12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Concrete Tees
-Alternate pin positions
Cons: -Mostly open, straight shots
-Tee Sign for #7 missing
-Very little elevation change
Other Thoughts: Riverview DGC is a reasonable course located in a part of Oakland Mills County Park just SW of Mt. Pleasant, IA. This part of the park is on the north side of the river with most of the rest of the park on the south. It is a mostly open and straight shot course with just a couple of holes at potentially over 400' depending on pin positions. There is a drainage ditch to play over on the long pin of #6 (was in the short pin on my round). #7 plays along the ditch, but the trees on the left keep it out of play. #8 plays in the trees closer to the water, but not much in play either. #9 has this ditch behind it, so only a long throw over the basket will cause issue there. There is a line of trees that you work through on #1 and #5 and possibly #4 depending on pin placement. #8 is the only wooded hole. #8 basket to #9 tee is a little klunkly, but otherwise flow is fine. There is another course on the other side of the river (The Woodland Trail) that starts with #10, so these two are sort of linked, but very different. A sign at the start notes this as the 100th PDGA sanctioned course in Iowa, which is kind of a cool footnote. Did not see any restaurants near the #6 basket, so no tenderloin for me. The course overall is OK, decent for a course bag, but I'd rather play East Lake Park, if I was in the area again.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Beautifully manicured. Very well kempt, mowed, and clean. Players here obviously take care of their own.
- Dedicated to disc golf, aside from a small out-building at the beginning of the course, which also hosts a bocce ball court and a couple horseshoe pits.
- Mostly open, with a few longer holes to let you air it out.
- Dual pin placements, although the short placement on most is obviously meant to be very easy.
- Concrete tees in great shape.
- Very nice Innova Discatchers that are in great shape.
- Some of the nicest signage you will see on any 9-hole course. I mean it.
- Well-defined fairways mowed into the course, with "fair" rough. It's about a foot tall, and decently thick with bluegrass, clover, and large dandelion plants. It's more like a pasture than it is like a prairie, which is nice. Run-up in it is difficult, but finding your disc isn't incredibly frustrating. Still, you will want to be sure to track your shots as they land to avoid a little headache. If this grass got to 2 or 3 feet tall, it would be a con.
- Young maple trees that have been planted on the course definitely show the design intent, as well as support my assumption that this course gets great care from the local DG scene. In a few years when they grow larger, they will definitely add to some hole designs, as well as to help separate some fairways (while still keeping an open course layout).
- #3 is a perfect example of good use of the tree addition. It tees off with a row of maples just feet to the right of the pad. Good, unique fairway for a 9-hole course.
- #4 long position has two gaps to choose from down by the basket, while having to navigate around a medium sized pine tree in the middle of the fairway.
- #5 is very open, but the crux of this hole is hitting the 8' gap that is 30 feet straight in front of the tee pad.
- #6 is probably the signature hole of the course, playing across a small drainage creek, and through a small stand of trees. Very nice historic bridge across the creek on this hole also.
- #7 has a very cool long pin position, that requires a pin-point approach shot through one of 3 or 4 gaps about 10 feet from the pin.
Cons: - Flooding occurs here from time to time, down on #2 and #6 baskets.
- Also, being close to the river and wet a lot of the time, it gets quite buggy. Especially when traipsing through the rough.
- Some of the fairways are closer together than they appear, which could cause some interference problems. The mowed fairways make it seem very separated, but 1, 4, 5, and 7 are all parallel to each other.
- #1 basket (long) is installed a little low to the ground. #7 basket (long) is leaning about 15 degrees downhill.
- Really, just not the most difficult or challenging of courses. Lacks variety
Other Thoughts: - I will list hole #8 here, as I have mixed feelings on it. It is much better with the current tee pad position, straight away. The old, short and brutal dogleg layout was a bit janky. And it is nice having a technical wooded hole on the course, to add some variety. However, it's still not very memorable, and is probably my least favorite hole on the course.
- The course layout on some holes is a little uninspiring but I'm not going to list it as a con. With the available space, hole design really is quite good. But it sometimes still leaves a little to be desired. However, I commend the redesign, which has definitely improved the course. Adding length and additional difficulties on the long pins, as well as some new trees, was just what the doctor ordered.
- The feel of this course is a very professional one. From signage, to tee pads, to the nice, clean baskets. The course has precisely mowed fairways, and I have never seen any part of the course overgrown (aside from the rough getting a little tall).
- Not the most difficult of courses, but the magnificent upkeep nearly makes up for it. This 9-hole is absolutely worth your time.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
The new design
Pros: -Concrete Tee pads; Tee Signs with Fairway Map, Pin location and Distance; Alt Pin Placements have now been added to each hole.
-Well Defined Fairways
-One narrow wooded fairway.
-Rolling terrain along the Skunk River
-Great Beginner course, also adequate for the seasoned player
-Rolling hill terrain
-Two long distance open downhill shots
-Long distance drives
-One Risk/Reward shot across a creek
-Course is well maintained
-The tall river grass has been cut! (It used to be tall enough to lose discs in)
-Primarily an open field course, with a few holes that will require some accuracy.
-Shelter House with Pop Machines.
-The park is Disc Golf only, so there shouldn't any park goers.
-If you really want to add an element of difficulty, make the area outside of the fairway O.B.
-Bocce Ball courts, if you are interested
-There is a fantastic small restaurant near the #6 Basket. Great Food! Huge Tenderloins!
Cons: -Not much variety, majority of the course plays in the open field
-Course is prone to river flooding
-You still have to throw through the Gap on #5, which used to be the old #3. *If the pin is in the new Alt position, you can see the basket, if it's in the old position, you'll want a spotter.
Other Thoughts: The redesign has a good flow to it. You'll see some of the old familiar holes are still apart of the new design. #3 is a new fairway and the new #6 tee pad has been moved near the old number 4 teepad. The #6 long basket is in the same place. 7-9 are the same, except that they now have alt pin locations. Also, they relocated the #8 Tee pad to offer a straighter shot through the woods making it more of a reasonable finesse shot, rather than the brutal dogleg that it used to be.
Riverview may be a 9 hole course, but it has a certain appeal to it. It is fun to play and it gives more challenges than meets the eye. It gives you a chance to break out your long arm and also requires accuracy on other fairways. Riverview still offers up a challenge, and tournaments are often held here. If you happen to be passing through Mt Pleasant, it's definitely worth a stop. It is an open field, so bring some liquids in the summer.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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