Pros: Sunrise is a beginner friendly course that also offers a challenge to intermediate and advanced players. For the beginner, the mostly wide open, flat holes, are friendly and offer little chance of losing a disc. For the more advanced player, the course is long. The course does not give generous par's either. The par's on the signs are appropriate.
The course is relatively well maintained. The tee pad's are far from ideal, but I have seen much worse. They are gravel, long and offer good traction. Some of them will hold water for about a day after rain though. Most of the baskets are nice with no issues. The two damaged baskets are fixed by the local disc golf community with stumps.
While a little low on variety, there is plenty of room to shape your own shots and create your own line. Which can be enjoyable.
2: Very long forehand shot, basket is in the open, but any backhand or direct approach is guarded by a wall of trees. Much too far and tall to go over the top of. Not a guaranteed par. The approach is not really difficult but the tree line close behind the basket makes typical hyzer approaches or even some flat releases, interesting.
4: Wide open par 3... 370' up a big hill. Play around 410'. Good hole for unleashing power.
5: 390' downhill, basket is guarded by trees. Over driving is not rewarded, you have to think our your approach shot.
6: Honorable mention: 380' HARD dogleg right. It's only on here because its tough. You do not want to throw your disc in the trees on this hole. The interior of the forest is talented at eating discs.
8) Fun little throw across a very small amount of water, through willow trees, the gap is huge though, Just a nice scenic easy par. Tough to birdie with willow branches.
13) Down an artifical hill around 390' get to unload on a drive
Cons: Do not go after a downpour.
Do not go at dusk, the gnats will eat you alive. (Not a problem what so ever during the day)
Avoid this course like the plague during geese migration, its not worth it.
Locals are very friendly but sometimes slow walkers, there are not many holes in which they interfere but you'll have to wait.
Has limited replay value.
Saturday's and Sunday's you are very likely to get stuck behind a group of 8 high schoolers. They're friendly enough, and I'm glad they're out enjoying the sport, but they are novice's and very very slow. They usually don't know what "Can I play through" means. Not a problem on weekdays.
If you throw in the water, its gone. Very deep, only 3 holes with water in play, and to be honest, a first year player can avoid the water.
3: This is the worst teepad on the course, With the only tunnel shot on the course. The tunnel its self is do-able, but with the bad tee-pad its better to just play up 5 feet, if your disc goes into the woods on the right, good luck my friend. If it goes on the left you'll find it easy.
10) Really boring par 4, no obstacles at all. You get to unleash on a drive with no punishment at all. Sounds nice, but its ZZZZ snore.
15) This hole is terrible. It's a 300 foot drive directly to the basket. Except for the massive wall of HUGE trees in the way about 220'. There are two gaps in the tree's meant to for the approach shot. The far gap is about 5 feet wide, low ceiling, and the entrance is 310' from the teepad. The easier gap has two trees in the middle of the gap, and you have about 10 feet of space with a decent ceiling. To throw most likely a 50 foot shot minimum. It's all around a bad time. I've played the course 100 times at least and never birdied, sometimes I still bogey.
17&18: Too easy Zzzz
Other Thoughts: Gps does not direct you to hole 1. You're looking for appletree lane.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Somewhat boring, but still good
Pros: There's a good variety of distances for the holes, ranging from 210 to about 450 if I remember correctly. Park is fairly open and well-maintained; some nice scenery in the summer. Water does present a challenge on a few holes. On hole #9, the disc will most likely stay over water the whole time until landing on the shore (hopefully!) next to the basket, as there is water all to the right. Also a good course for winter disc, due to its relatively easy to navigate terrain.
Cons: The course is somewhat plain, and gets tiring after several times. I find myself using the same driver for many of the holes. There are only a couple holes through some woods--otherwise, all open field shots. Holes 10-13 are all almost the same thing, and that same area has a tendency to flood quite a bit when it rains. There are also HUGE flocks of geese walking around from time to time--if you're worried about hitting geese and whatnot. Also, the tee-pads are just kind of dirt/mud skids in the ground/grass. I have to avoid a few of them for fear of twisting my ankle!
Other Thoughts: The course is relatively accessible, and has become a "boring but beautiful" standard for me. Still, I sometimes find myself trying to avoid this course due to its relatively uninteresting nature.
And the wind can wreak havoc on your drives.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Tees are marked with direction and distance. A fair variety of shots, distance and challenge. Large park with plenty of opportunity to rip out some long shots.
Cons: Tee boxes are rutted and get muddy after rain. A few holes get pretty soggy with fair amount of rain. Can sometimes get crowded with park goers. Local high schools uses the park for cross country meets. First half of the back nine are too bland until the trees planted there mature.
Other Thoughts: All around this course give you a little taste of everything (this is subjective). Pond in play on three holes can easily take your disc. The course map/score card pdf in the files section has hole #16 marked incorrectly (aerial map is correct). Favorite holes are #3, #9 and #16. I'm more than happy this park is so close to where I live.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Will get better over time
Pros: Good mix of long holes and short. Maintenance is excellent, almost always mowed up and nice. Signs marking tee and footage for each hole. A few elevation changes add some interest to an otherwise flat back 9.
Cons: Back half of the course is flat and open. Several holes are back and forth play with no challenge or obstacle other than distance. If it rains, several of the holes can become wet to the point of unplayable.
Other Thoughts: This course is already a good course that will only become better as the numerous trees that have been planted start to grow and mature. Well worth the trip to play.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 6 Not
lots of potential
Pros: nice mix of long holes and short. some wooded holes. great way to use the pond.
Cons: young course so the people that dont really know what disc golf is tend to wander in front of you while playing.
Other Thoughts: this course has lots of potential being a newer course. once all the trees the park district has planted become larger this course will have lots of challenges and flight patterns for each hole. its awsome they have a few holes that throw over small parts of the pond, every course that has a pond or water should utilize it in some way that way people arent scared to throw over water. plenty of long holes to open up on, till the trees get bigger. all in all its a great place to practice.
3 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 3 Not
Very Nice Park
Pros: Beautiful course (especially around the lake). Very well maintained. It uses some slight elevation. Utilizes the lake on a couple shots. It has a nice combination of long crusher holes and short ace run holes.
Cons: With the exception of 4 or 5 holes, it is pretty wide open. With that being said, sunscreen is definitely needed here. Not much shade at all. The teepads are dirt. There's really no anhyzer shots that I can remember.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I really enjoy this course. It's a good course to enjoy a relaxing round of golf but don't expect it to be a technical course or have a lot of variety.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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