Much More Enjoyable Than the Band
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Lincoln Park is a solid course with great elevation changes that features an especially technical midrange game. The elevation really steals the show,with all manner of challenges, from up- and down-hill shots to drop-offs framing pins to all manner of rolling hills that need to be smartly accounted for to score well. There are a variety of tight windows and lanes that need to be hit, which are made more tricky on account of the aforementioned elevation changes: these have a tremendous impact on what and how you throw. The level of woodedness ranges from modest to high, tending towards the heavier side. Pins are well placed, providing for lots of challenging birdie runs: the shorter hole lengths put most pins within reach from off the tee for many arms, but the threat of rollaways, drop-offs, and numerous mid-fairway obstacles means you'll still have to earn them.
The course is well sectioned off from other park activities, so conflicts with park goers isn't much of an issue. Parking is ample and starts right next to hole 1; the lot remains close by throughout, so you can skip out early if you need to.
Cons: The course is a shorter one to begin with, and some of the elevation changes and tight spaces make it play even shorter. The net effect was a constricting feel that had me sticking to putters and midranges almost exclusively throughout, and limited the overall sense of variation. A few holes outside of the birdieable par 3 pattern would have really helped to change things up. This isn't necessarily a fault of design, given the relatively small space the course is confined to, but no effort to offset this seems to be taken.
There are a few too many shots where you have to simply throw straight. Even holes that don't force you into a single lane often lack significant risk/reward decisions, allowing you to take a straightforward approach: the only time I caught myself weighing aggressive vs conservative throws was in regards to running baskets guarded by trees or drop-offs. This limits variety and the mental game: so much about Lincoln Park is about hitting the line you're forced to. My personal preference is to have more decisions to weigh.
The course has one set of tees and pin positions, limiting variety, replay value, and appeal to bigger arms.
Other Thoughts: I found Lincoln Park to be a very solid course with a rewardingly technical midrange game. Its shorter length and straightforward par 3 approach limits its appeal a bit, but it's still a worthwhile course in an area with several of them. It's a nice complement to the longer, more varied and open Arboretum-Spiker nearby.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Lots of fun. Many fairly short holes. Most have elevation as a factor, grassy fairways, and plenty of trees to navigate around (but not so many as to be impossible or require pure luck to get through).
Most notable feature is some deep ravines that run through part of the course. A few baskets are located excitingly close to deep drop-offs, making them memorable. You also get a chance to drive over some, or try to.
A pretty and peaceful place for a round or two of disc golf.
Cons: Nothing really wrong with this course. Few holes with any "WOW" factor to merit a top rating, but all are fun to play.
Other Thoughts: The kind of course that players of a wide range of abilities could enjoy. Not terribly challenging for top players, beginners might deal with a few throws into nasty places (ravines, thick underbrush in a few places), but everyone should enjoy it.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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