1 Helpful / 0 Not
It's a disc golf course...
Pros: It's tough to find positive things to say about this course, but there are a few.
The baskets are in fantastic shape and the bright orange top rings are very easy to spot.
The course has a practice basket right next to the parking lot and the lake for you to warm up on (but it's always been a bog of standing water when I've been).
Holes 2 and 3 give you a good chance to throw a decent length drive with nothing much in the way and no real elevation changes so you can certainly use it as an opportunity to practice some basics and keeping your discs flat and straight.
Holes 4 through 9 are really short and provide an opportunity to attempt some nice long putter/ace throws with a fair amount of obstacles. Hole 3 has a huge fallen tree right in front of the basket that I can't tell whether it is on purpose or incidental, but I like it.
The grounds are nicely manicured where applicable and there is really no way you'll be losing a disc here.
Cons: Well, there honestly isn't much to the course. The property is flat and there isn't much in the way of creativity. Each basket has been cemented into the ground and there are no alternate positions.
The natural tees are becoming a bit worn and the tee off for 1 is a little hard to deal with being half on/off a walking path.
The 5th through 9th holes are all ridiculously short and each one seems very much just like the other - in the marsh with some thin trees, and a short hyzer/anhyzer to the open basket... the same distance as the last.
The really big problem here is water. Those short 'woodsy' holes 5 - 9 are all below flood stage and, of the 5 times I've been by to play (a friend lives in the neighborhood), were under a foot of water and were being patrolled by angry ducks. Completely unusable.
I suppose that this course could be improved by expanding the space a little to get 5 of the 9 holes into the open area and give more room for some variety on the last section. I don't think anything can really be done with the available space to get the course out of the flood plain... so that is what it is.
Wasn't bad for practice, but it just isn't much of a game playing Arnold City Park.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun. Not Challenging.
Pros: - I found this course to be a great warmup course.
- You will not leave this course angry at yourself as below par is very easy to achieve.
Cons: The course is tightly packed inside of a looped walking trail so watch for people and dogs. Out of the nine holes you will find only a repetitive set of short fairway shots and a repetitive set of short wooded shots. No restroom.
Other Thoughts: It's only a few miles from Jefferson Barracks and West City. If you can, just drive a little further to those much better courses.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Half n half
Pros: The first half of the course plays through an open grassy area. It is nicely mowed with a couple trees as obstacles and some brushy rough on one side of a couple holes. The second half of the course is much shorter and more technical through a small wooded area. There is enough brush to really punish an errant shot, but not enough that it eats discs. There are two tees on each hole that are pretty easy to find and follow, and nice orange baskets that are very visible. The dual tees change up the length quite a bit on the open holes, and offer different lines through the woods.
Cons: The open part of the course is pretty boring. The shots are all straight and about the same length with no real obstacles. The wooded section feels a bit repetitive too, with straight short shots through lots of small trees. This section of the course also feels a little unfinished, with lots of pinball trees and brushy areas on fairways, along with some stumps and dead branches to trip you up. The tees are natural and not in great shape, and the basic signage was vandalized and broken. The open holes play along an abandoned road, no safety issues but you can scuff up your plastic if you're not careful.
Other Thoughts: The course has potential, especially through the wooded section, but it doesn't quite feel finished. Better tees and upgraded signage would go a long way toward making it feel like a real course. Beginners will find the open holes a little long, and the wooded holes pretty punitive for a less accurate player. More experienced throwers won't find much challenge or variety here. This isn't one to go out of your way for, but it's a pretty park and not a bad place for a quick stop if you're passing by.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 11 Not
Pros: Trickey course for first timers. Best course to work on you short drives and learn to ping aces. Best golf course in arounld now dont haave to drive 14 miles to west city can drive 2 miles to this course well done
Other Thoughts: need tee pads and to have tournment here
0 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: fun 9 hole course , great orange baskets, lots of ace runs (almost every hole)
Cons: no signs or teepads yet, retains water
Other Thoughts: new course will be wonderful once it gets teepads and signs , ARNOLD POLICE are not very nice watch your speed while in arnold , great course for the land that was allowed to be used, great first course design for adrian!!!!
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
lot of ace opportunities
Pros: new course
good course for a quick round of disc
a lot of hole in one opportunities
Cons: no signage, tee boxes are marked by blocks in the ground. the flags marking their locations are disapearing.
not particularly challenging but fun
prone to flooding, holds water, so muddy
Other Thoughts: course still needs work, at least tee signage, concrete tee pads would be nice given the sloppy tee conditions.
i'll play the course again if i`m down that way but i doubt i`d make a special trip to play it again.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Short Flat Course
Pros: This is a brand new course.
Great signage from the drive all the way to the first tee.
