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A well-designed course in a multipurpose park.
Pros: This course was just remade in June of 2009. Each hole has two tees (A and B), and both are concrete. The holes are probably Mach 4s, so a bit of accuracy is needed in putting.
The best aspect of this course is the variety. Some hole use elevation changes, and some are flat. Some have lots of tree obstructions, and some are open. Some are short, and others are long. The second set of tees are well planned, so playing through the course a second time will feel almost like an entirely different course.
This feels like a family course. There is a large pavilion in the park and playground equipment, so if the whole family goes, the older children can play the course, while parents watch the younger kids on the playground. Yet, the course is still very interesting, and any experienced golfer will enjoy it also.
Cons: When I played, the signs were missing. There were posts to hold the signs, and it looks like they were to show a map of the hole, but the actual map was missing. I had trouble finding the tees to hole 4 and hole 6, because there is no indication where to go after finishing one hole. 4 can be found by crossing the woods area, to the main part of the park. A map at the front of the course would probably help in this regard, or arrows painted on the holes themselves pointing to the next tees.
There is a playground and road that are near enough to the course that you have to be a bit careful. Since this park is multi-purpose, you may get stares as you are playing.
I've attempted to play this course a couple of times now. Once, there was a blues festival, or something like that in the park, and the whole course was unplayable. There were a couple hundred people there, and little kids running through all the fairways.
Finding the correct parking lot (north side of the course) is tricky. Google maps shows Tanner St. connecting to Morris, but it doesn't. The road is closed. So, take Morris to Springfield Rd., then go north to Tanner St., turn left, and the entrance to the park will be on your left.
Other Thoughts: This course is very nice for a 9-hole course. It is friendly enough to bring a new player. The park is interesting, and even has a historic building with plaque to visit between holes 2 and 3. It's close to the interstate, which is great for those of us who don't live in Bloomington.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Tight and Technical
Pros: - Course is set in a public park with many, many large trees, a small creek and driveways and parking lots interpersed throughout, so there are very tight lines (narrow openings and low ceilings) and the possibility for OB on almost every hole.
- 9 baskets with 2 teepads per hole set at very different angles and distances, so you can play a full round of 18 unique holes.
- Good variety of shots required to score low (short and technical shots, long drives, left and right turns).
- A few holes (#3, #5 and #7) are long and/or require very precise drives, providing an excellent challenge for players of all skill levels and will produce score separation for tournaments and other competitive rounds.
- Very different design from the other two courses in Bloomington-Normal, so it's a nice change of pace.
Cons: - Most holes are between 200 and 250 ft, so there are a lot of birdie opportunities if you can throw that distance accurately.
- Some of the lines are almost too narrow and border on unfair. This might change as the course matures and is trimmed.
- The baskets are "old school" and can be very unforgiving. I've only played two rounds on the course and I've personally witnessed four spit outs or rejections of dead center putts.
- A couple of holes (hole 4 & 5) are near a large children's playground. As a result, there can occassionally be pedestrian traffic to and from the playground and, because it's a new course, many people aren't aware that people are playing disc golf nearby. So...you've got to be sure the way is clear before you throw.
- Park isn't in the best neighborhood and is bordered on one side by a fairly busy street.
Other Thoughts: I'm very glad to see another quality disc golf course in Bloomington-Normal! The course designer (Rob Strasser) worked very closely with the Parks and Rec department to install the best possible course on the land available. This course will definitely become part of the rotation for all the local players. If you want to work on your short technical game, come check out Forrest Park.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Blo-No's third public disc golf course!
Pros: -The Bloomington Normal disc golf community really cares about the sport and it's very obvious when you see courses like this.
-The course spans over the entire park which means you should be prepared to do a lot of walking for a nine hole course.
-New teepads, and, while this course is only two days old today, there will be new maps and a big map when you come into the park.
-Alternate tees add an entirely different perspective to every hole, which make it justified that you can play 18 holes here and not get bored.
-I'm really glad that the course incorporates the little stream on holes 1, 8, and 9. They definitely add to the ambiance of the course.
Cons: -The holes are all very short. While it spans the whole park, I don't think any of the holes are above 350 feet. I parked almost every one of the baskets on my first time playing here. There's not really a challenge.
-The baskets are old and brown and I know it's really cool that they took them from an old course and are recycling them, but with the new teepads and signs, they don't really fit in.
-There were a lot of people here and I almost hit a couple on a picnic because I didn't see them. So just be careful.
-You can see the road from every hole. There's not really that "secluded feel" that all of the great courses have. There's a risk of throwing your disc onto the street on hole #7 as the fairway hugs the street. If you accidently grip lock, you're in big trouble.
Other Thoughts: It's great that Blo-No Recreation cooperated with the dedicated disc golfers of the area and created a new course to play on. While it's not as great as Maxwell or Irvin, it's definitely fantastic that they added this one in case you wanted to play something other than Maxwell/Irvin but didn't want to drive all the way out to Peoria. I can't wait to see the new signs and the big map of the park.
So in summary, it's a nice course to practice your short game on, but you probably won't need a driver.
Also! I'd like to add that Forrest Park is known to be a meeting place of homosexual men after the sun has set. So...be aware if you plan on playing after hours that you may be approached.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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