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Silver Lake Park

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Tyler V
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Experience: 16.8 years 147 played 96 reviews
3.00 star(s)

An Intermediate to Advanced Level Track With The Potential To Be Something Special

Reviewed: Played on:Jul 10, 2022 Played the course:once

Pros:

Silver Lake Park (Also known as the Rilki Family Disc Golf Course according to signage) is an intermediate to advanced level 18-hole course that navigates around fields, woods, and the lake for a picturesque setting. This course is full or risk/reward opportunities that will challenge a wide range of skill levels and will require a large set of skills to make par on your round.

Location of Silver Lake is just north of Highland, with easy access to two different exits from I-70. The park is secluded enough to make for a quaint setting for your round, while still being conveniently close to gas and food options both near 70 as well as the park itself. Once entering the park, stay to the right at the fork to go towards the course. As you go up the hill and see the large parking lot along the right side, you'll see a smaller lot to the left with large Christmas trees - that's where you'll want to park, as the course map and hole 1 are behind them. This course isn't super close to other options, with Troy, Collinsville, and Greenville being the closes options down the highway, but it's close enough to the highway to be a nice pitstop round if you're going along 70.

Park Amenities are robust across Silver Lake's 90 acres. Along with disc golf, you can find five pavilions, multiple restrooms, a playground, archery, sand volleyball, a climbing wall, and an arboretum. There's also a boat ramp, and plenty of fishing spots. Hikers can also find over four miles of trails. I didn't come across people fishing during my early round, but it looks like a couple of the holes could pass nice spots, so just keep an eye out during your round.

Course Equipment that's present was in great shape. While many tee pads are natural, there were some nice concrete ones on site as well that were great to throw from and in great shape. The course map by the parking lot provides a nice overhead layout and course par. The tee signs themselves provide a nice hole layout graphic, par, and distances. The baskets are Gateway Titans that are in great shape and catch well.

Course Design at Silver Lake provides a nice mix of long, shot, open, and wooded holes, requiring a wide range of shots for players to score well. The front 9 are a little easier track, with some water hazards to be mindful one holes 1, 2, 4, 7, and 8 that can be mitigated with safer shots. The back 9 incorporates longer holes and additional shot shaping, making for a more intermediate to advanced track.

Shot-Shaping is requires on many of the holes across this course. Holes 1 and 10 start off your beginning and second half of your round with downhill RHBH hyzer shots towards the lake. Other holes such as 11, 12, and 15 also have fairways that will favor left turning shots. Holes 2, 6, 7, 8, 13, and 15 all have tee shots or approaches that will favor right turning shot options, making this a course that caters equally if not even more so to RHFH or lefty backhand players. The remaining holes play pretty straight, though trees, branches, and fairway shape will still require some precision on your part to have a shot at birdies.

Distances vary greatly across this course, with hole 4 being the shortest at 205ft and 17 topping out at 637ft. The front 9, except for holes 1 and 2, all come in below 300ft, with a good percentage of the length on this course being in the back 9. Overall, I found myself throwing everything from an Envy to a max distance driver from the tee throughout my round.

Elevation isn't crazy at Silver Lake, but there's enough to add some spice on certain holes. Holes 1 and 10 go downhill towards the lake, while 11 and 18 play along or near hillsides that can make an errant throw into a +1 or +2 situation for your score. 12's valley between the tee and pin also makes for a tough shot under the tree branches in the fairway. Other holes like 2 and 6 have gentler changes that may have you guessing which disc speed is actually the best option for you.

Difficulty of this course is intermediate to advanced overall, but the front and back 9 differ in skill level. The front 9 is more forgiving to newer players, with water hazards being the only real issue. Each hole with water can be navigated with safer shots and approaches. The back 9 requires hitting more gaps and shot angles, and also has more rough and other obstacles in play. Overall, as an intermediate player, the front 9 was a good tune up for the back 9.

Signature Holes - a couple holes stood out at Silver Lake. 11 is a short but tough par 5 full of trees and brush, making it a hole that requires multiple shorter shots to get to the pin. Hole 15 has a fun design that requires a RHBH hyzer line off the tee into an open spot, and then a second shot that curves left around thick brush and trees to an open pin, requiring two touchy shots for a birdie chance. And I'm always a fan of skinny tunnel shots between rows of trees like you will see on 14.

Cons:

Course Equipment and Signage is not fully complete or up to its full potential at this course. While there are some concrete tee pads on site, many of the tees are still natural, making for inconsistent and occasionally bumpy locations to tee off from. Consistent tee pads would be appreciated, but even leveled turf would significantly elevate this course's quality. The signage overall is nice, but since there are multiple pins on most of the holes here and many of the tee shots are blind to the pin, some way to show which pin is in use would also be a nice touch that wouldn't be too hard to implement. Hole 8's sign was also completely missing, and considering 8 also has a natural tee, this made for some confusion on my part with where the tee was.

