Throwin' by fields.
Pros: -Rotary is overall a good course. It has some fun holes and the variety is quite satisfying. The use of land given is quite nice and plentiful
-There is a practice basket beside hole 1. And I think I saw another one close by.
-I loved the starter hole and the finisher. Both are fun downhill bombs. #1 is 435' but is still a par 3. It plays maybe 390' so it's a reachable hole. #18 is a 540' par 4. But is downhill pretty significantly. I heard from two different people that an 18 year old kid ACED #18. Not eagled, but aced.
-Good mix between open and woods. A lot of holes here are a mix of both. Some great pin positions into the woods here, and there are some cool tee-shots out of the woods and into the open (hole 4). There are also a couple of short holes that test accuracy and long holes that allow big drives.
-I really liked hole 16. It's a huge uphill drive into the woods. But it's very straight. It's 330' but plays a good 440' at least. It's very scenic too.
-Another hole I loved was #12. It's 355' and downhill and gives an option of throwing a hyzer over a tree. While the hole is significantly downhill, it takes a driver to throw a good hyzer on this hole. I bombed a culverin and was pin high, but it didn't go quite left enough.
-The tee-signs and the pads are in good shape. Course looks well maintained too. So the park users seem to care about the place.
Cons: -I think the nature and idea of some holes is just disagreeable. I just don't like hole 8. I don't like it at all. It's 375' but plays as a challenging dogleg right that feels like a tough enough par 4. But it's not, it's a par 3 (let that sink in, place out a pillow so your jaw won't slam on the ground). It would be one thing if the right side in front of the pad opened up but you are forced to throw left. It's impossible to park this hole and hit the legit fairway unless you throw a roller so stellar that Chuck Norris would pay for your autograph and a meet and greet. While I liked the basket position, the weirdness of this hole made it impossible for me to like overall.
-Holes 14 and 15 need to open up a little more. In fact, you'd be better off without a run up on those holes, or with some sort of screw up because of how weird the fairways are. And best of luck playing hole 17. There's a fairway off the pad and then POOF! It's gone like a magic trick. You have to play pinball from then on, except in pinball you actually want points for hitting obstacles. Get your high score on 17 at Rotary!!
-The athletic fields do come to play a little bit. And when I played hole 3, I saw this one man on the green. He kept on kicking a soccer ball high in the air and allowed his kids to get in the way. When I told one of them to not pick up my disc, I was 250' away so I had to say it loudly. Well, the man got mad and was talking in Spanish and continued to get in the way when I was putting. It was understandable because he was close to the pavilion, but I wondered why he didn't go to the football field, as it was empty.
-I GUARANTEE you that you will feel funny about the par on some holes. For instance, hole 12 is a par 4 that is down a big hill and is only 355'. Hole 3 is downhill maybe 15'-20' in elevation, and is quite reachable but is a par 4. Hole 8 is 375', uphill about 25' in elevation and is very hard to 3. While I had a putt for eagle on 12. #1 is also 435', so longer than most but is a par 3. I agree with hole 1 being a par 3, but to be fair, you will be confused.
Other Thoughts: -According to the rating, it looks like I didn't enjoy the course QUITE as much. But that doesn't mean I don't think it's a good course (I think it is). I think the par needs to be adjusted, and I disagreed with the design on some holes. But I'll join the minority report and say that I thought hole 4 was really neat. It's just one of those holes that recommends you take the back throw and throw a huge anhy out into the open. It's a fun "station" type par 4.
-There is a safety hazard on #11 because of it being too close to the ball field and the ideal spot for bystanders to sit when a game goes on. I think this hole needs to be shortened. Don't get me wrong, it's a fun uphill par 4, but you'll have to make up your own hole if you show up during a big game.
-Another thing, the parking lot is a little odd. So when you pull in, go left and then go right onto the gravel road and you'll see the course kiosk.
-I liked this course. It's definitely different from what I usually see in North Carolina. Would recommend to anyone that is interested in the game.
If the other Morristown courses had a baby...
