Quail Ridge Is A Lovely Piece Of Land!
Pros: One can tell that an tremendous amount of work has gone into making this course the excellent disc golf experience that it is today. The terrain perfectly suits disc golf with it's lovely rolling hills, wooded hillsides and sparse undergrowth. I appreciate the engineering of built up tee pads, bridges crossing steep ravines, benches, raised baskets and the nicely oversized concrete tee pads. The Titan baskets by Gateway are fine but a little hard to spot in the woods sometimes.
There are multiple positions for each basket but I found no way of knowing which position the basket was in on this particular day. Some kind of a system would really be beneficial here. The older wooden signs are fine.
Cons: There were a few wide open throws which I found a little boring.
I understand the course can get busy although there were few players out when I played.
Gateway baskets are difficult to spot in the shade and from a distance. Nice brightly colored DGA models that I've played lately would be so much better here.
Needs a system to indicate which position basket is in.
I could see this course being treacherous after rains.
Other Thoughts: I liked this course a lot. I would be real happy to claim this as my home course. It has a nice variety of throws needed. The park is lovely, safe, inviting, relatively free from other park users. Basically, it's just a really nice place to come and enjoy a round of golf.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: First off, this is a gorgeous course situated in a very pretty multi-use park that's easy to access. The woods were beautiful in fall.
True, there are more wooded shots than open, but it's not overwhelming and most of the holes are a blast to play.
The signs are not perfect -- but I love the old wooden signs. It seems to fit perfectly with the rest of this woodsy, beautiful course!
I really liked the shot variety here a lot. There are some ridiculously tight shots that need more than just a fairly straight drive to nail (15).
While this is clearly a very multi-use park, the course designers did a great job keeping the fairways away from populated areas for the most part. There are some trails snaking around the area, but generally you won't throw a drive on them unless you're way off.
Multiple tee positions on many of the holes help add some length and/or variety, depending on what you're looking for.
Lots of nice amenities on the course. Not only are there benches and trash cans everywhere, I was happy to see a bridge has been built over the ravine near 9 and 10, along with a "USE THIS PATH" marker. Thanks for keeping us safe!
The course makes great use of the elevation and nature present. Given the land that exists, you can't help but feel they squeezed most of what they could out of it.
Navigation is not ideal, but not horrible if you watch for the "next tee" arrow present on the signs. 3-4 was the only area I found it easy to get lost. 14 is also a bit of a hike if I recall correctly.
Ample parking, and in what I presume is a very safe neighborhood.
Course seemed very well maintained when I was there. Everything was neatly mowed, trimmed, and garbage was emptied and picked up.
Overall, the use of elevation, trees, nature, and shot selection are what make this such a fun play, in my opinion. Wish I was closer so I could play more often!
Cons: Baskets are dull and can be hard to spot, even in full sun and broad daylight due to the dense tree canopy. Contrast this with Rosedale Down Under in KC with the bright orange baskets.
Not a ton of opportunities to open up and throw -- most of the holes here are fairly short. Not a problem, but at least one long bomb would have been nice!
Hole 14 (I believe it is) plays fairly close to the parking lot, and a very errant shot can end up over there. I recommend parking on the right side of the lot when you pull in! (No, we didn't hit anyone)
I did not see any active pin marking system in place. With lots of dense shade, it can be very hard to see where you're shooting and this can get frustrating. 18's FIVE pin positions are, in my opinion, ridiculous, especially with no way of knowing which is active without running up.
Course can get very muddy when it rains. Not much they can do about it, but just be aware.
Other Thoughts: When I rate courses, I mainly look at how much fun it was to play, the amount of different shots required, the scenery, etc. It's hard for me to find a lot of faults with this course, and the ones I did mention are getting nit picky.
I realize I'm on the very high end of the spectrum with this rating, but I do feel it's justified. The natural beauty and use of elevation and trees really make this an incredible play in my opinion. Furthermore, the shots are all fun in their own way, and I did not get bored here at all.
With that being said, I have to give this course a 4.5. The course alone is probably a solid 4.0, but the park itself and setting really are what push it over the edge. After I play more courses in STL, I will be happy to re-evaluate, but this is my first impression, and it was a great one!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Well laid out
Good mix of trees and open throws
Good walk through the park
Cons: Baskets are dull and hard to spot
Trees! Lots of trees
Steep hills on a few throws
Last 3 holes are confusing
Other Thoughts: I love this course. This is my go to. It's easy to learn and easy to play. All the holes are Par 3, but some can be tricky to throw on. The course goes all over the park, which, personally I like. It's worth playing on.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Hunting for birdies at Quail Ridge
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Plays through the woods in a busy, well-maintained, county park with a decidedly suburban vibe to it.
