St. Louis (Sunset Hills), MO 
Watson Trail Park Share
Uploaded By: fairweather_fan Hole #2 (Taken 9/2009)
3 / 262ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #2 Basket to Tee



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 Short n easy

1    8/17/2009   8/19/2009
Review By: mashnut
Played: 817  Reviewed: 774  Exp: 12.8 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through a hilly wooded area in the corner of a park. One hole is open, most of the rest play on tight fairways through dense trees. The trees are used well to add difficulty to a course made up mostly of ace run holes. There is a good mix of left and right turning holes to keep things a little more interesting.

There are two sets of tees, which offer an even easier option for newer less experienced players. The baskets are in good shape if a little marked up with ace graffiti. There are sign posts with hole numbers and distances that make the long tees easier to find.

The park is very scenic, and a nice pretty place to play. There is a pond and some small streams in play that add a little bit of risk/reward, and a nice water shot. Even though it's not the best course, it's a nice place to play a quick round or bring new players.
Cons: There are a couple places where the next tee is very difficult to find. There are no signs indicating the flow of the course, so I had to do some wandering to find my way around. There are also a couple blind baskets so I had to do a little extra walking since there are no hole maps on the tee signs.

The tees are natural and fairly rough and rutted, except where the asphalt path cuts across part of the tee causing a large step in the middle of the tee area. The short (red) tees are marked only with ground level markers, so they seemed difficult to find.

It seemed like there was enough room here to make some longer, more difficult holes. While the design did a good job of making ace run holes different and interesting, it would have been nice to have a few holes with a higher level of difficulty. The walking path running through the course could be a real issue if there were many people using it, as it comes into play on a few tees and on some fairways.
Other Thoughts: Other than the navigation issues, this is a beginner friendly course without too much difficulty, and not much deep brush to hide errant throws in the trees. More experienced players will not find much difficulty here, and will enjoy this course more with just a putter.

There are lots of better courses around St. Louis, so if you have time to go elsewhere I would recommend that. This is still a fun little course, and a good place to play a nice quick round though.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 

1    12/25/2008   12/25/2008
Review By: FENTONflyer
Played: 9  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 7.6 Years
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course is very short. If you like the occasional overhand this course can do it for you. The fourth hole, I think, you throw over water. Hole 8 and 9 good holes. The actually look like someone put thought into them being there.
Cons: There are signs to mark the hole but there are not very good tee boxes, they kind of get lost in the course. Hole 8 is somewhat hard to find if you have never been there before. After hole seven it is down lower at the end of the small clearing.
Other Thoughts: I have only played this course once, but I like it. it is nothing fancy but nevertheless the water trap, 8, and 9 give this course a respectable quality.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Fun Pitch and Putt Course

2-4    12/14/2008   12/14/2008
Review By: REDARMY
Played: 32  Reviewed: 29  Exp: 6.6 Years
This review was updated on 1/1/2009
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Very short, but technical enough (LOTS of trees) to keep it interesting.

A good balance of left-hand and right-hand holes.

Relatively well maintained park.
Cons: No sign to point you to the parking by the first tee, and nothing in that lot to direct you towards the first tee.

The course map that is provided is useless. It marks off where the tees are, but it doesn't show where the pins are or even have arrows to show you which way to throw.

The tee signs are likewise useless as they don't have maps on them or show you where to throw either.

No score cards. (A third missed opportunity to provide a course map of some sort.)

The aforementioned paved walking trail was apparently put in right on top of the (sic) tee pads, leaving you to either: shoot in front of the tee box, shoot on the trail itself (and potentially in other patron's way), or taking an awkward step down as you plant your foot to throw (a great way to twist an ankle).

The bathrooms by the 'golfer' parking area we're closed, but signs on the doors point you towards another building who's bathrooms were.....closed. With nary a porta-john in sight, families with little ones are SOL, and the rest of us will just have to naturally irrigate the local flora.
Other Thoughts: A fun course for advanced players to fart around and see how many deuces you can manage, an even better course to take newbies to to show them the game. (If you know your way around already or you can group up with some locals).

A little investment in signs would improve the playability of this course by leaps and bounds.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.


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