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Morristown is a wonderful area for disc golf--4 great courses sandwiched between Harmon Hills/Warriors and the stout Knoxville offerings. I've played a ton of HB Clark's courses and I think some of his best work resides in this area (Panther, Cherokee, Kiwanis, and Rotary). Rotary is a perfect blend between the short/technical Kiwanis and the long/super-elevation Cherokee.
Just like the other Morristown courses, you'll have top-notch signage, tees, baskets (discatchers), maintenance, and amenities. It looks like a ton of fairway trimming and mulching was recently done and the course looks and plays great. Like the others, Rotary also benefits from the figure-8 layout with 1 and 10 meeting back at the parking area.
Lot's of fun holes. Fun downhill bombers (1, 3, 12, 18) and tight tree lines (7, 8, 9, 14-17). 9 was a fun risk/reward option with the safe par line on the right or the crowded deuce line to the left.
18 isn't a great score-separation finishing hole, but it was a nice downhill grip-and-rip with a well designed raised island pin location.
The soccer fields are perfectly leveled with nice short Bermuda grass. Anyone who wants to get some "field work" accomplished would enjoy doing so here.
3 practice baskets right next to a nice covered pavilion at hole 1?! yep.
Cons: As others have stated, this park will have plenty of non-discing revelers near the soccer fields. Although I think the lines on 11, 12, and 13 were out of the way, I understand how some would worry about altering their shot to avoid other users.
The 17 teepad dangerously hangs out on the right side of 16s fairway
First-timer beware: signage on #3 might suggest playing straight/left to #6's basket but the hole actually bends to the right.
10 and (arguably) 11 are your straightforward filler holes to help get you to the good stuff on the other side of the park.
Other Thoughts: Trying to be rational, I'd say this course is a strong 3.5'er. However, the fun-factor and the great balance round Rotary up to 4 for me. To me, it's right in line with Cherokee and Kiwanis but really does offer the best of each. That considered, I'll give Rotary a sight bump above those two (although not near the Panther epicness level). Don't skip Rotary if you make it to this area!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Green mowed grass and trees!!
Pros: My favorite course in Morristown, or most anywhere for that matter. The course requires a well round game and mixture of throws. Distance, accuracy, hyzers and anhyzers even a roller. I really wish I had a forehand, but I make and take what I can with my righty backhand shots.I really like the challenges this course presents you it makes you play better. I moved from the KC area and am so glad to be able to walk up and play with out waiting on every hole. So the traffic is usually light-medium on this course. This course is always very well maintained.On site crew. This course is a real gem it makes a nice loop back to the parking area after 9 holes and your off again for the back 9. It has a flushing toilet in the summer near the parking. Never pass a chance to play this course.
Cons: It is a multi use park, Ball games and soccer can sometimes be busy. Nothing has ever slowed me down over a few minutes to let a few people know I'm playing disc golf and you are on the course.Usually just hole 3 and 11.
Other Thoughts: I wish I didn't live 35 miles away. T pads are pretty good. It has some good elevation change on a few throws. I would like to see a new placement or two on a couple holes where the room is available. My favorite holes are 4, 8, 13, 14. Have fun! I'm always ready to guide anyone around in the east Tennessee area.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Well designed course
Pros: Course is very easy to play and Navigate
good mix of elevation and available trees
Lot more birdie ops than I expected being that I throw around 300. The elevation gave me chances and I ended up 2 up.
Cons: Was a perfect day not many park goers but maybe because they have all the soccer fields closed.
Other Thoughts: The first person I really played with was HB and this course was similar to Cedar Hill in Nashville.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Well Thought Out Course : Poorly Thought Out Location
Pros: A fairly easy course which has a variety of different layouts..
A number of pins appear to have wood hazards, but the reality is that most are easily handled because the trees have enough space between them and few low lying branches so that usually, even if you make a mistake, your disc will pass through the trees. The exceptions to this are 8 which has a somewhat tricky uphill right dogleg with the basket guarded by two big trees and possibly 15, with depression between the tee and basket with a number of trees.
The back nine looks like it might have the better pins if you can play them.
