Pros: - Course is very wooded/technical.
- Layout is very reasonable for the land it's on. Good design.
- Signage is for the most part very good.
- With the exception of one hole (No. 8) there is space to throw discs in the fairways. It's tight and demands accuracy, but it's not unfairly nor do the lanes have trees in the fairway that make straight approaches impossible (like at Little Mulberry in Gwinnett Co., Ga).
- The course is very "fair". Yes, you'll be punished by an errant throw, but a good throw will give a good "look" and opportunity for the next throw. This is really all one can ask for on a technical course.
- Holes are challenging but not so tough that a family with kids can't go out and have a fun day. This course will not beat you up like some (Little Mulberry in Gwinnett Co., Ga, comes to mind.
- It is VERY nice that Holes #9 and #18 end right near the playground and parking lot where #1 and #10 start.
- Course is good for beginners and experienced players alike. One can also bring discs for specific shots, but could play the course with only one or two discs (putter and midrange/fwy.driver).
Cons: - Hole No. 11 is dead because of road construction. They'll have to find a way to get a new Hole 11 in.
- With Hole 11 out, getting from Hole 10 basket to Hole 12 tee is not easy, not intuitive, and not marked at all.
- Hole 8 requires a layup, but even after a good shot the remaining "fairway" on the dogleg-right is chock-full of trees. I'd like to see some of the trees cleared out to make the approach shots more fair.
- While signage is generally good, it could be improved. If you haven't played this course, bring a printed-out map with you; it will help where the signage isn't there to navigate.
- Restrooms are not very close to the course.
- Some of the par designations are not realistic. A 397 foot hole is a par 3 if it's open space or partially so, but on this tight a course that's a stretch. And a tightly wooded hole that is well over 500 feet being just par 4? I don't think even expert players would agree with that one.
Other Thoughts: - I really like this course. I hope they can get #11 worked out, and just a few more signs here and there and this is a truly premiere course. It's challenging but fair, a bit physically demanding but not overly exhausting.
- I recommend good hiking boots/shoes after the rains; wet and messy means unsecure footing on some uphill and downhill holes.
T = Technical
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Tee Signs (old but valid), concrete black pads, very technical
Cons: Lots of trees which can make it a long round. Bathrooms only by Tee #1.
Other Thoughts: Pro tees are concrete but the other red and blue tees are crush and run type gravel. It looks like the course is going to be redesigned due to the city adding a road.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
One of my favorites in ATL
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: * Challenging - requires both distance and accuracy
* lots of elevation changes
Cons: * hard to find your way to and around if you aren't familiar with it.
Other Thoughts: This is one of my favorite courses in the Atlanta area - the fairways are wide enough to allow nice distance shots, but they also require accuracy. Missing your lines will set you back without a doubt. Some of the hilltop-to-hilltop shots are fun and make this course unique. It's obvious that this course gets lots of love from the local Disc Golf crew. My only beef was trying to find my way around - took a while to find where to start from the multiple parking lots at this park. If you go to Atlanta though, this course is a must.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: - Great variety of long and short holes.
- Will exploit weaknesses in your game, you'll learn something new every time you play.
- Great signage.
- Well groomed.
- Great range of difficulty with different tee pads.
Cons: - Only the black tee pads have concrete, the others definitely need updating.
- Tough to find your way. Definitely bring someone experienced with you.
Other Thoughts: Play this classic Atlanta course! Great disc golf, in a well kept up park. Plenty of risks, and plenty of fun to be had.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: One concrete tee pad per hole, with two shorter natural tees; excellent descriptive and accurate signs; bathroom available nearby with water fountains (at the playground). Benches available. Navigation wasn't a problem. Two 9 hole loops that start and end at the parking lot (near bathroom and water fountain).
The course is situated in a small and totally wooded corner of East Roswell Park, all the way at the end of the driveway by the tennis courts. Hole one is behind the small playground.
This course has a ton of elevation change, which is nice, though more uphill than downhill. Hole 9 stands out to me here, as a long RHFH "S" curve downhill. It's not an easy line to hit, but if you do the long downhill glide is thrilling.
Getting off the fairway is punishing, as the intended line through the fairway is hard enough already. However, the mature pine forest is mostly clear of the usual Georgia underbrush, and it is usually possible to play from the rough and not just pitch out.
Cons: Not the greatest variety.. I got a bit tired of throwing similar shots off the tee. There is a great deal of "straight with no fade" or "straight with a slight right turn". Holes 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 all fall into this category, and with the exception of 16 are very similar lengths. That's over half the course using the same shot.. And you drive uphill from the tee around 9 times, and downhill 3.
