7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a very hilly piece of land that is teeming with hazardous areas. A creekbed and other steep dropoffs in general are in play on many of the holes. Lots of baskets are situated close to these areas, or on a fast green, to the point where distance can be more important than accuracy.
- Decent number of trees off the tee to force some line shaping, especially with some tricky mandos. Almost every hole has something to contend with, each a little different.
- Good elevation changes within the holes themselves, including a nice staircase shot and a blind basket down a hill. Very few flat fairways.
- Good teepads, decent baskets.
Cons: - This course seriously suffers in length. It is crammed into a small area with half the holes under 200', and only two over 240'. Drivers only needed for trick shots, or short and steep hyzers.
- Lots of places where holes are dangerously close to each other, in a few different spots. Baskets, teepads, and fairways intertwine so a watchful eye is always needed.
Other Thoughts: - Great deuce-or-die course that has a ton of different shots. The short length is offset by some very nasty and punishing slopes and other hazards; these short holes can become very long and even tougher without good shot placement off the tee. Creativity can be an important thing at times as well.
- Lots of spots where erosion is becoming a major factor. I would say it is good for the golf itself, but it could eventually become a problem for the older course.
- Could be a little tricky to navigate the first time through, with so many baskets and such around.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
!st missouri course
Pros: short and easy course that can be played in less than a hour. 2 sets of tees(but you only need to play the pro tess), with elevation changes on almost all the holes.
Cons: for most players this is a putt and approach practice course. along with the cousre being short, the holes are pretty close to each other so PAYING ATTENTION is a must, or you will get hit.
Other Thoughts: this course gets a ton of play, along with it being over 30 years old and it is getting played out.
thursday night league is one of the largest leagues in the area( 2 rounds of best shot doubles)
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Welcome to Disc Golf
Pros: This is a short course with some elevation change and well placed vegetation which provides a good mix of shots. Tee pads are 4' x 6' concrete, 2 on most holes. Mach III baskets. Lots of trash cans, that don't get used.
This course is great for introducing people to disk golf. It was my first. There are players of all skill levels at this course. It is a place where people learn and teach. My favorite part of White Birch is the atmosphere. You can easily get a pickup game. Usually there will be somebody with music that you can hear all around the course.
Cons: You have to pay to play (sometimes), $1 or $.50 for residents. It is always crowded, and since some holes are close together you have to yell 4 a lot. The course is often muddy and there is a big erosion problem due to a lack of grass. The erosion is causing the loss of trees, pin placements and tee pads. The signs are inadequate, but it's not hard to navigate.
Other Thoughts: There is a club house with disks, vending machines, toilets, etc.
If you pay to play, they will do maintenance.
They have a league on Thursday nights, the course is closed at 5:00 pm.
This course is from the 70's. If you find it too short, try it with a Frisbee or your putter.
Fun. Good Locals. 18 ace runs.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Old School Disc Golf
Pros: The course has nice concrete tee pads (2 pads on most holes). There are many nice big mature trees that make the course much more difficult since it is so short. It is really nice having the office up the hill that sells some really nice plastic (at very reasonable prices). Did well with the small amount of land that they had to work with.
Cons: This course was way too close together...all the holes are right on top of each other. I went out and it was not terribly crowded but was constantly having to keep an eye out for incoming discs. The signage on many of the holes were destroyed. The course had some terrible erosion issues which makes many of the greens unplayable. The guy I was playing with put about 4 or 5 right up by the basket...they then caught an edge and rolled on the dirt (no grass around most baskets) down off some pretty steep drop offs into creeks. The course was also littered with all kinds of trash.
Other Thoughts: This course really only has enough land there to make a 9 hole course...and I think it would make a nice 9 holer that you could even make some longer holes on. It was an interesting look into what our disc golf roots look like...having said that...I really can't say that I will be going back to play here anytime soon.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Minature Disc Golf Course
Pros: 2 concrete tee pads
You can get two rounds in fairly quickly
You only need 2 discs to play due to the short pins
Short arm heaven
Cons: Lots of traffic and trash
Watch your head, maybe wear a helmet because a lot of holes are on top of each other.
Very short course that is kind of run down, but the last time I was there they did some retaining wall work and mulching.
Pay to play (if they catch you)
Other Thoughts: Not a bad course to play a few times a year. Play Sioux Passage then come here and you will understand why I called it a minature golf course. It is fun to see how far disc golf has come since this course was installed many years ago.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
it's like stepping back into 1979
Pros: -two sets of concrete pads
-some nice elevation and decent risk/ reward with steep drop offs to the creek on many holes.
