Both ends of bell curve(1)
Pros: This is a fairly well done 9 hole course in Rooster Rock State park. There is a sign near hole 1 showing entire course and it was fairly easy to follow. There is a variety of shots but it is all pretty flat and fairly open. There is nice use of river and trees to supply some challenge but even with that it is a pretty easy course.
Cons: No signs on course after opening sign, took some looking to make sure on track. A stop above pitch and putt but a short one. Pleasant but not overly challenging course. If by itself not worth the $5 to get in the park.
Other Thoughts: The contrast between the 2 courses is amazing. Hard to imagine 2 more different courses. Beware going from this to east course, much different!
Good for newbies
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Pros: As a beginner, this course was fun. The first 4 play along the road to the boat ramp and the last 5 play back along the first 4. The course is simple with concrete tee boxes facing the baskets. Not a lot of challenges if I was consistent with my throws but since I am not there were plenty of trees along the course to throw behind. There is really only one spot, #6, where there is a risk of losing a disc.
The first 4 play great for a RHBH as the road and parking lot are on the right. However, the next 5 present a challenge to both left and right handed players.
Map at #1. This was awesome. I suggest you take a photo of the map with your phone. This will help a lot.
Again, as a beginner, I don't throw 400'+. My throws are probably closer to 300' at best. I was able to throw a Valkyrie (my only driver) off the tee box so this course was perfect. It let me air out a lot of drives.
Cons: $5 entrance fee. This didn't bother me much because we ran to Benson afterwards but for some reason this could be a deterrent. I will be back after I buy the season pass.
Galvanized baskets. If these had bright coloring on them it would have made them easily visible from the tee box.
Maps at each tee box. Until now the tee box markers didn't bother me. However, I found it frustrating that we didn't know how each hole played out. These holes are longer than I usually play and it was hard to find the baskets at the tee box. There were a few times that we couldn't see the baskets and had to walk the fairway to find them. If this was a busy day we would have held up any group behind us.
Other Thoughts: Conditions: It was a partly sunny Sun with not a lot of people. There was no wind and the fairway path was mowed.
If you are a beginner and planning to hit the east and west, I suggest you play the west twice. I got three two into the east and realize it was beyond my ability. The east did look fun but I hit 5 trees on #1 and 5 on #2.
You could also play this and jump to Benson. I suggest Benson if you are a beginner only.
I have only played 4 courses and since I gave Woodland Comm. Church a 3, I have to give this a 2.5.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Nice walk in a park
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Pros: Bathrooms, plenty of parking. Great place for a new thrower (if it's not windy). Hole 4 has a great placement for the basket. Hole 6 plays around the end of a body of water and with a few small tree patches makes it the most fun hole on the west course.
Cons: Signs are not the best, so download a map from this site it will help EXcept number 9 which was moved at least 90 degrees to the right from where the map had the basket. If it's windy you need to go play Dabney unless you want the wind challenge. In the winter the park is a mess...after the wind storms it had down branches everywhere...but it is winter.
Other Thoughts: This course the west end of Rooster Park is a good warm up for the east end course. They are totally different and that makes for a fun 18. It would be nice if the Parks Dept. cleaned up the wind mess at least every couple of weeks in the winter.
One more thought...this course in the summer could be very crowded making it harder to play with people everywhere!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Fairly open. Good practice course. Great place to try new discs.
There are some trees to help make it interesting.
Great tees and baskets
Nice mowed fairway. No rough.
Great place to take beginners.
Easy to navigate once you find the first tee.
Cons: Boring. There are some trees, but it feels like a small step up from playing in a field.
Other Thoughts: This course is the exact opposite of the other course. It makes for an interesting 18.
No matter what you like Rooster is worth checking out because there are two very different 9s.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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West Is Best
Pros: Scenic Beauty - There is a lot to look at that makes this place pleasing to play. There is the wonderful mountains with their beautiful waterfalls flowing down right in view of the course as well as the Columbia River if you look North. There is also a little lake I guess you could call it that has a boat ramp and leads into the river.
The Course - The course has a lot of different holes lengths and different kind of challenges. Some of the holes get technical with tree obstacles, hole two comes to mind where it looks like there is no line to the basket and when you get there you realize it's bigger than you thought, a great vision obstacle. Some holes like four, five and six have the basket placed near the little lake with the boat launch near the basket so an errant throw can make you go swimming.
Cons: The main con that I found was finding hole number one and then after that navigation got a lot better though I would say bringing a map helped me out quite a bit and I recommend that you do the same. It plays right next to the freeway and there is a great deal of noise coming from that which can be distracting especially with all of the visual beauty. Those are the only the only cons that come to mind, this is a solid all around disc golf course.
Other Thoughts: This is my favorite by far of the two courses on site. The west course is everything I like about disc golf and the east course I wouldn't even play again. This area is prime for a disc golfing course bagger trip like the one I made just make sure you check out Dabney State Park right up the road.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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A fun, quick, easy round...
