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.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Not enjoyable for any level
Pros: SIUE has a beautiful campus. I was a student there and loved walking outside the main part of campus to take in some of the land the school is fortunate to sit on.
Cons: Lack of distance and challenge in general.
The most difficult shot on the course is off of the first tee where you face a large tree that's nearly impossible to throw around, towards the target.
The proximity to Prairie Hall makes safety an issue. There are other students walking around campus. Also, discs can get easily beat up from hitting the building, especially around hole 6.
Other Thoughts: With the land SIUE and Edwardsville is sitting on, they can come up with a better course than this. I hope to visit again and find a better challenge.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Not that good
Pros: Very green grass here and wide stone pads. Thats the only pros i can come up with.
Cons: This course is more negative. First off its a maze just to get to course through campus. Street signs are small letters. Tee pad faces #2 basket. Volleyball sand courts in the middle of 1 and in 2. 3,4,5, offer no challange. 6 shoots into v notch of building dorm. Why would u ever set a hole up where glass could be broken by a disc if a newb misfires. The street plays real close on 4 8 9 with tons of cars. 9 does not lead you back to start of course but 1/4 mile away if not more. Students walking aimlessly everywhere with ipods on not aware of disc flying. had to wait for kids clearing quite a bit. waliking paths for pedestrians surround this course.
Other Thoughts: With all the land SIUE has they choose the worst location possible, i really mean the worst. COURSE CAPTAIN SHOULD SEEK RELOCATING TO BETTER AREA ON CAMPUS.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The course plays through a pretty college campus with some small rolling hills. Several holes have a little bit of elevation change that adds a little interest, the long hole over the ravine is the best of them. There are some scattered trees on a few holes that add a little bit of shot variety. There are decent sized concrete tees and basic tee signs. The grounds are nicely maintained.
Cons: Let's start at the beginning. Hole 1 was redesigned, apparently for safety, but now it plays perpendicular to the tee through thick trees that make a kneeling drive or a roller the only ways to get to the hole on your drive. It also plays directly over a sand volleyball court for a little extra excitement. The rest of the holes are pretty much wide open and easy, with no real challenge or variety. Many holes play very close to roads, parking lots, sidewalks and buildings, making for lots of safety issues and conflicts with the large numbers of students that can be walking through the area. The tees have an odd texture that with even a little bit of moisture gets really slick. A few signs were missing, it's not terribly hard to figure out where to go though. There is no public parking anywhere near the course, the lot by the first tee is permit parking and you risk a ticket if you park there. The course plays away from the parking lot and never comes back, so you pretty much backtrack the entire course to get back to where you started, if it's not busy the course plays pretty much the same backward as it does forward.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice feature to have on a college campus, and is a good exposure for the sport to get new players interested, but unfortunately it's poorly designed for any level of player. New players will find the hole lengths ok, but there aren't enough obstacles to make it interesting, and less accurate players will have even more safety issues. More experienced players won't find any challenge or variety here, it's only worth a stop to check off your list, or if you happen to live in the dorms right next to the course.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Easy and open course
Pros: --A mixture of types and distances of shots.
--Very quiet in the summer. Many deer.
--Open, easy holes. Almost all holes are short and ace-able by any skill level (with the exception of 8 maybe).
--UPDATE: The gaping storm drain by hole 6 has now been covered by a mat. Good thing, as I was always paranoid about losing a disc down that hole.
Cons: --New baskets, but the older style with only one layer of chains.
--Parking is a major problem, especially during the school year.
--Hole 1 needs to be reconfigured.
--Most sign posts are gone.
Other Thoughts: This course needs to expand and take advantage of the wooded areas at SIUE. All in all a good course to practice on. I go here mostly because it's close to where I live. There are numerous better courses out there.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Cons: typical college disc golf course designed and installed by someone who never has played the game
Other Thoughts: you wont get the time back that yuo wasted playing this poor course, go to rock springs in alton or woodlands park in collinsville instead.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -elevation, holes 2, 3, 4, 6,7,8, and 9 all have a little bit of it
-big concrete pads...BUT see cons
-the discatchers look almost brand new
-hole 7 is a good over the ravine long shot (430')
Cons: -this may be the one of the most poorly designed courses in the area. It flows nicely, but ends a LONG way from the parking area, hole 5 (blind rhbh hyzer that brings the dorm into play), and some will probably get hurt on hole nine because the pin drops behind a small hill that if overthrown is going into the walking path that is heavily used.
-tee signs missing on 2, 3, and 4
-Hole 1 is the most ridiculous excuse for a hole ever. The suggested route looks like it plays to 2, but it actually goes around a grove of trees into 2's fairway, do yourself a favor and throw a skinny roller on the farside of the tree by the tee to shorten it and not cause any danger.
-The concrete pads are big and dyed a pretty red color, but are slippery as hell, don't take a big runup or you'll fall.
Other Thoughts: I wouldn't bother playing this course, it's short, poorly designed, and somewhat dangerous. It's a shame they did this monstrosity when they had plenty of good land to work with including elevation and forested groves...the stuff that makes a good course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Not a lot...
Nice big 4x8 pads.
