7 Helpful / 3 Not
Check out this rocking course!
Pros: I love this course. It has variety as other reviewers have noted. It has cool elevation changes, interesting twists, and plenty of stuff growing out of the ground to knock your discs down. No hole is totally open. You want open, try Sunrise Park in Bartlett. That is open. Every hole offers something interesting.
Cons: It is hard to find any except for footing issues on the hills after some rain.
Other Thoughts: Quit complaining about garbage and lack of benches. The world is not perfect. Why let a few minor flaws bother you. That stuff in no way interferes with having a great time. I encourage all lovers of disc golf to check this place out when in the area. It blows away my home course--Sgt. Means in Olympia Fields.
7 of 10 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Mostly wooded holes, but with variety. Beautiful holes requiring a drives over ravines. Tee signs make it easy to navigate. The course is fun and challenging. One of Joliet's better courses
Cons: No Bathrooms? - (1st time playing, maybe there are somewhere)
Lack of garbage cans
Other Thoughts: Help keep the park clean!
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Amazing course w/ fixable flaws
Pros: Outstanding course design; truly exceptional- one of the best I've ever seen.
-Tons of elevation, well taken advantage of; shots uphill & downhill (to varying degrees, too), shots across deep ravines, etc.
-Good signage, including little stickers on each basket pointing to the next tee.
-Serious challenge and serious fun.
-If you've got limited time, both the front 9 and back 9 start and end at the parking lot, so it'd be easy to play half the course. (Although I can't imagine being able to resist the whole thing!)
Cons: Baskets seem a bit shallow (I've heard a rumor there are plans to replace them at some unspecified time in the future).
-Some @$$hat had driven donuts all over the fairway for hole 9, and there was still dumped trash in places; hopefully local residents will treat this place better in the future.
-The fairway for 18 was a bog, even though the rest of the course was pretty dry.
-Mosquitos: there were none when I played in May, at the end of July they were plentiful.
Other Thoughts: I had to persudade myself not to rate this 4.5 even when basket 16 was missing; now that the course is complete I came back to update my review. Could it reach 5? Hmm, maybe- I'd have to play here more times to get a really good feel for the place, and see how much they fix it up. This is the best course I've seen anywhere near Chicago- I live an hour away but definitely want to come back once a month if I can. I came here at the end of a day having just played Channahon and West Park- both great courses- and this place still blew me away. I really can't recommend it highly enough.
If you're out of shape, do be prepared for climbing lots of steps up and down hills- you'll find the course well worth the exertion, though.
Hole 13 is kinda eerie-looking; I love it! In fact, the sections of abandoned road along portions of the course gave the whole place a strange atmosphere that I enjoyed.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
(Will Be) The Best Course in Chicagoland
Pros: Excellent use of topography and tee placement. Tight holes are challenging, yet play fair. Open holes will test your discs and offer unique lines. Some holes are very memorable and leave a lasting image in your head. Course signs are well labeled.
Cons: Good amount of mud, even on high ground. Needs more amenities such as garbage cans. Missing a basket on hole 16.
Other Thoughts: This would get a 4.5 star rating if it 1) wasn't missing a pin, 2) had more garbage receptacles and 3) had concrete or padded tees. This is a young course, and will get better over time. Even with its shortcomings, it's still my favorite course in the area (just beating the course in Mokena and West Park in Joliet). Even though I haven't reviewed a lot, I have read many reviews, and I've inflated my review a little bit so that this course will get some love and improve in the future.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
30 yrs later, Chicagoland has new crown course
Pros: This course from a pure hole perspective is perfection in my mind. Very interesting and challenging holes, great variety between short and long tees. Excellent use of hills and trees. Great design where front nine and back nine both start and end at parking lot. Steps built in to steep hills. ***16th basket placed and tee built as of 6-13-09***
***6-2-2012 update: now has concrete tees on all holes***
Cons: There are few trash bins or benches, but they are popping up. Park is dilapidated (but this is the Chicago suburbs, so land is hard to come by, in that sense, what a gem!) Watch where you step, even on paved paths. Throwing to blind baskets necessitates spotters. Didn't lose discs, but spent time looking.
***After 4 years, the course has opened up and only four holes are 'blind' from the tees but you don't need spotters.
Other Thoughts: I loved this course. I can't wait to return. Changed rating from 3.5 to 4 because of the final basket being placed and benches being built. Seems like there could be land for more holes. This park was made for disc golf.
The designers put a lot of effort and work into this course. There are 6(!) very nice sets of stairs to help you get up and down the ravines.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: you have to have a bag of tricks to play here the hardest course around and i like them hard. throwing hill to hill is amazing! not to many people go here or come back, have the course to your self.
Cons: trash is a problem but that can be fixed.