Cons: Minor: Be careful on 4. The diagram shows the tee with a few trees in front and then the basket with a few trees in front. Once you throw the disc over the small rise in front of you, you walk up and across an open field you see a basket with trees in front of it. That is 5. 4 is off to the right down the tree line. I misplayed this (and it was my fault), but it's one of those relatively minor problems that always seem to happen the first time you play a course.
Major: Pin 11: Soccer games on both sides. I ended up purposefully throwing up to the left to make sure I didn't hit cars or people. This is in a very poorly thought out location.
Pins 12 & 13: Purposefully played left to stay away from the soccer field they bracketed. I most probably would not have hit the field throwing normally, but I just kept seeing a bad throw and a hefty gust of wind and . . .
Pin 14: Play through the woods into an open area with the basket in front of a soccer field. Played it short and left to make sure nothing happened.
Pin 15: Tees from next to a field into the woods. As I walked up, a soccer player ran past me into the woods. I spent the next few minutes intensely studying the diagram of the course until she walked past me coming back out. Then I looked into the little depression you're supposed to throw into and there was a bunch of kids in it. I ask them to clear and they did (nice kids) and then, just as I am throwing, another group of kids comes out of the woods. One group of kids on the left and another coming out on the right. I pulled up some and threw kind of blindly through the middle and hit a tree.
Pin 16: Tee very close to a field. People were standing on it and had items on it to keep them out of the grass. They were kind enough to move and then I had to get a few kids to move out of the way and then threw away from the field.
Other Thoughts: This is a good course, if there's nothing going on but disc golf. I don't know who thought putting the course around the soccer fields was a good idea, but they were very, very wrong.
The frustrating thing was that there seemed to be more space out away from the fields. I don't know why they didn't move everything out 100 feet or so. Yes, that would have made it a more woodsy course and required the cutting of brush and trees, but they obviously cut some trees to clear elsewhere. Of course, nothing can fix 11 except only playing it when the fields are not in use.
Each hole here seems thoughtfully designed, however, the course as a whole has serious problems.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Test your skills at Rotary!
Pros: - Wooded holes, open holes, short holes, long holes, uphill drives, downhill drives... this course has got it all. This is a great course to test your course on. You can go from par to 5 over in a matter of 2 holes so this is a great course to up your skill level on.
- As in all Morristown courses, tee pads and signage are great.
- Close to two other nice 18 hole courses.
Cons: - If there is a soccer game going on.. you might as well call this 17 hole course. There is no way you can play hole 11 if a soccer game is going on unless you want to potentially peg someone with a disc because normally the croud will sit on the hill going up 11. Have seen a few people sitting along the other side of the soccer field going along hole 14 also but there is less of a chance of hitting someone there.
- Hole 7 and 8 seem like the pars should have been switched. 7 is a 400 ft par 4 with a slight uphill approach. Hole 8 on the other hand is a 375 ft par 3 with a much more steep uphill approach. What i am trying to say is that hole 8 seems to play a bit longer than 7 but par is one stroke less. All of the guys I play with seem to think the same about these two holes.
- Parking can sometimes be rough here because sometimes they keep the upper gates closed. Numerous times we have had to park at the baseball fields and walk up to the course. And if you get there real early (just after daylight) you may even have to pass up the park entrance and park at the church that is close by and walk down to the course. A lot of road trippers like to hit the courses early as to be able to play more holes in a day. I could see this being hell on someone from out of town to even find where the course starts. I know this is not a course design flaw but it is worth mentioning for anyone out of town who may hit this course.
Other Thoughts: My list of cons seems longer than the pros but don't get me wrong... this is a great course! I had to nit-pick to have a list of cons. As far as going to play a new course that you have never played before... this is a great one to hit! Definitely take the time to road trip to this course.. you will not be dissapointed. Also, course maps / brochures available at all times would be a great addition to all the Morristown courses. Out of towners would really appreciate it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has a great mix of open and wooded course with many technical holes.
They have super nice concrete tee pads and brand new Innova baskets with great signs at each pad and arrows on the basket pointing you to the next tee pad.
It's a happy mix of the Cherokee Park and Kiwanis course that we have in town because it's got the short, technical, wooded holes of the Kiwanis course and the long, open holes of Cherokee Park.
