10 Helpful / 0 Not
Get your kicks...
Pros: Lion's Club DGC is a great road trip course. It's a serious layout for serious players and makes a great stop for the road warriors. It has a very challenging setup and punishing rough that requires you to manage the course and use a variety of shots to shoot well. It has some short technical holes and long bomb holes, so there should be at least one shot for everybody. The course has good signs and directional signs so finding your way shouldn't be an issue. The tees are concrete and very long; they are great to get a good run-up from. Each hole has two pin placements and some of them like #8 change the hole considerably. There isn't much in the way of water, but a creek does come into play on #16 and #18 and it can come into play on #14 if you go very, very long. The baskets are Gateway Titans and catch very well. There is a practice basket with marked off putting distances near the parking lot, and the area the course is in is mostly disc golf only (#15 & #17 overlap a bit with a dog walking area.) The local fire department training are is right next to #15, so you get a cool show when they are doing training exercises. Overall, the course makes for a good round of tough golf. Players who enjoy a challenge will really like this course.
Cons: Rolla is set in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains and has a nice rolling topography. Despite that, the disc golf course manages to use possibly the flattest piece of land in town for all but 3-4 holes. The lack of elevation in the wooded portion of the course really limits the course.
The course seems to have a lot of short, <250' technical holes (#1a, #2b, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #11, #12, #16a) and long, >400' bomb holes (#8, #10, #13, #14a, #17, #18.) The pins can be set up so that only #9 and #15 are between 250'-400'. That a lot of dink-dink-bomb-bomb. There could have been a lot more variety in the distances besides "pitch 'n putt short" and "over 400 foot."
The course loops over itself, so hole #3, #4, #5, #6, #11, #12 & #13 are all next to each other. Unfortunately, by doing this they made #11 essentially a repeat of #3 and #12 a repeat of #4. Neither of those shots is so cool that I'm dying to play them again. Given the design there isn't much you can do for the #3/#11 situation, but there is a long walk from #11 to #12 that could have been used to change up hole #12.
Some of the shots are long for the sake of being long. Hole #18 tees off in the woods and you have to keep it in the tunnel for about 100' before the hole opens up. The pins are 589' and 686', so after you clear the cool part of the hole you have five or six hundred feet of wide open to go to finish to an open basket. That hole could be ½ as long with the pin up closer to the creek and be more fun to play. You could say similar things about #10, #13 and #17.
Be careful when checking the tee signs. For some reason, the A placement is not always the short placement. Hole #2, #3, #4, #12, and #14 all list the A placement as the long placement, so if you glance at the sign on blind holes like #2 you will throw to the wrong place.
I generally overlook things like bugs unless it is very severe. Having said that, there are A LOT of ticks on this course during the warm months. You really need to take precautions and check for ticks after a round.
Other Thoughts: I'm pretty sure I have reverse homeboy bias on this course. A lot of the things that bother me about the design I probably wouldn't notice if I played it a few times a year. If there was more of a balance between short/tweener/long shots instead of just short/long I'd grumble a lot less about the design. If some of the short shots were stretched out into the 300'-375' range I think the course would have better variety and would be more in keeping with the challenge of the design. As it is, the course is still very solid and definitely worth the trip.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: 18 holes. Practice putt area. Easy to find tees, Well marked holes. Concrete tees. Basket markers, Easy to find
Hw 63 at Bingo entrance at lions club park.
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Cons: Lots of brush still. Ticks and mosquitoes. Thick unforgiving brush in some areas.
Other Thoughts: The course consists of lots of narrow hallway low ceiling shots through the woods. Many of the holes are located behind thin pine trees with low thick branches making straight put virtually impossible on the majority of the hole. THIS IS BY NO MEANS A COURSE YOU WILL PAR. I would personally like this course a little more if the hallways were not so narrow and the the brush was totally clear so you can find your discs. DO NOT PLAY ALONE. You need a disc spotter so you don't lose your discs. You also should walk the hole before you tee off to make sure you understand the obstacles and tactics needed for the hole.
