Small, challenging course
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I would like to give the course a 2.75. While there is no elevation change, there are tons of trees to negotiate. Add to that the snow and ice on the ground when I played. Nothing easy, at least for me.
I like that the holes get progressively harder as you go along, but (from the red tees) there is nothing that is oppressive or demoralizing.
As the holes get longer, the ability to throw fully becomes more doable. If not the initial threading through close trees, then the second shot.
Cons: It is a tight course, and the signage leaves something to be desired. If you don't print the course map photo from this website, take a picture of it at tee no. 1. You will need it.
Also note the next-tee arrows on each teepad sign. I only spotted a few yellow arrow next-tee signs against the base of trees.
The condition and composition of the tee pads vary and some are quite poor. Vary from a raised concrete pad to a gravel pit or nothing but wooden markers in the dirt. Some of the blue tees have ball-golf driving range mats on them (odd!).
There is only one bench. At hole no. 1.
You will have to pay April-October to get into the park and then another fee tor the disc golf course. I will play it mostly fall and winter, but when I do come in spring and summer, will also hike (promising trails; one comes through the disc golf course) and swim in the water park (summer). Make the payment cover a lot.
Other Thoughts: Very large, very serene regional park off the beaten path. Lovely setting. There is camping here too, for you travelers and local folks just getting away for the weekend.
I'm not sure there was a B basket for any of the front 9 holes, but I believe there was one for all of the back 9 ones. Sometimes the B basket is actually easier to play to.
In winter, the gate in closes by perhaps 5pm. If there are campers, the out gate is open. So you won't get locked in. But you may want to start earlier than 3pm to get in your round without rushing.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
A so-so short wooded course
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is located in Bull Run Regional Park, a very nice, beautiful park open to the public. If you wanted to make a day of it, there are plenty of hiking trails and activities in the park.
While I'll get to the front nine in the "cons", I really enjoyed the back nine holes. They form a circle around the edge of the course, and offer some interesting holes. I particularly enjoyed the straight shots on 11 and 12 along the road (a straight throw is rewarded), as well as the wooded 13th and 14th holes.
As this is a shorter course by today's standards, it's a good course for both beginners (playing from the white or red tees) and advanced players (with some tricky drives from the blue tees).
The existing baskets are in good shape, and the back nine has double sets (shorter white and longer blue baskets).
There is plenty of parking right at the course, and the start of holes 1 and 10, as well as the baskets for 9 and 18 are all within a few hundred feet of each other along the parking lot.
If you play from the white tees, there are several ace runs, especially on the front nine.
The scenery is beautiful, especially in the fall. I started playing disc golf to get into nature more often while sporting, and this is a beautiful little course in a beautiful park.
Cons: My biggest issue with the course was the first nine holes. They are quite confusing and don't follow a logical order from basket to the next tee. On the back nine, the basket is close to the next tee and flows in a sensible direction. The front nine does not. For example, after hole two, you have to cross a small ditch to get to three, where as there are a few other tees nearby. After basket 4, there is a tee right next to you, but that is 13. After 7, you walk halfway back up the fairway to get to 8, but tee 9 is right next to basket 7. If I didn't have a photo of the map (a large sign is at tee 1), I'd have been very confused.
The sign shows three tee boxes and two baskets for each hole, but the front nine only has white baskets. The back nine has both. If you wanted to keep score, you'd have to play all the holes from one tee to the white baskets, or break it up into two nine hole rounds if you wanted to do the blue baskets on the back nine.
Most of the tees are crushed gravel inside timber frames, and they desperately need updating. They are dug out like a batter's box where people have dug in to throw. The existing concrete pads are small and quite dangerous, as some were 6+ inches above ground. A slip off could result in a twisted ankle or worse.
Other tees just didn't exist - they were two flags marking where the tee box should be.
Several of the holes dogleg to the right, so for a left handed thrower or someone who can slice a disc, you are good to go. For someone like me, who can go straight or throw a hook, it was a tough time. Some of the holes, especially from the blue tees, make it so that you have to throw a disc sharp to the right. the 13th blue tee comes to mind.