The grounds are super nice and kept up with trash cans on many holes. Though you still have the usual bottle or wrapper laying around from where people are to lazy to use the trash cans.
Cons: With this being a newer course, the parks and rec are still working on ironing out the wrinkles as far as like wooded fairways being a little to overgrown and growing grass around certain boxes and fairways so it can get a little muddy.
During a busy weekend, the back nine can get crazy because they play mostly along the soccer fields so you have to be really careful about where you throw.
It would be nice if there were more bathrooms along the course and water fountains.
Holes 4, 5, and 6 kind of run close to one another so you have to keep an eye out especially while in 4 and 5's fairway and on 6's tee box.
If you miss a fairway in the woods during summer, be prepared to spend some time looking for your disc because the woods get super think and there are thorn bushes about every 5 feet.
The park closes at dusk so for now the opportunity of a glow round is out of the question.
Other Thoughts: If the gates to hole 1 are closed you can park at the baseball field parking lot and walk about 500 ft to hole 1 basket. Or you could park at 4 and just start with hole 4 and end with 3 to end where you parked if by chance the baseball field gate is closed.
Holes 4, 13, 14, 15, and 17 require very accurate drives and approach shots or else you could get into some difficult shots.
Holes 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, and 18 are the open holes with the others being all wooded or mostly wooded.
Hole 13 to me is the hardest hole because it starts out open and then does a 90 degree into the woods about 175 ft from the box. It's literally like an L, and for a lefty like me who's a newbie it kicks my butt.
Hole 4 is also difficult because you have a wall of trees about 75 ft from the box with narrow gaps to hit then opens up into a super long fairway.
It's a very nice course to play because it's big enough to where you don't have to worry about other disc golfers on a majority of the holes (4, 5, and 6 are really the only ones where others come into play) so it's a pretty safe place to play.
Disc golf is starting to take off in Morristown and we even have the Tennessee State Championships coming in June so if you are in the area I would definitely suggest checking it out if you're wanting something more than the Kiwanis course but not as long as the Cherokee Park course.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Great layout nice mix of open and woods a few ace runs but not many takes around 2 hour per foursome.
Cons: Cons well the park service is very annoying always hassling you where you're going very strange for a city park and if you don't want to have to walk a 1/4 mile to hole 1 you will need to park at hole 4 it is the bottom parking lot they lock the gates to the skate park, soccer fields and disc golf course they have nice practice baskets at hole 1 but you have to park a 1/4 mile away very strange but the park service will park there company trucks at hole 1 one and play during the middle of the day and hold the vistors up
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Wonderful course with a nice mixture of open and wooded holes. had nice teepads and signs for each hole. The practice area actually has 3 basket u can practice putting on.
Cons: Only prob I had is hole 3 or 4 I believe there isnt a good line to throw at all. Should def take out a couple of trees for u to actually have a line to throw.
Other Thoughts: The course is in a very nice park with parking everywhere. Might want to bring a stool with u cause I didnt c any benches to ait down on.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
An Incomplete review
Pros: I must be upfront and say that I only played the first 10 holes. Navigation wasn't too bad and I generally enjoyed most holes. It started going bad on 10.
Cons: The major con is the unplayability of the back 9 when the soccer fields are in use. This completely ruined my view of this course. There seemed to be no thoughts as to the impact of soccer matches on the usability of the rest of the course. There is a tournament listed in a couple of weeks. This will be impossible to pull off if the soccer fields are in use. I definitely would have given a higher rating if not for the major problems with integration with other park guests.
Other Thoughts: H.B. Clark's other morristown courses are among my favorites. I just can't believe this problem occurred.
Updated 11/7/12. After a second attempt to play all 18 holes I have revised my rating to reflect the whole course. I still see potential for problems with others utilizing the facilities, steps have been taken to work on the problem. I was not a fan of 17, no discernible fairway through to the basket. I did however enjoy the rest of the back 9. Particular favorites were 11-13. Please give this course a try, it is worth the effort.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Join Disc Golf Course Review
for free to add your review. Have an account already? Sign In
to add a review.