Manchester, MO 
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Uploaded By: TheGoldenPutter Hole #9 (Taken 8/2012)
3 / 368ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #9 Tee

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 Great way to squeeze a course in a park

1    6/18/2012   6/18/2012
Review By: Jonnykatz
Played: 17  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 34.7 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I gave this course a 'very good' partly because of the excellent signage. The maps proved to be pretty accurate. Although all the holes are pretty short there is plenty of variety in elevation and challenging squeezes through woods to get to the basket. A great park to bring your family to play on the excellent playgrounds and water park while you fit in some disc practice.
Cons: Although well laid out for the amount of space available, it might be even better to make it a 6 hole course to provide some longer tees. A little crowded, but fortunately stays out of the way of other park functions.
Other Thoughts: Excellent use of space. Just goes to show that its well worth it to fit in a well thought out course to any park that can find a few acres that are underused. Wish my hometown (Newnan, GA) could figure that out.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Improving park

5+    3/29/2012   3/30/2012
Review By: TheGoldenPutter
Played: 52  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 8.8 Years
This review was updated on 11/29/2012
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Let me start out by saying this is the best 9 hole course in the area. A lot of new stuff has been done and the park has gone from sketchy to a good course.

+ NEW PIN PLACEMENTS ON EVERY HOLE. Each hole as gotten 1 new pin placement(except #1) which REALLY improves the quality of this park, and the local players love it. Also the new placements make it more difficult because most of the holes are longer and the baskets aren't staring at you for an ace.

+ Terrain-The course is on a large gradual hill with small valleys in the woods. Even in its limited area, the park used the terrain very well. There are
2 uphill-downhill shots
2 holes where you throw over a small depression
2 holes that have a sharp hill
3 holes in the woods
3 holes in the open(park style)
3 holes with woods and open area.
The set up of the course mixes the different terrains very well.

+ Maintenance-Grass is always cut, mulch around pin placements, mulch through cleared paths in the woods, trashcans at every other tee, benches on a few tees as well. The underbrush in the woods is mostly cleared out so if your disc goes into the ruff you aren't bushwhacking to find your disc.

+ The challenge to get deuces and a few aces bring you back for more.
+ Concrete tee pads

**UPDATE 7-19-12 **
Drainage issue on #3 and #4 has been fixed.
Cons: - The park is just on the short side. Only one of the holes could be considered "long" (#6). Even though theres diverse shots, none really allow you to "grip and rip"

- Hole interference- The park had to move holes #6 and #7 a while back because the residents in the houses close to the park were not happy about discs in their yards. This causes an interference with #6 and #1. The issue is #6's fairway passes right by #1's pin, so this causes you to wait if somebody is throwing on the other hole.
--- Not as big as an issue but discs from #7's tee can end up in #8's fairway.

- No par 4's or 5's that reward solid 3 or 4 stroke birdies. No holes have challenging approach shots.

- Because it's in a local area, the park can get very crowded, and in the summer the parking lot can get full because of people at the pool.

- Tee signs are hard to read for the first timers and marked on, but they give a general direction.

- Flow and navigation - for a new player to the course it might get confusing because of holes close together and you have to walk back down the hill on #4.
Other Thoughts: This park has come a very long way, it's never going to be a pro course, but calling it a beginners only doesn't really fit. I think the reviews should be re-done because of all the changes.
In a sum up, this is a shorter park but with good terrain variety, maintenance, and offers some fun challenge. The course can get a little crowded though, and it's definitely not a bomber course (most all holes can use a mid-range or putter) but it tests your technical shot skills. Very amateur and beginner friendly. If you want a fun, less challenging game of disc golf, come here. But if you want a true St. Louis challenge, there are far better courses ex. Carrollton or Jefferson Barracks. Let me end by saying again, the best 9 hole in the area.
If you did not find this review helpful, found a mistake, or want more info, please send me a personal message so I can update the review.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 I like this course.

5+    7/6/2011   7/8/2011
Review By: stubborn puppet
Played: 48  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 7 Years
This review was updated on 7/15/2011
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: I'm a little unclear why so many of the reviews below give this such a low score. It may be "short", but with only a few exceptions, all the 9 hole courses in the area are short; some are shorter and most are in far less awesome condition.

The course offers really nice use of elevation change and gives a perfect mix of open greens vs. wooded shots. You may not have even noticed it, but every tee (except holes 1 and 9) starts under the shade of a large tree and ends in the shade of a tree or in the woods, which makes it really nice on a hot day. The grass is well maintained and so are the trails in the woods (mostly). You could make the course into a putter round, but there are plenty of opportunities to work on style with your fairway and midrange discs.

