Fall 2016 Review
Pros: Played the Highland course today and found it a challenging and fun round of disc golf. I have only been playing a year or so, and this is one of the first courses I've played where accuracy matters as much, if not more, than distance.
Fun pin placements on most holes -- I'm not sure there is a straight line shot on the entire course. A good mix of 200+-to-300+ ft holes, with a couple 400-500 ft holes at the end of the course.
Pins are all in good shape.
There is a threat of water on several holes, but no over-the-water shots are required.
Cons: It took us awhile to find our way thru the course -- there are no arrows pointing to the next tee when leaving a pin. The first time is always interesting to find my way around a course -- and this took a bit, but it is possible.
Concrete tees on only the first 3 or 4 holes.
We spotted for each other -- there is any number of ways to lose a disc on this course -- but nobody lost a disc. Tall grass, woods, weeds present a challenge.
In the summer the poison ivy is plentiful here -- so for myself, this is a post-freeze autumn to spring course.
Other Thoughts: Will absolutely play this course again.
Best in the area on this side of the river.
Pros: -Scenic - I would love just hanging out here walking around. The fact that I get to play disc golf while I do is awesome.
-Challenging - There are very few if any straight forward shots. Always some kind of obstacle or pin protection.
-diverse shots - Hyzers, Anhyzers, forehands. This course demands diversity.
-mix of medium-long and short technical holes
-Lots of old trees providing good shade cover for most of the course.
-Mostly Good Signage
-Well maintained quiet park
-Multiple pin positions
Cons: -Dense rough - fairways are fair. Rough is really rough.
-Prairie grass swallows discs - this can be a factor on a few holes.
-Tee pads - the first 3 holes have new concrete tee pads. The course is relatively new so I expect more of these to pop up over time.
-No apparent indication of pin positions means you might need to scout holes. I have wound up in birdie position on a blind anny only to find the pin was moved!
-Advertised distances are... probably not accurate. I haven't measured anything but man some of these holes feel a whole lot shorter than stated.
Other Thoughts: This course doesn't seem to get much traffic probably because of its distance from St Louis. But I think this is one of the best St Louis area courses on this side of the river. With some more tee pads and some replacement signs this would be a perfect course.
After playing a rec tournament here with 9 additional temp holes that were excellent I think there is plenty of room for growth! I hope to see this course evolve into one of the best in the area.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - New in 2015, all tees have quality signs with map, par, and distances.
- Concrete pads have been added to the first few holes
- Large map at the courses start point shows course layout. See the file I uploaded to the files section.
- This is a very fun, challenging course. Not a beginner course.
- Plenty of scenery since its in a park with mature trees and next to a lake.
Cons: - The tall grass along holes 15-17 can disappear a disc fast later in the season as it gets about 6' tall. But in May it's no problem. And in the fall, you can retrieve your lost, melted discs after the grass has been burned leaving many disc rings on the blackened grass. ;-)
Other Thoughts: Love playing this course!!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: This is a very scenic course that requires a variety of shots.
The Gateway Titan baskets are in good shape still, and there are multiple pin placements on each hole to add variety (unsure how often they get moved)
The lake does come into play on a few holes, but It is very easy to avoid it if you are afraid of losing a disc. There are also a few holes that have some tall thick prairie grass that comes into play.
Tee signs are in good shape, and present on every hole.
Cons: Natural teepads (most are in decent shape but a few are rough
I dont recall seeing any trashcans on the course itself, but there were a few at nearby pavilions
Navigation could be a little difficult for first time players. (I did notice most baskets have a small triangle nearby pointing toward the next tee.
Several blind shots that could result in searching for lost discs.
Some of the tee sign images didn't seem to match the actual layout, and the distances seemed way off on some of the holes.
Other Thoughts: #1 plays down hill on a natural RHBH line. Lake comes into play if you go long
#2 plays down hill in the woods very tight shot requiring a RHFH or RHBH turnover Lake could come into play on really long shots
#3 plays back up will out of the woods to a basket protected by a few trees
#4 plays back down hill toward the lake thru a tree lined fairway
#5 is an almost 90 degree to the right dogleg hole playing out of the woods
#6 plays straight ahead thru a tree riddled fairway
#7 plays slightly downhill and left to right onto a "peninsula" area
#8 plays of a dam thru a tight gap to a basket out in the open requires a right to left type shot
#9 plays thru a tree lined fairway toward the parking lot. Road to the left and parking lot behind basket add OB
#10 plays along side #1 downhill toward the lake RHBH shot
#11 Plays along side the lake through some trees. Has a tight forest area between tee and basket you have to go around.
