A Morning Walkers Delight!
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a smaller city park with one ball field, a soccer field, playground and a very popular walking path. Remember that walking path! The course plays around the park in a counterclockwise direction. The tee pads are a combination of solid natural ones and markings on the sidewalks. There is a course rules sign. The tee signs give you the hole #, distance, par and a simple map. The baskets are Discatchers with the yellow band but happen to be single chain.
The course plays somewhere between a pitch and putt and an easy recreational level.
I liked # 4. It's just 209' but the basket is placed behind four large Weeping Willow trees. I found the best route was to throw a roller and split the second and third trees. There are plenty of ACE ops here.
Cons: Someone bent the # 8 basket. This could only have been done by someone fairly large jumping up and down from atop the basket.
Two tee pad markings on the sidewalk have been painted over.
At 7:45 this morning, there was a steady stream of walkers. I had to wait several times for them to walk clear. But it wasn't a problem.
Pitch and Putt/Easy recreational level course.
Other Thoughts: Give the walkers a break and always let them get clearly out of harm's way before throwing. I had fun here at just another example of a Chicago 9'ers.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Very nice park!
Pros: Beautiful and well-maintained park!
Slightly challenging but the distances are fairly assessed.
Cons: kids, runners, and more since it's a shared park
some holes don't have distances marked but it's not too difficult to figure out.
residential hazards will have you focusing on your accuracy!
0 Helpful / 4 Not
-Well kept park.
-Risk of losing discs in peoples fenced yards.
-Some markers are missing.
-Some baskets are pretty beatup.
Other Thoughts: I would recommend this course for a warmup or on a lunch break if you are near by. This is not a course with anything special.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Short Beginner's Course
Pros: - Patriots Park is a small, well-kept, family friendly, multi-use park facility catering to the surrounding neighborhood. The short 9-hole disc golf course runs along the perimeter of the park along with a walking path. Playgrounds, ball diamonds, portajohns on site.
- Mostly flat, the few minor dips and rises in terrain are put to good use.
- Mostly open, the course has just enough trees to make a couple of holes interesting after repeated plays. This is a great course to work on an approach and putting game, or for beginners to get a taste of what disc golf can offer. By no means bad, simply an entry level course designed to pique interest in our sport.
- Mixed tees. Decent fine white crushed gravel tees in some spots, and blacktop sidewalk in others. Mostly level and plenty long. Good signage (when present) depicts a map of the hole including OB, trees, and puddles of PP*, as well as distances and hole number.
Cons: - Short and open on many holes, honestly Patriots doesn't offer much for experienced discers other than a practice field or a chance to pick up aces.
- Single-chained baskets in poor shape. Some leaning precariously, others rusted or with loose tops or chains.
- The walking path and other park activity can definitely hamper a round here, although it seems people are used to seeing discers and willing to share the park.
- Private properties line the park, often with fences. Keep your discs on the fairway or risk losing them.
- Missing signs (#2) in places.
- Recent loss of two large trees severely hurt the awesomeness of a hole or two.
Other Thoughts: - Worth stopping by for a quick round if you're in the area, but don't expect to be "wowed."
* Seriously, they have what looks like puddles labelled simply as "PP*." Checking the asterisk shows this simply means "prairie plantings," which was disappointing: I wanted the risk of having to avoid pools of urine. :|
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nice open holes and a few with minimal tree cover. Easy and quick to play,a 9 hole round will take you 25 minutes. I enjoy this course as a warm-up or cool down or for a quick practice round. This is the first course i ever played and will be my go to for years to come.
Cons: Patriots park is a family park with a disc golf course in it. Watch out for children,dogs, and other park going people. Mid afternoon and evening hours are the most crowded
Other Thoughts: Great for practice and beginners.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Course is set around a small park, and is pretty isolated except for a walking path.
- There are some holes with smaller trees to snag drives, and others with larger trees to get around. Usually there are a few ways to go, but some are pretty tricky with low hanging branches in tough spots. At least one hole doesn't have a clear hyzer route.
- Some smaller rolling hills are present, so there are some noticeable downhill shots and some mildly sloped greens.
- Good tee signs where present, tees in good shape, decent baskets. Navigation is brainless.
Cons: - The hole lengths are pretty limited in the small area, with a bunch of holes near 200'. There are a few around 270', but overall it is pretty short.
- Fair amount of holes are wide open or close to it, with little thought needed.
- Teepads painted on the path are slippery and sometimes awkwardly placed.
Other Thoughts: - Great course for beginners, or those trying to polish some things up. A few holes have good trick shot possibilities, and some interesting lines can be found. Other holes are basic ace runs or just solid putt/approach practice.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
It's a course
Pros: The tee pads were well designated and none were natural. It was a mixture of what appeared to be crushed limestone (gravel) and some were on the black top. Access to the park was simple and there were bathrooms avialable as well. I didn't check for a drinking fountain but I assume there was one there.
