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 Good course in Roanoke

5+    7/26/2010   8/14/2010
Review By: DrewHunsley
Played: 16  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 9.7 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Good use of a small park without much in the way of natural obstacles.

Hole 1 is very nice with a drive coming down a hill and around a large tree to the basket.

Many holes make good use of a stream that runs along the side of the course. Holes 3-5 all play very similarly as they bend around a few trees and toward the stream. Shots require good control of distance as one long shot will get you wet.

Hole 8 Is probably the most unique hole I have played. It uses a hill brilliantly as you have to throw a blind shot over the hill and around a tree. Very unique and hard to explain, but well worth playing.

Cons: Holes 6-9 are set up around a walking path. There are occasional walkers or bikers who can interrupt a round.

Grass is occasionally long and can disturb your throws.

If there has been ANY rain in the past few days, water will be a problem. Drainage is horrible here and water can be found standing in the middle of about 4 fairways.
Other Thoughts: This course could be better with an additional 9 holes. Overall, it utilizes the space it has very well and is worth playing if you are in Roanoke. I would not recommend a long drive to come see the great fishburn park, but if you're nearby, it is well worth the time to stop by and play.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Good All Around Course

5+    10/30/2009   1/2/2010
Review By: discgolfpioneer
Played: 14  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 40.5 Years
This review was updated on 8/31/2013
1 Helpful / 12 Not
Pros: I just flat out like this course. It is fun to play, decent amount of elevation, and does not have much non-playing public traffic. The course starts and ends at the same area near the parking lot. Even though it is only 9 holes, it gives a good variety of shot demands to stay out of hazards. Hole #8 is completely awesome and unlike any other I have seen on any disc golf course. Hole #5 is also a beautiful hole to play, and reminds me of some premier ball golf hole design. It is well marked, although the tee areas are a bit worn.
Cons: The lower side of the course can be a bit soggy sometimes after a rain spell. You must walk back to the tee for Hole #6 after playing out to Hole #5.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course for a quick 9, and open enough that you can design your own hole layout if you want some variety. One of the oldest courses in Virginia, it has held up well and still fun to play. Remember people, this course is 21 years old as of 2013, and was funded by individuals. I gave it a 5 because I spent 14 years of my life trying to get permission to put it in.

1 of 13 people found this review helpful.

 Muddy after rain

5+    12/2/2009   12/5/2009
Review By: jerrycdundan
Played: 13  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 13.4 Years
This review was updated on 3/9/2011
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Water and brush hazards are interesting. #8 is very unique, Can be challenging for beginners if you play all par threes(the tee markers can be confusing for some people where some are listed as par fives and fours) this shows the courses age. Very convenient for a quick game.
Cons: Dirt/grass tees, swampy after it rains, too short, city doesn't mow the grass consistently, road is close to the edge of the course.New walking path goes though the course.
Other Thoughts: Ive found the wind plays a big role in the difficulty of this course. It seems the narrow low lying area the course is on funnels the wind right though, its very unpredictable at times.

Since the city has built a fenced dog park on the other side of town, there aren't as many people with dogs. They also have planted a ton of new trees and cut down a few old ones, this has changed the dynamic of the course a bit ,some for the better and some for the worse

1 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 The better of the two in Roanoke....maybe

5+    7/22/2009   7/23/2009
Review By: Vicarious
Played: 8  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 8.5 Years
This review was updated on 8/30/2009
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The course has many good shots that can be challenging for the moderate player. The park hardly ever has people but when they are there they usually have dogs. Considering this is Roanoke's Dog Park. The course should be played as a pro if you aren't too bad. Interesting course for a 9 hole.
Cons: The course is terrible if it has rained at all within a couple days of playing. The course is designed below Brambleton Road and is a flood plane if it has rained too much. I have played this course many times and still have yet to find tee to 8.(Found the tee for 8 and Love that hole now due to the location of that tee) The pars are ridiculous for the moderate player to play the standard par. The tees can be hard to find at first if you have never played here before. Also the natural tees play right next to each other on a couple holes.
Other Thoughts: This course is located less than 5 minutes from virginia western community college which is a plus for me. This course offers more difficulty than walrond park but this course is often too saturated. If you really want a pick me up you can play the true par and easily go under par.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.


1    6/26/2000   6/26/2009
Review By: DavidSauls
Played: 124  Reviewed: 64  Exp: 22.4 Years
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Fairly interesting shots, no really bad holes. Clear creek comes into play on several holes, providing mild challenge and scenic setting, but not at risk of losing a disc. Mild elevation in play.

One hole has tee and basket on opposite sides of a tall hill/ridge---something different.
Cons: Only 9 holes.

