Hunting for birdies at Quail Ridge
4 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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: mix of semi-open, woods, some of both and a chance to use several discs.
Secluded on several holes.
Practice basket by the parking lot, on the way to the 1st Tee, so you can warm your arm up before your round.
The woods are always there...one way or another. even in more open holes, you'll find your target set back into a wooded nook or behind a strategically placed tree
Very well maintained
Cons: Can be muddy, stay in fairways and you are good
Somewhat of a drive from St L, totally worth it- play twice
Other Thoughts: The planning and design are great.
good use of land, natural or planned features!
concrete pads, multi on most holes
seems like the land hasn't been fooled with for a very long time
great place to get a good forest experience and have a blast
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Fun for everyone
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a large park that has a lot of other activities present, like a horseshoe hall of fame, and bike trails. Disc golf is well separated though, I don't imagine there would be any interferences.
- Holes are pretty much split between a hilly wooded area, and some more open areas. The wooded area has a great variety of lines, difficulty, length, and hilliness. A lot of straight holes, like #5, #7, #8, and #9 have enough trees to force hitting a gap, and holes like #10 and #12 have turns to the left and right. Accuracy is definitely important. Lots of hills here as well; #5 has a very sloped green, #7 is blind with a hump in the middle, #8 is downhill, #9 and #10 are both good valleys, #12 is uphill. Lots of sloped greens and nasty, nasty rollaways are present here.
- Lots of holes in the open have a good wrinkle to them as well. #3 is a blind RHBH anny into the woods, with a sloping green behind. #4 is a blind, tight spike hyzer into the woods, with another sloped green. #6 has a pin tucked behind trees, #14 is a downhill shot with the basket on the right, next to or in the woods, #15 is a WALL of trees with a tiny little gap; an overhand shot is the only real option there. #16 is a valley shot with trees lining the bottom, and #17 is good downhill gap shot with trees. None of these are gimmees, by any means.
- As listed above, there are lots of elevation changes, from start to finish. Both and down off the tee, valleys and humps in the fairways, and sloping greens in lots of places. Adds a great deal of enjoyment, challenge, or both, on most holes.
- A good deal of baskets positions here, with many more (hopefully) on the way, can really change things up. Length, and lines, can be drastically altered. Add on the various pro tees, and the course really changes - averages an additional 100' per hole, with some nasty lines.
- Great pads, signage, and baskets. Navigation isn't too bad; though I did have a guide so no guarantees! Practice basket is more for approach practice over putting, that is interesting.
Cons: - A few holes are pretty open, and don't need any particular shot. #1 is pretty wide open, #2 is a simple hyzer shot, #13 is open on the right, and #18 is open on the right.
- Holes in the woods are pretty similar, in terms of terrain and trees. If you can execute the lines, most are easily reachable in one shot. From the red tees at least.
Other Thoughts: - All in all, a very fun course that offers a great variety of shots. Wooded holes are more fun over challenging... as long as you can stay clean! Plenty of spots to get into big trouble, from start to finish. Open holes allow for bigger drives, but still have enough character to keep things interesting. I would recommend this course to everyone, of all skill levels.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
One of my Favorite course to play in St. Louis
Pros: Has a great mix or short 3's with trees, and longer open holes with ante shots.
Cons: The only bad thing i have to say about the course is that its so far from where i live in eureka, mo.
Other Thoughts: We need more course like this, this course is very fun to play at.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a great walk through awesome woods. This course has some holes that are visually awesome. Holes that look impossible but are fair. Very fun to see you disc glide through so many obstacles. The back 9 has four different pin locations that significantly change the hole.
Cons: Back pin placements seem almost impossible and i fear having lost discs from a few holes. I have not played the blues but plan to this weekend. I do wish they would change the baskets more often
Other Thoughts: Hole 4 plays the most difficult....a drive up the left side of the fairway makes a shot through the trees an easier approach. Holes 14 and 17 both require left to right drives. Hole number 13 is still under construction so the practice basket is still being used.....this makes the hike between 12 and 13 a little longer than typical.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is so far my favorite course of the ones I have played.
There are multiple tees that allow for more or less of a challenge depending on your skill.
Several holes also have multiple pin location at least the signs show that they do if baskets get moved.
Tee signs at the short tee are in great shape, show the layout for the hole, where the alt tees are and there is an arrow pointing to the next pin. Short tees are concrete and are plenty big enough for a full run up.
Great use of elevation. Some play up steep hills others down them, and other across them giving the course little repetition.
A mix of lefty and righty holes forces different shots to be required, I used every shot in my arsenal at least once.
Also has a nice mix of wide open holes and tight wooded holes, with a few that almost look impossible (#15), Be sure to look up. You can go over the trees
Trash cans and benches at every hole give for a nice place to take a break in this Missouri heat, and cut down on litter
Gateway titans are in great shape
Cons: The terrain seems to be washed out a bit in spots and would be treacherous after any kind of rain. There are a couple steep hills to go up and down, and they are covered in loose rocks so you need to take it easy going up and down.
There is at least 1 place where a bridge over a small creek/ runoff area would improve the course.
Alternate tees are just dirt tees.
The short tees with pad could be seen as too short for higher skilled players.
Other Thoughts: There were score cards with maps at the kiosk right by the parking lot. This kept me from getting lost kept forgetting to look at the tee sign arrows showing the next tee.
right next to the kiosk there is a concrete Tee for the Practice basket nice warm up as it is on the way to #1
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
good course getting better
Pros: good course located right off the hwy. with a large variety of shots in your bag. course is now being reworked with different and multiple(2-3) pin placements on each hole(1/2 way complete).
longer white and blue tees marked with colored pavers and a tee marker post. (1/2 complete)
new chains and 3 rings on the baskets(all basket modifications complete)
new tee signs with proper distances and pin placements are in the future months, once everything is in place..
Cons: not really a con but now u have to look for basket on the blind holes
Other Thoughts: the new pin placements are driven by excessive play on the course which is causing a severe erosion issue on a few holes. that said the original placements will be replaced and used along with the new placements once the grounds are repaired.
the alternate placements are looking good a few are longer some are just a different shot with same distance.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Great Course for Beginners and Pros
Pros: Great all around course with a variety of short and long holes, as well as wooded and open holes.
3 different tee pads (only the reds are concrete) offer a great variance in the difficulty in the course. The various tee pads can take an easy par from the red and make a tough bogey from the whites or blues.
Bathrooms throughout the park, trash cans and recycling bins on almost all holes, new picnic tables on a few holes, and a practice basket.
Cons: The white and blue tee pads are tough to find unless you are a regular. 4x4 posts are going in to mark them with the painted pavers as soon as the ground thaws.
Only one pin placement per hole.
Concrete tee pads from reds only, natural from others.
A lot of traffic at this course, but hopefully will be eleviated by new courses being built in this area.
Other Thoughts: My home course, and one of the best all around in St. Louis. It has everything you want in a round of disc golf. New signs, benches, and posts for the whites and blues going in this year.
You will not be disappointed.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: First 3 are in the open and quite easy brides...nothing is over 300..then it goes in the woods and gets really crazy 7-12..give yourself plently of time to find discs, if you hit a tree you better look to save par. 14-18 are back in the open, def got to throw the thumber on 15 and now they took out a tree on 16 so the gap as opened up pretty big, just blast one through there and let it hyzer off into the hill for an easy 2. 17 stay right of the big tree fade back around that you'll be in good shape but don't go too far or else you'll end up back around 16 tee box...
Cons: nothing here but my own mistakes, great course
Other Thoughts: keep the speed limit, they are crazy about it
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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