7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course plays through a sprawling park with no other park uses in the way. There is a great mix of park style holes with mature trees, tight tunnel shots through brushy woods, and a few pretty open shots mixed in. The pin set I played had a really good balance of lefty and righty holes with a great mix of hole shapes that keeps you trying different lines. There was also a good mix of short holes where an ace run is possible with a good drive and some longer holes where you'll want to take a good rip with a driver through the trees.
The alternate pin positions do a great job of changing up the course. Apparently they move pretty often, and are usually in a nice balanced mix, which would really keep the course interesting and fun. The tees were good concrete pads with an ok surface and enough room for the most part. The current pin position was marked with a bolt on the basic hole signs, a nice plus as long as you know the course.
Cons: There is a bad lack of signage here. The tee signs have only distance and current pin position. They have no clue as to the direction to any of the pin locations, and many holes are blind so you do a lot of extra walking to figure out where the holes are. There are a lot of spots where the next tee is not at all obvious, a map or guide is a big plus here if you don't want to do lots of extra wandering.
The grass was a little long when I played, and a local told me that was a continuing issue with the parks people who won't mow and won't allow the club to do the mowing. There was also trash, especially on the more wooded areas of the course.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course with a ton of variety. The elevation available is used superbly to add challenge and some great downhill shots. There is enough danger on some of the holes that errant shots are punished, but it didn't seem like a disc eating course at all. Beginners might find it a bit long, but it's not too tight. More experienced players will find it a bit deuce or die, but in a fun way with some good challenges. In a tournament set up with more of the longer pin placements it could be a great challenge. The club obviously puts in a ton of work, and it shows, with even more pin placements in the works.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: JB is one of the best courses in the STL metro area. It plays through big old oak trees and over nice elevation change. Every hole on this course is remarkable, but I'll just give you a taste. Hole 1 is a downhill reachable 400+ feet. Hole 3 is my favorite. You have to split two sets of trees and clear the bushes at about 300' in order to hit the island of up hill putts. On hole 5 you have to hit a window to reach the fairway. Hole 12 plays left to right over a valley with bushes at the bottom. Hole 15 is a hallway. Watch out for hole 17. Go DISCover the rest of the great holes, you won't be disappointed.
Each hole has one concrete tee pad with 3-4 pins positions. The amenities are nice; bathrooms, drinking fountain, and shelter with bbq at the 1/10 loop (parking lot), benches at every hole, etc. There are some very knowledgeable players here that you can learn from.
Cons: The flow from basket to tee is confusing the first time, but you can usually get a map at the kiosk near the first tee. Also, the signs are not helpful unless you already know the course. This is a popular park and can be crowded.
Other Thoughts: The tee for hole 10 has a view of the arch in the distance. There is a league on Tuesday. They will let you play, but it's slow going.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: not a very easy course for beginners. lots of elevation changes some holes rely on accuracy rather than distance.
Cons: the course doesn't flow very well from hole to hole. if you are playing this course for the first time you will spend alot of time looking for the tees. it's a good idea to go with someone who knows the place well. the kids from the apartments on the back 9 will pick up your discs and run off with them.
Other Thoughts: as of right now they have most of the baskets in a crazy "d" position which makes them very hard to find.
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: -JB is set in the rolling hills and mature hardwoods of a large county park. It offers a wide variety of shots off the tee: hyzers, anhyzers, and straight shots. Holes range from semi open short and a couple bomber holes to tight, technical short and long holes holes.
-Some decent elevation changes, several throw over the ravine holes, some downhill holes, and a couple uphill holes. JB uses the elevation it has very well.
-A large number of holes play over heavily roughed ravines that can be treacherous if you miss your line.
-A lot of amenities: course loops back to the parking lot after 9, bathrooms, water fountains, nice concrete tees, benches at most if not all tees, and teepad brooms on some holes.
-Some nice fast greens on hillsides and a couple par 4s depending on the pin placement
Cons: -The neighborhood around the course is kind of sketchy, there are a lot of odd folks just wandering around the course and people in the parking lot of the apartments next to the course, occasionally kids try to pick up your plastic...but they usually are curious youngsters, not kids trying to steal discs.
-Signage is terrible. They only have the placements (A,B,C,D) and distance. No maps of the holes.
-Navigation is a problem for first timers, there is some back tracking and road crossing involved to navigate this course.
