Neat little course and a quick play
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Pros: Can't add too much to ThreePutt's review, just need to cover a couple things:
Tee's now have nice signs with distances. The place is remote enough that those signs should last a while instead of getting vandalized by peckerheads regularly like at other courses in the area.
If you can't get someone's attention at the window at the lodge to get beer, simply walk around the corner and up the stairs to the grey door and ring the bell. *NOTE* It is posted on the course that outside alcohol is not allowed. Noone is going to chase you down on the course and punch a hole in your can of Busch, but please respect the fact that the Elks Club put this course in at their expense and they leave it open for the public. Pass the goodwill along and go inside and buy a bucket of beer. Bud Lights are 2 bucks a bottle. You can spare it.
The course is very compact and easy to play quickly. You should be able to get 3 rounds of 9 in with no problem.
Cons: Trash is handled by 5 gallon buckets lashed to the teesigns. I'm happy there's a bucket at every tee, but it appears they need to be emptied more frequently.
Holes 1 and 7 (and maybe 8?) have uphill teepads. Pet peeve of mine, hopefully they'll level them off at some point. Hole 2, 3, and 9 (especially 9) have very short pads. The tee at 3 simply needs to be moved a few feet forward; 2 and 9 will have to have brush cleared out behind the pads to make them bigger.
Like ThreePutt said, this isn't a big course, so giant pads aren't needed, but weenie arms like me could do with some more room to wind up and flail :)
Other Thoughts: The brush on the left of and behind hole 3 will SWALLOW your discs. It is exceptionally thick. Avoid at all costs. There's plenty of room on the right for a big hyzer bomb, so just avoid it completely.
The course sits on enough property that it looks like there's room for more holes. We'll see how the Elks club receives the first 9 and if they're willing to expand :)
Before and/or after your round, take a minute to look to the southeast and enjoy the view towards the river. It is quite pleasant. The park is in a little pocket of nothing near the river, so the environment is almost peaceful.
I will second the motion that this course is FAR superior to the 9 in Arnold (which perpetually floods anyway). If you get done with Jefferson Barracks and fancy some more golf, this course is not even 10 minutes away from JB, vs 15 or 20 minutes to Arnold.
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Elks lodge? Why not?
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Pulling into the Oakville Elks Club I was a bit concerned that I was about to trespass, but right away a member of the Elks waved at me and later one asked me how I like the course, told me I could buy beer from the pass-out window on the patio and told me to bring friends next time. It seems like if we treat this course with respect, the Elks are glad to have us there.
The course itself is a nice mixture of six open-ish park-style shots and three wooded holes. The site has some rolling terrain so there is decent elevation changes in the design. The tees are natural with a white post marking the site; the flow was good and there were directional signs to help you find the next tee. The baskets are Gateway Titans so they catch well. The wooded holes had defined throwing routes and added some extra challenge to the design. All-in-all, it was a solid recreational design that made for a fun round.
The site had a couple of unique features; there is what looks to be an old cemetery plot and the tee for hole 2 is right at the edge of that. There is also what looked to be a mid-80's Ford Escort hatchback gutted and flipped over in the woods between holes 5 and 6, which was just random enough to be kinda cool.
The combination of those odd features, the solid fun-factor of the design and the friendly hosts made it a cool course to visit.
Cons: The tee signs have no listed distances, and I have no depth perception. So I really have no idea what the distances were, but they were not all that long. I'm going to guess that maybe Hole 3 was the longest hole and it probably is short of 300'. There were no bomber holes, at any rate.
The course is very new, so improved tees and tee signs are planned improvements. However, right now there are dirt/grass tees and posts with a hole number and no distances.
If you throw RHBH, hole 9 might force you to throw a turnover drive but otherwise you can throw hyzers here all day. Even the wooded holes had the basket to the left with a hyzer route. The course really isn't going to force you to throw anything else.
Hole 8 plays down the lodge road and is pretty tight; the driver play there is to hang your shot out over the road and let it hyzer back in. In a public park setting I wouldn't be a big fan of that, but in this setting is shouldn't be a huge conflict.
Another "not really a con" con is the tee for hole 2. It's debatable, but you could argue that it is literally in a cemetery. I'm not the kind of person that would be bothered by that, but some people probably would be so it's worth mentioning.
Other Thoughts: The road to the lodge is Robert Koch Hospital Road, but there is no hospital there. The hospital that was there in was torn down in the 1980's; it was a circa 1870's infectious disease hospital that was built (at the time) a long way from the St. Louis population base. It was a tuberculosis hospital until the 1950's when it became a home for indigent elderly patients. It finally became too costly to maintain and was torn down. The site is still undeveloped and is the land just east of the Elks lodge.
I thought it was really cool that an Elks lodge put a course in, and they seemed very friendly and excited to have disc golfers out there. Hopefully it's a good fit and the course will be good for both us and the Elks.
This course is a fun addition to the area and makes a cool place to add-in a round when playing Jefferson Barracks. It's head and shoulders better than the Arnold 9-hole course for another course to play if you don't want to fight the crowds at Jefferson Barracks. Given how popular disc golf has been in South County, it's a quality recreational course that should see some play.
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