Typical City Park course
Pros: Typical City Park course that is woven through a park with plenty of mature trees.
This one used the elevation well.
Holes were marked with plates in the ground, usually fairly close to last basket. This made navigation easy.
Several ace run holes (#4 and #8) and plenty of deuce possibilities (all these holes should be par threes.)
Cons: Tee pads were worn grass spots, some which have seen better days.
Other Thoughts: Course 1 of a five course road trip through Alton and then south in Illinois. While not a "wow" course, was one of the better ones on this day.
No real memorable holes, but definitely no clunkers either.
Would make this a part of my regular rotation if it were closer to home.
Concrete pads would move this to a "3", and 18 holes would make it a 3.5.
A Decent Enough Course
Pros: A nice beginner course, well maintained.
Cons: Par settings are generous ... but that's okay. Take the birdie/eagle and brag about it!
Other Thoughts: Not the most challenging course, but a nice course, nonetheless. Worth a play. I'm over 60 years old, so take that into account.
What A Perfect Course To Introduce A New Player To Disc Golf On!
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The disc golf course at Gordon Moore Park was designed and built as an Eagle Scout project by Stephen Turner in 2010. The course is clearly designed for youth and beginners in mind. The holes are short, open and not difficult.
The course sits in an nice little bowl area of this lovely park which seems to be mostly left alone by other park users. The park's terrain has a nice roll to it and some scattered trees. The course is easy to find, just park the bell tower and the rose gardens. The first tee, not so easy. There is no course sign. I eventually found the # 1 tee marking faintly painted on the far upper corner of the parking lot, up near the bell tower. The other tee markers are little metals plaques flush to the ground which give the hole #, distance (In yards) and a Par (in elementary school difficulty). These are usually within about five feet from the previous basket. The baskets are new and come in three patriotic colors, red, white and blue, three of each. Okay, that's a little strange.
The distances are short with three holes playing under 200' and just two playing over 300'. With few obstacles and no underbrush, this makes for a great little course to bring that beginner or young player to. This course shouldn't frustrate anyone.
Another bonus here is the bell tower plays a lovely song on every half an hour. It has a very melodious sound, very soothing. Makes you forget that you missed that last putt for an Eagle!
Cons: The distances are short. The difficulty level is minimal. The pars listed are for elementary age kids. The tee pads are natural and sometimes difficult to find.
Does anyone really think that this course will ever attract enough players that the design/safety flaws will become an issue? I think if you come out here and play, you'll almost always have this course to yourself.
Other Thoughts: I believe Eagle Scout, Stephen Turner, did a commendable job on this course. I've played a number of these Eagle Scout courses and this one is probably the best of them. Would it have been nice if he had sought out advice from someone in the Disc Golf community? Well yes, but instead of complaining about the course's flaws and trying to make it into something it isn't, I say embrace it for what it is. That is, a great beginner/teaching course. A course where younger, more inexperienced golfers can come and learn to play without experiencing the frustration of hunting for discs in thick underbrush or holes that are way too long and difficult for them. The course is fine the way it is. I suspect it gets a fair amount of play.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Crying Over Toppled Rainbows
Pros: A pure beginners course, short with little variety and decent elevation on some shots.
Amenities. Large city park with shelters, playground, bathrooms, and ball fields nearby.
Beginner Friendly. Impossible to lose a disc, would be an ok place to work on some basic short distance drives and upshots, if you're looking to practice distance or more technical lines, find somewhere else.
Ace runs. If you're looking for a course to load up on aces, or to play as many holes as you can in a day, this might be a good place to hang out.
Primarily disc golf. No other users seemed to come into play here.
Tees. Natural tees suit this course fine, anything else would be overkill. A small plate on the toeboard shows hole number and distance to the pin.
Baskets. Very nice red, white, and blue Disccatchers on each hole, no alternate pin placements or practice basket available.
Navigation. Very easy, every tee pad can be found feet from the previous basket.
Cons: Short. Holes range from 50 to 250, great for players to work on approach shots, no big distance shots on this one.
Variety. There is no technical variety really, a couple small trees come into play and elevation keeps things slightly interesting.
No map or scorecard provided (Not that it would be necessary).
Other Thoughts: Not worth the play unless you're looking for a very quick 9 hole course to bag.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
For the Beginners
Pros: Set in Gordon Moore Park which is one of the most nicely maintained parks in the area. Course is at a part of the park that is rarely used. The grass is always very well maintained.
Cons: Natural grass tee pads are literally 5 feet behind the previous basket. Hole 4 is far too short to actually be a disc golf hole. Basket placement could be more challenging.
Other Thoughts: Much has been said about how short this course is but I have to say...there is potential here to do something on a bigger scale. There is lots of unused land, hills...I predict in the future this course is redesigned to be more challenging. For instance...
