St. Louis (Hazelwood), MO 
White Birch Park Share
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 Great For Amateurs

5+    11/7/2008   11/11/2008
Review By: REDARMY
Played: 32  Reviewed: 29  Exp: 6.3 Years
This review was updated on 10/20/2009
13 Helpful / 2 Not
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.

 Fun 'n' EZ

5+    8/23/2008   8/30/2008
Review By: AceMcLemur
Played: 2  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 9.9 Years
7 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: - Nicely wooded park with some elevation changes and other fun terrain obstacles (i.e., a huge ravine that you might have to throw out of)

- Mostly short, tricky, fun Par 3 holes.

- Good morale booster if you have a decent short game

- Lots of aceable holes

- The parks system has done some maintenance work recently (ie mulching, adding berms to prevent erosion)
Cons: - Aside from holes 17 and 18, the course has no distance whatsoever

- Pros/Advanced players might find it too easy (unless you feel like shooting ten under)

- Crowded during peak hours
Other Thoughts: The course costs $1 to play (payable in the community center on the hillside, or to the intermittently present course attendant)

Fun course for skins!

7 of 10 people found this review helpful.

 

7/7/2008   7/7/2008
Review By: CaptainKickAss
Played: 23  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 12.5 Years
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great use of the land and terrain, resulting in just gobs of natural obstacles. From trees to gorges to creeks, this course really has a lot for you to work around, and despite its shortness, you really do have to work and concentrate to earn your pars and birdies.
Cons: Traffic. It seems like this course is always backed up. Plus, with the fairways running so close together, there is a constant concern of hitting (or being hit by) another disc golfer.

The course, particularly the front 9, has really seen better days, and erosion seems like it has really done a number on it. You may want to avoid this one if it has rained recently, as it can be extremely muddy and slippery in spots.

The tee pads are also way too short, and while most holes don't really require a run-up...it would be nice to have more of an option.

Navigation is also a pain, as the holes are not particularly well marked, and can be quite difficult your first time or two to figure out where to go to and where to throw to.
Other Thoughts: This is piece of history, providing a definite glimpse into what the game once was. True, it is a short course, but it still has much to offer and can be thoroughly enjoyable to play.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful.

 Challenging Pitch'N'Putt!

6/24/2008   7/1/2008
Review By: An-Hyzer Bushes
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3
8 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Living practically right down the street from this course, I've played it plenty of times. This course allows you to try all shots imaginable. Very short holes, but plenty to get in the way. Very well maintained and every hole is different. Uphill tomahawks, downhill rolls, hyzers, an-hyzers, forehands, you name it. I use every disc off the tees from my long range, to my putter. Some left and right doglegs create headaches for some. A creak with some steep ravines flows right through the middle of this course, reeking havoc on many of the holes. Great for first timers or someone looking to get more accuracy from there midrange shots. One perk is the pin for 18 is located about 20 feet from the parking lot so it makes for a great putting green before a round, especially if your waiting for someone to finish hole 1.
Cons: Short, short, shorter. I think there's only two holes over 200 ft and they are holes 17 and 18. It's easy to lose a disc as there is plenty of woods and lots of holes with huge drop offs behind the pins. Not much signage for holes, but again not really needed as you're only about 100-150 ft. away from the pin off the tee. Course is usually packed on the weekends, and don't try playing it after the rain...you will eat it!
Other Thoughts: If you don't have much time, but still want to get in 18 holes, this is a perfect course. I'm trying to get my 8-yr old son into the game and this is where I take him. Short but challenging holes make for a good lesson.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful.

 Technical

5/21/2007   6/26/2008
Review By: Chucktown
Played: 18  Reviewed: 12  Exp: 7.4 Years
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A short technical course that requires a lot of thinking and strategy. The course plays in an opening in the woods and is compact, but the placement of the holes and tees bring many trees into play.
Cons: too close for comfort. busy. have to pay a dollar. not too many long drives.
Other Thoughts: Fun course for beginners and experts. Makes you use everything in your bag.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful.

 Mini-Golf

4/2/2008   4/7/2008
Review By: Shaggy
Played: 5  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 8.1 Years
5 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Easy Course. Not far from my home (apologies for irrelevance.) Wooded Area. Good practice for mid range and putt shots/aces.
Cons: So so so so so short. I started on the wrong hole and threw to the wrong tee which was about 100ft. I knew the course was short but i could not believe that. So some others started playing and i followed em'. Still ungodly short.
Friendly locals. Maybe there was a course map somewhere, maybe not, but I was very lost.
Other Thoughts: A group of park maintenance workers doing absolutely nothing making more money than I am were all just chillin' at hole 9 or 10 or something. Very distracting and awkward.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful.

 Nostalgic

5+    8/11/2007   8/26/2007
Review By: Three Putt
Played: 130  Reviewed: 83  Exp: 19.8 Years
This review was updated on 4/26/2009
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course was designed by Ed Headrick in 1979 and has not been significantly altered since. It is a good time capsule of the original disc golf courses. It also has one of the best mix of hyzer-anhyzer shots of any course I've played. There have been recent efforts to use more aggressive landscaping to control the erosion problems that plague the property, and these upgrades have been a welcome addition.
Cons: It was designed for Midnight Flyers, so it has been obsolete since 1983! The holes are short and shorter. A lot of the trees that made up the challenge of the original course are gone. The course has a terrible erosion problem, so playing after rain is an adventure. The tees are too short to take a run-up on, but the holes are so short that it does not really matter. The course is usually packed with people, and the holes are really close together. You have to be ready to duck!
Other Thoughts: There sometimes is an attendant at the skate park who collects a $1.00 fee to play. When there is no attendant, the local skate punks will often pretend to be the attendant and try to scam you out of a buck.

At one point the parks department made the curious decision to put some plastic flower garden border-type rings around the baskets. Originally they were filled with mulch, but they were never dug into the ground. The ones that remain no longer contain mulch and just sort or sit around the basket, looking odd and trashy. They do make a nice disc stop for your upshot.

Like a lot of old courses, if you stick to throwing putters you can have a good time. Just don't expect a great challenge.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful.

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