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 Great course

5+    7/18/2008   4/23/2009
Review By: underpar24
Played: 134  Reviewed: 14  Exp: 10.1 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: great set up, with a variety of easy birdies to some that you hope to get a par on. testing water holes on back nine. nice grass and mostly open.
Cons: no cement pads in back nine.
Other Thoughts: sometimes people don't understand that it is a disc golf course and think it is ok to have picnics in the middle of the fairway. there is a guy who gets all the discs out of the water and sells them for cheap. sometimes he has some really nice disc.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Grand Rapids' Best (about 25% of the time)

5+    10/29/2009   4/21/2009
Review By: Greg Layton
Played: 143  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 9.6 Years
This review was updated on 10/30/2009
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Port-a-potty in parking lot, drinking fountain on the back nine.
- Lots of risk/reward water holes on the back nine that offer a challenge not found on most other GR courses.
- Goose poop point (hole #15) is a rewarding hole that will test your mettle.
- Just a pretty course and a great location in general.
Cons: - Quite a few missing/vandalized/inaccurate signs.
- Front nine is mostly wide open. Drive, approach, and putt... if it isn't windy, there's simply not much challenge involved.
- No elevation changes at all.
- The normal drawbacks of playing at a popular all-purpose park.
- Flooding and overcrowding are a big problem.
Other Thoughts: Riverside Park, as the name implies, sits on the banks of the Grand River. It's a pretty park, but the river makes the course quite unpredictable. I'll break down the conditions into four categories:

1. Winter = Snow. And lots of it. This may or may not make the course unplayable, depending on how hardcore you are.

2. More than half of the holes are completely underwater about 25% of the time. Ice jams and frequent spring rain are to blame. The basket at hole #1 usually shows the high-water mark for the season.

3. Another 25% of the time the water level will have diminished enough to make only some combination of 13, 14, 15, and 16 unplayable. Hole 15 is usually the first hole to go underwater and the last to dry out. The pole course nearby (Riverside South) is often helpful in these cases since you can make up missed holes there.

4. 25% of the time, the weather will be perfect and the ground will be dry. Everyone knows when these times are, and this is when everybody is at Riverside Park. You'll have groups of 7 players, 4 disc throwing toddlers, and 3 dogs clogging up holes for hours at a time. Runners, joggers, walkers, and bikers create constant traffic on the path that winds through the course. High school cross country teams practice on the front nine. Medieval reenactors (both the geeky high school types and the 35 year old men whose costumes are waaay too elaborate) often conduct battles around hole 13 and 14. You'll frequently have people fishing in the fairways of holes 15 and 16. Concerts are held in the open area at the 17th and 18th holes. Are you starting to get the picture? This is by far the busiest park in the city when the weather is nice.

If you don't mind waiting and observing all the pedestrians doing pedestrian things, then you'll have a good Saturday afternoon here. Otherwise you're best off coming when the snow is on the ground or when a couple of the holes are underwater.

UPDATE 10/2009: The parking lot has been repaved and there are now teepads on all 18 holes. Teeing off on an even surface makes a big difference; I'm extremely happy that this situation was remedied. I've increased my rating from a 3.0 to a 3.5.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.


1    3/28/2009   4/19/2009
Review By: Andrew
Played: 7  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 11.1 Years
This review was updated on 5/1/2009
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: I played this course with some friends who said that it would be really fun. I enjoyed playing it but there wasnt much variation in the layout.
Cons: Muddy
two holes were flooded
not the best course ive played

1 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Fun With Water Hazards!

5+    4/8/2009   4/13/2009
Review By: xrockfistx
Played: 19  Reviewed: 15  Exp: 10.6 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great use of water holes. If you're afraid of loosing a disc in the water, then don't play. Very nice park and has a nice up keep. The front 9 are never crowded and there isn't much chance of hitting anybody. Don't have to worry about loosing your frisbee in deep rough or leaves.
Cons: People galore in the back 9. Sometimes have to skip hole 13,14,15 because, of playground and non discers. IT can be frustrating. Hole 15 is always covered in goose poop and therefore named "goose poop island". Can't play all 18 holes early in the season since baskets 1, 8,9,10,11,15 and 16 are underwater and, launch pad for hole 2 can be underwater. Not to mention in the heat of summer, that pond can stink something fierce.
Other Thoughts: IT's a fun course to play with some interesting shots and some questions you have to ask yourself. To throw or, not throw over the pond? A little bit long for beginners but, deffinately able to play without too much frustration. Not many people like it because, of the water holes but, I think that they give the park it's characteristic.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Great Winter Course

1    12/4/2008   12/10/2008
Review By: senatorjoe
Played: 6  Reviewed: 4
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good layout for an open course
Obstacles provide a challenge, but let you rip it once in awhile
Beautiful park when snow-covered
Not too windy
Plays quickly, which is a plus in the cold
Cons: Not an incredible variety of shots, mostly hyzers
Probably not nearly as much fun in the summer
Other Thoughts: The main objections I see to the course (crowded with non-DGers, water on course, goose poop, etc.) are all neutralized during the winter. Plus, once the river freezes, it lets you screw around with a few shots you might not try otherwise

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Riverside Park

2-4    8/29/2008   8/29/2008
Review By: worthdan
Played: 9  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 11.1 Years
This review was updated on 12/23/2009
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: fun course and very easy to navigate. nice wide open shots. some large trees and water come into play to up the difficult a little bit. very nice park with beautiful scenery.
Cons: a little on the easy side. only played it twice and the first time i shot a 53 and the second time i shot a 48, but it was still worth the play and i plan on playing it again. also, when i played there were geese and geese droppings everywhere. didn't bug me but might bug others.
Other Thoughts: nice course in the norther grand rapids area and very easy to get to, just off of US131. good place to take a beginner (also stated in another review).

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.


6/11/2008   6/12/2008
Review By: discraft686
Played: 9  Reviewed: 1
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: this course is great for the one just starting with the wide open holes.
Cons: half of the holes were underwater due to the river over flowing. The park is nice but there are some people that may come into play.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful.


5+    5/29/2008   5/29/2008
Review By: sgamerp
Played: 89  Reviewed: 65  Exp: 9.6 Years
This review was updated on 5/24/2011
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Fun, can be quick to play, nicely shaded.

- Cement Tee pads

-Most signs

-Good amount of shots.
Cons: some holes were marked with pars but i think they were off. A par three was labeled a par 5

-Floods a lot and has a lot of slushy fairways sometimes

-Multi Use Park
Other Thoughts: Fun, nice, easy to find your way. If you bring someone who hasn't played there is a good amount of space to do some practice throws before you get to the first tee.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Riverside North

5/14/2008   5/18/2008
Review By: SuperNovice58
Played: 16  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 10.6 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: the majority of the holes are well kept and feature interesting obstacles and challenges that make for a challenge, but are not so challenging that a novice will be utterly overwhelmed.
Cons: There are several holes that become flooded with only a little water. the course also seems to retain water, remaining muddy for a fair amount of time after rain. There are several holes that are incredibly difficult, right next to water or een crossing water. It takes more than my two hands to count the times Ive been forced to go swimming in these ponds.
Other Thoughts: I like this course. If you do not feel like risking your discs, you can easily continue along the path, and go right ahead to the next hole.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Riverside Park

9/9/2007   3/9/2008
Review By: heylopez
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 11.4 Years
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Fun course to play. Great in the summer with lots of shade from all the trees. Not very challenging overall, though has some water which can prove to be difficult.
Great way to play a quick 18.
Cons: Water can be an issue, this is the type of water you don't want to swim in. Can be crowded with other the general public and sometimes other players.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.

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