Springfield, MO 
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5+    10/16/2010   10/16/2010
Review By: birdman101
Played: 56  Reviewed: 23  Exp: 7.2 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: difficult but not too difficult plays on rolling hills for small elevation change. The trees are the biggest obstacles to deal with and make it challenging which to me is a plus considering most of the courses down here are wide open.
Cons: the trees that make it challenging are cedar trees which eat discs and reduce your options for reaching the baskets. They cause several holes to be blind shots. this does help you learn new lines though but can make it a frustrating round
the fact it is 10 holes is kind of odd, but doesn't bother me too much
Other Thoughts: as of 10/16/2010 3's basket is missing in action and based on how long 9's basket was missing from tom watkins it may be gone awhile but hopefully it will be replaced shortly.

located basically on school grounds so you have to watch what time of day you are there

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Really Good If You Can Avoid the Trees

5+    8/7/2010   8/17/2010
Review By: DaddyD
Played: 9  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 6.3 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The terrain is hilly, so you can use that to our advantage on gaining distance. There is a good variety of hole-types, but most are in the 300-foot range, so I think a shorter hole or two would he helpful.

Since it is on the backside of an elementary school the grass is maintained pretty good.
Cons: The CEDARS will eat your discs, so be prepared to get scratched up retrieving them. Holes 1 and 4 are surrounded by cedars with only one or two approaches, which limits your choices of strategy.

The dirt tee pads aren't the best, and have been wallowed out from use.

The odd number of holes (10) is a bit strange, so I'd like to see them add 8 more and make it a full course.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.


1    7/21/2010   7/28/2010
Review By: Derred Scheperle
Played: 63  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 6.4 Years
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: I dont think there are many. the grass was cut sorta. Theres not many people there. i think it was fun all around..The sings that they have there are nice and easy to read..
Cons: The trees will eat your disc. The first hole is ridiculous its covered in trees that will eat your disc! There are no driving pads. and the course is hard to fallow..
Other Thoughts: The city needs to do some tree trimming.. then it would be a great place to play!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Disc Golf Oasis

1    7/19/2010   7/20/2010
Review By: FriedOkra
Played: 169  Reviewed: 11  Exp: 6.9 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Very well maintained course located in a nice park setting with decent tee markers and directional arrows on the baskets pointing to the next tee. Wide fairways littered with thick cedar trees and a nice variety of protected and wide open baskets.
Cons: The tee pads are not ideal.
Other Thoughts: A fantastic course. We had a great time and will play this one again and again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 McBride Park...

2-4    6/13/2010   7/18/2010
Review By: eye-ball-sac
Played: 67  Reviewed: 46  Exp: 7.6 Years
This review was updated on 2/19/2011
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course has really nice, green fairways. Rolling hills throughout the park. Pins are very protected in the trees creating a few blind shots. Baskets are nice. Tee signs have all necessary info (distance, alt. tee location, pin placement, and a map of the hole.) Nice variety in hole distance.
Cons: Tee pads are tiny, but still have the old dirt pad before and after them. Alternate tees can be harder to find if you don't look at the sign. (they're marked with two circular, blue and red stones or two lines on the cart path). Hole one is hard to find (it's right next to a bench on the cart path). Hole 10 doesn't have a sign, but there is a concrete pad and a post to mark it.
Other Thoughts: There are lots of weird church parties that go on all the time. Cedar trees are very unforgiving if you throw into them (I think they cause hives). The woods near hole 8 and 9 is filled with ticks...bring bug spray.

