Fun but Easy
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Pros: The main pro this course has going for it is that its extremely easy to play the course. If you want to play in 45 minutes and have a nice, easy disc golf round then this is the course for you.
The baskets are in great shape and catch well. There is also a nice practice basket near hole 1.
A majority of the holes have alternate pins, which does add value and gives more options.
The course allows you to air the disc out and "grip it and rip it". The course uses the prairie grass well and has a few holes with elevation. While there is no signature hole, there are some fun shots to throw (hole 6, hole 11, hole 17, hole 18).
The course has great teepads and nice signs. The navigation is also fairly easy on the course, except for a few areas where some backtracking happens.
All in all, this is a very easy, fun and simple course that is great for beginners. Its really close to the interstate and is usually very busy with college students enjoying themselves!
Cons: I gave this course a 2.5 rating as that is rated as decent/typical. There is nothing spectacular about this course, and there is nothing wrong with that. This is a beginner friendly course with almost no challenge. This is a great course for beginners and as such I have given it a "typical" rating.
This course used to be a few strokes more difficult but a disease destroyed many trees in the park. Many of the fairways have no obstacles and of the obstacles that remain, there is typically a line around the trees to get to the basket that is not too challenging.
The course is VERY easy. A gold level player should consistently shoot in the mid to low 40's. Its tough to really get a lot "better" playing this course.
As stated above, this course can be VERY busy when school is in session. This is not really a "con" but given more for informational purposes.
Other Thoughts: If you are coming through town and want to play a quick round, Maxwell Park is a very easy and nice course to enjoy yourself. If you want to play a difficult course and challenge yourself then this is not the course for you. The course has lost a lot of its difficulty and glory with the loss of many trees in the park but its still a nice stroll through the park and can be played very quickly.
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Good course for ams and rec players
Pros: This course is easy to navigate, very well maintained and makes good use of the space. It is a great course for newer players and offers some variety in play. While most holes are under 250', the course is designed to make maximum use of the few trees in the park, so even the shorter holes have 5-6 trees to offer some sort of challenge. There are a couple of long holes over 450' that are both wide open for an easy 3. All the tees are perfect, fairways clear and baskets in great shape. The course was easy to find and well signed, and almost all baskets are visible from the tee. The course also has alternate pin locations to offer some modification to course layout.
Cons: I personally enjoy shorter courses, but I know most pros would not find this course very challenging. Most of the holes are so short that the course could be played with just a midrange and putter, with 11 & 17 being the only 2 holes that could demand a driver.
Other Thoughts: Given the size of the park and the scarce number of trees, I think the designer(s) did a good job. The course may not be the most challenging, but it is certainly a great course to work on your short game and figure out how to craft the lines you want. It's worth checking out and would certainly be a good course to play if you don't have a ton of time. It plays pretty quick and finding your disc is easy. There is noise coming from the interstate, but I was easily able to tune it out and enjoy my round as the sun came up. Would definitely recommend this course to new players.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: - Nice cement tee pads
- Easy to navigate
- Great Tee Signs
- Good use of the available land
- Multiple pin locations
- A very FUN course to play
- Good course for developing basic disc golf lines
- Wind does play a good factor which can add to the difficulty of the course
- Very quick to get to right off major Highway
- What little elevation there is gets decently used
- The trees that are there are nice and large, and offer a variety of line choices.
Cons: - The ditch/creek is never OB. A natural obstacle like that should be played. It would add so much to the quality of the course.
- Besides holes 11 and 17, the other 16 holes are all easily reachable for a 900+ rated player
- The park is very exposed to everything around it. I personally enjoy courses that are more 'removed' from the area around it. Feeling like a Hike is a good thing.
Other Thoughts: Maxwell Park is a decent park that is just above a everyday pitch-n-putt. New players, REC, and INT players will enjoy this course for its "challenges." ADV and PRO players will have fun taking ace run after ace run. They will be offered little challenge.
Even if you play the ditch OB there is still little challenge to be had. Although some may not like the noise from the road, I personally find peace in it. Make sure you have a good set of discs for handling the wind, it is Central Illinois. That means flat and nothing to stop the wind.
If you're passing through and have the time to play a course then this would be my second choice for the area. PJ Irvin would be my first. It is definitely a great course to have this close to the University.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: The course plays through an open grassy park with some minor rolling hills and scattered trees. The limited trees are used well to force some different lines on some holes, it doesn't play quite as open as it looks. The elevation changes are minimal, but they are used as much as possible to add some variety to the holes. There is a nice mix of hole lengths, from ace runs to long bombs, with a good variety in between.
The course is in nice shape, well mowed and very clean with no trash or vandalism. The park has other nice features, but they don't really conflict with the course at all. There are nice bridges over the small creek. The tees are concrete and plenty big, even for the longer holes. The tee signs are descriptive, and the course flow is easy to follow.
Cons: The design does very well with the property available here, but it's basically a wide open field. Despite the creative use of the few trees, there aren't enough obstacles to force very interesting lines. Nearly all the holes have either a hyzer or a straight shot, so you aren't pushed to use different parts of your game. The street comes into play on a couple holes, a bit of a safety issue if there's much traffic.
Other Thoughts: This course is nothing all that exciting, but it's not a bad place to work on your drives. Beginners will find the course approachable, though a little long in spots for new throwers, with no real risk of losing your disc (I played in winter, the grass might grow up other times of the year and change this). More experienced players won't find many different challenges or enough variety to keep them coming back.
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