1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: * Hole 6, a huge downhill bomb, might be one of the funnest holes I've played here in Georgia. You'll be tempted to empty your bag for sure! No doubt the signature hole, but I really liked a handful of other ones too (#12 long, for instance)
* Has a little bit of everything: a downhill bomb (6), a very narrow tunnel shot (14), holes that favor BH and FH, an uphill shot with a death-putt if you go past the basket (5), a basket on the side of a steep hill (8), and a 700-foot hole (17 long)
* "Fair" fairways. Many have trees you'll need to go around, but no holes that just have trees randomly scattered here and there throughout the fairway (a personal pet peeve playing here in Georgia). If you make a good throw, you'll be in good shape.
* Would be pretty hard to lose a disc here. The rough is a little dense in a few places, but my discs found no fields of poison ivy or impenetrable briar patches (and my discs were looking, too!). The baskets along the property line have trees protecting you from throwing over fences, too - even with my erratic play I wasn't too worried about having to say goodbye to any of my favorite discs.
* Holes 1-16 flow easily even without a map. #10's teepad is hiding behind a large tree a few feet away from #9's basket, but otherwise I had no problem till the final 2 holes
* Multiple tees and/or baskets on a few holes. Some, like 17 and 12, simply make the hole longer and a few, like 16, require completely different shots.
* Although the course is on the outskirts of various ballfields, no real issues with throws and pedestrians or game fields.
* Many holes had benches and bathrooms are near the ballfields (a little gross, but I have yet to find a park restroom that wasn't fairly disgusting)
* Concrete teepads...but see Con #1
Cons: * The teepads are a little short, which wouldn't be that big of an issue if they were flush with the ground at the back, but a few had 2 to 3 inch drop offs - yikes! I cannot remember which one, but one of the longer holes had a 4-6 inch step-up at the back on the teepad, making it downright hazardous.
* Pars are a little wacky and definitely too charitable. Honestly, I think only #4 & long #16 (both marginally) and the long #17 should be par 4s, everything else really should be a 3. There's absolutely no reason #11, at 274 feet, should be a par 4!
* Be careful on 14 if you get off to the right - it's steeper than it seems and a great place to twist and ankle and bust your butt.
* The walk from 16 to 17 is a little confusing, but the teepad for 18, if it exists, was not apparent to me at all! Maybe it was right under my nose, but I walked around for a good 15 minutes and never found it.
Other Thoughts: I don't think this has been directly addressed in the previous reviews, but the course has undergone a major revamping since the pictures on this website. I think maybe half the pictures reflect current holes (but the numbering has changed). The scorecards you can download here are *not correct* as far as distance, but I believe the on-course signs have been updated to reflect the new layout. Having not played the original layout, I cannot say for sure, but I suspect going from 24 holes to 18 holes was a step in the right direction. According to what I read on the Disc Golf Atlanta website, sounds like a handful of dedicated individuals have put in a lot of effort on this course, and it shows (mad props to them!)
I really enjoyed this course; I think I'm a tough grader as far as courses go, and while this course is not spectacular, I thought the layout was very good considering it is just what land was available around the existing park (I didn't roll my eyes at a single hole) and I had FUN! It is around an hours drive from Athens, so I will not be coming back on a weekly basis, but if I'm heading north, I'll "pack my bag", no doubt.
Safari hint: I got tired of looking for 18s teepad, so I hiked up the hill close to the the middle school. There's a patch of concrete with a manhole cover - although you cannot get much of a runup, throw from there - it's almost as much fun as #6!
Lastly, confirm your GPS's route by looking at a map. The park is located in one of those twilight zones where navigation systems tend to send you down fifteen little country roads to save you five miles of state highway.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Great Terrain for DG
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Rose Lane really has solid elevation which make for some really spectacular shots. Specifically the Top-of-the-world shot in hole 6.
-This park does not seem to get a lot of play, so you can expect a pretty private round.
-There are nice benches on most holes and bathrooms are located right after hole 18 on your walk back.
-With dual tees and dual baskets you can keep the beginner and the more experienced player happy.
Cons: -While I am usually a fan of 2 tees and/or 2 baskets per hole, I was disappointed with the way it was done here. The tee signs weren't really accurate and did not have the position for both baskets on them. Since the baskets all looked the same you would have to walk up and look to see if you are throwing at basket 7 or basket 7A.
-This course plays in not quite a full circle, so you end up with a decently long walk back.
-The tees are too short.
Other Thoughts: This was a really interesting and nice public course. The terrain out here is pretty well suited for disc golf with a large creek that comes into play on a few holes, great elevation changes, some wooded holes, and several holes that play through a nice meadow with hole 16 being a good signature hole. I would be exceptionally happy if this were my home course.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
February 2014 Update
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Nice elevation changes. A good mix of long and short shots. Different sets of tees on some holes. The course has great potential.
