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CROSS THE ROAD FOR NOW!
Pros: Short holes. Scenic and simple.
Cons: Homemade baskets make putting a little of a challenge.
Other Thoughts: Because of the rising water levels of the Mississippi River, the nine holes of this course are currently on the opposite side of the River Road. Instead of turning left on Lockhaven as the directions state, turn right and you will see the course to your left and right immediately (on Lockhaven). The nine holes behind Piasa Harbor are still there, but the area is too muddy to play. From the looks of it, they pulled the baskets for now and intend to eventually return so that both sets of nine holes will be combined for an active 18-hole course.
I have nothing really to add to what the other reviewers have already said. As an Alton local, I prefer Rock Spring and Sioux Passage above anything else within a 20 minute drive. But if you're around for Rock Spring and want a fun short course, this is not bad.
I have several friends I play with who had a better time here, just because they throw wild and lose discs in the woods too often at Rock Spring. Of course, having said that, we lost two discs in the lake on this course (but dove in to retrieve one of them!).
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Nice Homemade 9-Holer
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice little 9-Holer right on the Mississippi River. Once you pull into the Marina area, turn right past the General Store / Gas Station.
- Easy to follow and flows well.
- A few trash cans on the course.
- The couse is of average length. Enough birdie chances on the short holes, and moderate par 3's on the long holes.
- The view of the river is a nice touch.
- The tee signs are well done. Carved out of wood, they are mounted on posts and have 1/4" plastic covering them to help protect them.
Cons: The obvious con here are the baskets. They are well made plastic and concreted in the gound and are very stable, but they lack enough chains to stop an average putt. There are many birdie chances on this course, but you are constantly loft putting even from 20' to guarantee your putt will stick in the basket.
- Plastic baskets
- Natural tee pads
- With a lot of people on the course, keep your head up so that you don't hit or get hit by a drive on a nearby hole.
Other Thoughts: Overall it is a decent course. You can tell who ever designed it has experience with disc golf because it isn't thrown together. It is obvious that a lot of thought was put into laying out this course in the little room that they had and the use of the river on 3 holes and trees makes for an enjoyable play, and the holes are at various lengths from 195' to just over 400'.
The grass was a little high but manageable.
Thankfully the river was down. Hole 2 (195') plays directly towards the river from the tee and the pin is only 40-50' away from the river. I could definately see people losing a few discs when the river is up and only 30' from the basket and the headwind from the river taking a few discs - but that just adds to the enjoyment of the hole.
Although I don't think it has been played much, a couple started behind me on my second round and it was their first time playing the course. Thanks to DGCR.com for both of us finding this course.
Also, the general store has everything you would need including food, drinks (a nice selection of adult beverages as well) and even canoes or kayaks to rent (also helpful if you need to go in the water to find your disc).
I'll will definately be back when I'm on my way to play Rock Spring again and if you are in the area, stop by and play, but I wouldn't go out of my way just to play this one course. If it had tee pads and real baskets, i'd give it a 2.5.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Scenic, but simple
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Pros: This is a nine hole course situated on a tiny patch of land that overlooks the Mississippi river. Flat and straight, the 9 homemade baskets are visible from anywhere on the course. There are some mature trees, and the baskets are placed in such a way that take as much advantage of the growth as possible. The first three holes play along the water's edge, but its not really a hazard unless you shank it or catch bad wind/tree branches. This is one of those "Okay, I've played it. One and done" type courses.
Cons: Flat and straight. Flat and straight. No challenge for a player, but probably a lot of fun for families with children.
Homemade baskets have all of 6 rows of chains, so spitouts abound.
Other Thoughts: The view of the river is beautiful. The course is part of the Piasa Harbor Marina, which has a store, marina, walking paths and I do believe camping. It is not a destination course, but I will say, if you're out playing Rock Springs in Alton, take the 15 minute drive and toss some putters around to finish out your day and spend a couple bucks at the store to support these folks. I love the fact that the sport is becoming more and more known by the average joe, to the point that someone wanted to use this little patch of land with a view, and chose Disc Golf as the means of doing so.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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