer, but the basket is 20 feet from another parking lot. (only boat trailers should be parked behind the basket, not cars)
Holes 5 had a confusing mando, you can see 2 arrows in a tree pointing in opposite directions, but it is too far to see which is which. Hole 5's mando has you go to the left closer to the volleyball court and building. It is there to protect players putting on 7, the baskets are very close.
If you have one use a spotter on hole 7. It is a hard blind right turn with lots of foliage, one of the few holes with risk of disc loss.
9A had no clear fairway and 9C had a tree 10 feet infront of the tee pad, leaving 9B as the only tee with a clear fairway to throw across the road.
Hole 12 A is a strong right using the parking lot as OB, Hole 12B and 12 C throw over a parking lot.
Hole 18 drives along the road with the basket at the top of a crest, so you can not see if a car is coming. Hole 18 also leaves a high chance of putting towards the road.
Other Thoughts: All of the safety concerns are only an issue if people actually use this park, but giant spider webs blocking paths that should commonly be used show that this park is only visited by the lady who feeds the cats and a few boaters. I only saw 2 people drive through while playing and I saw a family playing on the playground.
The biggest improvement I would love to see is tee signs, even if they are shared between the 3 tees.
It is clear that numerous improvements have been added to increase player enjoyment, colored stripes on the basket to help navigation, Maps at the Kiosk, brand new custom number plates, and fundraising is in progress for more improvements (possibly tee pads)
Unfortunately designer and man who cares the most about the course lives 2 hours away from it.
There is a Sheetz 1.5 miles down the road to buy drinks and food before and after your round.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: The course have a very nice layout, and good mix of open and wooded hole. The wooded holes have nice, well defind fairways with guarded catchers. Course management is rewarded. The course design is well thought out,with the space avalible.
Cons: The teepads hard to find, they are toe borders 2x4 set into the ground. Whites are a little easier to spot then the red ones. Open holes play thru and close to common areas and play over 2 parking lots.
Other Thoughts: The course is a mix between Bryan & Dorey. Its worth the drive to play and to put on you regular play rotation.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: - As mentioned, has a good combination of open and wooded holes.
- 3 tee/course options (rec being the easiest, A being moderate and B being the most challenging)
- Quick playing course allows the option to play multiple times.
Cons: - Plays tight around a public park.
- Lack of concrete tee boxes makes a slip hazard on rainy/sloppy days.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
16 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Fun course in a great park. Nice scenery will help you forget some of the risks.
- Many fun aspects to the course. Some very solid holes with good, fun pin placements and challenges. #13 - 16 is a good stretch of semi-wooded holes, all with awesome views of Appomattox river.
- Good mix of holes. There are a couple open, longer holes that allow you to unwind your tee shots (in the 350+ ft range). There are also some good, tight holes that have little margin for error.
- Multiple tee pads - 2 regular length tees and a beginner tee. I love how the regulation-length tees (A & B) give a good variety of different looks and length. The 2 regular length tees present a 4th option (the long layout), which is simply playing the longer of the two tees for each hole. You get a good mix of both layouts by playing the "longs."
- Great course maps & scorecards online. With a lack of signage on the course, the detailed maps are a tremendous help. They're a life-saver for any first-time player.
- I like the being able to see some of the old-school markers for the former object holes. On #17, you can see the object "basket" near the real basket. It makes you appreciate how nice it is to have real baskets instead of playing object disc golf.
- Good park amenities for families - lots of picnic tables, playgrounds, open fields and boat ramp. You'll see all of these as you play throughout the park.
Cons: There were a lot of potential risks playing here, so many that I was having to keep an eye out for people on almost any hole.
- The biggest, and most obvious, problem is that the course plays too closely to other park activities. A partial list includes: #2 & 3 run close to/through a series of picnic shelters, #4 is throwing over a parking lot; #7 includes a blind tee shot around a corner into an open field, near a building; #18's tee shot is throwing uphill toward a road. It'd be very easy (but not necessarily likely) for a car to appear and be "at risk" of being hit after you throw. Other holes include throwing into/through open, public parts of park.
- I'm echoing what others have said: this course could be unplayable at peak times because of people in too many common areas/"fairways." I played on a Friday afternoon, and saw less than 10 people in the entire park, but even with that low a number, I was still forced to be overly cautious.
- Standing on the tee for #11, you're at a 90-degree angle to the basket. If you can't cut your disc sharp, you'd actually be in better shape to throw 50 straight ahead, and get into the opening past the trees, then throw a long second shot to the basket. I just felt this was a poorly designed hole.
