Fun in the 'Burbs!
10 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very solid course in a nice, well-maintained, multi-purpose municipal park in Suburbia, USA.
• Disc play: Really nice variety covering a range of shots and fairway types. A great mix of semi-open, moderately wooded and well-wooded fairways of varying shapes and lengths. Invites you to throw hyzers, annies, spike hyzers, straight shots and more… well-balanced in that respect. Nice mix of holes allowing multiple routes as well as holes that limit you to one or two routes. Transitions from open to wooded a few times to avoid monotony. Holes 3 - 18 all give you something to think about. Admittedly, the first two are the weakest, but I've seen much weaker filler holes and they serve to ease you into your round.
+No hills, but the rolling terrain creates moderate elevation changes on many holes, making them play longer/shorter.
+Distances are a bit on the short side, but there are a few reasonably long holes where most players should be able to let rip (4, 15 and 16).
+ Plenty of great pin placements. Many guarded by trees, making tee shot placement important to line up good par and birdie opportunities. Also has a few pins with roll-offs or other trouble behind them to make you think on putts and approaches. Raised basket on 9 will have will also have considering whether or not to run at the basket, especially if it's windy.
+Rough ranges from dense brush to prairie grass/weeds to dense woods, but all the fairways were well-mowed and clearly defined. Punishing in some spots, not so bad in others… as far as I'm concerned, that's all part of the balance between risk/reward: if the rough looks scary, maybe you should consider a safer, more predictable shot.
+ Dual tees should accommodate skill levels from Novice to Advanced. Shorts will be challenging for beginners, but not intimidating. Longs aren't necessarily much longer, but present tighter windows/tougher lines to hit. The longs also present a few more blind looks than the shorts (hence I recommend not playing the longs solo unless you're familiar with the course or willing to accept the risk of disc loss.
• Flow/Navigation: Virtually seamless. There were only a couple of questionable spots, think I only checked the map once... pretty much just followed the well-worn path.
• Basically isolated from the rest of the park, I didn't see other activities likely to bring non-DG traffic near the course. Fairly compact and efficiently laid out - can be played quickly if there isn't a lot of traffic.
• Equipment: Tee posts with hole #, distance, and picture (only at the short tees). Long and short tees are both concrete, reasonably sized, in good shape with little to no signs of erosion. Baskets were a bit older, but in good condition (one was bent, but not so bad it warranted replacement).
• Aesthetics: Very pleasing to the eye, somewhere between a pleasant walk in a city park and that away from it all feel. Didn't see any trash.
+ Plenty of benches throughout.
+ Bathrooms and snack bar that sells drinks near parking.
+ Practice basket has bricks marked at various distances.
Cons: No glaring deficiencies - only the first two factor into my ratings. The rest are just informational.
• Some holes are packed in a bit close together… expect to hear "FORE!" if it's busy when you play.
• Although it's a solid course, none of the holes have any real "wow" factor.
• Signs at both tees would be optimal, but if you're only going to spring for one set, it makes sense to put them at the shorts. Presumably, people playing the longs should be more adept at finding their way around a course.
• The rough is dense in spots - there's a reasonable chance of losing a disc here.
• Quite a few blind holes (even from the shorts) will have first timers walking up fairways.
Other Thoughts: Eagle Ridge/Civic Center is a well-executed, reasonably challenging course with high fun factor. Lots of deuceable holes that are protected well enough to really make you earn birdies. Interesting enough to make you want to return. If I were local, I'd play here regularly.
Some will say it starts out a bit weak, but I like the way it eases you in before things get tougher. The long tees will prove challenging for most players, but even the longs require placement moreso than distance. I'd give the disc play a 3.75 on it's own merit, but the superb course maintenance, design and fun factor make this an excellent place to play - thoroughly enjoyable in pretty much every way... enough for me to bump it to 4.0.
Not that it isn't suitable for tournaments, but you can tell this course was designed with the fun, casual round in mind, rather than challenging top (or even local) Pros… goal achieved!
10 of 12 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: - Great mix of woods and open holes
- beautiful setting
- nice concrete long and short tees
- great use of the elevation changes
- well taken care off
Cons: - the longs need signs
Other Thoughts: Great course that I would play again and again if I was local. I am out of state.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Eagle Ridge offers a great variety of shot types. I had to throw straight, hyzer, anhyzer, up and down. There are some almost completely open holes and some completely wooded ones and nearly everything in between. The distances also vary from under 200 from the shorts to over 500 on the longs. The long tees are now concrete, which is a very big plus. The tees they have here and at Jericho Lake across the river are some of the best I have ever played on. The signs and posts are also among the best I have seen. Navigation is not terrible, but the proximity of a lot of the tees and baskets can make it difficult for those who are unfamiliar with the layout. I honestly could not have done more with the land that is present.
There is a practice basket with bricks for around the world, a bulletin board and picnic tables at the start.
