Prairie dogs holes, dirt mounds, and few trees
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Pros: - 9 permanent metal basket with level mounting in ok repair.
- Level cement tee pads on all of the holes.
- Tee signs with hole numbers and course(not individual hole) map for each tee.
- Pretty nice 3 basket practice area by the parking lot.
- Decent variety of hole lengths. Not great, but not completely monotonous.
- The available elevation was used.
- Free to play.
- The views are spectacular. So many mountain ranges around the city of Bozeman. While you're on a very ugly course, you get to look at very pretty country.
Cons: - The land. It's just not a good piece of land for a disc golf course. It was built on a vacant field behind some large box stores where they dumped all of their excavation dirt. Mostly covered in crummy scrub grass and dirt.
- Lack of trees makes for a lack of good golf holes. The course is so wide open that you can throw pretty much any shot you'd like on almost every hole. #4 and #7(sort of) are the only exceptions. They have planted some trees in the last year or two, but they're still very small and many were poorly placed(i.e. Lining the tee box. Will create shade but not good golf).
- Prairie dogs everywhere. These little terrorists have littered the entire property with ankle breaking holes. Watch out. To make it worse, people think shoving their beer can in the holes help.
- The course was "redesigned"(I use that term lightly here as there's not much to design) from 12 to 9 holes in 2016. The tee sign poles and concrete tee pads for some of the extinct holes still remain on the course and the parks people still seem to even mow a path to them. Would be super confusing for somebody playing the first time.
- Very busy in the evenings and weekends. A round could take anywhere between 25 minutes to an hour +.
Other Thoughts: This is an example of a city putting a course on whatever land they have available just because they have it available. I've played worse but this course really lacks any real golf substance. Great place for casuals and chuckers, course baggers, or somebody looking to pad their ace count. If you're travelling through, its not exactly a quick in and out of town to get his bagged but not that far from the interstate. If you're staying in Bozeman or travelling through town already you can give it a very quick spin during quieter hours. I mostly use the course when I don't have time to drive up to Bohart and generally take a quick spin then spend most of my time in the practice area, which is a nice feature.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Hard to navigate but kind of fun
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Pros: Great views of the mountains, right from hole #1
The many gophers are fun to watch
Dramatically different from other courses I've played
Holes not too long
Cons: -Hard to follow layout, even with map
-Watch out for gopher holes
-Except for the mowed fairways, the surrounding grass is tall and discs can be hard to find
Other Thoughts: Nice course to play when visiting and short on time, but not easy to follow the layout. I was able to play several holes, though. Just not in order. I had a good time, and watching the mountains and the gophers made it worthwhile too.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
This Rose Is More Thorn Than Rose!
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Rose Park is a fairly new park in a Bozeman superb. The park is maybe two or three city block square. It's almost entirely flat crept for a couple small hills which are 10-20 feet high. There is only tree of any size. That's an small apple tree by the # 3 or 4 tee pad. Lots of small trees have been planted including what looks like a future hedge circle around the # 8 basket.
The parking is right next to the # 1 tee pad. The trapezoid shaped, concrete pads are great. The baskets look older than are, I think. They've already been painted, some have multiple numbers and many have stickers plastered all over them. I was glad to remove a couple of stickers on my round. The tee signs are large and strong. Most have a small course map but none have a distance on them. Also, they have small hole numbers. These could benefit from having large, brightly colored house numbers.
The holes all have a certain sameness to them. Lots of straight, medium length holes with no line shaping needed here. The only challenge this morning was the wind.
I did enjoy teeing off from the park's largest hill on # 9. Standing atop this behemoth with the thin air at an altitude of approximately 22 feet above sea level, the surrounding view was magnificent. The basket looms below about 300 feet out.
Cons: Rose Park DGC suffers from a distinct lack of interesting holes.
Or maybe it's just a little lacking on the creative side.
Okay, it's flat out boring.
Basic flat terrain.
Lack of trees.
Little challenge beside the wind.
I didn't see any trash cans but I also saw very little trash in the park.
Other Thoughts: I guess with the next nearest courses some twenty miles away, this would suffice for casual rounds. Also for youth and beginners.
It was fine for a course bagger such as myself. It also makes for a nice little pit stop on your drive across Montana on Interstae 90. It's just minutes off the Interstate.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Great Family Friendly Course
Pros: Close to Hotels and VRBOs;
Adjacent to REI and Sports Warehouse;
Great place to throw new plastic before heading to the hills;
Family friendly, ADA friendly, Night Golf friendly;
Great place to practice throwing in the wind (afternoons);
Tons of prairie dogs and other small mammals;
Cool, clear, ankle deep marsh on the 11th hole;
Huge variety of native plants and grasses.
Cons: Course is still under construction.
11th hole swamp edges should be marked for OB purposes and to keep people from walking straight into a swamp hidden by tall grass;
you need to watch where you are going;
No benches or clearly defined bowl holes.
The average distance seems to be around 280 feet; perfect for intermediate players but it's not great for pros who want to practice pinpoint accuracy of drives over distances greater than 425 feet.
Trash and recycling bins are in. Groomed for the summer, I had no trouble following the paths around from tee to tee, even without a map. One of the organizations affiliated with this club is actively promoting disc golf as a new sport for Youth. See http://motodom.com/RosePark.html.