A trash can at 5's tee and a porta-john between 1's tee and 2's pin.
The course is used so rarely that tee pads and baskets are in pretty good shape.
Hole 8 is the one good hole on the course. At over 400 feet, shooting over a valley and water (a tiny creek), it lends this course one shred of credibility.
Lots of cute wimmins running around the place.
Cons: Street signs around the campus are dark and hard to see, adding to the frustration from the odd road layout.
No mention of the golf course in any university signage, and no mention at the proper parking lot, if you find it, that you may be ticketed (the two campus cops I ran into before teeing off said late Saturday afternoon is a safe time to play).
No course map, no info kiosk, no scorecards, nothing to point you towards the first tee.
No signs between tees.
Nary a bench in sight.
Although the tee pads are very big, the gravel placed on top of them makes the surface a death trap with a hint of moisture.
The oft talked about hole 1: Good news is, it's been moved from its previous location between the residence halls. Bad news, it's been moved about 120 degrees from its original location, so the teepad points in completely the wrong direction. Between the tee and the pin, there is: 1 giant tree that completely obscures a straight shot, a sand volleyball court to the right that blocks hyzer shots, and a clump of trees to the left that blocks anhyzer routes. Ironically, this may be the only true par 4 on the course. It's only 256 feet, but you need at least two shots to get around all of the obstacles in front of you to have a straight shot to the pin.
No tee sign at 2. The post is there, but it appears the sign has been removed by vandals.
No sign, or post, at hole 4 either, but you don't really need one. The 'hole' is a ridiculous 175-ish shot straight in front and slightly below you, with nothing in between to add challenge. Just a stupid empty-your-bag and try for an ace hole.
Hole 6's tee is in the firing range for 5's pin if someone throws a big hyzer. With both tees facing the same direction, you may be about to tee off at 6 and not even see the disc that's about to conk you in the back of the head.
The sewer drain near 6's basket looks eager to eat approach shots that fall short of the basket.
Grip-locked shots from 8 will head towards the road parallel to the fairway to the right, or mis-played hyzers will go into the parking lot to the left.
Over-eager shots on 9 could possibly bean the students coming to and fro on the path directly behind the pin.
After hole 3, the course basically goes farther and farther away from the parking lot. With no place in between to park, you are left with a 3/8 mile walk back to your car.
All pars over-estimated by at least a stroke. Par 4 250 footers and hole 8 as a par 5? Stupid.
Other Thoughts: Bottom line? Abysmal.
THE worst excuse for a course in the St. Louis area, and a course that should be avoided at all costs unless you REALLY have nothing better to do.
Even the 9-holer at Roxana is better than this course. Better yet, take the extra 15 minutes and drive north to Rockspring in Alton, or south to Woodland in Collinsville. Both 18-hole courses and FAR, FAR superior.
It might serve as a good place to introduce new players to the game if it weren't for the missing tee signs and the god-awful worst hole I have ever seen, aka hole 1.
To shorten the walk back to your car, cut through the Prairie Residence Hall, and grab a snack or a soda from the vending machines, since you will have worked up an appetite or a thirst during the hike.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Not amazing, but a nice place to play
Pros: The course is settled on a corner of campus behind/around a pair of residence halls. The course is well maintained with tee pads at every hole and a trash can half way through.
A few holes play the elevation changes nicely. For example, Hole #8 is about 410 ft over a little valley with an OB road on one side and an OB walking path on the other.
Cons: Unfortunately, the course is not well designed. The SIUE campus is the largest in the nation (strictly in terms of acres owned), but absolutely none of the lakes, woods, ravines etc located on campus are incorporated into the course. Most holes are short and open with one or two trees between the tee and hole.
Hole #1 is the worst disc golf hole I have every played. The basket is perpendicular to the tee with a huge tree with low hanging branches right between them. Behind this tree is another large clump of trees. The suggested path on the tee sign has you going through a narrow fairway through the clump of trees, the problem is that there is no clear path through them.
Hole #4 is a waste as well: 170 ft downhill and wide open. A complete throwaway hole.
To get back to Hole #1 after you finish Hole #9 you have to back-track almost the entire course.
Other Thoughts: NOT A COURSE TO TRAVEL TO! However, if you live in the Edwardsville area it is great to have a place nearby to play. It is just unfortunate that such a great location has been wasted. It is painful to play along the edge of woods and prairie grass without having a single hole dive into them.
5 legitimate ace opportunities for the average recreational player.
There is not a place within a half mile of the course for the general public to park. You need a campus pass to park in the residence hall parking lot nearby. Beware of tickets.
Also, the tee pads are not actually concrete. They are some more like concrete with small river rocks mixed into it. While this looks nice, it is somewhat slippery even when completely dry outside and absolutely unusable when damp.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great course to work out the kinks in your game. All types of shots available. In the summer, hot girls sunbathing out on hole 6. Hole 4 a VERY good hole in 1 opportunity! Great tee pads.
Cons: Not many risk/reward. Hole 1 should be re-done. Hole 9 not a good finisher. Could get a ticket for parking!!!!
Other Thoughts: It was the first golf course I ever played, so there is a level of memories there!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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