The baskets show some age but still catch quite well.
Cons: The rough can get very rough in the summer and spring. Playing on a dry day in late fall is about as clear and clean as it is going to get. The park is usually pretty well manicured, but the rough can definitely get thick with poison ivy.
Update 5/27/2014: After playing a round from the longs, I realized there are some definite NAGS's that occur. Number 3 has the tee partially behind some bushes that do not allow a clear shot at the already challenge intended path. Hole 8 and 12 are similar.
To bring this course up to nearly a 5 it would have to be longer overall. Even from the longs it was not a huge challenge to get a 3 on most holes. That is really nitpicking though.
Other Thoughts: Eagle Ridge is quite possibly one of the best courses in the area between Rockford and Joliet. Even set in a nice suburban park, the holes are very well thought out and have clear lines that need to be hit to score well. I live 30 minutes away and at first did not think it was worth driving to, but definitely have changed my mind.
For the novice player this will be a challenging course but for intermediate players it is the perfect combination of challenge and fun.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Worth the in state drive
Pros: This course is in a fairly secluded part of the civic center's land. Only a section of a path runs through but only comes into play from 2 of the long sets of tees (which are elevated 10 feet over joggers/bikers heads). Once you walk over the train tracks you notice (especially if your from the chicago area) your stepping into an actual DGC. The land used gives the best variety for this course. The "open" holes have enough obstacles in the way to make you still choose a line while the wooded holes offer enough challenges to where if you hit a tree off the box your never guaranteed a 3 or a 4 and even a 5. Something nice to have in this area. The shorts are a great course to get in your buzzz/roc practice while the longs force you to use every disc your brought. The longs add plenty of lengths to the shorts and plenty of challenge for the adv/pro player. Not a destination course in the country but certainly for the state.
Cons: The longs are limestone as of right now. Money was raised just waitng on the park district to get their arse in gear. Some of the long tee pads could use some minor tweaking as far as placement. Poison ivy could be a pain in the ass but the park district put very imformative signs around to warn people about them.
Other Thoughts: I love this course and will miss it when I move. Special thangs to the FVMDG especially SR. for all the hard work he puts in as well as the DG sodfather Frank for taking the time to make the trip to lend a hand and install some of those sweet new benches.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: My round at Oswego was incredibly fun! The course's best feature is it's large variety of shots demanded in its holes. Normally, I consider myself a right hand backhand thrower. Here, however I found that the course forced me to have a consistent game with all sorts of different shots, including forehand drives and approaches... very good practice for people trying to get better. Additionally, there is a lot of variety in the distances of each of the holes and this is enhanced even further by the long sets of tees. Unlike some courses, the long tees here, though not concrete, are fairly easy to judge as to where exactly the teepad ends and begins. There's also some good scenery as you go in and out of a forest that kind of takes you away from the park, which is in fact pretty busy.
To summarize: A moderately challenging round, thanks to variety. There are birdies to be had though, so if you are having a good day you should have an awesome round.
One of my few gripes about this course when I first played it was that the pro tees were not concrete. Well that has changed, so I felt the course deserved a half a disc increase in its rating.
Cons: *I wasn't very impressed with the first three holes from the short tees... they were pretty short and open. The round picked up considerably after that.
*There simply was not a hole on the course that was amazing. They were all pretty good, and you'd get to the teepad and say "what a neat hole." there weren't any that blew my mind.
Other Thoughts: When I went here, the baskets for holes 2, 17, and 18 were down, but a Parks person was picking them up in a pickup truck. I don't know if vandalism is common at this course, but if so that would be a most unfortunate way of ruining a very fun place!
Finally: several snakes seen throughout the round! For some people that's a deal breaker.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
Oswego Disc Monster
Pros: This course has lots of variety when it comes to shot selection, as well as balancing between wooded and open holes.
Cons: This course will eat your discs if you are not an accurate thrower. To some, that provides incentive away from risk-taking, but for others, it just means $10-$20 down the drain.
Other Thoughts: Fun course that is great for experienced players but maybe a little frustrating for inexperienced players.
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Variety in hole design
- Distance variety in holes
- Good use of the given terrain
- Modest elevation changes
- Well defined fairways
- Risk/reward in shot selection
- Blind holes
- Interesting basket placements
- Solid tee signs
- Two sets of tees
- Concrete pads on the the short tees
- Baskets in Good Conditions
- Navigation is fairly simple.
- Bathrooms at Civic Center (when open)
Cons: - The rough is thick thick thick.
- Large Amounts of Poisin Ivy
- Bike path runs through the park
- Some of the long tees have "unfairways"
- Long tees have no tee signs
- Long tees are gravel marked by two yellow stones.
