7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is a very well designed technical course. It really succeeds in forcing players to choose and shapes lines hole after hole.
- In a well cut out section of a heavily wooded area that is really what I enjoy in a round of disc.
- Doesn't allow for chucker's to overpower finesse throwers. This can really even the playing field when throwing with a group.
- Navigation is extremely easy for first timers.
- Not heavily populated on any given day, allowing for no pressure rounds.
- Hole 17 is a very narrow hall of trees, which is very unique from most narrow fairways.
- Upkeep is top notch, plenty of trash cans, minimal trash, and fairly frequent pin position changes.
- I believe that overtime this course has given me a strict advantage against other tournament player's. It really makes you stop and think about disc selection, release angle, speed of throw, and risk/reward. I am constantly fighting for par and when you hit your birdie after an incredible throw, you know you earned that birdie.
I would love to bump my 3.5 rating up to as high as a 4.5 but there are reasons I could not justify this action.
- Signage is sub par (all pun intended). I said navigation from hole to hole is extremely fluid, but the signage lacks even decent representation of individual layouts.
- I love the fact that the course is so technical but I have to review on a general level. I believe many golfers out there will be disappointed with the lack of any "let loose" holes.
- The course is mainly dirt fairways and a handful of holes can retain water for weeks after rain. It is never a sever hindrance but definitely an annoyance to walk up to mud puddles on a beautiful afternoon.
- Mid summer and this place is lush with greens. I have gone out in the winter looking for discs and came back with 15 in my bag. It is very easy to get kicked out into thick brush by a tree. Luckily I was able to return 9, which had numbers :)
Other Thoughts: This course has the ability to really give your technical a boost so give it a fair try!
I hope to see you out there!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 8 Not
Best course in the Peoria area!
Pros: Absolutely love this course. The hole course is in the woods. Lots of trees. Takes quite a bit of accuracy. Great for sidearm drives. Lots of straight shots as well. Baskets are in great shape. There's not a whole lot of bad I can say about this course. Every time I play it I'm glad I made the drive.
Cons: How to get to hole 1 isn't very well marked. After that though the holes were very easy for us to find. If you aren't an accurate thrower you may not enjoy this course as it is HEAVILY wooded. Holes aren't very long.
Other Thoughts: Do yourself a favor. Go play this course.
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun Course but not super challenging
Pros: Lots of trees! Technical course. If your throw hits a tree, you are in the woods and you're fighting to get to the pin. Make a good throw and it feels great to watch your disc sale down the path between the trees.
Cons: The signage could use a bit of work. Some signs were missing and others were damaged so you couldn't see the distances. I can see this area getting muddy if it rains.
Another drawback is the lack of hazards and out of bounds areas. There wasn't a single shot that I made that I thought, "I hope my disc doesn't go there or it's gone". On the other side, with the amount of trees that are on the site, out of bounds areas would be pretty tough to get to.
Other Thoughts: This was a fun course. I was in the area on business and I was able to play it in the evening when I was done (had to play the last hole by flashlight first day!). A couple of the baskets could stand to have a bit of repair work on them but all in all, it was a couple fun evenings. The course is really easy to navigate. As another reviewer mentioned, it "flows" very well. A couple of the baskets where a little tricky to locate (hole 4 curves right into the trees and I threw at the wrong basket on the long par 5) but I've sort of come to expect some of that the first time on a course.
The course description refers to this as "moderately hilly" and that's about as far from the truth as you can get. Yes, there were a couple drainage gullies that you would shoot over but none of the holes had any significant elevation changes to them. Perhaps for flatlanders it is hilly but coming from Colorado, not so much...
All in all, it was a good couple rounds and if you are in the area, it's definitely worth checking out!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Whoever decided that the ICC arboretum was a good place for a DG course was a genius! This course is super unique and I had a great time there.
*ICC is pretty close to being a championship caliber course with tight, wooded holes that are great for improving the technical game
*Just when I was thinking "this course could use a long hole" we came to a supertight 400 footer that kicked my butt
*Although some people find tunnels repetitive, I honestly think that every shot here was a little bit different
*Great forest scenery
*Course flowed very smoothly, always knew where to go to get to the next teepad. I normally don't take this into consideration for my reviews because I don't really care, but this was actually noticably "flow-y"
Cons: I had not read any reviews of this course before playing it and was shocked to see that its average was as low as a 3.0, but there are several parts of the course thatprevent my rating of 3.5 from going any higher:
*Signage here was pretty awful. Some holes missing signs desperately needed them because many baskets here are hidden. The signs that were in place didn't have any pictures, just distances so they weren't very effective.
*It's nice to be able to actually let loose on a drive or two over the course of 18 holes, and this course didn't really offer that
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed this course very much because it is super challenging, which makes it very very rewarding. I played this course on the same day that I played nearby Washington Park DGC and combined the two make for a very diverse and interesting day of disc golf. Highly recommend!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Woodsy, flat, tight, control course
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Easy to follow with good tees generally. A few challenging holes for any skill level. Not really busy. Many times I have seen no one else.
Lots of tightish fairway holes with a fair mix of right hand left hand biased shots.
Cons: If it has rained much several tees areas become muddy and or mud puddles. They are nice tees but some were placed in low spots and some stick up and therefore can be awkward if you come off the end of the pad.
There can be other muddy areas as well. Mosquitoes can be bad in summer/fall since it is in the trees which makes for less wind.
Just one long challenging hole (for a right hander). So with a few exceptions it is an approach and putt course basically for advanced players.
Other Thoughts: Course winds through secluded woods on the plateau above some ravines on the edge of the Illinois river valley, but no hills come into play.
This is a shame, perhaps the college didn't want any hills used so the designers couldn't make use of them. If they could have used them this would've possibly been a great course.