Cons: No tee signs or next tee signs. We had to make up our own pars for the holes. Holes 1 through 7 were fun holes to play. If they just added in some tee signs and next tee arrows or something, they would have been great. Holes 8 through 12 were terrible. Several baskets always in view and with no signs it was impossible to tell where to throw. 9 - 12 criss cross and would make for an annoying day of disc golf if several other groups were out playing. Several tee pads do not point in the right direction. And although the pads are concrete, they are tiny. Half of them don't have enough room for a run up behind the pad, or the pad is elevated and you risk tripping. 13 - 18 are a mix of great holes to fair/terrible holes.
Other Thoughts: The course is in need of major work:
1. New tee signs
2. Next tee signs
3. larger pads or pads that are at least level with the surrounding ground.
4. Several holes need to be redesigned for more realistic play.
5. More of the holes need to be less straight so you can shape your shots. Not fun to pretty much throw dead straight at every hole all day.
At this moment, I would not recommend a visit to this course with the shape that it is in.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Good course going bad
Pros: A wide variety of layouts and terrain. Open shots, wooded, elevation changes etc...this could be a really good course.
Cons: Catch on hole 11 is still missing. No T-pad on 13 and 15, several pads are covered in mud. This course needs some work.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Relies on elevation
Pros: *Rating is for both blue and yellow tees
-Secluded park disc golf, as we only ran into one other person on a saturday!
-Elevation, this course relies on elevation to provide shot variation and hole variance really well
-Concrete tee pads (for yellows) and most (for blues)
-Benches, trash cans, signage was all sufficiently available
-Yellow is definitely accessible for beginners/birdie hunters
-Blue tees provide a little push-back from a relatively easy course overall
Cons: -Atmosphere/scenery is ho-hum, course design is average
-Tee pads are a tad short
-Hole direction is merely an arrow (better than nothing) and there is little "next hole" info
Other Thoughts: I wasn't expecting too much from the course going in, but was pleasantly surprised by the elevation. Hole variety and shot selection rely on elevation and at times it feels like this redeeming factor is a crutch. I for one enjoyed the ups and downs. The course plays around the perimeter of the park semi-secluded from other park activities.
#7- I'm a sucker for severe downhill shots, and this one provides the goods. Its open and a strong arm will find the pin with a strong airy drive
#8- Nicely balanced hole from both tees, drive will go over a ditch with elevation on the left and in front gradually increasing as you reach the hole, which is tucked away behind a couple trees
#9- Sweeping downhill dogleg right perfect for lefties and sidearms, not much power is needed here as it is almost completely downhill right
#15- From the blues this a touch drive with a tree lined fairway to reach the pin
This course is average, however, I really liked how they brought elevation into play and also really enjoyed the multiple tees. I would consider this course to be more than sufficient if I lived in the area.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Here come the birdies!
Pros: Variety of holes. Good use of elevation. Good use of small ridgelines for pins. Gives a level of risk/reward. Long holes and short holes. Some holes have alternate pins and some have short tees. Benches and trash cans throughout the course. Overall very fun course.
Cons: Very short concrete tee pads and some aren't level with the ground so you have to step up on them. A few tees are still natural and they tend to wash when it rains hard. Due to the economic times, the parks dept. doesn't take as good of care as they once did, but course is never in bad condition.
Other Thoughts: Good people to play with in Toccoa! Excellent friday evening doubles action.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great use of elevation on all axis, you don't just get up and down shots, you get side to side as well and many baskets that will reward accuracy or punish you severely.
Multiple tee pads on a lot of holes with most of them being an actual different look, not just the same shot 50' back.
A great variety of distances which vary from in the 100s to the possibility of over 700, it is nice playing a course that is not constantly in the 200-300' range.
Signs on every tee that gives you a decent sense of where the basket is...which is good because there are a lot of baskets out there and if you don't have eagle eyes you could easily throw to the wrong one the first time!
Cons: Lots of roots and holes and other gotchas on the paths to and from holes...I am pretty sure I almost ended up on my back about 4-5 times.
Some steep declines that had/have makeshift steps but they are in ill condition and sometimes make it harder than it would be without them.
I can't say I cared for hole 19. I have no issues with risk/reward but this was a narrow trail on the side of a cliff with a creek about 40' down...bad luck and you would practically need repelling gear to get your disc back.
Small teepads that actually were so small that my wife complained at one point and she does not use a run-up.
Other Thoughts: A really cool course that shows its age a bit. Don't fret though, it isn't a wrinkly old grandma of a course...more like a seasoned cougar.
The course starts you out on a hole that punishes those who cannot shape a line with a basket sitting on the side of a 15' steep drop off...very cool.
Hole 7 was just awesome...the kind of hole you want to unload your bag on and then send your friend or kids down to pick them up so you can do it again.
Lots of hyzer/anhyzer shots that are out in the relative open...it seems like it would be a great place to work on shaping lines.
Absolutely A+ use of elevation, I loved the precarious pin positions on the hills...putt or die!!
I thought the back "6" felt a little forced and not nearly as good as the front 18.
