Lombard, IL 
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5+    4/5/2010   8/5/2010
Review By: DocHaole
Played: 78  Reviewed: 48  Exp: 8.1 Years
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Nice cement tee pads for the short tees.

-Good Variety of distances: A handful of shorter holes and then some Monster holes in the back that give you a change to air it out.

- Some Obstacles: Good incorporation of the lake and trees as obstacles when possible.

- Tee signs are excellent, giving accurate distances

- By comparison this course really stands out in this area as one of the few with length and 18+ holes.
Cons: - Non DG-ers like this park too. Most of the time this isn't a problem, mostly just people walking their dogs. But a couple of times there have been people using the picnic benches on the first hole and I've had to skip the hole entirely.

- The course if really flat, but that shouldn't be a huge surprise.

- Navigation can be a bit tricky on the back 9, but not impossible.

- A couple of fairways are subject to flooding on occasion, and there can be a lot of goose poop in the fall but now I'm just being picky.

- Other than the lake the course is very forgiving of bad shots.
Other Thoughts: It's not the best course in the world but it sure is the best option for a lot of people living in this area. It can be somewhat vanilla at times but it is a fun 19 holes and still provide and challenge with some of the distance shots. It certainly isn't a destination course but it was a great neighborhood course when I lived in the area.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful.


5+    5/1/2010   5/25/2010
Review By: Two_Bearded_Dudes
Played: 5  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 22.3 Years
This review was updated on 7/4/2010
1 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: Nice variety in hole length with some huge drives
Almost impossible to lose a disc.
Cons: Very flat
Hard to navigate
Boring as hell to look at/play
Poor signage
No cover to um... water the trees
Other Thoughts: A spacious 19 holes with some huge driving opportunities. I end up here quite a bit these days due to proximity. Once you hit the lot the first tee is off to the right by the brown picnic shelter. After that it's a real challenge to navigate. Ask the locals.. I've been there a dozen time and still have a hard time finding my way around.

1 of 10 people found this review helpful.


1    5/1/2010   5/1/2010
Review By: mmsiami
Played: 12  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 16.5 Years
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Fun course to play, definitely a great course for beginners and nice to play for experience dg'ers looking to get some confidence back in their driving ability. couple of great ace opportunities
Cons: mostly flat, alot of the holes seem too simple or easy. I only used a forehand once and only 1 overhand throw.
Other Thoughts: very pleasant place to throw. Big open park with a walking path through a few holes. non dg'ers seemed very aware of players and were conscious of throws

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.


5+    11/7/2009   2/9/2010
Review By: Countchunkula
Played: 128  Reviewed: 48  Exp: 9.2 Years
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Variety in hole length (most courses around here are exclusively pitch and putt)
-Cement teepads
-The few trees are well used in the hole design
-Water in play on 2 holes
-Rare Chicagoland opportunity to really let it fly with drivers
-7-11 on westmore sells discs
Cons: -Mostly wide open
-Predominantly flat
-This is a mult-use park with plently of other activities and park users interfering with DG
-Walking path in play on many holes
-Parks dept. has crazy draconian regulations for doubles league play
Other Thoughts: This course plays through a large, open, flat multi-use park. It has probably introduced a lot of people to DG due to the park's popularity with non-DGers.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Easy blue-level course

5+    12/17/2009   1/23/2010
Review By: goalkeeper19
Played: 129  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 17.4 Years
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Clean, well kept park
-Good concrete tee pads (short tees only)
-Good variety in length, with several 400+ foot holes, as well as short 220' holes
-Excellent course to practice fundamental lines
-2 par 4 holes, that make you work for the 3
-plenty of makeable birdies
-pond comes into play on #19 and from the long tee on #3
-good opportunities to let some big drives rip (#8, #12, #17, #19)
Cons: -very very flat, no topography to work with
-not much variety in hole type, most holes are very straight, with only one true R-L hole (#1) and one true L-R hole (#14)
-football fields near #6, 7, 8, and 11 sometimes cause disruption in play during the fall
-drainage isn't the best, and some holes (#4 almost has it's own lake after a heavy rain) become pretty muddy after a rainy spell
Other Thoughts: Overall, while certainly not the best 18 hole course in Chicagoland, it's probably the best centrally-located course. It's a fun round to play, and it feels good to rack up those easy birdies on a casual round. Will definitely play best for people who have confidence in their straight shots between 250-350.

Standout holes: #4 (need a very good drive or a very good upshot), #11 (650' through scattered trees with OB fields), #16 (pure tunnel shot), #17 (fun, long hyzer hole, nicely positioned basket), and #19 (great hole to air out on, but be careful of the lake on the right hand side)

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.


1    1/13/2010   1/12/2010
Review By: #19325
Played: 321  Reviewed: 170  Exp: 14.3 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The park is a very well kept with scattered trees throughout. This is a multiuse park with tons of people around. It is very flat.

If you fly into Chicago O'Hare this is the closest free 18 hole course.

There is a good variety of holes on this course. It has short cement tee pads and long natural tee pads.