No really great holes... but several challenging ones... a control type of course.
All and all I like this course.
I do like woodsy courses and this one is certainly woodsy. It is the go to course in the area for a hot day where you don't want to work too hard and sweat too much.
Certainly not a challenging course for the advanced player. Not much chance to throw hard at all. Approach and putt basically.
Many, many two chances and aces to be had. I believe I have deuced every hole but #8 and have shot many mid 40's rounds.
It isn't nearly as good as Northwoods (in the area too). But I suppose I lean towards woodsy courses so it gets a 3 even though if I could I would give it a 2.75.
Now with Megiddo DGC Morton, IL it is no longer the woods course of choice in the area, but it is way lower energy demand than Megiddo.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good selection of hyzer and anhyzer shots
A course where you have to think about lines and accuracy as the trees will punish you
easy to find next holes
A very scenic selection of holes
Cons: Some baskets have storm damage
Posts are missing
The markings on the posts, although funny, are obscene and inappropriate!
A little on the shorter side
Other Thoughts: Peoria area is great for disc golfing, and with the addition to the updated marquette heights course (havent checked it out yet) There are five courses very close together(including Mcnaughton and Morton which both are awesome!), which makes for an awesome and long day of discing.
If you are in the area and are looking for lunch, I recomend the burger barge, which is near the Riverboat
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - A great course to work on your short game. A number of shorter holes, but with the woods playing a part in most of them, it forces you to be accurate.
- Because of all the trees, wind isn't much of a factor on most holes. This means on days were strong winds might make playing most courses difficult, you could probably still get in a good round here.
- Each hole has alternate basket positions. In the closer spot, you get a chance to rack up some birdies, in the longer spot, this course can become pretty difficult.
- Pretty easy to find your way around, course pretty much has a straight forward flow with no back tracking and still finds a way to wrap around nicely.
Cons: - With wooded courses, expect mud. For the most part the course is just find and there aren't any issues with footing, but some holes and walkways could become easier if some more wood chips were used.
- With most of the holes being shorter, you don't get a chance to get out the drivers. you could play this course with one solid disc if you chose to do so if the baskets were in the closer positions.
Other Thoughts: Really like this course. I have no problem driving in from 90 miles out to play. Also, being in the Peoria area, there are a number of courses to hit up on a trip, so you can make a day of it. Definitely recommend checking this course out if you're in the area.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Wooded and technical
Pros: The course plays through a flat, wooded piece of property on a college campus. The area is dedicated to disc golf, so there isn't any interference with non disc golfers, and you get a nice feeling of seclusion. The holes play very technical, with tight fairways and pretty good punishment for errant shots, with thick woods and some underbrush off the fairways. There are concrete tees with basic signs on all holes, and discatchers in decent shape. Unlike many college courses, the course parking lot doesn't require a permit so parking is easy.
Cons: The course is very flat, and in the A positions the holes are all very similar in length. This makes for a round that feels really repetitive, and doesn't push you to make different disc and shot choices. I threw a new putter or a broken in putter on nearly every hole. The tee pads were a little small, and raised above ground level, making for awkward approach and follow through on tee shots. There was a lot of vandalism of baskets and tee signs, and a good amount of trash in the woods, which takes away from the nice atmosphere of the course.
Other Thoughts: It's great that the college has a course on campus, it's a great exposure for the sport, and hopefully introduces lots of new players. Though the rough can be a little thick, it's not very long so I don't think it would be too terribly frustrating to a newer player. More experienced throwers won't find much challenge, it really feels like the same three holes over and over.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
ICC in da Woods
Pros: ICC is located on the campus of Illinois Central College. The course plays entirely in the woods. There are several sections of very nice pine trees. There is not 1 open shot of the 18 holes. The land is pretty flat.
There are several very fun and memorable holes.
Cement tee pads and Innova Discatcher Baskets.
This is a very technical course and requires accuracy.
2 sets of pins add variety of length. The long pins can play tough.
Tee signs are adequate. They are basic and have the distances.
Pretty easy to navigate.
The tee pads are very irratating. Although they are cement they were framed on top of the ground. They are 2 to 3 inches above the earth. Please be careful you don't break and ankle.
This course gets very repetitive.
This is par 54 wooded golf. Here are the results from a few years ago from mixed tees. SSA played at 50 -4 and 49 -5
Small parking area but no facilities close. There is a McDonald's Gas Station across the road.
There are no areas where you get a chance to open up and rip the disc.
This is not a beginner course. If you are not throwing straight this can become a game of pin ball and very frustrating for beginngers.
If you are in Peoria and have limited time i'd suggest skipping this course. Make sure you play Morton, Pekin, Eureka, and Bradely before this one.
I find myself skipping this course for others.
The Riverboat is not far from here.
Check out my Illinois Top 10.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: ICC is a fun course that is all in the woods. If you want to shoot under par and have some ace runs this is the course for you. There are a few unique and interesting holes at the ICC course.
Cons: -If the baskets are in the B position do not bother to play the course. I can shoot between 45 and 50 from the A pins and you can add 10 strokes to that total from the B pins without any of the fun.
-The course has many design flaws. The area where the course is situated is a great piece of land but wasn't used effectively. I do believe that the designer wasn't allowed to go into some of the better areas of the property.
-The course is extremely repetitive. I have played the course many times and the only reason I remember some of the holes is because of how ridiculous the holes are (ex, holes 4, 8, 18)
-The course does not hold water well and can play very wet.
Other Thoughts: Overall, if you are in the central Illinois area and don't have a lot of time - play Northwood Park in Morton, Bradley Park in Peoria, McNaughton Park in Pekin, or Lake Eureka Park in Eureka.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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