Nothing Too Exciting-Just A Solid Recreational 9!
Pros: Watson Trails Park is a lovely, well maintained city park. The park features tennis courts, walking trails, a fairly large lake, some smaller creeks, picnic facilities and children's playground and the large wooded walking area. The course is mostly interconnected with the walking area so players will always have to be aware of walkers, joggers, etc. Another plus is the park doesn't have much underbrush so spotting those errant throws is pretty easy.
As you park in the parking lot, there is a Kiosk with some disc golf information. The tee signs are simple. They just have a hole # on them, no distance, map or par. But they do have a couple of bag holder hooks on each. The tee pads are mostly concrete now. The Discatcher baskets have the yellow band and a small number on the band.
The holes play as a straight recreational level. Holes all seem to be in the 180 to 270' length, although there are sometimes enough trees to add challenge.
# 1 and # 7 are both holes that are a little tougher.
On the other hand, # 4, by the pond, is just a short, straight 190 ACE run.
Cons: There are some fairly long walkouts after 5 and again after 6 so navigation the first time through is just a little tricky.
Better players might be bored by shorter distances and rec level challenge here. On the other hand, excellent course for beginners or less experienced players.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I enjoyed this course. I understand that it has it's issues in the past, however, I think most of them have been addressed. What's left now is a enjoyable recreational course. It's not designed for the advanced level player or maybe not even the intermediate player but it's a nice little course for a majority of the disc golfers out there. I hope the city continues to provide maintenance and upkeep.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: fun little 9 hole, woody technical , signs, restrooms, soda machines, lots of ace runs, some elevation changes
Cons: no real pads, no real long holes
Other Thoughts: fun little park , nice way to warm up before goin to jefferson barracks
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Fun little confidence builder (I may have spoken too soon...)
Pros: Watson trails is a fun little course that forces you to finesse just about all but two of your drives. LOTS of young (little thin and in the freaking way) trees abound. Hole three is a great example: 100+ feet away, looking right at it, I could just about putt it, except for the forest of skinny treelings between me and the pin.
Cons: I feel that the pars are a bit overstated. This course is no more than a par 3 from any pin.
Other Thoughts: There are a couple of stone ace runs here, there's a nice lake and you can run through nine in about an hour.
If you are on the south side, I suggest playing Paul Schroeder, Bluebird and Watson in a day. All 3 are 9 hole courses and are within 10-15 minutes of each other. They are not the pinnacles of Saint Louis Disc Golf courses, but deserve their play, so make a day of the nine's once in a while.
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