Nice course, very pretty landscape
Pros: I (had) to play 'the fort' before it closed for the holiday season. I plan to visit next spring, for sure!
All 18 holes are short-ish. Very fair, lots of righty shots, threading of needles, down hill, uphill.
All set in a beautiful chunk of woods.
There is nicely maintained turf, great woods and a clean lake. (not in play except for a few holes at most).
Tee pads are concrete.
baskets are perfect
Laid back atmosphere, can feel secluded in spots.
Cons: Take a map first outing. I was lucky and buddied up with a few regulars. It helped navigate, but the course flows well. (Only a few tees are across a street or out of view from the last basket).
A little muddy the day I played, I could imagine that in summer it would offer some great skips.
Not much wrong here, be ready to throw short, accurate shots. And avoid tree trunks. There is a lot more air than there is tree trunks, so it should be easy, right? ;>
Other Thoughts: I can certainly see how game management is important here. You may want to lay up to stay out of the woods, or avoid hitting a tree squarely, and to get into putting range with minimal throws. Easy to park, seems like the other park goers are aware of flying discs and the course, generally. Nice and clean grounds.
Pros: Really pretty park. Excellent tees and baskets. Forced to throw different types of shots(one of my fav parts of disc golf).
Cons: Layout was a bit confusing, even with a black and white map. Print a color one. The wooded holes are too a bit to tight for my liking. We played the short tees on most of them cuz the likelihood of getting through the lines wasn't worth the risk of plinking a tree from the pro tee and not making it to the short tree.
Other Thoughts: I really liked about half the holes of the course. The park is great and if you know the layout, it's a nice walk. The holes I didn't like and the drive will keep me from playing here again. If I lived close by, I'd think of playing here, but probably drive to quail ridge.
Decent, But Needs Work
Pros: Very tidy course
Good mix of long and short tees
Bright, easy to find baskets
Tees are constructed well
Cons: Not well laid out
No bridges over some creeks
Practice basket in bad location
Other Thoughts: Pretty good for a new course. I've been playing disc golf for about 4 years now, and I find this course tough because it's overgrown and worn out. Once it's more well known, I think the course will get a lot better.
Fun for beginners
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Pros: Beautiful park setting. Holes were placed nicely away from other park goers. Lot's of shade. Two tee placements made this course beginner friendly. Looks like it would be a challenge from long tees, too. We had a large group of kids age 6 to 12 and it was very playable from the short tees.
Cons: A couple holes were too risky around water and pit hazards, especially for beginners. Hole 10 seemed to have wrong distance on sign, seemed to be marked about 100 feet too short.
Other Thoughts: Two nice restrooms near the course. Great variety of open field and tight wooded shots.
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Pros: Tight, technical shots
Left to right and right to left
Woods, and a few open holes
Textured tee pads - very classy -
Professionally looking tee signage
Multiple tee pads, A/B pin placements
Decent distance from long pads
Cons: Without map difficult to follow
A little muddy/wet after rain
Other Thoughts: Great change up from others courses in St. Louis
Loved it - need to be precise with shot selection and placement off tee -
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Pros: First off the course went through a slight redesign along with having a lot of work done over the winter/ early spring when it was closed for the festival of lights.
It plays through a fairly busy park, but with a few exceptions most of the holes play away from other park patrons, but there are several places where really errant shots could get close to bystanders or vehicles.
every hole has 2 concrete tees, and 2 pin placements (unsure who has keys or how often the baskets will get moved). but between the 2 you could change the course up and work on different aspects of your game.
Most of the holes either play into, out of or through the woods, meaning you have to be accurate.some of the holes have some length as well forcing you to think a little bit as to how you play the hole.
with the 2 placements on every hole it seems to even out the lefty vs. righty holes a little better.
Baskets are still virtually brand new, and the tee signs have a picture of the hole along with distances for both tees, and a clip showing which pin location is currently in play.
Cons: Course still lacks some amenities that most of us look for. I don't recall seen many trash cans on the course itself, and there are only a handful of benches (several of which already have disc chargers drawn on them :/ )
There are only tee signs at the long tees, which isn't terrible most of the holes you have to walk past it to get to the short tee anyway.
There are a couple of ditch crossings that could use a bridge of some kind.
The flow is a little strange in spots as well (seems to be a common trend with new courses in the area). You do have to cross/ walk on the park road several times.
There is no parking lot for the course, you just park on the left hand side of the road that runs through the park. So the course loops back to your car between holes 5 and 6, but then never gets you back over there. After holes 18 you have to walk a short stretch down the road to get back to the start.
Other Thoughts: There is a practice basket by the first tee, but its a different style basket than the ones on the course.
There is a bathroom right by the first tee, and attached to the wall by the 1st tee is a box containing score cards and maps (assuming it stays full).
seems to draw in a bit of a crowed (not as bad as quail), but the course is difficult enough that it may scare off some of the new players.
The parks department and everyone involved seems to be putting a lot of effort into the course so changes could still happen.
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I haven't been out to this course in a while, but I'm please to share that they've made some serious upgrades to the course that will certainly push up my rating! Multiple pin placements & concrete tee pads - tee signs and a lot of the underbrush has been cleared.
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).
The new pin placements and multiple tee pads give this course a lot more variety and challenge. There are still areas with broken flow that would be difficult to navigate without a map or guide. But, the course seems to get a lot of traffic, so shouldn't be too hard to find someone to drop in with or follow.
Cons: Interesting Layout - Repetitive Hole Design - Crowded Park - Lots of Casuals - Parking
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.
Other Thoughts: The recent updates at this course double the enjoyment you can have here. Again, the flow is still somewhat fragmented in places, but the multiple pin placements and multiple tee pads give you a ton of options each time you approach the hole. The new tee signs are also really helpful for those who haven't been to the course before. I still think they should get a second set of signs for the shorter tee pads, but it's obvious that this course is moving in the right direction!
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Another Gem in the St. Charles Crown!
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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. The white tees, well... They're quite a bit more challenging, adding not only length but different shot choice angles to many of the holes.
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!
UPDATE 4/18/14: There are now dual concrete tees in place, imprinted with a very cool wood plank relief and big descriptive tee signs at each long tee. There are plenty of trash cans around the course as well. And about six million trees to hit. The Fort just gets better!
Cons: It's a brand new course, with plans for growth. That said, it needs trash cans and concrete tees. (UPDATE 4/18/14: dual concrete tees and ample trash cans abound)
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.
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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
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FORE at the Fort
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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 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.
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