3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is another perfect example of when I'm glad that they installed a course, but it's definitely not a good course.
The biggest and only pro I can think of is that this is a mediocre training facility for U of I students since it's pretty open and has baskets.
Cons: For starters, all the equipment is bad.
The tees are an awkward gravel/dirt mix where a clear throw line isn't marked. It's more like a zone.
The baskets and the signs are antiquated and need some updating.
As for the design, the land it's built on isn't fantastic, so the designer basically always tried use trees as pin guards. Where ever there's a tree or group of trees, you can safely assume there will be a basket there. The shots are all very repetitive (with 1-2 expections). 200 feet of open then 50 feet that are pseudo-guarded.
Other Thoughts: Here's what I don't understand, there were a ton of people playing disc golf while we were there and it wasn't even when U of I students were at school. It's very apparent that people want another course. It blows my mind that Normal-Bloomington has 3 public courses and Champaign-Urbana only has this.
If I lived in Urbana, I would definitely email the city and get another course installed. It's an absolute must. There's 40+ thousand college students that study in this town and not having a decent course is, in my mind, a disgrace.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Good for a Casual Game
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: --Nice and easy course for a casual game
--Good for a quick game
--Excellent tee signs (some wear and rust on some of them but mostly they are great)
--Nice setting too.
Cons: --No tee pads, just sand patches
--Baskets are sub-par
--Challenge is lacking
--Located behind an elementary school
--All holes are under 300 ft (They could have easily made longer holes with the available land)
--Par is too generous at 32 (I only saw one tee per hole, so I'm not sure if there are 4 different tees with different pars as the hole info says), it should be 27 instead.
Other Thoughts: Good course for a casual game. Nothing about it makes it a great course, it's just a decent course for a not-too-difficult casual game.
Baskets, Tees and Hole Diagrams
Variety in hole distances
Variety in hole types
(field/wooded holes; hilly/level holes; etc)
(pedestrians; traffic noise distractions; etc)
Use of Available Land
Total: 2.5/5 (actual score: 2.2/5)
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Nothing to write home about
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Lohmann Park seems to be Champaign's only permanent course. It's located behind a school. For beginners, this place is fine to get basic throws down, but more experienced players or beginners should not bother going to this course. Here are some of Lohmann's positive features:
*Hole 8 was kind of nice... it forced a straight shot through a patch of trees. This patch of trees was not large enough to be present for any of the other holes on the course.
*Not very busy... and the park is rather open so if you want to do some field work after or before your round you probably can.
Cons: Here they are:
*Teepads: Dirt. There's no distinct point about where the runup should start and stop. Poor footing on just about all of them.
*Distance: None of the holes exceed 250' with the majority of them being significantly shorter.
*Parking: It looks like the course shares a parking lot with the school, so I'm assuming that parking here is near impossible on school days
Overall, there was really nothing exciting about this course. No notable scenery, challenges on the course, or anything like that.
Other Thoughts: I'm surprised there are not more courses in Urbana-Champaign. There are some serious improvements to be made on this course.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Huge Park. Multiple tees at each hole. Lots of other players there. Some holes have trees, low hanging branches that can make maneuvering to basket a challange for beginners, but adds some good variety.
Cons: Tee boxes are not well maintained. Hard to find the orange tees, usually below the grass line.
Other Thoughts: This is the second course I have played. Just getting my legs in the game, and it presented some good control challenges for me, trying to get through the trees on some holes.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Wide open for most shots, some trees to make play interesting. Easy to spot both tees and baskets.
Cons: Rather short course. Not a lot of difference from one hole to the next for most. kinda short on parking if anything is happening at the school.
Other Thoughts: Great place to learn the sport. Easy to play with kids! Champaign/Urbana NEEDS more courses!!!!
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
All Urbana has, but still pitiful
Pros: open space for driving practice
usually not crowded with ample parking
unlikely to lose dics
signs are pretty good, although hole 9 has been missing its sign for years
Cons: very flat with few trees or obstacles except for hole 8
only 9 holes
baskets are mediocre and only have one layer of chains which aren't as effective as most
tees are just patches of dirt or gravel which are pretty bad when its wet
Other Thoughts: Honestly, this course is all Champaign-Urbana has amazingly, so you play what you have. That said, I'd choose almost any other course over this one. It's 9 very short holes with little challenge and just isn't that exciting. There's nothing particularly terrible about it, there's just a lot better out there.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Review From A Local
Pros: - Multiple tees give this small nine hole course some variety. Each hole has three tees as well as a couple of tees for playing backwards. The course plays short from the front tees, but alternate tees give you a chance to stretch out your arm a bit.
- Pretty clean and nice park.
- Looking for some birdies? Lohmann Park is the place for you!
- Pretty easy to follow if you're new to the course, at least when you're playing from the first tee.
Cons: - Parking - If you go to play during school hours (course located behind a middle school), you will have to park a nice distance away from hole 1. This leads to a long walk before and after your round. During non-school hours, parking is fine.
- Nature - Use to be some nice trees that forced you to find alternate routes to get to the basket. Over the last couple of years, the local park district has been cutting down trees that made some holes challenging. This has created a number of open shots for drives and putts (Holes 1, 2, 7 and 9 come to mind).