Pros: *Relatively open, but enough trees to keep it interesting...
*Some good views of the Columbia river and gorge...
*For a pretty flat course, there are a couple holes that encorporate what little elevation there is quite nicely.
*Two holes where water can come into play with an errant shot.
*Nothing TOO long, but long enough to break out the drivers for some ridiculous ace runs...
*Ace Runs galore....
*Of the couple times I've played, I've never seen more than one other group on the course...
*A great chance to work on your game because its open enough to try new shots, but enough of a challenge to punish errant shots...
Cons: *No signs, and as another reviewer stated, you can see multiple baskets from a couple of the tees, so it can be a bit confusing...
*# 9 is very near an off-leash area, so beware of dog piles...
*There are no WOW holes, but at the same time, there are no horrible holes (see: Rooster Rock East #3)
*Its right next to I-84, so you can see and hear traffic, and you don't get the secluded feeling that you get on the East course.
Other Thoughts: I normally do not like more open courses, but this one is different for some reason. I'm not sure if its because of its close vacinity to Rooster Rock East (which can be amazingly frustrating..) or if its just because its a pretty cool course....
When you get into the park, go left after the pay station. The first hole is right off the road, near the off-leash area (I think there's a couple signs near the road)... From there the flow is pretty intuitive, it goes west (along the road) for three holes, then works its way back east for the remainder of the course...
This course, is by no means a destination course, but if you're driving along I-84, and you want a quick, fun 9, give it a shot...
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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Worth a stop, but not a must play
Pros: The course is reasonable for beginners to play since it is fairly open, but the distance provides a bit of challenge for better players. There is never a long walk from one basket to the next tee. The scenery is very nice. Concrete tees. Convenient to the highway.
Cons: There are usually more than one basket visible from each tee, so it was sometimes confusing where I was supposed to be throwing. No signage or tee numbers. The holes don't have a ton of character, so there are no signature holes that would really draw you to this course.
Other Thoughts: Honestly, the course makes good use of the space that is there and provides a nice complement to Rooster Rock West. There's nothing wrong with small courses in parks like this; we could use more of them. If you're driving through and need a quick round, this is a good spot. It's just not one you need to go out of your way to play.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: *BEAUTIFUL SCENIC COURSE
*WELL MAINTAINED COURSE
*COURSE FLOWS WELL
*BASKETS ARE IN GREAT SHAPE
*NICE CONCRETE TEE BOXES
*BENCHES ARE PROVIDED AT EVERY HOLE
*COURSE MAP PROVIDED
Cons: I cant really think of many cons but i would say that finding the #1 tee box was a tad tricky and the holes had no signs/guides other than the one small course map i found at hole #1's tee box.
Other Thoughts: i really liked playing this course. it flowed very well the whole time while being surrounded by wonderful scenery. it reminded much of a small CHAMPOEG w/ the huge oak trees and basket locations coming into play.
Their is a much more challenging EAST course, picnic areas, plenty of restrooms, dog areas, spacious parking, fishing and many more activities provided allowing the whole family or friends to keep busy while at rooster rock state park.
Dabny is down I-84 a few exits from rooster rock allowing a 3 course playable day w/ one $3.00 parking permit purchase that you can use at both parks if you don't have the annual pass.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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- Mowed fairways, little/no brush
- Beautiful views
- Water hazards
- Complements Rooster Rock East
- Mostly flat
- Often very windy
- Not enough trees
The best thing about Rooster West is that it combines with its sister course on the east end of the park to make a pretty good 18. On its own, the west course is a little bit on the boring side. Most holes are more or less wide open, with the glaring exception of #2, which has almost no route at all. But it's nice to have a couple holes (#5 and #6) with real water hazards, as they're somewhat rare around here. Be prepared to deal with either headwinds or tailwinds on most holes.
The waterfall across from the #6 teepad is one of the best disc golf vistas in Oregon, especially on a summer evening.
By the way, the photos that are on here (as of 3/3/09) are a few years old. The course has concrete teepads and less tall grass now.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Typical State Park Course!
Pros: This course plays from the middle of the park to the far west end. It's flat and the water comes into play on # 5 & 6. It's a pretty state park on the mighty Columbia River with some awesome views. There's a map at the first hole. It's easy to follow with 5 holes down and four coming back. Just a nice relaxing throw, not a particularily easy course though. There are benches to sit on. Nice concrete teepads.
Cons: # 6 basket sits down maybe 25' from the end of a spit/slough ( I don't know what the hell the proper term is for this chunk of water here ?) It was muddy on July 6, what would it be like in winter? I'd move the basket to a spot a little less flood prone.
Other Thoughts: Play here for your casual, relaxing round, then drive to the other end for your challenging, disc hunting experience. The two combined compliment each other rather nicely.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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