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142 DGCR Number
Lake Forest, IL Location
Dave Marchant Real Name
48 Age
19.9 Years Years Playing
LHBH Main Throwing Style
24242 PDGA Number
949 Player Rating
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I rank courses subjectively based on my own personal enjoyment factor…maybe more accurately my "personal addiction factor". Since I have played a decent number of courses (350-ish) all over the country, my hope is that players/explorers who have similar tastes will find my ratings list helpful. I fully expect others with different tastes to disagree with me.

I insert new courses into my ranking list based on this question: "If this course and 3 adjacent courses on my ranked list were all 10 miles from my home, would I play this new course more or less often?" I insert the new course in a grouping where all 4 are roughly equal in their ability to draw me back to themselves. I rate all courses from the longest tee pad and basket combination available (unless otherwise noted) and assume ideal conditions if I am playing/evaluating in less than that.

I grade on an 11 point grade scale like in school (A+, A, A-…D+, D…..No D- or F's since any course is better than no course, IMO). The average/center point grade is a B-. This matches up well with the 11 point scale used here. I have one list for courses with 18 or more holes, and one for less than 18.

I base my "personal addiction factor" on how a given course would feed these desires/motivations to play DG. I go out to play with a pretty equal mix of these motivations over the course of a month :
1) To be challenged by the course
2) To have fun with friends
3) To relax and enjoy nature in a beautiful and secluded setting
4) To enjoy a nice birdie fest

These are the elements of courses that I have found to "scratch the itch" of the above motivations that fuel my desire to want to play.....and so this is what I rate courses on (my attempt to be as objective as possible with my personal subjective preferences):
1) Holes with good risk/reward - good throws/decisions are rewarded and poor ones are punished
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities for me. I am a 950-ish player who throws 300' accurately, 360' max
So, almost all holes shorter than 220 are boring to me (unless really uniquely shaped) as are par 3 holes between 370' and 500' (I can't realistically expect a deuce, a 3 is boring, and a 4 is frustrating)
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of throws required caused by hole shape and topography
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and/or feeling of seclusion
5) Multi-throw holes with defined landing zones - good risk/reward on "I'm going for it" choices and multiple options/decision to play them. Since most courses do not have these types of holes, this is added as an "extra credit" to my rating, not a demerit if not present. To get the full extra 5 points in this category, it must be a par 70+ course with great multi-throw holes.

For an example of disc golf Nirvana, check out the pictures of holes 2-8 of FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights, NY. http://www.dgcoursereview.com...=media[/link]There is 1 true par 4, and if there was 1 more par 4 and a par 5 it would be impossible to be any better.

I personally know how much goes into designing, building and maintaining a course. Hopefully on the courses I rate on the low end it is known that I still have great appreciation for what went into getting the course in the ground - Thank You!
