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Spencer T. Olin Learning Center 9-hole Course

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4.4
160
5 Stars
76
4 Stars
65
3 Stars
14
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
3.7
Amenities
4.0
94.6%
Recommend this course
150 out of 160 reviews
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4.5
4
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.8
Value
4.0
Layout
4.8
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.0
75.0%
Recommend this course
3 out of 4 reviews
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Average Rating
4.3
22
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Pace
3.5
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.1
95.5%
Recommend this course
21 out of 22 reviews
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About

Holes 9
Type Public
Style Executive
Par 30
Length 1795 yards
Slope 0
Rating 0.0
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 30 1795 yards
Red 30 1300 yards 35.5 113
Scorecard for The Learning Center
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out Total
Blue M: 37.0/129 152 103 123 510 176 149 132 122 325 1792 1792
White M: 35.7/123 134 93 110 473 160 120 121 112 300 1623 1623
Gold M: 34.4/121 W: 37.0/124 113 83 98 441 137 112 94 92 275 1445 1445
Red W: 34.7/115 105 73 93 407 127 97 89 87 222 1300 1300
Handicap 6 9 7 1 2 3 5 4 8
Par 3 3 3 5 3 3 3 3 4 30 30

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

Reviews

4.4
160

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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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Challenging layout yet fun! Awesome staff and value.

I live about an hour and change away from this course and will be making the trip many times in the future to enjoy this course. The staff is incredibly friendly, and the course was in great condition. The greens were punched on the Monday of the week I played. I called ahead and the person on the phone told me so and that the greens were rolling very well. He wasn’t lying! I appreciate that because of the distance I drove. If you are in the St. Louis area this is a must play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Money grab

Made reservation on golf now, however no mention of scramble tournament was mentioned prior to our 8:16am tee time. Upon seeing line of carts when we arrived, I questioned staff about our concerns of slow play and was assured that there would be no hold ups....wow!! Nothing like a 6 hour round to make your golfing experience memorable!

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Course

Awesome course. Very pretty and challenging. Had a great time playing with friends.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Great Value

I love this course and wish it was more convenient in driving distance for me. This is a very playable course for all levels of golfers, great design by Arnold Palmer and excellent maintaince by the Spencer T. Olin grounds crew and golf management team. This is a definite play if in the area!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Outstanding Conditions

Spencer T. Olin is one of the best conditioned courses in the St. Louis Metro area in late August.
The zoysia tee boxes were perfect. The fairways were good also. With most courses afraid to cut the greens short in these hot conditions in St. Louis, their greens are the fastest around this summer.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Round at Spencer T

Spencer T is really a nice course. It's not terribly difficult but has some nice challenges and rewards you for keeping the ball on the fairway. Many sloping fairways and greens demand some placement with irons which I really like and many places where if you miss, the ball is running down a deep, dark hill that you don't want to mess with. The pace of play was excellent, I was thrilled with that. We finished 18 right at 4 hours and we didn't rush at all. My complaint is with the greens. There were some that were pretty beat up, people not fixing their ball marks, which over time becomes a big problem. Also some spots where the greens were lost, and crab grass invaded. I'm not picky but it's the only reason I'm not rating the course as excellent. Excellent is hard to be, but the greens need to be true. I didn't think the greens rolled consistently around the course which had us guessing throughout the round. Overall, it's an excellent course. To me it's a $30-$35 course, I got a hot deal for $21 so that made it solid. I wouldn't pay $50-$60 to play here, to me it's not to the level of other courses in the metro that are charging those rates. It's worth playing but if I'm spending $50 I'm heading to Annbriar.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Course for the Money

Very nice course with well kept greens and fairways. Most fairways were open and forgiving. Course is not hard but some challenging.
Water hazards came into play a few times. Sand bunkers well kept.
All in all a nice course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Spencer T. Olin In The Best Shape I've Seen

Spencer T. Olin is one of the Top 5 courses in the St. Louis metro area. When I played it on 7/28/18, you could tell they have made a special commitment to improve the conditioning of the course. Plus, the $50 green fee on a weekend, makes it an incredible value.

First thing I noticed was two fans on the practice putting green. Never seen this on a course. If they are that concerned about the practice putting green, then you know the course is going to be in great shape. The putting green was in the best shape I've seen it.

The tee boxes and fairways were in great shape.

They have always had trouble with the 14th green due to the hot summer heat. They had two fans on this green and this green was in the best shape I've ever seen it. Also, on that hole is the Arnold Palmer logo on the other side of the pond. It has always been in disarray. They have replaced the colored rock in the logo and it looks great now. A small thing but you can tell there is an emphasis to improve the course.

The only concerns I had about the course. There were sections of rough around the greens that were brown/dead. Also, a few greens had crabgrass creeping on the putting surfaces.

Get out and play Spencer T. Olin. Great course, great conditioning and a great value.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
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
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Needed more water stations on a very hot day, otherwise great trac.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Always a pleasure...

The course is always in good shape and the staff is friendly. Worth the drive. For some reason, this course tends to back up on holes 14, 15, and 16. But hey, there's always Fast Eddies!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Spencer T Golf Course

We had a great time except there was a group of two who slowed the pace down for everyone on the back 9 of the golf course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Not This Time...

Every once in a while, I'll jump on an amazing GolfNow rate at various favorite courses. I thought I found such a gem this week at Spencer T.. Little did I know our slot was 1/2 hour after the last group of 70 golfers from a professional association (older golfers who rarely play).
Our tee time was Tuesday afternoon but I just finished 18 on Wednesday night...I know. It just felt like play was that slow. But it really was that painful.
Spencer T. is a spectacular layout. It's always in better than great condition. The range is solid. The staff is professional and friendly. Tuesday was just painful. But I learned a lesson...I'll still seek the perfect rate at the perfect courses. But I'll try to be wiser about sliding behind large tournament groups.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course, poor customer service and course management

Great course and conditions, not much better in the area for the price, however, they changed our tee time day before (moving us back) and then started a tournament in the middle of our round Saturday morning. No warning, just did a shot gun start right in front of us. On pace to play a three hour round and last 6 holes took over 2 hours. They asked if we were angry from the shop to guy on course, that was it. We weren’t angry just disappointed they could be that poorly run. The great course isn’t worth the poor service to me.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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