Hole 2: Basket could be moved to the left back further behind the tree for a more challenging shot, also moving it away from Hole 3 tee.
Hole 4: just put it down further in the field, off to the right. It's far too short of a shot.
Hole 6: Move it further back up the hill, at least by 40 feet.
Hole 9: Move the basket further to the right for a harder, low ceiling shot.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The holes are easy to follow. Nice rolling hills to play on to learn altitude change shots. Very few tress stand in the way. Natural tees with bricks for marker lines. Under the care of the Alton Parks so its well maintained.
Cons: This is a par 3 all the way so ignore the markers stating theyre higher par numbers. Park has not posted signs once entering that lead you to the disc course. so enter park go pass stop sign straight past rose garden and its midway through parking lot on left starts hole 1.
Other Thoughts: stretch the course and play tee pad 1 to basket 2 and so on until you cycle a total of 9 holes. yes its easy to do this on this course which stretches the course 300-500 ft holes
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Way too short
Pros: A very well kept park with nice brick work for the natural tees. Baskets had nice pattern, tops rotated between red, white, and blue. Holes do flow well with teeboxes for next hole within 20 ft.
Cons: This is a very short course, the longest hole is just over 300 ft., most are in the 175 to 200 ft. range. Also it has just the nine holes. There are no signs as well, making it very confusing to find the starting point.
Other Thoughts: This course plays an opposite theme to nearby Roxana. This course focus mainly elevation change than obstacles. There is plenty of room at this park to stretch out this course. Other guys there did have a way of stretching out the course, they played from one tee to the next hole. So from tee 1 to hole 2, tee 3 to hole 4 and so on. This seem to really lengthen the course and mix up the shots needed.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Only need a putter maybe a mid range if you want to ace run the longer holes (300 feet) . Good for families
Cons: Tie pads go up and down hills instead of finding a flat area. Super short and ridiculous pars. Tee boxes for next hole are 3 feet from baskets LOL SOmeones going to get hit
Other Thoughts: The course was set up by a kid to get his eagle badge. Which is great but he needed to get some input from someone about course design.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun rec course
Pros: The course plays through a small corner of a large multi-use park. The disc golf area doesn't conflict with any other park uses. The fairways are really nice grass with a few scattered mature trees, a couple holes have a low ceiling or enough of an obstacle to force something other than a simple hyzer. The elevation available is used well here. The red, white and blue baskets are in great shape, and the layout of the course is easy to follow. The grounds are impeccably maintained, with no trash or vandalism and some of the nicest grass I've seen on a course.
Cons: This course is short and pretty open. More than half the holes are straight ahead with really minor obstacles in play. It doesn't force too man different shots, and doesn't have much length at all. The tees are natural and marked only at ground level. They're very close to the previous basket which helps find them, but also makes it a safety concern if multiple people are playing the course. Many of the tees are on slopes, making for awkward footing on your drives.
Other Thoughts: This course is clearly intended for beginners, and to that end it's a great course. The lengths are shorter but varied, and a few holes will push new players to try some different shots. More experienced players won't find much challenge or variety here, though there are awesome safari options with the baskets basically in a big oval and all visible from most places on the course. Don't go out of your way for this one, but it's a nice warm up for Rockspring.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Good Beginner Course
Pros: This course was obviously designed with beginners in mind. It is in a nice open field with very few obstructions.
There is virtually no way to lose a disc with the current layout
It is in the back end of the park, so the area, including parking and the pavilion to the right of the 1st tee, are only utilized by disc golfers and those walking the wooded nature trail.
All tees are very close to the previous hole, so it makes for a quick 9 if you don't have a lot of time.
Cons: No trash cans or benches anywhere on the course to rest or discard trash.
The tee boxes are only marked by small plaques in the ground, and there is no sign directing you to the first tee (it's right by the basket for 9)
Not challenging at all for the experienced player, due to the high par scores. Dumb down each par by 1 to make it fairly challenging. It seems the pars are more related to the distances than any other factor.
Other Thoughts: Something I am doing in all of my reviews is a description of each particular hole. Here is Gordon Moore park as of 8/20/2010:
Hole 1: 75 yards, open field with one tree to the left of the basket (par 4)
Hole 2: 80 yards, across a short valley with no obstructions (par 4)
Hole 3: 77 yards, pin between two trees about 10 yards from the basket (par 4)
Hole 4: 40 yards, slightly downhill with no obstructions (par 3)
Hole 5: 110 yards, open field with 1 tree just to the left of the pin (par 5)
Hole 6: 65 yards, uphill with 2 trees to the right of the pin at the top of the hill (par 4)
Hole 7: 68 yards, 1 tree to go around directly between the tee and pin (par 4)
Hole 8: 50 yards, 1 tree halfway between tee and pin directly in the path (par 3)
Hole 9: 100 yards, par 5, straight shot with 2 trees on the left border of the path (par 5)
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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