Navigation is also tricky in certain spots of the course. The tee signs and greens have no mention of the direction to the next tee, leaving the course map at hole 1 as the only reference to the overall layout. UDisc is fully up to date, but I'm of the opinion that a person new to the game should be able to walk up to a given course and be able to navigate the layout without referencing an app or picture on their phone repeatedly. Dave McCormack always loves to design his courses with two 9-hole loops when possible, which is appreciated. That being said, this strategy can lead to some awkward transitions at times. Hole 8 to hole 9 is a long walk, as is hole 11 to 12. I could see people reasonably pick the wrong way to walk after holes 15 and 16 as well.

Another note on navigation and signage: Having the course sign on the other side of the trees at the parking lot would be a great improvement. It feels silly to completely hide the start of the course like it currently is. It's clear on google street view that the trees were significantly shorter when the course was installed, but it should also have been clear that they would grow overtime.

Poison Ivy was present on property, and within the edge of the fairway of a couple of holes in the front 9. As someone hilariously allergic, this is always a big red flag for me.

Course Design as a whole is fun at Silver Lake, but the number of tee shots with no real opening was noticeable by the end of the round. The front 9 is fine, and some holes in the back 9 aren't bad at all. That being said. Hole 11 is kind of riding the line between being a fun touchy tee shot and being annoying, and Hole 12 has a lot of low branches combined with a slope down from the tee that almost requires you to have a roller in your arsenal to have a decent tee shot. Holes 16 and 17 also both have a lot of tree branches that block what would otherwise be the obvious line to take, which makes it hard for anyone to have a good shot off the tee. One or two tee shots like this wouldn't e much of an issue to me, but it happens enough on this course where it feels like a design defect.

Other Thoughts:

Silver Lake is a tough course to gauge from a rating standpoint. The park's setting is among the nicest I have ever played in out of 125, and the course has a lot of great hole designs that add both to the difficulty as well as the fun factor. That being said, here are clear downsides here. The course equipment is incomplete and has some missing signage, and some of the obstructed tee shots take away from otherwise really nice holes.

It's clear when playing here that Silver Lake can truly be something special. If all the signage was present and had a little more information, some next tee signage was added, and some tees were moved slightly to avoid certain branches, I think this course would have a much higher review. The land the course is on easily has 4.5/5 potential, and with some maintenance and adjustments, this course could be one of the top 3 or 4 within 25 miles of downtown St. Louis with the likes of New Melle and La Vista.

Despite its flaws, Silver Lake makes for a very fun round of disc golf and is an automatic addition to my imaginary list of courses in the St. Louis region that I will make a point to visit at least somewhat regularly. Anyone into bagging new courses that is either in the area or driving along I-70 should give this course a look. Silver Lake is a fantastic park, and hopefully with additional attention, it's disc golf course can become a true highlight of the area overtime.
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Pearhead
Experience: 7.5 years 127 played 3 reviews
2.00 star(s)

Not even up to par 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Sep 5, 2018 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

they have nice baskets

Cons:

there's no tee boxes or even a hint of the pvc markers for the tee box line. several holes ya just kinda have to guess where to throw from. No direction arrows after any of the holes, leaving you to wonder where to go in a few places. 15 had no signage at all. baskets are loose and many crooked ones at that. Hole 3 tee area is in a wash out area. Very muddy when it's wet.

Other Thoughts:

Could be a great course, instead it's just an ok, and prob better if you're a local player. If you're not local, you'll be lost at times. Better markers for where the tee pads should be would be nice. Tee pads would be even better. Just make them longer than the ones on 1-3. Next hole indicators would be nice... At least it was mowed :) I won't prob ever stop to play again. Had played once when I first started and didn't even remember there were no pads. I wouldn't recommend playing this one if the grounds wet or slick either.
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OldGolfer
Experience: 19 played 19 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Fall 2016 Review 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Nov 20, 2016 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

Played the Highland course today and found it a challenging and fun round of disc golf. I have only been playing a year or so, and this is one of the first courses I've played where accuracy matters as much, if not more, than distance.

Fun pin placements on most holes -- I'm not sure there is a straight line shot on the entire course. A good mix of 200+-to-300+ ft holes, with a couple 400-500 ft holes at the end of the course.

Pins are all in good shape.

There is a threat of water on several holes, but no over-the-water shots are required.

Cons:

It took us awhile to find our way thru the course -- there are no arrows pointing to the next tee when leaving a pin. The first time is always interesting to find my way around a course -- and this took a bit, but it is possible.

Concrete tees on only the first 3 or 4 holes.

We spotted for each other -- there is any number of ways to lose a disc on this course -- but nobody lost a disc. Tall grass, woods, weeds present a challenge.

In the summer the poison ivy is plentiful here -- so for myself, this is a post-freeze autumn to spring course.

Other Thoughts:

Will absolutely play this course again.
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mrbro855
Gold level trusted reviewer
Experience: 10.4 years 363 played 105 reviews
2.50 star(s)

Diabolical!! 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Oct 15, 2016 Played the course:once

Pros:

Gorgeous scenery as you make your way through the course.
New concrete pads on holes 1,2 and 3.
Signage looked new and had distances that differed drastically from website info, leading me to believe it has been remodeled recently.
Good use elevation throughout the park.
Well groomed... fairways had been recently mowed.

