5 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Good course in a nice park
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.
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.
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.
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.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Open course is fantastic
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.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Very easy to find way around the course. Park was very well kept. Not a lot of trees but able to use different shots because of where baskets are placed. Fairways were nice. Able to play quickly since I was passing through.
Cons: Not a lot of challenge, clear throwing lanes make just about any shot possible. Elevation change was very minimal.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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