#12 plays down hill with a low ceiling to either a basket up a big hill, or a basket protected by several small trees.
#13 Requires a risky roller, or a short approach to get lined up to throw down a tight little tunnel
#14 Plays straight down a tight tunnel created by some evergreen trees.
#15 requires a decent first shot to set up a second shot that allows you to go up and over some evergreens, or throw a RHFH line out and around them. There is some tall prairie grass if you go long
#16 takes a huge bomb of a shot to clear some trees and get near the baskets.
#17 requires a placement shot to keep you out of the prairie grass, and leave an angle for a long approach
#18 plays straight ahead with rows of trees on the left, and an OB road left of them
Overall a fun course with lots of interesting shots highly recommend playing it if you get the chance
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in the midst of a large park that has a lot of other activities available. A butterfly walk, pavilions, and lakes attract a lot of pedestrians, but there shouldn't be any major interference here.
- A few different sections of the park are used to provide a few different looks. About a third of the holes play on a sloped hillside that has a good mix of trees and woods to force lines. A couple of pretty open hyzers, but a few tunnelish shots/pinch points to contend with. Decent mix of hole up and down, and on the hillside. #11 is one of the toughest, a big blind hyzer around some forest, that finishes up deep inside a densely populated wooded area.
- Other holes play on a flatter wooded section that brings some water into play. #6, #7, and #8 all have trees to force a hyzer/anhyzer, with water looming on the right. #8 is a blind tunnelish shot that ends blind hard right, don't cut it too close though! A few others holes in this section are pretty straightforward, sometimes using the park road as artificial OB.
- The last part of the course has some interesting holes, like a downhill anny on #12, a couple of diminishing TUNNEL shots on #13 and #14, a 90 degree right dogleg on #15, a wall of trees and rough with a small gap to hit on #16, and some big bombers to close it out for #17 and #18. A strong finish to the course, holes #12-#18 are much different from the other holes and test accuracy and distance in many ways.
- Multiple basket positions make a big difference here, in terms of length and difficulty. Many positions are close to a few different bodies of water here and there, others are much, much longer. #11 long is a beast!
- Good baskets, signs are in progress, probably want to check/bring the map as there are a few tricky spots to cross the roads or other areas of the park.
Cons: - Some of the holes here are pretty straightforward; either pretty short with a simple line to hit, or a random amount of trees to contend with, especially with some very short pin positions to be found. I was lucky enough to play it with mostly longs, thankfully, it wouldn't have been the same.
- The park road is very close to some of the holes, which is good for adding some OB, but is bad for enjoying the disc golf. A lot of traffic on a nice day, around a good amount of the holes.
- Signs and teepads will help out a lot, if this course gets a lot of play the grass doesn't stand a chance.
Other Thoughts: - Overall, a great amount of variety to be found here, with some park style holes in the front, some densely wooded holes in the back, medium woods and trees here and there, water by some basket positions, short holes and bombers. The different sections of the park play much differently. Long positions are great for more experienced players, short positions are good for everyone else. Might be a bit much for true beginners, but it's worth checking out.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Silver rating for Silver Lake
Pros: Course is located just 3 miles off of I-70. Gorgeous park with playground, picnic tables, walking trails and lake access for fishing and boat lanching. Nice course design utilizing moderate elevation and mature trees as obstacles. Front 9 and back 9 both loop back to parking area. Easier front 9 with shorter holes with some water involvement around greens. Tougher back 9 with longer holes also requiring accuracy as well as distance. Gateway Titan baskets.
Cons: After being installed for over a year, still no descriptive tee signs or concrete tee pads. Currently, wood chips make up tee areas. A few long walks to next tees with no signage for direction. Could be busy with non disc golfers during warm weather.
Other Thoughts: Very fun and peaceful venue for disc golf during late fall and winter. Course is within a mile of the town of Highland for places to dine and fuel up. Another fine course along highway 70 for an hour and half round of golf.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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Scenic Silver Lake
Pros: Silver Lake is a very scenic park. It has several unique areas where the course plays. A handful of holes play on the side of a hill where water comes into play. This is a great park to bring the family for a picnic and play golf all day. It's a very quiet and peaceful park. Restroom facilities are open during the warmer months.
