13 Helpful / 1 Not
Fantastic Wooded Course
Pros: This course plays almost exclusively through dense forest with tight fairways and some elevation. There is a deep ravine through much of the back 9 that offers some tough up and downhill shots, as well as some great risk/reward shots over the ravine to the other side. Nearly every hole is a tight punishing fairway where errant shots will land you in tons of trouble without real risk of losing discs.
There is a great balance of shots required, and if you want to score well you'll bring a balanced bag and shot selection. I used just about every disc in my bag here, and felt that every part of my game was necessary. There are a couple holes that call for some distance throwing, as well as a few that can be ace runs with an accurate shot, with lots of holes in between that offer challenging but reachable shots.
The blue baskets are a cool touch, and nicely visible through the woods. The tees were unique, as they were mostly carpet, but seemed to offer good footing even when wet. They seemed like they might have durability issues, but it seemed that they were maintained often enough that this wouldn't be a problem. The tee signs were basic but functional, with no problems navigating the course.
This course is just downright fun to play, while giving a real workout both for you body and your disc golf game. Expect to hit lots of trees, but those clean lines you hit will feel awesome. The fact that the course seemed to be used only by disc golfers, with no other traffic and great scenery made it even better.
Cons: Only a few minor issues with this course, the main one being a few stretches of holes that feel pretty repetitive. The worst example of this is the shots back and forth across the ravine. They are cool shots, but overused a bit in this part of the course.
There were alternate pin positions, but no marking on which position the pins were in when I played which meant you have to do some scouting to know where to throw on many holes. I love the variety of alternate placements, but it's frustrating not to know where the pins are. (It's possible this has been solved since I've been there, if so, awesome!)
Other Thoughts: This course would be pretty frustrating to a newer player, with very tight fairways and lots of different shots required. More advanced players will find that they are challenged here, and will need to hit lots of tight gaps to score well.
I definitely recommend this course to anyone who has a chance to play it. In my mind, this is a destination course, especially if you like wooded courses or you want to be challenged.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
If only that tree wasn't there...
Pros: A beautiful and challenging course that has some pretty extreme elevation changes. If you're looking for a difficult course, this is the place for you.
As the "hub" of WNC disc golf it's a great place to meet other players, and there's usually a pro shop truck set up there on the weekends (which carries Innova, Millenium and Discraft).
Cons: This is a very challenging course. Not recommended for beginners. Even advanced players can find themselves very frustrated here, particularly when the pins are in the long positions.
Most of the holes have very tight lines to hit, and anything less than a perfect throw places you at the mercy of the trees.
This course can get very crowded, particularly on weekends. It's great that so many people are getting into the game, but not so great when you have a 5 minute wait or more on every hole, but most of the players here do have good etiquette and will let you play through. Still, the sheer amount of people some days will make for a long round regardless.
Other Thoughts: A few of the holes (5,9,10, and 14) feel somewhat repetitive, as they all shoot over a ravine and back up. There's enough difference between them in terms of length and openness that it works out alright, but with all the still unused room behind 11 you wonder why the course designer loved that ravine so much.
Like other reviewers have said, the old Richmond Hill was better, but it's gone now and we have to move on. And as far as replacements go, you could do a lot worse than this course.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 0 Not
A Pleasant walk in the woods
Pros: Great mix of holes. It has short and long, hilly and level, up and down, open and tight. This is the way you want your course to play. Lots of elevation changes. The walking trails between holes were safe and maintained. The baskets had a clearly-visible light blue rim. A LOT of work has gone into this course and it shows. There is always a clear flight path to the basket, sometimes two. Not so tight that it was frustrating, not so open that it was easy. No gimmicky holes, just pure disc golf. Most greens areas were covered in wood chips, which made the footing excellent. We played the day after an all-day rain, but the course was well-drained and not slippery. Benches at every hole. I loved the way the hole was laid out on a post at every hole. I loved the way a bolt was sunk into the post to indicate the basket placement.
