3 Helpful / 0 Not
Not quite finished
Pros: The course plays on a university campus with a nice mix of open grassy fairways and tight woods shots. There is enough elevation that most shots play up or down hills, and a few use the elevation to make tricky greens. A pond comes into play on a few holes, adding some nice risk reward at the beginning and end of the course. There is a great mix of short and long holes so even the more open parts of the course don't feel too repetitive, especially with pins placed on top of small levees or tucked into trees at the end of a long open hole.
The signage is adequate, and has a basic hole layout and distance. There is a decent course map posted here that is helpful in following the course. The tees are natural, but aren't too rutted out yet so they still provide fine footing. The baskets are pretty new so they are in nice shape and catch well. The grounds are nicely maintained, with mowed grass and not too much trash or vandalism even in the thick woods.
Cons: The first 4 holes are in a construction site at the moment, so the tees and signs are missing, and you're throwing over and around construction equipment and torn up muddy ground. Other than that, there's only a couple weird spots for navigation, but those are a little tough to figure out without a map or guide.
The wooded holes have nice lines, and good punishment for errant shots, but they need a little more clearing. A couple had brush still encroaching quite a bit into the fairway, and all had dead branches and leftover stumps to trip you up. The tees are starting to show some erosion, and if this course gets much play they looked like they'll get pretty rutted out in the near future.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course to have on a university campus to expose students and the community to the sport. It is well designed, and manages to stay interesting despite a few too many wide open shots. It still needs some work, and will be much improved with the completion of the construction project that is currently making the first 4 holes ugly and difficult to follow.
Beginners will find the course pretty tough, with lots of length on the open shots, and thick punishing rough on the shorter wooded holes. More experienced players will find some good challenges here, especially on a windy day. There is potential for some cool long tees for tournaments, especially around the water, that could make for some water carries to add challenge and risk.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Course was fun until hole 9....
Pros: A new course in St. Charles county, just west of the county line and Creve Coeur park.
The front 9 was very fun tight wooded holes that will only get tighter in the summer when the bushes grow in.
4 holes are in play with the lake which is always fun to try to avoid.
Great signage and plans for multiple pin placements.
Cons: The front 9 is very very close to the dean's new house, close enough to see easily into his windows, which means he can see us too (about 150').
Hole 8 is played along the property line of many homes. One person I played with threw a big anhyzer that if it was 10' lower, it would have hit a house (which is only 30' from the property line).
The back 9 is wide open. A couple holes look like they were made long (571') just to get you from one hole to another.
Other Thoughts: All in all, not a bad course and I understand it is still under construction and hopefully a few changes will be made as it matures. Unfortunately, it will never be on the same level as the other 18 hole courses in St. Louis without some tweaking.
If you live in St Louis, make sure you play it, but if you are just coming through town, there are many other better courses to play.
I'll be sure to update this after the course is complete.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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