1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Technical and challenging.
This is a nice hike that would be worth checking out even if there wasn't a course on it.
Hole 4. The tee is on a cliff the basket is at the bottom. Very interesting to throw.
Cons: Unforgiving. If you mess up a throw your disc is going to be in some thick rough.
Even though they aren't super far you can't see the baskets from most of the tees.
Other Thoughts: Get your fairway drivers out. You won't be ripping it off the tee at any point. If you want to rip it you can head over to the other 9 which is open and basically the polar opposite of this 9 making for an interesting overall 18.
Use a spotter if possible.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Challenge in the Woods
Pros: A typical hiking path based course layout with very tight lines from tee to basket. A fun quick hike by itself, it has well maintained trails with cement tees. Heavily wooded paths and low ceilings, plus the sometimes major elevation changes define this style of trail based course. The underbrush on the hills can also eat up discs that miss the fairway by as little as a foot. Technical lines force different throwing styles. Highly enjoyable for the finesse player with occasional need for a spotter and those who like beautiful hikes and views of the Columbia River gorge.
Cons: Requires tight controlled shots in heavily wooded trails and thick underbrush that can eat up stray discs. Spotter recommended.
Other Thoughts: When combined with the beginner friendly and mostly wide open west course, this makes for a quick and beautiful 18 holes. The technical challenges may be too intimidating for new players.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Technical, Challenging, Awesome
Pros: This course has a lot to offer. It is set in some awesome woods, lots of trees and elevation. The holes all have their own unique feel, which makes it hard to get bored here. Hole one is the only hole to let rip, try to get to the large path at the far end of the tree line for a good approach. Hole 4 I would say is the signiture hole, about a 175 ft horizontal, but about 120 vertical drop! Challenges even the best of players on most holes. You will be forced to throw shots you may have never tried before, or give you lines that are way out of your.comfort zone. It is nice and secluded, so dont worry about big waits, and the difficulty will definately keep the rif raf away.
Cons: This course can be brutal. Miss throw by even a foot and you could be completely out of play for an approach, or lost in the dense brush. I would reccomend a spotter if you have a few people with you. As most of the tee shots are blind, I found myself having to hike up the fairway to find out where I was going, which is a pain, but with noone rushing behind you its not bad since most pins are visable from 50 feet past the tee.
Other Thoughts: If you are in the mood for a challenging 9 holes this is the ticket. Low ceiling shots, teeshots over hills and tight lines and fairways abound. The course seems to be wearing itself into the landscape, in a year or so I could see the fairways opening up a little and the course being much more forgiving.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: * Good cement tees.
* Great baskets
* Easy to navigate
* immaculate bathrooms on site
* never gets that crowded
* Benches and some trash cans
* no wind, exept hole 1.
* lots of trees and elevation
* Fun obsticles (downed tree on hole 5, bombs away on hole 4, drive over a chasm on hole 7.
* hole 4,5,6,7 are all pretty easy to birdie, for making up strokes on 1,3,8, which are pretty easy to double bogey.
Cons: * No Tee signs
* Almost every hole is a blind tee shot.
* The only holes to bomb it on are 1,3,8. The rest are very short. 3,8 require pinpiont accuracy off the tee.
* Hole 8,9 don't throw to the left, there is a steep cliff with 6 foot tall stinging nettles.
* hole 8 should be par 4.
* Stinging nettles and underbrush, (throw low, and spot your discs.)
* $5 to park, but I recommend getting a year pass for $30, you can play at all of oregons state parks including, Rooster, Dabney, Milo, Dexter, and more.
Other Thoughts: The Number one reason why I spend so much time here is the seclusion. I like taking my time and kicking a couple back while I throw. If you wanna avoid the large groups with no etiquette, and play a rather challenging but rewarding course, this is it.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 5 Not
Stick to the west course!
Pros: Hole number five is fun.
Tee pads are concrete.
Baskets are in good shape.
Navigation is simple.
Two courses on site.
Elevation comes in to play.
Cons: Even in winter/early spring there is so much under brush and so little fairway that hunting for discs is almost on a throw by throw basis. There are a couple of baskets placed on the side of cliffs and the basket as well as the cliffs can't be seen from the tee box so you have no idea of this when you throw your tee shot, in fact every hole on the course with the exception of hole four is a blind pin.
I'm usually not one who whines about too much luck but there are not many holes to this course that are skilled throws. You can make a perfect shot and hit the fairway (a two foot wide walking path) and watch the disc skip three feet into the bushes and either be looking for it for fifteen minutes or be behind a tree or whatever but you will be in a bush and praying for a three. I'm alright with bad throws getting punished but I'm NOT alright with good throws being punished for no reason.
Other Thoughts: I say avoid this place like the plague and just play Rooster Rock West a couple of times.
4 of 9 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
A rollercoaster of a course
Pros: *Trees, I love me some trees, and there's some good ones.
*Elevation, ups, downs, ups and downs.....
*# 4 is a great Top of the World putter shot, i'm not a huge fan of walking uphill, but I get a smile on my face ever time i'm on the walk out (or walk up...) from 3 to 4...
*This course MAKES you hit lines, and slaps you around if you miss...
Cons: * # 3.... Some people think the idea of hitting a six-foot window is fun, I'm not one of them. Oh, and if you do hit the window (emphasis on IF), the fun has just begun, you get to deal with a low, narrow tunnel to a protected pin.... Just take your four or five and walk up the hill...
*Seclusion.... I know I listed this as a Pro, but for some reason, I get a real weird feeling if I'm playing hear alone, like I'm constantly looking over my shoulder. Maybe its the fact that its so close to the highway or so close to the nude beach (both seem to be magnets for sketchy characters...)
* Holes 5 and 6 are WAY too short, 6 especially, I think its 120'....
*Lots of stinging nettles and other "mean" plants off the fairway, and believe me, more likely than not, you WILL end up there....
Other Thoughts: This course is such a torrid affair for me. Love, hate, love, hate, throughout the round. It is definitely unique, and there are some real gems in there (#4, #7, #8) but # 3 is so ridiculous, and 6 is pretty lame. Coupled with the fact that the rough is so ROUGH, this course usually leaves me feeling angry.
To get to the course, just turn right after the pay station. Park at the end of that road. The first tee is right off the southeast corner of that lot. The first hole goes across the field, and into the trees. From there, the flow is pretty intuitive. Just keep in mind that after #3, you walk up the hill.....
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Are you ready for RR east?
- Challenging with high risk/reward shots
- Great flow and easy to play without a map
- Amazing use of elevation
- Unique hole design with lots of variety and no boring holes
- Great cement pads
- Great Mach 5 baskets
- Benches at every hole
- Beautiful scenery
- Very secluded and not windy in the trees
- Can be frustrating in the rough
- Errant shots can result in lost plastic
Other Thoughts: I have always considered this course to be very unique and remains one of my favorites. I can understand why people don't like it because of the challenge and frustration but I say go play it again. There is nothing like pulling off that lazer drive down the hallway on hole 3 or floating one down under the basket on hole 4. Team this course up with the west nine and Dabney and you got yourself a great day of disc golf in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.
Favorite hole: #8 - A 395' side-hill hole with a deep dip in the middle and trees on both sides. Don't go right up the hill but really don't go left into the ravine. This fairway requires a nice finesse shot, preferably a clean left to right landing at the top of the ridge. The only hole with a more treacherous ravine of the course is hole 9.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 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.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
9 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.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
10 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.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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