Enjoyable Throw In A Flat City Park!
Pros: The course sits in a small mostly flat area of a larger community park wedged in between the community center, an elementary school and a ball field. There are plenty of scattered trees to provide some obstacles to throw around. At the beginning is a course rules sign as well as a empty kiosk. The signs are small metal ones with the basic needed information. The tees are natural but they do have a front board. And the front board has the hole # on it. The baskets are Discatchers with the yellow band and the small numbers on them.
There are both beginner and intermediate tees. I would say the course plays as a fun little pitch and putt from the beginner tees and as a recreational level from the intermediate tees. For example, # 1 is 198' from the Beginners and 306' from the Intermediate tees.
# 7 is the signature hole here. Your throwing down between an alley of trees maybe 40 feet apart. The hole is 245' from the beginner tee and 343' from the back tee. Keeping your drive straight for that long is fairly tough.
# 9 is 219'/312' straight down to a slightly elevated basket.
Cons: I would be concerned with # 7 throwing from the intermediate tee psd when there is a ballgame in progress. There isn't much room for error there.
There isn't much else wrong with this little course. I think it's just a nice, little basic park course. Good for families, beginners, casual play.
Other Thoughts: This is a perfect little course for us course baggers. It's easy to get to. Easy parking. Takes 20 minutes to play. Flat and easy! No sweat! No mess! In & out. Wham Bam! Thank you Mamn!
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Visions of Dancing Unicorns at Night
Pros: Amenities. Large City park with Ball fields, a Pool, shelters, trails, and plenty of parking (though it may be crowded if an event happens to be going on).
Clean and Well Kept. Garbage cans sporadically through the park and regular maintenance keep the park looking good and well manicured.
Ace/Birdie Opportunities. Every hole is reachable in one, so this is a good place to work on approaches and mild technical lines.
Navigation. Pretty straightforward when you find hole 1, I didn't struggle finding my way around at all.
Tees. Dual Tee pads, Marked by Red/Blue Toe Stones and a sign that shows Hole #, Distance, and par. Natural tee pads suit this course fine as I feel concrete would be wasted overkill here.
Baskets. Disccatchers, all in good shape, they all exist and work as expected.
Local Scene. A local league is held here on Saturdays.
Access. Near 255 for a quick stop.
Cons: Variety. Most every hole is less than 300 feet and mostly open. There are several large trees that add some challenge.
Other User Areas. Hole 2 plays near a building, a drive that gets away from you on hole 5 could end up on the other side of the fence in the elementary school playground (I had to jump the fence, I don't think this is recommended), Hole 6 plays near a gazebo, could be trouble if people were using it, and Hole 8 basket is quite close to a house.
Not Beginner Friendly. Sure, the holes and layout are great for beginners, but for the reasons mentioned above, someone that doesn't have control over their drives could easily injure a small child or put a disc through a window. I wouldn't recommend this course to someone trying to learn the game.
Wet. I only note this because it has been in other reviews, Hole 2 had a couple of inches of water on it. The course does not drain well.
Other Thoughts: I would not recommend this course. If you're passing by bagging courses, or if you're a local, it's a course. A small course with minor challenges, shouldn't take but about half an hour.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Well cared for park with 9 holes, 2 tees per hole. Has signs and brick work to mark tees. Despite being flat, use of trees makes some holes harder. Short holes make for a good learning course with varying shots.
Cons: With the 2 tees per hole you can play a round of 18. The 2nd tees do offer a different look to the course, but not enough. Mulching or concrete tees would be nice as some tee boxes can be pretty muddy with rain. Also plays close to playground on Hole 2, could be problem on busier days.
Other Thoughts: Almost too clean of a park. I now have silver paint on a couple discs, someone had recently painted the chains on baskets.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Flat easy 9
Pros: The course plays through a flat city park. Most of the park is grassy with scattered mature trees, and a few more open grassy areas. Most of the holes have enough trees that they aren't just straightforward easy shots. The shorts offer good distances for newer players, and the longs offer some longer shots with a little more challenge. The tees are natural but are marked with bricks in the ground and easy to find. Both sets of tees have basic signage with hole length, and the park is open enough that the lack of hole maps is trivial. The baskets are in decent shape and catch ok.
Cons: The park is very flat, and there's no danger for errant shots. That makes it pretty repetitive, and not very challenging, even from the back tees. The tees are natural, and are pretty rutted out. They don't provide great spots to tee from, and the erosion is spreading where it looks like people have teed off around the original tee area. A couple signs are missing, making those tees a little hard to find since they are at ground level. A couple spots are a little odd in terms of navigation, though a little looking and you'll figure it out. A park road comes into play and could be a little bit of a safety issue.
