4 Helpful / 3 Not
My Favorite Course in St. Louis
Pros: Great use of hills and elevation change. On the front nine there are several opportunities to just let her rip. The whole course is beautiful.
Cons: Some of the holes are very long for the casual player. It can sometimes be hard to figure out where the next tee is, like on nine where the tee is buried 80 feet into the woods and down a hill.
Other Thoughts: Bring water with you, especially on the back nine. You climb the same huge hill three times on the back nine. The last 3 holes are pretty technical so if your stamina isn't up to snuff, you might consider playing the back nine first.
4 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 4 Not
The prettiest I've played.
Pros: Everyone seems impressed with how well this course is maintained.......and I can see why. The grass, the trees, and the overall spaciousness of this course make it a "have-to-play". We played it on a Saturday and there was only one other group out there. It's just a really nice course set in a scenic location. Overall, it's mostly open but there are just enough trees to combine with the rolling terrain to keep it interesting.
Cons: It's long. If you don't have a big arm, you'll probably get a little frustrated. I played it with my wife and daughter and they were ready to leave after the front 9.
You have to drive to the back 9 and I found that a little odd. The back 9 also had a guy practicing archery right beside one of the baskets. (definitely not a good idea) And it also had a group of 20-25 people sliding down a hill on a block of ice. Some of the holes are hard to find unless you've played here before.
It's quite a ways out to this course. If we hadn't brought the Garmin, I'm not sure we would've found it.
Other Thoughts: If you're in St. Louis, you'll definitely want to play this one.
5 of 9 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Beautiful and Challenging
Pros: Sioux Passage is the most well maintained and manicured course on the St. Louis circuit. There are a multitude of bomber holes, and a few that require a good touch as well.
- Tee pads are excellent
- Great variety of left/right holes
- Some excellent elevation changes
- You get the feel you're playing at a country club
- Fairly easy to navigate
- Well designed 2 shot holes
- A lot of places to pick up strokes with long drives and accurate approaches
Other Thoughts: - The separation between the front and back nines is odd, and can be frustrating if you're not aware of it
- I found the wide open fairways to be mostly pleasant, but some holes lacked a challenge
- There are few longer walks, and no benches to sit on. A stool/chair is recommended
If you like stretching your arm out on wide open fairways with well manicured grass, Sioux Passage will not disappoint you.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 1 Not
One of my favorites
Pros: Always a different challenge with multiple pin placements, and new concrete tees with distances clearly marked for current pins. Open course with plenty of trees well placed to discourage the most accurate shooters. Some challenging up-hill climbs mixed with amazing lofty elevated tees make this a dream for big arms like me. Always kept up and clean. Seams like every time I go there the grass is freshly cut which is a plus for these types of long courses. This course has it's uniqueness in that you pretty much have to drive to the back nine, which some consider a "CON" but I think it adds to the character of the course.
Cons: Signage should include maps especially for those longer holes where you can't see the pin from the tee. First time players have nothing to shoot at but hopes and dreams of getting closer to the pin. Somewhat hard to find, and easy to miss when driving down the two lane street to find it.
Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a course to air it out, this is it! Don't expect too many birdies unless you have a huge arm, or a surgical putt. If Sioux Passage is too long for your arm, try the "Yin" to this course's "Yang" located a few miles down the street, heading west, at White Birch Park. (see my review on this short, yet fun course)
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
The Premier STL DG Course
Pros: This course is simply spectacular. The course includes great elevation changes and a great amount of variety. The course is well designed, and requires a perfect combination of power and control. The park itself is extremely well maintained, and the land has really been used to its utmost potential. No two holes are really the same, and by the time you are done with 18 holes you will have really tapped into every skill that you have. The course flows very well, and, with a few exceptions on the back 9, it is pretty easy to find your way from hole to hole.
Cons: The separation between the front and back 9 is a bit odd. Truthfully though, either side of the course could stand on its own merits. There are one or two spots on the back 9 where the course is not marked as well as it probably could be.
Other Thoughts: Even though this is the jewel of st. louis disc golf, it sees very limited traffic due to its location. If you go mid-week, don't be surprised if you are the only one on the course. While it is not very wooded, there are plenty of obstacles to work with. That said, this course is a must visit. If you do make the trip, make sure you come ready to hike, as some of the hills provide quite the work out.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Rolling hills, nicely wooded, beautiful park. Very good course design, varied challenges.
