9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a very enjoyable course.
Quite narrow fairways to negotiate.
Couple 400 foot holes.
Some pavement to play o.b., should you choose to do so.
Two different locals met up with us to play, with one day's notice. Thanks to Mark and Dan. (Dan is one of the main designers at Maxwell Park, which we went to next. He's also a very fit gentleman and ran myself and my playing partner around Eureka in less than one hour.) Lots of up and down hills here. Dan had me sweating in late November.
Did I mention that this is an enjoyable and very pretty course?
There are ace runs....and yet lots of trouble. You're going to have to make a few creative up shots.
Elevation used very nicely.
Nice cement tees.
Cons: We had a tour guide. I'm betting this one is a rather tough one to navigate solo; first time through.
Hills were quite slick after multi days of rain. Be aware.
It's the yardage that makes it a 3 rating. Most holes fairly short....though very technical.
4,815 foot long course just can't get more than a 3 by my scale. They're making courses this tight, with 6,000 plus feet these days.
Other Thoughts: Hope I don't get the home boy hate on this one. The local guys were very nice and I don't want to offend anyone. I consider a 3 rating to be good; which is what the tutorial happens to note as well.
Northwood and McNaughton are better, but you WILL want to stop in here for LOTS OF FUN, and to test your precise/inventive shot, game. This is one of those courses you can get an ace on....and one you will be proud to say you did.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: The course is heavily wooded and very challenging. Great scenery and upkeep.
Cons: There are a lot of trees so expect to be frustrated if your not accurate with your shots.
Other Thoughts: Would definitely go there to play again.
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: pretty nice little course.. short, tight, midrange shots all the way through. well layed out and easy to follow. I like how they use white ribbons on the trees to show you where to go
Cons: a few long walks
Other Thoughts: fun couse i would play it again
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Very Unique Course
Pros: -Very unique holes in the woods with a lot of character
-The course is fun to play, with some chances at some aces as well
-Very scenic park, and well maintained
-Another phenomenal design from Greg Nettles
-No true signature hole, which I would term a pro because there are many holes that are really creative (holes 4, 13, 17)
Cons: -A few of the holes have extremely tight fairways. The gap on hole 14 isn't more than 5 feet, and hole's 2 and 3 have extremely narrow alleys to throw through. However, those holes are fairly short.
-Hole 18 is a disappointing finishing hole.
Other Thoughts: This course is a true test of accuracy - there are only a few holes where a power arm may be a benefit to you. This course is a great test and a lot of fun to play.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
A challenge for Pros, Scary for Newbs
Pros: --This course forces you to learn many different types of shots. This course will show you where your game is deficient.
--lots of shade for those hot days.
--Pit toilet halfway between Holes 8 & 9 near the playground. (which is also near 11's teepad.)
--All of the locals I've met have been really nice.
--The soft-serve icecream at the local icecream shop is great.
Cons: -- I wouldn't recomend this course to really new players, it may frustrait them badly.
-- A couple of the holes are poke and hopes for all but the most accurate throwers. (Two's main fairway is only about 6 or 7 feet wide at one spot, and 14's is only about 4 or 5 feet wide at one spot. If you make it through another gap, it was lucky.)
-- If you play in the winter, you may want to send a spotter out on some of the tighter wooded holes. Discs lost in the snow may not come back to you, even if your name and phone number are on them.
-- Right after the rain, some of the paths are slick with mud.
--Wear Pants in the Summer, unless stinging Nettles don't bother you & you aren't allergic to poison Ivy. It's not IF you go into the nettles/Ivy, it's WHEN.
Other Thoughts: This is my wifes favorite course, because she likes being in the woods. I have a love hate relationship with this course, because while it shows me where I need to and gives me the chance to work on my game; it also shows me how much I really really need to work on my game.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Very difficult forest course
Pros: -Very challenging
-All the holes, with the exception of 2, are par 3's. I didn't think this was very reasonable. I only had two pars the entire time I played.
-Very, very beautiful. The course takes you through a nice forest that I was surprised Central Illinois had.
-Good conditioned baskets
-Beautiful layout that's easy and very enjoyable to follow
Cons: -Too challenging. I hit a tree on 16 of my 18 drives. It really starts to piss you off.
-Millions of Mosquitos
-Stinging Nettles and other painful plants.
-Easy to lose disc.
Other Thoughts: Walking through this forest/park on a rainy day when no one else was there was an adventure I'm never going to forget. It was so much fun!
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Best Course of Central Illinois
Pros: Heavily wooded and gorgeous course. Bring your A-game and keep your drives low to make it out alive. Only four holes are open enough for any type of shot selection. The rest of the holes, the shots are already selected for you. A few of the fairways only offer a 6' opening at best. #16 is an excellent 'empty the bag' hole to let out some frustration after knocking bark off trees all day.
I've also seen deer here over a dozen times.
Cons: Stinging nettles are prevalent around the course, so make sure you wear long pants and shoes.
After a severe storm holes #15-18 will be flooded. And after the flooding, mosquitoes become a problem.
Some holes are short but very technical.
Other Thoughts: Living only 20 minutes away from Eureka, this is personally my favorite course.
Eureka is also the college hometown of Ronald Reagan!!
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Pros: Concrete tees. Creative variety of shots were thought of making good use of the narrow fairways and sloping hills within the woods. A good challenge for players who get giddy for long narrow shots where the basket is to the left/right/straight or over/up a hill. Very enjoyable.
Cons: Tee signs have no map of disc path/flight on them and a few of them were missing the distance reading also. LONG walks from hole to hole. There are quite a few of "blind" shots, which got annoying after awhile having to set you're bag down and search for the basket before throwing. Majority of course is played in the woods. Skipped Hole 18 due to peewee football parents cooking food in the fairway.
Other Thoughts: Overall enjoyable course, it's worth a checking out. We started our "Peoria area" trip off with this course and were overall satisfied except for what I stated in the CONS section. There are a lot of good creative & quite challenging holes, but there were also some holes that made you wonder what the designer was thinking and some blind shots that made no sense. But the good outweighed the bad, would play again!
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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