19 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Jefferson Barracks is a great course designed over rolling hills through large, mature trees offering ample challenge to all skill levels. There is one tee position and multiple pin positions for each hole. The DGA MachIII baskets were in great shape and the concrete tee pads were level, in good shape, and appropriately sized for the course. There were tee signs at every hole, but the signs only listed the distance for each of the pin positions with no indication to where the baskets were located and did not give any indication as to the layout of the hole.
The course had a nice flow to it and was comprised of two 9-hole loops that returned to the parking area. There were no crossing fairways, but there were a couple of fairways (No8/No11) that parallel each other in opposite directions. The course was very clean and appeared to be maintained very well. I didn't notice much underbrush or excess foliage, but it is still very early in the spring season. There were a few benches and trash receptacles throughout the course.
The course design takes advantage of the rolling hills in the park offering a great variety of uphill, downhill, and side hill lies. The slightly elevated tees on Hole 1, 5, 10, & 17 were a great opportunity to get some extra distance off of the tee, and provided a great view of the course. The holes have a lot of variation in length from one position to the next. Some of the other reviews mention that the baskets are moved frequently, so with the variation in length between the alternate pin placements, I can definitely see how this course would constantly provide a new challenge each time.
All of the holes are designed through the large trees in the park, but I would really call any of them technical holes. There are plenty of lines off of the box for varying types of tee shots, but there are also plenty of trees to knock down shots that miss their line. This course with its rolling hills and large, mature trees offered great visual appeal and a challenging layout throughout.
Cons: This was truly a great course, but there were a few challenges for someone playing this course for the first time. The tee signs only list the distances for the alternate pin positions. The signs did not offer any indication as to the layout of the hole, or even where the pin was located in relation to the tee box. The basket could be seen from many of the tee pads, but there were several holes where I had to walk and locate the basket before throwing my tee shot. The other issue is that several of the tee pads are located a pretty good distance from the previous basket, but again, there is nothing to point a player in the right direction. Updated tee signs would be very helpful. The only other issue was the tee shot for hole 4. There was not much of a line that I saw off of the box, more of a throw it and hope for the best type shot. This was my first time at JB, so maybe there was an alternate route that I missed, or maybe there were obstacles in the way that normally aren't there, but I just thought I would mention it.
Other Thoughts: All in all a great course that is both challenging and picturesque. I was in the area visiting some friends and only got to play 2 courses, but I was very pleased with my decision to play at Jefferson Barracks. In an earlier review of this course by Three Putt, he said that "The area has several very good courses, but this is still the course that best represents disc golf in St. Louis." The old saying is that you never get a second chance to make a first impression, so if this course best represents St.Louis disc golf, then I was left with a very good impression of disc golf in this area, and am looking forward to playing this course again, as well as other courses in and around St. Louis.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Beautiful park, good course
Pros: Lots of diverse holes, some technical, some not. Beautiful park with some very old trees. Tee boxes for all holes with varying pin locations. Several different approaches on each hole make it a new experience every time. They maintain it pretty well and had made multiple improvements during the time I lived there. Never had a problem with the neighborhood, although I agree it isn't the best.
Cons: Some holes can be muddy days after a rain. I have seen bow hunters in the woods next to one of the holes (makes me nervous).
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Great course, but...
Pros: Let me start by saying that I have not read any other reviews on here. That being said, I really enjoyed the layout of this course. When you figure out where you're supposed to go, everything fits together pretty well. (More on that in the Con section...)
There were several different lines off of almost every tee, and some of the baskets are reachable for an ace run, even for a guy that can't throw over about 320. The tee pads are pretty nice, but a little shorter than I'm used to.
Most of the holes meander in and out of a not very dense woods and there are uphill/downhill shots, both in the putting game and in the drives/approaches. I don't even think it's really wooded, there are just trees on the course. Not golf course open, but definitely there will be branches and trees right on the line you wanna throw sometimes.
I will definitely play this one again, hopefully this week. I really liked it even though I was alone on the course and it was 22 degrees!
Cons: The signage is terrible. The only thing they tell you is the distance, unless it's in the "D" position, which says nothing at all. There are no signs saying where to go from hole to hole and the only map there is near the first tee and it looks like it's been there since the course was opened. The "D" locations aren't even on there. I took a picture of the sign with my phone and that helped some, but it doesn't even tell you when to cross the roads, which it does several times. On some holes, it's pretty obvious where to go, and sometimes I had to really look around as the next tee was not near the basket. Of course, this won't hurt me as bad next time, but it can be a little frustrating for first timers. Hole 8 was in the "D" position and I threw twice before I knew where the basket was! It was pretty long and over a hill/behind a tree.
So, really all of that will only matter to first timers probably and if you don't play at 3:30 on a Monday when it's 22 degrees, you'll probably be fine.
Now, the real Con: I was putting on 18 and a group of kids from the apartments next door threw a rock that zinged right over my head. It's not in the best of neighborhoods....
Other Thoughts: Great course. It was everything I've heard - challenging and fun.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course never gets old. Even in the winter they still make an effort to move the pin placements around. Challenging, but gives many chances to redeem yourself. Mulitiple pin placements make it fun and different
Cons: When wet, it gets sloppy and doesn't drain well after rain. Hole 8 on D pin placement is a rediculous Par 3.
