Rock n' Roll
Pros: 1) Concrete tees
2) Elevation changes
3) Hole 10
Cons: 1) Small tees
3) Some baskets only single chain
4) Tee signs
Other Thoughts: Scenery: 4/5
Difficulty v Fun factor (5/5 is best mix): 4/5
Course design: 3.5/5
This was the second course that I played at the Tri-State Open. This is a beast of a course due to its thick woods with elevation sprinkled in for good measure. You will find this course to be very challenging if your release timing on your drives is off at all. Tight, narrow fairways abound. If you go off the fairway path, be prepared to kick off of a tree into oblivion.
Although this course is tough, I found it to be quite enjoyable precisely because of this point. The course makes you slow down and focus on accuracy, not bombing a 400' drive like at Rotary.
Hole 10 is amazing. I've never played a hole that made use of a bridge as a tunnel to go through. Very unique.
A few negatives...the tees are pretty small if you have a large frame like me; however, on wooded holes like these, I rarely need a run-up anyway. Just be aware of this problem if you do run-ups on the tee every time.
The tee signs are adequate, but it would be nice to have a hole map.
Also, some of the baskets seem worn out and old. Some baskets only have a single layer of chains.
The last negative are the loiterers. There were random shady-looking people standing around at various points during the round. They weren't doing anything but talking, but they seemed suspicious anyways. Another guy was jogging up and down the course. These things were distracting. That said, it didn't affect me enough to alter my overall score of this course.
This is a great course to test your accuracy, your putting, and your mid-range. There are holes that you can throw drivers on, but be prepared for huge ricochets if you choose to go that route. It's a nice complement to Rotary.
My total average for this course is 3.3 and I'm rounding it up to 3.5/5.
Challenging to say the least
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Pros: Technical and tight which can only make you a better player.
Beautiful setting and scenery. You'll find this on most WV courses.
Great use of the land. Elevation will punish you if you can't hit lines required. It will test your mental game and mid range game.
Rotary Park is on the mountainside as well. So you get two disc golf experiences in one when you come here.
Cons: Some single chain baskets. This course is a lot older than most.
Did not seem to have a lot of upkeep. I hear the parks systems doesn't do much. The club can't afford all maintenance.
I played in winter time which made the course easier to play. Summer time is when I hear it is not kept up and the greenery takes over. This is sad. If the park system did some spraying, this course would be playable more often during warmer months.
Other Thoughts: Easy to lose discs so keep an eye out. Have a spotter.
Some baskets were tagged. Vandalism seems prevalent.
Overall, I actually liked Indian better than Rotary. They are two different courses though. If you need some wooded disc golf practice, play Indian Rock. It will test you to the limits. Just play it in the fall and winter when there is no snow on the ground.
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She's Lost that Loving Feeling
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Pros: 18 decent tees, signage, and baskets. Heavily wooded fairways and nice use of the great elevation and slopes. The first 3 holes are awesome long wooded downhill bombs. There's a couple other notable cool and interesting holes. Second disc golf course in park.
Cons: The first 3 holes are awesome and I couldn't play them. Look at the picture in the media section of the hole 2 tee sign, 90% of that green stuff in the picture is clearly poison, then take a look at the fairway shots from hole 1 and 2 and 3, everything green in the fairways is the same ratio of poison. I threw a perfect drive on hole 1, landed on the 2' wide dirt part of the fairway 400', thank goodness not in the poison. No way I was throwing a 40' uphill putt to the basket completely surrounded in a sea of poison. It took some serious American Ninja Warrior skills to just avoid walking through poison to the basket of 2. After that I felt like I needed to throw away everything I was wearing and jump into the bath tub with a plunger like Ace Ventura after finding out Einhorn was Finkle. Hole 3 wasn't quite as bad, I threw a very safe tee shot right next to a poison patch. The approach to the basket under the bridge was neat, but tricky avoiding poison ivy and broken glass. The rest of the course has some patches of poison and junk in places.