Favorite Courses (32)
Played Courses (363)
United States
California
San Francisco, CA Golden Gate Park DGC
1 Course(s)
Florida
Live Oak, FL Magnolia DGC
1 Course(s)
Georgia
Roswell, GA East Roswell Park
Augusta, GA Lake Olmstead Park
3 Course(s)
Illinois
Saint Charles, IL Campton Hills
Highland Park, IL Danny Cunniff Park
2 Course(s)
Indiana
Valparaiso, IN Rogers Lakewood Park
1 Course(s)
Kentucky
Independence, KY Lincoln Ridge Park
1 Course(s)
Massachusetts
Leicester, MA Pyramids
1 Course(s)
Michigan
Ludington, MI Leviathan
1 Course(s)
North Carolina
Jefferson, NC Ashe County Park
Charlotte, NC Cameron Yards
Wilmington, NC Castle Hayne Park
Albemarle, NC Fox Chase
Charlotte, NC Kilborne TPC
Charlotte, NC Nevin Park DGC
Charlotte, NC Renaissance Park
Charlotte, NC Robert L. Smith Park
Matthews, NC The Scrapyard
Chapel Hill, NC UNC DGC
Burlington, NC Wellspring
Yadkinville, NC Yadkin County Park
12 Course(s)
Pennsylvania
Portersville, PA Moraine State Park
1 Course(s)
South Carolina
Columbia, SC Earlewood Park
Easley, SC Foothills DGC
2 Course(s)
Tennessee
Greene County, TN Fossil Hill
1 Course(s)
Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI Brown Deer DGC
Milwaukee, WI Dretzka Park
Stevens Point, WI Standing Rocks
Kewaunee, WI Winter Park
Green Lake, WI Zobel Park
5 Course(s)
Course Wish List (42)
United States
Illinois
DeKalb, IL Annies Woods
Ingleside, IL Camp Henry Horner
Frankfort, IL Camp Manitoqua
Palos Heights, IL Community Park
Chicago, IL Edgebrook DGC
Cary, IL Fel-Pro RRR
New Lenox, IL Haines Wayside DGC
Marengo, IL Indian Oaks
Maple Park, IL Kaneland HS DGC
Lake In The Hills, IL Linda K. Fischer Park DGC
Streator, IL Marilla Park DGC
Minooka, IL Minooka DGC
DeKalb, IL Prairie Park DGC
Saint Charles, IL Q Center DGC
Wilmington , IL Rivals Lookout Park
Bourbonnais, IL Riverfront Park
South Holland, IL Riverfront Park
Manhattan, IL Round Barn DGC
Streamwood, IL SBHS DGC
Huntley, IL Warrington Park DGC
Batavia, IL West Main Park
27 Course(s)
Indiana
Lowell, IN Freedom Park
Porter, IN Hawthorne Park
Beverly Shores, IN Lituanica Park
Westville, IN Purdue North Central
4 Course(s)
Wisconsin
Marshall, WI Bird's Ruins DGC
Kenosha, WI Hillcrest DGC
Horicon, WI Horicon Phoenix DGC
Jackson, WI Jackson Park
Milton, WI King Park
Fredonia, WI Marie Krause Park DGC
Cambridge, WI Ripley Park
West Bend, WI Riverside Park DGC
Greendale, WI Root River Parkway DGC
South Milwaukee, WI Wil-O-Way Grant Park
11 Course(s)
United States
Alabama
Cullman, AL Heritage DGC
1 Course(s)
California
Berkeley, CA   Aquatic Park
Santa Cruz, CA   DeLaveaga Park
San Francisco, CA   Golden Gate Park DGC
4 Course(s)
Colorado
Sterling, CO Pioneer Park DGC
1 Course(s)
Connecticut
Manchester, CT   Wickham Park
1 Course(s)
Florida
Fort Myers Beach, FL Bay Oaks DGC
Bonita Springs, FL   Bonita Springs Recreation Center
Clearwater, FL   Cliff Stephens Park
Estero, FL Estero DGC
Jacksonville, FL   Fore Palms DGC
Sarasota, FL   Lakeview Park
Live Oak, FL   Magnolia DGC
Clearwater, FL   North East Coachman Park
Sarasota, FL   North Water Tower Park
Gainesville, FL   Northside Park
Ocala, FL Ocala Greenway DGC
St. Petersburg, FL   Tocobaga DGC
Daytona Beach, FL   Tuscawilla Park
14 Course(s)
Georgia
Roswell, GA   East Roswell Park
Whitesburg, GA   Flyboy Aviation
Winder, GA   Fort Yargo State Park
Augusta, GA   Lake Olmstead Park
Elberton, GA   Lake Russell
Snellville, GA   Lenora Park
