12 Helpful / 0 Not
Great starter course
Pros: Madison Meadows disc golf course is situated in a large open park off of Westmore-Myers and Madison - just a few blocks from the Lombard Commons disc golf course. While it is pretty wide open and flat, the course utilizes tree cover fairly well to create holes which both work the basics of the disc golf shot and offer up multiple routes to many of the pins.
Challenge - The course is probably serves up its best challenge to low to mid-level amateur players who throw between 300-400 feet and are still developing some of the basic disc golf shots (long turnovers, sidearm, overhand shots, rollers). For players that have already mastered the basics, this course is going to be a birdie fest mixed in with a couple of pars when putts are missed - it just isn't all that technical off the tee and only a few holes have enough distance to let the big arms take advantage.
Longer arms should look around for the blue dots which indicate where the Pro tees are. Myself and several others laid out most of these many years ago but I feel they still greatly enhance the course in terms of adding both distance and technicality.
Navigation - Where they haven't been vandalized by other park users (football/baseball) or others, the signs are pretty helpful and there aren't any huge leaps you need to take when navigating this course. Do remember that there are now 19 holes!
Maintenance - The parks department seems to take very good care of this park. The pond is looking better and better each time I come back and the grass is almost always mowed nicely.
Other park amenities - The park has lots of other stuff going on if you aren't wanting a whole day of disc golf or if you have brought a child along. There is a nice playground on the East side of the park, just okay tennis courts, football and baseball fields, and a small inline skate hockey setup right by hole one. In addition, you can fish for panfish, bullhead, and some small bass in the small pond near holes 3 and 19 - its quantity over quality, but the times I've done it, its still been enjoyable.
Cons: Risk/Reward - There aren't any holes which I can think of which have true "risks" to going for big shots, you will rarely find yourself punished for missing a line OTHER than having a longer approach shot for par. Unfortunately, there really isn't much potential to create this type of feature in this park because of the absence of any usable punishing features (brush, OB, water, etc.).
Challenge - Advanced to Pro golfers aren't going to find much here to get too excited about.
Mud/Drainage - I would almost go as far as to say avoid this course completely in the winter and spring because the drainage is terrible. Hole 1 is usually a good indicator of what is to come as there is often a 20' diameter ring of mud around the whole cement tee. The back holes often dry out first, but usually the Meadows aka "the swamp" is just that in the winter.
Other park users - This is suburban Chicago so you will find the usual assortment of cranky old folks, over-entitled teens, and ultra-aggressive football folks along with a smattering of friendly onlookers as well. The Lombard Falcons club specifically have created a lot of problems in this park by destroying most of the field areas, leaving tons of trash, and generally attempting to blockade against any other uses of the park. Yes, I'm a little bitter : ) but this group has in the past gone out of their way to make other park users feel uncomfortable so it is something to be aware of when visiting this park.
Other Thoughts: Overall: Having grown up with this park in my first years of golf was really a blessing. While not super challenging, it is one of the best parks I can think of for learning how to throw a variety of shots as a beginner.
Fun facts: Madison Meadows and the Lombard Commons are also both old home courses of the famous pink-haired Scott Papa, aka Dr. Disc, and PDGA #008 Steve Matul.
If you are looking to buy discs while you are in town, there is a shop adjacent to the 7-11 in "downtown" Lombard (St. Charles & Main) which have really nice folks and some rare old and collector discs often still on the shelves. The prices are sometimes a little steep but if you want to find some old Discraft or Millenium, it's worth a stop.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Madison Meadow is a decent course that, despite it's flaws, is an enjoyable place to play for a wide variety of players.
This course has a good variety of shots, and multiple tees on almost every hole, so even experienced players will be able to find challenge here. There's no elevation whatsoever, but there is a suprising amount of distance. Trees provide obstacles for almost every shot so a decent amount of line shaping is required on many holes.
I don't know if this course has a signature hole, but #19 gives you the option to throw a 625ft bomb with a small patch of trees blocking the straight path to the basket. Or an alternate tee/basket location exists where you throw directly over the pond. This is essentially an entirely different hole, but it's labeled #19, so if you want you could make this a 20-hole course. In order to do this, back track from the #19 basket toward the walking path along the pond. The tee is right off the path a few feet from the edge of the pond.
Recently (in the past year), the park has done a really good job putting in new tee pads, and some very nice signs. For a multi-use suburban park, it's good to see the effort being put into this course.
The course flow is a little weird in a few sections, but 'next tee' signs exist almost everywhere there is any ambiguity (except from #1 to #2... you have to turn left and go about 50 yards towards the baseball field for the tee pad)
Cons: This place defines "multi-use" park. If you play during the day on a week day, or during low-traffic times, you should be fine, but during the summer/fall, there are usually people everywhere. The walking path around the pond comes into play on a couple holes (namely #3 where the path is basically in the fairway). The town's youth football/cheerleading teams use this place to practice in the late summer and fall, so if you come while this is going on, count on having to skip at least 3 or 4 holes.
While there is a good amount of shot variety here, this course just seems kind of boring. You won't leave here saying "I remember hole x and y, those were awesome shots," Maybe with the exception of the two #19's which are pretty unique.
It's hard for me to criticize the new teepads, because I'm sure a lot of time and effort went into installing them, but those things are too small. You can get a two step run up, maybe, on them, but that's it. On some of the longer shots, you'll probably have to start from three or four steps behind the pad if you take a big run up.
Other Thoughts: Madison Meadows is worth checking out. It's the only course in the area with 18 holes, and there's enough challenge and variety for a wide range of skill sets. They take good care of this place, and it's a nice park overall from a visual standpoint,
From Westmore-Meyers, go west on Madison until you see the parking lot on your left. The first tee is next to the tennis courts.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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.
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
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 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 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Variety in hole length (most courses around here are exclusively pitch and putt)
-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
-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.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Easy blue-level course
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.
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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Better than nothing
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.
5 Helpful / 5 Not
Love this course
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.
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