Besides the above con, after the first 3 awesome holes, the caliber of the remaining holes then peters out and becomes fairly short, hard and repetitive. The course doesn't seem to have any maintenance love, with downed trees/branches and trash. No loop of 9 holes to parking lot, just one big loop of 18 holes. Don't recall bathrooms. Weird old men hanging out in the fairways at the bottom of the park not playing, seems likely they were meth heads.
Other Thoughts: "Goose, she's lost that loving feeling." - Maverick
"Ah come on, I hate it when she does that." - Goose
I wanted to love Indian Rock as much as loved it's sister course on site, Rotary. At first I thought I was going to love it more, but nobody seems to be loving and taking care of the course as you see in the cons section. I talked to a few locals while playing the Rotary course beforehand and they said nobody ever plays Indian Rock outside the winter and only when they want to play a game called "Damn it!" because of all the trees you will hit. I'd still have the willies playing this course in the winter knowing about the poison situation. I feel ashamed for the course because standing on the tee of hole 1, 2, and 3, I was like the Kool Aid guy busting down the wall going "Oh yeah!", then walking down the fairway was like "Oh no!". Overall the course seems to have a lost identity as the first few holes start out with pro level length and challenge then the rest of the course is very short and tight and repetitive. I'd only really recommend playing this course with the caveat that it's winter and you are playing Rotary.
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Fun Tough Course
Pros: Very tough course, lots of steep grades and heavy tree cover. First 3 holes are tough with a neat Mando under the stone bridge on #3. Rest of the course is shorter but still in heavy trees and steep grades.
Cons: It was very windy last time we played this course, gusts up to 40mph, definitely added a degree of difficulty. First time playing we had a little trouble located the next tee but with the help of some fellow DG's we had a blast!
Other Thoughts: Very tight fairways on several holes. I play the Rotary Park course more often but love to play Indian Rock for a change of pace.
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Indian ROCKS and thensome
Pros: This DGC is nestled in the woods with very steep terrain to add with the challenge with tight fairways and baskets located near some serious drop offs.
I loved # 3 unique mando in which the player has to shoot under/ and through the archway of a very old stone bridge.
Even though this DGC topography is very steep, the local DG club has made every effort to make things eassier by having steps almost everywhere you'll need some, unless you stray from the fairways (like I did a few times).
Innova yellow banded baskets make it easier to navigate this DGC.
Tee signs had usefull information on them indicating how to find the next teeing area.
Cons: I wish the tee signs had the holes layout on them.
Although it's not essential, longer tee pads would be nice for people (like myself) who have longer strides in their delivery of their drives.
Other Thoughts: I love these kind of DGC, and will be back. I initially went to the wrong parking lot and asked a few Disc Golfers who we're playing Rotary Park DGC of how to find Indian Rocks DGC and they said to follow the road/ walking path to where it meets another road (near # 3's basket and "the bridge". # 1's tee is UP the roadway and to the left.
I don't know how (well I do and I give a BIG THANKS) to all the Volenteers who pour the cement tees and have made Indian Rocks a seriously demanding and challenging DGC.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Challenging wooded course.
Pros: - Perfect for those seeking a challenge, requiring long drives on the opening holes and tight precision shots on the remainder.
- Hole #3, with its mando under the old stone bridge, is likely one of a kind.
Cons: - Amount of tight, wooded shots required can become boring to the intermediate player and soul-crushing to the novice.
- Lack of variety at tail end of course.
- Single set of tees and pins for each hole.
Other Thoughts: Though on the same piece of property, Indian Rock is an entirely different animal than its sister course, Rotary Park. The first three holes are longer than all but one hole at Rotary, and they're frustrating enough that more than once I've abandoned my round on the third tee and headed back to the easier course. Pars are not posted, and if you mistakenly assume that the first three holes are par three's, it's easy to lose your motivation.
The rest of the course is extremely challenging, almost to a fault, and as another commenter said, it's downright "monotonous." Usually I stop after four or five holes to write down my scores, but it's impossible to do that here because all the holes run together and you end up losing count.