If you mark this review unhelpful or you find a mistake, please send me a personal message here on DGCR explaining what is wrong with it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 These Trees Bite More Than Bark

1    6/15/2010   6/21/2010
Review By: Donovan
Played: 235  Reviewed: 186  Exp: 29.5 Years
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This park is beautiful with very lush green grass and trees. This place seems very well maintained. The holes are almost all built with some kind of technical angle to them. The use of trees and protected pin locations is really well done. There is nice use of the slight elevation found in the terrain and the hole length variation is quite suitable. The 10-hole adventure is certainly worthwhile. The tee signs are decent and have a map on them. Navigation is not too bad here and you certainly won't have too much trouble your first time out, but maps never hurt. There are no bathrooms or trashcans on the course.
Cons: As mentioned previously, the cedar trees are messy and brutal. I am not sure this is a negative, but it cannot be overlooked. #10 is missing its tee sign, but the post is still there. The tee pads are not in great shape and you have to use the map on tee sign to even find the long tee pad areas.
Other Thoughts: The Fun Factor was good here. The holes were just challenging enough to make me forget that this course was only 10 holes until it was all of a sudden, over. If you are nearby, this is the place to visit. I would certainly come back to this course.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Best in the area

5+    4/16/2010   4/16/2010
Review By: ajdovepin
Played: 4  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 7.4 Years
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great mix of long holes to air it out with well designed shorter holes to tempt the lucky ace seeker. The landscape is perfectly utilized to protect pins. Always a great pace on the course, even on busy days. Most pins are completely hidden from the tee box which makes for challenging blind drives. Recently they have added concrete tee pads.
Cons: Occasionally the course will flood after several days of rain. The woods on the back of #8 and #9 contain thousands of ticks.
Other Thoughts: There really is no reason to play another course in Springfield after playing here.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Decent course

1    10/15/2009   10/15/2009
Review By: beaker
Played: 13  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 12.3 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice length course with several interesting/challenging shots. The various trees and terrain changes make it fun.
Cons: Some of the maps are misleading, making it hard to judge how to throw from the tee. There seems to be no consistency on pointing to the next tee, though the course still flowed pretty well. The evergreens will eat your disc, which forces you to play a little reserved.
Other Thoughts: WARNING: Do not play this course soon after a rainstorm. Several of the holes lie right in a drainage ravine and turn into huge water traps.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  Like a cool, refreshing lake in the depths of disc golf hell

5+    9/26/2009   9/26/2009
Review By: dirquez
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 17.3 Years
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Very pleasant course to play. Well maintained grass, hills and a bevy of cedar trees (contrary to GTrotter's review, there is no cypress at McBride) give the place the feel of a ball golf course. Pins well-guarded by trees mean you have to get creative. A dead-on tomahawk shot is a huge boon at McBride. Long holes make this a great course for those who love to go all-out on drives, but pin placement makes finesse and strategy necessary.
Cons: Cedar trees do not give up a disc easily. They're basically just very large, thick, sappy bushes that tend to cause hives (though they do smell lovely). If you lack control, be prepared to do some climbing/hive-removing. Also, woods near holes 8 and 9 are tick-infested. If you go in there for any length of time, give yourself a good once over. Like GTrotter said, only 10 holes, though they are 10 very enjoyable holes.

The constant and pervasive melodies of Phil Collins issuing over the course can get in your head if you let them. Experienced players will know how to shake that off. I remember one day, though. An unplugged version of "In the Air Tonight" COMPLETELY decimated my putting game.
Other Thoughts: I'd lived in Springfield just over a year when I found this course, and it immediately made living there 2.5x better. Not the best round you'll ever play, by any means, but a damn decent course players of any skill level can enjoy.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Best of SW Missouri

5+    9/26/2009   9/26/2009
Review By: GTrotter
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I realize the 'best of SW Missouri' isn't saying much but this is a very nice course. Rolling hills, well groomed, a mix of short and long holes with challenging tree looks. Rarely ever crowded. I lived in Springfield for about a year and this was the home course. Nothing else we discovered was in the same league.
Cons: No real tee pads. Only 10 holes...have to play it twice to get a decent round in. And it truly sucks getting discs lost in the cypress trees.
Other Thoughts: First hole can be challenging to find on your first visit. The tee box is just west of the gazebo thing, on the actual cart path. You'll be driving north; the pin is in the thick of some trees. You can just barely see a dirt path that leads to it.

Often, there are really lame church parties under the gazebo with people drinking Pepsi and listening to Phil Collins. Agree to disagree.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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