Augusta, GA   Pendleton King Park
Redan (Dekalb County), GA   Rosewood-Dekalb at Redan Park
Winder, GA   Victor Lord Park DGC
Alpharetta, GA   Wills Park - Old Layout
13 Course(s)
Idaho
Soda Springs, ID Soda Springs DGC
1 Course(s)
Illinois
Libertyville, IL   Adler Park
Rockford, IL   Anna Page Park - East
Rockford, IL   Anna Page Park - West
Plainfield, IL   Avery Preserve
Belvidere, IL   Belvidere Park DGC
Waukegan, IL   Bevier Park
Hoffman Estates, IL   Black Bear Park
Milan, IL Camden Park - I
Milan, IL Camden Park - II
Saint Charles, IL   Campton Hills
Woodridge, IL   Castaldo Park DGC
Grayslake, IL   Central Park
Oak Brook, IL   Central Park - Old Layout
Elk Grove Village, IL   Clark Park
Frankfort, IL   Commissioner Park
Channahon, IL   Community Park
Highland Park, IL   Danny Cunniff Park
Mundelein, IL   Diamond Lake Slough
Orland Park, IL   Doogan Park
Oswego, IL   Eagle Ridge/Civic Center
Round Lake, IL   Fairfield Park
Highland Park, IL   Fink Park
Yorkville, IL   Fox Hill DGC
Addison, IL Foxdale Park
Mundelein, IL   Fremont School DGC
Roselle, IL   Goose Lake Park
Crystal Lake, IL   Hanna Beardsley Middle School
Joliet, IL   Highland Park
Frankfort Square, IL   Indian Boundary South Park
Aurora, IL   Jericho Lake
Deerfield, IL   Keller Park
Naperville, IL   Knoch Knolls Park
Freeport, IL Krape Park
West Chicago, IL Kress Creek Farms
Mundelein, IL   Leo Leathers Park
Romeoville, IL   Lewis University DGC
Harvard, IL   Lions Park
Crystal Lake, IL   Lippold Park
Lombard, IL   Lombard Commons Park
Lake Villa, IL   Longwood Centre Park
Lombard, IL   Madison Meadow Park
Palatine, IL   Margreth Riemer Reservoir
Glen Ellyn, IL Maryknoll Park
Westchester, IL   Mayfair Park
McHenry, IL   McHenry High School West
Rolling Meadows, IL North Salk Park DGC
Morton, IL Northwood Park
Downers Grove, IL   O'Brien Park
Lincolnshire, IL Olde Mill Park
Homewood, IL   Patriots Park
Kirkland, IL   Pioneer Park
Roscoe, IL   Porter Park
Crystal Lake, IL   Prairie Ridge High School
Moline, IL Prospect Park
West Dundee, IL   Randall Oaks
Geneseo, IL Richmond Hill Park
Olympia Fields, IL   Sergeant Mean's Park
Streamwood, IL   Shady Oaks Park
Shorewood, IL   Shorewood Park
Sterling, IL Sinnissippi Park
Bloomingdale, IL   Springfield Park
Summit, IL   Summit Park
Streamwood, IL   Sunny Hill Park
Bartlett, IL   Sunrise Park
Mokena, IL   The Oaks
Antioch, IL   Tim Osmond Sports Complex
Joliet (Lockport), IL   Trinity Links
Buffalo Grove, IL   Twin Creeks Park
South Elgin, IL Village Center DGC
South Elgin, IL   Village Center DGC - Old Layout
Romeoville, IL   Volunteer Park
Gurnee, IL   Warren Township Park
Glencoe, IL   Watts Park
Joliet, IL   West Park
Buffalo Grove, IL   Willow Stream Park
Rockton, IL   Woodlands
80 Course(s)
Indiana
Rensselaer, IN   Alwoods
Crown Point, IN   Lemon Lake County Park - Blue
Crown Point, IN   Lemon Lake County Park - Red
Crown Point, IN   Lemon Lake County Park - White
Hammond, IN   Matt Lovasko Memorial DGC
Munster, IN   Munster Community Park
Hammond, IN   Pulaski Park
Valparaiso, IN   Rogers Lakewood Park
10 Course(s)
Iowa
Clinton, IA Eagle Point Park
Davenport, IA Eastern Avenue Park
Muscatine, IA Fuller Park
Cedar Rapids, IA Jones Park
Bettendorf, IA Middle Park DGC
Iowa City, IA Peninsula Park DGC
Cedar Rapids, IA Shaver Park
North Liberty, IA Sugar Bottom Rec. Area
Iowa City, IA Turkey Creek
Waterloo, IA Waterloo Exchange Park
Davenport, IA West Lake Park
Urbana, IA Wildcat Bluff
13 Course(s)