-A lot of safety mandos here because there are a lot of fairways close to each other. These mandos generally make the holes a bit more challenging. Like hole 2 is probably only 180 ft away if you throw straight at it, but there is a rhbh hyzer mando off the pad which adds to the hole.
-A lot of work has been done here to help maintain the natural beauty of the course. A lot of bank stabilization, erosion control by pins and tee pads. These all make this a special place because they are trying to maintain the land in it's 1979 glory.
Cons: -This course is super crowded younger folks, so be careful of people throwing in on you, people stealing your plastic etc.
-Although a lot of the aforementioned erosion control has helped, there is still a need for more land conservation as there are large gullies on some of the fairways.
-Obviously this course is super short, which I'm not really holding against it as it was a different game when the course was made, so if you bring a putter only, you will have a great time with a little bit of challenge.
Other Thoughts: -This course would be great and a lot of fun for superclass, so bring out the zephyrs and throw some old school disc
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Oldie but a Goodie
Pros: Very well designed and maintained course. Maximizes the terrain available for the course. Great course if you are looking to get a round in, in an hour. Park has done a great job of battling erosion to maintain integrity of course design.
Lots of fun elevation changes with lots of risk reward shots because there is a creek that runs through most of the course.
Cons: Very short....and that is mostly a product of being one of---if not the oldest courses in the state. Disc golf was a different sport then.
This course is extremely crowded. We went to play this past thanksgiving at 9:00 am and the course was PACKED...and it wasn't for a tourney.
Other Thoughts: I grew up playing this course and while it is not extremely challenging, it offers fun for any skill level. With the land they had to work with...the city really put together a winner. I love taking a trip in time to imagine what disc golf was like when it all started.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: It is a disc golf course. Ace opportunities.
Cons: Pay to play. On a very small area. Holes overlap and people throwing at each other.
Other Thoughts: If you are very accurate this would be good for you. If not then just go for the experience
3 of 8 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Short but fun
Pros: Good variety of terrain and shot shapes.
Both heavily wooded and mostly open holes.
Deep ravines add risk to shots on many holes
Some holes have alternate tees.
Several ace runs
Lots of trash cans
The locals were all very nice.
Cons: Many if not most holes lack signs and the sign on one hole (I think it was 2) is not beside either tee pad. This course is very short. I don't have a big arm but I still never got the chance to just rip it. Ravines and heavy foilage in some places make it easy to lose a disc.
Other Thoughts: There was a 50 cent fee to play.
The course was very busy but that was good because there was always someone to tell me where the next tee/basket was.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 2 Not
Great For Amateurs
Pros: SHORT!, which makes it good for non-bombers like myself and as a place to tweak those trick shots. Aces are definately possible here.
The close proximity of the holes also makes finding errant discs relatively easy as so many tees and pins butt up to each other.
The park maintainance has got much better over recent years, adding some structure to the course, and there's trash cans at every hole, which (should) make litter non-existant.
Good signs to point you towards golfer parking.
Great flow to the course. There aren't any signs between pins/tees, but the next tee is always so close, it doesn't matter
Cons: Due to the hills and the presence of a creek that bisects the course, it is virtually unplayable for a few days after a strong rain, so if you go, bring a change of shoes and socks and a towel for wiping off disks.
Parking is sparse near the first hole/18th pin, so if that lot is full, you'd be well advised to park up top by the community center. Rumors abound that cars have been towed that weren't parked in marked parking spots at the bottom.
Many of the tee signs have been vandalized.
Could use a porta-john or two between the parking lot and the hill down to the first hole.
This is the first course for a great majority of people in St. Louis, so manners and etiquette are pretty sparse. Be patient and remember you were once a clueless noob too.
Other Thoughts: There is a $1.00 fee to play the course, but rarely an attendant before the first hole or roving patrols to collect dues.
Just remember, the more people that DO pay the fee, the better maintained the course will be.
The office in the community center at the top of the hill where one would pay that fee (and get scorecards) also has a small selection of discs and bags on sale should you need to make a last minute purchase. Discs are also available for rent.
UPDATE 10/20: A second lower parking lot has been added which more than doubled the parking capacity. Just be careful you don't end up in 17 or 18's firing range.
Apparently erosion is getting the better of the place and the backside of 18's green shifted a few feet closer to the creek below. As such the pin is now sealed off at its current location, but will be moved out of harms way (most likely northwest, back closer to the tees) shortly.
13 of 15 people found this review helpful.
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