St. Louis (Hazelwood), MO 
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 Missouri's First Course Is Still A Fun Throw!

1    10/24/2015   10/25/2015
Review By: The Valkyrie Kid
Played: 1270  Reviewed: 1219  Exp: 40.3 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Missouri's oldest course was built in 1979. Although it seems very tame by today's standards, it still provides plenty of punch in a small package. The course is located behind the Hazelwood Recreation Center. The first nine holes definitely play as a pitch and putt level. Later holes on the back nine get a little longer and offer a bit more challenge.

The baskets are DGA models with the red numbers on top. There are two sets of tee pads. Most are concrete although there are a few natural pads to throw from. They're small but not much run-up is needed on these 200' holes. The signs are simple but many are missing.

The terrain is lovely, rough, rugged disc golf perfect, especially in those first few holes. It's also packed down hard and eroding along the creek. There is an especially interesting deep rugged canyon along # 1 on the right side.

There are several fun little ACE runs. In fact, almost every hole on the course is an ACE run.

Then you come to # 16 and it's an actual legitimate hole on any course. There is no sign but it's probably a 260' twisting anhyser up through the fairly thick grove of trees. The basket is then built up on a cool little platform. There is almost no room for error on # 16.
Cons: The course is a pitch and putt.

Being built in 1979' it favors shots with a slight hyser at the end.

Soil compaction and erosion is a problem. It's being addressed.
Other Thoughts: I had a blast playing White Birch and is often the case with these little pitch and putt courses, there three other groups playing here early on a Saturday. They may be small but they are popular with the public. Historic course is enjoyable. Come on out, chase those ACES, play the game in a relaxed, pressure free situation or bring out some newbies and show them what disc golf is all about.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 A Piece of History

1    5/10/2014   5/15/2014
Review By: Wise Fool
Played: 125  Reviewed: 118  Exp: 9.6 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Multiple tee-pads on each hole
-Concrete tee-pads
-Baskets are in solid shape and catch well
-The tee-signs that are still at the tee-pads are useful, with a layout of the hole and the distance of the hole.
-Some really tight wooded holes
-There is a solid mix of some more open holes and then some tighter wooded holes.
-Lots of baskets have drop-offs behind them, which adds to a little risk/reward to putting and makes some of the holes a little bit more challenging.
-There are a lot of ace runs on this course
-Good amount of elevation on this course, that is used fairly well.
-Pleasant park that made for a pleasant round.
-Hole 10 was my favorite hole on this course. It is the shortest hole on the course, but it plays straight uphill through a very tight wooded fairway. It was the hole I remember most from this course.
Cons: -All of the holes are really short on this course. I didn't need to use any drivers and I only used a mid-range once or twice.
-A lot of the tee-signs are missing
-The course can be a little hard to navigate. There are a lot of baskets in a small area and it can sometimes be a little hard to know, which basket you are actually throwing at.
-The course can start to feel repetitive after a while, especially on holes from 4 to 9. These holes basically feel like straight uphill or straight downhill.
-Lots of erosion. It can make some of the areas around the tee-pads dangerous, and also some of the slopes dangerous. They really need to do some work to help get rid of some of this erosion.
-Lots of crossing fairways and throwing near other baskets you just threw to. I would definitely keep an eye out for incoming discs if you are playing the course on a crowded day.
-Other than hole 10 none of the holes were very memorable.
-Not a very challenging course.
-Some thick rough that could be easy to lose a disc in.
Other Thoughts: This isn't a bad beginner course, but it is really starting to show it's age. This course really needs some work and maintenance. Due to the bad erosion, I would most definitely not play this course after the rain. Overall, this course is not worth going out of your way for, but it is good for players that don't throw very far and want to be able to reach some of the holes.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 White Birch DGC

1    2/1/2014   2/1/2014
Review By: catkiller12
Played: 17  Reviewed: 4  Exp: 6.7 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Has multiple tees and pin locations.

- Good course for working on mid-range and approach with short and heavily wooded holes.

- Since most of the holes are very short, this is a good course for beginners.

- Good use of the park's elevational changes.

- Several holes present challenges with some of the baskets being placed along the edge of the creek and others placed near out-of-bounds markers. If throws are slightly off line or too strong, discs could end up in the creek or out-of-bounds.

- The park isn't hard on the eyes with the wooded area and creek splitting the courses front nine and back nine holes.
Cons: - The course is very small for an 18 hole course. Many of the holes are crammed together so tightly it isn't hard to crossover onto another hole's fairway. During busy hours, this course could get extremely crowded. Keep eyes on the back of your head and watch out for other golfers crossing the fairway going to their next hole.

- The signage is a little confusing. Some holes have different signage than others and some holes don't even have signage at all. Have a map handy if you aren't familiar with the course.

