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Pros: + Decent elevation (nothing too big though)
+ #1 is a nice risk/reward type hole. You can go for the very protected straight path but have a short approach, or go to the open left but have a longer approach shot.
+ Maintenance is decent, not as much mulch as there used to though.
+ Cool water fall behind #4's pin.
Cons: - The flow is awful! Especially the walk from 6 to 7. If it is your first time playing here you WILL get lost and confused, there are multiple spots where you can't find the tee or don't know which direction to go after you complete a hole.
- Holes are on the short side. If you like throwing a buzzz you'll throw it alot.
- All the holes have a simple line (except for #1 (see pros) and #2 which is just cluttered with small trees)
- Nothing to help navigation so it can be troublesome
- Natural tee pads
- Stinky pond that doesn't really come into play
- The course is short and scrunched in along with other park activities.
- Baskets are shallow and have only 1 layer of chains so I had a few disappointing booted putts.
- Usually crowded, and when I went last time it was full of obnoxious teens that weren't to friendly.
Other Thoughts: > Short and scrunched
> Either a simple line or overly wooded.
> As you might have already guessed, I don't like this course. There are much better courses in the area. The best 9 hole is probably Schroeder (Manchester). So if this is your first time in the area or thinking about playing this course, take my advice and play somewhere else, you will have a much better experience.
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Watson Trail Review
Pros: wood chips on fairway and tee for mud
bright yellow baskets
double tees if you can find them
Cons: short pars
only 9 holes
large elevation change
some distance between tees
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: This is a busy 9-hole course. It seems to have a loyal following amongst local players.
Cons: This is not a very well thought out design. Most of the holes are pretty short and easy, and most of them could be toughened up with just a little effort. For example, # 6 is a short shot across a wide open field to a wide open basket. The basket could easily be tucked up into the woods to make the hole more difficult. The basket for # 9 has been moved far down the hill from its old placement, making the hole play much shorter and taking a lot of challenge out of the uphill shot. The landscaping (or lack of it) on #5 is going to develop into a major erosion problem. Several of the holes mix in blind shots down a walking path, giving me some safety concerns. After I finished # 7, I looked for # 8 for 10 minutes. I eventually found the basket and had to backtrack to the tee. There are tee signs, but other than that many of the tees are not marked.
Other Thoughts: This course originally was a pretty challenging nine holes. It was a heavily wooded course that went throughout the park along a walking path. The park department got a grant to make the path handicapped accessible and blacktopped it, forcing the course to be moved. The new course is crammed into a corner of the park, and the shots are short and shorter. Only #7 and # 9 remain from the original design. If you are visiting St. Louis, this course should be at the bottom of your list.
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