Tale of Two Courses??
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Glad to see another St Louis metro area course.... easy to add another to the list as I climb from 200 to 500!! (With a long way to go... this was 207!)
Liked the flow of this niner for the most part... was easy to follow without a map.....
Bright yellow, easy to spot baskets... Tee markers easy to spot with distances listed on all but the last two holes. And there were blue tee markers for longer throws on a few of the baskets (1 and 4 come to mind)
The "turf" tee pads weren't bad.... hope they hold up through what is likely to be wet areas as close to the river as the course is...
Loved the first 5 holes..... wooded, narrow fairways, but not long..... could recover from a hit tree.
#1 210 ft open shot into the last 50 ft of wooded passage.
#2 Reachable 275 ft dog leg left coming out of the woods with tree protection in front of the basket
#3 220 ft narrow fairway with minor tree protection
#4 & #5 dog leg rights of 200 and 270 respectively
Cons: After the tease of #1- #5, holes #6 thru #9 were just long open field throws (6- 330 ft, 7- 620 ft, 8- 360 and 9- 570.) with minimal obstacles.
(Full disclosure: I am 55+ with a best drive of 250 ft on a good day!!)
Would have liked to see those long ones interspersed rather than 4 in a row to conclude.
Other Thoughts: Never played the original, but a look at the old map showed a few holes matching up, and new ones created.
I loved the start of the course winding through the woods, but was not wowed by the finish. As stated in the cons blending the long and short holes rather than
making it seem like two distinct 1/2 courses would have been better.
All that said, it was a fun play worthy of the 2.5 typical rating. Looks like improvements are in the works, which could get this to a 3 or maybe even 3.5....
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Pros: The new 9 hole layout is a very playable disc golf course. Although lacking in elevation, tight fairways and long field shots make for a good game. Please note any reviews before 10/2017 may be irrelevant.
Cons: Still under improvement.
Other Thoughts: This course may flood during elevated river levels.
Back from the dead.
Pros: 1. Quiet spot with very few other park users.
2. Decent mix of shots and distance.
3. Good compliment to nearby Watson Trails.
4. Turf Tee Pads
Cons: 1. Will be under water for a few months most years.
2. Old disc catcher baskets.
3. Holes 6-9 currently lack tee signs.
4. No kiosk.
Other Thoughts: This is an ongoing project by the St. Louis Disc Golf Club. The thing I like the most is how peaceful it is back there, you will be hard pressed to find that anywhere else in the metro area.
The original course was pulled before I moved to town, so I can not compare, but the current layout seems to be a minor improvement over past attempts, there are no sub 100 foot holes (but there are a few tight shorties) the flow is good enough.
I find it easy to have a good time here.
There are plans for a back 9.
12 Helpful / 3 Not
I'm puzzled by my disappointment
Pros: I was not expecting very much from the new Unger layout, and even with those low expectations I was disappointed. There is really not a lot of good things to talk about here. It can be a very pretty spot nature-wise. The baskets are Titans and catch very well. I'm really struggling to find anything else good to say.
Cons: It's short. Putter-shot short. Most of the shots are designed well in theory, but only a beginner would really be challenged by the distances. The course is flat-ish, so elevation doesn't add anything to the short holes. A lot of the holes use pinball trees that make luck more of a factor than skill here.
Navigation is a nightmare. You really just have to wander around looking for poorly marked tees. I waited a long time to review this course thinking that it would be marked in due time, but it seems like it has been forgotten.
The course was hacked out in a hurry, and it shows. There are lots of stumps left waiting to test the strength of your ankles.
Even though this course was hastily moved from the old flooded location, it seems that every time I have been here the course was still wet and sloppy. Given the experience with the old course, the course will probably run wild and overgrown in the summer. Given the swampy nature of the area and the poor maintenance of the park, it just does not seem to be a spot very well suited for a disc golf course.
Other Thoughts: The Unger Park experiment has not turned out very well. The original course was flooded most of the time, and there really does not seem to be any interest in breathing any life into this new layout. There was talk of expanding it to 18, but three of the baskets from the old layout were stolen. The current course is poorly designed, poorly marked and not taken care of. The park seems to always be wet and not a good site for disc golf. St. Louis would be better off if this embarrassing little course was done away with and the baskets moved to another location.
