Billy Goat Mild(er)
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: You want to play some elevation, do you? Well, there are two courses on site here, with Indian Rock being the brutal, newer, billy goat endurance test, and this established course (Rotary), being its only slightly less challenging brother. Almost every hole will test your skill at judging how disc flight responds to hills, and about two thirds of the holes will also require technical precision.
The course boasts two decently sized, concrete tees and three basket positions on every hole, and they bought high quality DGA baskets that are holding up well with the course's age. I like that they leave white pvc visible in the other sleeve positions so you can see how the course might play, even if you're only in from out of town. Many of the 'greens' have dastardly rollaway potential. We played from the short tees because this was our third stop for the day, and old heavyset legs can turn to jelly with these West Virginia hill climbs, so we knew throwing the longs would be a struggle. Most of the long tees extend the use of elevation: if it's a downhill hole, it'll be more so from the longs; if it's a short, blind shot up to the top of the ridge, you bet that long tee will give you a bigger challenge. Hole 10 is a fairly open one, but the long tee doubles the length to a monster of almost 700 feet. We really enjoyed the short tees to a lot of B pin positions on a springtime warm President's Day.
Rotary is not a beginner course, but might still produce a lot of 'under par' scores by Open level players. It's well suited for Intermediate to Advanced skill sets, with shots that shape in both directions, and with open meadows (3, 8 through 10) to tight woods (2, 7, for instance), to hillside risk-reward holes (1, 11 through 15). There are usually great opportunities to use hillside edges or OB roadways to force control for tournaments. There's even a really cool pin position in an island on hole 17 (a very pretty glide down the hill with purgatory if you go too long and over the road!).
Over the years they've put a ton of effort building the infrastructure of this course, including landscaping the tee areas level, usually with mulched surrounds, benches, and all the nicer amenities.
Cons: The only downside to the course is that a lot of the landscaping is aging, such that rebar that used to hold in a landscape timber might now just be standing up where you're trying to get up and down the hill safely. Other places, especially in the wooded holes, have worn in so much that the 'path' is now also the mud run off the slope, and when covered in dead leaves, gets exceedingly slippery when wet. Some of the older park stairways, even though concrete, are really getting old. The simple metal plate signage is well past due for an upgrade.
Not so much a con as a warning: for those who are used to relatively flat courses, or worry about your knees or ability to traverse wooded slopes of 45 degrees, you need to be aware of what you're going to be facing in Huntington. We had considered hitting Indian Rock as a fourth stop for the day, but enjoyed Rotary Park, and saved its rougher brother for another trip.
Other Thoughts: You can tell on only one visit that this is a much beloved and much played course. With another generation of volunteers willing to upgrade some of the infrastructure, I could easily see it being a solid 4.0 rated course again! For road trippers, The area here from Huntington, WV to Ashland, KY has at least a half dozen courses now that are worth a trip, and Rotary was one of the first.
Reviewer Background as of this writing: flirting with Intermediate skill levels and grandmaster age, I've now had the pleasure of being able to review 273 courses. Thanks to all who build 'em!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
A Good, Challenging Course
Pros: This was the course that my friends and I grew up on. There is nothing I would call an "easy" hole, except maybe one placement of one hole. If you like tunnel shots, this is the place for you! All-in-all, this is an outstanding championship-worthy disc golf course.
Cons: I wouldn't recommend most of this course for beginners. Stick to holes 8-10 and 16-19 if you are just starting out, then work your way into the woods.
Challenging Course Makes For A Nice Pit Stop.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: With two courses to pick from here in the hills of West Virginia, players have choices to make. Supposedly, Rotary Park is a little less challenging than it's neighbor course, Indian Rock. The area here is typical West Virginia rugged and extremely hilly.
Rotary Park has nice concrete tee pads, older baskets and sub standard tee signs. They are very simple little metal signs with stick on tee signs over the metal. As you can expect, these stick-on signs don't last long in the weather or with the vandals.
There are lots of fun, challenging holes here. # 5 has a lovely, engineered tee pad and then the basket sits on a sloping hillside. # 6 is a pretty hole, 279' and from a raised tee pad. The course finishes with two fun downhill holes. # 18 is 300 plus feet down to a basket near some trees. And then the finishing hole, # 19, is 300' feet to a basket. There is one tree in your route that is a mando left. My drive managed to go through the very narrow Y of had tree branches.
Perhaps the biggest challenge here are the sloping fairways and treacherous basket placements. There are serious rollaway possibilities here. It can really mess with your mind when putting or on your approaches.
Cons: The signs could use some work. They're small, simple and a little difficult to read at times.
Some tee pads were a little shorter than I would have liked.
There are some erosion problems in a few places. Hiking this hilly course is quite a workout.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice, challenging course for even intermediate/advanced players but a total recreational duffer like myself, can play and enjoy it. There are lots of holes on treacherous hillsides. After all the hilly trekking, the last thing you need or want is a carom 60' down a steep hillside.
Solid course which is compatible with the game of many players. Try it! You'll see.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Review of Rotary Park DGC
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good mix of elevation, basket placements, length of fairways, park location, terrains, and beautiful scenery.
Cons: Park entrance lists restrooms and water as being located in park but you will not pass any on way to parking at the course or on the course.