I've also found that bad throws that go into the woods are still easy to find because the underbrush is all cleaned out.

The park is mostly pretty clean too and has a trash receptacle at every other hole, so littering is minimal and impossible to excuse.
Cons: There are some spots on this course where a little runoff control is needed and parks & rec should do some build up around a couple of the baskets to cover the roots so folks don't trip and fall. Hole number 4 could use a real bridge instead of a bunch of rotting logs to stumble across to cross the creek-like area. I suppose one could also argue that some of the baskets are too close to other fairways, but I've never felt like that isn't obvious and have never seen anybody get hit or even come close.
Other Thoughts: A map for your first trip is a good idea, but it's not too bad.
Par is, like most of the 9's around, exagerated... but it feels good to get lot's of birdies and eagles :)
Sometimes this park gets really crowded in general because of the public pool right next to the course. During those times, you will have a lot of trouble finding a parking place and I've had to look for adults to get the kids off the course and out of harms way a few times.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Nice n easy

1    9/5/2010   9/29/2010
Review By: mashnut
Played: 828  Reviewed: 775  Exp: 15.9 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays on a grassy hillside with a few holes playing through the woods on either end of the course. This makes for a nice mix of park style holes with mature trees and wooded holes with tighter lines and brushy rough. There are some different shot shapes here, and the variety is helped by the elevation changes on nearly every hole adding fun and some challenge.

There are nice concrete pads that seemed pretty new and are still in great shape. The tee signs were really basic, but had enough info to make the course easy to follow without too much extra walking to figure out navigation or where to throw. The baskets are in pretty good shape and catch ok.
Cons: This is a pretty short and easy course overall. Many of the holes are easily reachable with a putter and don't offer much in the way of challenge. There are some safety issues here, with some holes playing very close to one another. Hole 6 is the worst offender, playing almost directly over hole 1's basket. There are some erosion issues, especially in the woods but around some of the baskets out in the open too, it's a tough thing to prevent when you have lots of people walking in the same hilly areas.
Other Thoughts: This isn't a spectacular course, but it's a quick and fun round that will at least work on some of your approach game. It's a nice place for a putter round, and a great place to bring newer players. The holes are reasonable lengths and the brush isn't so thick that you'll lose discs. More experienced players just won't find very much challenge here to keep them coming back. If you're in the area and want a quick, stress free round this is an ok course, otherwise there are lots of nicer places to play around St. Louis.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Very good for a quick 9

5+    8/15/2010   8/17/2010
Review By: dirtyrock
Played: 27  Reviewed: 2
This review was updated on 8/19/2010
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great elevation changes, hills, valleys.
NEW CONCRETE PADS, on EVERY hole, as of 8/16/10
Much improved hole 4, new tee box at top of hill, now shooting through narrow wooded fairway over a wooded valley. Just shoot straight and low, your disc will skip up the hill directly at the basket, easy bird on one of the longer holes.
Cons: -only 9 holes, no alternate pads or pin placements.
-Hole 6 fairway crosses hole 1 green.
-Most holes are too short, could be a pro for some, putter practice, ace holes, beginners, etc.
-Fairly crowded, not too bad though.
-Pool next to course plays loud and terrible music.
Other Thoughts: Great practice course if you live nearby, not worth a trip out to this one, but I enjoy a quick round here.
Definitely a par 3 course, ignore posted pars.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


5+    7/12/2012   8/8/2010
Review By: birdman101
Played: 57  Reviewed: 23  Exp: 8.5 Years
This review was updated on 9/26/2012
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: concrete teepads on all holes, and new signs (already have graffiti on them)

quick rounds

all of the holes except holes 1, hole 6(residents near by complained of discs in their yard), and hole 9 (sleeve got messed up) have new pin placements and get moved back and forth on occasion. These placements add a little length and difficulty to the course

Course is well kept and usually in great shape.

Mulch has been added around the baskets and along some of the trails to deal with muddy areas.

Underbrush isn't too bad, so losing a disc is difficult

good use of mature trees and some elevation makes the course somewhat interesting. with the woods coming into play on 6 of the holes.
Cons: if all the pins are in the original position there isn't a whole lot of challenge

only 9 holes, but locals have alternate tees for (1,2,3,5,6,9) to add some variety

hole 7 is a little tight and throws can end up in some tall brush easily or could end up by 8 basket. And tee shots on 8 can end up on 7's fairway if you over throw the basket

the basket for 1 is basically in the fairway for hole 6, there is a mando on 6, but the sign got stolen, and people disregard it or miss it, or flip something too much so heads up around 1's basket if there are people on 6
Other Thoughts: This course can get very busy in the afternoons and weekends.