Kentucky
Burlington, KY   Boone Woods Park - Old Layout
Richmond, KY   Camp Catalpa DGC
Louisville, KY   Charlie Vettiner Park
Burlington, KY   Idlewild
Independence, KY   Lincoln Ridge Park
5 Course(s)
Maryland
Baltimore, MD   Druid Hill Park
Marriottsville, MD   Patapsco Valley State Park
Elkridge, MD   Rockburn Branch
3 Course(s)
Massachusetts
Charlton, MA   Buffumville Lake
Franklin, MA Dacey Fields
Devens, MA   Devens - The Hill
Oxford, MA   Hodges Village Dam DGC
Spencer, MA   Luther Hill Park DGC
Leicester, MA   Maple Hill DGC
Worcester, MA   Newton Hill
Leicester, MA   Pyramids
9 Course(s)
Michigan
Shelby, MI   Flip City Disc Golf Park
Ludington, MI   Leviathan
Ludington, MI   Mason County Park - Beast
Ludington, MI   Mason County Park - Beauty
Ludington, MI   Mason County Park - Goliath
Kalamazoo, MI   Oshtemo Township Park
6 Course(s)
Minnesota
Austin, MN Todd Park
1 Course(s)
Montana
Billings, MT Diamond X
1 Course(s)
Nebraska
Kearney, NE Cottonmill DGC
1 Course(s)
Nevada
Las Vegas, NV   Mountain Crest Park
Las Vegas, NV   Peccole Ranch
Las Vegas, NV   Sunset Park
3 Course(s)
New York
Yorktown Heights, NY   FDR State Park - Old Layout
1 Course(s)
North Carolina
Jefferson, NC   Ashe County Park
Cornelius, NC Bailey Road Park DGC
Greensboro, NC   Barber Park
Monroe, NC   Bearskin Creek
Statesville, NC   Bell & Howard Chevrolet DGC
Elon, NC   Beth Schmidt Park DGC
Morganton, NC   Bethel Park DGC
Lincolnton, NC   Betty G. Ross Park
Black Mountain, NC   Black Mountain
Davidson, NC Brackett's Bluff
Huntersville, NC Bradford Park
Gastonia, NC Bradley Center DGC
New Hill, NC   Buckhorn DGC
Charlotte, NC   Cameron Yards
Wilmington, NC   Castle Hayne Park
Raleigh, NC   Cedar Hills Rotary Park
Burlington, NC   Cedarock Park
Durham, NC   Cornwallis Road Park
Fletcher, NC   Crookston DGC
Davidson, NC   Davidson College
Charlotte, NC   Doral Cavalier DGC
Concord, NC   Dorton Park DGC
Charlotte, NC Eastway Park
Charlotte, NC Elon Park - Angry Beaver
Charlotte, NC   Elon Park - Eager Beaver
Albemarle, NC   Fox Chase
Boiling Springs, NC   Gardner-Webb University DGC
Winston-Salem, NC   Horizons Park
Charlotte, NC   Hornets Nest Park
High Point, NC   Johnson Street Park
Salisbury, NC   Kelsey Scott Park
Raleigh, NC   Kentwood
Charlotte, NC   Kilborne TPC
Reidsville, NC   Lake's Edge DGC
Marion, NC   Marion Disc Golf Park
Mars Hill, NC   Mars Hill College DGC
Mint Hill, NC   Mint Hill Park
Charlotte, NC Nevin Park DGC
Concord, NC North Cabarrus Park
Sanford, NC   O. T. Sloan Park
Shelby, NC   Palmer Park DGC
Gastonia, NC   Rankin Lake DGC
Charlotte, NC   Reedy Creek Park
Charlotte, NC   Renaissance Park
Asheville, NC   Richmond Hill
Charlotte, NC Robert L. Smith Park
Matthews, NC   Squirrel Lake Park
Mooresville, NC   Stumpy Creek
Charlotte, NC   Sugaw Creek Park
Matthews, NC The Scrapyard
Chapel Hill, NC   UNC DGC
Durham, NC   Valley Springs Park
Charlotte, NC   Veterans Park
Burlington, NC   Wellspring
Yadkinville, NC   Yadkin County Park
Zebulon, NC   Zebulon Community Park
61 Course(s)
Ohio
Canton, OH   Arboretum-Spiker Park
Cincinnati, OH   Mt. Airy Forest
3 Course(s)
Pennsylvania
Portersville, PA Moraine State Park
Pittsburgh, PA   Schenley Park
2 Course(s)
South Carolina
Rock Hill, SC   Boyd Hill
Greer, SC   Century Park DGC
Anderson, SC   City Beach DGC
Columbia, SC   Earlewood Park
Orangeburg, SC   Edisto Memorial Gardens DGC
Rock Hill, SC   Fewell Park
Easley, SC   Foothills DGC
Greenville, SC   Holmes Park
Aiken, SC   Odell Weeks