- If you are new to the course, locating the anything other than the first tee will be difficult, if not impossible. These others tees are not marked at all. Most are just dirt areas of ground and easy to find, while others are very tough to scout out.
- A little nit picky here, but some flood issues on some of the tees. Front tees are limestone, and those boxes have been dug quite a bit, which invites sitting water. Also some locations of alternate tees can be flooded at times after a good rain.
- It isn't just a disc golf park. They also play soccer, football, cricket, and I've even seen rugby there. During these respective seasons, these activities can get in the way of some holes and force you to play the course differently.
Other Thoughts: It isn't the greatest course in the world, but it's all we got in Champaign-Urbana, so we enjoy it. If you're from out of town and thinking about coming to Urbana to play, I would tell you to not bother. It wouldn't be worth your time. However, if you're a U of I college student looking for a place to play, Lohmann isn't that far away. Everyone out there is usually friendly, so say hi to your fellow golfers!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through a mostly flat open area next to a school. The grass is nicely maintained, and the course is pretty free of trash. There is good signage that shows hole number, distance and layout, and the course flow is really easy to follow.
A couple holes use a nice stand of pine trees to make some more interesting holes that force you to hit a line and have some level of punishment for errant shots. It seems like the locals have a couple alternate sets of tees, that's a big plus on a course like this though it would be nice to have them marked so a non-local player could follow them. I love seeing courses at schools, I hope the kids have the chance to use the course and be exposed to a course that's at a reasonable level for kids to enjoy playing.
Cons: For players who aren't new, this course doesn't really offer much challenge or variety. The couple holes in the pines are nice, but the rest of the course is flat and open with few obstacles to limit your line. There isn't any punishment for poor shots, even beginners will be able to get 3s on most holes.
The tees are rutted out and not in great shape, and have spread so it's not clear where the actual tee area is. Some of the baskets aren't in great shape, they're older and don't catch all that well. I didn't rate the course down for this, but parking might be difficult on school days, and I'm not sure if it's playable during the week.
Other Thoughts: This is a great beginner course, where new players can be successful, but a couple holes require some basic shot shaping. It's a little long for elementary school kids, but not unreasonably so. More experienced players won't find much here to bring them back (unless the alternate tees make the course more challenging and interesting, if so, awesome!).
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: It is a short beginner friendly course and easily navigated.
Helen Keller couldn't lose a disc on this course considering how open it is.
Alternate tee placements allow you to play up to 18.
Cons: Alt. tees don't create too much more of a demanding shot or variety.
Gravel tee pads are rutted and uneven.
Other Thoughts: The only place to play close to U of I and not too hard to find and get in a quick round or two.
The course seemed to have room to expand and make use of land features without encroaching on multi-use parts of the park.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
My Home Course
Pros: This course is easy to navigate, quick to play, and usually has little traffic. It is also clean.
The holes do have adequate variety and most holes have alternate possible lines of play. For example, hole 3 has several full trees in the middle of the fairway. You can play a big hyzer over the trees, a straight flat shot through the center of the trees, or a big left-to right shot around the trees. I've seen players do all three.
Not all holes favor RHBH throwers. A few of the holes prohibit or discourage such throws. Holes 7 and 8 are very nice partial or full tunnel shots (though short).
The lack of heavy traffic allows for some creative play: improvised or personal alternate tees, or playing the course backwards.
A good course if you're looking for some ace runs.
Cons: The tee pads (gravel/dirt) aren't great. They are all different shapes and sizes, and some are too large. The tee-pad on hole 1 is about 40 feet long. I recommend playing all holes from where the tee-sign is rather than all the way up to the front of the tee pad--this will add some needed distance.
Some of the baskets are getting old (though all are still functional).
The distances on the tee-signs are all wrong. I recommend subtracting10--15% from each distance reported (even when playing from the tee-signs).
The terrain is boring as are a couple of the holes: it is almost all flat (slight inclines on a couple of holes); no water or other significant hazards; only one patch of forested area used for one hole. Holes 4 and 9 are wide-open, with no obstacles except for a tree on 4 and a few on 9 that are right by the basket.
Hole 9 is missing a tee sign and gravel tee pad (play it from the obvious large dirt ruts).
There is no parking lot designed for the park. The only lot is the school lot (the course is behind an elementary school). This causes no problems on weekends, evenings, or in the summer. But when school is in session, you'll probably have to find street parking a block or two away from the course.
On some weekends (mornings/early afternoons) a cricket club uses a big chunk of the park. You can play around them, but their field encroaches a little bit on one or two of the fairways.
The signs have 2 or 3 tees marked per hole, but only one tee per hole is obvious. There are a couple of dirt patches in the grass marking some of the alternate tees, but in half the cases, no sign of alternate tees can be found anywhere.
There are no bathrooms or water available.
Other Thoughts: I find the course fun and challenging enough to keep playing it. But I'm only a 20 minute drive away. I wouldn't recommend making a special trip (and it's not immediately off a highway).
The short tees are easy (but it's still challenging to get all or nearly all birdies). I've gotten extra challenge and fun out of making up alternate tees (where none are available). This can significantly lengthen the course. I now have some 300+ foot holes to play.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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