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 Average course

1    10/15/2010   10/17/2010
Review By: w8nforhim
Played: 74  Reviewed: 21  Exp: 8.9 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course offers a nice variety of open shots as well as woods holes. It also makes good use of several elevation changes. The lengths of the holes varied nicely as well. The woods holes were pretty open which was pleasant. The tee pads were concrete slabs, which was nice especially as it had just rained and would have been a mess otherwise.
Cons: The course could definitely have used signs at the tees marking which basket you were playing for. Several of the concrete tee pads had multiple numbers on them, and there were often no numbers on the actual baskets. Very easy to get lost or not know where you were headed.
Other Thoughts: An average course. Hard to find certain holes or know where you were headed. Nothing spectacular stands out to me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.


2-4    5/19/2010   5/19/2010
Review By: Tom.Jones
Played: 9  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 7.7 Years
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Relatively decent length holes, not many places to lose a disc, permanent tee boxes, a variety of open and wooded holes.
Cons: Confusing to find certain holes as the markers on the holes are correct though hard to read from a distance, but the tee boxes don't all say the correct number - around holes 9-15, each tee box was numbered for a holes that had preceded it going in another direction.
Other Thoughts: It seems as if Richmond Parks n Rec had recently switched some of the holes around in order to eliminate the cross-fire in the middle holes, but hadn't yet gotten around to re-labeling the tee boxes.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful.


5+    5/3/2010   5/7/2010
Review By: xxxvictimizerxxx
Played: 12  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 14.5 Years
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Very close to downtown Richmond.

Fun 18 hole course with concrete tee boxes, and changing positions.

Cons: Course is still difficult to navigate at times, even after playing many times. Near the end of the course you run into a lot of close together holes which can become congested when crowded.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Great for locals, not for visitors

1    2/22/2010   2/23/2010
Review By: prerube
Played: 250  Reviewed: 222  Exp: 10.5 Years
16 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: -18 holes with alternate tee positions in such a small area is an amazing accomplishment.
-It's a historic course with concrete tees and interesting benches with built in ash trays and several garbage cans.
-Gillies Gold creates an interesting variation (see DaKine's review)
-Course is beginner friendly with limited variety in distance (180-310), but can still provide a challenge for more experienced players.
- Course navigation and flow was weak. Course could easily add the pointing arrows on the basket like Bryan Park.
No tee signs or navigational aides other than the online map (that you WILL need if you are not a regular). Even with the map, locals had to point out where the next tee was a few times.

- This course fails to account for safety in numerous ways:
Discs were flying in from all angles and you had to rush to your disc after throwing or you risk having someone pick it up. On several holes you are throwing directly towards people walking at you.
Hole 18 goes right along the road with cars parked all along the right side. Hole 1 also throws along a busy road, while hole 2 has a road on the right that could be dangerous for oncoming cars if you go to far to the right.
On the tee for #4, a car drove with in 2 ft. of me while I was driving (a dirt road goes right in front of 4 and 9)

- Sketchy area: I found a crack pipe on hole 4 and other players hint the course is unsafe to play alone.
- The one water hazard is a putrid brown creek off of hole 6.
Other Thoughts: This course was insanely crowded. I had to start at hole 14 because it was the only hole open.
Course has a rich history, but history doesn't enhance the enjoyment for out of town players.
Risk of disc loss is low, but risk of disc theft can be high, discs were scattered all over the ground and less honest players or kids can easily grab your disc and take off.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful.

 Slice of Heaven

5+    11/13/2009   11/23/2009
Review By: mrjohnahawley
Played: 19  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 14.9 Years
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: The course has alternate pin positions. The course layout flows nicely, no confusing detours to the next tee. It has seemingly equal amounts of righty and lefty holes.
Cons: No bag posts or signs. But that is reaching as they are not really necessary, yet are a nice touch.
Other Thoughts: Great course, makes you think more than most. Great atmosphere on busy days. Also, Edge league in the summer is awesome!