This is a traditional par 54 course with a good variety of shots. I threw pretty much every disc in my bag. This course is great for all skill level players. I had fun playing this course.
Hole #7 has a great green with the lake backstopping the basket. Do not throw your favorite midrange or driver on this left to right playing hole.
Hole #12 is a great hole for learning a RHBH roller.
Holes #1, 2, 4, and #10 are fun downhill holes.
Holes #2, 13, & 14 are nice tunnel shots.
Hole #11 & #17 are good par 4's.
Brand new Gateway Titans.
Tee posts have # on them.
Cons: My major knock on the course is flow. After hole #1 you have to walk up the hill and play back down to #2. After hole #8 there is a long walk to #9 followed by another long walk to #10. After #10 you walk up the hill to play #11 followed by another long walk to #12. This section takes away from the fun of this course.
The tees are natural. I don't mind natural tees and I got a good day to play. They were fairly dry. I'd give this course a 4 disc rating if the tees were improved.
The tee posts do not have distance or hole information on them. Print the map. You will need it to navigate the course for the first time.
I would like to see several baskets moved closer to the water making more risk/reward on those holes.
The walking path to #8 and #17 needs to be cleared a little more.
Other Thoughts: When you enter the main entrance stay to the right and drive around the lake. Take the road around the lake to the north side. There is a tiny lot to the left where #1 and #10 tees are located.
After you tee off on #1 walk to the left and play #2. After you finish hole #2 cut thru the path and go putt out on #1. This will save you 5 minutes and keep you from backtracking up the hill to play #2.
Restrooms are located near the playground. On the course they are between holes #8 & #9. They are closed during the winter.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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very nice course brand new must play
Pros: Beautiful course laid out in a very large well kept, maintained,and used park. course plays along 3 different lakes with plenty of obs's.only 3 miles off of hwy 70 in highland, sweet.
Cons: not much yet.. hole 5 tee pad may become a issue if it rains alot . fairway looks like a wash of some sort .
Other Thoughts: brand new course just installed. plays good. only walk up preceeding holes 2 times. ..lefty friendly on front 2-9.. many birdies chances plus some good long holes also.. approx.5600 ft par 56.. looks like possible multi pin placement markings too. another great course design by gateway disc sports... must come and play. will give it a 4 when footage and tee signs are installed.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course has good flow to it. Great scenery and it also provides great wind play this time of year(Dec).
The front 9 provides several way placed basket that are deuce-able if you have a good drive. I don't remember exactly but their were 2 I could remember that would be give-me 2's. This sets you up for the back 9. Their is more length and these are harder. Of course their are a few deuce holes. All in All, I would say competitive rounds would be around par(54) for advanced players. I would say most pro's would shoot 48-52
Cons: It is a new course. My rating is not skewed by the cons because I played the course like 2 days after the baskets were put in. The 18th basket was also put in by the time I played.
Yes, some paths are unclear, no trash cans, no "established" tee boxes just flags and stakes, some benches on fairways, some minor flooding, blah blah new course. If this course was a year old and these were still issues, yes the ratings should be lower
Other Thoughts: Solid 4 star and should remain this after the course is completely finished. I also heard that additional pin placements or tees are already being thought of. So This course can truly become one of the best in a few years.
Update- For shame, drop the course in and do nothing to improve it.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Silver Lake DGC
Pros: I really enjoyed playing this course! Situated around Silver Lake, the course runs up and down the grounds, making you throw down towards the lake, up through tight technical fairways. Several pin placements against the water. There are many really cool tee and pin placements here. This course has a few long holes, but the way it's put together, overall this is a finesse course. A lot of placement shots, control drives here. All in all, this is a course of really neat holes.
Cons: A few of the tees are quite close to one another. One of the holes had a picnic bench in the fairway. And 18's basket was missing. (?) Tee posts are in, tee's are spraypaint right now, but they do point almost exactly at the pin (so that's good).
Other Thoughts: Being brand new, there are no trashcans. I think I saw a restroom, not sure if it was open. While not overly difficult to figure out, directional signs, tee signs, etc. would be awesome.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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