Nothing Too Exciting-Just A Solid Recreational 9!
Pros: Watson Trails Park is a lovely, well maintained city park. The park features tennis courts, walking trails, a fairly large lake, some smaller creeks, picnic facilities and children's playground and the large wooded walking area. The course is mostly interconnected with the walking area so players will always have to be aware of walkers, joggers, etc. Another plus is the park doesn't have much underbrush so spotting those errant throws is pretty easy.
As you park in the parking lot, there is a Kiosk with some disc golf information. The tee signs are simple. They just have a hole # on them, no distance, map or par. But they do have a couple of bag holder hooks on each. The tee pads are mostly concrete now. The Discatcher baskets have the yellow band and a small number on the band.
The holes play as a straight recreational level. Holes all seem to be in the 180 to 270' length, although there are sometimes enough trees to add challenge.
# 1 and # 7 are both holes that are a little tougher.
On the other hand, # 4, by the pond, is just a short, straight 190 ACE run.
Cons: There are some fairly long walkouts after 5 and again after 6 so navigation the first time through is just a little tricky.
Better players might be bored by shorter distances and rec level challenge here. On the other hand, excellent course for beginners or less experienced players.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I enjoyed this course. I understand that it has it's issues in the past, however, I think most of them have been addressed. What's left now is a enjoyable recreational course. It's not designed for the advanced level player or maybe not even the intermediate player but it's a nice little course for a majority of the disc golfers out there. I hope the city continues to provide maintenance and upkeep.
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This course needs a more current review!
Pros: -Really nice park with flourishing scenery and wildlife.
-Most holes have concrete tee pads.
-Plays very quick. Good for two or three runs.
-Good variety in approach shots
-Ample birdy opportunities for intermediate players.
Cons: -No chances to throw a big drive. Even when you play the longer holes, like 5, 6, 7... there are just too many trees in the way.
-Finding hole 7 was a challenge my first time out.
-I don't appreciate how the fairway on hole 3 runs thirty feet behind the hole 2 basket.
-Little variety in drives.
-Designated tee off markers for every hole would be nice.
Other Thoughts: I'm reading a lot of reviews that I simply can't agree with. Granted I've started playing this course in 2015, but I think many complaints are from previous issues that have been addressed.
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Pros: -Beautiful park, well maintained.
-Neat waterfalls and lakes that don't really come into play but make for a nice backdrop.
-Good for a quick 9.
-A lot of birdie opp.
-Don't really need a map to get around.
-Very technical, lots of trees all over.
Cons: -No tee off pads, hardly marked pads at all.
-A lot of the holes play very close to the rest of the park (ie playground, walking paths, ect.
-Very, very, very short. Can play 9 in 30 mins.
-Feels like the course is smashed up on top of itself. Probably could of used the land a little better.
-Some holes are pretty far from the one you just played.
-Wouldn't take much for this course to be crowded.
-Baskets are shallow.
-Tons of children in the summer and weekend.
Other Thoughts: All in all I really enjoyed the course. I will play again but would much rather play a number of other great couses in the area.
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3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: + Decent elevation (nothing too big though)
+ #1 is a nice risk/reward type hole. You can go for the very protected straight path but have a short approach, or go to the open left but have a longer approach shot.
+ Maintenance is decent, not as much mulch as there used to though.
+ Cool water fall behind #4's pin.
Cons: - The flow is awful! Especially the walk from 6 to 7. If it is your first time playing here you WILL get lost and confused, there are multiple spots where you can't find the tee or don't know which direction to go after you complete a hole.
- Holes are on the short side. If you like throwing a buzzz you'll throw it alot.
- All the holes have a simple line (except for #1 (see pros) and #2 which is just cluttered with small trees)
- Nothing to help navigation so it can be troublesome
- Natural tee pads
- Stinky pond that doesn't really come into play
- The course is short and scrunched in along with other park activities.
- Baskets are shallow and have only 1 layer of chains so I had a few disappointing booted putts.
- Usually crowded, and when I went last time it was full of obnoxious teens that weren't to friendly.
Other Thoughts: > Short and scrunched
> Either a simple line or overly wooded.
> As you might have already guessed, I don't like this course. There are much better courses in the area. The best 9 hole is probably Schroeder (Manchester). So if this is your first time in the area or thinking about playing this course, take my advice and play somewhere else, you will have a much better experience.
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Pros: This course has very decorated holes, hole 7 and 8 both have decorative plants lining the fairways. All the baskets are intact and there's little to no vandalism around the park. Very calm atmosphere when you play due to the course being somewhat secluded in spots.
Cons: There are no directions or marking arrows, and there are no maps of the course whatsoever. It is somewhat compacted in the area its in. Hole 4 seems to smell like stagnant water.
Other Thoughts: The course is a nice addition in south county and really shows that not everything is Suburban around the area. Not only is the course nice but the park as a whole is worth a walk around.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Holy Trees batman!
Pros: This course is easily accessible, gives you a challenge of both narrow fairways, and open drives. They have changed the layout of this course since I have last played it, and I am liking the new positions so far.
This is a great course to make up your own tee pads on
Cons: Course is kinda crammed in, and in a very public park which means you may have to wait for park goes to move. Lots of mud on the back few holes where they have attempted to lay straw down to protect it.
New layout took out the shot over water on 3rd hole which i enjoyed and hit my first ace on
Other Thoughts: I would like to see this course laid out a bit differently, but all in all its worth playing.
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5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: It's a very technical course that feels longer than it is because of the terrain and trees and it's in a part of the St.Louis area where there are currently no other courses to play. The tight spaces and all the skinny trees really make even an experienced player stop and think about their line, disc and approach strategy. The course gives you an opportunity for variety in both your throw style and discs used.