- Not a course for long drives.
Other Thoughts: It might be a little frustrating at first navigating the course, but after running through it once, the course is enjoyable. It's a quick play. It isn't hard to play this course in less than an hour, but it might take longer if the course is crowded. The wooded areas, out-of-bounds, and water hazards present precision and accuracy challenges. However, the lack of open areas or long corridors for long drive opportunities limit the courses variety. Overall though it's a good course.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Oldest Course in MO

5+    10/16/2013   10/17/2013
Review By: Golden Tuna
Played: 134  Reviewed: 29  Exp: 17.6 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 2 sets of tee pads, easy to navigate, trash cans everywhere, quick play, always someone around to play with, community center with bathrooms, running water and sells discs (even glo discs)

The Pro and Am tees give a little variety to a short course and changes the lines for each hole just enough to make it a new challenge. Since the course is so small, you can usually see the tee and pin for the next hole from your current hole, which makes it very easy to find your way around. The compact size also makes it ideal for for Ace Races and Glo rounds. There are almost always a lot of locals on site to show you around or for a pickup round.
Cons: Can get very crowded during peak hours. Many of the holes criss cross, so you need to be watch your back.
Other Thoughts: This is a good example of what disc golf used to be before disc manufacturers started selling warp speed discs. This is a great place to work out your mids and putters and develop a solid short game. This course is also a (local) historic landmark as it was the first disc golf course in Missouri, established in 1979
Traveler's Tips: The course starts off the lower parking lot behind the community center. There is a $1 fee for non-residents of Hazelwood.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


2-4    5/30/2011   8/20/2013
Review By: Broll
Played: 10  Reviewed: 10
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course plays through a hilly wooded park with enough underbrush to punish poor drives but not enough to really eat discs. There is great elevation, and the course takes advantage of it on nearly every hole. Most play up or down the hills to add fun and challenge, and many have risky greens on hills or next to the large ravine running through the course.
Cons: can get very slick with rain or wet conditions. very rough terrian.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 watch out

2-4    2/2/2013   2/2/2013
Review By: birdman101
Played: 57  Reviewed: 23  Exp: 9.1 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Short course for getting beginners started.

There are 2 sets of tees on most holes.

Disc golf only area of the park

The creek makes a nice risk reward type shot on most holes and requires accuracy.
Cons: the 2 sets of tees dont add much change to the course. most barley add any distance to the holes, and some of the "pro" tees almost seem easier and the concrete pads are tiny

the creek that runs through most of the course has "dangerous" drop offs into that can be risky to climb up and down to retrieve an errant throw.

most of the signs are missing

Several baskets are close to each other, and other tees, so dont be surprised to have discs flying at you.

Any rain or snow makes this course a muddy swampy mess
Other Thoughts: Several holes force a righty to throw a turnover or a forehand, which is a nice change of pace

hole 10 sticks out in my head. It is almost straight up hill but really short

Nothing super exciting here, but it is the oldest course in Missouri, so if you are in the area play it for that reason but there are other better courses near by.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  Always a good time

1    12/23/2012   1/5/2013
Review By: rah_b_7
Played: 18  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 18.3 Years
This review was updated on 10/6/2013
Pros: All of the holes are short so you have a chance for birdie on every hole. And aces ( I've never gotten one )
Cons: Muddy and gets really crowded sometimes
Other Thoughts: Was the first course I ever played . Lots of good memories!!


5+    8/22/2012   8/23/2012
Review By: Mickdz
Played: 25  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 10.6 Years
Pros: technical course with easy right hook shots

All concrete tees some pro concrete tees

short course if speed golfing you can get a game in within 45 minutes
Cons: To much power and you'll over shoot every hole

lots of trash please try picking something up

can become crowded in the after noon once school is out

  My Home Course

5+    5/28/2012   5/28/2012
Review By: disclax33
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: All of the holes are short so you always have the chance for an ace. Great shots to practice accuracy. Many holes are in the shade and there are several benches throughout the course.
Cons: A creek runs through the course which isn't always fun to go get a disc out of. Deeper patches of woods sometimes make discs difficult to find but there are many conveinent trails and paths. It is a popular course so you occasionally have to wait on groups in front of you.
Other Thoughts: The whole course is off in the woods and the majority of the people are friendly. The holes are located considerably close to each other so walking is not much of a problem.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.


1    5/29/2011   5/30/2011
Review By: stubborn puppet
Played: 48  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 7.6 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: It's Missouri's first DG course and you can certainly feel it's history while you play it ; ) It's a shady course (playing almost exclusively in the woods), so it is a good place to play when the days are hot. Nice place to play a retro-round with an original Frisbee... if you have that inclination because the holes are all under 250ft and mostly under 190. Several very challenging shots and physically dangerous hazards are threatening you with a real reason to keep your shots on the fairway and minimize reckless throws. I see where work has been done to help prevent the horrible run-off and muddy washouts (I'm not sure it was enough) and the concrete tees were welcome. The park itself seems very nice: community center, water-park and a really cool looking skate park.
Cons: This course is, as hinted at before, short. All 18 combined are barely longer than most 9 hole courses in the area. When I went, it was really muddy and slippery (it had been over 2 days since the last rain). There was a creek that had washed out very badly to form a steep gully that was there to swallow your discs on at least 1/3 of the holes. I found the course layout to be very confusing for the most part. Most tees seemed to be missing a sign and half of the baskets were barely marked. The fairways were also too close together/overlapping to be safe, so watch you back and make sure you are aware of when other players are throwing.
Other Thoughts: Just like others have said, there are signs everywhere telling you to pay $1.00 to play, but there was nobody there at either building to take any money.
This course honestly seems a little scary. While I was there, I literally saw a guy break his leg from slipping on mud that had washed out across some stairs and almost slipped and fell and hurt myself trying to recover my buddy's disc and my own from the gully. I also didn't especially appreciate listening to all the excessively loud profanity, suggestive comments and racist comments from the drunk biker guys who were partying it up on the course. It's just a shame, I wanted to have a good time here...

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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