1 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Solid but Uninspiring City Park Course

5+    7/19/2009   7/20/2009
Review By: ishelost
Played: 60  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 11.7 Years
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Gillies was the original Richmond Park and its heavy use shows, for good and bad. For positives it has good, if a little short, concrete tees, which is a rarity in courses around here unfortunately. Gillies also has a nice mix of open and wooded holes, with 1 - 6 and 10 pretty clear and the others more crowded. The course is also pretty well worn in, with little significant rough. Therefore, the risk of losing discs is not oppressive. The baskets are in good shape and are moved occasionally for variety. Although overall the course is fairly short there are a few air it out holes early in the round. Also, the course does not favor any one throwing style due to a mix of doglegs. In most setups the course is very easy to navigate. Parking and play are free. The course has good benches and many tees are located next to each other, which leads to more social interaction with other players but also a few backups when the course is crowded. This course is definitely growing on me and I think anyone living in Richmond or other locales should give this course numerous tries. However, If you are only stopping through Richmond and can play but one course it should not be Gillies.
Cons: The course is not much to look at. The course is well designed but the creators did not have too much to work with. There is very little elevation and no water (except for a mostly dry creek to the left on hole 6). The course is packed in tightly so check for players on other holes before you let one go. As the title of this review suggests this course is well built, designed, and maintained, but it will not make anyone say "wow" or inspire a newbie to obsess over our great sport. Finally, the park is not in a great neighborhood and I would not suggest playing there at dusk without at least a few other friends, ideally ones who can fight back. Two guys who were playing got mugged there a few months ago.
Other Thoughts: I just played the supercourse setting for the first time yesterday and it raised my expectations and opinion for this course. I have always had some difficulty with it even though it is not that hard and perhaps that is clouding my review. Richmond old timers love this course and play it primarily. League is played here every Wednesday at 6 and I always run into people I know when I play here. I think my appreciation for this course will only continue to grow. This is truly a locals course. Every hole is birdieable. All praise River City Disc Golf Club

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 a ton of fun

5+    5/16/2009   7/2/2009
Review By: DaKineSurfer32
Played: 481  Reviewed: 57  Exp: 16.6 Years
6 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: -multiple pin positions on nearly all of the holes
-long tees on 5, 6, 9, 17
-good mix of open and wooded holes
-nearly all of the shitty underbrush that made it hard to get to bad throws has been removed on any hole that it came into play (6,8,9,16,17) and it makes it much nicer because there are new throwing lanes now too
-Richmond does a good job of maintaining their parks and Gillies is frequently mowed so the grass is never too long
-the course isn't too long so it caters to everyone, and makes you throw many different types of shot
Cons: -no tees signs, just distances (in meters) painted on the tees
-the creek that runs along 6 and 17 is really nasty, so make sure you don't put a disc in there or you won't want to get it back
-after a heavy rain there will be lots of puddles to contend with, especially on 2 and 3, so make sure you bring a change of shoes
-can be very crowded after school/work is over, so play during the day if you have a choice, but the addition of Bryan has helped this some
-there are a few old tee pads around that can be confusing because of a few semi-long walks, but they are all labeled as 'not a tee'
-a few scattered port-a-potties (near horseshoes/#6 & #7, near BMX track
Other Thoughts: the neighborhood that Gillies is in may, at first glance, seem like it isn't the best... but there aren't any problems that happen here. All of the neighborhood folk that use the park for horseshoes or the BMX track etc are all really nice and have asked me on multiple occasions to explain disc golf to them.

The tournament layout is a lot of fun and very different from the normal layout, so play in the Battlefield Open if you can for a welcome change.

Also, you can play the Gillies Gold layout that only locals know about, if you want, but just make sure that you do it when there aren't many other people around because it takes some time to play:
Gold 1: Tee 1 to Basket 2 (road is OB)
Gold 2: Tee 2 to Basket 2a (the basket really far in the distance past normal two, its really old)
Gold 3: Tournament Tee 3 (in the clump of trees up to the right of basket 3) to Basket 9
Gold 4: 'Not a Tee' near basket 3 to Basket 4 (in the road/yard of the house you throw close to is OB)
Gold 5: Tee from the corner of the sidewalk across the road directly behind tee 5 long to Basket 5
Gold 6: Tee 6 Long to Basket 6 (mando left of the tree in front of tee 6 short)
Gold 7: Tee 7 to Basket 16
Gold 8: Tee 8 to Basket 6 (or Basket 4 if it's in the right position)
Gold 9: Tee 9 Long (the cracked tee) to Basket 9
Gold 10: Tee 10 to Basket 1
Gold 11: Tee 11 to Basket 11
Gold 12: Tee 12 to Basket 10
Gold 13: Tee 13 to Basket 18 (double mando between the innermost trees about halfway down the fairway)
Gold 14: Tee 14 to Basket 14
Gold 15: Tee 15 to Basket 9
Gold 16: Tee 16 to Basket 14
Gold 17: Tee 17 Long to Basket 17
Gold 18: Tee 18 to Basket 11