The Park is managed by the Gallatin Valley Land Trust and was established as an environmental mitigation of the subdivisions and shopping malls sprouting up over some of the most productive prairie. This course would be greatly improved by interpretive/informational nature signs and a bulletin board for posting messages and annoucements.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Concrete tees
- Baskets are all DiscCatchers in good shape
- Walking distance from hotels
- One small mound of dirt to provide some slight variation
- Good for beginners and kids
- The only place to practice without driving out of town (also a con)
Cons: - BORING!
- No trees over a foot tall anywhere on the course
- Half of the signs were knocked down
- Some holes have the potential to end up throwing at the wrong basket if you haven't played the course before
- Muddy in some spots during the time of year when I was there
- It's really boring
- No bathrooms, port-o-potty, or really anywhere to go to the bathroom
- No benches or trashcans, but the course isn't that long, so it's not too big of a con
- Small creek and marshy areas around the course with no real way to cross them without getting wet in some spots
- The signs are nothing more than a wooden post sticking out of the ground with a number sticker on it. Not that they need to really be more than that, as every basket is visible from the tee. A bunch of them were missing their #'s though.
- Deep gopher holes around the course
- Trash and empty bottles laying around on the course
- Did I mention how boring this course is? Because it is probably the most boring course I've ever played.
Other Thoughts: I think my buddy Adam summed up this course the best when he said "The hardest part about this course is finding a place to pee."
The course consists of an open block in the middle of Bozeman. There are a few trees on the lot, but most of them don't come into play, and the ones that do are less than a foot tall. It's mostly flat, with a tiny bit of mounds that add a slight bit of variation to it, but not much. The course is surrounded by houses and business, so the immediate surroundings aren't anything to write home about, but there are mountains that are visible in the background, so, it's got that going for it, which is nice. When I was there the course had standing water on it in a lot of spots, with no real ways to get through without getting your feet wet. The 2x4 bridges that they had put over some of them were not strong enough to keep me from sinking into the water, and I'm a pretty small guy.
There are only 3 reasons I can see to play this course, if you are a course bagger, if you live in Bozeman and can't drive to one of the courses outside of town, or if you are staying at one of the hotels in town and want to walk to a course for a little driving and putting practice.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Foot of snow
Pros: Tall tee pad pillars do a good job of marking tees, especially in snow.
Cons: Boring. Mostly flat. Logic was not used in the course layout. Getting to the next tee on most holes involves a lot of needless walking.
Other Thoughts: Plant trees.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Great to play a quick round before work/ school or on a break from either
-Paved parking lot (finally! after two years of a muddy dirt lot)
Cons: -Not very challenging
-Crowded during the summer, on weekends, and in the afternoons
-Tall grass in spring (mowed in the summer though)
Other Thoughts: This is a good course in Bozeman city limits. Unfortunately the funding has diminished since they first built the course. There are some improvements going in every 6 months or so. Finally after two years a paved parking lot has gone in eliminating the parking on the street. They starting putting in hole signs but stopped at putting wood posts in the ground. This is a good course to play in the winter when the snow gets packed down and days are warm (for Montana). Mud can get extremely bad in the spring and makes the course un-playable for at least a month.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
It's what you have...
Pros: It's the only course right in Bozeman
You can see all the baskets
Most of it is mowed
I met friendly players
Cons: The trees they planted died, so it is wide open grassland
The land is pretty flat
Not much you can do with flat grassland, huh?
Other Thoughts: I can see the course planners envisioning the saplings growing into trees that could define the course, and they could! If trees were planted, this could be a really fun course.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Meh, I guess it's better than nothing.
Pros: -This course is pretty easy to follow. Especially when they've just mowed. Also, besides hole 1, the baskets and tees are very nice. It's good to have a course in Bozeman with baskets and tees.
-This is a great course if you are bored and just want to throw a disc quickly. It takes max an hour to play.
-Feel free to bring Fido! Bozeman is a dog loving community.
-Absolutely stunning views of both the Bridgers and the Spanish Peaks.
Cons: -Absolutely no obstacles. That is beside the ankle twisting gopher holes. And contrary to popular belief, shoving a beer bottle/can down a gopher hole will not get rid of the gophers.
-There are a few shots with some elevation change, but not enough. Most every shot is flat, open, and short.
-Can get very muddy if you play in the rain or shortly after a rainstorm or early in the spring.
-What happened to hole 1? Why is it no longer there? Instead, shoot for the sign in the rocks.
Other Thoughts: Sadly, the disc golf community in Bozeman hasn't gained too much popularity, hence the removal of the course in Lindley park. It's starting to turn around, and with a little funding and some work Rose park could become a great spot. But in the mean time treat it with respect! Don't leave your trash around, and for the love of god, don't go spray paint trees in other parks! Maybe some day we can get the Disc Golf ban in other parks lifted!
Besides that, this course is the best we have IN town, and I suppose it certainly is better than nothing!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
1st time at Rose Park
Pros: -Course is easy to follow from hole to hole.
-Some of the baskets are either elevated or are placed to make your putt/approach at least a little interesting.
Cons: -Tee shots are definitely not challenging. Nearly every tee shot is wide open to any type of shot you want to take.
-Trash and gopher holes everywhere.
-No signs on posts by tee pads (maybe they get installed later in the year).
Other Thoughts: -Overall I enjoyed playing the course. Rose Park is perfect if you have a spare hour and want to practice your short game. Also good for boosting your confidence as every hole is definitely birdie-able.
-Luckily this is not the only course in the area
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