The Best Tee Boxes Around
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: --Review title? They're larger than most concrete tee pads in all St. Louis and even have a red foul zone on the end. You will land most of your drives the way you intended. Good footing and plenty of run-up space. Just absolutely fantastic.
--Some of the best navigation around, considering the tees aren't all the easiest to find (some of them absolutely are, then a few tell you to scale a hill or cross a distant bridge) but if you can't get a map, take a picture of the one at the front and look for the nice arrow stones near each pin that will point you exactly where you need to go.
--Despite the grass being way too long (and seemingly flattened but not cut?) the place is still pretty beautiful; lightly wooded with tall trees and some man-made ponds that you will hug at times on your trek, but they will never become an obstacle.
--Variety, the thing I value most in a disc golf course, and it's here. Some holes will be at a 185' and the next will be at either 492', 590' or 924' so that's something. Elevation changes are average but they're there.
--3 chain gateway titants. Not bad, you can see them pretty well on this course.
Cons: --Long grass that seems like someone attempted to cut it but failed and merely flattened it.
--Bugs galore, spray up.
--Park definitely smells like butt throughout thanks to the river des peres running down the west side, and I'm not so sure the water being sprayed out of that awkward pipe spout into the ponds is doing any favors for the fragrances you'll endure.
--I'm not sure if there used to be trash cans at every tee but they are definitely not at every tee at this point in time. More like a select few, that was frustrating when you're emptying water bottles every 5 holes.
--Some of these holes are very forgettable, none are truly awful but despite the variety in distances, many of the flight paths require little technical shot placement and pins often seemed set up in somewhat random spots.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is definitely a great course to have if you're near the downtown St. Louis area, but for those of us in West County or far North County this is too much of a drive to frequent a visit. Courses like Quail Ridge, Sioux Passage, or Jefferson Barracks (which is not far at all from Willmore) all merit regular visits as well as the lengthy trip, but not Willmore unfortunately.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Lovely Park With Great Club Support!
Pros: Wilmore Park is a lovely, green park with rolling terrain and a of couple pretty lakes. The lakes are always present but don't really come into play on the course.
This is a course where you can see that the local club, in this case, the St. Louis Disc Club, has really put forth the effort into making this a first class disc golfing experience. Their mark is everywhere, starting with the kiosk with it's league and tourney information and then on to the nice, new 12' concrete tee pads. They wider at the back which helps direct you to the hole and also have a 4' long concrete foul box. The tee signs are attached to 4" x 4" and have bag holder hooks. The signs give the basic information. The baskets are the Gateway triple chain models. They're nice although a little hard to spot in the shady woods. I'd always prefer the brighter DGA models.
One nice thing about this course is the variety of distances. There is one nice short ACE run (# 6 @ 184'), another slightly longer ACE possibility on # 16 playing about 266' and then a nice combination of holes in the 300' range, some 400', some 500' and then # 11 playing over 700' from the short and over 900' from the longer tees.
The course is mostly open with a scattering of trees, just enough to provide challenge throughout the hole, whether it be early off the tee, mid-fairway or around the baskets. But they are usually used to maximum benefit. There is virtually no underbrush on the course. Coming from the Northwest, I appreciate these Midwestern courses with little to no underbrush. But this lack of underbrush means that errant shots are not punished too severely. It's almost always fairly easy to get back on track, perhaps with just a loss of a stroke.
Cons: There were some long walkouts. Some felt necessary, others seem unnecessary to me.
The mostly open terrain did seem to get a little redundant to me. I found myself looking to try different shots, just to amuse myself on some holes. Like how far can I throw a roller here. But saying that, the course is great for those possessing a nice roller in their repertoire.
Other Thoughts: I'm not completely sold on the red foul box on the tee pads. I'd hate to see some nit picky player calling a foul box violation in crucial situation in a tournament. I know the reasoning behind them but I don't know if they're worth the hassles that could possibly arise.
This is just one really fun, comfortable park to come and play disc golf. Although long, beginner type players could enjoy a round here due to the lack of obstacles and underbrush. Advanced type players, I think will find challenge playing from the longer tees. I just wish the course had the one or maybe even two, really signature types holes, that players remember and talk about after they leave the park.
These nicely rolling hills are always good fun to throw in. Keep up the good work here, St. Louis Disc Club!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
A Solid Course With Potential
Pros: -Baskets are brand new and catch well.
-Park is in very good shape and very well maintained.
-Good variety of hole lengths on this course. A couple of the holes are around 200 feet and then there are a few holes that are 500 or 600 feet long.
-The elevation available in the park is used pretty well on this course.
--This course is spread out so the holes don't interfere with each other.
-The available trees in the park are used pretty well on this course. The course features some straight shots and then some shots that go right or left.
-Easily accessible bathrooms and trashcans on the course.
-Arrows set into the ground near each basket pointing in the direction of the next tee.
Cons: -Tee-pads are dirt. I played this course after it had rained and they were nearly unusable. Concrete tee-pads are really needed on this course.
-Tee-signs need to be improved. Currently they are only a post with the distance to each pin position. With some of the longer holes, this course definitely needs tee-signs that shows the layout of the hole.
-The flow of this course isn't exactly easy to follow.There are lots of long walks between the tees and some times they make you walk the exact way you just came. Even with the arrows at each basket, it was sometimes hard to find the next tee-pad. I was able to pull up a map on my phone and it helped quite a bit. Without the map, I probably wouldn't have been able to find all of the tee-pads.
-Couple holes especially holes six felt like filler holes and weren't overly exciting.
-None of the holes were very wooded or tight and didn't really force specific shot types. None of the holes overly difficult either.
-It's a shame they weren't able to bring the ponds into play more. I see why they couldn't because of the amount of people fishing on them, but it is still a shame.
Other Thoughts: This was solid course. None of the holes were super memorable, but there were still solid. If the flow of this course was improved and concrete tee-pads and tee-signs were added this could be a pretty good course. If you are in the area it is worth playing, but I wouldn't consider it a destination course.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Designer Response by: stubborn puppet
Consider checking out the brand new, 12' long tee concrete tee pads. They're 5' wide in the front, 8' wide in the back and have a 4' long red concrete foul box up front for safety and to prevent erosion. I think it might improve your rating. Enjoy.
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