Cons:

To echo Moosejuice:
Not a beginner course, it's not even an average player course in its redesigned mode.
I'm an over 50 y/o player and rate courses based on their fun factor. This one doesn't do it for me.
Way too many holes that you had to walk 2/3's down the fairway to find the basket.
Holes that were extremely long and/ or super narrow and some were both.
One memorable one comes to mind: #13- long dog leg right, with the last 100 ft or so through a 12 ft wide channel with a canopy of pines 8 ft high over the whole length. Diabolical!!!
A bit of confusion finding some holes.... apparently the redesign has moved some around from the on line map.

Other Thoughts:

I know this will get thumbs down from all the expert players out there, but I struggled just to get through the course.
It seems as if the folks redesigning the course are trying to make it into a championship course for top flight players.
To that end, they succeeded. For me, it doesn't get past typical.
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two_nibbles
Experience: 1 played 1 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Best in the area on this side of the river. 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Aug 12, 2016 Played the course:once

Pros:

-Scenic - I would love just hanging out here walking around. The fact that I get to play disc golf while I do is awesome.
-Challenging - There are very few if any straight forward shots. Always some kind of obstacle or pin protection.
-diverse shots - Hyzers, Anhyzers, forehands. This course demands diversity.
-mix of medium-long and short technical holes
-Lots of old trees providing good shade cover for most of the course.
-Mostly Good Signage
-Well maintained quiet park
-Multiple pin positions
-Excellent baskets

Cons:

-Dense rough - fairways are fair. Rough is really rough.
-Prairie grass swallows discs - this can be a factor on a few holes.
-Tee pads - the first 3 holes have new concrete tee pads. The course is relatively new so I expect more of these to pop up over time.
-No apparent indication of pin positions means you might need to scout holes. I have wound up in birdie position on a blind anny only to find the pin was moved!
-Advertised distances are... probably not accurate. I haven't measured anything but man some of these holes feel a whole lot shorter than stated.

Other Thoughts:

This course doesn't seem to get much traffic probably because of its distance from St Louis. But I think this is one of the best St Louis area courses on this side of the river. With some more tee pads and some replacement signs this would be a perfect course.

After playing a rec tournament here with 9 additional temp holes that were excellent I think there is plenty of room for growth! I hope to see this course evolve into one of the best in the area.
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Moosejuice
Experience: 11.9 years 87 played 19 reviews
3.50 star(s)

2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:May 2, 2015 Played the course:once

Pros:

- New in 2015, all tees have quality signs with map, par, and distances.
- Concrete pads have been added to the first few holes
- Large map at the courses start point shows course layout. See the file I uploaded to the files section.
- This is a very fun, challenging course. Not a beginner course.
- Plenty of scenery since its in a park with mature trees and next to a lake.

Cons:

- The tall grass along holes 15-17 can disappear a disc fast later in the season as it gets about 6' tall. But in May it's no problem. And in the fall, you can retrieve your lost, melted discs after the grass has been burned leaving many disc rings on the blackened grass. ;-)

Other Thoughts:

Love playing this course!!
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Golden Tuna
Bronze level trusted reviewer
Experience: 23 years 185 played 31 reviews
4.00 star(s)

Definitely Worth the Trip 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Sep 28, 2013 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

Scenic, Multiple Placements, Challenging, Good Use of Elevation, New Titans, Easy Navigation, Holes 9 & 18 loop back to parking lot

Silver Lake Park is home to another great course just across the Illinois border. The course plays along side scenic Silver Lake and though the water doesn't really come into play much, there are still plenty of challenges. Most holes have 2+ pin placements, so the course can be stretched out to be even more difficult for a tournament if need be.
The rolling hills and fast greens make for some heady gold and you have to pick your battles and know when to go for it to score well. Many of the baskets are guarded by large, dense woods or (at least) some strategically placed trees.
I hadn't been out to this course lately, but I saw today that they have added tee signs, a course map and a lot of additional landscaping, trees, bushes, etc. Every time I have made the drive over to Highland, IL, the course has been well manicured and ready for play. If you're in the area, or not too far away, this is definitely worth taking a day trip and getting in a couple rounds.

Cons:

Oblivious Pedestrians, Natural Tee Pads, Hole Specific Gripes

I know we have to share the parks with oblivious pedestrians, but today there seemed to be more than usual. But, this is no fault of the course.
Though, I prefer concrete tee pads, these are in good condition and relatively level, so you still have good footing for drives (so, its really not much of a con)
Having played the original setup, I was disappointed that they moved the tee pads for hole 13 and 15, but if you're playing it for the first time, that won't bother you.
My only real complaint is that I wish they would mow the right side of 17's fairway so it is a little wider. You have dense woods on the left and 6' tall prairie grass on the right and only about 50' between them to land a good shot. I appreciate a good challenge, but this is a bit rough.

