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 Great Course

1    10/13/2010   10/13/2010
Review By: cccp00a
Played: 23  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 6.7 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
* Great 18 (19) hole course set in a park with another 18 hole course. Park has a number of amentities that can be used for the whole family. A few bathroom facilities around the park.
* Variety of distances. A few ace opportunities and a few opportunities to let a driver fly. No hole is too daunting to a amateur or new player.
* Nice concrete tee pads (could be a little larger)
* Two basket positions and two tee pads for each hole
* Signs at tee pads showing distance
* Great variety of holes. Wooded shots, opens shots, shots from open to woods and woods to open. Left hand turns and right hand turns.
* Nice scenery through the woods and not much under brush
* Benches at many of the holes and trash cans on a some of the holes
* Good flow from hole to hole
* Good use of elevation, while not terribly phyiscally demanding, does give a good work out.
*Although signs show distance it would be nice if they showed pin placement and direction from tee pad. (As a first time player we needed to walk up the fairways to scout out the pin placement)
* Although most tee pads were easy to find there are a few holes that a sign or arrow would have been helpful.
* A few holes we needed to watch for walkers/joggers
* Baskets seemed a little old and a few were missing the marker on top.
* Some of the walks up and down the hills were a little slippery (because of the amount of leaves/acorns on the ground)
* Not necessarily a negative, but the baskets were in the long position and many were right at steep banks. May force you to lay up instead of going for a shot; for fear of going down the bank.
* Few of the tee pads were built up several inches and you can slip off if not careful.
Other Thoughts: Was in Huntington on a business trip and had the opportunity to play Rotary and travel to Ashland, KY to play Armco Park. Enjoyed them both but probably liked Rotary a little better. The wooded holes at Rotary had some better defined fairways than Armco.
If you are passing through the area this is a place you will want to try out. Although there are many holes that stand out, hole #2 was our favorite - nice down hill shot into a not-too-dense area of tree to the basket in the back of the wooded area

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 REALLY Fun Course

1    9/30/2010   9/30/2010
Review By: wkelly42
Played: 25  Reviewed: 20  Exp: 6 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is set in a beautiful park. Plenty of amenities around the course to keep the kids entertained if they're not disc golfing with you. Nice practice area (large fairway and basket right next to the parking lot).
This is the first course I've played with this many open holes. It was fun to be able to just let a drive rip off the tee, knowing that even if I totally mess up, I won't lose the disc (griplocked one on #16 that would have really been embarrassing if someone had seen it).
The layout is pretty easy to follow, with an exception that I'll note below. There are two concrete tees on each hole, adding to the re-playability of the course.
The course wasn't crowded when I played - in fact, the only person I ran into was the guy on the lawnmower at the 4th hole. As I finished, there were some people starting out, but other than that I had the course to myself. Plenty of benches, and there were bag holders on many holes.
Cons: You have to backtrack on 14 to get to 15 -- a sign would be useful there (or a map, which I left home). The hole signs are very basic; I'd have appreciated a hole diagram or something on several holes where I couldn't see the basket from the tee. Trashcans would be a welcome addition, as would some water jugs. The open holes can get a bit repetitive, but since I hadn't really played an open course before, it didn't really bother me that much.
Other Thoughts: I had a blast at this course. It's fun, challenging, and in great shape. I wish I lived close -- maybe I'll move!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  One of the best all arounds...around.

5+    9/13/2010   9/14/2010
Review By: BarkBuster
Played: 8  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 7.2 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Great variance of shots needed for this 18(19) hole course.

- Nice area to warm up in with enough room to practice drives, and a basket to work on putts. This area also is used as Hole 19.. tee pads are on top of the hill.

- One of the best all around courses I have played, the only thing missing on this course is water and maybe a hard dogleg right.

- Favorite holes: #2, #6, #7, #12 and #17
Cons: - Poison Ivy .. if you get it easily, make sure you keep your legs covered for those trips into the woods... trust me, there will be trips into the woods.

- I have been playing this course on average once or twice a week for the last year and only a few pins have changed their location. That is the biggest con for this course, but that only really applies if you play it all the time.
Other Thoughts: Rotary has a great disc golf scene. Everyone up there is really nice and polite.. A lot of discs get found and returned, its nice.

If I lived within 2 hours I would make a day trip to play this course and Indian Rock ( much tighter, wooded, 18 hole in the same park ).

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Great course in public park

5+    9/2/2010   9/7/2010
Review By: Scazmatic
Played: 12  Reviewed: 11  Exp: 6 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Lots of variety in every sense, from elevation changes to hole distance, wooded vs. open and right vs. left shots.