Other Thoughts: This course is a good beginner course from the short tees, with no real trouble but enough trees to make newer players try some different shots. Even from the back tees, there's not enough challenge or variety to keep more experienced throwers entertained. It's an ok warm up to nearby Rockspring Park, but not really worth much of a trip on it's own.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Working down the street
Pros: nice park.
great for beginners or warm up
Cons: pond between 5-6 is a mud pit, not to bad today, but with rain would be weighing down shoes.
Other Thoughts: Got 2 rounds in today during some down time while working in the area. Introduced a co-worker to the sport. This is a great course for that, by the end of the first round he almost had a birdie with a couple close calls on second round.
would like to see water in the pond
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Short but Sweet
Pros: Very well maintained course.
The stone work on the tee pads (both red and white) were nice.
Signage was great.
Cons: Level course, not a lot of variety.
There was some sand pit or something that was a lake on one hole. Looked wierd, but we didn't play it out of bounds because there was sand and not water in it, but a very nice bridge spanned it.
Other Thoughts: Not a lot to say about it. We played 3 courses that day, this being the second. I was very suprised with how nice the course was, a lot better than expected. I wouldn't go out of my way to play it though unless I was playing another course in the area (rock springs or collinsville).
It was a lot of fun. Great for beginners.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
good beginner course
Pros: -good, easy to follow layout
-decent pin placement with guarded pins and some OB in play, especially on 4 and 6 (walking paths)
-two pin placement makes for a more challenging course from the long tees.
-Long tees not only add distance, but also change throwing lanes
Cons: -no real variation in hole length (all 300-400 ft from the longs)
-holes are somewhat repetitive because of lack of elevation and lack of variety of hole length
-long tee on hole 2 and the pin for 9 were flooded, although it hadn't rained for 3 days (but a lot of rain before that)
-natural tee pads
-it was unclear how to get to the parking lot from the main park (lack of park signage).
Other Thoughts: Fun little city park course in an industrial refinery town. The pond must have been dry because I didn't see it when I played. I would play again as a warm up to Rockspring in Alton if I had time.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice practice course
Pros: Well laid out course. Nice hole placement makes this course a fun diversion, but for a real challenge go to Alton.
No poison ivy, nice.
Working water fountains and bathrooms.
Cons: It's a small park. We went early in the day and it was empty but it could be tough to play with more people around. Shots are very close to a pavilion and ball diamond.
Other Thoughts: Beautiful sunny day of play. Just enough wind to make it challenging.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: New course and good to practice at. Not a big challenge but is still fun.
Other Thoughts: I work at this park on the maintenance crew. Course is still being developed and will continue to improve.
-Information kiosk is coming soon
-Bathrooms are on northside of Rox Arena.
-Scorecards available in Rox Arena and map is on them. These will be moved to kiosk when installed.
-Leagues are being developed for adults and beginners.
-Looking into changes with the teepads.
Just thought I'd share this info with everyone.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Not Worth the Trip
Pros: Has a sign to mark the access road to get back to golfer parking area.
Decent amount of trash cans at the pavillions that dot the front half of the course.
A water fountain between holes 4 & 5.
Easy access from Highway 255.
Baskets are in good shape and easy to find.
.......and that's about it.
Cons: When coming from the north, there's no sign ot point you towards the park (but there is one when coming from the south, rather weird).
No signanage to designate the golfer/pavillion parking area (just signs saying 'Don't Park on the Grass'), but in all fairness one can figure that out on their own.
No sign to point you towards the first tee.
No kiosk/golfer info area, and likewise no place to store scorecards, had they even been provided.
"Tees" are simply grass (more mud than grass) with a strip of bricks to mark off the front of the box. 50 bucks worth of gravel from Home Depot would do wonders.
I couldn't even find hole 7's bricks, but more importantly, where are the pro pads??? The signs provided marked off distances for both amateur and pro tees (actually labeled intermediate), but where the pro 'pads' are is anyone's guess.
No signs to point you towards the next tee; which in a course this small, isn't really a problem, except for the hole 3 to hole 4 transition.
No maps on the tee signs, but again,the course is so short it's relatively easy to find the correct pin.
Where's the bathroom(s)?
No elevation change at all, and the few trees and one road that intersects the course are hardly a challenge to get around.
No variety to the shots. 7 of the 9 holes are dead ahead, the other two are mild RHBH anhyzers.
Other Thoughts: A nice, quiet park to bring out the little ones or introduce noobs to the game, but that's about all the purpose this course serves.
Intermediate/advanced players will see this course as nothing but 9 ace runs in a row; very boring.
Rockspring Park is only ~6 miles away, and is leaps and bounds ahead of Roxana; much more worthy of your time.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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