Cons: Not a beginner course (con?). No facilities/playground for the wife and kids while Dad is playing, unless you count the walking trails. No water fountains. No permanent Rest Rooms. The pars for the holes were not marked anywhere that I saw. No scorecards were available when I visited. My visit was a last-minute affair so we could not look this info up beforehand. I didn't even see a copy of a scorecard anywhere. No course map anywhere that I saw. The markers that are used for indicating short- and long- placements were incorrectly placed on most of the holes. However, I don't know if this is normal. Navigation is a little confusing at times. No really visitor-friendly.
Other Thoughts: I like that this course was obviously designed from the ground up as a disc golf course. It is a fun course to play, as long as you don't mind the inconveniences (no course map, no scorecards, poor directional markers, Porta-potties, no water fountains). What would have made this a "5" would have been better facilites fand considerations for visitors and out-of-towners like me. The DG alone was great and we really enjoyed ourselves. I'll have to come back and play in the summer.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Diamond In The Rough
Pros: One of the best and toughest courses I have ever played. Tests how far you can throw with accuracy at this course. Fairly busy. Nice Disc Golfers that don't mind newcomers tagging along.
Cons: Poison Ivy/Oak, so wear long pants or High Socks.
Other Thoughts: Redesigned recently
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Richmond Hill means business
Pros: Richmond Hill is a course that was built from the ground up and a tried and true, fully dedicated disc golf course. This isn't some rec park or nature center where they worked in a course on the spare land to bring in a few more people. When you show up and roll into the parking lot, you're there to play!
Several days out of the week, you'll find a disc vendor there that sells all kinds of discs and equipment from several of the classic DG brands. There is a kiosk with course info, scorecards, and upcoming events at the park. There is also public restrooms in the parking lot.
Before you begin your round, take a minute to practice your putts at the spacious practice basket / putting green. Once your ready to see what you're made of, you can check the handy natural signs at each tee box. These signs will give you distances, pars, and pin placement (distinguished by a small screw located next to whatever placement is in use at the time).
Now you'll find yourself being challenged by the course itself. This course demands it all! You'll need accuracy to make it through the often tight fairways, multiple shots to maneuver left and right and S your way down the lanes, power to make it across the steep valleys you will encounter on several holes, and lots of luck to help keep your score low.
Benches on each hole help you regain your energy and maybe even your composure if you had a bad last hole. The course loops back to the parking lot at the turn so you can grab a drink or something from your car before you start the back nine, or simply allows you to play only the front or back 9 if you've only got time for half a round.
Cons: The more I play here, the less cons I find. I do, however, find myself playing there these days with friends who are just starting to learn the sport. For them, they tell me that Richmond Hill just frustrates them. I can totally see that. When you're just beginning and don't have that accuracy tuned in yet, it can be a real downer to keep hitting tree after tree. I tell them that they have to remind themselves that Richmond Hill is more the type of course you go to to test yourself and see what you're really made of. Keep that in mind when you play here.
Other Thoughts: I cut my teeth on the old Richmond Hill just down the road back in 2002. It was a real shame to see that course go. In my opinion, it was a better course all around, yet lacked the amenities that the new one has to offer. Every time I play the new course, I find myself yearning for the old one. Oh well.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Beautiful course situated in a standalone park dedicated to disc golf. First couple holes are decently wide open but the course quickly gets very tight. Signage is pretty helpful and usually correctly identifies which of the two pin locations is being used. Decent variety of holes between right and left and elevation change.
Cons: Tee pads could use a bit of work. Concrete is a must and some are a bit hazardous ending in a shear drop off. A couple extra next tee signs would make this course a little easier to navigate for the first timer.
Other Thoughts: Bring your hiking shoes for this course. There are not many holes where you have to go straight up or down hill, but most holes have a large down and up component to them. Course ends up wrapping back to the parking lot twice (once at the turn and at hole 14), so if you keep a couple extra drinks in the car they will be easily accessible. Course is pretty tight and technical, not much of a chance for big drives. I found myself often going with a mid-range off the tee pad for increased accuracy through the trees. Overall this a beautiful hike through the wooded hills of Asheville (we even found some wild blackberries on the side of the course) and should be fun for all.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
16 Helpful / 1 Not
It's either a Birdie, a Bogey or Worse!
