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Pros: Good course for birdie or ace runs.
Technical; elevation changes, trees are thick, great practice finessing around/over/thru the woods.
Can be very secluded off hours/days.
Great course to practice and experiment.
Excellent maintenance by Paul and his really cleared out underbrush and ongoing removal/planting trees- good 'woods' management. He treats the park like his giant yard!!!
New tee markers and crushed lime was added last summer, some ruts, some muddy, but all good.
Cons: Lake can stink in stagnant summer months.
Some younger, clueless groups after school hours. A tornado blasted thru the park on Dec 31st, 2011
Day camps in the summer, kids can be around
Other Thoughts: a refreshing session with nature to fine tune your accuracy and creativity!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Pros: -Beautiful park, well maintained.
-Neat waterfalls and lakes that don't really come into play but make for a nice backdrop.
-Good for a quick 9.
-A lot of birdie opp.
-Don't really need a map to get around.
-Very technical, lots of trees all over.
Cons: -No tee off pads, hardly marked pads at all.
-A lot of the holes play very close to the rest of the park (ie playground, walking paths, ect.
-Very, very, very short. Can play 9 in 30 mins.
-Feels like the course is smashed up on top of itself. Probably could of used the land a little better.
-Some holes are pretty far from the one you just played.
-Wouldn't take much for this course to be crowded.
-Baskets are shallow.
-Tons of children in the summer and weekend.
Other Thoughts: All in all I really enjoyed the course. I will play again but would much rather play a number of other great couses in the area.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
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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2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: This course has very decorated holes, hole 7 and 8 both have decorative plants lining the fairways. All the baskets are intact and there's little to no vandalism around the park. Very calm atmosphere when you play due to the course being somewhat secluded in spots.
Cons: There are no directions or marking arrows, and there are no maps of the course whatsoever. It is somewhat compacted in the area its in. Hole 4 seems to smell like stagnant water.
Other Thoughts: The course is a nice addition in south county and really shows that not everything is Suburban around the area. Not only is the course nice but the park as a whole is worth a walk around.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Holy Trees batman!
Pros: This course is easily accessible, gives you a challenge of both narrow fairways, and open drives. They have changed the layout of this course since I have last played it, and I am liking the new positions so far.
This is a great course to make up your own tee pads on
Cons: Course is kinda crammed in, and in a very public park which means you may have to wait for park goes to move. Lots of mud on the back few holes where they have attempted to lay straw down to protect it.
New layout took out the shot over water on 3rd hole which i enjoyed and hit my first ace on
Other Thoughts: I would like to see this course laid out a bit differently, but all in all its worth playing.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Don't knock it... play it.
Pros: It's a very technical course that feels longer than it is because of the terrain and trees and it's in a part of the St.Louis area where there are currently no other courses to play. The tight spaces and all the skinny trees really make even an experienced player stop and think about their line, disc and approach strategy. The course gives you an opportunity for variety in both your throw style and discs used.
There are trash cans at every tee and the park is really clean.
There are really excellent score cards/maps in the box at tee-pad 1 at all times.
Although the holes at this course are mostly short by contrast to parks like Creve Coeur and Sioux Passage, there are a few that you can actually let it rip a bit on... but it has to be a very accurate rip; just a few feet off in either direction and you're going to nail a tree and turn that big drive into a big mistake. I have heard a lot of "This is a putter course" or "Every hole is an ace run" nonsense about this course, but I challenge any player who says that to even bump the basket on hole 1, 5 or 7. Even holes, like 2, with an easily reachable distance require a perfect line (and a little luck) to reach the bucket through the trees. At best, your only realistic chances of lucking into an ace are 3, 4, 6 (if you're really good) and 9.
Holes 2,5 and 7 offer a cool (and narrow) dual path to the pin scenario so that you can choose your backhand or forehand, hyzer or anhyzer throw, in an attempt to trace the best safe path to the basket.
I like that each of the baskets are bright and easy to see and have the hole number as well as the Par clearly labeled right on them to see from any direction.
Another great thing about this course is that it is ALL in the nice, shady woods; that's a BIG and welcome benefit in the summer heat.
Cons: It has some tee navigation problems for 1st time visitors who don't grab a map/scorecard: it's easy to get mixed up at the bridge that runs between tee 3 and 5. then it's a little walk down the path, over a different bridge and past the pond to 4. Hole 5 is right up the hill from 4's basket on the opposite end of the bridge you tee off 3 from and then hole 6 is at the top of the wood and stone staircase just past basket 5. Then there's 7... hmm, 7... has anyone seen 7? Well, 7 is back north into the park, across the path between the lake and the playground and NOPE, that's 9, keep walking and look to the left. Oh, there's 7. Then you walk up the stairs and past the flower garden to find... tee 8. Now, you can march back down the slope to find tee 9 and throw right back up the hill and you're done. Other issues are the worn-down dirt tee's (a couple of temporary tees were built by some Eagle Scouts, but those didn't hold up and will be overhauled soon), some occasional marshiness on the south side of the fairway on 7 and a general lack of maintenance.
Other Thoughts: When it's been raining in St. Louis (despite what it seems would be the case with a mostly dirt course) Watson Trails dries quick and can generally be played the day after a storm. Another unexpected thing on this all-woods course is that it's easy to find your disc (except for really bad throws on 7...) because there isn't much underbrush.
I'll give lot's of patience with this park right now because the grounds crew has had a lot of work to do and spent a lot of money since that New Years tornado tore the crap out of the neighborhood in front of it, destroyed the shelter and tennis courts and uprooted dozens of big trees along the front of the park by hole 1.
UPDATE: Maintenance on the course has just got underway and improvements are showing. Trash had been an issue, but there are now recepticles at almost every tee. The woodchip/mulch normally used to keep the paths and fairways from getting muddy and eroding will not be replaced due to it clogging park drains and polluting the pond. Tee 6 has a great new position that makes it easier to find and makes the hole about 3x as long. Keep your eyes out for MAJOR improvements to this course over the next 8 months or so as a new layout/design for several holes is basically approved, new teepads are approved as well as multiple pin positions and new baskets could be seen in the update. All baskets have been repaired, cleaned and relabeled.
IMPORTANT NOTES: All the tee signs are WRONG. All holes are par 3 except hole 1 is par 4... and the distances are off because this course has been rearranged several times to make room for other parks projects. It is VERY important that all DGers at this course do everything they can to be clean, considerate and well behaved. Pick up your trash and cigarette butts. Keep the "illegal activities" out of the park, please. Please don't throw at the playground equipment between 6 and 7, it really looks bad to others and the city has received many complaints about it. This park is under review and it is the behavior of the players that are going to determine it's future.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Great Family Fun
Pros: Great warm-up...good practice course for approach shots..nothing too far..and anything over 300 is a par 4 so way easy but good practice for your short game.
Cons: short..no tee pads..and muddy. A lot of construction right now..so very noisy and a few more OB then regular...
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Short n easy
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 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The course flows nicely and the objectives are clearly visible. The baskets are high quality.
Cons: It's short, pars are often above what they should be, and its not too challenging.
Other Thoughts: Really great course to play if you're nearby and short on time, need to build some confidence, or are just learning to play. I'm usually able to play 9 holes in about half an hour.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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