Overall this course was worth the 75 mile drive and if it was nearby I would be happy to call it home.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Rose Lane Park
• Great multi-use park situated in beautiful rolling foothills of northeast Georgia
• Concrete tee pads on all holes
• Multiple pro/am tee pads on most holes with adjusted pro/am scoring
• Great variation of up/down and open/wooded holes
• Lots of elevation changes; you'll get a good workout walking this course
• Good signage on all holes (signs & posts at every tee pad, not just every hole)
• Easy to follow course flow
• Lots of benches throughout the course
• Bathroom facilities at the baseball complex near first tee
• Little to no interference with other park activities
• No crowds (only one other group was sighted during our 2 1/2 hour round on a beautiful sunny weekend afternoon)
• The course in particular (and the park in general) is somewhat run down and really needs some TLC
• Tee pads are way too short and many are not level
• Really long walk from the end of the course back to your car (1/2 mile or so)
Other Thoughts: This is a very nice course that is to be enjoyed by both seasoned and recreational players. As a new player, I appreciated the shorter amateur (yellow) tee pads and favorable pars that let me be challenged without getting frustrated. Scoring opportunities are there for beginners if you have you're A-game going, but you won't post an astronomical score if you don't. I have played decent variety of courses over the last several months, and my legs have never had such a good workout as they did at this park. There are plenty of long uphill holes, which makes you really appreciate the balance of the downhills! I really appreciated the way they integrated the drop-offs behind the outfields of the baseball fields, much more so than what I have seen attempted at other parks. While the front nine is mostly open, the back nine is mostly wooded. Again, great use of elevation as well as basket placement causing you to plan and execute a variety of hyzer/anhyzer shots.
Needs some TLC: I easily would have rated this course a full disc higher had the course not been in such a rundown condition. A review of recent photos shows the course to be well maintained, so perhaps the economic downturn has taken a toll on the park budget. For example, there was tall grass and weeds covering the basket on the first hole to the extent that you could only see the chains and the top of the basket. Many long open fairways were overgrown with tall grass and weeds so much that I really had to hunt for several drives that normally would be in plain sight. Despite all of this overgrowth, the entire park was very clean with not a piece of trash to be found.
Awkward Tee Pads: The tee pads are way too short, something I did not notice until I fouled up my first several tee shots (I should have read the other reviews). I solved this by starting behind the tee pad, or doing a runup adjacent to the tee pad if there was a sharp drop off behind the pad. There were also several tee pads that were very unlevel side-to-side; one of them almost made me do a cartoon-like fall before I held up and settled for a runup next to the pad.
The tall grass and awkward tee pads detract somewhat from the course, but it is still a great place to throw a round and will be a regular on my playlist when I am in the area.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Excited to play here again...
Pros: For one thing the variety of par 4s and par 5s really gives you confidence off the tee. I was really excited to step onto the pads and know i have four strokes to spare regardles where the drive ends up. If you rip it where you want it, your looking at a two putt for birdie, or even a two putt for an eagle on one or two holes. There is a very satisfying risk/reward factor here. The notorious #7 for example... today my RHFH shots were not as clean as I usually throw, yet if you are on that day, prepare for a Sports Center Highlight! It's not the most challenging course as far as stressing your every skill, but enough to punish you if you don't have a game plan at every hole. This is a very above average course, yet still looking for a nudge into being a great course.
Cons: I don't care who you are, short tee pads suck eggs! These tee pads are very short and at times was worrying about running off rather than making a successful throw. Not that big of a deal, but definately as annoying as a papercut. Also a little plant killer specificly the thorns and briars wouldn't hurt. My playing partner, lets just say isn't a tiger woods of the disc course, threw a couple of my discs in the woods. Being a gentleman and with concern over my own merchandise, i went in after them. My legs feel like they have been beaten with ropes of razor wire. ALSO... make sure you get a clear idea of the dangers and boundries spotted before teeing off. the are a couple holes with fence along side the fairway and/or behind the chains. Fly over the fence, all you can do is wave goodbye. Came close to loosing one, but my inner Les Stroud kicked in and happen to find it. The last con, is the distance from the last hole to your car. From Tim-Buck-Too back to reality.
Other Thoughts: I ended up driving out about 45 min. to get to the course. It's not a trip i will make every weekend, but i will definately be back. Maybe play there a couple times during the warm season. If you in the area, definately check it out. If not, possibly make it a weekend trip with your friends, you will leave satisfyed.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Hidden GA Gem!
Pros: I really enjoyed this course. It has some eye popping elevations changes on several holes, both uphill and downhill.
Several of the baskets are high risk/reward factor as they are on a slope or an edge of a slope.
Two sets of pads with good enough signs. Concrete teepads that are good enough.
This course has longer holes, shorter putter type holes, both hyzer and annhyzer holes.
A good excercise and ending back to the ISLAND HOLE by the parking lot. The course flows well.
There is a good use of the natural landscape here, i.e., trees, slopes, and hills.
Cons: I think this course could benefit greatly from NexT signs. The first round my group played we had to check pads to see if it were the correct number to throw from.
I also thought there were a tad too many shorter putter shots here. It seems as if the hole is either a driver shot, or a putter/midrange shot. No real use for a fairway driver here, or a tweener shot.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course, in a big park, in a safe area. It is overall a lot of fun and has a lot of neat holes. I would reccommend it. It is only an hour away from Central Park and in some beautiful scenery!!!
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