There are trash cans at every tee and the park is really clean.
There are really excellent score cards/maps in the box at tee-pad 1 at all times.
Although the holes at this course are mostly short by contrast to parks like Creve Coeur and Sioux Passage, there are a few that you can actually let it rip a bit on... but it has to be a very accurate rip; just a few feet off in either direction and you're going to nail a tree and turn that big drive into a big mistake. Even holes, like 2, with an easily reachable distance require a perfect line (and a little luck) to reach the bucket through the trees.
Holes 2,5 and 7 offer a cool (and narrow) dual path to the pin scenario so that you can choose your backhand or forehand, hyzer or anhyzer throw, in an attempt to trace the best safe path to the basket.
I like that each of the baskets are bright and easy to see and have the hole number as well as the Par clearly labeled right on them to see from any direction.
Another great thing about this course is that it is ALL in the nice, shady woods; that's a BIG and welcome benefit in the summer heat.
Cons: It has some tee navigation problems for 1st time visitors who don't grab a map/scorecard: it's easy to get mixed up at the bridge that runs between tee 3 and 5. then it's a little walk down the path, over a different bridge and past the pond to 4. Hole 5 is right up the hill from 4's basket on the opposite end of the bridge you tee off 3 from and then hole 6 is at the top of the wood and stone staircase just past basket 5. Then there's 7... hmm, 7... has anyone seen 7? Well, 7 is back north into the park, across the path between the lake and the playground and NOPE, that's 9, keep walking and look to the left. "Oh, there's 7." Then you walk up the stairs and past the flower garden to find... tee 8. Now, you can march back down the slope to the left, taking you across the middle of the 9 fairway to find tee 9 and throw a really awkward, non-disc-golf-like shot back up the hill and you're done. Other issues are the worn-down dirt and terrible gravel tee's built by some Eagle Scouts. Some occasional marshiness on the south side of the fairway on 7 and a general lack of maintenance.
What really stinks about this course is the parks dept treating it like the unwanted stepchild - it get's no respect and no love... seems like it is intentionally neglected and set up to cater to as few players as possible.
UPDATE: A couple of baskets have been damaged (bent and beat out of shape and they stand crooked) over the course of 2014 and the parks dept. has done nothing about it (and the club has been told that our assistance is not needed).
Other Thoughts: When it's been raining in St. Louis (despite what it seems would be the case with a mostly dirt course) Watson Trails dries quick and can generally be played the day after a storm. Another unexpected thing on this all-woods course is that it's easy to find your disc (except for really bad throws on 7...) because there isn't much underbrush.
UPDATE: All the maintenance on the course/park has done nothing to improve the course, except cleaning up the disaster of honeysuckle and weeds on the left side of 7's fairway. Hole 9's tee was moved to a terrible position that doesn't make any sense at all - discs just don't fly that way folks. The parks dept's efforts at controlling runoff and erosion were poorly planned and executed - the problem is just as bad as before and left some boggy areas to deal with. Vandalism and graffiti continue to be a problem at a park in the middle of a "wealthy" neighborhood and right next door to the police station - WTF? Also, some really dumb tee posts, which look at home on a run down mini-golf course were put in last year and half of them are right where you're going to hit them with your hand when you throw - watch out.
IMPORTANT NOTES: All the tee signs are WRONG. All holes are par 3 except hole 1 is par 4... and the distances are off because this course has been rearranged several times to make room for other parks projects.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Great Family Fun
Pros: Great warm-up...good practice course for approach shots..nothing too far..and anything over 300 is a par 4 so way easy but good practice for your short game.
Cons: short..no tee pads..and muddy. A lot of construction right now..so very noisy and a few more OB then regular...
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Pros: fun little 9 hole, woody technical , signs, restrooms, soda machines, lots of ace runs, some elevation changes
Cons: no real pads, no real long holes
Other Thoughts: fun little park , nice way to warm up before goin to jefferson barracks
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Short n easy
Pros: The course plays through a hilly wooded area in the corner of a park. One hole is open, most of the rest play on tight fairways through dense trees. The trees are used well to add difficulty to a course made up mostly of ace run holes. There is a good mix of left and right turning holes to keep things a little more interesting.
There are two sets of tees, which offer an even easier option for newer less experienced players. The baskets are in good shape if a little marked up with ace graffiti. There are sign posts with hole numbers and distances that make the long tees easier to find.
The park is very scenic, and a nice pretty place to play. There is a pond and some small streams in play that add a little bit of risk/reward, and a nice water shot. Even though it's not the best course, it's a nice place to play a quick round or bring new players.
Cons: There are a couple places where the next tee is very difficult to find. There are no signs indicating the flow of the course, so I had to do some wandering to find my way around. There are also a couple blind baskets so I had to do a little extra walking since there are no hole maps on the tee signs.
The tees are natural and fairly rough and rutted, except where the asphalt path cuts across part of the tee causing a large step in the middle of the tee area. The short (red) tees are marked only with ground level markers, so they seemed difficult to find.
It seemed like there was enough room here to make some longer, more difficult holes. While the design did a good job of making ace run holes different and interesting, it would have been nice to have a few holes with a higher level of difficulty. The walking path running through the course could be a real issue if there were many people using it, as it comes into play on a few tees and on some fairways.
Other Thoughts: Other than the navigation issues, this is a beginner friendly course without too much difficulty, and not much deep brush to hide errant throws in the trees. More experienced players will not find much difficulty here, and will enjoy this course more with just a putter.
There are lots of better courses around St. Louis, so if you have time to go elsewhere I would recommend that. This is still a fun little course, and a good place to play a nice quick round though.
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