In 1988, The Iconic Riverside Disc Golf Course was created by John Houck. It is the third course of his design and it is Houck’s vision and foresight of creating winding fairways underneath massive trees and in open greens that has inspired the development of several other disc golf courses in Victoria. Over time, the original Houck Design has evloved with the addition of several alternate pins. All original Tee Boxes remain in the same locations, except for #16 which was moved back approximately twenty feet, to higer ground, due to river risings dropping silt on the box. This new Tee Location was created in 2020 during the installation of The River Course at Fox's Bend. Below are maps of the two disc golf courses at Riverside Park.
The River Course at Fox’s Bend was designed by a group of professional player volunteers – affectionately referred to as “The Fox’s Bend Design Team”. This Team shared their time, talents, skills and Knowledge, along with their Love of the game to conceptualize the vision that is NOW The River Course at Fox's Bend!
The inital team was coordinated by Kevin "K Dub" Willis. Lead Designer was Ron Engebretson. Other contributors were Tim Engebretson, Wallace "Wally Gator" Hall, and Garin Wootten. Huge Shout Out to these guys for bringing this course to life!
The course offers challenging and strategic shots many of which are in full view of the Guadalupe River! Initial course concept was an 18-hole course which wrapped around the river’s edge. Due to massive amounts of needed clearing to expose all of Fox’s hidden treasures the project was done in two phases. First, a 9-hole course was established in 2016 on the inside of the bend. Phase two, in February of 2020, expanded the course, creating an 18-hole Championship Disc Golf Course which encompasses the full bend. All three, City of Victoria Disc Golf Courses are Funded and Maintained by The Victoria Parks & Recreation Department.
The following is an Excerpt FromVIMFall 2018, Editon 37, page 62
On any given Sunday, if you venture out to Riverside Park you will hear the sounds of chains banging in the distance and see groups of people walking in the grass taking turns launching flying discs through the air. These folks are playing Disc Golf. Think of Disc Golf as an infusion of ball golf and Frisbee. Most Victorian’s don’t realize that the sport of Disc Golf is deeply rooted here in Victoria! For the past 35 years, Riverside Park has hosted a renowned 18 hole, Disc Golf Course. The course is set among massive Pecan, Sycamore, and Cypress trees with long fairways that wind along the river’s bend, oftentimes exposing the sandy banks of the Guadalupe River – of which you definitely, do not want to accidentally throw your disk into, if so, chances are you will not get it back! The Riverside Disc Golf Course has come a long way from its humble beginnings! Disc Golf enthusiasts used to throw to trees with rings painted on them. Foot stones and some of the rings still remain as a reminder of the growth of the sport. Now we have official tee boxes and chain baskets! Victoria Parks and Recreation Department recently added another showcase disc golf course adjacent to the original Riverside course. Two courses to play in one beautiful park! In fact, Texas has more disc golf courses than any other state in the nation, 392 courses all over Texas! Disc golf is the fastest growing sport in the world! Currently there are over 42,000 active members of the Professional Disc Golf Association and Disc Golf is now fully recognized by the Olympic Committee! Like most disc golf courses, it’s FREE to play at Riverside! You can play at virtually any age and any ability. You can play solo, or in a group. This is a family friendly sport. Professional disc golf players can make a living playing disc golf, players can be sponsored and there are even some scholarships available for disc golf students graduating from high school. You can play disc golf throughout your lifetime too! Doctors, lawyers, teachers, students… there will always be a mix of players found in Riverside Park. Illuminated discs are used during night time games, so you can play anytime. You can start with one multi-purpose disc, or get some drivers, mid-ranges and putters. Discs are available online or at local sporting goods stores and novelty shops. Victoria Disc Golf Club members can even sell you discs! Imagine, you are playing the game, it’s now your turn to throw; with feet firmly planted, body squared to the basket, eyes focused on the target, taking a deep breath to steady your release, out of the corner of your eye, you notice thin ribbons of BBQ smoke lingering in the air, as if the universe is indicating wind direction to help navigate your throw… You take your shot – snapping the disc quickly out of your hand and launching it toward, and hopefully into, the chained basket – Disc Golf target. Cling! Is the sound of success! To a disc golf player, nothing sounds sweeter than discs clanging the chains and landing in the basket. This signifies completion of the hole, then it’s on to the next tee-box. “Growing the sport of disc golf is the Professional Disc Golf Association’s number one priority,” says Victoria Disc Golf Club VP, Wallace Hall. Disc golf courses are designed so that wherever you start, you finish near your original location. Just follow the signs! You can play the full course or just a few holes. It’s all up to you! Most games if played in a small group will take two hours to complete. Disc golf, like most sports, has its own culture with key elements of fellowship and community. All are welcome and most players are happy to teach new enthusiasts about the sport. There is an etiquette of ultimate respect for fellow players, rules of the game and the grounds upon which the game is played. Most of the players are not only ambassadors for the sport of disc golf, but for the parks we play in as well. With tournaments held all over the world and Victoria being a flagship course, it is no wonder Victoria's Riverside Disc Golf Course is famous.