A unique kind of fun
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -all the disc golf essentials: tees, adequate signs, good baskets, simple navigation (actually the signs and baskets are updated compared to many of the photos on here)
-decent interaction with a nice park, with front nine going one direction from the parking area, and the back nine the other way; would be a good place to bring family, kids, or new players
-no major safety concerns, though the park layout means errant throws could go either into the street or the jogging path
-it's a pretty unique disc golf experience but done well; holes are fun even if not particularly challenging
Cons: -hole diversity is limited by the type of terrain/trees available and the fact that all 18 are squeezed between the street and a park path
-no particularly long holes, though that's actually good here (I think long holes would increase the chance of hitting park users or cars)
-some of the more fun holes are actually ones where you might hit someone by accident; I had to wait for cars to pass on one hole (front nine, street on left) before hanging a RHFH out over the street; I waited for walkers on the path once or twice just to be safe, though it wasn't a problem on most holes
Other Thoughts: It's a beautiful park along the Arkansas River, and the park is in great shape overall: mowed grass, trash cans & no litter, restrooms, a play area for kids, free parking, safe area, etc. The layout of the park (being long and narrow along the river) makes for a unique round but also limits the type of holes that are available. The first 9 holes go south from the parking lot (street initially on left) before turning around and coming back north (now bordering walking path on left). The back nine goes north before coming back south. Literally only one hole goes east/west, and it's a shorty since the grassy area is only ~200' wide at its widest spot.
I thoroughly enjoyed a quick round here. There were really no negatives to the experience. I imagine during peak hours the parking might be crowded, but I was there at a decently busy weekday afternoon and had no problem. It's the kind of course that a "disc golf rich" area benefits from. You probably wouldn't want to play every round here, but since it's one of many courses in Tulsa, it's a very nice option. It won't challenge your game like Blackhawk or McClure, but it's a very nice relaxing round in a beautiful park that's conveniently located closer to central parts of Tulsa.
Rating: the disc golf itself is closer to a 2.5, but this is a park where the park itself adds value to the course. The designers knew what they had to work with and did a good job without endangering anyone.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
A solid course
Pros: The lengthy drives combined with old growth trees make this a delight to play. The concrete tees are marked by a sign. Mandatory tape on trees make a what would be a banal drive more challenging. Many drives are ideal for rollers. Baskets where in good shape and alternated pins were seen but not available. Many tight drives and a few tunnel shots. The big trees offer some much needed shade during an Oklahoma hot summer.
Cons: The course is disjointed and some lengthy walks between baskets make it tough to find the next tee. Also, the signs offer no help on the route of the fairway and some baskets were difficult to find; most notably 2 and 14. Finding the long tees was nearly impossible on many drives. Pedestrians are everywhere and can be a problem.
Other Thoughts: Its a lovely park but it is spread out. First timers need to know that the disc golf course is in the south end. A warm up basket would be nice.
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Tulsa's Oldest Course
Pros: Consistently good holes and a variety of approaches.
Parking is getting limited. Restrooms, splash-pads and recreational amenities are central to the "clubhouse" area.
Cons: Constantly dealing with the trail pedestrian traffic and cyclists.
The expressway traffic is very dangerous and at times is within 40 feet of the holes.
The rugged embankment of the river creates some severely dangerous situations for retrieving an errant disc. Poison Ivy is a problem at times.
Other Thoughts: The course was donated in 1979, by River Runner, a shop that was at 41st & Riverside, until the mayor forced them out to widen the roads, in the early 90s.
The shop sold the first-ever discs for golf. They were Whamo molds but used very heavy .polymers.
The Worldclass 119gram, to the Master165gram were kept in stock, but their weights reached 260grams using the heavy polymers (which were glow-in-the-dark).
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Easy access. Nice course to play if you're short on time.
Cons: Busy street and park with walking trail full of runner and cyclists.
Other Thoughts: Another classic course of Tulsa. It was redesigned and finished around 2009. It seems to be a little longer over all. The design has taken most of the walking trail out of the equation, but it still comes into play on a few holes on the front 9.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: I love the layout of this course with the first 9 split from the back 9. It runs right along riverside and you can see the river from most of the holes. The restroom facilities are really nice being in the middle of the course.
Cons: Is very busy. If you go alone or with just 2 people expect to wait but hope people let you play through. Also there is a lot of pedestrian and biker traffic so be patient. The first three holes are tricky being right next to riverside drive.
Other Thoughts: Great park to play. Although its a pain to wait for the pedestrians, I'ts great to see all the other players and I think its good that people get exposure to the sport.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Try not to hit people...
Pros: OVERALL FUN FACTOR (16% weight) - 2.5 - Average fun factor to play here. It is a longtime established course with long history which makes it fun because there are a lot of disc golfers there.
