Solid open course
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Two pin placements available. Most are just longer, but a couple offer different obstacles and lines.
- Mostly exclusive to disc golf. There are usually a few dog-walkers and others on a trail that kind of runs through the middle of the course, but not usually very populated.
- Very well maintained, and frequently mowed.
- Navigation is very simple and easy.
- Holes (and the entire course) are packed in very tightly, without much chance of crossover between holes.
- Very wide open course, with small chance of losing a disc. (sometimes the rough does get a bit long though)
- A few nice long holes.
- Nice foot bridges across some of the low drainage areas.
- #9 has you drive across a very small creek and into some trees. Both bin placements are fun and a bit of a challenge. Very scenic.
- #18 long shoots across the same little drainage creek twice - if you have the arm.
- Great signage with pictograms.
Cons: - Course kiosk sign has a page with push-pins for indicating the current pin placement, which is nice. Except that it wasn't at all up to date. Even so, you can see the basket from every tee, and match up on tee sign what placement is in.
- Not a particularly difficult course, nor are there any signature or memorable holes.
- Mostly wide open, with only a few trees here and there to create shot lines. You can mostly drive whatever shot you want off of most tees.
- No 'technical' shots.
- VERY windy here, located on the west edge of town with only an interstate and miles of flat fields to stop the wind. Of the 30+ times I've probably played this course, there are probably only a handful of rounds played in what I would call 'calm' conditions. This last time that I played while reviewing, winds were 25+ mph. This actually may be the worst part of playing this course.
Other Thoughts: - Although the list of cons is short, it's just a ho-hum type of course. I do like playing here, and have played plenty of times, but it's just not that much of a challenge. The times that it is challenging are with the high winds, but that's just more frustrating than anything, and sometimes makes you never want to come back. Solid area course, great for growing the sport.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Pros: Nicely maintained course with prairie grass lining almost all of the fairways. Great tee pads and signs. Good variety of shots even though very few of them are actually forcing a specific kind of shot. Also a good variety in length. Easy to navigate. Easy to find, good parking, and in a great neighborhood.
Cons: There isn't a lot of excitement in this course and you can basically throw however you want on every hole and turn out fine. Isn't terribly challenging but still is enjoyable. Dog park close by, so watch for owners walking their dogs, and also be on the lookout for owners not picking up their dogs crap. Can be crowded with the nearby junior high and high schools cross country teams around the course.
Other Thoughts: Great course to play a casual round at, it's a lot of fun to go play when you don't feel like stomping through the woods. The course is significantly more challenging and interesting when all the pin positions are in the longs.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Mowed fairways
-2 holes over 400 ft
-Each hole has a couple trees to shoot around
-Somewhat scenic with green pastures and a windfarm to the north
Cons: -You are on the edge of Normal with a sea of flat farms to the west; expect the winds to easily roll through.
-Far too many holes are 200-275 with a couple of trees in your way. The course needs more 300-400 holes and possibly 1 short technical hole.
Other Thoughts: More trees can only help, on the fairways and especially near the highway to relieve some of the background noise. To be honest, with the rather open fairways this course plays like a ball golf course in which you can reach the green from the tee on most holes. Definitely not a bad course though.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Maxwell Park is Normal's disc golf course and is in a great location for ISU Students who don't have cars and a nice alternative to P.J. Irving and Forrest Park for area residents. It is a place you can bring disc golfers of any skill level. The more experienced players will be challenged by the longer holes (11, 17).
Also, since there are multiple pin placements, the course changes throughout the season.
*Easy to follow
*Bloomington Normal Public Buses go by the course (Yellow G)
*High winds offer a bit of challenge that makes the course a little exciting despite lack of trees
Favorite Holes: 17, 7 (long placement), 12 (long placement)
Cons: Not much to say about these, so I will list these by bullet point
*Rather ugly park, right along the highway
*Sometimes, the wind can get annoying
*Not enough trees or obstacles to offer significant challenge... your second shot will likely be an open look at the hole
*Rather than offer diverse and challenging shots, the pin placements clearly offer one easy shot and one difficult one. This can make the course kind of boring if you go at the wrong time.
Other Thoughts: Maxwell Park is probably the least exciting of the disc golf courses in the Bloomington Normal Area. It's wide open, and doesn't make for the most exciting disc golf. But, If you want to work on your distance game, there are some shots here for you!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Good course in a nice park
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Pros: -Located in a very nice park in very good area of town.
-Well maintained, clean course with nicely mowed fairways.
-Good sized, concrete tees.
-Makes good use of the few mature trees and elevation changes the park offers.
-Hole length varies nicely from 200-500 feet.
-Pins are rotated on a semi-regular basis, allows you to get different looks of the course. Can make it very challenging for a beginner when they're all in the longs.
-Practice basket with plenty of room for long putts.
-Hole 11 with its 500 ft uphill straight shot is nasty mean, doubly so on windy days.
Cons: -Not very many technical shots.
-Holes do tend to be on the short side.
-Hole 9 can be a bit of a crap shoot but there are some clear lines that can be hit.
-The Emerald Ash Borer and another disease affecting some pine trees have hit this course pretty hard. Several important trees have been removed and more are likely to come. The parks departemnt is doing a good job replacing the trees, however, it will be quite a while until they're matured.
Other Thoughts: I play this course on a regular basis and I love playing here. The park is very nice and during the summer the long rough gives the course a very nice look and feel. Its a great beginner's course and is usually my go to place for experimenting with new discs and technique.
This course can get very, very windy at times. This is a good and bad thing. The wind adds some needed challenge to the course but on particularly windy days I prefer to go to the more sheltered course at P.J. Irvin. With the combination of high winds and long rough it can be very easy to lose a disc. When you release on one of these days make sure to track it well and use the smaller trees and brush as landmarks.