- Several baskets are near picnic shelters. The positive is that there are wood walls protecting any people at the shelter, the bad is if you're one of the people at the shelter, and have to deal with discs thudding into the wall 5 feet behind you.
- As others have mentioned, the tee signs are just painted pieces of wood on the ground. Even with the course maps, there are some you have to be essentially right on top of them to see them.
- The course would be nearly impossible to play without a map for a first-timer. Maybe you will end up playing all 18 holes, but I doubt you would be able to play them in correct order.
Other Thoughts: I think PT is a great name for a course. It'd be cool to have a hole layed out along the theme - i.e. have a low, tunnel shot called the tomb hole.
- I felt like this course covered just about every square inch of the park. You're throwing over parking lots, roads, right up to & behind picnic benches & shelters. It's not that the park is that small, just that the course is so spaced-out. As said above, you'll see every part of the park.
- I thought it was interesting that #4 & 7 shared the same tee locations for both the A&B locations. You're throwing in different directions, but using the same pads. Don't know if it was a good thing, a bad thing, or just a thing; so it's getting noted here.
- Driving into the park and seeing how great things looked (plus what I've read on here), I had such high hopes for this course. Unfortunately, it couldn't meet those expectations. It's was the polar-opposite effect of Goyne Park. At Goyne, I had low hopes going in, only to have them exceeded.
- I loved #15. Short, 205 foot, uphill shot over a ravine. You can park your tee shot right next to the hole, or you can have it roll down the ravine, giving yourself a fun, little second shot.
- Just about every hole, in and of itself, is a good hole. Like any course, there are some duds. The problem is how they are impacted by the rest of the park. If you played here when the park was empty, it'd be a 3. Due to too many risks, it's getting a slight downgrade, but I know there's room for improvement.
16 of 18 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Cats in a Par Three
* Nice, new baskets
* Open and wooded holes
* Mix of shots: left, right, and straight
* All tees are marked and painted
* Maps and scorecards at board
* Lots of orange cats
* Lots of bugs in the woods
* Some tees are very muddy
* Poor course design
Overall I thought this was a really fun course and I would play here again. The large amount of cats there was hilarious and I've never see that before at another course. Those cats make this course memorable.
There is one item keeping this course from getting a better rating. The course layout is pretty poor. Some holes are too close together and others make you throw over a parking lot. It seems like this park could have about 11-13 holes, but the designers squeezed in 18.
Saying that, I liked almost all the holes by themselves and found it really fun to play. Make sure you get to the course early in the morning because there are a lot of other people in the park in the afternoon. It would be very difficult to play some of the holes because you would be throwing at people.
I personally really like natural tees so I was happy to see that they have three tees on every hole (I think) and the baskets look brand new. The tees are all clearly marked and most holes have a rock in the ground noting the distance to the hole.
If you are looking for a quick par 3 course with some character I recommend this course. Just make sure you go there in the morning.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Good mix of wooded and open shots, well marked, fun holes (hole 15 over the gorge), not too hard to find any lost discs
Cons: So many bugs flying around my head during field shots, some holes were fairly muddy
Other Thoughts: Overall, this course was great - I'd hope there'd be something done about the bugs flying around, especially the bees - even then, it's a great course to play.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Hole 15 WOW!
Pros: Huge variety of holes. The most memorable hole I've ever played! Hole 15 = Intimidation!
Great combo of open shots and precision shots. Most of the holes are good distance, nothing too long.
Cons: A couple of the holes go over the parking lot, so try to go early in the day during the week.
Other Thoughts: Grab a map at the first tee...it helps.
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: It is a disc golf course with good baskets and multiple tees. There is a good mix of heavily wooded, tight shots and some more open long shots. Park has picnic areas, bathroom and room for other famly activities. The back 9 offers some opportunity to avoid the other park users.
Cons: Course layout. There was some sort of community event going on so the picnic areas and parking lot were full. Several of the fairways were unplayable since they were being used as a flag football field. #3 plays through an area with some gazebos and picnic tables. One good bounce off a tree and you can send people scattering from their tables. #4 was unplayable due to the cars parked around the parking lot. I might have been able to throw over them, but it wasn't worth the risk. Between cars and people it just isn't a good spot for a basket. #5 had a flag football game going on and enough pedestrians around the bathrooms that I decided to skip that one too. #7 was the same story. Might have been a good round with no one else on the course, but I'm not psychic, so I wouldn't know when to play this course. On #9 I got the special treat of watching a guy urinate on a tree 5 feet from the basket. Skipped that hole too. I didn't have my Gore-Tex shoes on. Didn't want to get wet.