COURSE DESIGN (14% weight) - 4 - Course design is great for the narrow space this park has to offer between the bike path along the river on one side and riverside drive on the other side. Be careful not to throw into the street and hit cars!
SIGNS/MAPS/MARKERS (11% weight) - 3 - Signs at every tee showing you where the baskets are referencing trees and obstacles. There are no "next tee" signs after the holes, but the course just loops back on itself, so it's pretty easy to follow.
TEE PADS (8% weight) - 4 - Nice concrete tees
ELEVATION (8% weight) - 3 - Course makes good use of the little elevation changes there are.
SCENIC BEAUTY (8% weight) - 2.5 - nothing too special. Nice view of the River as you play.
BASKETS (5% weight) - 4 - Nice baskets in good condition. Placed on hillsides on ea few holes makes for challenging putting.
FOLIAGE MAINTENANCE (3% weight) - 4 - Grass is cut and park is well kept.
OVERALL CHALLENGE (3% weight) - 2.5 - average
Cons: EPIC HOLES (5% weight) - 1.5 - No holes really stick out to me as epic.
DISTANCE VARIETY (5% weight) - 1.5 - Most all holes are short or average in length. 7 holes are under 250 feet.
SHOT VARIETY (5% weight) - 2 - Many of the holes were very similar and not a lot of shot variety required.
BENCHES / TRASH BINS (3% weight) - 2 - There are a few trash cans through out the park, no benches at the tees.
MIX OF TIGHT AND OPEN (3% weight) - 2 - The "tight" holes were the ones where you throw along the side of the road which is OB - but for the most part all of the holes are open with large trees as obstacles.
CROWDED? (3% weight) - 1 - Crowded with lots of non disc golfers and people jogging, rollerblading, riding bikes on the path next to the park. I imagine people on bikes get hit by discs quite often here. This is a negative.
PARKING (2% weight) - 1.5 - A very busy park, and not enough parking on weekend days - had to drive around to find street parking on the other side of Riverside drive.
Other Thoughts: Since this is such a popular park for the people of Tulsa I think a lot of people get interested in the sport by watching disc golfers play here.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Riverside: On the side...of a river...
Pros: Course is located right next to the Arkansas river, which provides good views, but doesn't come into play. Trees are utilized well here. A few hills come into play, but all of them are side hills. The holes are very easy for the average player. Tee pads are very good. Large enough for the course. The tee signs are amazing, and made by Houck Design. Baskets are DISCatchers, catch well, and have no graffiti on them. Navigation is very easy. The tee pad is always visible from the previous basket.
Cons: Like I said earlier, all of the holes are short and easy. The holes also are very repetitive, and get boring after the first nine. There are a lot of walkers and bikers that can get in the way on a few holes. The front nine can get dangerous because the other fairways are close on the right, and there's a busy street on the left. If you throw into the street, you might have a hard time getting it back. One of the tee signs was missing, which isn't too big of a deal, but still...
Other Thoughts: This is a nice little "park" course that provides a little bit of challenge, but gets very boring. There just aren't any amazing holes here. I wish I could rate this course higher. It has all of the amenities, just not a good design.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
The Glide baby
Pros: Fun little course with lots of interesting little shots. Not very challenging for a pro/adv player but it is fun to play every once in a while when in town. The baskets and tee signs are nice. Concrete pads are in good shape. There are alot of midrange shots on this course but here are also a couple of places a driver is needed fo the speed to get under some limbs. The bathrooms in the middle of the park are nice. The course is pretty much split into two parts, the front and the back, so that if you dont have time to play 18, you can just choose to play one side or the other. There river is really nice looking but does not come into play.
Cons: The park can get very busy and it can get frustrating at times with all of the runners and parkgoers. Hole 10 can get isnt the greatest layout due to the parking lot. There are places that a bad shot can find the street which is really busy.
Other Thoughts: I really like this course for everything that it is. It has the old school feel that it used to have with a couple new amenities. Watch out for people and be prepared to be patient.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Well marked, well maintained, good setting, good baskets, tee boxes. Solid all around.
Other Thoughts: I don't mind the busy street. Only a wild throw will end up in the river or the street. Remember to look both ways because people do travel fast on that road.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Course is excellent for beginners. Few trees for some decent obstacles. Nice open drives. Holes are quick and easy. 2 people played through the full 18 in an hour moving at a fairly quick pace. Great place to practice any shots.
Cons: Running along the road and the river can be a bit dangerous. If you don't control yourself throwing a disc into either one can be easy. Throwing into the river is normally easy to retrieve but still a hassle but nothing hurts your disc more than throwing it into a car moving 45 mph the other direction.
Other Thoughts: Such a great course for people new to the sport. The scenery is beautiful and the park is kept really clean. Again for beginners or people just wanting to practice this course is amazing. If your more experienced then this course won't challenge you but still a lot of fun to play.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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