As most who will read this know, I’m still fairly new to the Saint Louis area. I’ve lived here since I graduated in 2017 and one of the biggest struggles moving to a new city was just not being in the know. It’s something you take for granted if you’ve been ingratiated within your community for a while. I like to play golf, always have. I’m pretty average – but I love to go (although I did shoot 82 not that long ago – not a big deal).
One of golf’s biggest problems is its barrier of entry. If you aren’t raised and taught in it, it can be challenging and expensive to get into – which is a shame because everyone should be able to enjoy it. I didn’t play much when I first moved here because all the sudden I didn’t have anyone to play with, I didn’t know the courses, etc. I’ve since grown out of that and this summer, especially since the start of the pandemic, it’s been one of my favorite things to do. So that’s why I’m doing these reviews! I hope you find them informative and helpful, but don’t take them too seriously. After all, it’s just my opinion – which matters about as much as the next person’s.
Crescent Farms Golf Club
745 Lewis Rd, Crescent, MO 63025
Holes: 18 (plus a 9-hole par 3 course)
Cost Effectiveness: 8.5
Style and Layout: 9
I wanted to start these reviews with a good one, and Crescent Farms is that. Even the drive in to the course is an experience. It's nestled pretty close to two other courses I've heard great things about (Aberdeen & Pevely Farms) pretty deep in the wilderness. It was a bit of a drive and I'm sure that's the case for most who play it, but it's worth it. The fairways are crisp and consistent, which isn't easy to do. There aren't any dead spots you'll be having to kick your ball out of. The big takeaway I had after playing there was you'd better hit it pretty straight off the tee. It's less daunting once you get away from the tee box, but on basically every hole if you miss the fairway by even a few feet on either side, you'll be playing Plinko in the trees. The rough is actually thicker than I initially gave it credit for, but it's inconsistent depending on where you're at on the course. My one legit complaint is the greens. They are extremely bumpy, and the cups were rounded and without firm edges. They were also extremely slow, which I actually didn't mind and if you can take advantage, it will help your score immensely. Aside from that, the place is beautiful, challenging, fairly priced, and pretty well taken care of. The holes have good variety, and it looked like there were a lot of experienced golfers out there, which I always take as a good sign. If you're just starting out, I'd maybe wait to play this one, as it's usually pretty busy and it could be a frustrating experience constantly looking for your ball while feeling the pressure of the group behind you. But if you live in the STL area, Crescent Farms is a must-try.