12 of 15 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 3 Not
Not quite all there
Pros: The course plays through some nice woods and some grassy fairways with brush lining them. Many of the holes have good risk reward, errant shots off the fairway will almost certainly cost strokes. The baskets are in good shape, and the fairways are nicely mowed. There aren't any conflicts with other park uses.
Cons: There is no marking other than faded spraypaint on the ground. The scorecards at the course are for an old layout making them completely useless, and the map here is only slightly more helpful. We think we found all 9 baskets and played them the way they were intended, but that took well over an hour of wandering for a short 9 hole course. Just painting the grass to mark tees and navigation isn't sufficient.
The course feels very unfinished, the fairways have dead branches and small stumps all over the place. the 'tees' are often in the same shape, without very good footing or tee surfaces. The actual holes are interesting for putter/superclass shots but don't offer much challenge with very little length and the only real challenge coming from some pinball trees on a few holes.
Other Thoughts: This is not a course to go out of your way for, and without a guide it's quite difficult to really play. Beginners will find the course short, but punishing and frustrating to follow. More experienced players won't find many interesting challenges, and should be able to reach all holes with a putter. There is some potential on this piece of property, but a lot of work needs to happen to make this much of a course.
11 of 14 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 3 Not
The new waterproof unger
Pros: No more muddy or submerged holes.
Very secluded, no one plays here.
I found 3 discs in one outing.
Scored 5 under, but also a CON
Good for putter/ace practice.
Cons: Now only 9 holes.
No more beaver HUT! WHYYYY??
Too short, there are holes under 100 feet..
Other Thoughts: Yes I agree with the previous reviewer about confusing layout, but its not that bad, we figured it out easily. I added a map for you to check. Im sure signs will be placed in the future.
Added a course map, in the files section.
Not 100% sure this is correct but this is the order we played. We tried to follow the spray painted arrows but they are starting to wear off. Use this map to get around.
Also added pictures of a few holes.
A lot of the older baskets are still in their original placements so you could technically go and play them as well, but it is starting to get overgrown.
Not worth a trip to play this course anymore, it had promise as a young pro 18-hole course, but now it is just a short recreational 9. It is understandable they changed this course because the water level of lake unger made it impossible to play 5-6 of the original 18
5 of 8 people found this review helpful.
18 Helpful / 1 Not
Don't Even Bother
Pros: It has baskets and a parking lot. Trails are adequately cleared.
Cons: *deep breath*...
No sign to point you towards the first tee (which has been moved via the redesign).
Paint on the asphalt that points towards 1's fairway, but where the hell is the marker(s) for the pad?
Where's 2's teepad?
Where's 3's pad?
Someone had the bright idea of painting directional arrows and numbers ON THE GRASS, so info may have been marked last week, but it's all trampled/weathered away/mowed over by now. Abject stupidity.
No numbers on the baskets (they've been deliberately cut off), so even if you find them, you still don't know if it's where you're supposed to be shooting.
Still plenty of stumps to trip over. (A carry-over from the old layout)
4x4 post at the first (tee?) has big stack of scorecards in the mailbox, but they're all FROM THE OLD LAYOUT! The course map on them is completely useless. What the hell is the point of supplying a course with scorecards from an obsolete layout?!?!
Where's the benches?
Where's the trashcans?
Where's the teesigns?
Other Thoughts: The old 18-hole layout is garbage now (lake keeps flooding and ruining 5 or 6 of the original holes).
Was that poorly designed? Maybe.
Whoever drew that plan up didn't anticipate the lake getting as high as it (repeatedly) has, hence the only-9-hole redesign.
C'est la vie.
This new nine IS situated higher up away from the lake so it'll stay dry, but if you don't know where the hell to go/where you're supposed to shoot, what's the point???
It's good that the St. Louis club put the time/money in to redesign the course and create a layout that can be played year-round regardless of the river levels.
But the execution of that plan is so piss-poor, it's beyond comprehension.
This course went from being an occasionally playable excellent 18 layout to a WTF 9 hole travesty.
(For extra fun, drive around to the south/east side of the lake and see if you can find all of the baskets just sitting there in their original pins rusting in the floodwater. Makes ya wonder where exactly your membership money is going...)
This course has been in the ground for almost 2 years, making it bad enough already that basics weren't there. The fact that the simplest additions STILL aren't there after the redesign (which was being discussed 9-10 months ago) is just bullshit.
Another shining example of River City Flyers ineptitude. Don't waste the time driving there.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful.
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