Nifty Chicago 9'er!
Pros: As you walk into Twin Creeks Park, the first thing you'll see is the coolest Little League Baseball Field this side of Williamsport, PA. The entire field is artificial surface. Oh, to be a little league ball player in Twin Peaks???? The park also has bocce ball courts, picnic area and a nice playground for the little ones.
The course has nice concrete tee pads and old school fiberglass tee signs. The baskets are DGA models with the red numbers. Each basket has an eight foot circle of crushed rocks. This prevents compacting the soil around the basket and really spruces up the course. The on-line map is excellent but not needed much.
The course starts out with 139' anhyser shot. That is the shortest hole on this course. Holes 6 & 7 both stretch out to 380'. # 8 is a 195' hyser throw around a tall fence. You could shimmer under to retrieve your disc if needed.
The course plays at a easy recreational level. It would be great for beginners.
Cons: I understand the drainage is a major concern on this course. I played in late June and things were nice and dry. A couple of holes are missing signs.
Not much challenge here for better players.
Some holes are squeezed together in a fairly small area. Could be a safety hazard players don't yell "Fore" when throwing and other players are playing their round with binders on.
Other Thoughts: This course is what the Chicago 9'er course looks like. It's in a lovely park in a nice suburban neighbor hood. It's not difficult but it's a lot of fun, is non-threatening and will get a ton of play. Will it host any big-time tournaments? Nope!
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Pros: Good location, accessible from Buffalo Grove neighborhoods and other surrounding communities.
-Tee pads are large, and in pretty good condition. Baskets are Mach 3s which are getting worn but they get the job done.
-Design makes for interesting golf, as the first 4 holes have good variety of elevation while the final 5 use trees and other obstacles to create a decent challenge. Favorite hole for me is 7, with an avenue of trees along the middle with the high fence along the right. There are still long tees on 3 and 7.
-Not very busy, usually.
Cons: Main negative is the drainage problems at this place, and it is a big problem. The basin that holes 2 and 3 play in is often full of standing water, and the rest of the course is usually soggy as well. Given that the facility to the south looks like a water treatment facility, I'm skeptical about the quality of the water.
-Tee signs missing on a few holes, and the length on a few is faded, but the course is pretty self-explanatory, barring holes 8 and 9 (see below).
-Safety is an issue with the holes very close together.
-Not a ton of challenge.
Other Thoughts: If it's rained or snowed in the last week to 10 days, bring boots or waterproof shoes when you play here. In my experience the course is nearly always flooded. Bring a map or check it on the site beforehand (it's up to date), as there are no maps/kiosks onsite.
-The first four holes are all relatively short but with some feature of the landscape in play. The basin that 2 and 3 play in is sometimes a lake, which depending on how you look at it either adds to the challenge or subtracts from the fun. 5, 6, and 7 are longer holes that still incorporate the landscape but allow for a bomb or too. 8 still plays a short hyzer dogleg around that fence. 9 is a longer dogleg, but back around the same way, rewarding a good forehand or strong anhyzer. The basket in the middle of the field near the 7 tee is hole #9, which I'll admit confused me the first time.
-This place is certainly not very busy in my experience, so that can certainly be a plus, but it falls short of Willow Stream and other courses within a 20-minute drive, thanks to the relative shortness and water issues.
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Pros: I've lived in the Buffalo Grove area my entire life, and this course has been in the ground for seven years... I can't believe it took me seven years to play this course. Now that I've played it though, I am sure that I will be going back for casual rounds.
Twin Creeks is a simple pitch and putt course. It is a great place to bring a beginner. Here's what I liked
*Most holes are very easy and straightforward, but there are two longer holes in the middle of the round with enough trees to force some shot-shaping
*Hole 7 has a short tee and a long tee, and I highly recommend the long. It is a 380 ft shot with a tunnel option (kind of) or a safe, but less rewarding hyzer route
*Baskets and concrete teepads are in good condition
*A round here takes less than 30 minutes
*Far less crowded than its neighbor course in town, Willow Stream
*A few different things to do on site, including Pickleball, biking, and maybe swimming? I can't remember....
Cons: *If you're looking for a challenging round of golf, this is not the right place to go. With the exception of holes 6 and 7 the course is one of the easiest I've played.
*If this course were to ever get crowded, there would be some serious safety issues, as the fairways come dangerously close to one another.
*Not a scenic park at all. Plays next to a water distribution plant or something, as well as a busy road and the backside of a residential neighborhood
Other Thoughts: Now that I have played this course, I almost prefer it to Willow Stream. The golf itself is slightly less interesting, but there are not nearly as many people to deal with here.
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Pros: Twin Creeks Park is a cool looking facility with a very nice ADA compliant play system and ball field. It seems like safety is a major concern of the Park District. Why they crammed a shooting-gallery disc golf course where players throw a each other all day into this otherwise well planned park is a mystery.
The course has nice DGA baskets and the classic Clark Park-inspired Northwest Suburbs Monolith tee pad that are long enough to land an airplane on. The tee signs are below average old DGA signs.
The shots range from ridiculously short (hole #1 is 139') to a healthy 380' from the #7 long tee. Holes #1-#4 are in a small area behind the ball field and are all short, holes #5-#7 shoot back and forth and have 300'+ distances, then #8-#9 revert back to <200' distances.
Cons: Holes #1-#4 are crammed together. Hole # 2 shoots back toward the building/ball field and is so short that you could easily go long into those areas. #2 sits in a basin with the ball field drainage aimed at it; since the ball field is all artificial the water just rolls into the basin, often making #2 a muddy mess. All of these tees and baskets are too close together to be considered safe.