Other Thoughts: All and all this is one of my favorite courses even though I have played it more often than I can count.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Get your cards at the kiosk. The holes are very long for par threes. Each one has it's own character. Watch out where you throw but even at that you will find your disc. Like hole #10, the vegetation on your left down at the bottom of the hill looks like your disc will be lost if it lands there, but take it from me, I was able to find mine easily. Apparently lots and lots of people use that section of hole 10.
Gateway store is right there too so stop in and get you a putter. Wizards and Warlocks rule.
Cons: Getting there can be tough so google you a map or gps it. Finding the holes are hard even with the map on the back of the scorecard. The alt. pin placements looked random to me but it was my first and only time there. Finding the next tee was tough too.
Other Thoughts: I like this course and want to go play it again soon. I would really like to watch the pro's birdie those long par threes.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 5 Not
Not up to hype
Pros: Great signs to point you towards the course.
More parking than any other course i've played in St. Louis.
The 4x4 at the tees have hooks for bags/coats, ala Endicott.
Good course map at the sign by the first tee, plus plenty of scorecards at that same sign which have maps on them as well.
Nice big concrete pads.
Plethora of trees make shots a good challenge. Errant drives WILL be punished.
Great pin placements for holes 3 and 4 in particular.
Layout is a little awkward, but it flows rather well.
A fun variety of obstacles to throw around.
Great shot variey as well. I used every disc in my bag when i played.
Popular park, but pedestrains are kept out of the way of golfer traffic and vice versa rather well. Good exposure point for the game.
Cons: Could use a couple more benches and trash cans, but what is supplied is better than most courses.
A couple of baskets (6 and 8) were placed in the "D" placement, but the signs provided only listed A,B,C pins. Someone (appropriately IMO) filled in "D"-umb for the yardage, since there is no official measurement.
No signs between pins/tees. A problem that would easily be solved by the map on the back of the scorecards were that map a little more detailed so you could gather your orientation easier.
Hole 7's pin placed too close to the adjacent road, especially if cars are parked closer towards the pin.
Needs a porta-john or two somewhere on the course, especially when the bathrooms by the first tee are closed.
Unsightly pile of fallen trees/debris in 16's fairway.
Pars underestimated. Every hole is supposed to be a par 3, but some are 400 feet and a few are even 500. When the tour comes around, great, but otherwise the majority of players can't par most of the holes in 3.
Tee signs could use maps on them, and likewise pins could have an indicator of some sort where the next tee is in case newbies don't grab a scorecard.
Some of the number plates atop the baskets aren't pointed towards the tee; makes identifying pins harder than it should be.
Holes 1, 9, 10, and 11,17 are just about on top of eachother. Lots of waiting can break up your rhythm.
Other Thoughts: This course IS a lot of fun, and a very good challenge, but a little grooming will make it spectacular.
9 of 14 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Every hole requires a different tactic because of the vegetation or pin & tee placement.
Great elevation changes without being overbearing.
Use of space is impeccable.
Flow of course is basically unmatched, though it can be confusing the first few times you play it.
Cons: All par 3.
Can be VERY muddy.
Could be easy to lose discs on a couple of the holes (especially hole 3 when there's vegetation).
Other Thoughts: My favorite course in St. Louis. Absolutely a must-play. Odds are good you'll see other disc golfers there as well.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
a great and exciting course
Pros: Everything about this course is awesome. The course applies to forehand, backhand, and overhand. There are several pin placements which make the course a little different every time someone plays. Hole 3 is cool because the hill descends into some woods then the ground raises up in the woods. The basket is right in th middle of the woods. Hole 8 can be long if it is in the DUMB placement. Hole 12 can difficult if someone cannot throw forehand.
Cons: Can there be a con to this course, I think not.
Other Thoughts: The holes are somewhat long and all have some sort of obstacle. Pick up you strokes on the front 9 because the back 9 is slightly harder. Every hole of the 18 is a par 3. Keeping that in mind your drive, approach, and putt all have to be on the mark.
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
A challenge for all skill levels
Pros: JB seems to the gem of St. Louis golfers, almost everyone I talked to highly recommended it, and I was not disappointed. There is a little bit of everything here.
- Great use of the rolling elevation
- Interesting and exciting pin placements
- Multiple elevated tee shots
- Good use of length; not just long to be long
- Fairly well maintained
- Great concrete tee pads
Other Thoughts: - As another reviewer mentioned, there seems to be a lack in interesting and varying shot choices. Most holes can be played with a simple hyzer.
- I found it a bit difficult to navigate from hole to hole, although most tee posts can be seen from the previous basket
- Descriptive tee signs would be a great addition here with the multitude of blind tee shots
- Not many 2 shot holes, but still a fair amount of length
Jefferson comes highly recommended by most locals, and by me as well. Players of all skills will find something challenging and exciting here.
I stopped by the Gateway shop and Justin hooked me up. Stop in and say hi.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 6 Not
Easy to lose discs
Pros: Jefferson Barracks is one tough course, it offers a ton of different obstacles and distances. On almost every hole you must have a really good drive or else you will be looking for your discs in the woods. The variety of elevation changes and holes shapes makes each hole different. The first few holes are very simple, winding through some big trees, makes for a good warm up. Then most holes after that you are driving over or through the brush.
Cons: Not too many bad things to say about this course. I used a map that I got off of the St. Louis Disc Golf Forum and it was not a whole lot of help. The course can be a little hard to navigate especially since you cannot see most of the pins from the tees.
Other Thoughts: Make sure you throw brightly colored discs here, no green or yellow, if you throw them into the brush you will have trouble finding it again.
3 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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