All that being said, it's still a viable course and is probably great for the advanced player who doesn't need huge drives to be entertained. For the novice, it's worth a shot, but you'd probably be better served at Rotary.
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Technical Through the Woods
Pros: Technical course with lots of tight lines to challenge more advanced players.
Hole #3 with the stone bridge is beautiful and really fun to play.
Concrete pads with distance signs at every hole.
Cons: One teepad per hole.
There are a couple places that need signage to lead players to the next teepad.
Other Thoughts: Note: The first three holes are par 4's and the rest are 3's. The first teebox is located down the slope from the #18 basket on the Rotary course, at the end of the two-tiered parking lot.
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Pros: Nice pads and baskets
Fantastic signature hole - #3
Zero open shots
Other Thoughts: This course is tight, tight, tight. To really paint the picture, I would need to type "tight" exactly 18 times. You start in dense woods, you continue through dense woods and you finish in dense woods.
The first few holes are amazing. All of them are 400+ and extremely challenging. I was very stoked starting off. I had just played Rotary Park, and was thinking this course had the makings to be better.
The course has a good mix of lengths. You will need to hit from all angles. Steep slopes are everywhere. Pinpoint accuracy is a must to score well here. Low scores here will be hard to come by. This is the type of course you could score an even par on one round, then a 10 over the next.
Be prepared for a hike. This course can wear you out. Expect to climb, slide and leap your way through this bad boy.
Unfortunately, the major flaw with this course is it's lack of balance. By the time I reached hole 18, the previous 9 holes all seemed to blend together into one big wooded shot. None of them really stood out from one another.
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Fun technical course
Pros: The course plays through a heavily wooded area with lots of steep hills. Every hole has some elevation, and most have tough greens that add fun challenge to your putt and approach game. The fairways are tight, but fair, with reasonable lines on every hole for accurate players. I really enjoyed the risk/reward this course presented, with rewards for accurate drives and harsh punishment for errant shots.
There was a really good mix of left and right turning holes along with some straight shots. You'll need multiple accurate shots in your arsenal to score well here. There was also a great mix of holes that played uphill, downhill, or along the side of a slope. There are a couple of really awesome holes, especially the 3rd hole playing down a ravine with a mando under an old stone bridge, one of my favorite holes I've played.
There were adequate signs that made navigation ok throughout the course, with signs directing you to the next tee when there was more of a walk. When I played, some tees were gravel and some were concrete, but all were level and provided good enough footing to tee off from. I've heard that all the tees are concrete now, that really helps the course.
Cons: The biggest con here is that there isn't quite enough variety to keep the course interesting throughout. The first few holes are great, but then the course starts feeling like you play the same few holes over and over. There were no longer shots, or more open shots for variety, so most of the course just called for control shots with mids and putters for more advanced players.
The first tee isn't necessarily obvious from the parking lot, but friendly locals pointed us in the right direction. The course was clearly still in development when I played, so there were some fairways that still needed a lot of work. The locals seem like they take good care of their courses though, so I'm sure a great deal of work is going into improving the course.
Other Thoughts: This isn't a very beginner friendly course, with lots of tight holes that will make errant shots tough to find. More advanced players will enjoy the test of their accuracy, but might find the course lacking some variety.
I would definitely recommend playing this course, it's a fun play and complements the other course on site quite well. Plan to spend some time here and play both courses if you can, it's worth it. If you only have time for one, this course has a couple more memorable and unique holes, but the other course is better taken care of and has more variety so it gets the nod from me.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Pros: #3 hole with mando under bridge very cool,hole's are coming along,has been cleaned up of fallen trees. Also concrete tees are there now.
Cons: concrete varies in lengths a little,some holes are a little repeticious playing along the side of mountain 2-3 holes then up a tier, then repeat up each level.
Other Thoughts: loved it though,rotary parks other course makes it a good place to play two different courses on the same landscape.
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