Other Thoughts:

Again, definitely worth the drive if you're somewhat local or passing through town. It is a great course that is a lot of fun to play. Really the only thing that could improve on what's already out here is concrete tee pads. Other than that, it's fantastic.
Traveler's Note: If you're hungry after your round, make a left out of the park headed towards Highland. Mazzio's pizza is on the right after 2-3 miles. They have great pizza, calzones, salads, and they're reasonably priced.
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birdman101
Experience: 14.6 years 59 played 24 reviews
3.50 star(s)

2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Sep 15, 2013 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

This is a very scenic course that requires a variety of shots.

The Gateway Titan baskets are in good shape still, and there are multiple pin placements on each hole to add variety (unsure how often they get moved)

The lake does come into play on a few holes, but It is very easy to avoid it if you are afraid of losing a disc. There are also a few holes that have some tall thick prairie grass that comes into play.

Tee signs are in good shape, and present on every hole.

Cons:

Natural teepads (most are in decent shape but a few are rough

I dont recall seeing any trashcans on the course itself, but there were a few at nearby pavilions

Navigation could be a little difficult for first time players. (I did notice most baskets have a small triangle nearby pointing toward the next tee.

Several blind shots that could result in searching for lost discs.

Some of the tee sign images didn't seem to match the actual layout, and the distances seemed way off on some of the holes.

Other Thoughts:

#1 plays down hill on a natural RHBH line. Lake comes into play if you go long

#2 plays down hill in the woods very tight shot requiring a RHFH or RHBH turnover Lake could come into play on really long shots

#3 plays back up will out of the woods to a basket protected by a few trees

#4 plays back down hill toward the lake thru a tree lined fairway

#5 is an almost 90 degree to the right dogleg hole playing out of the woods

#6 plays straight ahead thru a tree riddled fairway

#7 plays slightly downhill and left to right onto a "peninsula" area

#8 plays of a dam thru a tight gap to a basket out in the open requires a right to left type shot

#9 plays thru a tree lined fairway toward the parking lot. Road to the left and parking lot behind basket add OB

#10 plays along side #1 downhill toward the lake RHBH shot

#11 Plays along side the lake through some trees. Has a tight forest area between tee and basket you have to go around.

#12 plays down hill with a low ceiling to either a basket up a big hill, or a basket protected by several small trees.

#13 Requires a risky roller, or a short approach to get lined up to throw down a tight little tunnel

#14 Plays straight down a tight tunnel created by some evergreen trees.

#15 requires a decent first shot to set up a second shot that allows you to go up and over some evergreens, or throw a RHFH line out and around them. There is some tall prairie grass if you go long

#16 takes a huge bomb of a shot to clear some trees and get near the baskets.

#17 requires a placement shot to keep you out of the prairie grass, and leave an angle for a long approach

#18 plays straight ahead with rows of trees on the left, and an OB road left of them

Overall a fun course with lots of interesting shots highly recommend playing it if you get the chance
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smokey102977
Experience: 19 years 22 played 12 reviews
4.00 star(s)

Sweet!!! 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Mar 17, 2012 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

Great mix of open and tight fairways, tight greens, rolling terrain, a good mix of distances, OB, and tunnel shots.

The course follows a path around Silver Lake and the landscape is amazing. This is one of the most scenic courses in the St. Louis Metro area!

Cons:

It is too far for me to play regularly. I don't really have anything bad to say about this course, it is that nice!
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notapro
Diamond level trusted reviewer
Premium Member
Experience: 20.6 years 568 played 281 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Intermediate 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Apr 8, 2012 Played the course:once

Pros:

- Course is set in the midst of a large park that has a lot of other activities available. A butterfly walk, pavilions, and lakes attract a lot of pedestrians, but there shouldn't be any major interference here.
- A few different sections of the park are used to provide a few different looks. About a third of the holes play on a sloped hillside that has a good mix of trees and woods to force lines. A couple of pretty open hyzers, but a few tunnelish shots/pinch points to contend with. Decent mix of hole up and down, and on the hillside. #11 is one of the toughest, a big blind hyzer around some forest, that finishes up deep inside a densely populated wooded area.
- Other holes play on a flatter wooded section that brings some water into play. #6, #7, and #8 all have trees to force a hyzer/anhyzer, with water looming on the right. #8 is a blind tunnelish shot that ends blind hard right, don't cut it too close though! A few others holes in this section are pretty straightforward, sometimes using the park road as artificial OB.
- The last part of the course has some interesting holes, like a downhill anny on #12, a couple of diminishing TUNNEL shots on #13 and #14, a 90 degree right dogleg on #15, a wall of trees and rough with a small gap to hit on #16, and some big bombers to close it out for #17 and #18. A strong finish to the course, holes #12-#18 are much different from the other holes and test accuracy and distance in many ways.
- Multiple basket positions make a big difference here, in terms of length and difficulty. Many positions are close to a few different bodies of water here and there, others are much, much longer. #11 long is a beast!
- Good baskets, signs are in progress, probably want to check/bring the map as there are a few tricky spots to cross the roads or other areas of the park.

