4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice long concrete teepads, but they are unnecessary for the majority of holes here as only 3 holes even exceed 300'
Nice Baskets and the park looked nice and clean.
Wasn't crowded at all the day I was there aside from a few dog walkers.
Easy to find and fairly easy to navigate since it's so small and open, but it would be easy to throw to the wrong basket if you never played there before because the holes are all so close together...
But if there's nobody else around you can just make up your own holes and throw to completely different baskets to mix things up. I had some fun with this and made a number of new holes to practice different shots. If this were my local course I would certainly make some improvised alternate tees to make the course more challenging.
Some well placed trees do atleast force you to carve lines on some holes, but most are just straight and open shots.
Hole #7 has two tees and the long tee requires a really accurate and dead straight drive if trying to shoot through the tunnel of trees, but other lines are available.
Hole #8 is a decent dogleg, just don't lose your disc over the fence.
Cons: Just too small of a park to fit this many holes... they are all crammed in and too close together.
Could be dangerous on a busy day... tee pads are too close to many of the baskets and fairways overlap in many places.
First 4 holes are pretty lame and pretty much just serve as a warm-up for the back 5, but I did get my first ace ever on hole #2!
I could also see hole #2 being a muddy mess after any rain as it lies in a little basin behind a ballfield.
Other Thoughts: Holes 5-9 are a welcome departure from the front holes by adding some additional distance and obstacles. Great course for anyone just getting into the game but don't come looking for any real challenge. You really only need a putter to play here, but you could easily work in a mid or maybe a fairway driver on a few holes. I'd think this course would be much better if they actually had less holes and just focused more on a few well designed and more difficult holes that could be spaced out a little more. But I give credit to the designer for trying to make the most of such a small space. If your the only one there, I'd recommend trying to play from Teepad #1 to basket #2 for a nice hyzer along the outfield fence of the baseball field and from teepad #9 to basket #6 which is hiding on the other side of a few tall shrubs. Not a great course in general but it's in good shape atleast and I'd say it's worth a round if you happen to be in the area.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Great baskets and tees. A couple of the holes are really fun. I'm not sure but I think it was hole 5 that was my favorite. It's about 300ft, with a creek off to the left and one tree dead center of the fairway. A nice s-curve (backhand or forehand) should get you close to the pin. Holes 5-9 surprise you after playing the first four. They are much longer, and although they are very close together, they all offer some decent shots.
Cons: The tee signs are very confusing. The basket for hole 9 was also removed for some reason. If there were more then a couple of people playing, it would be very easy to get hit, pins are very close to tees and fairways touch each other. There probably should be only six holes here instead. Not sure if I like the 8th hole fence shot. Just personal preference though. The second hole also plays pretty close to a baseball field.
Other Thoughts: This course is definitely not a waste of time. It's great for beginners, and there are a couple of fun shots for a more experienced player. The course doesn't seem to be crowded at all, so it's a good place for a quick, uninterrupted round.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Stellar long cement tee pads
- Good Tee Signs
- Easy flow
- Holes 5-7 were actually pretty cool, or maybe its just cause all the other holes were so lame these stood out.
- Designer seemed like he actually plays disc. Probably the best possible course for the land available
- A couple of holes have pro tees that make them much better.
Cons: - A pitch-n-putt
- Holes 1, 2, and 4 are really lame. You have to be careful not to overthrow them with your putter
- Too small of a park for a descent 9 holes
- So!!! many better courses to play in the area
Other Thoughts: I'm not going to spend much time on this review. The course doesn't deserve it. The only reason I played it is because me and a buddy are playing in a doubles tournament here. After the tournament I highly doubt I will be back until the next one a year later.
Favorite Hole # 7 - I think it was just over 300' from the long pad. You have 3 viable lines. Easiest is a high hyzer that flirts with a tall fence. The next is a tight gentle s-curve through a tight initial gap about 75' out. It then opens up immediately to the right with the tree line running the length of the hole on the lleft. Your 3rd option is a roller but you have to be careful of the hump down the middle of the fairway.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Very nice tee pads, baskets and signs
- Some longer holes to ensure it's not all approach shots. Alternate tees help this out big time.
- Shorter holes have some kind of trick - trees/fence in the way, slight downshot/upshot. Still, these holes are very, very short and usually very easy.
- Two creeks will punish really bad shots; usually not a factor except on #3.
