5 Helpful / 3 Not
Much room for improvement
Pros: Cool layout. The fact that most of the pins are set on slopes and nearly all of the pins aren't visible from the tee makes shot selection/control very important. This is definately NOT a huck-it-and-hope-for-a-good-lie course.
Good signs to point you towards the next tee.
The series of signs that points DG'ers from the park entrance to the parking area right by the first tee is the best i've seen in the StL area, but they could use one or two more.
Cons: Tee signs to show you where the pin is are crap.
Hole 3's basket broken.
Newbies will get confused finding their way from 4 to 5, then finding the pin for 5.
No established par markings on the tee signs.
Tee pad markers consist of painted 5-lb concrete blocks that aren't anchored to anything and as such can be moved at a whim. That makes the already fairly useless tee signs (and yardage measurements) even more worthless.
Other Thoughts: Even though it is only a 9-hole course, this park has great potential if someone with course design knowledge and/or someone with a few $1000 burning a hole in their pockets would jump in.
The deer that live in the park are either fearless or very hungry. Never got so close to a deer until i made my trip to Bluebird. (Walking from the pin for 8 to the tee for 9)
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Wooded course set on pretty serious slopes. Very little (no) forgiveness for errant throws or rolls. A couple of open throws, but all but one has the sloping ground to consider.
Cons: It's only 9 holes
Other Thoughts: I had a lot of fun on this course, and although Saint Louis has more than a couple beautiful 18 hole courses to play, if you are on the south end of town, play Bluebird, Paul Schroeder and Watson trails. They're all 9 holes and about 10 minutes or so from one another and deserve to be played.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 6 Not
I hated it.
Pros: Nice park, course starts out with 3 challenging holes that threaten you at each throw with a result of your disc rolling down the hill. First few holes are wooded and the last are mostly open. Good range of distances.
Cons: Like I said the first three holes will definitely result in somebody walking down a steep hill. Not very challenging after the first few hole, mostly open areas for the final holes.
Other Thoughts: Not a bad 9 hole course, but definitely very challenging for any beginner. Has some nice variety but unfortunately only 9 holes.
5 of 11 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
9 hole that's worth the trip
Pros: I'm not usually impressed with 9-hole courses, but this is a definite exception. With challenging elevation and heavily wooded, this course gets your attention in a hurry.
Holes 1-4 are in the woods, with the baskets on # 2 & # 3 set just right to send your upshot rolling 30 ft downhill. The ground is compacted with no woodchips, so what might look like a nice shot will skip and land far away from your intended target. Holes 5-8 are in the open, but they still hold a lot of challenge. The pins for # 7 & # 8 are set on a slope and can leave you a long comeback on a missed putt. # 9 is a short, uphill wooded shot, probably the least challenging hole on the course. At least you can leave on a deuce note!
It is a very nicely put together course.
Cons: The tees are not so great. There used to be a second set of tees, but they seem to be long gone and forgotten.
Somebody has taken downed logs and placed them as sort of a makeshift disc stop for rollaway putts on # 2, which is totally cheating.
The baskets are old single chain 1st generation DisCatchers, so they don't catch very well. There was also a basket with sticks shoved into the basket attachment in lieu of actual bolts.
Other Thoughts: After traveling to a lot of parks where you have to wander around forever just to find the course, it was nice to see a course so nicely marked. The main sign points the direction you need to turn to get to the course, and two signs reassure you as you drive back to it that you are still going the right way. Holes 1-3 and 9 are on one hillside and 4-8 are on another, and there are two signs pointing the way to hole # 4 and a big sign in front of the tee for # 9. You rarely see this much signage on a disc golf course.
This nine hole is certainly no pitch and putt. It is definitely worth the trip. Stay and play two rounds!
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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