15 Helpful / 1 Not
Excellent Course Design, Horrendous Amenities
Pros: FANTASTIC challenge. This course has every shot you can think of. Long, short, up, down, flat, left, right, into and out of (even through) trees, over water, it's all here. Save for the RHBH hyzer bias, it's all there in good balance too.
Pin placement is superb.
The lake in the middle, the creek around the back side, the cliffs, the trees - a good looking course in the dead of winter, but its got to be gorgeous when everything is green.
BIG park, so golfer traffic shouldn't be a problem.
Cons: POPULAR park, so pedestrian traffic WILL be a problem, especially on hole 1, which basically plays directly into and against the flow of foot/vehicle traffic.
DESPERATELY needs signs to point you towards parking near the first tee, (because the park IS so big and there's 2 or 3 lots between the entrance road and where you need to be) and you'd better hope that particular pavillion isn't being used or you're parking at least 1/8 mile away.
"Pads" are dirt marked off by painted iron ingots (fair enough, no money for concrete), but there's no markings whatsoever for holes 1 and 9, just tee signs.
Most tee signs were missing the bolt to mark A or B pin placement.
No signs to send you in the direction of the next tee (remember, BIG park).
Only one set of benches/porta-john for the entire course. For a layout that can reach 9740 feet, that's unacceptable.
....And you'd better hope you can hold it if someone is using THAT pavillion too.
I think I counted 4 trash cans for the entire course. The park management is practically begging you to litter.
The sign marking the road (National Guard Drive) to turn in at is set 50 feet off the road and behind a tree; completely hidden and useless, especially if you're coming from the east. Go in the other entrance and you'll be driving the wrong way down a 1-way street.
The sewage drain/culvert coming from the creek and going into 4's fairway stinks like holy hell, and it's probably a biohazard.
The park is also apparently a regional depository for goose shit. It's EVERYWHERE. Disinfectant (Lysol?) and hand cleaner of some kind is VERY highly recommended.
Other Thoughts: Quite possibly the best course design i've ever seen, paired with absolutely abysmal facilities and integration into the park.
Simple and cheap upgrades (of the signage alone) will earn this course another disc...
UPDATE 2/8: according to St. Louis Club website comments, concrete pads have been installed.
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