Nice Casual Round
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Scenic, lots of old oak trees
- Not overly long
- Rarely busy
Cons: - Flat with few obstacles
- Walking paths cross some holes
- Few soggy spots that never seem to dry
- Dirt tee boxes (slippery mud if wet)
Other Thoughts: Due to easy holes, a scenic backdrop and sparse crowds, it's a great course for a nice casual round. If you're looking to challenge yourself and your skills, this isn't the course for that.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Short, flat, compact
Pros: - Very old oaks spread throughout course
- Well-marked holes, with color coding for tee/pin and sharpie marks on pins pointing to next tees
- All in all they made good use of the compact terrain for the course, hiding pins behind/among trees or putting trees right in the middle of the fairway
- Easy to find from parking lot, and big sign with hole layout right at beginning (take a picture with your phone, though you'll probably not really need it)
Cons: - A very short course overall
- Since it was so compact, there wasn't much variety between the various holes, they were all in basically the same section of oak savanna (though a pretty one at that)
- Dirt and mud tees, many unusable right after a rain
- Distance markers on few if any tees
Other Thoughts: Not a waste of time, and good for practicing your birdie tee shots, but I've played prettier oak savanna courses (try Anna Page in Rockford, for example).
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Not too bad
Pros: The course is inviting as soon as you walk up to the first hole.
-There is quite a bit of holes that are right in your site and shouldn't give the average discer much trouble to grab some birds and save a bunch of pars.
- Two holes are over 400 ft and are basically the premier holes on the course.
Cons: The chunk of land it's built on is all flat, so don't plan on stopping out there if it's been raining the past few days, the course holds standing water for a few days, and the mosquito's will be ravages.
-It's a little bit too simple. A good amount of the holes are just a solid mid-range shot to get you parked easily.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed this course just about every time I played it. I wouldn't go out of my way to make plans to go play it. But for a change of pace, and to get a good round in. It's worth a round, maybe two.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is populated with beautiful old growth hardwoods. All of the holes play in and around these trees.
Grass on the course is very well maintained.
Even though the park is not very large the course itself seems secluded from the other park activities. The day I played the park itself was packed with people. cars were parking up the entry street to the park since the lot was full and we only saw two discers and one dog walker on the course
A couple of the holes require some decent shot shaping around the large trees. And almost all of the holes can provide pretty good ace runs.
Cons: Navigation, we successfully navigated the course without a map but it was not real easy. Most of the tee signs are missing and you need to look on the basket for a sharpie arrow pointing in the direction of the next tee. This sounds helpful but the course is wide open with all the holes in view so an arrow pointing can lead you to a few different tees.
Tees, the tees are dirt and are mostly worn down into a pretty good groove which of course fill up with water if there is an even minor drizzle. These tees seem to hold the water for a while also.
Although they have made the most of the available land, this course is short, and very repetative. All of the holes have a tree or two sort of in the way but do not present much of a challenge to an experienced golfer. I used a putter on 11 of the holes.
The course is on the bank of a river and the skeeters can get overwhelming on the holes closest to the shore.
Other Thoughts: I had a good time on this course even though it was really easy. This would be a great course to bring a beginner to, practice your mid range/putter shots or to play a fast round. I happened to be staying at a hotel about 1 mile away from this course and I was happy to be able to walk over and get in a round. I would have no problem playing this course again if I am in the area but I would not travel out of my way to play it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Not crowded
Well maintained course
Good for reasonable players of the game
Cons: Extreamally hard to follow the course
Missing half if not more of the signs
Other Thoughts: Even though it was hard to follow it was a great cource that was easy enough for a newbie to come here and still shoot the pars that are given
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Mature Oak trees
-Decent amount of obstacles with the trees
-Parking wasn't an issue
-Tucked away in a corner of the park so nothing else interferes
-Pretty fun to play
Cons: -Tees are grass/dirt
-I had a horrible time navigating the course
-Some baskets are pretty beat up
-Many signs missing
-There was a map but it was too hard to read
Other Thoughts: I was going to give this course 3 Discs/ "Good" but since so many signs were missing and I could not navigate it at all I am going to give this course 2.5 Discs instead a "Decent/Typical" course.
I would come back to play if the signs were fixed up and would give it 3 Discs also. And it would be a nice touch to fix the baskets, and then if possible install real tee pads.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Flat Hidden Gem
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - There is a Port-a-John next to parking lot, a covered picnic area with tables, and a playground nearby for kids who aren't disc golfing yet.
- Multiple tee pads on every hole (red- short tees, blue- long tees).
- Lots of large oak trees that make for a technical course
- Course design makes you use a lot of different shot types.
- The course is outlined by wooded areas, so on very windy days, the wind isn't as noticeable as other wide open courses.