• Disc Play: Primarily woodsy and hilly, leaning toward the short and technical end of the spectrum, with a few open/lightly wooded holes and some moderately wooded ones providing a nice balance. Holes 1-3 ease you in with open fairways over gently rolling terrain. Placement and control from the tee become more important starting with #4, and pretty much stay that way through 12. The back end of the course opens up bit more, but still requires decent control. Nice variety of hole shapes requiring a fairly well-rounded shot-making repertoire. Although there are several routes to the pin through the trees, some will seem more obvious (if not more natural) depending on your preference for throwing BH turnovers, FH, etc., but most of the holes encourage decision making and demand good execution. Features tight woods, plenty of elevation changes, and treacherous pin placements. Things open up a bit here and there on #'s13-18, but The Ridge definitely favors placement over distance.
• Mutiple tees to add distance and difficulty, and multiple pins to keep locals from getting bored.
• Splendid use of elevation throughout: downhill, uphill, gulleys, rises, slopes... Risk/reward payoffs all over the place - lots of dicey pin placements on steep slopes or near drop-offs reward playing smart (i.e. within your game). Get too aggressive for your ability, and long come-backs will add strokes to your score quickly. Execute well off the tee and you can set up some decent putts for birdies. Bouncing off trees can be a nasty double whammy, not only taking you off the fairway, but likely sending you rolling down the steep hill... sometimes a waaay down the hill, resulting in a comeback from hell.
• Equipment: Concrete tees for reds, natural for whites/blues were in good shape, as are the baskets. Simple wooden signs with distance for reds and whites also show relative locations where holes have multiple pin placements. Blue and white tees marked with shorter posts. Baskets in good shape, caught well. Scorecard with map at the kiosk off the parking lot.
• Routing/Nav: Holes 1, 2, and 13 were the only tricky spots, but the map was a big help for those. The rest flowed pretty intuitively. # 9 comes loops back to parking.
• Aesthetics: With the constantly rolling terrain and earthy feel, I found The Ridge quite appealing, but nothing spectacular. Tee pads near slopes nicely dressed up with landscape stones to combat erosion and give the course a well-cared for appearance. Definitely a pleasant walk through the park.
• Memorable holes: #1's a fun, open shot at the pin, but nose-up RHBH shot that sail long have a long way to fade (perhaps OB), with a long uphill comeback. 9 has you throwing over a deep gully through numerous trees, all vying for the chance to send your well-intentioned quest for the pin aaallll the way down to the bottom, where you'll have to fight your way back up for a likely bogey... mebbe a double. # 11 is a short downhill ace run with a pin placement that has trouble written all over it. 15's a short deuce or die hole that dares you to hit a tiny window. #16 is perhaps the most open hole on the course, but the uphill makes it play much longer than it is - also a beautiful hole visually.
• Restrooms close to several holes.
• No truly long holes, seems they could have worked one in toward the end.
• Baskets hard to spot in the woods - please splash some color on 'em, add flags... something.
• Mostly segregated from other activities, but a few holes play near walk ways; dog walkers, joggers, baby strollers, etc. Not bad over all, but high flying RHBH hyzers on #1 are probably the biggest concern because pedestrians may not see it coming from above at all, and many people seem clueless when you yell "FORE!"
• The middle holes (set on steep, hilly slopes in the woods where no grass grows) have to be treacherous to traverse when wet.
• Gets busy - arrive early to avoid the crowds.
Other Thoughts: With fabulously varying terrain and a spectrum of shots ranging from very well wooded to open, and plenty in between, The Ridge rates very high on my personal fun factor scale - but it's probably not for everyone. If threading short shots through tree trunks, or hitting metal on your putt, only to have it roll way downhill (where you'll need another couple of shots to hole out) turns you off, I can't see how you'll enjoy playing here. The Ridge is full of holes that could be easy deuces (or aces for that matter), but could just as well end up as bogeys or doubles if you go long or bounce off the numerous trees and end up at the bottom of a chasm.