Cons: The tee pads on the black top were dangerously slippery when they were wet. Some of the holes put you very close to baseball fields and the park which can be dangerous when congested. At least one of the baskets had been hit by a falling limb from a tree. The holes were very short in measurement and I am willing to bet as stated before they probably all werent distanced correctly. about half of the holes didn't have tee signs.
Other Thoughts: There is no way possible that I can write a long review and make this sound like a nice course. It was completely birdie runs (-8 when I played). The people at the park were very polite and were very concious of a person playing. Dont bother to go out of your way to play there, it isn't worth it. It would be a nice place to work on different mid shots but that is about it.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
walkers on path at 8 a.m.
Pros: Yardage says 1700 ft. total; I thought more like 2,000, my playing partner, thought perhaps 2,300 ft. (perhaps this is just because it was our 12th course in three days; and the first of the morning?)
Willow hole is a nice hole (#5). Gotta go low or a huge spike heiser (rhbh). Hole #6 also a good looking hole; with willows in play.
Signs on all holes, except nine missing.
Tees are sloped. I bet this is for drainage. Limestone....done well, if you don't mind the slope.
I took only a buzz and a putter along; and could have used the speed of a driver on 3 or 4 drives.
This is another of those nines, that if you use the walking path as o.b., you can add a level of difficulty to round. My playing partner was surrounded once, I was across once, and in a backyard, once. We didn't play any o.b. But, that would have been three o.b.s if we were.
Cons: Course short.
Course plain....no real variety.
Walkers on the paths at 8 a.m. Sometimes, in play. They were nice and we all smiled at each other, but we did have to wait slightly, twice.
Other Thoughts: My thoughts are empty....see mashnut's review for more....
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays around the edges of a small multi-use park. There are some scattered small trees, and a few large willows come into play on one hole. These willows make that hole pretty interesting by creating a very low ceiling to throw under. There is a little bit of elevation on a couple holes, which adds a little bit more interest.
The park is very nicely manicured, with nicely mowed grass, and is generally a nice park. There was no trash or debris around, and no vandalism on any of the signs or baskets. There are decent tee signs, though I agree with the other reviewer who said the distances seemed a bit suspect. The tees were a mix of asphalt (on the walking path) and crushed gravel, both of which provide pretty good traction.
Cons: The park seemed pretty heavily used, and the course plays very close to baseball, soccer, a playground, and often throws along or over the walking path that goes around the park. The other park users seemed pretty aware of the course, but it seemed like a lot of safety issues, especially on such a beginner friendly course.
The tees that weren't on the walking path were very small, and often sloped in some way. They were a fine surface, but just didn't really provide a good teeing area, though the holes were short enough it didn't really matter.
There isn't a whole lot of variety here. Other than the hole with the willows, all the rest are straight, short, and open. There aren't any obstacles to force any specific lines, every hole is easy to reach no matter how you throw.
Other Thoughts: This course is a nice beginner course, with no chances to lose a disc, and very reachable holes. More experienced players won't find much here to bring them back, there just isn't much challenge even if you leave your bag behind and carry just a mid and putter. Don't drive out of your way to play this one, but it's an ok place for a really quick round in a nice little park.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 3 Not
D+ = Doesn't have much happenin' for a 9 holer
Pros: This is a good course for beginners and youngsters. But, this review is based on what I personally like and how this course stacks up in my list of 9 hole courses:
1) Holes with good risk/reward. Fair, but harsh punishment for bad decisions or execution. == D+
(Holes 4 & 6 have a couple of trees to navigate and hole 5 has some low-hanging weeping willows to throw under, but other than that no real obstacles.)
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities for me. I throw 300' accurately, 360' max. == D
(I shot a 9 down 18 with just a midrange first time out if that says anything.)
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography == C-
(see #1 for obstacles that at least add a little variety)
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion. == C
(park is nice, clean and well maintained but you basically play around the perimeter of the park with a soccerfield in the middle. No seclusion from other park users in this multi-use park.)
5) Bonus points for multi-throw holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them. == N/A
Other Thoughts: It's all about feeding the addiction, so I ranked this course subjectively based on my own "personal addiction factor". The grades above tell how well the course will draw me back to itself again and again and again. Since I have played a decent number of courses (125 18-hole, 64 9-hole as of mid 2009), my hope is that players/explorers who have similar addiction tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they choose courses to play and explore.
I fully expect others with different tastes/philosophies to disagree with me....that's the fun of things here. See my profile for my rating philosophy.
8 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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