Columbia, SC Owens Field Park
North Augusta, SC   Riverview Park
Seneca, SC   Shaver Recreation Center
Simpsonville, SC   Simpsonville City Park
Greenville, SC   Timmons Park
Boiling Springs, SC Va-Du-Mar Park
Rock Hill, SC   Winthrop Gold Course
Rock Hill, SC   Winthrop University Lakefront
Camden, SC   Woodward Park
27 Course(s)
South Dakota
Sioux Falls, SD Tuthill Park
1 Course(s)
Tennessee
Knoxville, TN   Admiral Farragut Park
Kingsport, TN   Borden Park
Jefferson City, TN   Carson-Newman College DGC
Greene County, TN   Fossil Hill
Harrogate, TN   Lincoln Memorial University
Knoxville, TN   Morningside Park - Old Layout
Morristown, TN   Morristown Kiwanis DGC
Knoxville, TN   Victor Ashe Park
Kingsport, TN   Warriors Path State Park
Johnson City, TN   Winged Deer Park
10 Course(s)
Texas
Houston, TX   Agnes Moffitt Park
Cypress, TX   Oak Meadow Park DGC
2 Course(s)
Utah
Brigham City, UT John Adams
1 Course(s)
Virginia
Arlington, VA   Bluemont Park
1 Course(s)
Wisconsin
Oak Creek, WI   Abendschein Park - Old Layout
Milwaukee, WI   Brown Deer DGC
Brown Deer, WI Brown Deer High School
Milwaukee, WI   Dineen Park
Milwaukee, WI   Dretzka Park
Milwaukee, WI   Dretzka Park - Winter
Fontana, WI   Duck Pond Rec. Area
East Troy, WI   East Troy Middle School
Madison, WI   Elver Park
Thompson, WI   Erin Go Bragh Park
Milwaukee, WI   Estabrook Park
Waterloo, WI   Firemen's Park
Silver Lake, WI   Fox River Park - Grey Fox
Silver Lake, WI Fox River Park - Red Fox
Kaukauna, WI   Grignon Park
Plymouth, WI   H.A. Meyer Nature Park
Ashippun, WI   Harnischfeger Park DGC
Wauwatosa, WI Hart Park
Slinger, WI   Heritage Trails County Park
Howards Grove, WI   HGHS DGC
Madison, WI   Hiestand Park
Kiel, WI   Hingiss Park DGC
Mequon, WI   Homestead High School
Manitowoc, WI   Indian Creek Park
Ixonia, WI   Ixonia Fireman's Park
Sheboygan, WI   Jaycee Park Quarry
Kaukauna, WI   Kaukauna Jr. DGC
New Holstein, WI   Kiwanis Park
Milwaukee, WI Kops Park
Grafton, WI   Lime-Kiln Park
Reedsville, WI   Lower Cato Falls County Park
Cleveland, WI   LTC Cleveland
Janesville, WI   Lustig Park
Prairie Du Sac, WI   Marion Park
Mukwonago, WI   Miniwaukan Park
Menasha, WI O'Hauser Park
St. Nazianz, WI   Oschwald Park
Howard, WI   Pamperin Park
Two Rivers, WI   Picnic Hill Park
Sheboygan, WI   Pigeon River Elementary DGC
Appleton, WI   Plamann Apple Creek 18
Appleton, WI   Plamann Meadowview 9
Pulaski, WI   Pulaski Community Park
Watertown, WI   Rock River DGC
Reedsville, WI Rollin Ridge
Rosendale, WI Rosendale High School
Lac Du Flambeau, WI Sandy Point Resort DG Ranch
Manitowoc, WI   Silver Creek Park
Manitowoc, WI   Silver Lake College
Germantown, WI   Spassland DGC
Stevens Point, WI Standing Rocks
Appleton, WI   Telulah Park - Old Layout
Saukville, WI   Tendick Nature Park
Fontana, WI   The Abbey Resort DGC
Eau Claire, WI Tower Ridge Park - I
Eau Claire, WI Tower Ridge Park - II
Kenosha, WI   UW Campus - Parkside
Kenosha, WI   UW Campus - The Orchid
Whitewater, WI   UW Whitewater-Hoffman Field
Deforest, WI   Vallarta-Ast DGC
New Berlin, WI   Valley View Park
West Bend, WI   Villa Park
Sussex, WI   Village Park
Sheboygan, WI   Vollrath Park
Wales, WI   Wales Community Park
Wauwatosa, WI Wil-O-Way Underwood
Kewaunee, WI   Winter Park
Hartford, WI   Woodlawn Union Park
Stevens Point, WI Yulga
Green Lake, WI Zobel Park
84 Course(s)
Wyoming
Jackson Hole, WY Jackson Hole Mtn. Resort DGC
1 Course(s)
Germany
Darmstadt, Germany Darmstadt
Rüsselsheim, Germany Ostpark Rüsselsheim