Not championship caliber, The Ridge is appropriate for beginners to advanced players, but seems particularly well suited to the intermediate player. Playing here is all about mitigating risk while creating opportunity; finding the line/release angle combo that reduces the chance of getting into trouble, yet still has a chance of setting up a good look at deuce. I shot 53, but this course plays to my strengths like few others. This is a course you could shoot -7 on, but could easily shoot +10 going for it at every opportunity.
Objectively, I see this course as 3.5 - 3.75, but awarded a 4.0 because of where it rates on my personal likes/dislikes, the great condition it was in, and how much fun I had playing here. If I were local, I'd be here all the time.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Quail Ridge is a nice moderate course that can leave you feeling really good or really bad about your round. It is comprised of a multitude of different shots. It features some open opportunities to air some big shots out and also is riddled full of dense woods with some extreme elevation change to boot. Despite the array of shots, I feel as though this course can really be shot on and is a ton o fun!
Added Pros- Multiple basket locations, Multiple tee pad locations,Concrete pads, Restrooms, Trash cans, Pavilions, Horse Shoe Pitching Hall of Fame
Cons: -can be crowded with beginners
- All the much has washed away
-Pro Tees are not well marked or frequently used
Other Thoughts: Thanks again to Dave Mac and Gateway Disc Sports.. Also thank you to St.Charles DGC for all of your work
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: has a lot of neat elevation changes along with nature at it's fullest. majority of the holes are in the woods and has some open holes that are a good blend. nice park and very clean.
Cons: not very technical course, you will catch yourself throwing the same on every hole.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Some cool shots
Pros: The course makes cool use of elevation. I especially like the shots where you're shooting over a valley to a pin on the other side.
Cons: The grass gets really high and it's easy to lose a disc. Use a spotter. I spent a lot of time in the weeds trampling around looking for missing discs and I ended up with a tick on me.
Other Thoughts: I'd imagine the course plays very different from the winter to the summer. In the summer, the grass in the rough is super high. I lost a Groove in the grass on #18. If anybody finds it, I'd appreciate a call. Thanks.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: It is an easy course to play. I have yet to run into a bunch of crowds. The tight fairways challenge your control. Greens are tight and can play fast. Parking can be a problem on weekends since the park is used by other recreation.
Cons: It is very local friendly. Course becomes nearly impossible to play if it has been raining. Too many holes that can be parked in one shot.
Other Thoughts: Needs to be redesigned!
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Short, but fun
Pros: Concrete Tee Pads
Requires multiple shots
Wooded Holes with tight lines
Good Change of Elevation & Wide variety of holes
Cons: Poor Signage - Hard to follow course if unfamiliar with it
Short Course - threw a driver once, mostly threw a buzzz, stalker, or putter if that gives you any indication of what the course is like
Other Thoughts: Is it bad that I birdied almost every hole? Or am I that good? It was fun because every hole felt like an ace run
Fun course, I would definitely play it again, but not as challenging as I would have liked or was expecting from everything I've heard about the course. There are definitely some wooded holes that are difficult, but there seemed to be plenty of manageable lines through the trees.
Honestly, this course just didn't live up to the hype for me.
There was a ton of people there though - Great Environment and Great for Newer Players
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is short enough from the red tees to be very exciting. Nearly every hole is able to be aced.
The White and Blue tees offer added difficulty that is lacking from the concrete red tees.
There are some great signature type holes (9 and 10) that play over a wooded ravine which offers a very unique shot.
Elevation comes into play on many holes.
Wooded holes require accuracy, as well as good shot and line selection.
Open holes have a tendency of being very windy, which provides added difficulty.
Most every disc in your bag will probably find its way into a round out here, but the course CAN be shot with just a mid and a putter.(from the red tees)
Concrete tees are in good condition, and tee signs are very descriptive.
Course is placed in a very well manicured park with your basic amenities (bathroom, water fountains, ect.)
Practice basket (now with concrete tee) near parking lot on the way to 1st tee.
Cons: White and Blue tees are natural, and can be difficult to locate. These tees also do not have diagrams of the hole as the red tee does, simply a post indicating distance to hole. (which could change weekly)
Walk from 13 to 14 could be confusing for the first time playing the course.
Walk from 18 to parking lot isn't ideal but isn't terrible.
Other Thoughts: Quail Ridge is a fun little course that has a great following, and is home to a great club. A combination of this and the courses beginner friendly nature causes the course to be pretty frequently crowded, but good flow does help to limit a bogged down round.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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