Cons:

- Some of the holes here are pretty straightforward; either pretty short with a simple line to hit, or a random amount of trees to contend with, especially with some very short pin positions to be found. I was lucky enough to play it with mostly longs, thankfully, it wouldn't have been the same.
- The park road is very close to some of the holes, which is good for adding some OB, but is bad for enjoying the disc golf. A lot of traffic on a nice day, around a good amount of the holes.
- Signs and teepads will help out a lot, if this course gets a lot of play the grass doesn't stand a chance.

Other Thoughts:

- Overall, a great amount of variety to be found here, with some park style holes in the front, some densely wooded holes in the back, medium woods and trees here and there, water by some basket positions, short holes and bombers. The different sections of the park play much differently. Long positions are great for more experienced players, short positions are good for everyone else. Might be a bit much for true beginners, but it's worth checking out.
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KoenigStern
Experience: 8.5 years 31 played 6 reviews
4.50 star(s)

Half good, half evil 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Jun 8, 2012 Played the course:once

Pros:

- front nine are a good warm up and the back 9 are very challenging
- on some holes, there is plenty of open space to really let it rip

Cons:

- A lot of trees, can get frustrating
- some of the course maps on the signs aren't accurate.
- sometimes hard to find the next hole unless you look at a complete course map.
- course 13 and 14 are played through a narrow pathway and it's hard to get a long drive.
- some of the pars are impossible to reach

Other Thoughts:

A great overall course. The front 9 are more for warming up and beginners. Take on the back 9 if you're up for a real challenge. 17 has a LONG distance, great chance to test your farthest drive. A lot of obstacles, but that should only validate the challenging side of you. I definitely recommend this course to players of all skill levels.
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mashnut
Diamond level trusted reviewer
Experience: 22 years 831 played 767 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Room for improvement 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Apr 6, 2012 Played the course:once

Pros:

The course plays through a nice park with a mix of open areas, mature trees and a few holes in thicker woods. Several holes have some nice risky water in play, a few basket positions next to water and a few drives that offer options to risk going in the water for a better chance at birdie. A few holes have some minor elevation changes that are used well to add some challenge and variety. Baskets are in good shape, and there are numbered posts at each tee.

There is pretty good length variety, with a couple longer holes that let you open up and drive if you can hit your landing zones. You'll need a variety of shots to score well here, with a balance of left and right turning holes and some interesting lines. One hole calls for an accurate drive to the mouth of a low ceiling tunnel, another has a straight shot between narrow rows of pine trees. I enjoyed the handful of unique hole shapes here.

Cons:

There are some safety issues, with a few holes requiring walks back up the fairways and some tees that are in potential landing areas from other holes. The back 9 had a lot of walkers throughout, seems like that could be a major issue on a nice day. The road and parking lot come into play a little as well.

Navigation is rough here, several long walks with no signage. Without the map posted online it would be very difficult to find all the holes. The tees are mediocre, some were rutted out or unlevel. There are no tee signs, so with several blind baskets and multiple pin placements you'll end up doing quite a bit of extra walking to know where to throw. There are some areas on the back 9 where it seemed like the grass gets pretty long, that could get frustrating on the longer throws.

Other Thoughts:

There is a lot of potential here, and some really cleverly designed holes. Beginners will find a few of the holes pretty tough, and the water a bit frightening perhaps, but it's not so tough new players will be too frustrated. More experienced players will find some nice challenges here and some very unique shots. With some work on tees, signage and navigation, this could be a really fun course that would be worth going out of the way for.
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Cerealman
Diamond level trusted reviewer
Premium Member
Experience: 15.6 years 567 played 170 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Enjoyable stop 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Apr 11, 2012 Played the course:once

Pros:

* Picturesque park.
* The front half loops back to the parking lot, making "playing a quick nine" easy.
* Front nine is suited well for beginners.
* Good variety.
* Hole 14, a tough wooded gauntlet that you'll want to play again!

Cons:

* Difficult to navigate the back nine, even with map (which appears to need an update). Even with yellow arrows in the ground pointing "toward" the next tee, finding a few of the tee pads may take a few minutes.
* A couple of the baskets are close to the lake, prompting one to possibly play safe on their approach instead of being aggressive.

Other Thoughts:

I stopped to play this course on a trip from Tennessee to Missouri and was pleased with the course. Challenging but definitely playable.

Navigation/thoughts: The baskets for several holes appear to be moved and aren't accurately reflected on the map/photos. It would help to have a local describe some of the changes, but I'll do my best.

Hole #8: The basket appears to be moved back at least 150 feet along the edge of the woods.
Hole #11: Keep your tee shot to the right (away from the lake) and you'll be safe.
Hole #12: The basket appears to have been moved back and to the left.
Hole #13: Aim your drive to land in front of the telephone pole on the ground and you'll be in a good spot.
Hole #15: Difficult to know where the basket is from the teepad. Took me a few minutes to locate.
Hole #16: Couldn't find the new teepad that a previous reviewer referenced ... I threw from the old teepad. The basket is now farther back than the photo indicates.
Hole #17: The basket seems to be at least 700 feet from the teepad.