Lots of holes here are tweeners.. too long or obtuse to be birdied by pretty much anyone but a touring pro, but too short to be a par 4. This could be a little bit more balanced; a couple of tweeners could be 4's instead of long 3's.. for example hole 17 at 397' with an uphill tree filled fairway could certainly be a 4. Possibly 9 could be stretched just a touch and made a 4 as well. Certainly as it is any tree kick off the fairway on 9 is an instant bogey. That said, sometimes you just have to suck it up and play the course as it's scored. Par is always relative, and finishing even here feels like you just threw a -4 most other places.
Course is pretty much always crowded on the weekends. Parking lot too, considering you share it with a tennis court and a playground. The problem with this course being crowded is that there always seem to be a couple of large groups of beginners or families, and this course really is not friendly to that type of disc golf. Traffic can get bogged down really quickly.
Hole 4 in it's previous state was at least controversial and interesting, and there was like a 50/50 chance that you'd lose a disc. Now it's just super boring.
No real standout, signature, awe-inspiring holes; some holes feel like fillers.
18 holes is a lot to cram into a small corner of the park, and there are lots of very close fairways in the back 9. This doesn't bother me much, but I think the possibility of catching an errant disc is higher here than usual so be aware especially around 10, 13, 17 and 18.
Other Thoughts: Hole one and two are a great introduction to the course, as they set the pattern the course follows right away. Hole one is a long gradual uphill, with a fairway that is plenty wide but turns slightly right before continuing straight back (farther than you think at first) to the pin. The hole is very typical of East Roswell, in that it's totally possible to birdie for intermediate/advanced players if you perfectly execute two touchy shots. Rhbh throwers will need a drive that turns over, but not too much, and an accurate approach through sparse trees. No big deal! …Until you stand on the tee pad and try it.
Hole two is a short beauty, throwing from a small hilltop, over a creek in a ravine of sorts and onto another hillside. Two clear routes, both with their advantages and obstacles. I think I always wish I had thrown the other route on this hole, no matter which one I throw.
Holes 3,4,and 5 are more open, but not really long enough to air it out. These holes have a high danger of losing a disc no matter how clearly you mark it, due to rampant kudzu growth on the edges of the fairway. The fairway is clear, but watch out if you err left or right.
Holes 4 and 6 are recently changed due to a construction project, which is too bad because 6 was a standout… sort of a longer hole 2. It's been replaced by a somewhat similar hole, but the old one was better. Players who were not a fan of the discarded trailers that littered hole 4 and made for many lost discs will be glad to see them gone, but may be underwhelmed by the very blah new hole 4.
All but holes 4, 5, and 12 are tight and technical, and though they are more open, there are still some trees to contend with. Playing from the pro tees (I haven't ever played the shorter tees.. All info on this review is based on the long tee), the course is very challenging. Of the high quality courses I play when I visit Atlanta (Perkerson, JP Mosely, N Ga Canopy Tours) East Roswell is the only one I haven't scored below par on. Last time I played it I felt I was playing about as well as I'm capable of and finished even. That said, there are two good birdie holes in the front nine (4 and 5) and three solid birdie opportunities in the back nine, beginning with hole 12. All other birdies are hard won. Contrary to other reviews, I feel that scoring well here isn't based on luck. Fairways are always fair (almost.. ), and a clear route is visible. Being able to hit your intended line is a result of lots of throwing and fieldwork, and if you can't *usually* put a disc where you want it you probably won't enjoy this course.
There are many complaints about this course being too tight, or just lucky, but this isn't true. There is a route on every hole (with the possible exception of the right turn approach on hole 8 which probably gets the most complaints, though it is one of only two par 4's for that reason.. people really complain about this hole, but I enjoy it. It forces me to throw a forehand which I usually try and avoid.. also I birdied it last round, which made me like it more haha.) and the fairways are not lucky. I can't think of any other course in the Atlanta area that is so consistently wooded, which makes me think players just aren't used to this type of course. Many courses I play are very similarly technical throughout.. They are very common in the Northeast, though the red clay and mature pine trees that make up this course give it a distinctly Southern flair. That said, I wouldn't recommend it to beginners (and I don't see the point of the shorter tees for this reason.. this is simply not a recreational course) because no matter how short a hole is, until you've gotten some control over the disc this course will be an unending frustration from any tee.
