7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Rose Park is a very easy to follow twelve hole course near downtown. There is a disc golf only parking lot that was built by a local player. The course plays on mostly flat terrain with a few interesting sections of elevation coming into play especially on last three or four holes. All of the holes on this course are reachable although a couple out here you will need to carry around 350 feet. The baskets are sneakily placed on, around or near a hill or slope so making sure that your putts aren't thrown too hard is key to staying away from multiple putts.
Cons: The biggest problem is that the course has zero obstacles in the way. They mowed the grass in places to make fairways but if this wasn't happening you would be searching for and losing discs in the high grass. The course is open, flat and boring for most of the course with only a couple of interesting shots throughout.
I hate to mention this but the litter problem is disgusting. There are lots of little gopher or prairie dog holes around the course, mostly concentrated near the baskets and people have decided to stuff their empty beer bottles and cans in these holes. A few garbage cans or really just a very small trash pick up day from the local club (if there is one) and the problem might be solved.
Other Thoughts: This course is not the only option in the area although it is the only option near downtown. Bohart Ranch and Battle Ridge are about 20 minutes away and I would head out that way most of the time if I lived in Bozeman.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice beginner or "lazy day" course
Pros: This 12 hole course is in a good location for the area players, so that's a big plus. Rose Park is near downtown, the MSU campus, and pretty much everything else in the small town.
There are concrete tees and chain baskets which make for a nice, easy round with very little danger of losing, hunting for, or damaging any discs. The holes aren't too tough, but it's designed as a casual or beginner course. It plays fast yet offers some decent challenge on the last few holes due to elevation and a bit of water. It's been in pretty good condition recently, and that's probably due to the fact that it's getting more and more players.
Cons: There's not a lot of obstacles to navigate... no trees and mostly flat holes. The couse improves over its second half by adding some creeks and hills to the layout.
Distances aren't marked, but it's pretty easy to see the chains on most holes and you definitely know they're all pro par 3s (most/all are course par 3s too I'm sure).
Other Thoughts: This is a good place to hang out with friends, introduce new players to DG, and just have a relaxing day of disc. You could hit the chains from most tees, but a few of the later baskets on hill tops will still get you thinking about your approach. This is probably the easiest course in Bozeman, but its simplicity makes it fun. You don't have to worry about having to hike back for miles on a sprained ankle or running into bears, snakes, or mountain lions at Rose Park. Best of all, the Main Street bars are nearby for happy hour or a night on the town when you finish up ;)
However, if you're in the area looking for more DG challenge, then drive awhile and go to Battle Ridge, Big Sky, or Bohart Ranch (probably in that order)... but bring a lot of drinking water and be prepared to spend much longer on your rounds... and probably damage/lose some discs.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: good open terrain with challenging basket placements. Good course to introduce beginners to the sport. Excellent location for travelers to play as it is near many motels. It was easy to determine tee-offs and baskets
Cons: Rose park seems to be a park that might be developed but as of now, not much has been done to it to encourage use.
0 of 7 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
I REALLY hope it's not done!
Pros: -Concrete tees
-Solid, friendly local crowd supporting the course
-12 holes. Not 9, but not 18 either. An unused area of the park would probably nicely fit another 6 holes. This area has (small) trees, as well, which would be a welcome addition to the course.
Cons: -No benches or trashcans
-No obstructions, risk/reward, or lines to follow
-Could have utilized piece of property better
Other Thoughts: Rose Park is a course situated on an undeveloped block in a developing part of Bozeman, MT. The course is mostly flat and is completely open, with one tree that sits next to a tee pad and therefore does not come into play. Some marshy areas exist toward the back half of the course, as well as a hill that rises about 10' high.
Being the only course in Bozeman proper, we were glad to see a good number of people playing the course and supporting the sport. That being said, I feel bad for the locals that have to call this their home course. It just does not offer that much of a challenge. On the bright side, it was like practicing in a field, only you were also playing a course in the meantime.
Fortunately, all of the holes varied in length. While nothing was posted, I feel that the range was from 150' - about 450'. I'm assuming everything was par 3.
A few hills and humps here and there were home to tee pads, and a couple of the baskets hugged the side of these hills adding some minor approach challenges. After playing the mostly flat first half of the course, these small additions of variety toward the end of the course were quite welcome.
The last few holes navigate some swampy areas with boardwalks crossing over them. If you fire a disc into one of these areas, I can imagine it would be an unpleasant experience retrieving it. These marshes represent the only obstacles on the course other than the large hill that plays on the last few holes.
If any hole on the course would carry the coveted 'signature' status, it would be hole 10. A quite long slightly uphill throw to a pin situated on the side of the largest hill in the field (I mean park) could make for a nasty roller ruining your putt.
Other reviews mention 'no shade,' and they are right. There is ONE small tree in the entire field, and it does not come into play on the course.I really hope this piece of land sees some tree planting and improvements over time. Sadly, it just felt like a yet-to-be-developed piece of land that happened to have some tee pads and DISCatchers scattered around it. The grass was long and unmaintained on our first visit, but fresh mowed grass and defined fairways pleasantly greeted us on our second visit, which prompted me to raise the rating up to 2 discs. With such a visible disc golf following in the park, I have no doubt that this will slowly turn into a quite fun park. The park has plenty of potential.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: In Town, will produce players that can throw in the wind, concrete tees, nice baskets
Cons: Not completed, Long open throws
Other Thoughts: The course is still 3-5 years out from being completed. The throws are longer than at most courses I have played (8-10 others). Wind is often a factor... great for learning how to play when windy. After talking with the designer, it should be about a 3.5-4.5 after the course is complete. They are mowing the course, not nearly as many lost discs found this summer as last fall.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
A place to folf
Pros: Course is located in the middle of Bozeman and is the only in-town course available (except MSU campus which is not an official course). Fairly easy for all experience levels.
Cons: It's in Bozeman and now it has some grass.
Other Thoughts: No trees or shade any time of the day so bring water. If it rains marsh areas will be very soupy. DON'T WEAR SANDALS unless you like various thorns and prickers in your feet. No trash cans and large groups get annoying. This course was created after disc golf was banned at Lindley Park, the original and best course in Bozeman. Find some one to take you to Battle Ridge course north of Bridger Bowl Ski Area.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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