Directions on how to play next to the parking lot make it easy for new comers to learn how to play.
2 tee boxes give you multiple options; Especially on hole 6. It gives you two completely different feels to the hole.
Brand new baskets are easy to see.
Cons: Not much variety in the holes. The first 4 holes are almost all straight shots with no obstacles. There is not much variation on these holes.
The final 5 holes all have the same feel to them. They are in a wooded area, but almost all of the holes are straight shots without variation.
Its the fall so the underbrush and small vegetation was not a problem, but in the spring and summer this could be a real issue.
The tee boxes are only marked by small orange and blue flags. Hopefully, in the future some more permanent signs and tee boxes will come to this course.
This area is prone to flooding, so this course might be unplayable during the spring and summer months.
The last 5 holes on the course were all unplayable on today 11/22/09, due to being to wet. Hopefully some drainage will be installed to solve this problem.
Other Thoughts: With a little work this could be a great 9 hole course. Better tee boxes and signage, and some general maintenance will could put this course up there with Watson Trails in my book. Better pin placement, could make this course more of a challenge for experience players. Great for anyone just starting out to get their confidence up early.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Work in Progress
Pros: Good use of the land that is given. It's a surprisingly difficult layout (author is an AM at best) packed into not a lot of space.
Brand new bright orange Mach 2's that ya can't miss. This will be especially helpful when spring comes around and things start filling back in.
Beautiful lake in the middle of the park and sparse traffic make for a quiet, relaxing game of golf.
Practice basket has a spiral of stones laid out at various distances around it just like Endicott. A great way to warm up.
A pretty cool view at 4's pin following the power lines up the hillside to the north
Cons: The course is flat, and not very far above either the park's lake or the Meremac River. I imagine light to moderate flooding will be common.
4 of the 5 wooded shots have a hyzer bias. I don't know if this wasn't given much thought or that's all that could be accomplished with the space given. Looking at how the course was crammed in, i'd assume the latter.
A sign (or bigger one if there was one) is needed to point discers to the park from Tesson Ferry. The turn in for Bradley Beach Road is very non-descrpit and easy to miss if you're not looking straight at it.
Forcing a throw over the walking path (twice) on hole 7 will produce many delays, if not busted pedestrian noses. The tee could be moved 15 feet to the left and out of the way of the trail with minimal shovel/sawzall work.
Other Thoughts: This course is brand new! (It's not even officially open for another month or so as of today (October 10)).
As such, there's nothing there but ingots for blue and red tees and the baskets. No tee signs, no pads, no benches, trash cans, info kiosk, scorecards, or help navigating between holes. Debris hasn't yet been cleared and mulch hasn't been laid.
Since all of this will be covered in the next few weeks when the course is ready for visitors proper, the lack of amenities should not be considered a con and as such wasn't reflected in the cons section or the overall score.
Hole 1: Either come out straight between two trees only a few feet away, (and leaving you only a 3-4 foot gap to shoot through), or throw a big hyzer around. The big hyzer route, though, pretty well nixes any chance of a deuce as there is a large tree with a big low-hanging branch that will snag your drive before you get too far. A well designed hole.
Hole 2:Open and straight, but an OB road to the right that forces a BIG hyzer for RHBH'ers. Fantastic pin placement between two trees that forces a good approach/drive. Shots that fall off to either side will force a tough putt.
Hole 3: Basically the same as 2, but a little longer. Same OB road to the right, and another protected pin, though not as tough as 2's.
Hole 4: Again open, but a mild hyzer, and the same road that plays OB on 2 and 3 also plays here. Bad news is, there's a park access road BEHIND the pin that also plays OB. Worse news, that same road wraps around to the left, and there's a large log and some brush that blocks an approach from the front. Anyone scoring a deuce here has played the hole VERY well.
Hole 5: Into the woods we go, and this one is tough. From the blue tee, it plays as a mild hyzer, but there's not a lot of room to get through, and another 75-100 feet to go if you even pull it off. Pin is straight ahead past this gap in a clearing in the woods.
Hole 6: Shortest hole on the course, but not much easier than any other. Plays straight until a left kink at the end to a slightly elevated pin. Another tight tunnel to make.
Hole 7: Another tunnel into/out of/through woods and a mild anhyzer, but plays (twice) over a pedestrian/bike trail (not the safest design IMO). Bad releases or grip-locked shots will likely land on that trail and guarantee a 4, if not more.
Hole 8: Another narrow hyzer with a slightly elevated tee and the pin blocked by a large tree. An accurate release and a big looping hyzer shot could produce an ace.
Hole 9: Longest hole on the course by a good margin. Yet another tight shot and yet another mild hyzer. Pin is protected big a large pile of brush directly in front, and going long will leave you in the middle of a patch of tall grass.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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