Gorgeous views, forgettable golf
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: + Gorgeous mountain views. This was my favorite part of my round.
+ Elevated tee on #7.
+ Two sets of tees, many of which do more than simply add length, they change the angle of the hole and incorporate obstacles in different ways. This one one of the most redeeming qualities the course offered.
+ Some decent length for a pitch and putt 9 hole course. The long tee for #9 is just over 500' and plays along a fast moving stream on the left. Reminded me of Tirzah ARP in North Carolina, it also ends with a 500' straight shot. This one was more interesting with the water in play and the (I'm assuming OB) road on the right.
+ Good attempt at variety. They used the obstacles the land offered to try to force different lines, and the length varies by a good bit hole to hole. There wasn't much else they could have done within the confines of the land, except maybe incorporate the woods next to 7 long tee if they aren't private.
Cons: - Very easy, very open, what few trees there are I found effortless to avoid.
- Most holes are straight shots in an open field. #1, 400' open field shot. #5, #7 and #8 are all ~350' straight open shots. Definitely got a little repetitive, even only being 9 holes.
- Incorrect hole distances. #8 is listed as ~360' from either tee and they're 40-50' apart. Obviously one is wrong. The long tee felt about 385-390 to me.
- Baskets are a little rough. They caught fine, mainly just looked old.
Other Thoughts: I stopped by this course after throwing Catawba Meadows and Sugaree. I wanted an easy 9 hole to play while the sun set.
I enjoyed myself. If I happened to pass by while traveling to other courses, I'd hop out and play a quick 15 minute round if I weren't pressed for time. It's not a great course but it was kind of fun.
No reason to go out of your way to come here, but if you're already in the area it can be a nice way to stretch your legs. Just don't expect much. The views are easily the best part.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Roan Empty Field
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Well, it's a course... kindof.
Here I am, driving back from Sugaree, an absolutely fantastic gem not far from here, when out of the corner of my eye, I spot what looks like a disc golf basket. I couldn't remember seeing another course worth hitting in the area, but when I see a course on the side of a road, I guess I'll play. I look to DGCR, and decide, why not? And play it as fast as possible.
To my surprise, this is definitely not a putter only course, which is my main reason for not giving it less than what I did. There were a few holes longer than 300 feet, giving me an opportunity to throw a driver, especially since there wasn't anything to hit with the disc.
It's not everyday you see concrete teepads at a 9 hole course in the middle of nowhere, but each hole had two! They were nice too. A little short, but doable. I've seen worse on 5 star courses.
The teesigns had distances, par, and an arrow pointing to the basket. No map though, but you could always see the basket.
Every hole was accessible for a new player, a toddler, an infant, even your 127 year old great-grandmother! However, I think this course would be fun to play with a Discraft mini buzzz chally undertaker or nuke.
Baskets were older, but in fine shape. Caught well.
Cons: Roan Mountain DGC is not a mountain at all. Not even a hill. It's a large grass field. With baskets. And concrete slabs.
The holes had no variety other than distance at all. All flat, wide open shots. You can't really do anything with it. It's kind of sad.
For me, navigation was difficult-ish. All the teepads said the hole and distance, but since they were all really close together, I walked to the wrong tee a few times. Also, with no map, I threw to the wrong basket because, as said before, everything is close together.
Pars were off, a 400 foot open all the way par 5? Nah...
It's not like the course was super crowded, or super muddy, or impossible to navigate, it just shouldn't be there. No real chance to show creative design, or even a fairway. It was just, open.
Other Thoughts: I was glad to throw discs in an open field after navigating the woods and hills at Sugaree. However, it shouldn't have been here. There are so many fantastic courses within a 2 hour drive that playing here for fun would not be smart. It's a nice 20-30 minute pitstop if you are just driving through, but if you have time, please play one of the more appreciated courses. Please.
TL;DR- Open field, no variety, boring. Go somewhere else.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Poor Course, Beautiful Surroundings
Pros: The previous review is correct. There's really not much here. It's a wide open field with baskets on it. Hard to say this is really a course. But I will add my two cents and list a few of the reasons I actually enjoyed playing here (not versus other courses, but the alternative of doing something other than play disc golf).
- Far and away, the best, maybe the only pro here is that the surroundings are just beautiful. The course is at the foot of Roan Mountain, close to the state park and all of its amenities. If you are staying at Roan Mountain, which I HIGHLY recommend as a family getaway (not because of the disc golf, but because of everything else the park and the mountains have to offer), then it's well worth your time to spend an hour or two practicing on the disc golf course or playing a kid-friendly round. While the course is just a boring, flat field, it's still beautiful, with a nice mountain stream bordering the course.
- Good place to get in real field work: practice throws, especially drives, and testing out anything you need to work on for your game. You could keep score here, if you want, but I think the best use of this course is for practice or playing with kids who won't mind the obstacle-free layout.
