4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great mix of holes - every one is unique.
Good use of terrain - there are big uphill and downhill shots, tight doglegs, holes playing across creeks, open fields, and woods.
Course is well-maintained, in my experience.
Rotating pin positions.
Good flow between holes, though signage is limited so first-timers should bring a map.
Cons: Dirt and gravel tees are sometimes in poor condition.
Only one tee position per hole.
Signage is pretty poor.
Other Thoughts: The holes at Rockburn Branch are long and fairly challenging, and thick brush along some holes ensures that smart shots are rewarded and bad shots are penalized. The course hasn't been crowded at all when I've visited, and the course is mostly away from other park areas so there's no conflict with other visitors. The course could use an organized cleanup effort - beer bottles and trash litter many holes (C'mon people - there are trash and recycling containers in the park - clean up after yourselves!). Seneca Creek is the best course in the DC-Baltimore area, in my opinion, but Rockburn offers enough unique play to make it worth a visit.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
I Like Rockburn More Each Time I Play It
Pros: A very challenging course with great shot variety needed. Every shot in your bag will be tested here. Lots of great elevation. A scenic and very pretty course. A very dedicated and great local crew of disc golfers make Rockburn a great place to play. The best Chili Cook-off Ice Bowl Tournament in the WORLD.
Cons: Briars, briars, briars, and more briars. Briars EVERYWHERE. Park management does not allow for large scale removal of briars nor will they allow permanent tee pads. Baskets for Holes 1 and 2 share the same green and depending on pin placement can be as close as 30 feet apart. One of the baskets on the back 9 is in the middle of a large rock outcropping. If you miss your putt, your putter will bear the marks. Hole #3 has a tot playground on the right side within easy reach of a yanked righty hyzer. Not much directional signage. If you've never played here before, you won't find the holes without a course map.
Other Thoughts: The more I play Rockburn, the more I want to play Rockburn. By any metric, it's a really good course although Park management has mandated fundamental flaws, most noticeably, all the briars. For me, I hate briars with a passion so that skews my opinion of Rockburn. I'm also not fond of dirt tees. The briars and dirt tees prevent this course from reaching it's full potential but it's still a must play. IMHO, it's the 4th best course in Maryland, behind Patapsco, Seneca, and Druid Hill
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great shot variety required; hyzer, anhyzer, over obstacle, up hills, down hills, etc. You must a complete bag of shots too shoot well here. Long pins are different enough from shorts that it's not just length for length's sake.
Other Thoughts: This is my favorite course in Maryland. You have to throw everything you have if you want to shoot par or better.
The natural tee pads can get tore up pretty badly late in the season, but I know Parks Dept. won't allow for concrete though. And the thorns can be killer in the summer, but it just requires you to stay in the fairway.
My favorite hole is #15 which is a remarkable hole; off a steep ledge, down across a field, into the woods, over a creek to a pin set back amongst old growth trees and boulders.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Best course in MD, IMHO
Pros: Best mix of holes of the 20+ courses I've played:hyzers, anhyzers, obstacles, etc. Basket placement can really change the character of some of them. Besides 15, 9 is also totally unique-flat and then down a huge hill by the creek. Basket pins are on either side of creek and either way it's a fun shot. Wooded back nine is nice on a hot MD summer day.
Cons: Lots of opportunities to lose discs if you're not careful.
Other Thoughts: Great course but probably not the best for beginners.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Hidden Gem Among Great Mid-Atlantic Courses
Pros: Long course with wide variety of landscape and challenges.
Other Thoughts: This course is long and varied, and well worth checking out. Located just south of Baltimore, Rockburn Branch is set on a county park that was a farm not too, too long ago. The course plays around open fields, across a creekbed, and deep into the woods, leading to as good a variety as any course I've played.
Like Patapsco Valley, this course is much longer than other courses I've played, but with only a couple of exceptions that just makes the course more fun. It seems like the real deal - a good drive, a good, long approach, a decent putt if you're lucky, a short approach if you aren't. And the length applies to all the different holes, woods, hazards, or mostly open, they're all long. The individual hole layouts are great, with tee and pin placements well considered. The course as a whole can be hard to follow, however, and I highly recommend taking a map before you go play. The teepads are natural, but there are multiple basket placements. The signature hole is #15, down a long hill, across a field, and then back across a creek and into the woods, 500 feet or more total. But I loved most every hole, and look forward to playing here again.
Favorite Hole - #15 - long, long shot down steep hill from tee next to old farmhouse, across wide field, to basket set just over a stream about 40 feet inside the tree line.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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