Forest Park Golf Course - Hawthorne
|White/Forward (W)||35||2087 yards|
|Black M: 68.8/119||387||179||415||184||381||516||299||536||150||3047||6187|
|Yellow M: 66.3/117 W: 71.3/117||358||158||387||166||352||493||276||481||134||2805||5605|
|Blue M: 62.9/110 W: 66.6/111||309||136||340||133||285||404||258||427||106||2398||4865|
|White M: 61.4/92 W: 62.8/101||248||114||304||110||197||377||240||403||94||2087||4210|
Food & BeverageBar, Grill
Available FacilitiesClubhouse, Banquet Facilities
Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Missouri
Perfect day for golf!
I've played Forest Park since I was 15, am 70 now.
Don't ever recall the course being in better shape.
I'm old n not at all a long hitter, so YES, the course
is tuff for me. I also play @ The Highlands course
and do much better there as far as scoring, but it's
MUCH shorter. IT was an absolutely gorgeous day,
sunny n comfy temps on Oct 4, 2021.
REALLY enjoyed the course with my son. He kicked
the old man to the curb but we both loved it.
Slow play because it was super busy, but I"m retired
and my son was OFF, so we were in no big hurry.
Forest Park is one of my favorite places on God's
green earth, Being going there since I was 7 or 8,
when I used to fish in one of the ponds. LOVE IT!
Gorgeous as always
Pace of play was pretty good for how full the course was,only complaint is the leaves could be better cleared from the fairways
Good Muncipality Course To Play
For a municipal golf course, Forest Park is well run and is in surprisingly good shape considering the number of rounds they have there. We played the Redbud/Dogwood courses.
The Redbud course has the most character, next is the Dogwood course. First 3 holes are interesting, and the rest are flat. Hawthorn is all flat.
The fairways are some of the best zoysia fairways you will find on a public golf course. The greens are in decent shape and at a good speed. The downfall of the greens is there are so many ball marks because of the amount of play and the well-watered greens.
The par 3, 6th hole on Redbud is an interesting hole. The green is 3 tiered. With the middle part of the green being the “gully” of the green. They had the pin on a slope which was not fair. The 8th hole on Redbud, has severe erosion issues on the left side of the hole, near the cart path.
Pace of play on Wednesday morning was outstanding. Did not have to wait at all.
Forest Park - Hawthorn 9 Dogwood 9
What a great public course. Forest Park is a Gem and having a public course of this quality is amazing. As a visitor to the city a wonderful way to see the park.
Dogwood/Redbud at Forest park
Course in overall very good condition. After rain,however, they turn to “cart path only on 6-8 very hilly holes which lessens the experience . Nevertheless, we had a fun round
Golf in the city is amazing
It is in a great location with great greens and competitive holes. It is an enjoyable time. I was worried about pace of play but we rarely had to wait which makes for a great golf experience.
Love Forest park
The course is great.
The pace of play was horrible. 5 hours.
Drink cart girl was only seen once.
Love the Course and the condition.
Played Hawthorn for nine holes today. URGENT NOTICE NO WAYER FOR GOLFERS ON COURSE, and it was mid 90’s today. No earning from staff at check in, ridiculous. Typical experience at Forest Park Probstein
Just too crowded to enjoy
While I like all three nine-hole layouts in Forest Park, I simply don’t enjoy playing there because it is ALWAYS so crowded. Was hoping for something different this time and praying for the best. But not surprisingly, our group ended up taking more than five hours to play, even on a weekday morning.
The two nines we played were both in solid condition. The greens were a little slow and rolled true but had a lot of unrepaired ball marks on them. The tee boxes were good and the fairways were maintained well. All plusses that would normally make me want to play a course like that more often.
However, it was packed and my dread of a long slog came through. It started as we got to the first tee box. We saw there was a group on the green, a foursome in the fairway and a couple waiting to tee off. Things never got much better and we had long waits on each and every single shot.
Like I said, I enjoy the course itself. If my group could get the very first tee time of the day and have it completely open, I would rate the course much higher. But the fact that EVERY single time I play there, it is a five-hour plus round, makes me give it a lower rating than it deserves. I’m sure they would never do it because it would cost them money, but a few more minutes between tee times would be a big help. In addition, what they charge to play a five-plus hour round isn’t really worth it. But because it is packed all the time, they will never change.
This will probably be the one time I play Forest Park this year. Maybe I’ll hope for the best and try again next year. I know - insanity. Sigh…
Public Golf at Its Worst.
Had 3:50 time. Got to tee and there were three groups on tee claiming same time. No marshal. Called shop, no answer. Went back to shop (quarter mile away) and were sent to new 9. "You'll be good there." We weren't. As we arrived so did another group making the turn. Had to cut in. Course was mundane, condition okay, but no one bothered to put rakes in bunkers. Our threesome spent almost $100 for this. Would not recommend that you do the same. Been in the golf business most of my life and played thousands of rounds of public golf. This was public golf at its worst. Embarrassing management. Colorless course. You can do better. Disappointed in GolfNow, too.
Played the first nine (dogwood) slow play, then went to tee off on redbud.
One group teed off, two more groups waiting in front of us ,one more group pulled up, and us, five groups waiting to tee off. We left didn’t get to play. Obviously overbooked. We won’t be back
Standard City Course
Played here at least 20 times. 5 hour minimum for 18. Layout a little wonky and gimmicky, but can keep you interested if only for that. They have a flat rectangle green and another one but it has a massive valley in the middle of it. Lots of city noise and traffic around the course and many “pedestrians” walking through the course. No marshal or beverage and snack cart. Greens a little fuzzy always but not awful. Lots of tree and foliage debris on greens, some so bad there’s not even a reason to read the putt. No range also.
I’ve learned that driving 30 to 45 min out of the city yields much nicer courses with much fast pace at the same price point or even cheaper. The time saved driving to Forest Park is more than made up by pace of play when driving outside the city for a round.
I only play at FP now when invited by friends for an outing, never my choice.
$61 for Sunday was ridiculous
They obviously aerated the greens in the last week. Greens are terrible to Pitt on as they didn’t do a good job of sanding and rolling so it is like plinko. I would give it another week or 2. They shouldn’t have been charging full price for these conditions.