I love this course. it was my home course when i lived in Richmond and I miss it and I can't wait til I get to play it again. Its just a lot of fun.

5 minutes from Shockoe Bottom and downtown Richmond
15 minutes to Dorey Park
20 minutes to Bryan Park

6 of 9 people found this review helpful.

 Gillies Creek

1    7/1/2009   7/1/2009
Review By: atonalruss
Played: 11  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 14.5 Years
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Good variety, some nice wooded holes you won't find at Bryan Park, short course - good for those of us without canons, but decent accuracy.
Cons: Very difficult to navigate.
Other Thoughts: I played this course for the first time today with my 12 year old son. I'd not read the reviews, so I wasn't aware of the "bad neighborhood" and didn't really notice it while there. Luckily, there is a Wednesday night league, and we were able to talk to many regulars who helped us find our way around. The course is so poorly marked we accidentally threw hole 12 after hole 3. Without the friendly help of the league players, I might have given up.
That said, it is a decent course, fun to play if you know where you are going. But as a visitor to Richmond for only one week, I much prefer Bryan Park. But I do like the wooded holes at Gillies Creek - something that is sorely missing at Bryan Park. Not recommended for players who don't know the course unless you go during a time where there are other players around.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Surprisingly good city course

2-4    5/31/2009   6/2/2009
Review By: CMS8
Played: 4  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 9.5 Years
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Layout of the course in a relatively small area.
There are a few wide open or mostly open holes, a few with some trees, several holes through the woods but with clearly marked fairways, and some pretty tight fairways. Something for everybody.
Concrete tee pads.
Close to downtown Richmond.
There are some extra old teepads and baskets, I guess from a previous course layout, that you can use for practice or just some extra holes.
Over the winter of 2008-2009 they cleared out lots of overgrown vegetation, which really opened up several holes and probably will prevent some lost discs and very obstructed shots out of the woods.
There are port-a-johns near the hole 6 basket and over by the sports fields.
Cons: The park is on the edge of a marginally sketchy part of town, there's lots of trash on the course, and it can feel a little run down. But the course design is still very good.
If you haven't played here before you'll likely have trouble finding your way like I did the first time. There are some old tee pads with the old hole #s laid in the concrete with stones. You should usually ignore these. When you play Gillies Creek for the first time try to hook up with somebody who knows their way around. The first tee is on the concrete sidewalk at the intersection of Williamsburg Ave and Stoney Run Rd.
Other Thoughts: Some of my friends don't like Gillies Creek due to the trash and general run-down feel of the area, but I think that the course is so good that I can look past the cons and have a great round.
Overall the course is on the short side. Players with control have the advantage over the big arms here.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Play with a crowd!

5+    4/1/2009   5/12/2009
Review By: Wundrkid
Played: 8  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 9.7 Years
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course has a lot of pros. For a beginner, each hole teaches you something different. Whether it is how you throw, or where to throw, or how certain discs are going to throw. I would definitly recommend the course to everyone who plays, just bring a lot of friends with you.
Cons: Location. Everyone reviewing this course says the same. Everytime I have played I have been left alone, but i still wouldnt expect the same result everytime. The course is located just outside a pretty shady, government housing development. I have heard of people getting robbed or messed with on many occasions. So far I have never been bothered.

Oh yeah, and that creek on 6 is disgusting, haha. I never landed in it, but when I do, I might just leave the disc in there.
Other Thoughts: Dont let cons keep you from playing though. My suggestion would be just to play with a crowd to ward off any "maybe's".

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

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