While I enjoy the challenge of playing through trees, some of the tree branches could be trimmed. I don't remember what hole it was, but unless you can throw it perfectly straight and less than five feet off the ground for a few hundred feet, you will hit a tree branch from either a low-hanging branch or a small sapling.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun, small course that would be great to come to if I lived closer, but it's not worth an hour drive. The lack of varied terrain and some of the needed updates (tees and baskets) leaves it as an average course. Still, if you live nearby or want to expose new friends and family to a course that is short and in a beautiful setting, this would be a good option.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
It's somewhere to play, and that ain't bad
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Other Thoughts: Bull Run is a kind of wooded course, playing through a Grove of trees on a flat, postage stamp piece of land. It's a shame they couldn't have used more of the park because driving in, there are some nice wooded areas that would have worked well. It's kind of short, a little repetitive / generic, not very memorable, but it's a place to play.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Just another course
Pros: Tight technical shots required throughout the course. It translates well for a beginner to refine their game, but advanced players won't be particularly challenged. It feels more like a practice round when you play the course. The course plays very quick so you're able to get multiple rounds in within a short amount of time.
Cons: Very flat. Almost no elevation changes, and some of the holes aren't particularly well laid out.
Other Thoughts: Use this course for practice and fine tuning, then go play a real course.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Bull in China Shop
Pros: 18 wooded technical holes with 3 tees, 2 pins on the front 9, and 2 baskets on the back 9 per hole lending a fair amount of variety of distances and lines. Tee signs and navigation are ok. Not likely to lose a disc. Two loops of 9 holes back to parking lot, front 9 loops around the inside of the park while the back 9 loops all the way around the front 9 clockwise.
Reasonable course for beginners and those that like shorter tight wooded golf. The front 9 is fairly short old school style golf favoring shots turning to the right. The back 9 is a little longer with a couple par 4s and the better part of the course. Hole 12 blue to blue was my favorite.
Cons: Course is pretty flat and tends to get swampy. Most tees are natural and muddy, there are concrete tees at random color that are too small. A couple of the blue tees had unrealistic turns or gaps. Not sure about poison ivy at the time of year I played, but noticed a number of vines that were cut. Some thorns in the rough, but the rough is not very bad here.
No crossing fairways, but they are still dangerously close in a few places. I was glad I had the dg park to myself. While the dg part of the park is a disc golf only area, the close proximity to the water park and pavilion may be a little cumbersome in summer.
Other Thoughts: I never played the course before the redesign because of all the putrid reviews, and still I wasn't expecting much playing here, but it was enough to scratch the itch. I would be concerned playing this course with a decent crowd or after recent rain. If you are a local or happen to be in the area and want to wait out rush hours traffic, this is the place I'd recommend.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Multiple pin positions on front nine. Two baskets per hole on the back nine.
2-3 tee locations per hole. One (often white) concrete tee per hole. Tee sign typically at white tee.
Concrete tee too narrow, too short, and too tall.
Cost to enter park, additional to play (come during off-season for free).
Some fairways quite near others.
Course is set in the wooded area between an access road, a parking lot (with neighbouring pool), and dense/wilder forest, within a large public park. While wooded throughout, this isn't a particularly tight course.
While the entire course is flat, there is more challenge to be found on the back nine, as the holes are typically longer, and the throwing lanes tighter, i.e. specific lanes/windows to be hit, vice specific trees to miss, which is more characteristic of the front nine.
In addition to adding (some) length, the farther tees often change the shape of the hole. This shape-change often makes the hole more of a right-turner - from the long tees, there are more right-turning holes than any other type.
Navigation-wise, the online map is quite useful. 1-9 are set inside the outer, clockwise loop which composes 10-18. 1-2 play straight out, cross the tiny drainage canal ahead/right to play counterclockwise loop 3-6, then re-cross to play 7-9 back towards tees 1&10.
Big improvement over the original course, with distance/difficulty suitable for beginner/intermediate, and long2long providing plenty of challenge for advanced and beyond.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The new layout turned this into an actual disc golf course. Before, it was just 18 hole in one chances. Now, there are actually some challenging holes. Good variety of left, right, and straight holes. The couple of par fours are legit, and can be a tough par if you mess up a shot. It is still a relatively short course and it can be played in about an hour. It is usually pretty empty, which allows for some peaceful play.
Cons: No elevation changes. All of the holes are perfectly flat. Mostly wooded course as well. It would have been nice to get a hole or two that was more open, but with the location of the course I guess that was not able to be done. It is also right next to a water park that gets crowded in the summer. Sometimes people wander around in the middle of the course, or sit near pavilions that can get in the way on holes 17 and 18.
Other Thoughts: It is a great course to check out if you live in the area. I live 15 minutes away and I play it all of the time.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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