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.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Gorgeous scenery as you make your way through the course.
New concrete pads on holes 1,2 and 3.
Signage looked new and had distances that differed drastically from website info, leading me to believe it has been remodeled recently.
Good use elevation throughout the park.
Well groomed... fairways had been recently mowed.
Cons: To echo Moosejuice:
Not a beginner course, it's not even an average player course in its redesigned mode.
I'm an over 50 y/o player and rate courses based on their fun factor. This one doesn't do it for me.
Way too many holes that you had to walk 2/3's down the fairway to find the basket.
Holes that were extremely long and/ or super narrow and some were both.
One memorable one comes to mind: #13- long dog leg right, with the last 100 ft or so through a 12 ft wide channel with a canopy of pines 8 ft high over the whole length. Diabolical!!!
A bit of confusion finding some holes.... apparently the redesign has moved some around from the on line map.
Other Thoughts: I know this will get thumbs down from all the expert players out there, but I struggled just to get through the course.
It seems as if the folks redesigning the course are trying to make it into a championship course for top flight players.
To that end, they succeeded. For me, it doesn't get past typical.
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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.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Definitely Worth the Trip
Pros: Scenic, Multiple Placements, Challenging, Good Use of Elevation, New Titans, Easy Navigation, Holes 9 & 18 loop back to parking lot
Silver Lake Park is home to another great course just across the Illinois border. The course plays along side scenic Silver Lake and though the water doesn't really come into play much, there are still plenty of challenges. Most holes have 2+ pin placements, so the course can be stretched out to be even more difficult for a tournament if need be.
The rolling hills and fast greens make for some heady gold and you have to pick your battles and know when to go for it to score well. Many of the baskets are guarded by large, dense woods or (at least) some strategically placed trees.
I hadn't been out to this course lately, but I saw today that they have added tee signs, a course map and a lot of additional landscaping, trees, bushes, etc. Every time I have made the drive over to Highland, IL, the course has been well manicured and ready for play. If you're in the area, or not too far away, this is definitely worth taking a day trip and getting in a couple rounds.
Cons: Oblivious Pedestrians, Natural Tee Pads, Hole Specific Gripes
I know we have to share the parks with oblivious pedestrians, but today there seemed to be more than usual. But, this is no fault of the course.
Though, I prefer concrete tee pads, these are in good condition and relatively level, so you still have good footing for drives (so, its really not much of a con)
Having played the original setup, I was disappointed that they moved the tee pads for hole 13 and 15, but if you're playing it for the first time, that won't bother you.
My only real complaint is that I wish they would mow the right side of 17's fairway so it is a little wider. You have dense woods on the left and 6' tall prairie grass on the right and only about 50' between them to land a good shot. I appreciate a good challenge, but this is a bit rough.
Other Thoughts: Again, definitely worth the drive if you're somewhat local or passing through town. It is a great course that is a lot of fun to play. Really the only thing that could improve on what's already out here is concrete tee pads. Other than that, it's fantastic.
Traveler's Note: If you're hungry after your round, make a left out of the park headed towards Highland. Mazzio's pizza is on the right after 2-3 miles. They have great pizza, calzones, salads, and they're reasonably priced.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Great mix of open and tight fairways, tight greens, rolling terrain, a good mix of distances, OB, and tunnel shots.
The course follows a path around Silver Lake and the landscape is amazing. This is one of the most scenic courses in the St. Louis Metro area!
Cons: It is too far for me to play regularly. I don't really have anything bad to say about this course, it is that nice!
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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.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Half good, half evil
Pros: - front nine are a good warm up and the back 9 are very challenging
- on some holes, there is plenty of open space to really let it rip
Cons: - A lot of trees, can get frustrating
- some of the course maps on the signs aren't accurate.
- sometimes hard to find the next hole unless you look at a complete course map.
- course 13 and 14 are played through a narrow pathway and it's hard to get a long drive.
- some of the pars are impossible to reach
Other Thoughts: A great overall course. The front 9 are more for warming up and beginners. Take on the back 9 if you're up for a real challenge. 17 has a LONG distance, great chance to test your farthest drive. A lot of obstacles, but that should only validate the challenging side of you. I definitely recommend this course to players of all skill levels.
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2 Helpful / 2 Not
Room for improvement
Pros: The course plays through a nice park with a mix of open areas, mature trees and a few holes in thicker woods. Several holes have some nice risky water in play, a few basket positions next to water and a few drives that offer options to risk going in the water for a better chance at birdie. A few holes have some minor elevation changes that are used well to add some challenge and variety. Baskets are in good shape, and there are numbered posts at each tee.
There is pretty good length variety, with a couple longer holes that let you open up and drive if you can hit your landing zones. You'll need a variety of shots to score well here, with a balance of left and right turning holes and some interesting lines. One hole calls for an accurate drive to the mouth of a low ceiling tunnel, another has a straight shot between narrow rows of pine trees. I enjoyed the handful of unique hole shapes here.
Cons: There are some safety issues, with a few holes requiring walks back up the fairways and some tees that are in potential landing areas from other holes. The back 9 had a lot of walkers throughout, seems like that could be a major issue on a nice day. The road and parking lot come into play a little as well.
Navigation is rough here, several long walks with no signage. Without the map posted online it would be very difficult to find all the holes. The tees are mediocre, some were rutted out or unlevel. There are no tee signs, so with several blind baskets and multiple pin placements you'll end up doing quite a bit of extra walking to know where to throw. There are some areas on the back 9 where it seemed like the grass gets pretty long, that could get frustrating on the longer throws.
Other Thoughts: There is a lot of potential here, and some really cleverly designed holes. Beginners will find a few of the holes pretty tough, and the water a bit frightening perhaps, but it's not so tough new players will be too frustrated. More experienced players will find some nice challenges here and some very unique shots. With some work on tees, signage and navigation, this could be a really fun course that would be worth going out of the way for.
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