- Fierce Bugs
- No waterfountain
Other Thoughts: Eagle Ride is an excellent disc golf course that starts out in a Prairie setting and transitions into some moderate-tight woods. This course boasts a good variety of distance with both long open drives and tight technical shots. Each hole feels unique and memorable and they will test your arsenal of shots. The holes in the woods are very technical and will force you to control your shots. The thickness of the rough creates high risk/reward decisions by forcing you to make the choice to go big at the risk of an errant shot that burrows deep into the thicket or to play it safe for three by keeping it in the fairway. Hillside basket placements also create high risk reward decisions as missed putts could result in roll-aways. The long tees are for the most part very different than the shorts and make the course much more challenging. Only a few long tees seem to be a longer shot of the short tee, each other long tee requires a different shot than the short tee to score successfully. Overall the course design is all that it can be. Some added amenities such as concrete pads and tee signs for the long tees and some clearing of rough (especially poisin Ivy) could bump this course up to a 4.5 for me. I highly recommend this course because it is significantly better than most Chicagoland courses.
*** Survival Notes:
-There are restrooms on site only if the Civic Center is open.
- No water fountain on site that I could find, bring liquids the prairie holes get quite toasty in the sun.
- Bring bug spray the bugs are fierce in the summer time.
- Watch for poisin Ivy (there is lots)
- If you throw a disc over the fence on the East side of the property, the company can get ornery about you jumping it to retreive your disc. I would try and get permission before searching for it.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Great variation! Lots of chances to utilize different driving techniques for all types of throwers.
-Recreational and professional tees (pros only gravel)
-Good signage with pictures of the holes from the Red tees.
-Good mix of hole layouts. Tightly wooded holes demand and reward accuracy, a few open 350Ft+
-Great shot-shaping here! Wooded holes force you into throwing a certain technique or disc...even on the more open holes this is evident.
-Easy to navigate. I've never seen "Next Tee" signs, but the walking lines guide well. Even when the course is busy, it's not congested.
-Elevation is utilized decently here. Throwing up/down the ravines, there's a couple elevated tboxes.
-Plays well after a rain. This course was dry/drained enough to play a day after a huge thunderstorm. If you're wearing proper footwear, this course is like a walk in the park.
-Good practice area, which is also used as the 19th pin/green, throwing from the backside of 18's green.
-Nice park information board and benches at the start. A couple man-made stools near tboxes throughout.
-Beautiful, lush park. So green! (I'm used to desert terrain)
-Plenty of trash cans throughout, please use them!
Cons: -Course plays short. I'd bet it was designed with technicality in mind over raw distance, and that's fine. However, I would prefer a few more options in the 375+ range.
-Lots of thick brush/undergrowth here. Now that the course has been around for a few years there's been improvements. However, an errant throw will likely lose you a disc.
-Change. Started playing this course when it was only 9. Moved away from ILL, only to come back and find all but one of the baskets in the same position. This leads me to believe the pin placements never move.
-No water hazards. I find this to be a Con, not because I like diving for discs, but the risk/reward isn't as high and I normally like it.
Other Thoughts: This is one of my favorites in the Western suburbs! Very solid design, and you can't coast through this round and expect to score well. Playing the pro tees, and this turns into a different course. The difficulty skyrockets, and the Con listed above (lack of distance) isn't an issue, and there's plenty added when playing Pro.
I would suggest long pants and hiking footwear. Don't come out in flat Adidas (like I normally wear). If you go into the rough, you want to be protected from the plants and bugs. Bugs CAN be bad here, however I didn't notice many after a thunderstorm, which I found to be odd.
This course is 5 miles away from Jericho, which, is no Gold level course for sure, but very enjoyable nonetheless! I do think, however, that Eagle Ridge is a MUCH stronger course than Jericho Lake.
Leagues here on Thursday nights, I believe 6PM start.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Worth Your Time!
Pros: - Nice mixture of wooded and semi wooded holes. Some more open, but a solid mixture.
- Several alternates set up for the holes.
- Very well maintained course, virtually NO litter, and the grass is always trimmed up nicely.
- mostly dirt or sand tee pads, but very clearly marked with signs, etc.
- Some use of elevation which is nice.
- Baskets are all pretty new and in good shape.
Cons: - Not much bad about the course other than I did almost have a disc stolen... Left it at a hole, and some kid tried to lie and say it was his, he even tried to rub off my name on it but you could still see it. I got it back though
Other Thoughts: I think this is one of my favorite courses I've ever played really. I think the only thing that could be better is maybe having cement tees? I think that's nitpicking, but I like them.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Challenging shots that don't favor one type of throwing style. Every hole you get something different. Tee boxes are set up really nice, and course is just over all well taken care of. Plus the course is never over crowded (use to be wonderful a few years ago when it was always empty, but I guess you can't keep a good course like this hidden forever).
Cons: BUGS!!!!!!! Bring bug spray!!!
Other Thoughts: Besides the bugs it's a great course.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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