2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Start with the usual:
Long, solid concrete tee pads.
Excellent signage, with additional post markers and even small ground level signs pointing you toward the next hole. I only had to refer to the map once or twice to be sure!!
Also, A and B basket placements, which if you play there frequently obviously gives you different looks.
At the start, a large mailbox with scorecards and the map on the back.
Despite being a predominately wooded course, it was very well manicured... even the "wooded" fairways were well mowed... in fact, there was a gentleman out there mowing the back nine as I played. As it is operated on the property owned by the local Lion's Club, it is obvious they take great pride in the course appearance.
Wooded holes were definitely narrow fairways, but very fair. And a good blend of right and left bend throw placements. Made me work on my weak right bend shots!!
Memorable hole for me:
#16 Moderate distance right bend throw across a creek with a neat little walking bridge to get to the basket.
Cons: The only real con I have is on a couple of transitions, you walk past several future baskets and tees to get to the next one, ie... to go from 4 basket to 5 tee you have to walk along side 12 basket and 13 tee to get there. From 6 to 7 you go across the 13 to 14 path....
That said, they were easy enough to find, just a bit head scratching.
Playing for the first time it was hard to gauge exact basket locations from the tee. If you're a regular, that problem goes away.
Other Thoughts: This was course 4 of 5 on a St Louis to Rolla I-44 road trip and was by far the best of the lot.
Had a great round going and got lulled in, til 17 and 18!! Both with over 500 foot placements and challenging tee shots!! 17 has about an 8 to 10 wide placement of trees all down both sides of the fairway for about 120 feet then it opens up. 18 forces you to make an "S" throw through its opening to get to the open space. Tough way to end!!
Have done over 70 reviews and this is only the third score of "4" or better I have given. Well worth the travel to get there and even made up for the ones that weren't worth it today!!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Provides the opportunity to practice many different shot types. Nice, long tee pads. Fairly easy to navigate.
Cons: Not much opportunity for alternate routes to the basket. You have one narrow path cut into the trees and you have to hit that line.
Other Thoughts: Very good technical course. Very densely wooded. You will be breaking in some discs.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Sunday Play
Pros: Very nice layout. I have played many nice courses and this one surprised me given the location. I have driven by it many times but given that you see several baskets in a field next to a park you think "Wide open". Not the case at all. The course only had one hole that threw me as far as directions and that was number two. After you finish hole one just turn to the right and walk out into the field to the tee box and throw to the cut area behind hole one. Other than that it is very well marked, mapped, and has indicators for the current hole location.
Great mix of holes. Challenging with some par fours that are par fours and not just stretched out par threes. You can air it out on several holes that break into or out of the woods into the fields but mostly a placement course. Fair and balanced.
Cons: A map at the beginning showing the overall course layout would have been great. Not much else.
Other Thoughts: I played 12 holes and on the thirteenth tee met a group of three crossing to playing 5 or 6 and was asked to join for doubles. Having not played in a year I agreed to get in more work. Great guys and turned out they were regulars and one was the prez of the local DG club. Had a great time and was really impressed with the course. Back is killing me right now but what a way to get back into the swing err throw of things. Again very impressed with this course.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Full 18 with a mix of wooded and some clearings. Solid layout and signs that help if you haven't played there before. Multiple basket locations, and a nice mix of length and finesse.
Cons: Some holes seem to be the same layout, being straight and having the basket in the woods off the straightaway.
Other Thoughts: It's definitely a fun course and has everything that you could want to work on for improving or enjoying the game.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Home Course #2
Pros: - course on well-maintained and exclusive area of park, no traffic with non-players
- very well designed with a few wide open field holes and many tight woods holes
- challenging and technical
- multiple pin positions
- tee signage is very clear with pin positions, par info, distance, and hole layout
- concrete tees
- practice basket with distance markers
Cons: - lack of trashcans leads to a fair amount of trash on course
- dense woods and underbrush make losing discs very easy without a spotter
- pine trees lead to lots of stuck discs and penalties
- can get muddy in places after a rain
Other Thoughts: this course lends itself to skill shots and high risk/high reward type situations such as the big hyzer spikes on #2, #12, and #14. holes #13 and #17 require a very straight drive or else you are stuck deep in the trees. a beat in midrange will be your best friend here, as a lot of the holes feature ~200' shots with the basket just off to the right. holes #9, #10, #15, #17, and #18 really allow you to bomb some huge drives, provided you make it out of the woods.
i play this course usually at least three times a week if not more. it's a lot of fun and very technical, so not the most beginner friendly but not that intimidating either. if a few more trashcans are put on the course and not placed in obscure spots, i think the trash problem will subside considerably.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A well balanced course that will provide a serious challenge to anyone playing. The course has a nice mix of long and short holes.
The short holes are often very short but are sufficiently challenging that you'd better bring your control game and discs. The kinda S curve on #8 is a trip. I love it! (Premium plastic mids and putters rule here.)
The long holes require control but are a little more forgiving. I particularly like that whoever mows the grass, mows a little path to guide the player to the pin. The kiosk and the practice putting area are nice amenities too.
Cons: As others have said, more trash cans and benches would be nice. Watch your step if you get in the rough. The little stumps haven't worn down yet. Playing in flip flops wouldn't be fun.
Other Thoughts: One of the nicest courses I've played on.