Cons: - This course is now very easy to navigate thanks to new signs on tees and baskets
- No concrete tee pads, most of the red "tee pads" are mud pits
- The tee pads are small, flat, round stones that are mostly buried in the ground.
- There are thin metal poles (most without signs) that are next to every red tee pad.
- FLAT!! There is NO elevation change throughout the entire course.
- There are a few longer walks to get from the basket to the next tee pad.
- There are no permanent water hazards on the course (might be a pro for beginners). But, there is usually standing water on about half of the holes if the weather has been poor.
- Very short course, especially from the red tees. Hole number 9 is the only hole over 400' (from red). Most advanced and over players will feel like this is a putt and approach course with very few opportunities to rip a long drive.
- There is a bike path that weaves through the entire course so there are times that you have to wait for people to pass by before you can throw.
Other Thoughts: - Since new signs have been installed that can not be missed, I'll do my best to describe the Long Tee placements. (They all do have stones in the ground similar to the short tees & a few are starting to get muddy)
#1- 20' behind short pad & right
#2- Similar to hole 1, about 20' behind & right
#3- Almost a straight walk behind #2 basket, just across the bike path. Plays well behind and slightly right of short tee.
#4- (One of the biggest length differences between long and shot tees) You have probably walked over this tee going to the short. Same line but about 100' behind
#5- About 40' behind short tee & slightly right, on opposite side of bike path as the short pad.
#6- Huge length difference from short tee. Walk is about 90 degree turn from Hole 5 basket and not that far. It's centered about 20 feet behind two large trees. (my personal favorite hole on the course)
#7- 10 feet behind short tee and slightly left
#8- About 60 feet behindshort tee and right, on right side of bike path as you walk to short tee
# 9- 50 feet behind and left of the short tee (close to the tree line) & the big tree by the short pad will be on your right side
#10- 15 feet behind and slightly right
#11- Turn 90 degrees left from hole 10 basket, long tee is about 60' behind short pad and right
#12- HUGE length difference that more than doubles the distance of this hole. This long tee is very close to Hole 9 long tee about 20 feet to the left (looking at hole 9 basket) and is a blind look at hole 10's basket that is usually blocked by a giant bush.
#13- 40 feet behind and left of short tee. View of basket is blocked by bushes to the front left of the short tee with bike path directly to the right of bushes. Very dangerous fairway ! Make sure bike path is clear before you throw!
#14- Same line as short tee but 40 feet behind
#15- Back near my favorite bench. 20 feet directly behind short tee
#16- About 40 to the left and behind short tee. To the right of the bushes near hole 14's long tee.
#17- "Back in the left corner", directly behind short tee.
#18- Behind short tee 20 feet and to the right.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Very peaceful. I went on a Saturday and was alone for most of the course. Lots of varied hole lengths.
Cons: Lots and lots of mosquitos, not very well maintained, sometimes it's hard to find the next hole.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Simplistic but kind of fun!
Pros: -such beautiful old majestic oak trees
-long, short shots
-well maintained grass
-beautiful both in summer and fall
-pro and am tee markers
Cons: -poor signage
-lack of maintenance
-zero elevation change
-difficult to figure out next tees
-dirt and grass tees
Other Thoughts: Played this course today during the fall with a friend who played it in the summer. This course is ALL about the old "majestic" oak trees that make up the ENTIRE course. During the summer it is a very green and maintained course. During the fall a different feel but altogether beautiful.
The lack of elevation makes the trees the main obstacles. One hole even hides behind a fallen giant oak, making it the most technical hole.
You can tell at one past point this course had nice signage, but over half the tee signs are gone, and locating the next tee takes a bit of guessing and looking for the red/blue small arrows on the trees.
Long holes, short holes with just a little variety make this a decent course. Beginner friendly, and advanced friendly. May have to wait on dog walkers and suburban neighbors to get out of the way.
Definitely worth a play.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 5 Not
Not bad if you're in the area
Pros: Nice wide open course, very forgiving on most holes if you can keep it low and flat. Good beginer holes. Pro tees add some challange if you can find them as most are overgrown with grass due to lack of play; however I have found most of them and marked them with orange spray paint so they stick out a little better, even still the sun fades the paint and they are still hard to see.
Cons: No elevation change, nothing very technical. Just focusing on missing the two or three trees per hole is the only challange offered. Its worth playing once and thats about it. The tees are all dirt and most of them are worn pretty far into the ground so you need to tee off on either side of the hole in the ground.
Other Thoughts: This course has not been crowed any time I have been there. The pins are in year round and its good for a winter round. Spring can be a fun time to play because everything floods and there are water hazards on a few of the holes.
4 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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