Oh yeah, the course has natural tee pads marked by white and red wood in the ground. they weren't bad, but they weren't concrete either.
Other Thoughts: Any course with good baskets is worth having, but the way this course works around the rest of the park facilities makes it a tough play. It might be decent when no one is around, but driving there would be a risk. I really enjoyed some of the holes, but the non-golf factors were enough to guarantee that I won't go back. I did see a few of the cats and did like the gorge, but none of that will be enough to bring me back. I'm sure it's great to have a local course, but this one is not for tourists.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: The course is spread out in a park located next to the Appomattox river with a variety of challenging holes, in the open and in moderately wooded sections. Recently updated with an additional 9 baskets for a total of 18!!
The majority of holes offer unique challenges and new topography, most notably hole #15 over the huge gorge. Pics don't do it justice. The vastness of the gorge is an effective distraction and can thwart an otherwise accurate and strong arm.
Many holes feature mini creeks and water ways. Little makeshift bridges add character.
Red and White (short/long) tee sections for varying skills as well as alternates tee locations.
Cons: Grab a map as the red/white plank markers can be tricky to find your first couple times around.
Recently added arrow markers on trees help point you in the right direction to the next hole.
The meowing cats and kittens pay no attention to the "quiet" signs your friends may hold up during your shots.
Marshy areas could make things messy on wet days. Expect muddy conditions from recent rainfall especially hole #1. Hole #13 has a relocated basket to the right from it's inital position (which basically became a lake from rainfall).
The park shares much of it's landscape with patrons. Keep an eye out for V-ball players and golfers on hole #5. A stray disc to the left @ hole #10 could take out a small child on the playground. Keep an eye for your disc when throwing on hole #15 and #16 as it can easily become lost or missing around the gorge/bridge.
Other Thoughts: The addition of 9 more baskets really elevates the course to a new level. Recent fine tuning of the course from Daniel Cotter addressed some fundamental issues any new course would have. New signs point the way. A new colorful map better outlines the course.
Thankfully the Colonail Heights rec. dept. is on task with supporting the d-golf cause and I would like to thank them as well as Daniel for taking their time, money, and effort in providing us with a great facility.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a really enjoyable course to play. It has a nice mixture of open and wooded holes. Near the first tee is a bulletin board with maps and scorecards (grab a map - you'll need it!). Multiple tees on every hole make the course playable for all skill levels. 9 of the holes have brand new baskets, and each tee has markers with the hole number and distance.
The course features some really unique holes, particularly #15 (a short throw over a gorge, close enough for a view of the water without bringing it into play). The holes vary in distance and design so you will use every aspect of your game at some point.
Cons: The first noticeable con at Pharaoh's Tomb is the natural tees. I played in the evening after a tournament earlier in the day, and many of the tees were muddy and difficult to play on. While it was nice having the distance on the markers, it would be helpful if the markers stuck out of the ground - they lie flat next to the tees and can be tricky to find. The course could really benefit from signs at each tee with a diagram of the hole - some of the targets were hard to locate (particularly 16). Several holes have mandos, which are marked with signs, but not at the tee. After playing here once it won't be a problem, but I missed a few mandos just because I wasn't aware of them until after throwing my drive. I really didn't mind that half of the holes didn't have baskets, but the course will definitely jump up a notch once they are put in.
The course plays near several picnic areas, a playground, and a few parking lots as well. It doesn't take much away from the course, but on a few holes you have to be really careful - there were a lot of kids running around when I played.
Other Thoughts: I had heard about the cats at the park but I didn't realize there were so many! When I arrived there was an old lady feeding about 20 of them at the pavilion near the parking lot. They seemed pretty wary of people and stayed out of the way, so it was not a problem, but it was pretty funny to see all of those cats on a DG course.
I wish that I had been able to play in the tournament earlier in the day, but I'm glad that I was still able to finally check this course out. Coming from Richmond's Museum District, this course is the 4th option (after Bryan Park, Gillies, Dorey, and Goyne), but it was nice enough that I will definitely make it back there. All of these courses are just minutes from the highway, and if you're passing through on a trip I would recommend checking out any of them - they are all unique and enjoyable. This course is a great addition to the Richmond DG scene - I can't wait to see how it evolves.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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