Sterling, IL
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3 / 275ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #11 Tee

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2-4    7/12/2009   2/10/2010
Review By: Countchunkula
Played: 105  Reviewed: 40  Exp: 7.8 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Great rolling hills on holes 1-8
-Beautiful park alongside the Rock river
-Concrete tees
-Well designed holes
-Not repetitive
-Multiple pin sleeves keep things fresh
-Hole 5 is amazing (Throw down hill over a walking path and creek onto what amounts to an island green created by a bend in the creek)
-Back 10 have more length than the front (which isn't all that short either, just no muti-shot holes)
Cons: -Concrete pads are mostly narrow and not of consistent size or shape
-Back 10 holes are relatively flat
-Some holes throw over a walking path and can create delays as the path is heavily used on nice days
-Park closes at dusk and a sign claims that they will lock the gate on you if your not out in time
Other Thoughts: If the entire course resembled the first 8 holes it would be nearly a five. The temporary holes added for the Sinnissippi Open are awesome, playing along the edge of the bluff overlooking the river.
While you are out here play Nims park if you want a laugh. It features 18 holes in a park that has room for maybe 5. You only need a putter on this course. Hole #'s are spray painted on trees with an arrow indicating which basket to play to (many are in view at all tees).

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

Sinnissippi is the Shizznit!

5+    7/17/2009   1/7/2010
Review By: #19325
Played: 312  Reviewed: 166  Exp: 12.9 Years
This review was updated on 7/27/2012
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Sinnissippi has a wide variety with multiple pin positions and concrete tees. The first 8 holes vary drastically compared to the last 10.

UPDATE: New tee signs added summer of 2011. Very descriptive featuring all 4 pins on each hole.
UPDATE: 6 new holes have been added summer of 2012.

The 1st 8 holes play in the southeast corner of the park. There are some nice elevation changes and semi wooded holes. Hole #2 has a nasty drop off to the right of the pin. There are some fun downhill and uphill throws.

Hole #5 has my vote as THE SIGNATURE HOLE in all of Illinois. There is a nice gap to throw thru to a pin that sits on an island green and is surrounded by water most of the year. The hole plays downhill. Most discs are pretty easy to retrieve in the water. This hole is AWESOME!

The last 10 holes are long with scattered obstacles. There are several holes where a roller is very useful. Players that often play this course are very good at rollers. All of these holes take quality shots to get 2's. Holes 16 & #18 are tough par 4's depending on where the pin is located.

I would absolutely love this course as a home course. It's really fun to play and you won't have to worry about looking for too many discs. It's a nice stroll thru the park and is very popular. It is a challenging course and you will learn how to play disc golf playing here.
Cons: After playing the first 8 holes the last 10 are very flat. This is a semi let down as the front is so fun. They are still good holes but not as interesting as the beginning of the course.

There is some erosion around the tee areas.
Other Thoughts: If you get a chance to play the tournament here in the summer and the 6 temporary holes are added do so. They add another aspect to the course. They are sweet!

Fadegear Bags are located in Sterling. /

Check out my Illinois Top 10 list.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful.


1    9/7/2008   6/6/2009
Review By: Smitty113
Played: 45  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 10 Years
7 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: The front 9 is completely shaded from a tall canopy. One or two holes feature a blind shot from the tee, but the only obstacles are tree trunks. Steep dropoffs on the first 3 holes go into the Rock River. A creek adds dimension to a few holes as well, especially on #5(beautiful).
The back 9 is more open and longer. Smaller/low hanging trees come into play here.
Cons: Large picnic area at beginning that was being used for a family reunion, and all the kids were running around through several holes.
A bad drive on the back 9 could be in danger of hitting cars driving in/out of the park.
Other Thoughts: One of the best courses in Illinois!!

7 of 11 people found this review helpful.


1    4/17/2009   5/29/2009
Review By: nohr
Played: 95  Reviewed: 4
2 Helpful / 22 Not
Pros: Nice park. Good elevation changes and shots.
Cons: Front nine has a couple holes that you literally throw across a walking path. Seems like a bad design for public safety
Other Thoughts: There was a cool shot into some big old pine trees where the pin was actually up inside the canopy of the trees.