Holes #5-#7 are a bit better from a safety perspective, but they are still too close together. The are also basically the same shot, and it gets repetitive to throw the same shot three holes in a row.
Hole #8 is a short hyzer around a fence a la #3 at Clark Park. There doesn't seem to be a good way to get your disc back if you go over the fence. Hole #9 is a short blind anyzer from and elevated tee that shoots back at the # 7/#6 fairway. The course makes no attempt to wrap back toward the parking lot, so once you finish on #9 you have to walk past #7, #6, #5, #4 and #1 to get back to your car.
Other Thoughts: The section of this course that holds #5-#9 is simply below average, but the shooting-gallery pitch 'n putt section that holds holes #1-#4 is beyond terrible. It was so bad I almost didn't go looking for the rest of the course. This course is simply a dud.
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Good for the basics
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Pros: Probably one of the best 'introductory' level courses I've played in the area. Many short holes for those who haven't mastered distance, and none of the short holes are without some challenge. Great tee boxes and holes #3 and 7 both have long tees.
Cons: The layout is cramped. The thumbnail rule is 1 acre per hole, here they've got 9 holes in less than 4 acres. There are many tight fairways and tees and pins too close to one another. It's a good thing this course isn't popular because maybe three groups could play it at once without getting in each other's way.
Other Thoughts: Again, this is a beginning course and not for the seasoned player. If you are looking for a good 'date night' course, here's a good one. If you're introducing your parents to disc golf, take them here. If you're wanting to play a challenging game, go elsewhere.
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More like "Twin Drainage Streams"
Pros: - Twin Creeks, aptly named, is sandwiched into a small park tucked behind a playground. A highway bounds the course to one side. One of the two drainage streams bisects the property in half. Roughly half the course resides on one side and the remainder on the other. A fenced-in brick building bounds one side of the park on the far side, creating a unique fence shot.
- Elevation. There's enough minor ups and downs here to keep things interesting. #2's short downhill acerun provides some excitement, while #3's elevated long tee and #8's slightly sloped green do their best to keep this course from falling into the hopelessly flat category.
- Water. While nothing major and easily avoided, the two creeks do pose a minor hazard, especially on #5.
- HUGE concrete tees. Similar if not identical to Willow Stream's pads.
- The park was empty and seems like a great spot for field and putting practice.
Cons: - Cramped. Fun enough if you're the only group there; a nightmare if not. Right off the bat, #1 and 4's baskets are waaay too close to each other. #'s 5, 6, and 7 all overlap to some degree as they play back and forth through the property, as do #'s 2 and 3. Yikes!
- #8 plays along a fence (on the left). Experienced players will mostly avoid this hazard, but beginners could easily lose discs over the fence on errant shots. Personally, I really like this hole as it creates some
artificial hazard; however, the "irretrievable factor" for a beginner style course is fairly harsh.
- #'s 2 and 3 throw over what look to be a frequently flooded area.
- The nearby highway takes away pretty much all of the "tucked away seclusion" vibe Twin Creeks was desperately trying to give off.
Other Thoughts: - Relatively short in distance. Only #'s 5, 6, and 7 get anywhere near 300'. Long pads on #'s 3 and 7 help mitigate this issue a bit.
- Crowded design induced safety hazards, skeezy "creeks," janky fence shots, noisy highways, and flooded holes. No thanks.
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Wet and Tiring
Pros: -Good for beginners
-Variety of distances for the holes
-There are 2 tees for hole 3, looks like because the basin the hole plays in has a tendency to flood up.
-Trees are in good positions, enough to add an obstacle, but not so much to be a pain
-Holes 8 and 9 require both a right hyzer shot then a right anhyzer shot
-Baskets are upheld well. They are in good condition
Cons: -Right away on hole 2, you drive the hole. You walk up and you hear SQUISH SQUISH as you walk and realize your sock is now wet. Yeah, hole 2 and three play over a very small retention basin and it ALWAYS has water in it.
-Holes are pretty short so not much of an overall challenge
-Right hyzer throws on hole 3, 4, and 5 can give you a slight problem with the overgrown plants by the creek. Haven't lost a disc yet, but it sure did take some time to find them
-Holes 7 and 8 there is, what looks to be, a public works water facility, that is fenced off. That's just calling your name for a disc to fly in there. It's camera protected so be sure to have a nice pearly smile when going in.
Other Thoughts: Don't take a long drive to this course.. Not exactly worth the time. If you're close, then yea, great spot to kill some time.
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Short and sweet
Pros: There is 2 tees on holes 3 and 9.
Nice concrete pads and signs. The baskets are solid.
Hole 7 finally lets you rip a hyzer.
Hyzers, straight shot, and 1 anhyzer shot required.
Cons: On of the shortest courses I've ever played. Holes 1-4 are all very easy 2s.
The fairways are all rather close together.
Other Thoughts: A very nice park just off of Buffalo Grove Road. Play this and Willow Stream a mile south for a fun hour with your disc golf buddies.
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Short but nice equipment.
Pros: Twin Creeks Park is located in a very small park scattered with trees. It's a nice walk in the park with only a few places to lose discs. The grass is well manicured and a great place for beginners.
The baskets are very nice Mach 2's.
The tee pads are very large cement tee pads. Perfectly flat and super long.
There are adequate tee signs at every hole.
Holes #3 & #7 have a long cement tee pad and tee sign as well.
There are a good variety of beginner distances and shots required.
Cons: This course is very short and the holes are very close together. It won't challenge more skilled players and safety could be an issue.
The tee signs are installed right next to the tee pad and right in the middle. They didn't bother me since the tees are so large but it could affect others.
A fenced off area comes into play on hole #7 and hole #8. If you go over the fence you have to be skinny under to crawl under it or agile enough to climb it.
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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.
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