Other Thoughts: could be one the best with better baskets and better tee pads
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
course is improving
Pros: Course is improving. A LOT less trash on the course than last year. This course was just put in as of late 2008, so give it some time. I was impressed with the improvement compared to last year. Great mix of holes. Personally, I don't want a course that is all easy, or all hard. The first isn't challenging, and the latter is too frustrating. One reviewer wrote that the open holes (7-11) were too easy. But, two of them are very long. And, the fairways are lined with mature Oak trees. Sure, the fairways are about 50' wide, but for some golfers that is challenge enough. The more difficult holes have tough fairways that can be as little at 10' wide. The interesting elevation shots, both uphill and down, and across ravine like areas make this course unique in this area. I also found it to be less muddy than other area courses at this time of year (springtime). Definitely worth a visit. And no, you don't have to be afraid to go play this course by yourself.
Cons: Hole 16 is still missing while they do some work on the course. And yes, the park used to be a place that some careless individuals would use to dump trash. Putting a disc golf course here was a stroke of genius. Park is already looking better. But, there is definitely still room for improvement. Fairways and tees can be rough in places. Still experiencing some growing pains.
Other Thoughts: This course has the potential to be one of the best in the area. Just needs time and care to improve. Play it. Unless you are a nitpicky person, you will most likely love this course.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Best course around the Joliet area
Pros: - Great Mix of fairway shots; Righty, Lefty, Long, Short
- Elevation; Uphill, downhill, over ravines
- Woods: everything from tight wooded shots, to curving, tree-lined fairways, to open field
- Multiple tees; not only adding distance, but changing the shots completely. Pro tees are difficult shots that force smart shots, where Am tees allow for birdie runs
- Great signage; shows all tee pads for that hole, distance, next hole
- Great pin placement; on sides of hills, by O.B., in made-made elements
- Baskets; all in good shape, regalvanized last year
- Amenities; benches and garbage cans are starting to pop up on multiple holes, something like 130-160 stairs to make those climbs much easier
- The front 9 starts & ends at the parking lot. The back 9 also starts and ends at the parking lot
Cons: - Tee pads; I think is asphalt or laid concrete. It is easy enough to throw from these pads, but they could be improved in the future. However, still offers decent traction.
- Dirty park; it was used in the past for people to illegally dump their garbage
- This is a brand new course so it is still rough around the edges, although West Park is, in my opinion, much more rough around the edges and less challenging
Other Thoughts: ** Best course in the Joliet area by far. It has everything one looks for at a disc golf course. It will challenege every skill level. It has plenty of memorable holes.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Newbie w/ room for improvement and much potential
Pros: * Map of course layout posted on board at first tee.
* Hefty size concrete tees.
* Quality tee signs clearly stating distance from each tee and providing birds eye view map of each hole.
* Balanced mix of straight/lefty/righty shots
* Multiple tees provide different approaches to each hole and appeal to a players skill level.
* Dominant "wooded" course with elevation which is a nice compliment to the other courses in the area (for those hitting the Joliet area on a disc golf trip)
Cons: * GARBAGE! It's everywhere, ranging from broken bottles/beer cans to rusted old trash cans & old tires. ( Update: Still here )
* The vegetation is sorta wild and the fairways are not as cleaned up as you'd expect on a course. For example lots of rocks,sticks, and wooded stubs in the fairways.
Other Thoughts: Overall it's great they decided to add another course to the area, especially a course that offers tight wooded holes and some with elevation which is rare in this area. It's definitely a course worth checking out and a Park District employee told me all the CONS I stated, those are things they are going to be working on to improve the park & course. A major factor of the park district deciding to place a course in Highland Park was to keep people from dumping their garbage in it and have a reason for the park services to trim the trees/bushes and what have you. Before placing a course, I suppose this was a park no one used so they decided to use it for disc golf, which is good with me. Also, out of towners shouldn't be afraid of the neighborhood next to the park. I golfed on a Friday morning and it was packed with golfers, not "rough" people (like the other reviewer said). * Update: Still lots of garbage, but overall fun course to play. *
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 30 Not
Avoid This Course for Now!
Pros: Half interesting and fun tough wooded holes. Good elevations (For Illinios) with fairways that look like jail bars! Pins on the edges of steep declines!
Cons: TERRIBLE NEIGHBORHOOD!!! Seriously its scary! Garbage everywhere around fairways! Chemcial drums, tires, car hulks, rusted metal, broken bottles, dirty sheets/clothes, etc.. YUCK! Didn't see 1 garbage can! Some unfinished tees, different tee placements lack uniqueness.
Other Thoughts: Half 300-600' open, boring holes, half cool wooded holes. The open holes are long wide aisles through trees back and forth, so boring and easy.
Stay away though, the neighborhood is the worst I have ever stepped foot in, and the course looks like a garbage dump. Hit a tree and its risky to even retrieve your disc in some areas! "Rough" people lurking in the park and woods. Don't golf it alone!
Better to revisit in a couple years after there's a chance to fix it up... and hopefully clean up the surrounding neighborhood as well.
5 of 35 people found this review helpful.
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