Long and open with a mini-mountain
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Pros: If you can imagine what giants would feel like playing disc golf in the Appalachians, with skyscraper-sized baskets and using UFOs as discs, you have a pretty good idea in your head of what the best holes at Rock Springs Ridge play like. The course features a mini-mountain: it's a hill really but it has a mountain-like shape, with multiple "peaks" and steep ascents. It's first encountered on 2 which plays across a flat grassland, over a depressed area and on to the basket which is on an auxiliary peak. From the target you can look to the top of the hill where another basket is perched. You don't return to the hill until 16 though so there is time to let that climb sink in and whet the appetite. When you do, it is worth it as 16 plays straight to the top. It's the steepest hole that I have played to date. Not the highest climb, but the sharpest degree. And better watch out for roll-away because it can easily roll all the way. From the peak, high over the suburban flats, its a slight descent to a plateau. From this vantage you'll probably empty your bag on the seventeenth tee. It's 600 feet from the short tee (recommended because it is closer to the edge) and with nothing but open field below you, it will be worth it to collect everything when you finally make it down there.
The rest of the course could accurately be described as derelict ball golf. There are no sand traps or water hazards anymore, but there are some OB type areas that substitute well. (In this case a depression filled with brush) In the winter, it's not bad going in to find a bad throw, but I could imagine it being nasty in there in the summer.
Most holes can be adequately described as long and open. The big dog in your bag will eat here. There aren't a ton of obstacles with the few trees on the course mostly being used to protect the pin from an easy approach. While the fairways can't be missed, most baskets will have to be approached from the side. The other trick employed here is placing the pin behind a hill. Either way, expect to air out a drive and then find a potentially tricky approach.
It's a good beginner course as well. Though it's long, it only means an extra shot or two per hole and they won't be frustrated by repeated tree hits or lost discs in the open terrain.
Cons: There's not a ton of technical challenge here. Very few holes penalize poor throws to any extent. Experienced players may be bored here.
Additionally, outside of the previously noted hill holes, there isn't much memorable here. While there's plenty of fun to be had, most throws here are just ok.
Lastly, the tees are worn out and shaggy. With the amount of airing out that can happen here, a more solid tee situation would be welcome.
Other Thoughts: I avoided this course all summer because others had remarked on the lack of maintenance. I've never seen this course in a bad state but I've also never played it in late spring or early-mid summer. I can't say whether the lack of upkeep is seasonal or if it was temporary, but I'm reviewing the course as it is under good conditions, which is the only way I've seen it.
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Have a Strong Driver
Pros: This is a good course to work on drives. Lots of long shots from the pro tees. My first time here and I am a rookie (playing since May 13) played the pro tees and this course whipped me but good! (I am 50 and a heavy smoker!) I really enjoyed it though. A challenge for me, finished with a 74, yikes! I'll get better when I learn to throw a 400' drive! Some real elevation changes here and baskets you seem to need binoculars to find in distance, hole #17 I think is almost 700'. At the end of the round, it took all I had. Will be back for more, for sure. Love this game!
Cons: Pay to Play here. Questioned pro in shop about this and he said go ahead and play when you want there is no ranger and no one will question you. I am an honest sort and pony up the fiver anyways. Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance. Should be more than "bush hogging field 3 x per summer. What bush hog can't reach or get close too is left as "natural obstacles" or "disc eaters"...loose a disc here and you better have a GPS locator on it!!! Trees not trimmed in a long time, left with only smaller, ever-diminishing" openings. Guess that should've been under "Pros" as a difficulty challenge, installed by Mother Nature.
Other Thoughts: Again, with maintenance of (some) regularity, some minor upgrades, (nice concrete launch pads, better signs and some basic paths, benches (this is a long 18)in shade. How about a garbage can or two, hate to litter, but also hate to put in my bag.
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Pros: The course is part of a two-course complex that features a two-basket practice area and the opportunity to rent golf carts. The course is in a very nice neighborhood, which serves as a pleasant backdrop. The single-use pay-per-play set up with a ranger insures that people won't be camped out on the fairways and that your discs won't get stolen.
There are a couple unique holes that are interesting. Hole number three is blind from the tee and offers several options including long turnover, backhand roller, and huge crush spike hyzer.
There are a few unique basket locations on mounds that make for challenging putting scenarios.
There is no schule and no chance of losing plastic.
The course does provide a fun experience, particularly if you like the opportunity to throw lots of full-power shots.
Cons: This is a crusher course and all the tees are off sugar sand or lumpy carpets. The director of golf told me that they don't have plans to install cement for another 2-3 years.
Calling this course "championship" is a complete misnomer. IMO, the blue tees are a very-long intermediate level track and the white tees are a regular-length intermediate track. I can envision the course record being around 42. Top pros will absolutely destroy the course. There is very little technical challenge.
Except for hole 17, the other "par 4's" are just really long par 3's. Throw a wide-open 400 ft. shot and then throw a lay-up under the basket.
The places that trees have been used, provide pinball-like "protection" near the baskets. The trees that come into play will separate equally good shots by luck.
There are many more good mounds that could have been used for basket locations.
There are plenty of trees that could have been incorporated to provide technical challenge. Most of the best wooded areas were not used properly.
There is a lot more property that could have stretched the layout a lot more to provide a real par 65 type course, but the space was not maximized.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a fantastic piece of property for a real championship disc golf course that could have been major championship calibre. The design, however, doesn't even come close.
It is a very sad thing to see such a great potential disc golf resource wasted.
Don't be a dirty discer, leave the course cleaner than the way you found it.
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