A stake in the game (and ground)
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Pros: While Rogersville was settled in 1775, this tiny town with ties to Davy Crockett finally has a disc golf course after nearly two-and-a-half centuries of existence.
Nestled in the city park, The Ville DGC features several fascinating holes and starts with a picturesque challenge on Hole #1: A 191-foot toss that requires throwing over the pond and up a steep grassy hill. Hole #2 is the shortest on the course but isn't a gimme at 156 feet. The basket isn't visible from the tee; it's tucked into a little rounded valley guarded by a huge tree with a steep hill looming on the right.
Holes #4 through #8 nicely utilize space away from most of the park's traffic. Hole #7 is 300 feet and possibly the most challenging hole on the course, as the tennis court fence (and mando post) form the right side of the fairway while several menacing trees guard the basket. Hole #8 is a fantastic elevated, over-the-valley shot. The course peters out a bit on the back nine but concludes with a fun finish. Hole #18 is the longest hole at 413 feet and includes an elevated teepad with roads lining both sides and a stream bisecting the fairway.
The course design at The Ville makes good use of the space available. Even though several of the holes occupy adjacent space and the design feels a bit shoehorned, there's good variety, including some elevation.
Cons: Navigation is a bit challenging with only dirt/grass teepads and wooded stakes currently available. Hole #1 is marked by two lines on the bridge at the corner of the pond. As of this review, the stakes for Hole #3 are missing, but there's a clear dirt spot behind the sidewalk (and basket for Hole #2). The stakes for Hole #9 are gone too, but the dirt spot is obvious if you walk past the basketball court. Navigational intuition will be useful on this course. The course map is of great benefit too.
The course utilizes park space, so there's the possibility that other activities, park goers and occasional events might interfere with playing the course. Hole #11 plays in front of the city park stage.
Holes #13 through #16 seem a bit redundant; even though the designs are different, they are all adjacent to each other. And Hole #16 is a bit weird. It's only 162 feet but finding a non-roller line might be challenging.
Rogersville is a bit off the beaten path. The nearest course to The Ville requires about a 30-minute drive. But for disc golf fans in Hawkins County, this new course fills a void.
Other Thoughts: The diversity and design for The Ville is above-average for a city park course. However, the lack of teepads, tee signs and other amenities limits its rating for the time being. With a hole length average of just under 250 feet, this course will be a lovely spot for family disc golf and beginners, and a "deuce or die" location for more experienced disc golfers.
According to the city website, there are plenty of recreational activities available at the Rogersville City Park, including tennis courts, walking and jogging trails, a children's playground, fishing, outdoor basketball, horseshoes, baseball and softball fields, a sand volleyball court and the public swimming pool. If the park is too crowded for disc golf, there are other enjoyable options available.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Needs better marking
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Pros: Prodigy baskets.
Flows well, so it is easy to navigate.
Good use of existing obstacles and mixture of lengths.
Fun to play.
Cons: No sign board or clear indication of hole #1.
Tee signs are wooden stakes with only a hole number and distance, but many of these are missing.
Other Thoughts: With no sign board/map, casual park users will not know where to start. Tee #1 is marked only by 2 spray painted lines on asphalt at the corner of the pond;There is no number, stake or distance painted there.
Mowers or vandals probably account for the many missing stakes, but they could never be a viable long term solution anyway. It has the feel of the course having just gone in with permanent markings soon to come, hopefully this is the case. My rating would definitely be higher for better tee areas and signs with hole diagrams and distances.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Good beginner course for the area. Similar to Laurel Run or Borden Park.
Cons: First two holes risk lost discs if they roll into the pond
Other Thoughts: Good to see they are putting courses in the area, hoping for more in the future.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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