Beginner Courses Don't Need Creative, Challenging Holes!
Pros: Volunteer Park is a fairly new park judging from all the recently planted trees. It's mostly flat with a few undulating areas which do provide a little chance from the normal flat terrain. The park has a skate park. The disc golf course ends of playing around the skate park.
The course has no tee pads. Just throw from the faded signs. The distances are beginner friendly, a previous reviewer stated the average length is 192'. I'll take his word for it. There are ACE runs galore with many holes around 200' and wide open.
I played earlier today with a group of three newbies who wee trying their hand at The Lewis University course. They were so frustrated there looking for disc in the tall grass and woods. They drove over here to Volunteer Park and had a super time. The course was designed for their skill level. And they got excited about birdieing # 5.
Cons: Yes, this is a beginner's course.
Yes, the average hole is 192'.
Yes, for most of us, the course is boring and not challenging. So skip this course and go challenge yourself at Lewis College or Highland Park.
The pars on the signs are for beginners or elementary students. If you're too embarrassed to take a double eagle on the 270', par 5, 5th hole, then play it as a 3. Let the beginners have their fun.
Other Thoughts: Aren't we getting a little carried away with the safety issue. Are crossing fairways so terrible on a course that gets very little play. Are we really that worried that the basket on # 1 is set close to the skateboard fence. It's a 180' hole. If, on the rare chance, a skateboarder gets hit with a 180' throw from some newbie, I think there's a excellent chance, the skater survives. Have you watched the tricks they're attempting? And the falls they take? They should be wearing helmets anyway!
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Pros: - Course is set in a very small park that also has a skatepark on-site. Can't imagine there would be any interference.
- The only items of interest out here are some extremely small trees and some extremely small bumps. There is the most minimal line shaping imaginable; as long as the disc doesn't go in the one spot where the small trees are, it's a good line. The most interesting features are mandos around the tiny trees, which are in place for safety concerns.
- Little bumps can make for some uphill putts, but are not a major factor.
- Nice signs and baskets, grass tees are in good shape.
Cons: - Very, very, short hole lengths here. Average of 192'; putter shots for everyone except the most inexperienced beginners.
- Holes are crammed together in the very small area. I can't imagine you would ever encounter anyone else out here, but if you did, heads up! Also kinda close to the skate park in a few spots, though it would take a horribly poor shot to go over the fence.
Other Thoughts: - Yup, this is a course for ultra-beginners only.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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What I learned by looking down
Pros: Volunteer Park is a nice, well-maintained multi-use park that includes a disc golf course playing around a skate park. You heard that right...all nine holes play on three sides of an average-sized skate park. The course features nice baskets and accurate tee signs. All of the shots are short and beginner friendly. A few of the baskets sit up on top of small mounds to give the course some variety. Most holes have a solitary sapling in the middle of the fairway and the tee signs seem to suggest the saplings are mandos, which would make sense since the holes are very close together and the mandos might help keep people in the right fairway.
Cons: The course plays too close to the skate park and the holes play too close together. The only thing minimizing that safety hazard is that you should be tossing a putter on these short shots.
Most of the course is dead flat, and the shots all look the same minus the few that incorporate the small mounds. Add in the fact that there are almost no obstacles and all the tee shots are glorified approach shots and the course gets boring fast.
Even with good signs, I found the course hard to navigate. There were so many tees and baskets visible that it was had to know which tee was next or which basket you should be throwing to.
The tees were grass and the turf was bumpy and uneven. I tripped a couple of times just trying to walk on the turf.
The design ends up just looking like baskets scattered in a field, and the experience ended up feeling like something other than playing disc golf. In the end I felt like I had to rate this course as a "0" since it really didn't end up meeting my basic criteria of actually being a disc golf course. There were baskets and we threw discs at them, but it was more of a goof experience than anything else.
Other Thoughts: Volunteer Park is very much a niche course design, and that niche would be small children, beginners and senior. I feel there is a need for courses that are friendly to these populations, but the execution of Volunteer Park is very bad. The shot design has no imagination and the amount of land is too small. After being introduced to disc golf at a course like Volunteer Park, I'm afraid no one would have had enough fun to stick with the sport.
In the end, all you need to know about Volunteer Park you can tell from the tees. The course was installed in 2006, but it looks like it might have gone in the ground last week. There was absolutely no wear patterns around the tees, just green grass. In six years the course has not received enough play to wear out the grass on the tees. If you miss this one, you won't be the only one.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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Avoid The Sapling, Get a Deuce/Ace
Pros: - Volunteer Park sports a skate park, soccer fields, and a disc golf course. The DGC is nestled around the fenced-in skate park, and plays alarmingly close to the fence in a couple places. Most holes have at least one obstacle, often in the form of a single sapling. Other holes have small berms of grassy earth with which to contend.
- Beginner friendly to the max, very few holes stretch past 200', if that. Several are laughably short, and are basically long putts from the "tee pad." No need for the drivers at this course. Ace runs galore for more experienced players, and really just about anybody who can kinda throw straight.
- Nice signage clearly details each hole. On each of the holes with a solitary sapling as the only hazard, the maps seem to specify these trees as mandos, with the fairway going to one side. This is necessary because of the close proximity of adjacent fairways.