Several of the holes go back in the trees. Most holes are pretty open with baskets strategically placed to provide a challenge (often in a group of trees or in a clearing cut into the trees). There are some very fun valley and downhill shots that will get you to want to empty your bag.
Cons: Some of the the folliage on the back 9 is thick enough if your disc goes in, you probably won't be getting it back out.
Other Thoughts: I played it for months without realizing there was a back 9. As others have said, make sure you drive to the back 9 after finishing the front.
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: beutiful well maintained course good variety of pin placements and distances
Cons: could use better signs with hole diagrams so you dont have to walk to see where the baskets are at but not that big of deal wish i didnt have to hike or drive to the back nine but like the other con no big deal
Other Thoughts: will definetly be my first stop when i am in stl.
3 of 10 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 2 Not
Pleasant and Painful
Pros: Even in the deadwooded winter, this course is beautiful. If you've got a love for driving your disc, you've found the right place. Though, it is possible to play with a mid-range, I do it just out of preference. If you find the front nine to be a pleasant view, just wait til' you get to the back of the course. Not to mention the holes are a blast! Rolling hills and Trees create excellent obstacles.
Cons: If you don't have a big arm, you may become angry at your shots, but there's never a need to get angry at such a relaxing sport. 9 can be a pain in the arse at the tee but keep it straight and you will be just fine. Walking up and down that big ole' hill can wear you out.
Other Thoughts: I've played amongst deer grazing and in the middle of a game have often just checked out some of the trails. Very rad park to just walk around, especially at 70 degree weather!
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Sioux Passage is a beautiful course. Its very well kept. A long arms dream this course requires distance and a strong mental game. Its wide open so its hard to get into much trouble but if you struggle to throw 300 ft this course will leave you uttering your favorite expletives. The elevation changes make it even more challenging without just being ridiculous.
Cons: As has been alluded to in other reviews the front 9 and back 9 are no where near each other, bring your hiking shoes or a golf cart. Hole 18 is really the only "bad" hole with a goofy second shot that requires just as much luck as skill to make.
Other Thoughts: Coming from Birmingham we don't have a lot of courses with distance so playing this course was great for me. Being able to just bomb off the tee on nearly every hole is great if you don't usually have that option with your home course. It was definately my favorite course to play in St. Louis.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
17 Helpful / 0 Not
God made this park to throw Frisbees in
Pros: If there is a top-notch pro-caliber course in St. Louis, this is it. This course is on the same level as the more highly regarded Waterworks course in Kansas City. Bring your driver; there are no pitch and putt holes on this one. Big shots designed for long arms abound. There is only one "heavily wooded" hole (hole #9) but there are plenty of trees to negotiate on the rest of the course. The park features lots of rolling hills and the course design takes advantage of this with some tough uphill shots. The course has concrete tees and multiple pin placements (long, longer and waaaayyyy back there!) Actually the course is not as long as it once was, as the new high speed discs have brought some of these shots within reach for the average player. To combat this, there is some tall native grass on the back nine that was once casual that is now considered O.B., and nice adaptation to keep the course challenging. There is one hole on the front and three holes on the back where you have an elevated tee and can reach back and let 'er rip! The course is well maintained, and it is out of the way keeping the foot traffic down. All-in-all it is a real gem of a course.
Cons: The park is very remote and hard to find. Once you do find it, the front and back nine are split. You actually should drive from the front to the back. You should do this because playing the back feels kind-of like hiking the Appalachian Trail. The holes flow logically, but there are some very long walks between holes. One of these long walks is up a particularly torturously steep hill. If you don't drive to the back, your car will be a long uphill walk away from you when you finish 18.
That being said, if you have never been there before it is easy to play the front nine and not know where to go to find the back nine. Also if you don't have a big drive and have little tolerance for 4's and 5's on your scorecard, you are not going to have a whole lot of fun.
Other Thoughts: The more popular course in St. Louis is Jefferson Barracks. JB is not so remote and gets a lot more play, and it has some "short" pin placements that are actually short. As a result, it is the course most often recommended when visiting St. Louis. If you have the time and unlimited miles on your rental car, I'd encourage you to make an effort to play Sioux Passage. You will not be disappointed.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful.
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