- Multiple tee and pin locations for each hole. Tee signage reflects distance to each pin.

- Easy to navigate from hole to hole.

- Popular with locals but by no means crowded, pet friendly, plenty of benches and trash cans.
Cons: - Tee signs do not indicate which pin placement is current, and alternate locations are rarely used.

- Several pin locations are perched on inclines. Rollaways are commonplace.

- Back nine is fairly wooded and tumultuous and may be too much for some older or casual players.

- No water fountains on site.
Other Thoughts: Rotary Park was the first course I played when I was introduced to the game this spring, and I have played here more than anywhere else by far. Though every course has it's faults, in my opinion, this is a great place to learn the game and provides enough variety to keep me coming back week after week. It's open enough to enjoy going for distance, but tight enough to challenge the precision portion of your game. Almost ever hole is different, and all skill aspects are needed. And as I edge closer to a par or sub-par round from the fronts, it's rewarding to know the pro tees await to keep things challenging.

The only real con I have with the course is that in over six months of play, the pins haven't moved once, and it seems like kind of a waste to have multiple pin placements if you aren't going to use them. The pins are in their most challenging locations right now, so it's hard to complain, honestly, but a change of pace would still be nice.

Rotary is definitely worth trip if you're in the area, and since Indian Rock is on site as well, I'd recommend a day trip from out of town to enjoy both courses. I'd definitely label Rotary as the fun/novice course and Indian Rock as much more of a challenge, so make your choice accordingly.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 What a Great Course

5+    9/2/2010   9/6/2010
Review By: dgcembrist
Played: 13  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 7.2 Years
This review was updated on 7/22/2012
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Rotary is a great park and great disc golf course all around. My favorite part about Rotary is the variation between holes. Almost every hole is completely different from all the rest. There are long and short holes, multiple pin placements on each hole, and elevation changes throughout. The course winds in and out of the woods on more than one occasion. There are two concrete tee pads at every hole, lots of benches and trash cans, and restrooms at the bottom of the hill behind the #8 basket. The park is pet friendly as well.
Cons: The signage at the tees could be better. There is a sign at every box with distances to each pin placement but pictures showing pin placements for the holes that aren't visible from the tee pads would be convenient for newcomers and visitors.
Other Thoughts: The course was designed by 1986 Worlds Champion Johnny Sias.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Pro caliber

1    4/14/2010   4/14/2010
Review By: culinarywiz
Played: 186  Reviewed: 66  Exp: 27.8 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Fantastic elevation changes

Very diverse - winds in and out of woods

Has all the shots

Long and short tee's

Concrete Pads

Trash cans and benches everywhere
Cons: The tee signs could be more helpful if they showed pin placement.

A couple holes play close to black top pathways
Other Thoughts: This is a well balanced course.

The first couple holes are wooded. Then you come out for a few absolutely gorgeous open holes. Hole's 4 - 6 have great elevation and breathtaking views. 7 shoots you down a steep decline that is tight and lined by trees. The next few are open, many of which have very tricky pin placements, then you really enter the woods in the back nine. These holes are tight and technical. The length mellows back here a bit to compensate for the tight lines. You spill back out into the open for the last few holes.

This course has ideal distance. It has long bomber shots over 400 feet, many 350ish holes, some 300's and a few nice ace runs (particularly in the back nine).

The elevation makes this course a destination spot. Very few holes are flat. You need to be careful with your fades and skips. I disc'd down or up on several holes for the length due to major elevation changes.

Right, left and strait shots are all present.

This course is a high recommend. The play is top notch and the scenery is awesome.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Oscillating Tightness

1    4/8/2010   4/13/2010
Review By: swatso
Played: 421  Reviewed: 356  Exp: 7.8 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Two concrete tees per hole. Great variety, alternating between long, open downhill bombs and tight wooded holes. Smattering of benches and trash cans.
Tee signs a bit tired-looking. Occasional dog-walker or jogger to avoid.
Other Thoughts:
The course starts at the very back of the park, which essentially is one very long hill containing numerous grassy/open plateaus, defined and separated by small patches of woods. After beginning with a slight up, then a steep down, wooded-hole combo, the next few holes take you slowly down the open-n-grassy hill, with plenty of chances to let loose and admire your shots, particularly on #6. Number 7 is a steep drop through the woods, then three more open holes, fairly flat, but some challenging (near steep drop-off) basket positions. Bit of a steep walk up to #11, where you play four tight wooded holes. Up-n-over a grassy slope for #16, finishing with three top-of-hill long-n-open finishing holes (yes, there is a bonus 19th basket, near the parking lot, probably serves as a practice basket as well).