The tee signs are very nice and descriptive. The course has decent flow once you figure out where all the holes are.

Several good holes for rolling.
Cons: Long natural tees are hard to find. Course can be difficult to navigate in a few places.

I believe the baskets are homemade and are ok but don't catch like the new modern baskets.

There is no rough to penalize you on bad shots.

This course lacks true challenge to warrent a higher rating.
Other Thoughts: This is standard par 54 disc golf.

Here is a link to another photo gallery. There are shots from the tee, fairway, and back towards the tee.

In early spring this course can have standing water in places.

Check out my Illinois Top 10

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Better than nothing

5+    9/10/2008   9/27/2009
Review By: djphilzy
Played: 23  Reviewed: 17
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Its a great course for Chitown courses. It does pose some challenges, like a little pond and some trees.
Cons: It's a course that was added to a park that has multiple uses. For example a passing dog may decide to fetch your Frisbee or you may not be able to throw cause a soccer game has broken out. The park does not belong to the disc golfers, and it shows.
Other Thoughts: Better than no disc golf

2 of 8 people found this review helpful.

 Love this course

5+    9/17/2009   9/17/2009
Review By: Blonde Thunder
Played: 65  Reviewed: 12  Exp: 6.2 Years
This review was updated on 1/20/2010
5 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: This course has many ace opportunities, several long holes, and well placed trees on almost every hole. Course requires accuracy on most holes.
The tee pads (19 of them) are all concrete and there is a nice gravel path winding through this sprawling course. There are benches throughout and a lake with a fountain in the center of the course that creates a secluded atmosphere even when many others are around. Very little chance of losing a disc on all but hole #3 and #19.
Cons: Tee boxes might be a bit small for people with a big approach.
Not a lot of high risk. Other than hitting a tree, recovery from being off the fairway is usually not a problem.
Other Thoughts: The course has a nice flow and a nice variety of holes. If you play hole 19 from the new tee pad down to the practice basket you get a very long downhill drive around a small grove of pines. Great way to wrap up the round!

5 of 10 people found this review helpful.

 Not bad, a little boring

5+    5/20/2009   8/20/2009
Review By: Michler
Played: 233  Reviewed: 35  Exp: 23.2 Years
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Alot of length. A few really challenging holes. Cement tees. Some good land for roller shots. I like the pine trees on a few of the holes.
Cons: Overall, I'd have to call this a boring course. Very flat. Not much trouble out there to get your energy level up and make you think on the tee.
Other Thoughts: Its okay to work different shots in your game. A couple par 4's. Just nothing where you get to work your way out of trouble though, because there isn't any.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 NIce open course

1    7/24/2009   7/27/2009
Review By: mashnut
Played: 819  Reviewed: 774  Exp: 13.5 Years
This review was updated on 7/8/2010
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course plays through a large flat multi-use park with lots of large scattered trees. There is a small lake that is in play on a couple holes, and lots of ball fields and other park areas as obstacles. The lake is a very cool obstacle on a couple holes, and adds a nice risk reward element.

There is a nice mix of long and short holes, from short ace runs to a couple real long bomb holes. Most holes have at least some trees in the fairway, and a few have more dense stands of trees to shoot through. The last hole has one tee that shoots over the pond for a very cool finishing drive.

The park is large enough that the holes have nice separation, and never throw on top of one another. The design made good use of the available space and trees to make a course that doesn't feel too repetitive despite the lack of elevation or much variation in foliage throughout the park.

The tees were in pretty good shape, and were concrete on the main pad for each hole. There were alternate tees (sometimes two alternates on a hole) that really changed up the hole and gave a different look, and these had nicely leveled dirt or grass tee areas. There was at least a numbered post at each tee, with nicer signs on some. The grass was well-mowed when I played, and the park was nicely kept in general.
Cons: The navigation at this course could use some work. Many tees had no signs at all, and the signs that were in place were often faded and didn't show the tee or basket. There were several long walks between holes, and there were only a couple that had next tee markers. A couple places the next hole was in a non-obvious direction, and it took some wandering to figure it out.

The tee pads were pretty short, especially for the longer holes. Most were not flush with the ground, so they weren't conducive to simply starting behind the pad. The baskets were a mix of different types and ages, and seemed a little inconsistent. The number plates were faded, and were occasionally facing the wrong direction, which made a couple holes without tee signs a little frustrating.

A couple holes played too close to ball fields, playgrounds and roads, could be some safety hazards there. The course could have used a little more variety, with most of the holes having a pretty open straight or slight hyzer shot. There were enough trees and space to create more holes that would challenge other shots.
Other Thoughts: This course is very beginner friendly, and the only place to lose discs is in the pond. Newer players will enjoy this course, as it's not wide open, but the fairways are easy to hit and poor drives aren't severely punished. More experienced players won't find much challenge here, though there were a few holes that will let you open up on some longer drives.

This is one of the better courses in the area, so it's worth playing if you're around. It's nothing too special though, so I wouldn't suggest driving way out of your way to play this one.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.

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