- Usually a ghost town, with a much nicer course right down the road. I always play some of my own alternate tees if nobody else is around.
Cons: - Not much thought needed for most holes. See the basket, throw the disc. #1 and #7A/B (whichever is longer) do need some aim, but nothing too crazy.
- #2 is in a flood area, have never seen it unplayable, but it is inevitable.
- Big fence to shoot over on #8, and sometimes a shot that drifts right on #7 will find its way over. I am too big to slide under, but a smaller person will fit.
Other Thoughts: - Right next to the road at some parts, which guarantees wind almost every round. Kind of annoying on such an accuracy-dependent course.
- First 4 are beginner holes, second 4 are intermediate. #9 is a joke if you can get the disc to curve right, good one to torment beginner RHBH players otherwise.
- If you don't like the wait at BG1 (Willow Stream), don't get frustrated. You can have BG2 (Twin Creeks) all to yourself most days.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Short, but Sweet
Pros: - Minimal elevation (small retention basin) that is better then nothing.
- Decent variety in distance.
- Trees create some defined fairways.
- Large concrete teepads
- Great signs with par, distance, and a small picture
- Baskets are in great condition with hole number marked on top.
- A few alternate tee pads (#3 and #7) that provide experienced players with a little more of a challenge.
- Very beginner friendly
- Great place if you are looking for ace runs
Cons: - Some holes are straight short shots with no obstacles.
- Hole 2 plays close to a small baseball field.
- Holes 1-4 play nearly on top of each other and could get dangerous if there were several groups out at once.
- A few holes throw towards a street where if you overshoot the basket by 100' you are in the street.
- Generally, lacks "wow" factor.
- The retention basin portion gets really sloppy after rain.
Other Thoughts: Though this course has all the proper equipment and is well put together, the design and area will never allow it to be a great course. I do believe however every disc golf course that is put together as well as this one has a purpose. It is a great place to take beginners and is a fun place to throw some ace runs and work on your short game. It really utilizes the space to the best of its ability. Don't expect anything great at this course but I applaud the Buffalo Grove Park District for putting in a second course and for maintaining it so well.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
upgrade happening here
Pros: Park putting down lots of new grass. This course should be lush looking in 2010.
Nice, long, concrete tees (for such a short course! :<).....4' X 12' Broomed perfectly for optimum traction as well.
Some fall-a-way greens.
A couple of "long"(er) tees have been added.
See cons for other areas of park that are being spruced up.
Cons: Holes fairly uninteresting.
With that said, it should be noted that hole #1, for instance, is quite short....but, my playing partner had to do a KNEELING DRIVE (which, he amazingly, does well), and I had to use a low, thumber skip shot to get to pin, around/under trees. In addition, basket perched on top of ridge, with (slight) fall offs on both sides. So, even though most shots are pretty short and rather uninteresting, they have done pretty well with what they have. Seemed that more length could have been incorporated into design. (Park seems to be recognizing this as well).
Hole #3 basket missing. Some construction going on. They have added a visually appealing retaining wall near tee #3; and, a new, longer tee. Something is going on with the bucket area as well. Not sure what, at the moment. (We played #3 tee to #1 pin; which was another short hole, but brings the fall-a-way putt slightly back into another shot.)
Other Thoughts: There's not enough room for this course to be rated much higher than this. However, the park's person's work here is very evident, and this is/will be a "nice walk in the park," for years to come.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Below average beginner course
Pros: 1) Nice big concrete tee pads. Nice baskets and signs are a plus for any course also.
2) Gravel around baskets keeps down on mud/dirt being exposed from compaction.
3) Very nice park with facilities and ball fields and tennis courts.
4) Better to have a short lame course than no course at all so it is positive. They did what they could with the land albeit boring and short.
5) Beginner friendly because it is so short.
Cons: 1) No real challenges on this course. It is fairly short except a few holes.
2) The first few holes are boring and very short. Go for aces everytime just to say you got one. Even making birdie isn't rewarding it is expected.
3) ALmost no elevation change except hole #8.
4) Course is split into two parcels that makes it seem like they were just filling space.
5) Distance on #9 is listed as 313 and I approximated it at 160' (obviously the old basket location is visible . . . someone must have complained about errant drives so the basket needed to be moved.)
Other Thoughts: Not much to say about this course that hasn't already been said. There isn;t a single hole that stands out as fun except maybe #8 that turns around a fence and up a small hill to a basket set protected by some shrubs and evergreens. DON'T FORGET TO SMILE FOR THE CAMERA DN MAKE SURE YOU DON'T HIT IT ON YOUR WAY TO THE 8TH BASKET!
