9 Helpful / 0 Not
Mix of Fun and Frustration
Pros: The course was fairly navigable without a map. The flow through the woods is kind of fun. The fourth hole is is a great shot straight down off a small cliff. Do you throw a thumber straight down? Risk a lofting forehand? Kind of cool.
Cons: Not beginner friendly at all (my friends brought me here two years ago for my second or third round ever, not cool!). Some of the holes have tunnel or window shots that really aren't reasonable. Can you throw 300 feet through a 5-foot gap with no fade at all? If not, there are a couple holes that may be more annoying than fun, especially when you are trying to throw an escape shot from 25 feet off the fairway. Signs would be helpful; I had to walk down the paths to see where the basket was before teeing off. Also, Rooster Rock feels a bit like a rest area, and there was some rest area creepiness there. Definitely some clientele in the parking lot that didn't seem to be up to any good, and I was leery of leaving my car unattended.
Other Thoughts: The fun factor here varies by the hole. I like wooded, technical courses a lot, even when I'm not that great at them. Holes 4 and 5 are pretty fun, and a few others were cool. But if there is a gap you wouldn't want to try to ride your bike through, it's probably not a "fair" fairway. Unlike Rooster Rock West, this course is worth going out of your way for, but expect a high level of randomness to come into play.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Better in the winter
- Good flow
- Challenging holes
- Nice setting & interesting terrain
- Fun short holes in the middle
- Less wind than other Gorge courses
- Makes a nice 18 when combined with Rooster Rock West
- A couple of potentially frustrating long holes, especially for beginners
- Stinging nettles, and lots of them
- Disc-eating ravines
I think Rooster East gets a bad rap. It's true that #3 and #8 can seem downright sadistic; #3 requires you to hit a 6-foot gap, #8 is bordered by a bramble-filled ravine, and it's very rare to get a 3 on either of them. But #4 through #7 are all birdieable short holes that can be a lot of fun -- especially #4, which is the steepest downhill hole I've seen anywhere.
The key to enjoying this course is to pick the right time of year. There's never any poison oak, but from late March through early summer, it's chock full of stinging nettles. (Long pants help some, but they've gotten me even through my thin convertible pants.) There's a bit of a break in July and August, then they fire up again in September and October. Only November through mid-March are truly safe. Also, the ravine below #8 is full of blackberries -- they're deadly all year, but in the summer and fall it's pretty hard to find anything that gets deflected down there. And that's not to mention all the generic non-toxic underbrush on every hole that won't hurt you but will hide your disc. Spotters are recommended.
The good news is that the wind isn't nearly as much of a factor as at the west course, because the forest here is so dense.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Anything But A Typical State Park Course!
Pros: This is one of most uniquely, designed courses I've played. With that said, I agree with most of what all previous reviewers had to say about it. Start with the risk/reward factor. Playing by myself, I passed over #'s 3, 8 & 9 simply because I didn't want to chance the risk of losing a disc or spending a large amount of time searching over the endless banks. On the other hand, # 4 is a classic hole, 201' almost straight downhill. I really enjoyed the five holes I played. All were short technical throws. The teepads are great. I had no troubling navigating the course by myself.
Cons: The nettles were about five feet tall, they were ugly! # 3, is a 287' ridiculously tight fairway all the way to the hole with ugly rough on a steep drop off on the left side. # 2 is 254' luckout throw through the trees. I got a 2 but could have just as easily gotten a 4. gwillim sums these holes up pretty well with one word, unrealistic! # 8 is a 334' foot hole with a deep, dark rough on the left all the way down just waiting to gobble up your disc.
Other Thoughts: Rooster Rock East reminds me a lot of Dabney. A fairly good shot could hit a tree, carom left never to be seen again. I'm not a huge fan of disc eating courses and this is one of the most discyist eating courses I've seen. It should come with a warning label, "WARNING-PLAYING THIS COURSE CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR DISCS." And to once again agree with the renowed reviewer, gwillim, this is not a course I would choose to compete in a tournament on.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Challenging course with a good variety of shots needed.
A straight down hole (#4) that is very unique.
Well maintained tees and holes.
Not too hard to navigate with the maps found at the course.
Along with Rosster Rock West (only 30 seconds away) they make a good 18 hole course.
Good practice for your technical game.
Cons: Decent chance of a lost disc during a round.
Excessive brush and nettles at times.
No real opportunity to air out drives.
There's a decent amount of luck involved in the forest.
Other Thoughts: There tends to be a lot of debate about this course, I like it better than Rooster Rock West, which I find a bit bland, if you can simply except that you're not going to shoot well, that 4 can be a very good score on a hole that's under 300 feet and that luck comes into play, then you can enjoy this course. I think that if there wasn't a 9 hole course on the other end of the park it wouldn't be as good a trip but with the two contrasting 9's that I think really compliment each other it makes it a good day trip and a solid 18 holes of golf.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Hole 4 is a 200 foot drop down to the tee. All you have to do is clear the first bush and watch it go. A disc that starts out left usually goes left and vise versa. It is a fun hole.
Cons: Very tight course, the trees tend to bat down your disc unless you have a straight drive.
People tend to loose their discs on this course.
Other Thoughts: Put a spotter out on every hole to make the experience more enjoyable.
2 of 10 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
-Baskets in good shape
-Course maps available at hole one
-Fun elevation on a couple holes
-Unrealistic fairways on holes two, three, and eight.
-LOTS of stinging nettles!!!!
-Underbrush unmanageable during certain seasons (very hard to find discs)
-Unrealistic idea of risk/reward
-Perverts hanging out in their cars by hole one, waiting for people to head down to the nude beach.
-Teepad for fourth hole can be difficult to find for newcomers.
Rooster Rock east is pretty ridiculous! There are a few fun holes, namely holes four through six. The rest of the holes are pretty unrealistic. For instance, hole three is over 400 feet long, and the fairway through the trees is about eight feet wide, the whole way there. Getting a four on that hole is pretty awesome, getting a five or a six, pretty normal. Also, hole eight is kind of stupid, especially during the summer when the stinging nettles are five feet tall, and are everywhere off of the fairway. Actually, the nettles are everywhere all over the last five holes of this course. Hole two is another hole without a fairway. For hole two, you drive into a grove of trees with no reasonable gaps, while the basket is about 100 on the other side. You can throw a seemingly great drive and get stopped in front of the trees. Meanwhile, another player can throw the ugliest shot imaginable, and park the hole. Not good design.
Rooster Rock East can be a fun course in winter when the underbrush is held back, you just have to expect to take some HIGH scores and accept it before you start. I will not play it in summer or early fall, and I'll never consider competing on the course.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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