Rockland Park Disc Golf Course – A Hidden Gem in Warren County
Kristen and I took an opportunity today to play the Rockland Park 18-Hole Disc Golf Course. The course is located in northern Warren County on wooded rolling land along the Shenandoah River. The course is PAR 71 and includes two tee boxes for each hole. Established in 2015, we have played this course a few times and it continues to be one of our favorites.
The park is very easy to access on a paved road with a paved parking lot as well. There are two covered picnic shelters which can be reserved. There are no permanent toilet facilities installed yet, but there are a couple of porta-potties in the parking lot.
250 Rockland Park Court
Front Royal, VA 22630
Bring Your Hiking Shoes
We were playing on a cold, dry day in December and noted that at times the terrain can get steep requiring secure footings. Much of the course is in the woods, so trees were a constant threat throughout the course. Having not played in several months, I hit more trees than I should have. I also struggled to keep my disc in the narrow fairways.
The course has a kiosk by the 1st tee that holds scorecards and pencils which are a nice addition we have not seen at other courses we have played. There is also a map of the course on the back of the scorecard which helps when you are playing the course for the first time. The cards were a little water damaged, but serviceable for keeping score and checking distances.
The leaves were off the trees, so access to the areas my disc often landed was mostly unimpeded. The woods are mostly wide and clear so the risk of losing a disc is significantly reduced, but a brightly colored disc will help you find it if it gets buried under leaves.
A short detour from hole number five, a short walk down the Carson Trail allows for a fantastic view of the Shenandoah River looking southwest toward Strasburg.
Overall the course provides a challenging game of disc golf and a great hike along the Shenandoah River.
Basic Disc Golf Rules
Objective of the Game
Disc Golf is played like traditional “ball” golf, but with flying discs instead of balls and clubs. One point (stroke) is counted each time the disc is thrown and when a penalty is incurred. The object is to play each hole in the fewest strokes possible. The player with the lowest total strokes for the entire course wins.
Never throw when players or park users are within range. Always give park users the right of way. Be aware of your surroundings and environment.
Each Hole begins with a tee throw. Tee throws must be completed within or behind the designated tee area. The Tees at Rockland Park are concrete
The lie is the spot where the player’s previous throw has landed. The player’s next throw must be from the prior spot where the disc landed.
The player with the least amount of strokes on the previous hole is the first to tee off on the next hole. After teeing off, the player whose disc is farthest from the hole always throws first.
Completion of Hole
A disc that comes to rest in the Disc Basket or chains constitutes successful completion of that hole.
- Remain quiet and avoid unnecessary movements and while others are throwing.
- Stand behind the player who is throwing until the throw is complete.
- Remove disc from the basket after completing the hole.
- Help new players learn the rules.
- Allow faster groups to play through when possible.
- Pick up trash and put in proper receptacles.
- Do not alter the course (Trees, bushes, ect.) in any way.