Hopefully some local players can clarify/correct these comments.

Fun course. Would love to pass by Highland and play again sometime soon...
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Gflap
Silver level trusted reviewer
Experience: 20.6 years 423 played 33 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Silver rating for Silver Lake 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Dec 11, 2011 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

Course is located just 3 miles off of I-70. Gorgeous park with playground, picnic tables, walking trails and lake access for fishing and boat lanching. Nice course design utilizing moderate elevation and mature trees as obstacles. Front 9 and back 9 both loop back to parking area. Easier front 9 with shorter holes with some water involvement around greens. Tougher back 9 with longer holes also requiring accuracy as well as distance. Gateway Titan baskets.

Cons:

After being installed for over a year, still no descriptive tee signs or concrete tee pads. Currently, wood chips make up tee areas. A few long walks to next tees with no signage for direction. Could be busy with non disc golfers during warm weather.

Other Thoughts:

Very fun and peaceful venue for disc golf during late fall and winter. Course is within a mile of the town of Highland for places to dine and fuel up. Another fine course along highway 70 for an hour and half round of golf.
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scbuckifan
Experience: 17.1 years 9 played 5 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Silver Lake DGC 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Sep 11, 2011 Played the course:once

Pros:

Silver Lake DGC is a very interesting course in a very scenic park where you will get a chance to "see it all" - from water, woods, hills and open spaces. You will use every disk in your arsenal as there is a lot of technical shots required.

The course is in great condition and will be amazing in the fall with the colors!

Print the map as you will need it. As mentioned many times, the flow between a few of the holes isn't marked at all and without the map, you are likely to get lost between a few of the transisitons esp. between 8 to 9; 9 to 10; 11 to 12; 12 to the new 13 tee area.

Wooden sign posts mark the natural tee area but distances and a map of the hole are always nice touches to help figure out where to go - esp. the first time playing a course (like us yesterday!)

This course has the most diverse set of holes I have seen to date on a course and that is a great plus.

Even though as beginners we all struggled with the back 9, we all agreed that we really liked the course and will play again without a doubt.

Cons:

The map isn't correct for #2 as the tee area is right next to #1 tee area so you have to play 1 and then come all the way back to the start to play 2 - awkward start. If can, throw your tee shot on #1, then play hole #2 just to your left. Then go through the woods on your right to finish #1.

Be careful with your approach to 7 and your tee shot on 8 as the water is ready to swallow your errant disk!

There is a huge difference between the front 9 and back 9 from a skill and technical aspect - with the back 9 being much more demanding than the front we all found. While many of the holes are amazing (13 and 14 are fantastic tunnels to the pin), for beginners - like me - after playing the front 9 in 5 over and the back 9 in 18 over, the round became more and more frustrating as the course got longer and longer and more technical.

We all found the #11 Tee Pad to be super awkward and since we didn't know where the pin was, it made for an "interesting" tee shot. The pin is straight down in the woods about 40 ft to the right from the waters edge.

The new tee location for 13 makes this an impossible Par 3 as an absolute perfect drive is required in order to align with the 150 ft very tight tunnel shot required to get to the pin. Miss by a couple of feet and you are in the thick woods.

#14 has to be the signature hole and is an amazing visual tunnel hole in a pine tree stand but again, a super straight shot is required or else! However, just enjoy this hole as it is unique.

The new tee pad for 15 has been moved back and to the left and a huge tree limb is right in your path and it is very low.

The pin location for #16 was difficult to find for the first time and is tucked back into the woods with a very narrow opening.

When done with the long par 4 17th, just follow the path to your left across the street to #18 tee.

I would like a map at each tee sign to show the hole distance and pin locations as this is always a nice touch.

A practice basket is also another nice touch to help warm up and there is plenty of room near the 1st and 10th tee areas to install one. We just went over to the 18th basket to warm up since no one was there.

Other Thoughts:

Overall, we all enjoyed our round very much even though everyone was getting pretty frustrated as the back 9 progressed.

This course in Highland, IL is well worth the drive for every skill level but I would deem the front 9 more beginner friendly with the back 9 more for the intermediate/advance players but everyone will enjoy their trek at Silver Lake DGC I am sure.
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dehaas
Experience: 22.4 years 92 played 10 reviews
3.00 star(s)

On its way to being a good course 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:May 16, 2011 Played the course:5+ times

Pros:

I felt like there was a good mix of tee shots (hyzer, anhyzer, straight). The park is also in excellent shape, on the front 9 there are a lot of large old trees that shape natural lines to the basket. Now that the leaves and bushes are filling in most of the front 9 is shaded, which will be nice in the summer heat. Course is setup as a figure 8 double loop, so holes 1 and 10 are next to eachother if you want to avoid another group.