- It's a great course once you get past the initial seemingly unfairness of it. There are lots of great holes that test your skill set off the tee-pad and throughout... and several holes that test your strategic golf game. You'll need to bring your - BH, FH, Overhand, Short, Medium, Longish, Tight, Tighter, and Luck - game to Richmond Hill.
- There is a great DG Club that is responsible for the maintenance of the course. It's unbelievable how much work they have done to make this course...stairs, walking paths, bridges, retaining walls, tee-pads, and multiple benches on every hole. I've never seen a "mountain" course with more work done to it.
- Great use of elevation in terms of danger. However, I believe more could have been done with the shots themselves having a vertical elevation component. Vertical elevation only really comes into play when you mess up. The canyon holes are awesome, when you get across 'em.
- unFAIRways... Some of the holes are slightly unfair in that you could throw a great shot and be snookered out of a reasonable 2nd shot (or) Are unfair in that a lucky shot is the best way to get there.
- There is a general lack of variety... tight gap tree hole after tight gap tree hole. The holes feature slight variations on distance or direction, but tight gap nonetheless. And, don't get me wrong... I like tight holes. I just like other types of holes too.
- I'm worried about erosion issues for the future.
- At Richmond Hill... it is either a birdie, a bogey or worse. Seemingly, there are very few Pars. Although, now that I have played the course numerous times, the pars are there... but, this is how the holes generally play: You either lace a money drive for the biride opportunity (or) Hit a tree somewhere in route, get deflected to some terrible place, have no look at anything except more trees, and are forced to play for bogey or worse. Pars tend to be the result of missed birdie putts or excellent layups. A bogey free round at Richmond Hill is something to write home about.
- Bring your A game to Richmond Hill. This course will test you. If you can't hit gaps 15' wide at 30, 40, 60, 80, 150, etc+... feet away... you're in for a long day.
- And, bring your fairway plastic. Aviars, Leopards, Tee-birds... any disc you can throw straight through gaps and keep on the fairway.
- Really cool locals. I moved into town two months ago and feel as though I was readily accepted (although, we'll see if my review has an effect on that).
- Your GPS will take you to the national guard armory... thus the closest houses address is: 276 Richmond Hill Dr... then drive down the hill, 1/3 around the roundabout and down to the parking lot on the right.
- My Best Score: -4
16 of 17 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 16 Not
Pros: No water please bring water. had disc vender on saturday.. lots of benches every hole is a smoke hole. Women playing golf!!!! and familys.
Cons: bring water.... dont like multible baskets.. Short guy stole one of my discs. lots of wood chips.......
Other Thoughts: bring water... hole 9 brings you back to parking lot.
3 of 19 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Hardwood Heaven and a Great Sunset!
Pros: Encased in the tight hardwoods is this gem of mountain country with those signature "Tarheel Blue" baskets. This course features shot shaping and crazy elevation over length, which is what I like. The course seems to be dedicated to disc golf too. Signage was nice, stairs placed in the many hillsides - thank goodness because you are constantly going up and down this long gully. It's very woody, but the fairways are reasonably wide to allow you to shape your shots.
Cons: The tee pads have some AstroTurf layer right over the dirt that is uneven and gets slick after rainfall (I had a nasty slip a couple of times). They are short and uneven as well. Please put Flypads or cement.
Repetition of crossing the gully gives a sense of Deja vu on holes 5, 9, 10, 14.
Some of the ups and downs across the gully are a bit repetitive- would have been nice if there were a dogleg or two.
Other Thoughts: The view from 18 tee is a beautiful sight to behold at sunset!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros and Cons
Pros: 18 holes laid out in beautiful mountain terrain! 1# and 18# are open beyond that this course could hold a Lumberjack skills competition. The most challenging course I have ever played and I should have birdied the second hole!
Cons: Hit the wrong tree and you may lose your disc. The turf tee-boxes are slick when they are wet so be careful. Well laid out course but they must do a better job of sign placement from hole to hole (very small next tee signs).
Other Thoughts: They have controlled the brush along the fairways quite well but off the beaten path gets very dense. Bring water and shoes with good traction!
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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