5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is definitely a unique experience for someone who plays a lot of flat, Illinois 9-holers.
While there isn't much distance here, the elevation provides a little challenge for experienced players, and provides for a little punishment on bad shots. The course also incorporated some trees on a few holes adding a little challenge... especially #2 which is probably the course's best hole.
The baskets and signs are all in great shape, and navigation is fairly simple.
Despite it's simplicity the course is in good shape and it's just kind of cool to play a course with this type of elevation in the Chicago suburbs.
Cons: This is basically a bunch of baskets on the side of a big hill. It's nice that they put a course in, but there isn't really enough land here to make a very good course.
The elevation presents the only legitimate challenge for experienced players. A few random obstacles dot the fairways of most shots, but very little line shaping or creativity is required here.
As other users have mentioned, the tees are grass and not flattened, so many shots require you to throw on an uneven surface. You probably won't need a huge run up on most of these shots, but it's still not ideal to have to throw on a big slope.
I played on a friday evening and there were a LOT of oblivious dog walkers and sand volleyball players around the hill, so you will definitely have to watch out for people here.
Other Thoughts: I didn't want to call this a con, but on #3, the basket for #9 is visible from the tee, but not the #3 basket which lies about 15ft farther to the right, so be careful to avoid throwing at the wrong basket.
If just for the novelty, I thought this course was a pretty neat change of pace for the area. By no means is this a technically demanding course or anything that will challenge an intermediate player, but it's pretty fun to play a round or two if you find yourself in the area.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The Four Lakes recreation disc golf course is built on a landfill ski-slope (think bunny hill). I was excited to play this course because it had the potential for something not seen in many courses in the Chicago area, elevation. The course features uphill holes, downhill holes, and some playing across the slope. The baskets are new and good quality, I believe they are Chainstars. The signs are fairly descriptive, with drawings of obstacles (when there are any) and what seems to be accurate distances. The course routing is intuitive. Most of the baskets are located on a slope, making rollaways a concern. There is some variety in distance with holes varying from about 200' to 420'.
Cons: This course is mostly open. Only holes 2 and 3 have much in the way of obstacles. One the other holes, the only things to make you think about your line are the rope tow poles, light poles and a few lift operator huts. Whoever designed this course has either never played DG or is a beginner only exposed to crappy Chicago area nine hole courses. All of the tees are grass and have not been leveled. So the uphill holes have tees that are sharply sloped uphill and the holes playing across the hill have tees sloped left to right or right to left. It is very hard to get a good run up on any of these holes. At the front of the tee is a 2' square piece of concrete with the hole number painted on. This seemed odd as there are already signs and the concrete squares are much to small to use as a tee. There are a lot of other users of this space, creating waits and danger for unsuspecting volleyball players and those that run up and down the hill. Hole 5 which plays along the flat top of the hill is especially dangerous as a shot that goes only 30' or so to the right of the target will land in a parking lot, below and behind the ski hill.
There is no true downhill bomb. The aspect that I was most looking forward to here was a long downhill hole or two. Only two of the holes play downhill, hole 3 is about 270' left to right over a fence and some small trees and hole 8 is straight downhill at about 215'. So there is no chance to open up and crush one from top to bottom. To me this is unforgivable as this piece of land is screaming for this type of hole. Watch your step if you throw into the brush to the right of hole two's fairway, there is a big dropoff just a couple feet into the woods.
Other Thoughts: To me this course was sort of interesting due to all of the rollaway possibilities and the uphill holes. I was really disappointed by the tees and the lack of a long downhill shot. The land offered so much more potential, I really want to work out some alternate tees to get the most out of this course.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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