Cons:

Some of the walks between holes are a bit awkward (from 1's basket to 2's tee) and might cause some bottlenecking once more people play at the course. The tees are natural and lie in low areas, so this time of year some of the tees are soggy. The course could also use some garbage cans and benches. This isn't a problem yet, but could be once the word spreads about the course and it gets more traffic. The tee to hole 11 was moved recently...the hole was the second longest on the course and now a lot of distance is lost. The tee shot is basically a RHBH anhyzer layup shot to make it onto the fairway.

Other Thoughts:

Overall I enjoy the course, it's a great beginner course with a variety of shots. Even though most of the holes are under 300 feet, some of the tee shots are pretty technical and you can get into trouble if you don't hit your line. Once the course gets concrete poured, and maybe a second set of tees and another set of basket placements it could be one of the better courses in the area. As it stands right now I like going out there and playing with just mids and putters to really focus on my short game.
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#19325
Diamond level trusted reviewer
Experience: 22.8 years 351 played 175 reviews
3.50 star(s)

Scenic Silver Lake 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Dec 23, 2010 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

Silver Lake is a very scenic park. It has several unique areas where the course plays. A handful of holes play on the side of a hill where water comes into play. This is a great park to bring the family for a picnic and play golf all day. It's a very quiet and peaceful park. Restroom facilities are open during the warmer months.

This is a traditional par 54 course with a good variety of shots. I threw pretty much every disc in my bag. This course is great for all skill level players. I had fun playing this course.

Hole #7 has a great green with the lake backstopping the basket. Do not throw your favorite midrange or driver on this left to right playing hole.

Hole #12 is a great hole for learning a RHBH roller.

Holes #1, 2, 4, and #10 are fun downhill holes.

Holes #2, 13, & 14 are nice tunnel shots.

Hole #11 & #17 are good par 4's.

Brand new Gateway Titans.

Tee posts have # on them.

Cons:

My major knock on the course is flow. After hole #1 you have to walk up the hill and play back down to #2. After hole #8 there is a long walk to #9 followed by another long walk to #10. After #10 you walk up the hill to play #11 followed by another long walk to #12. This section takes away from the fun of this course.

The tees are natural. I don't mind natural tees and I got a good day to play. They were fairly dry. I'd give this course a 4 disc rating if the tees were improved.

The tee posts do not have distance or hole information on them. Print the map. You will need it to navigate the course for the first time.

I would like to see several baskets moved closer to the water making more risk/reward on those holes.

The walking path to #8 and #17 needs to be cleared a little more.

Other Thoughts:

When you enter the main entrance stay to the right and drive around the lake. Take the road around the lake to the north side. There is a tiny lot to the left where #1 and #10 tees are located.

After you tee off on #1 walk to the left and play #2. After you finish hole #2 cut thru the path and go putt out on #1. This will save you 5 minutes and keep you from backtracking up the hill to play #2.

Restrooms are located near the playground. On the course they are between holes #8 & #9. They are closed during the winter.
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REDARMY
Silver level trusted reviewer
Experience: 15.8 years 53 played 34 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Will be great after grooming 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Dec 19, 2010 Played the course:once

Pros:

Beeeeeeeeeeeeeautiful park, bring your digicam along for sure (I played in the wintertime mind you, it can only get more picturesque when everything fills in/gets green). Views of the lake and a nice quiet setting make this course a pretty peaceful and serene round of golf. (Watch out for the ducks and their, erm, droppings, flying overhead though. Hitchcock would've been proud)

Variety is thoroughly covered here: long (17 and 11), short (2 and 5), hyzer (1,10), anhyzer (2,5,7,8,12), in woods (2,5,13,14), out of woods (1,10,17,18), fast pins (1,2,10,11,16), slow pins (3,12,15), water hazard (1,7,11,10), flick rollers (13,14); beating this course WILL require a complete arsenal, and a fairly large set of stones.

Hole 13 is a cool shot in its own right, but you've GOT to click on the media tab and check out 14. The narrowest, tightest, most frustrating tunnel shot i've ever played, but it's so cool, you HAVE to have fun on that hole.

Both 9's loop back to the pavilion by the parking lot, and parking puts you right on top of 1's tee.

Spankin' new beefy Gateway baskets.

Between the elevation changes, pin speed changes, woodiness changes, and open/tight variety, you won't get bored here. There are similar holes on the course, but they don't follow one another.

Cons:

No navigation to get you from the park entrance to the "DG" parking lot.

1 and 10 are the exact same shot: downhill hyzers with water close to the pin. Having some repetitiveness on the course isn't inherently bad, if not inevitable given the terrain, but you tee off from damn near the exact same spot for both holes, the hazards are the same if you foul up, and you have to come back across both fairways to get to the respective next holes. NOT the best strategy anyway, but the first of such i've seen from Dave Mac, and am mildly disappointed. A redesign of these two holes alone will shave 15 minutes off of a round on a crowded day and alleviate a lot of frustration.

This course DESPERATELY needs concrete tees. There's not a flat patch of ground in the park anyway, but such rutted and uneven teepads do a lot to ruin the experience here. Hopefully (if the natural pads stay) the footing will get better in springtime/with a little grooming because it's pretty awful right now.