Favourite hole: #17. 360-degree scenic view from one of the highest points in the park, long-n-straight downhill shot to a basket nestled between a couple large hardwoods.
Least Favourite: #14, not because it's a bad hole, but because it destroyed my score! :-( Sharp-n-short mando-enforced left-turner, but you are also fighting against a left-to-right slope, trees, and low branches, combining to form a tight flight-path.

Being not too far off I64, with food/petrol options nearby, and another 18-hole courses on the same site, this is course is definitely worth a visit if in the area.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 This is a good course

1    12/19/2009   1/13/2010
Review By: airforcechck
Played: 7  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 8 Years
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The local people were very friendly when we asked where hole one was located. My husband and I were able to let our dog run free with us and there was other dogs running free. The course did go up hills and into the woods. I liked the fact that there are two courses right there side by side. The area was clean. We spent a day out enjoying ourselves at this park. We liked that there is long and short tees.
Cons: There isn't any maps there at the course, you have to go online for maps. There wasn't always signs pointing to where the next hole was. Also there was at least one hole that is a challenge to find ones of the tees. I think it was the short tee that we didn't see until we had already thrown from the long tee.
Other Thoughts: It was kind of muddy when we went, but other wise it offered a nice mixture of elevations and shots.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Amazing course for everyone

5+    9/14/2009   9/14/2009
Review By: newsguru
Played: 6  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 8 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great hole placements - Difficult and creative course layout by disc golf world champion - Mix of open and wooded holes - Well kept tee pads for pros and ams - Nice baskets - Beautiful rolling hills - No water hazards - Great elevation changes make for hard shots - Can mostly be played with a midrange and putter -
Cons: Some of the holes in the woods can be difficult to walk if you're older or have bad knees (easy for most people) - Can get crowded with groups on the weekends - trash can be a problem - Not enough garbage cans or seats -
Other Thoughts: This is the course I've learned to play disc golf on and I'm so glad I picked up the sport. This course is a must play if you're in the area or even in the entire state. If you're in the mood for a harder course, check out the 18-hole Indian Rock Course (also in the park). The course will force you to learn how to throw with accuracy but is pretty forgiving.

If you lose your disc visit the Huntington Disc Golf Club Web site to post what kind of disc it was. You usually get it back if another local player finds it. Great, inviting people at the course that are willing to give directions or join up for a group round.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Great course

1    4/21/2009   8/11/2009
Review By: mashnut
Played: 819  Reviewed: 774  Exp: 14.3 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through a hilly area devoted to disc golf with a mix of grassy open areas, and heavily wooded areas. The course uses the different terrains excellently, with most holes having some sort of elevation. It was nice to have some more open holes mixed in throughout the course for variety, so it never felt too repetitive.

There was a nice mix of shorter technical holes with longer holes that left room for real drives. The shorter holes were generally tight and wooded, and many had tricky greens with a lot of roll-away possibilities. The longer holes were more open, but had some elevation and some thick rough to punish shots that left the fairways.

There are nice signs throughout the course, showing the alternate pin placements and hole layout along with lengths. There are two tees for every hole, and each has it's own sign so there's no extra walking to see the signs when you play from the longs. Both sets of tees are very nice concrete that seemed plenty big. The different tees and pin placements really changed the course, so there's lots of ways to play the course, and definitely helps make it fun for different skill levels.

Most of the people we met at the course were extremely friendly and helpful, and clearly the course is well taken care of by the locals. There was really no trash around, and all the grass was well mowed. The wooded fairways were kept nicely cleared of brush and dead limbs.
Cons: It would be really nice to have markers on the hole signs that show which position the pins are in. Once on the course, navigation is easy, but it's not at all obvious where the first tee for this course or the other course beginning at the same parking lot are, we had to ask someone.

There are some blind holes, and so first time players might have to do some scouting/spotting in the woods. Be especially careful on some of the greens, as even good drives and approaches have the potential to take nasty bounces or rolls (not a con for me, just a heads up).

It got a little buggy in some of the wooded areas, make sure you bring bug spray. There were some large groups of new players who really didn't understand course etiquette and weren't interested in learning, and the locals said that this has been a problem at the course.
Other Thoughts: This course is a lot of fun to play, and offers different challenges throughout. Newer players will enjoy the short tees, though the woods offer lots of places to lose discs, and there are still some pretty challenging shots. More experienced players will enjoy the long tees, they provide different looks and more challenge, while still playing like a well designed course not just extra long tees thrown in after the initial design.

This course is definitely worth the trip to play, especially when paired with Indian Rock (in the same park). If you have the chance, spend some time here and check out both courses, though this is the one I would recommend iif you only have time for one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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