No great holes
Other Thoughts: For a 9-hole course, not bad. Certainly worth playing if you're there. Average holes, or maybe slightly better, but an average hour of disc golf is much better than not playing at all.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Wetlands Wandering

1    4/6/2009   4/7/2009
Review By: swatso
Played: 529  Reviewed: 369  Exp: 9.3 Years
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Tees marked by in-ground circular concrete medallions which list the hole number, the distance, and the direction to the basket.

Webpage at provides an excellent description of each hole.

Good use of the land available (water-holding land between a road and a creek).
Holes #7-#9 play near a walking path.

Tee "pad" is the dirt/grass next to the tee marker.

Being below street level and next to the creek, the ground holds water quite well.

Most holes geared for a RHBH hyzer throw.
Other Thoughts:
First tee is to the right of the tennis courts. Course plays in a counter-clockwise direction, first down the hill, then down the meadow, keeping the creek to your right, until you reverse course after hole #5, keeping the road to your right.

Distance of holes: minimim 156', maximum 352', average about 275'.

Fairly open, with a few trees or the creek to keep your focus.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 I agree with jimb

1    10/19/2008   11/8/2008
Review By: gottafixit
Played: 549  Reviewed: 69  Exp: 14.7 Years
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Did great with creating some variety with a mostly open area to work with. Pin placement was key in creating difficulty. Great for beginners because it is fairly open and there is a low chance you will loose a disc. Hole 8 the up and over was a really fun hole.
Cons: my biggest grip was that the tee pads were not really defines. nice big markers but no other definition to the pad. A few of the teepads were right next to one another which i would find annoying if i had to wait to tee because the pads are so close. The grass was thick and wet which put a holt on anything i put down that would have had a chance at rolling or skipping.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice little rec park, great for beginners or if you live near by. The first is at the right side of the tennis courts, and shoots down the hill. works back around to the parking lot again. Great job for what they had to work with.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Personally, I enjoyed Fishburn.

2-4    11/4/2007   10/15/2008
Review By: Jimb
Played: 101  Reviewed: 47  Exp: 10.7 Years
This review was updated on 1/2/2009
10 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very nice park setting with bathroom, playground & tennis facilities on site. The first tee and the 9th pin are both close to the parking lot.

Shots are mostly open, so unless you get wet in the creek that lines holes #3-5, you shouldn't lose any discs. And the stream didn't look to be too deep in case you do need to go "fishing."

The length isn't overwhelming by any means, but unless you consistently throw accurately over 300', then the length is adequate. #1 is a nice big down hill opener. The peninsula pin on #5 is nice and requires an accurate approach or you will get wet. And although #8 is just 156', it plays totally blind over a hill which is a lot of fun. And both #6 & #9 play considerably longer than their "footage" as they're both up hill a good bit.

There's just enough shot making strategy needed to keep the course interesting for an experienced player. It would also play well for a new player to learn the game.
Cons: Hole #5 does run into a dead end. Then you just have to walk back beside its' fairway to get to the #6 pin. This part of the park is quite narrow between the woods and the road so I don't really see any other option for the hole configuration here. Holes #3-5 do seem really similar to each other. They're basically open holes with a creek running down the right side of the fairway. The holes are open enough that you should be able to stay dry, though.

The tee for #2 is potentially in play for errant drives from hole #1.
Other Thoughts: I'd recommend playing the course as all holes being par 3... and I don't have a big arm.

I didn't notice any shared tees as was mentioned in another review. Maybe that has something to do with why they didn't enjoy the course as much as I did. The idea of carrying the course over into the woods that was mentioned in the other review is a great idea too. If they could expand this course to 18 holes, that could really increase the variety. (Although I believe I read on the course website that they did have 18 holes at one time but had to remove 9 because of "neighborhood concerns?"

As far as I'm concerned, this is really "the average course." It's not worth travelling a long way to play. But if, for example, you've travelled to play Golden Hills, down the road near VT, then it's worth the 30 minute drive for the variety. Trust me, once you get out of the trees at GH (not that there's anything wrong with that), you'll be glad to air it out a little at Fishburn. Just take it easy and have a fun little round.

Updated score to 2.5 based upon changes made to descriptions of course scores on the site after I did my review.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful.


3/22/2008   6/29/2008
Review By: danhyzer
Played: 1500  Reviewed: 102  Exp: 29.7 Years
0 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: to few to list, but if I had to say anything good about this course is that it's a course for people to learn to play DG
Cons: Shared tees with multiple holes. Hole # 5 went nowhere, then you had to backtrack and throw into another hole. Dirt tees.
Other Thoughts: Why couldn't the course be extended over the creek?? I personally think the course should be redesigned. But i'm a tourist and not a local.

0 of 9 people found this review helpful.

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