Meaning bring liquids and use bathroom beforehand.
Would like to see better directions to next tee pads and most baskets are somewhat hard to find.
Terrain is extremely varied but for someone who cannot traverse this type of terrain you can skip these baskets and cherry pick easier holes.
Other Thoughts: Rotary Park Disc Golf Course is a nice outing for anyone wishing to enjoy a round of disc golf or a fine days outing. Centrally located to a major thoroughfare and many businesses Rotary Park is beautifully perched atop the city. The park provides a getaway of nature scenery not seen in the city of green hills, trees, and especially in the fall and winter, wonderful long views of mountainous terrain West Virginia is so known to provide.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Championship course that needs some TLC
Pros: Excellent design.
Great mix of length, elevation, open/wooded holes.
Tons of risk/reward.
Plenty of roll away putt opportunities with basket placements.
Cons: Tee signs don't show anything but hole # and distance.
Most of the wooded holes are goat paths.
Storm damage hasn't been cleaned up for a while. Massive fallen tree on one of the holes covers the whole fairway.
Other Thoughts: I think it was hole 5 that was a massive shot slightly downhill with road OB to the right and basket on side of steep hill. I threw several drives cause it was so fun. A couple of shots hit the hill by the basket and rolled downhill, across the road. While retrieving my discs, I realized across the road is also a steep drop off in the woods and found 2 other discs along with mine. This hole must be a disc eater!
With some TLC, this course could easily equal Mt. Airy in Cincinnati.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Hike and shoot
Pros: 1) Concrete tees
2) Beautiful property
3) Course design
4) Elevation changes
Cons: 1) Tee signs
Other Thoughts: Scenery: 4/5
Difficulty v Fun factor (5/5 is best mix): 4/5
Course design: 4.5/5
I played this course for the first time at the Tri-State Open. I played it from the long tees, so my review is only reflective of the longs.
This is a championship-level course that is located in the rolling hills of West Virginia. It is set on beautiful property, with a nice mix of open bomber-style holes and tight, wooded holes. I don't really have a whole lot of negative things to say about it. It's got it all and will test every shot you have. One thing of note: there are quite a few target locations that allow for roll-away putts/mid-range shots, so be aware of this when you try to go for that 40' putt when there's an 80' drop off right behind the target. This feature of the course racked my score up more than any other feature of the course.
My biggest complaint on the course are the tee signs. They are small and are plain. Some of them are damaged and you can't read them. Some of them don't seem to match up with the real distances of the holes.
I can't really comment on navigation because I played with a local and just followed him around from hole to hole. I could see it maybe being a bit confusing, so I would err on the side of caution and bring a map.
My total average for this course is a 3.7, but I'm rounding up to 4/5. I highly recommend this course from the longs if you are looking for some serious challenge and some serious fun. You better bring your A game. Unfortunately, I brought my C game. :( lol
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Rotary Ate My Shorts!
Pros: 19 holes with dual concrete tees, dual pin positions with Mach III baskets. Decent signage and navigation. Fantastic elevation changes throughout the course providing a great fun factor and watching your discs soar. I don't know if the sand trap/pit on hole 10 was intentional, but I liked that feature. Excellent variety of shots, you got some well defined tight wooded lines and wide open bombs and some in-between. Second course on site.
Cons: Tee signs showing some wear. Some poison ivy on the edges of the rough. Downed trees and trash in places. Plays close to walking path and park users. Only one loop of 18 holes back to parking lot. No bathroom or water. Hole 19 A basket position is ripe for crazy roll aways. I threw my putter on 19 and landed right next the basket, I turned around to pick up my bag, and I see my disc rolling down across the road and down toward hole 1 of Indian Rock another 60'. This area is steep! It's so steep I ripped my shorts trying to rock wall climb back up it after finding my putter.
Other Thoughts: Despite losing my shorts on hole 19 I had a blast playing the Rotary Park disc golf course! I really liked the variety of wooded vs open holes, awesome elevation changes, and basket positions. I highly recommend anyone within the vicinity to play this course!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Great course for all skill levels
Pros: Well kept course
Great mix of open fields and wooded holes
Multiple pin locations
Good use of the land makes for fun and memorable holes
The scenery is extremely beautiful
Cons: The wooded holes can be a bit of a trudge around the end
Although most wooded areas near holes are easily accessible, you are so close that losing discs can be quite easy. Especially for beginners.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Good change of pace from wide open fairways to tight woods and elevation changes. Concrete tee pads, Usually not very crowded. Two tee pads available for most holes.
Cons: Gets really muddy after heavy rains,
Other Thoughts: I've lived in this area all my life but just started playing DG in the last year. Really good use for this park and a great way to spend an afternoon!
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
I Love to Play in the Clouds
Pros: Am I in heaven or what. The views are quite an inspiration. The day I played I was literally in the clouds. Many of these holes are truly unique. It has the feeling of a great course. Many holes let you rip it good and let it fly. I love this kind of course, and this one is extra special. The elevation changes are just enough to make some perfect holes, sometimes subtle and almost always memory making.
Other Thoughts: The Huntington-Ashland area is a great area for disc golf. I love this place.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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