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.
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.
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.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Wooded, Hilly, Windy....Wonderful
Pros: The Land, couldn't be better
Multiple Tee Pads
Lots of Elevation Changes
Diverse Shot Selection
Lots of Benches and Trash Cans
Another Quality Course on Site
Every Hole is Unique
Doubles as a Great Nature Hike
Incredible fun factor
Cons: Poor Signage
Can get Windy
Look out for Pedestrians
Stay on your Lines or pay the Price
Other Thoughts: Located high atop some West Virginia foothills this disc golf land at its finest. Not only is the land it's built on insane but they used it perfectly. Nice mix of open and wooded with a great shot selection. Not necessarily big in hole distance but it's a nice hike up, down, and around large rolling hills and excellent views. Definitely nature based, this is the kinda course I love.
There are 2 courses on site when I arrived. They were unmarked so I just picked one since I didn't know which was which, I wish they had labeled it better. I really wish I had the time to play its sister course. I'm told it's even bigger and harder but I'll be back. They take great care of this course and It didn't take long for me to realize that this one was gonna be special.
I did have a problem with the signs. They list the distances but a lot of the holes are blind and a small map showing the pin direction would be very helpful. It's on a giant hilltop so wind can also be a factor. It also plays around several walking trails so keep an eye out for joggers and walkers.
The distances were just about perfect for someone with a better than average but not great skill level. It's very diverse, there are a few ace opportunity's and some chances to let a few rip. Most of sport some really fun elevation changes. Each one is different and there are probably 5-6 holes that are good enough to compete for the title of signature hole. Fun Factor is very high
Some of the holes you will need to stay accurate or end up in some thick brush at the bottom of a ravine. This was a challenge for me due to the wind.
Since there is another course on site that I'm told is just as good I would recommend this place for all skill levels. I would recommend it for locals and I would suggest it for a road trip from just about any distance. Good job guys, this one is one of my favorites
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
* Great 18 (19) hole course set in a park with another 18 hole course. Park has a number of amentities that can be used for the whole family. A few bathroom facilities around the park.
* Variety of distances. A few ace opportunities and a few opportunities to let a driver fly. No hole is too daunting to a amateur or new player.
* Nice concrete tee pads (could be a little larger)
* Two basket positions and two tee pads for each hole
* Signs at tee pads showing distance
* Great variety of holes. Wooded shots, opens shots, shots from open to woods and woods to open. Left hand turns and right hand turns.
* Nice scenery through the woods and not much under brush
* Benches at many of the holes and trash cans on a some of the holes
* Good flow from hole to hole
* Good use of elevation, while not terribly phyiscally demanding, does give a good work out.
*Although signs show distance it would be nice if they showed pin placement and direction from tee pad. (As a first time player we needed to walk up the fairways to scout out the pin placement)
* Although most tee pads were easy to find there are a few holes that a sign or arrow would have been helpful.
* A few holes we needed to watch for walkers/joggers
* Baskets seemed a little old and a few were missing the marker on top.
* Some of the walks up and down the hills were a little slippery (because of the amount of leaves/acorns on the ground)
* Not necessarily a negative, but the baskets were in the long position and many were right at steep banks. May force you to lay up instead of going for a shot; for fear of going down the bank.
* Few of the tee pads were built up several inches and you can slip off if not careful.
Other Thoughts: Was in Huntington on a business trip and had the opportunity to play Rotary and travel to Ashland, KY to play Armco Park. Enjoyed them both but probably liked Rotary a little better. The wooded holes at Rotary had some better defined fairways than Armco.
If you are passing through the area this is a place you will want to try out. Although there are many holes that stand out, hole #2 was our favorite - nice down hill shot into a not-too-dense area of tree to the basket in the back of the wooded area
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
REALLY Fun Course
Pros: This course is set in a beautiful park. Plenty of amenities around the course to keep the kids entertained if they're not disc golfing with you. Nice practice area (large fairway and basket right next to the parking lot).
This is the first course I've played with this many open holes. It was fun to be able to just let a drive rip off the tee, knowing that even if I totally mess up, I won't lose the disc (griplocked one on #16 that would have really been embarrassing if someone had seen it).