Parking can be difficult on days when Softball tourneys are going on at Champion fields, which is a frequent occurrence. For reference though, if you see people parking in the grass across the drive from the course, its best to park in the street, the park(s) small lot just a bit south or at the Jr. High. Just be prepared to do some walking if you see a tournament taking place.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a very nice park and very well kept. It can get very busy with many other activites near and around the park. Being close to ISU many college kids play here. Cross country can become an issue during the fall as they run on parts of the course during events. The park has nice mowed fairways lined by tall grass. It has mature trees scattered throughout and is very flat.
There is a nice variety with 2 pin placements.
There are several holes where you can grip and rip and air out some drives.
The equipment is very nice. The tee pads are nice and big. The tee signs are very nice with both pin positions and accurate distances. The baskets are new Innova Discatchers.
This course is pretty easy to navigate and is very beginner friendly.
There are several wooden bridges that help cross the creek/ditch that at times has water.
Cons: The land is fairly flat and lacks interesting features to rate it higher.
This course is on the short side and there is very little rough to penalize bad shots. It's very open and lacks challenge.
This course is not very far off the interstate. It's very close to Illinois State. Eat at Avanti's if you get the chance. If I had to choose one of the Bloomington/Normal courses i'd pick PJ Irvin in Bloomington. There is another 9 hole right across the street. Both 18 hole courses are very nice walks in the park and do not take very long to play. If you are traveling thru Central Illinois they are both solid options to get out and stretch your legs.
Here are some nice photos of the course.
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7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice Flowing Course in Middle of IL
Pros: A very nice maintained course, close to an exclusive disc golf course. I played here on a Sunday afternoon and was one of the dozen people there. The design at this course had a really nice flow to it, it is easy to find the baskets and the next tees. The fairways are clearly marked and mowed just like a ball golf course.
The tee pads are concrete and they do alternate pins so it'll be different every time you play. Discatchers baskets and a great course signage which really shows the ideal flight paths to the baskets.
There is a parking lot right next to the course although it can get packed since its near softball fields and dog parks.
Cons: Most of the holes here are pretty much a straight line and could put your accuracy to the test. There are tall grasses surrounding the fairways so be sure to use bright colored discs or you'll be stuck looking all over for it. It's not an extremely challenging course for advanced players but it's still a great course to take a beginner to.
There will be other park-goers in the area and they can get in the way.
Other Thoughts: It can get pretty windy so it depends on how you look at it, I look at it as an added challenge. It's worth the trip if you're just passing by on the I-55 or near ISU.
I would play it again if I'm in the area.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Well manicured shorty
Pros: -Very well manicured course: fairways are mowed short with rough areas long on every hole.
-Rough areas not too high: if you throw into it, a disc can be found rather quickly
-Nice bridges cross draws at many points.
-Nice concrete pads
-Easy to navigate: just follow the flow of the mowing.
-Nature "preserve" area butts up against the west side of the park (hole 10)
-Slight elevation changes on some holes
-It's very windy on this course as other reviewers have said, I look at this as a positive because otherwise the course would be WAY too easy.
-Really nice, accurate tee signs
Cons: -Very few facilities: although there are bathrooms at the park, none are near the course. I also didn't find any water, and very few benches.
-I played on a day with temps in the 90's and there was very little shade
-Very short, only 2 holes that some who throws 300' accurately couldn't reach.
-Very few obstacles in the fairways, only 1 or 2 trees in most fairways and most didn't guard the holes well. It was almost like playing a tiny ball golf course.
-Fairly monotonous, if you throw a straight shot, you are well set up for a putt on most holes. Although there were some holes were the suggested route is a hyzer or anhyzer, you aren't punished by not throwing the shot.
-Being right by the interstate, the course is fairly loud and it kind of took away from it being a classic dg experience
-Only one tee pad per hole. I think if another pad were put in this could be a way more challenging course
Other Thoughts: This is a fun, little course. It is pretty, even with it butting up against I55. Bring lots of water especially if it's hot. I'd imagine that this course gets pretty busy when school is in session since it is right down the street from ISU.
If this course wasn't well manicured and the wind didn't constantly howl on this course, I would have rated it a 2.5
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Open course is fantastic
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Very open
-Two sets of baskets so everytime you go it's a different course
-A lot of parking
-Usually very empty
-Signs on every hole that indicate distance and a map of the hole
-Fairly easy pars
-I've seen 10+ snakes on this course. It definitely adds to the experience!
Cons: -It can get very windy
-Losing your frisbee in the prairie grass can be a bitch...
-The highway in the background isn't very breathtaking
-Since this course is directly across froms "Champion Fields", if you go here on a day when there's a softball tournament, getting a parking spot can be very, very difficult.
Other Thoughts: I love this course. It's my home course and I play here several times a week. It's a great, great place to go if you don't want a hard challenge and I rarely hit trees here.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Not far from campus (a mile or so W of Tri Towers) so it's possible to get here without a car.
Well thought out and maintained course. Mowed regularly and brush is taken care of. Concrete pads are greatly appreciated; I hate teeing off dirt pads.
Wonderful mix of shot selection.
In town, so food, drinks, smokes, etc are very accessable.
Cons: Central Illinois is windy. This park is located near Interstate 55. There are nothing but fields on the other side of 55. All that wind blows onto this course, typically into your face, affecting your throw.
I have triple putted a hole here because of the wind.
Other Thoughts: While you're out here, drive a bit more and play the courses in Pekin and Morton. They are well worth it.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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