Decent Little throw On The SIU-E Campus!
Pros: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville DGC is located on the campus near a parking lot and The Praire Hall dorm. The course plays around the dorm and finishes on the other side leaving you with quite a little walk back to your starting point. Backtracking on the course would be a better choice than the walkabout that I took.
Be forewarned that # 1 tee pad and sign are INCORRECT. Apparently # 1 was redesigned for safety purposes. The tee tee pad and sign are facing hole # 3. Hole # 1 throws back towards the woods directly across or around the volleyball courts. It's actually kind of a fun, challenging little throw over the VB court providing there are no Vb players on the court.
The course has concrete pads and small fiberglass tee signs. The baskets are very adequate. The listed pars are suitable for junior high students. If you play them, you should have plenty of opportunities for Eagles. For example, # 7 is listed as a 230' par 4. That is an Eagle waiting to happen.
The course has some fun elevation to play with so you're often getting to throw over valleys or down hills. # 4 is a simple little 178' downhill ACE run. The course does have a variety of throws needed, hysers, straight bombs, short touch ACE runs, anhysers, .
Cons: sign is totally wrong. Faces wrong way.
Wrong distance. It keep totally mess up the start to your round.
Pitch and putt distances.
Junior high pars on tee signs.
Nobody seems to like the hyser hole playing around the dorm.
Other Thoughts: I think this is just about the perfect little college course. Students can come out here with one disc and have a great time. No searching for discs. No nasty OB to deal with. No water hazards. But it's not so simple as to not be a little bit challenging. If I went to school here, first thing I'd do is figure out what those letters SIU-E stand for? Then I'd memorize the school's fight song. Then I'd look up the girl's volleyball schedule and finally I'd be over her working on my disc golfing game.
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Eh. Just eh.
Pros: Hole 8 is really quite pretty, by far the best hole on the course. The longest of the nine, you tee off from the top of a hill and over a valley which has a small bit of marsh-type area off to the side. It is not uncommon to see deer grazing in the middle of the hole. You are also fairly close to the road, which offers a tempting OB. Overall, a very well maintained course.
Cons: To be quite honest, some of the holes are just stupid. It is not clear how much thought was really given to placements of tees and baskets. Otherwise, holes tend to be fairly short, and lack variety.
The course wraps around two of SIUE's residence halls, and are even incorporated as an obstacle on one hole...a hyzer shot into a courtyard type area surrounded by windows. With that much glass around, accidents...especially for newer players are bound to happen resulting in broken glass or at the very least some very freaked out freshmen. Either way, not the best scenario to help grow the sport.
Hole 1 and 9 are nowhere near each other either, so be prepared to hike back to the parking lot after your round. Parking in general is also a bit of an issue, as the nearest parking is actually for the SIUE residence hall, and without a proper parking tag, visitors may get ticketed.
Other Thoughts: This campus is absolutely beautiful with tons of unused land. Why they chose to design such a halfassed course in this particular location is beyond me.
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