The layout is pretty easy to follow, with an exception that I'll note below. There are two concrete tees on each hole, adding to the re-playability of the course.
The course wasn't crowded when I played - in fact, the only person I ran into was the guy on the lawnmower at the 4th hole. As I finished, there were some people starting out, but other than that I had the course to myself. Plenty of benches, and there were bag holders on many holes.
Cons: You have to backtrack on 14 to get to 15 -- a sign would be useful there (or a map, which I left home). The hole signs are very basic; I'd have appreciated a hole diagram or something on several holes where I couldn't see the basket from the tee. Trashcans would be a welcome addition, as would some water jugs. The open holes can get a bit repetitive, but since I hadn't really played an open course before, it didn't really bother me that much.
Other Thoughts: I had a blast at this course. It's fun, challenging, and in great shape. I wish I lived close -- maybe I'll move!!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
One of the best all arounds...around.
Pros: - Great variance of shots needed for this 18(19) hole course.
- Nice area to warm up in with enough room to practice drives, and a basket to work on putts. This area also is used as Hole 19.. tee pads are on top of the hill.
- One of the best all around courses I have played, the only thing missing on this course is water and maybe a hard dogleg right.
- Favorite holes: #2, #6, #7, #12 and #17
Cons: - Poison Ivy .. if you get it easily, make sure you keep your legs covered for those trips into the woods... trust me, there will be trips into the woods.
- I have been playing this course on average once or twice a week for the last year and only a few pins have changed their location. That is the biggest con for this course, but that only really applies if you play it all the time.
Other Thoughts: Rotary has a great disc golf scene. Everyone up there is really nice and polite.. A lot of discs get found and returned, its nice.
If I lived within 2 hours I would make a day trip to play this course and Indian Rock ( much tighter, wooded, 18 hole in the same park ).
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Great course in public park
Pros: - Lots of variety in every sense, from elevation changes to hole distance, wooded vs. open and right vs. left shots.
- Multiple tee and pin locations for each hole. Tee signage reflects distance to each pin.
- Easy to navigate from hole to hole.
- Popular with locals but by no means crowded, pet friendly, plenty of benches and trash cans.
Cons: - Tee signs do not indicate which pin placement is current, and alternate locations are rarely used.
- Several pin locations are perched on inclines. Rollaways are commonplace.
- Back nine is fairly wooded and tumultuous and may be too much for some older or casual players.
- No water fountains on site.
Other Thoughts: Rotary Park was the first course I played when I was introduced to the game this spring, and I have played here more than anywhere else by far. Though every course has it's faults, in my opinion, this is a great place to learn the game and provides enough variety to keep me coming back week after week. It's open enough to enjoy going for distance, but tight enough to challenge the precision portion of your game. Almost ever hole is different, and all skill aspects are needed. And as I edge closer to a par or sub-par round from the fronts, it's rewarding to know the pro tees await to keep things challenging.
The only real con I have with the course is that in over six months of play, the pins haven't moved once, and it seems like kind of a waste to have multiple pin placements if you aren't going to use them. The pins are in their most challenging locations right now, so it's hard to complain, honestly, but a change of pace would still be nice.
Rotary is definitely worth trip if you're in the area, and since Indian Rock is on site as well, I'd recommend a day trip from out of town to enjoy both courses. I'd definitely label Rotary as the fun/novice course and Indian Rock as much more of a challenge, so make your choice accordingly.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
What a Great Course
Pros: Rotary is a great park and great disc golf course all around. My favorite part about Rotary is the variation between holes. Almost every hole is completely different from all the rest. There are long and short holes, multiple pin placements on each hole, and elevation changes throughout. The course winds in and out of the woods on more than one occasion. There are two concrete tee pads at every hole, lots of benches and trash cans, and restrooms at the bottom of the hill behind the #8 basket. The park is pet friendly as well.
Cons: The signage at the tees could be better. There is a sign at every box with distances to each pin placement but pictures showing pin placements for the holes that aren't visible from the tee pads would be convenient for newcomers and visitors.
Other Thoughts: The course was designed by 1986 Worlds Champion Johnny Sias.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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