Even with the cons mentioned, for whatever reason I find this course to be a blast. It's hard and punishing and annoying at times but it's also very unique in the group of difficult courses around Atlanta. The bare ground and pine needles make skip shots (watch for the roots!) possible, so it's like a combo of west coast and east coast golf. It's a great touchstone for my progress, and a must play every time I visit.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very challenging treed course. Lots of elevation variations. Decent mix of long, short, blind holes. Bathrooms, water fountain, and pavilion very close to start.
Cons: Parking can sometimes be full due to proximity to tennis courts.
Other Thoughts: The course doesn't seem like a priority to the park... have seen it in pretty poor shape. There are few, if any, benches, trash cans, signs, etc.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: I really enjoy the front 9. There is a solid mix of woods/fairway as well as a good mix of left to right vs right to left drives. You can play most every shot in your bag.
Cons: The back 9 requires the distance of a driver, while also needing the aim(and luck) of a putter or mid range. I love wooded holes, but they lose some luster when there 500 yds long. Due to the length of some of the wooded holes, far too much luck is required just to make par.
Other Thoughts: The woods become particularly tough when the foliage leafs out during the spring and summer months. I regularly finish under par at other courses around Atlanta, but not this one.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Bummer of a Day
4 Helpful / 22 Not
Pros: Me and my group did not like this course, nearly at all, however that may be reflected by more than just the course.
It was a challenging course, and forces accuracy through very tight tunnels.
Cons: We considered this course full of cons. It's very left-handed or Right Hand forearm loaded. Almost every hole curves to the right from the tee. We had a guy who (due to a shoulder injury) is not able to throw forearm, and had to throw short to the curve at every hole, and then change directions. So many of our holes were filled with trudging through the trees to find our discs, and then get clear out to the main fairway or to the basket. We hit so many trees....
When we were there, there was a lot of construction going on, both near and on the course. So it wasn't a pleasant location to be at. Not only the noise and unsightliness of the trucks and dirt and fences etc, but also a few of the holes went through areas where construction was interfering.
Other Thoughts: We played 4 courses while visiting Atlanta, and this was our least favorite. Truthfully, we all hated it, that's why I give this course such a low rating. Perhaps at a different time it would get a better review from me.
Additionally, we are fairly new, and found this course more difficult then we would have liked, due to the need for accuracy through the tight tunnels of densely packed trees. So I'm sure others like it a lot, but we hated it.
4 of 26 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 0 Not
It's all good
Pros: Full 18 hole course tucked in the back of a large park. Concrete pads for the Black tees and natural pads for Red and Blue. Decent options for everybody. Course is entirely built in an old growth pine forest with some decent elevation. Fairways are clear, and undergrowth is almost non-existant. Well done signs at the Black pads with a decent depiction of the hole layout, and lengths for each tee position.
Good variety in hole length. 211' all the way to 524'. But everything is technical and mostly tight with one or two exceptions. Lots of tight fairways and line shaping shots here. If you enjoy threading putters and mids through tight spots or around some curves you'll like this course. There are a few open spots, but they aren't big bombs.
Nice greens on hillsides, and tucked into openings in the large pines. Just a very nice looking course with a solid layout and design.
Good use of elevation. No top of the world shots, but some nice ups and downs.
Cons: Nothing stands out as a big negative to me unless you want to throw a driver 600' in an open field. This course is about 100% technical, and will not be the place for people that like lots of room and space for their speed 13 drivers.
Might be a little bit RHFH friendly. Not a lot of RHBH hyzers or curves.
I am not a big fan on the trucks full of graffiti on #4. Kind of an eye sore on an otherwise great looking course. Seems like there should be a way to get that garbage hauled out of there.
Other Thoughts: I really enjoyed this place. For those that have been there, it reminds me of a smaller, simpler version of Castle Hayne in Wilmington, NC. It is set in a nice stand of pines with tight lines, and a good variety of shots needed. You have a little bit of every shape here. There is nothing awe inspiring, but it is all pretty good. Definitely a fun course, and worth a stop if you are in the area.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: -challenging requiring accurate shots
-tee signs with distance helps as many of the baskets are not visible from tee.
Cons: -The don't leave valuables in the car sign at entrance is a bit intimidating
Other Thoughts: This course requires you to stay on the fairway, if you get off, shots can become difficult quickly. There is some variety of left,right and straight holes and a little elevation change. Many of the holes require a long straight throw. It is located in a nice well groomed city park.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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