Don't go out of your way but if you have a new friend who wants to learn how to play go here and show them what it is like.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pitch-and-Putt in Buffalo Grove
Pros: A nice pitch-and-putt 9 hole course that has a nice flow. Great for newbies and younger players. This course is a great potential ACE RUNS course. Even though the course is on a public park and free, it is really well maintained. Concrete tees and Mach 3 baskets are used at this course which is always nice.
It's a nice place to work on your short game while introducing somebody to the game. Another nice thing is that there is no smoking on this course.
Cons: The course will not be a challenge for experienced players. Even I overshot some of the baskets and I haven't been playing long. The course provides very little difficult obstacles, with a dogleg on hole 8, which is pretty much the only "challenge."
The holes' pars need to be revised, for example, hole 3 that is 209 feet long is a par-4. Also there is no real elevation change except on hole 2 & 3 where there is 10 feet drop/increase.
Other Thoughts: Only go if you're in the area and got some time to waste, otherwise don't make a long trip out for it. Leave the drivers at home and use your mid-ranges/putters.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Great for practice
Pros: Update as of 9 17.09 Basket on 6 has been moved back to a former spot. Tee for 7 has been moved back a bunch. 7 now has a long and a short tee. 3 also has an optional longer tee. These are now longer holes and addresses some gripes about how short this course is (was). 5, 6, 7 are now the long holes here. It makes for a nice set up. Holes 1, 2, 3, 4 are short and make for great warm up to the long holes of 5, 6, 7. 8 is a bit of a trick shot with the dog leg to the left... which plays great for beginners getting the feel of a natrual hyzer on a RHBH throw. 9 is a bit of a dog leg to the right. it can now be said that there is something for everyone here. Nice, clean park. Good signs and flow. Perfect for practice building approach and putting skills. Few others playing when I have been here. No waiting. Dog leg on 8 is fun. Elevation change on 2 adds some interest. Trees on a few add challenge in shot selection. esp 7 which is now a thread the trees long shot in which you are likely to be seriously treejected.
Cons: No real opportunity for monster drives. Likely a bit short and easy for experienced players. Be careful when RHBH driving on hole 4. Stream along left eats discs but they are likely findable. Same can be said of 3 esp with the new, optional, longer tee choice... it is close to the shrub line.
Other Thoughts: Close to my house and close to a longer course at Willow Stream. Use this course to work on your short game. Walgreen's across street sells discs. Recent improvements make this one better than ever and on its way to being pretty good. basket is now back on 3. Grass will be growing in well soon.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Silly little course
Pros: The course plays around a tiny flat park with some scattered small trees and a small dry retention pond. Some of the holes make use of the trees to define fairways and make otherwise easy holes slightly more challenging.
The tee pads are some of the nicest around. They are giant concrete pads that are all in excellent shape, and frankly are way overkill for such a short little course. There are tee signs on every hole, many are falling apart and #4 is missing, but the course is still easy to navigate.
The park seemed well maintained, with nicely mowed grass throughout. There was no trash on the course, and no brush that really came into play. Only one hole had any chance of losing a disc, and that's a pretty minimal risk.
Cons: This is the shortest and simplest course I've ever played. Most of the holes are under 200 feet, and none are long enough not to be reachable with a putter. There is very little challenge to any of the holes, with nearly all being short and straight ahead.
Some holes play near a walking path and around a small baseball field. Errant throws could easily be a hazard for other park users. Similarly, all holes play on top of one another, and very near other tees. If there were any number of players at once on the course, it would be a real issue.
Right now, holes 8 and 9 are sharing one makeshift basket, making awkward shots for both, as well as necessitating throwing right at people playing the other hole. It seems that one basket is missing, and one was broken, so one was cobbled together and moved to a spot that makes both the last two holes odd and boring.
Other Thoughts: This course would be fine if you're taking a first time player or children, but anyone who's played before will find the course simple and boring. With the complete lack of any challenge or variety, along with the safety hazards if you're sharing the course, I really don't recommend playing this course at all. If you do play, don't bring anything but a putter, and maybe a midrange for a couple slightly longer holes.
If you're in the area, and just want to bag a course, go for it. Otherwise, drive the 2 miles south to a much better course at Willow Stream Park.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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