Not worth the trip
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: New Baskets - Restrooms - Works Out Your Short Game - You Get a Good Walk in - Well-Maintained Park
Honestly, the best part about this course is that it is another place to play in St. Charles which means the sport is continuing to grow and the other courses (hopefully) won't be as crowded. The brand new Discatchers are nice and easy to see once you walk up the fairways. This course is a great place to hone in on your forehand shots and turnover midranges (if you throw RHBH).
Cons: Interesting Layout - Repetitive Hole Design - Natural Tee Pads - Crowded Park - Lots of Casuals - Parking - No Etiquette
The first 6 holes aren't terrible in regards to flow, but there is more walking then there needs to be. The walk between 6 & 7 on the other hand, is pretty long. Hole 9 does not cycle back to the parking area. They have better signage now, but without it, you'd easily get lost. The park wraps around a beautiful lake but (unfortunately) it doesn't really come into play except on hole 6.
Nearly every hole was a left to right shot. If you're left handed, you'll probably love it but the rightys need bring plenty of understable mids, flick shots and patience. This course also attracts a lot of casuals that don't understand speed of play or etiquette.
Lastly, the terrain, I don't mind natural tee pads as long as they are somewhat level. Some are ok, but others are pretty bad. There are a number of left over stumps for you to trip on, even right in on the tee pad. Combine this with numerous low hanging ceilings and very narrow (un)fairways you're in for a pretty frustrating day of golf if you're not playing well. I love a good challenge, but the tunnel shots at this course are poke and hope and you rarely get rewarded for throwing a good shot.
Other Thoughts: If you're just looking to play another course in the area, and mark another off the "master list" its worth the trip. If you're visiting the St. Charles or St. Louis area there are better courses to play Things like natural tee pads can be fixed in time, so the course will probably be a lot better after a few years of play.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Another Gem in the St. Charles Crown!
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: "The Fort", the newly-installed addition to the St. Charles line up (The Ranch, The Ridge, The Crik & The Wood), is an exceedingly beautiful county park course that winds through mature woods, up and down rolling inclines that will engage and challenge your game. Can you say tunnels? Low ceilings? Lots of lefty shots? The fort has it!
The tees are marked by white stones, one has the hole number and distance, the other a drawn map of the hole that is simple but effective. The red tees, the "kid" tees, are super short but ideal for kid-sized beginners.
Navigation was pretty clear and simple, using arrows to point you around.
The course will take you through tightly wooded tunnels, wide rolling fairways guarded by mature trees, and moderate elevation changes just about every hole.
The park itself is quite lovely, wrapping around a popular fishing lake.
I had an awesome time playing the Fort and will definitely play it again and again!
Cons: It's a brand new course, with plans for growth. That said, it needs trash cans and concrete tees.
Also, I was made to understand that it is a heavily-trafficked park on the weekends, and the course, while away from the obviously-populated areas, still winds close to people.
Other Thoughts: Play the Fort. Seriously. Quite fun.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: very nice course with a lot of differnt shots and a wide variety of fairways. has 2 t-pad placements, one for beginners/youth one for the more advance players. it is challenging and flows well. 2 loop course 1-6 for a qiuck pick up game and 7-18. this course makes you throw different throws with some precision. eventually there will be 2 -3 pin placements and concrete pads in the spring for the the grand opening. great location close to I -70 with multiple food and beverage place close by.
Cons: still in a trial run to get locations of play to see how things will be laid out for perm. t-pads and optional pin placements
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
FORE at the Fort
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Course located within 1 mile of interstate I-70. Nice manicured city park. 2 sets of natural tee pads with whites set up as longs and reds set up for youth/ beginners. Innova yellow banded baskets for greater ease for locating baskets. Good use of moderate elevation changes. Moderately wooded on half the holes and heavily wooded on the remainder of holes. Currently there are temporary signs with distances labeled for both sets of tees. Next hole signs with arrows for greater ease with navigation of course. Excellent variety of hole types as no 2 holes are the alike.
Cons: Lack of concrete tee pads however there are plans to install pads this fall. Interference with other park goers is inevitable on some holes. Lack of wide open longer holes. Still a work in progress with some very tight and unforgiving fairways.
Other Thoughts: Fort Zumwalt park provides for a very fun and unique disc golf experience even in the course's infancy. Lines to the baskets will eventually become more defined as this course is expected to get a lot of play. Park workers are involved in making the course better for all levels of disc golfers. Will keep this site updated as the course progresses.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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