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3.9
200 Reviews (200)
5 Stars
52
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
10
1 Stars
6
Conditions
3.9
Value
3.8
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
3.2
Amenities
3.6
85.3%
Recommend this course
176 out of 200 reviews
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3.7
22 Reviews (22)
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.8
Value
3.4
Layout
4.0
Pace
2.9
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
3.9
72.7%
Recommend this course
16 out of 22 reviews
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3.7
33 Reviews (33)
5 Stars
10
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.8
Value
3.6
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.3
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.1
75.8%
Recommend this course
25 out of 33 reviews
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Holes 9
Type Public
Par 35
Length 3047 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A
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Forest Park Golf Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1912
Fairways Zoysia Grass
Greens L-93 Bentgrass
Architect Hale Irwin (2003) Robert Foulis Stan Gentry (2003)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Missouri (2016 #11)

Reviews

3.9
200 Reviews (200)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 15
Patio Dining 12
Brunch 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 20
Elevation Changes 16
Water Hazards 15
This course/club is great for:
9-Hole Rounds 25
Locals 23
Walkers 17
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 35
Near Local Attractions 22

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Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

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!

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

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

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 134
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Missouri Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
1.0
Verified Purchaser

Course ok with cancel but not you

My playing partner had medical problem so I cancelled at course but could not get cancelled with you. Not good

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

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.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

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

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

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.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Hot

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

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Snail emoji here

Took 3 1/2 hours to play 9…. Be prepared to wait at every tee box.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 44
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Missouri Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

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…

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
First Time Playing

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.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Over booked

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

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0

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.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played

$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.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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