-Due to heavy use the course is starting to get a bit worn. It's still a beautiful course, but a lot of the areas around the pads and pins are worn and several big trees were removed for electical lines and possibly storm damage.
Other Thoughts: Overall JB is a great, tough par 3 golf. The only real reason it isn't higher rated in my book is the relative lack of distance. There are only 2 or 3 par 4s in the longest placements. But, I'd recommend this course to anyone traveling to the STL area. It's always a fun round here and they are constantly changing pin placements, so the course changes a lot and often. It probably falls a bit short of Sioux and Alton and Collinsville from the longs but it is top 4 in the metro area.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
JB and the Trees
Pros: Nice layout, holes don't cramp each other.
Good variety of shorter holes and longer ones.
Elevation changes are great.
Some tricky greens.
Benches on most holes.
Cons: For a newbie the trees may be a bit much at times.
A little more trash than I like to see in some of the woods between holes.
Where the next launch pad is is not always clear.
Other Thoughts: Classic course in St. Louis. A must play.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Concrete pads, good distances on the each hole. Many obstacles on each hole also known as trees and there are lots of them on every hole. Challenges your throw and and accuracy as well as throwing strength. Can't really unleash a drive on any hole but have to throw drive for distance and place it well. Locals seem nice.
Cons: Tee boxes were very narrow and when teeing off some tees were restricted due to the bushes on either side were either in front of the tee where they were not supposed to be or on the sides making it difficult to achieve the throw i wanted (felt crowded). VERY hard to navigate if you have never played it before, got to hole 6 finished it and couldn't find hole 7. No maps or signs that tell where thew hole is located just a sign that has hole number, a pin placement letter and distance (ex. A 325 ft) thats it, nothing else. I thought hole number 9 was the practice hole until i figured out fast when a disc landed close to me that it was actually 9. From tee 11 we threw at hole 12 because we did not know where hole 11 was until i looked found it by mistake looking for my drive.
Other Thoughts: I would play it again if it wasn't wet and if i was in the area, i only rated it a 2 because of the navigation troubles. If u can find a map of the course to carry with u by all means do it. there is one at the beginning of the course but its difficult to remember where everything is.
4 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: concrete tees, signs, restrooms, waterfountains, soda machine, great mix of holes, elevation changes, woods, long holes, a couple ace runs, wait at tee 1 on any given day for 10 minutes and you can find some one to play with , from dawn to dusk always someone playin
Cons: cons what cons? well i guess i liked it a little more when the woods were more dense along time ago, and theres no water
Other Thoughts: Legendary in st.louis the course which all others are compared to in st.louis, a real deal champ caliber course
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
A great course
Pros: This is a great course for players of all ratings, it is full of hazards and it is challenging. There are scorecards at the first hole and there is a nice course layout. Fequently the pin placement is moved and it keeps it interesting.
Cons: It gets crowded alot. Best to go in the mornings or weekday afternoons. There is some very thick brush on some holes.
Other Thoughts: Nice and cool course to play. I have lost discs there before and have had people call me so I can get them back. Great disc golf community around there.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very big course. Nice paved road. Lots of very open holes and a few narrow ones. Bathroom and water fountain and benches. Multiple pins. Good concrete tee boxes.
Cons: I can't remember which hole (3 or 4) that has a huge clump of trees and underbrush that if you throw into, it will suck trying to find your disc. Over half of the holes are out of sight from the teebox. Since the place is so big, you have to walk 600 feet to find the hole, walk 600 feet back to the tee, then walk the 600 again after you throw. One hole's placement is completely unreasonable. The map shows hole in one pin placement which was the wrong one at the time I played. I had to ask a local where the hole was and still couldn't find it until I explored a little. Must be a massive disc eater course because when I played there, I found 4 discs.
Other Thoughts: Have someone with you who has played before and you will get done an hour sooner.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
A good competition course
Pros: The concrete tee boxes are great and most pins are visible from them. The baskets are moved pretty frequently to make for a different game every time you play. There are a lot of shot options available. The flow of the course is nice and clear.
Cons: There is a big wooded area that covers holes 3 and 4 and has stolen many disks from unlucky and unskilled players (this area has thus been dubbed "the bitch"). There are often a number of people there to play on weekends.
Other Thoughts: An obvious favorite. I never get tired of playing at Jefferson Barracks.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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