Cons: Others have mentioned the cons, so I won't beat a dead horse. This isn't a challenging course. It's just a field. That's it. If you're looking for an above average course in this area, there are other alternatives. But if you are in Roan Mountain for any other reason, and you've just gotta get out and throw your discs, might as well go here.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Too open and flat. That sums it up.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Roan Mountain is the ultimate course for a casual disc golfer. Hey, I'm trying to be positive.
- Nice, clean park. It actually seems less like a park and more like a big greenway area. There's also a nice creek that runs alongside #1 & 9.
- Holes have dual tee pads and tee signs.
- This is a great course to practice throwing. There's plenty of room for unleashing some serious drives.
- One downhill hole and one uphill hole. Both are decent, and present the most fun on the course.
- Course is conveniently located along main road (19E) in Roan Mountain. You're also close to the North Carolina border.
Cons: This isn't the fault of the course designers, but there's just nothing to work with to create a fun, challenging course. When you have a flat piece of land, and minimal trees, or any other obstacles, you get too many wide-open, boring holes.
- Seven holes are flat. Most are wide open and straight. The exceptions are: #2 - dogleg left, 3 & 4 - both have basket near a tree.
- Tee pads are too short. Not a problem on the flat holes, but a serious issue on #7, the downhill hole. The tee pad is cut out of the hill, so you can't start your run-up behind the tee. I saw a near slip-up due to the short tee pad.
Other Thoughts: For anyone who has read any of my reviews, you know I try to be as thorough as possible, listing as much as I can about the course. That's virtually impossible with this course because there's simply nothing here to talk about. 7 flat holes, 1 uphill, 1 downhill + lack of challenge and obstacles = ultimate blandness. It's like trying to describe the flavor of a rice cake.
- The reality is that there's really no way to improve the course. Sure, you could possibly move a basket or two closer to the rough, or behind a tree, to add some challenge, but that wouldn't change the big picture.
- I wouldn't recommend people going of of their out of my way to play here, meaning unless you're on 19E, it's not worth the visit. You can play the 9 holes in 20 - 25 minutes, so at least you're not wasting too much time stopping here.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: not bad for a 9 hole and the land they had to work with. great beginner course. a couple of long holes. used to take my son up there because you can easily navigate with a stroller.
Cons: it is what it is. a short 9 hole course.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This is a great well kept course that's located next to the road. The majority of it is located in a large field next to the river but there are some hills and trees to keep things interesting. If you are in the area it is well worth stopping by and playing the 9 holes once or twice.
Cons: Majority of holes are in a large field so there is a lack of hazards.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Roan Mountain is a nice, well-kept 9-hole course in a small park right off the highway. There are concrete tees, excellent signs, and solid baskets. (However, the previous reviewer has mentioned some vandalism of the signs that occurred just after I played it.) The course offers 2 sets of tees (but these are basically a long and a short, they do not provide and alternate angles to the hole.)
The course has 7 holes that are very flat, 1 steep uphill hole that is challenging, and 1 elevated tee back downhill that is fun to air one out on. There is a small river along 8 and 9, which adds beauty without being too much of a hazard.
This is an excellent course for beginners, families, or if want to have a quick, relaxing round with the chance to score very low. It is relatively open and mowed with a handful of trees as obstacles, so there is little chance to lose a disc.
Cons: This course will be really simple for most experienced players and pros as there are few hazards or obstacles. The alternate tees are nice, but they only add a little length, not any other challenge.
Other Thoughts: This is not a bad course, I enjoyed playing it despite its simplicity. There was nobody else playing it that day making for a nice peaceful round. It is perfect for beginner level players. However, it is probably not worth the drive from Kingsport which does have some excellent courses. If you are driving by or are in the area then go ahead and check it out.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Course has been vandalized
Pros: Good tee pads, really flat and open
Cons: Some of the signs are unreadable now due to vandalism, it took me a while to figure out which hole was hole number 1
Other Thoughts: I didn't get to play the back nine because it started to rain, but I will try to go back and play it again.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Where Mountain Means Flat
Two tee positions per hole, both with very nice signs, long-n-wide concrete teepads, many with benches.
Minimal chance to lose a disc - unless you overthrow #6 to the right, which I did. :-(
Singe basket position, almost completely flat.
Most alternate tee positions merely added distance because, other than a row of trees on #2 and a couple large but mostly easily avoidable large trees on #3-4, the course is WIDE open.
Average distance is 250' from the shorts, 325' from the longs.
Beginner friendly course in a nice location.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Located just a few miles from Roan Mountain State Park, this is a nice, easy, beginner-friendly course on the way to Bob's Dairyland. Open course with a few scattered trees. Nice concrete T-pads great baskets and signage. Not crowded and easy to find.
The local community did a good job of pulling this course together with hole sponsorship.
Cons: Not a very challenging layout, but you can only do so much with a small, flat piece of ground and a few trees.
The dual tees don't change things much, since the holes are open and straight.
It's a 9 holer.
Other Thoughts: Don't be fooled by the name, this course is flat as a pancake. Roan Mountain is a destination state park for a family vacation, but the nearby DG course is not, for a serious player. It is however a really nice introductory course for new players. Since disc golf does not have much of an experienced player base in this area, the course serves it's purpose.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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