1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: First thing i want to say is congrats to the people that work on this course, it's the best marked course I've played on, the signs are easy to read, there's next hole indicators in the ground, etc. I don't think at any point i had to stop and figure out where the next fairway was.
Its a fun course that plays quick and flows great.
Cons: Ok, gotta nit-pic, the pars are not with what PDGA recommends, personally i don't care as most figure everything is a 3, but some get hung up on sign par...
Other Thoughts: Its not real tuff, but that's not a bad thing, if you want tuff play somebody better than you.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Good course for beginners
Pros: Well maintained, signs for holes, water play, different looks and shots
Cons: Short, open fairways on a lot of holes, doubles as a cross country course
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find this course nice to become acquainted with. The holes are not terribly long, so it is tough to get discouraged.
In the fall, during cross country season, the course is shared with runners. Expect to play a little longer when there's a meet.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Very nicely kept course
Pros: This course has very nice tees, baskets, bridges, and signs. There aren't many gimicks on the holes, so it is well suited to tournament style play. Every hole has a fairway that is mowed differently than the rough, and every sign clearly indicates which streams and ditches are O.B., and which are in play.
There are two shelters and several park benches throughout the course. I don't see these being used by non-frolfers, since they are rather far from the road. This portion of the park is really dedicated just to disc golf.
Cons: The lack of interesting features makes this rather dull to play. There isn't many elevation changes or interesting obstructions. I would not take a new player to this course, because it just isn't that much fun. Many of the rough areas were overgrown on the day that I came, and losing a disc could be a problem.
Other Thoughts: To me, this seems like a course designed by enthusiasts of the sport. At the front board, they keep track of course records, and I assume that many tournaments are played there. It is well suited to competitive play, but probably not interesting enough for the average player.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Great Course for All Skill Levels
Pros: - Good mix of holes: long and short, straight, left and right. Difficulty is also widely varied - some shorter, fairly open holes that a rec player could deuce, and some longer, more diffuclt holes that are almost par 4's for advanced players.
- Makes excellent use of existing trees in a fairly open park to create challenging lines for all levels of players
- Even though this park is in Central IL (Flat City, USA), the course has several slight elevation changes which add variety and difficulty
- Well maintained by the park disctrict and the local disc golf club: mowed fairways, wood chips around baskets and tee pads and trash cans at every hole
- Detailed tee signs, showing distances, alternate pin placements and major landmarks
Cons: - Not as wooded as many of the "top tier" courses, which makes lines much wider and many baskets can be easily reached by most advanced players.
- Wide open layout and location can make this course EXTREMELY windy. On some days, the wind makes play nearly impossible.
- Long rough can make finding errant discs difficult, even if the disc is only 5-10 feet off the fairway (much like a ball golf course).
- Parking at the course can be difficult on days when there is a tournament at the neighboring softball fields
Other Thoughts: Maxwell Park is an excellent course for beginners (many locals play this course with their entire families in tow) but it also has several holes that provide ample challenge for advanced players. This wide appeal is why the course is always full of players in good weather and frequented by players of all skill levels who want to work on wind play, test new discs, grips or throwing styles. If you're in the area and want a fun day in the park without trudging through the woods, Maxwell Park is definitely worth a visit.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
A fair and fun course.
Pros: Well laid out course covers a LOT of ground in a beautiful park. The course is fairly open but makes good use of a few trees and thickets. When I was there it was manicured like a ball golf course with VERY distinct, mowed fairways and tall, thick rough. Good mix of long and short and right and left shots.
Cons: Other than the tall rough there is not any cons I can think of. Not a lot of elevation or obsticales but it's STILL a TON of fun to play.
Other Thoughts: I'd like to be able to play this course more. It's fun, open course that you can score pretty well on. Pros could easily creep into the double digits.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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