Cons: - #1 plays ridiculously close to the skate park fence. I can imagine this routinely results in dangerous situations. Adding to the absurdity, several fairways basically overlap each other. Baskets are awkwardly close to each other, and other tees. Considering this is a beginners' course, safety should be pretty high on the list of necessities, but it's sorely lacking in this layout.
- The lack of distance, significant elevation, and mature trees make this course one dimensional to say the least.
- Natural grass for pads. Lumpy grass might not provide very good footing in adverse conditions.
Other Thoughts: - Beginner courses like Volunteer Park fill a valuable niche in the disc golf world; however, Volunteer Park does a particularly bad job of executing a safe course design. It was fun enough as a quick ace-race distraction during empty course conditions, but nothing I'd ever want to play again.
- Unless you're super desperate for some discin', hit up some of the nearby courses instead.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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My First Course
Pros: -Good course for beginners
-Ace Runs galore
-Good if you live in the residential area
-Excellent for learning how a new disc flies for you
Cons: -Very few obstacles
-Not at all challenging
-Small children frequent this park and often will move your shot or attempt to steal discs
-Very very short
-Holes 1 and 5 run up next to skate park and the chain link fence damages discs
-Don't take the time to drive to this park.
Other Thoughts: This course was very close to my house and I often went here with friends to play just real quick games before school or before work. It's alright if you've just bought a new disc and would like to learn how it flies without the fear of banging it against trees. Overall course isn't great, but if you're just starting out then maybe give this course a thought.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: - Good for Beginners
- Good for a warm up or a score challenge among friends
Cons: - Too easy to be worth driving to
- Too easy of Pars
- Essentially no obstacles to avoid
- Holes missing
Other Thoughts: My friends and I lived basically right next to this course, so despite it's condition it will always be a favorite of mine. It use to be 9 holes, but now 3 (maybe even 4) are missing. The pars are very easy, and scores of 16 under par have been achieved by me and my friends back when all the holes existed. If you are not from the Romeoville area, I suggest going to a different park like Shorewood or Trinity Links. Play this course if you are new and getting the hang of disc golf.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Don't waste your time
Pros: -Nice baskets (those that are still there)
-Good laughs to be had from tee signs (sub 200' par 4)
-Constant wind provides some challenge (not really)
Cons: -Totally wide open
-Holes are really, really short with no obstacles
-Apparently 3 baskets are missing
-0 line shaping required
Other Thoughts: Don't waste your time, unless you are trying to play every course skip this sorry excuse for one. Lewis University has a great 9 hole course nearby, go there instead. I like how some of the baskets are on small, grassy mounds, but that alone can't save these abysmal holes.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Boring Beginner Course
Pros: - Good confidence builder for new players
- Never anybody there
- You can play through this course in like 15 minutes for a warm up round if you're going to Lewis or one of the Joliet courses.
- Signs at every tee
- Easily navigable
Cons: **Update: Three of the baskets have been stolen (6,8 and 9). This is now a 6-hole course.
- Not challenging at all... by far the easiest course I've ever seen.
- No tee boxes, just grass
- In the middle of a field, so it's very boring from a scenery standpoint
- Wind is usually a factor (because it's in the middle of a field)
- Skate park can come into play on 1st and 5th holes if you miss badly.
- Hilariously easy pars (like Par 5 on a 260ft straight shot)
Other Thoughts: I live just down the street from this course and use it to practice my putting. If you're not from the area skip this one, there are too many other good courses in the area to waste time with this one.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
There's a course here, sorta
Pros: The course plays through a flat multi-use park with small man made hills on many of the fairways and at many of the baskets. The park is very nicely taken care of, with excellent grass and no trash around. There are nice accurate signs at every tee giving hole layout and distance. 7 of the baskets look pretty new and are in good shape.
Cons: This course is basically 8 baskets thrown randomly in an open field, with some tees placed randomly around them. There is absolutely no challenge here, with many of the holes <200' and none over 300'. The last basket is missing, and the 6th basket that you can play to instead is leaning and coming out of the ground. There is exactly one small tree on nearly all the fairways, and it usually doesn't take away an easy hyzer route for left or right handed players.
Many of the holes play on top of one another, and nearly every tee shot is almost directly at the next tee. This course is clearly designed for beginners, but if there was more than one here at a time it seems inevitable someone would get hit. The tees are just whatever spot of grass you pick in the vicinity of the tee sign, and many have bumpy clumps of grass mixed in with dirt spots that make for poor footing at times. Luckily a jump putt is about the longest throw you'll need here.
Other Thoughts: This course was obviously intended for beginners, and it would be fine for completely inexperienced players. Once they have played a couple rounds, even new players will find the course easy and boring. More experienced players might have fun playing a safari round here, otherwise the course doesn't have much going for it.
Don't play this course unless you're bringing someone for their first round and you don't think they'll be able to throw over 50'. Otherwise, there are lots of courses around that are better to learn on, and a whole lot more fun to play.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: if you barely know how to play this is the place to come. wide open and a par 5 for holes less than 300
Cons: boring, short, way to easy, open, and i think the hole 9 got taken away
Other Thoughts: by far the worst course i have played
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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