I didn't want my personal opinion to affect the rating of this hole so I gave it a modest rating.
The course is a great challenge and requires great finesse and an advanced amount of accuracy.
Takes about an Hour and a half to play with a partner and I par'd 3 of 18 and didn't bother counting the rest.
By no means a bad course but definitely no a golf course style course and more of a challenge course.
I've played this course once and will return every other weekend while visiting the parents.
And please take care not to lose your disc or let your frustrations get the better of you. And help pick up the TRASH!
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Mane of the Lion
Pros: The front 9 will have you right in the thick of the Lion's Mane. This course is a heavily wooded course where one bad throw can ruin your day! :)
Overall a great course with a variety of holes that will have you reaching for just about every disc you own. Left curves, right curves, S curves, tunnel shots, long, short. You name it and this course has it.
The fairways are well maintained. The chain holes seem very sturdy and are much better than the ones at the other course in town. There are actually kind of two rows of chains...one behind the other and it helps keep the disc in the basket if your shot is straight on and hits the pole behind the chains. I've had a disc pop out of a basket at the other course in town cause it went straight through the chains and right back out! :(
The tees are long, concrete tees that are great to throw from. Each tee also has a nice sign displaying the approximate layout of the hole including two possible locations for the chains. Current chain position is marked with a red bolt. Tee signs also have convenient bag hooks.
There are some really great technical holes in the Lion's mane. Though some of them may seem a bit short they make up for it with how they are weaved through the trees. Make the the easy safe shots for par? Or risk a power shot off the tee for the birdie?
Towards the back 9 there are a few holes where you can really let it loose. Even some of these long ones aren't easy. 13 and 14 are both long and narrow. Throw one with too much hyzer or anhyzer and you just may be spending the next 30 minutes trying to find your disc. 17 is long with a tee location that makes you have to be very accurate with your drive to make it out of the woods and into the open field. 18 is the same way with a wooded/creek area to your right almost all the way to the hole and a wall of trees to the left front of the tee you must avoid to make it out and into the open field.
Another really cool aspect of this course is the putting green which consists of a chain hole just like you'll see on the course and distance markers surrounding the hole so you can practice your putts from 15ft-50ft out. There is also a little park bench table by the putting green.
All in all a very fun course with some memorable and technical holes that will definitely humble you. (I miraculously shot a 5 over once, but an average day would probably be closer to 10-12 over.)
Cons: I really don't have too many cons about the course.
The only big con I have about the course is the brush off to the sides of the fairways on several holes. (It's why I like to call it the Lion's Mane) It's pretty thick in some places and crawling with poison ivy/oak...not to mention the occasional tick. Sure I could just not throw the disc off the fairway, but like I said, I'm a new player and it's just bound to happen...especially in the heavily wooded areas. And even a disc that isn't going far off the fairway can hit a tree and just ricochet off into the thick! (I spend 30 minutes to an hour just looking for discs when I play this course)
There are maybe too many short technical holes. I'm newer to DG and although they help my short game they don't help me feel out my distance drivers.
A water fountain around hole 9 would be great. A nice halfway point for those newbies that don't have bags that have water bottle holders...or possibly around tee 5 and 13 where the paths cross...that way you could get a drink on your way to 5 and 13....or fill up your water bottle on 13 when you are about to run out.
Other Thoughts: I'm quite thankful I have such an amazing course in my town. Though Ber Juan (The other course in town) is nice it's only a 9 hole and not nearly as hard. I love to hit up Ber Juan to warm up my arm and then head to the Lion's Mane and really test my skills.
Others have complained about not having benches and trash cans at every hole and I haven't really seen that as a con. Maybe I've just lucked out, but I've never had to wait at a hole for people in front of me to go and I'm not eating candy bars and drinking 20oz sodas on the course. I've never had a need for a trash can while I'm playing and I've never seen much trash when on the course. There is a trash can by the parking lot/practice green and I believe at least one more around hole 15.
Some people have also complained about no bathroom facilities close by...well the park must have heard the complaints cause I've only been playing for a month or so, but there is at least one port-a-jon around hole 15. Another one would be nice by the parking lot though.