Rolla is a collage town with many cheap places to eat and drink. Avoid the Huddle House though.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
New to rolla
Pros: This course is by far one of the best I have played. Not only that but for this course being in such a small town as well as this club just starting out this course is amazing.
You have short technical holes (3, 4, 5, 6, 7,11, &12) long technical holes 8, 13, 14, 17, & 18) long bomber holes (10 & 15) and some elevation (1, 10, 15, &17). A lot of people put emphasis on elevation but this course has enough in all the right places plus it is so technical that you don't really need it.
Cons: There aren't many. I would have to say that lack of trash cans and benches and maybe a course map at hole one or by the practice basket. One bad thing is it can be a mud pit after a bad rain or when 8" of snow and ice melts.
Other Thoughts: This course will easily be a 4.5 once they get trash cans, benches, and a course map up.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Rolla joins the disc golf world
Pros: Easy to find this course as it is just off the main road thru Rolla off hwy 63 at the Lion's club 180 acre facility. Large sign upon entering (2nd entrance on left) "Lion's Club Disc Golf Course". Immediate parking next to practice basket with hole #1 right there. Course is mostly wooded with trees as obstacles even on the more open holes. Gateway Titan baskets are the absolute best in disc golf. Perfect sized concrete teepads adorn this layout. Excellent tee signs handpainted on metal with hole design, distances and A and B pin placements marked with a bolt. (these were just installed prior to their icebowl on 2/12/11) All in all just some fun holes thru a forest of the Missouri state tree, the cedar tree. The Lions club allowed Dave Mac to trim whatever he wanted and once again he delivers with a masterful design. Variety of hole distances ranging from 166 to 600 feet. Beautiful lines to all the pins force players to use their entire arsenal.
Cons: Not much to list here. More trash cans may be needed. Only slight elevation changes.
Other Thoughts: What an awesome time my group had at the Rolla Aces icebowl. Well worth the trip from the St Louis area. The locals were very friendly and enthusiastic about their course and well they should be. Rolla is now within 25 miles of 4 very good championship courses when you include the 3 courses in Vichey just up the road. .
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: One in our group said this was a design Dave Mac could add to his crown, a la Centralia. I haven't played Centralia yet, but regardless, i have to agree anyway; this course ROCKS!
Variety is covered. Long, short, hyzer, anny, straight, flex, flip, water, low ceiling, high ceiling, into woods, out of woods; your complete game is required.
Gnarly fairways and pins abound. Do NOT enter this course expecting to make par.
Even the easy shots here are hard compared to most of the St. Louis courses.
Nice flat concrete pads, tee signs are good (although they lack maps for the blind pins), directionals in between are great. Even though my group had a guide, navigation would have been pretty easy without.
Parking is right by the first tee, finishing out 18 brings you right back to the same spot, and locals are very friendly.
Even despite the lack of trash cans,litter is virtually non-existent. Between that and the condition of the fairways, it's clear that the Lion's Club is serious about making this a destination course.
Let's hope the virtuous among us keep it that way.
(Honorable mention for the two bridges across the creek on the back 9. Quite pretty and very well done.)
Cons: Nice mailbox before the first tee, but it was empty! No scorecards!
Having the practice basket there is certainly cool, and having a radius of distances is even better, but it'd be nicer if the markers were recessed into the ground, instead of 9'' off the ground where you you can trip over them as you're putting.
Other Thoughts: If you played the old layout at Unger Park in St. Louis, Lion's Club is exactly equivalent, minus the water: An absolute beast that'll humble you unless your arsenal is complete.
I got the **** kicked outta me here, but damnit, it was FUN!
Absolutely worth the trip on its own, but make a day of it and play the 9 at Ber Juan as well, unless you're brave enough to do Lions twice!
No bathrooms or water, and sparse benches available at the course, so rest up/fluid up/vacate beforehand.
An info kiosk, cards in the mailbox, a porta-john, and more benches will easily vault this course into 4.5 disc territory.
As the grooming continues/the amenities get added/paths get beat in, this course will only get better.
Stop thinking about it and go play! If you think you've conquered every St. Louis course, make the trip to Rolla and get humbled.
(Bonus for you St. Louis golfers making the trip down south, the 9-er at Kircher Park in Eureka is an easy side trip to make on the way back up Highway 44.)
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a fun course to play because of the variety. Every hole gives has a different look and requires a lot of analysis of each shot. It's tough, but good.
The front 9 is mostly short holes in thick woods and the back 9 offers more wide open, long shots. But, even on the open holes, the tee boxes are in the woods, so there are a few obstacles to avoid on approach.
There is a sweet little putting practice area. There is a central basket with posts placed at all different distances around the basket. Each post is marked with the distance, so that's nice.
The Lion's Club continues to clear our a lot of brush making the course look a lot cleaner and will hopefully cut down on the number of lost discs.
They have also put up posts with bag holders on them. Nice touch!
Cons: Litter seems to be more of a problem than when I first stared playing this course. A trash can at each tee would be helpful. But, maybe people are just slobs. Pick up your trash!
There are several areas in need of grass. This course get SLOPPY if it's wet.
Other Thoughts: This course keeps getting better and I imagine it will continue to do so for some time to come. Those old dudes at the Lion's Club have shown their commitment to DG are are very open and friendly towards the players.
This corse requires you to be focused and has a great atmosphere back in the woods. A lot of fun to play!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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