Local random doubles league is on tuesday nights at 5:30

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Decent 9 Hole

5+    5/2/2012   10/19/2009
Review By: jartiv
Played: 4  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 12.7 Years
This review was updated on 5/4/2012
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - great elevation use
- tight wooded holes
- overall great variety of shots
- Softball fields within walking distance (other side of park) where you can practice your drives.

UPDATE 5.2.2012 - giving the course a half star upgrade.

-Tees seem to be brand new.
-Maps on tees are very helpful.
Cons: - 1, 6, and 9 seem to be dangerously close to one another... keep your head up when playing these holes.
Other Thoughts: This was the very first course I ever played disc golf on. I also got my first Ace on hole 1 here. The park also includes a public pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, a playground, and a pair of softball fields. Needless to say, this park has a lot of teen traffic. Pranksters seem to have their way with Schroeder and it is no wonder why the locals are not huge fans of the course.

Apart from that, this course/park is a great place to learn disc golf. Lightly - heavily wooded holes can teach a disc golfer all sorts of shots that will translate well on many courses. Elevation changes present formidable challenges for all throwers.

UPDATE 5.2.2012

Tees have been vastly upgraded, and it seems the course is cleaner than ever. This seems to have made the course way more popular and therefore way more crowded - I will say that everyone I encountered had great etiquette and was very polite. Also the park office now sells discs when it is open. I am upgrading my initial rating of 2.5 to 3. Reason I don't think it is any higher is because the criss cross of 1 - 6 - 9 still bothers me, and the fact that it is in the end just 9 holes.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Won't hold the average player's interest

1    7/29/2009   7/29/2009
Review By: Adgeri
Played: 6  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 9.6 Years
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: You can easily play a round in half an hour or so.
Cons: The pars are ridiculously high (I shot nine under in my first round). There was really only one hole where you can really unleash your power without over-driving the basket. There were a few paths that looked like they should be followed in the wooded area that did not lead to the next hole. It was hard to tell (as a first timer at the course) exactly where to go after each hole as a number of tee boxes are visible but there are no signs pointing the direction of the next in the order. The tee boxes were in poor condition as well. On one hole you almost have to shoot over/around the basket for the first hole to get to the current hole's basket.
Other Thoughts: This should certainly be a par three course. The signs at the boxes need to be updated to provide accurate information.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 solid but not great

5+    12/25/2008   12/25/2008
Review By: FENTONflyer
Played: 9  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 10.7 Years
6 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course is short and quick. If you are looking for a couple of quick solid rounds come here. At this course you are able to practice on throwing your putter 150+ feet because you really only need a putter for this course, possibly a mid-range. This course has a lot of possibilities for aces.
Cons: The course is possibly too short. Also in fall and in winter it is very possible to lose track of a disc due to the woods.
Other Thoughts: I really like this course for a quick fix when i get the urge to play disc golf. Hole 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, and 8 are all possibilities for aces. If you are looking for a hard course this is not it but if you are looking for an easy confidence builder this is it.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 Just Bad

1    11/27/2008   12/2/2008
Review By: REDARMY
Played: 40  Reviewed: 29  Exp: 9.7 Years
This review was updated on 10/2/2009
5 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Cool layout that makes good use of the land given. Good mix of heavily and lightly-wooded shots. Elevation changes along the course are also nicely implemented.

The holes are so close together and short, you can play this course in well under an hour.

Great place to get newbies familiar with disc golfing.
Cons: Missing markers for tee pads

The course map at hole 4's tee sign points you in the completely wrong direction to get to 5. Myself and my buddy spent 20 minutes wandering through the forest before we found the path to 5.

Two baskets marked hole #7 (the righteous 7 and the basket for 8 was marked as 7)

Pars are GROSSLY overestimated. Hole 4 is a short uphill shot (less than 250 at best), and I holed out in 2. An eagle on a hole less than 300' feet??? I shot -8 for the round, for 9 holes, and it was the first time i've played there! Come on!?!?!

The other, much larger half of the park, is just being wasted.
Other Thoughts: Another 9 holes, competent par determinations and adequate markings for tees/pins/next pin location could make this a respectable course.

As it stands, this place is an atrocity for any but the newest players.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful.

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