2 of 24 people found this review helpful.


1    5/20/2009   5/23/2009
Review By: tntbuffallo
Played: 7  Reviewed: 6
2 Helpful / 19 Not

2 of 21 people found this review helpful.

 Fun course

5+    4/27/2009   4/27/2009
Review By: Michler
Played: 229  Reviewed: 32  Exp: 21.8 Years
2 Helpful / 11 Not
Pros: Very fun course to play. Front 9 has some elevation changes combined with water and alot of oak trees. Back 9 is more open and longer with pine trees coming into play. Excellent ground for rollers. Good variety of holes.
Cons: Tough to say anything bad about this place. Its a par 54. The park definitely has enough land to redesign the course and make championship par 60+ course.

2 of 13 people found this review helpful.

 Sinnissippi Park

5+    10/31/2008   11/9/2008
Review By: Tripod2
Played: 17  Reviewed: 17  Exp: 11.9 Years
20 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Bring your A game! This one is not for the casual disc golfer. This is hardcore, man!

I am not used to elevation changes as dramatic as the front 9 of this course provides, so this was rather challenging.

Special props go out whenever the groundscrew is dedicated and vigilant like this one to not only mow the holes like they do but also to alternate the pin placements on a timely manner.

Hole 2 is usually a very, very cautionary hole because it's placed close to a steep cliff. Yet another example of elevation change at work!

Hole 5 is an island. If you par this (par = 3 shots) you should be in good shape the rest of the course. If you bogey this hole, then you are in contention....

Good mix of holes. The front and back halves differ dramatically! If you have a rough front nine, you can make up ground on the back nine.

There are multitudes of lost discs to be found just need to know where to look.

There are a few blinds drives that, if you've never played this course, you'd need to take a look-see.
Cons: You can lose a disc on the front 9 VERY quickly. For example, on Hole 1, a few years ago I launched my red 170 g Quarter K and it sailed straight....past the basket.....past the shrubs....and right into the drink. Water hazards are paramount on the first few holes.

If you get behind on this course, you might not be able to make up ground. There are only a select few holes that allow you to birdie sans a magnificent shot.

There is a walk/jog path that goes thru the front 9. Beware the old ladies who will come across your throw on holes 3 - 7.
Other Thoughts: Nims Park is not far away. That place will make you feel good about yourself ( you can play that park with your putter because each hole is a par 3 150 - 200 ft course). If you are in the general area, then stop by! This course will test you!

The Marathon station down the road sells discs. There's also a decent selection of fast foods near the course.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful.

  great couese

5+    4/25/2008   10/27/2008
Review By: groder
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 25.3 Years
0 Helpful / 18 Not
Pros: its can be very challenging the fron 9 is very technichal lots of elevation changes the back 9 is very open and long good mix of holes some water hazards have played this course for over 10 years never get sick of it 3 pin placements for each hole
Cons: needs more holes
Other Thoughts: love it would rather play here then anywhere else

0 of 18 people found this review helpful.

 the best

5+    10/11/2008   10/16/2008
Review By: duain
Played: 37  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 12.2 Years
0 Helpful / 15 Not
Pros: large trees, elevation changes, a shot over a creek, 3 pin locations on all holes, baskets are changed around every third week. this course is my favorite. it will test various aspects of your game.
Cons: the new walking path
Other Thoughts: the best of the best.

0 of 15 people found this review helpful.


6/3/2006   6/3/2008
Review By: smyith
Played: 129  Reviewed: 63  Exp: 12.6 Years
4 Helpful / 8 Not
Pros: Challenging. Plays next to Rock River, which provides for a unique terrain. Large trees. Interesting layout and use of land. Easy to navigate. Accuracy and shot variety a must to play well.
Cons: The teepads although long are very skinny.
Other Thoughts: Alot of fun to play and worth making a detour to play.

4 of 12 people found this review helpful.

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