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4.4
303 Reviews (303)
5 Stars
149
4 Stars
124
3 Stars
21
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
5
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.6
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.1
98.0%
Recommend this course
289 out of 303 reviews
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4.5
42 Reviews (42)
5 Stars
28
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.7
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.5
100.0%
Recommend this course
42 out of 42 reviews
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4.5
62 Reviews (62)
5 Stars
38
4 Stars
21
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.7
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.5
100.0%
Recommend this course
62 out of 62 reviews
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About

Holes 9
Type Public
Style Executive
Par 30
Length 1795 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A

Course Details

Year Built 2000
Fairways Zoysia Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 10/01
Architect Arnold Palmer (2000)

Rentals/Services

Carts No
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Showers, Lockers

Reviews

4.4
303 Reviews (303)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 19
Watching the Game 9
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 35
Bunkers 33
Forced Carries 25
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 31
Locals 21
Seniors 16
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 34
Convenient to the City 16

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Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

so slow couldn't finish

Overheard group in front of us on practice green, they were playing 3 some in front of them and playing for $28 in prize $. With as much time they spent over 2 foot putts on the green you would have thought they were playing for 2 million. Group was also never ready to hit their shots in fairway. This had to be the slowest regular round group I have ever played behind!! Took over 2:45 to play 9. Never saw a marshal. darkness came before able to finish. Totally disappointed and frustrated!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 139
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Missouri Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

For Late November, Good Conditions & Price

Spencer T. Olin is in my Top 3 courses in the St. Louis metro area. Great design, low green fees and the people there are friendly.

For late November, I really couldn't complain about much. Course in good shape and a greens fee of $30. You can't beat that!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 21
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fun, challenging course

The course gets a B+, mindful it is a public track. Sole Staff member who we dealt with was extremely friendly and attentive. The driving range is so-so at best, and the balls beat up and fairly filthy. The course is long and challenging in my opinion from the White Tees (played 6,400 yards if I recall correctly). I am a left handed golfer and many of the holes set up quite nicely for LH’ers who draw the ball. Fairways in good shape. Several of the holes are blind shots - lack of course knowledge stung me a few times. Cannot comment on the bunkers - happily no visits to the beach. The greens are very large, wide and undulate greatly. Many of them slope quite severely as well. All in all I am glad we played it. Inexpensive, challenging round. 40 minute trip from STL.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 28
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good layout. Challenging.

H th is course if the only Arnold Palmer design in the area. It’s a challenge but fair.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 17
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 33
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 28
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

No Fivesomes Please

C'mon man - letting a group of 5 out on Sunday? The conditions have worsened and this course is becoming much less appealing especially given the distance to drive to play it.

This is a good layout and an Arnold Palmer design so I do enjoy it although it is certainly slipping. The girls in the bar area area are nice and the dude behind the pro shop desk was fine.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 139
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Missouri Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Overall Good Conditions, Some Issues Though

Spencer T. Olin is one of my favorite 3 courses in the St. Louis metro area. Great price for an upscale golf course. Overall, the tees, fairways and greens were in good shape. However, there were a few areas that need attention, which I will list below:

Green #5 - oil leakage from a mower has created lines of dead grass. It really didn't affect your putts, just unsightly.

A couple of rough areas in fairways of holes 1, 6 & 10. Crabgrass in fairway 7.

Hole 11 - fringe is brown due to heat stress

Hole 12 - grass is brown in front of the green from heat stress

Holes 12, 13, 14. A weed is creeping onto the greens. I don't see the course doing anything to counteract this issue. Not affecting a significant part of the greens but could be an issue if unattended to.

Hole 14 – from the yellow tees, they have planted a small tree right in the sightline of the tee to the fairway. When the tree grows and gets larger, it will block the view of the hole. Why plant it there?

Pace of place was slow.

With the day being very hot, a beverage cart was needed on the course. They did have a few water coolers on the course.

Even with these comments, well worth the drive to Alton to play an upscale course, which has a great design and an incrediable great price.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Outstanding!

Very friendly staff! Course was beautiful and very well maintained. Will be back again for sure!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful course!

Some portions under repair. Aside from that, generally great course condition with only exception the divot marks on greens. Impacted some puts. Fun, challenging and visually pleasing layout. View from tee boxes allow you swing freely on most par 4’s and 5’s - bunkers were in great playing shape.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 66
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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