Ok, enough writing! :) You really shouldn't have to be convinced to come play this course. If you live anywhere remotely close it's only one of like 3 or 4 anyways so you don't have many options and if you are coming from farther away you definitely won't be disappointed! Have fun!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is an amazing course. Has just about everything a course should have.
This course requires just about every shot you can think of. Plays in and out of the woods, and has some risk reward type shots.
There are hardly any straight shots, so you have to think about it a little bit. Some shots offer a big hyzer line up and over, if you have or think you have the distance to reach the openings. There are also a variety of lefty and righty holes. I found myself throwing a lot of turnover type shots and forehands.
The concrete teepads are plenty long, and are in great shape. The teesigns give distance, par, a general layout of the hole, and there is a nut/ bolt system to tell you which position the pin is in. This makes navigation a synch. There are also tons of little signs with arrows and numbers to help guide you on your journey.
The 2 bridges across the creeks are great and in nice shape.
The gateway titans are still in phenomenal shape, and the extra pin position on each hole will change it up enough to keep the course interesting if you play it often.
Cons: I didn't see many trashcans, so that could be a problem, but i didn't see much trash laying around either.
There are a few baskets and tees in close proximity to each other, so some errant throws could get close to other disc golfers.
The course was muddy in spots showing that draining isn't quite fixed yet, and some of the paths could use some mulch on them.
The benches seemed awfully low to the ground, but they were there.
Other Thoughts: This is an awesome course, i wish it was closer to where i lived or we had a similar course to it.
Some of the holes seem really short, but they make up for it in the lines you have to hit to get that short distance.
a few of the walks between holes seem a little long but I think the use of the land pays off for them.
hole 8 sticks in my mind. It has an s shaped fairway that requires accuracy or a big arm to go up and over the trees
Hole 16 is another one that stuck out its relatively short, but requires a turnover shot to get across the creek, or a lay up.
Those 2 holes force you to think a little bit about what you want to do and whether or not to risk it.
This course kicked my butt but i will defiantly go back and play it again if and when i get the chance.
3 of 3 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 / 0 Not
Home Town Enjoyment
Pros: A very fun course. Challenging tunnel shots through cedar forest.. Long open shots, Basket placements that make you think trough your shot and bag.. There was no swampy ground and my mother said it rained hard 2 days ago, so maybe they have worked out some drainage problems this summer.. It was a gorgeous to to play Disc golf with the wife and dogs... The course was easy to follow through the shaded paths with markers to the next concrete T boxes, colored bolts mark the basket location. Pro's will feel challenged, beginners will feel as though this course is doable.. I really enjoyed this day trip to my home town for some great food and DG!!
Cons: Maybe a few more trash cans.. Benches would really be great there was a good crowd ahead of us playing an early morning local tournament of some sort... More parking, we had to park on the side, in the grass.. No big deal but I'm sure a course this great will only continue to get busier :)
A large map at the start of the course would be great for reference before you begin your play..
Other Thoughts: If your in town about noon you will definitely want to stop for a Maid-Rite burger.. Play a couple of rounds and stop for some Pryors Pizza on the way out.. You couldn't ask for a more pleasurable day trip for some Disc Golf ...Enjoy and have fun !!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 5 Not
Route 66 Aces Home Course
Pros: There are many things I love about this course: tight, technical shots between trees, new concrete tee pads, new signs for hole layout, and some very challenging DG! My favorite holes are 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 14, and 16. Dave Mac really Put some time and thought into this course. I have relearned the game again because of this course, and no matter how many times I've played it, there are always new dimensions or subtle things that cause you to adjust or tweak you're approach...it forces you to think about every shot.
This course has vastly improved over the last year, and a ton of brush has been cleared out. The new signs have Alt tee placements, and bolts to show which pin is being played.
Cons: Only 4 waste baskets on the course. Poor drainage; course turns into a mud pit after rain or snow...bring your hiking boots!
4 of 9 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.
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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.)
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