A close second priority to teepads is navigational aid. Getting from 11's pin to 12's pad specifically will leave many newcomers frustrated as there's nothing around to point you in the right direction. The 8-9, 16-17, and 17-18 transitions are likewise barely navigable if you don't have a guide. Having only hole numbers on the tee posts (no map/directional arrows/pars/yardage) only makes it worse.

No kiosk, no scorecards, sparse trashcans, even fewer benches, no water access, and minimal parking all serve to blemish the experience here. Bathrooms are available to the right of the hole 9-10 transition, but were closed, and no porta-john on site is just asking for people to leave steamy piles in the woods.

The course map provided in the links section is adequate enough to get you from tee to tee, but the 'routes' designated on there are just a step above useless. Showing holes 2 and 10 on there as straight shots is outright BS as you'll see if you play there. 5 and 8 as well are pretty far off of what the map shows you.

Other Thoughts:

A fantastic design (save for 1 and 10) that covers all the variety of shots, has great risk/reward, awesome holes like 13 and 14, and enough fast pins near water to crank up the pucker factor. It's open enough for ams to have a good time and tough enough to challenge more advanced players as well.

The setting was very pretty in the wintertime and i bet it's gorgeous when everything is greener. Plenty of photo ops of holes near the lake and 14's shot for sure.

If you're coming from the west, the turn in to the park is mildly obstructed by the woodline to the left, so start slowing down as you approach the (water?) tower and the big microwave array. The left turn to get into the park is just west of that complex, so if you pass them, you've gone too far.

I never got around to the east side of that turn in, but from the west, there's no quickie-mart to stop at to use the john/pick up a snack, so stock up (or drop off :p ) while you're still in the vicinity of Highway 70. It's slim pickins all the way down 143.

Worth the drive (if you're coming from Woodland Park in Collinsville especially, as it's only ~15 miles away). Concrete tees and teesign info make it better (3.5), redesign of 1 and 10, amenities, and navigation aid makes it great (4.0).

For pics of our play, check out this photo album: http://www.flickr.com/photos/...625516217389/
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hognosesucker
Gold level trusted reviewer
Experience: 24.8 years 443 played 85 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Nice new course 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Dec 11, 2010 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

-Course is a nice city park style course that plays through mature oaks on the front 9 and opens up to a somewhat longer, more open back nine...very much like most of dave mac's designs.
-Nice use of available elevation a handful of holes are slight downhill shots (1,2,4,10,11,12), and a couple slightly uphill holes (3, 4)
-Decent variety of hole shapes: some l-->r (5,8,12), some r-->l(1,10), some tunnel shots (2,13,14), a bottle neck or two (16), several mostly open holes, and a couple holes where would would be in play on bad and or long shots (1, 7, 8, maybe 11)
-Some length variety: mostly less than 300' on the front, a couple over 400 on the back.
-Some nice thick rough that punishes inaccuracy.
-Fun little course that will challenge recreational players and most intermeiate players.
-Decent amount of OB.

Cons:

-I'm not going to knock the course for being brand new, but cons nonetheless: natural tees, tees signs are just 4x4s with numbers on them, no trashcans etc.
-There will however be problems when the park is busy. The area that the front nine is in has lots of picnic areas, possibly fishermen by the ponds. The back nine might be dangerous as it plays through a series of walking paths, with lots of blind areas.
-The course is pretty short overall, a little lacking on the length variety in the front nine, as most holes are between 250' and 280'.
-If the course gets really busy, there are sure to be backups on some holes 1-2 because you walk back up 2s fairway to get to the teebox, 11 throws toward 18's tee on the first shot.
-A couple of tees were in low spots (15) or drainage ditches (17) and will probably need to be moved before concrete goes in.

Other Thoughts:

Overall a very fun course, and beginner friendly, which is nice for the area. I'm excited to see the multiple pins and tees, it'd be nice to see some pins closer to water for tournaments and such, and some tees that draw the length out a bit more. I get out here about once a month, so I'll update the review appropriately.
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green_hornet915
Experience: 13.9 years 136 played 10 reviews
4.00 star(s)

Great layout a must play 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Dec 4, 2010 Played the course:2-4 times

Pros:

This course has great flow. your shot selection is going to be tested. there are a wide range of shots you are going to have to pull out of your bag to get through this one. i will have to say on the pin placements and pads that are there now it is a very beginner friendly course. You can see the baskets from most of the tee pads. It has a variety of tight and open pin placements. A good variety of hyzer and anhyzer shots. It does very much so test you driving accuracy a very good stalker buzz mid range kinda course liked it lots.

Cons:

Not much to say... i know it needs additional pin and pad placements. But they will come with time. It did seam very short on the front and not extremly long on the back. just a couple of holes that tested your driving length. at all.

Other Thoughts:

good course to play not to far from st louis 45 min. It will make a great get away course to take the crew out on a nice day and do some barbqing and discing.
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