2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Larger than most 9-hole courses in the area
-Well kept park
-Concrete (and level) tees
-Well kept catchers
-Scenic with older large trees that offer some challenge (not including the first 3 holes under the power lines)
-Decent elevation change (especially for the Chicago area which it notoriously flat).
-Favors accuracy over power (pro or con depending on your POV)
-Larger than some area courses
Cons: -Can be very muddy
-Could be a longer course
-Signage is dicey at best
-Bike path (con for golfing, but a pro for getting there if you bike)
-Sometimes have to wait to start on nice days
-First 2 holes are boring
Other Thoughts: This course has some good mid distance shots where accuracy can play a role. If you are making a trip to this course you may want to warm up here then make the trip over to Knock Knolls for a bigger accuracy challenge. If you are in the suburbs make a stop here.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Course has changed!
Pros: My home course. Always fun to play and plays fast, even when crowded.
Cons: The woods that come into play on holes #3 and #9 are gone! Bulldozed recently! Changes the course dramatically. Must be a powerline issue. Stinks for us though.
Other Thoughts: Still fun to play, but the recent changes make the two affected holes wide open. There is now no danger from a stray drive. Beware of deep leaf pools that suck up discs.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Compact but nice
Pros: - nice rubber tees
- made good use of terrain features (trees, hedges, hills)
- also good use of not very much space
- pretty park, tall oaks in most of the park
Cons: - some of the later holes a little close together, but not overly so
Other Thoughts: In general a nice, compact little course. Distances were average, with very good use of trees, hedges, or other terrain features. I'd play this again if I was looking to play just 9 holes and I was in the area.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: i love this course this is my home course..... in a great area not the biggest course but not the smallest... never to busy .... have found 12 discs here the past year
Cons: you have alot of kids hiding in areas to steal your discs ..
1 of 10 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Great course when not Crowded
Pros: Every type of shot needed. Good ace possibilities. Great use of available land. Beaten paths in thicket helps find your disc
Cons: Often crowded on warm afternoons. Large groups of players clog up the course. What was once a "hidden gem" is now busy popular course
Other Thoughts: A good 9 hole for someone looking to work on shots. Hard to lose a disc and great if you are in the area. Plays quick and is often played 2 or 3 times.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Castaldo is a nice, above-average Chicago 9'er with pretty good elevation and sparse trees which are sufficient to shape lines off of the tee. The designer has done a nice job of working in a wide variety of shots (uphill/downhill, right/left fading, etc.) to keep things interesting and has even worked in a few holes which allow for more than one reasonable route to the pin which gives players the choice of what fairway to attack based on personal strengths and current conditions (wind, grass cut). The park has a very clean and friendly feel to it and the course amenities match this with nice signage, baskets, and tees.
Cons: As I alluded to in the Pro's section, Castaldo is very nice in comparison with other Chicagoland courses because it has elements that most others lack (decent tree coverage/elevation). However, Castaldo still lacks the challenge in design that most other parts of the country are currently utilizing. There are no multi-par holes and really no holes out here that should be seen as "challenging" birdie two's. Because of the single tee/single pin setup, this course will probably lose a bit of its luster after players have more than a few rounds through. Finally, because the park is fairly well used by other park users and because several holes are in somewhat close proximity to walking paths, you will likely have to wait to throw on a couple of tees during the busy summer months.
Other Thoughts: One of the better courses in the area and a great place to take beginners or families to try out the game without risking thorns or water hazards. More experienced players will also enjoy a round or two here but will probably want to move on after a couple of rounds.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Short but fun
Pros: - Easy to navigate, good tee signs
- A fair variety of elevation changes and lines.
- Good use of obstacles, including large power lines on the first 2 holes.
- Holes 3 and 9 stand out as the most fun and challenging. Both offering good distance and elevation change.
- The course is generally in good condition, clean. And you can normally play 9 in a short amount of time.
Cons: Shot and easy, that basically sums it up.
You can basically take any line you want to get to most of the holes.
Fairways can overlap on the back and the walking/bike path can come into play in a few spots.
Other Thoughts: This is fun course to get in a quick 9 if you are in the area. It's also a great place to boost your ego and your ace count.
Although it's not particularly challenging it's an enjoyable 9 holes and worth playing if you are in the area.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Easy, but fun
Pros: -several holes with elevation change
-fair lines through scattered trees
-grippy concrete tee pads
-well-made tee signs
-some hole variety and challenge, with uphill, downhill, corridor, and anhyzer shots
-very beautiful park after the first 2 holes
Cons: -can get VERY wet and muddy, especially around holes 2-5
-short course, most holes under 300'
-the first two holes are wide open, without much challenge or interest
-every hole except #3 is very deuceable
Other Thoughts: Overall, despite the lack of challenge presented by the course, I found it a fun and fast round to play. After finishing the first two holes, which admittedly are very weak, the course hits you with a few different challenges:
#3 is a tough blind anhyzer shot that is difficult to deuce based on the basket's position near shule. regardless, it's a pretty easy 3.
#4 is the only "tight" hole, but also the shortest
#5 has multiple routes, but they are equally challenging (slow anhyzer or fast straight shot)
#6-#8 are 280-300' long shots that are uphill and downhill through the woods
#9 is a beautiful finishing hole that crosses a valley, with punishing shule on the right side.
I think it's best to stay away from this course in the rainy season, as almost every hole becomes very muddy, and difficult to play.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
good but not great
Pros: nice teeboxes
best course within ten miles
Cons: short holes
nine hole course
gets muddy after rain
Other Thoughts: good beginner course some bike paths intersect holes. good cours if wanting to play a relaxed round
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course has a few different obstacles to navigate, in power line pillars, thick forestry, and mostly a grove of old trees.
- Minor elevation change on some holes, including a small valley. Makes a difference on some holes in the grove due to low branches.
- Patch of forest only in play on one hole, but a good blind right upshot makes decent use of it. Some players may have to lay up to go through a small clearing.
- Power line pillars are big, but still only take up one spot in the fairway. #2 could trouble some RHBH shots.
- Grove of old trees with branches everywhere does provide some challenge, a lot of different lines to choose from above and around the canopy, or low and straight.
- #4 is a small tunnel shot, but still a tunnel shot. Have to dodge two small trees right away, and some forest on the back end.
- Good baskets, great tees. Signs are nice, but 1-3 are slightly off due to the redesign.
Cons: - Course suffers in length due to the small amount of area to work with. Only two holes are over 300', many around 250'.
- Cramped layout in the grove, lots of discs flying around from hole to hole when crowded.
- Walking path through a corner of the course doesn't help an already crowded park.
Other Thoughts: - I think this course could be a very, very good 9 holer if it had some more length. The holes are set up well, but it is usually a short drive and a putt for an experienced player.
- While there are a lot of different lines to the basket, I feel a few holes are much easier with a RHFH shot. Might be tougher for those who only have a RHBH shot.
- Park has a Georgia O'Keeffe slide.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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