Old Dog Could Use Some New Tricks
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Short, technical fairways usually reward good shots with birdies, lots of ace runs.
- The few longer holes like 2 and 17 add some needed distance variety and interesting lines.
Cons: - Plays really short and really flat through most holes.
- An overabundance of dog-leg holes, particularly of the left-to-right variety.
- Equipment is getting quite old, some of the baskets could really use replacing and many of the tee-signs are completely illegible either due to fading or graffiti.
Other Thoughts: With the overabundance of quality disc golf courses in the area, it took me quite a while to play Shorewood Park. This old course is not without its charm and fun factor, but it is showing its age. This course is short, and even with the tight, wooded fairways that dominate most of it birdies are probably much more common than bogeys for players beyond novice level. That said, there is certainly fun to be had hunting for aces and birdies when even an early tree hit leaves you with only a +/- 100' upshot for par.
There is some line-shaping required here, and a few holes where straight and accurate shots are needed, but the course does seem to be dominated by dog-legs, with the majority favoring left to right hooks. I love throwing forehand in the woods, so many of these fairways suited my play style, but less experienced players or those who struggle to throw left to right accurately may get discouraged at the number of times that shot is required to shoot well here. The longer holes are mostly open with several lines available off the tee. It looks like some holes have long tee locations without concrete pads, but I, and I know many others aren't either, am not interested in hunting down long tees if they don't have pads and signs while the shorts do. Long tee pads would be great to breathe some new life into this course.
There are a couple of spots where the path to the next tee pad is not obvious, and my group spent some time turning in circles or wandering around a bit. Simply taping or painting a tine on the baskets to indicate the direction to the next tee would help a lot. Speaking of baskets, the Chainstars are a bit mixed here, many are fine and in good repair, but a number are of the older variety with the really shallow cages and thinner chains. These could really stand to be replaced, and we had a number of bad spit-outs and discs travel through the chains during the round. The tee signs are frequently useless due to fading or graffiti, but luckily, there are only a few spots where the location of the basket isn't immediately obvious.
This is a decent course, but the graffiti, garbage, and surrounding neighborhood/highway detract a bit from the experience. I enjoyed my round, but will be hard pressed to make a return with all of the other courses of higher quality 5-15 minutes away. If you are traveling more than 30 minutes to visit the area, you will be better served by playing Community Park in Channahon, West Park, Highland Park, or The Canyons. However, if like me you have played the other courses in the area many times, and are looking for something new to try, Shorewood Park is worth checking out.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
The Wayback Machine
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is an old school course that dates to 1981. I should know, I started playing it as soon as it went in. At the time, it was a nice change of pace from West Park. Steady Ed Headrick had something to do with the design of this course. The PDGA course directory states that he designed the "alt tees".
Nowadays it retains its original "charm", and is a fun course to play.
Sure, it is pretty short, but remember, it was designed for lid type discs. Plenty of ace runs, in other words!
The course winds through the park, along the entrance road and back and forth across a little creek.
Cons: It can be quite muddy in the rainy season.
The course is old, and has always had a certain stigma about it. Graffiti, litter, and a somewhat low standard of maintenance seems to be the problem here.
The course has been pulled and put back in over the years. Hopefully she is back for good now.
Other Thoughts: Even though this area has a wealth of newer, better courses, this course will always have a special place in my heart. It really is quite fun to play, if you go in knowing its history and limitations.
In my heart, its a 4 star course, but I rated it at 2.5 (decent/typical for a 1981 course!).
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Easy to find holes, decent signs
- Not much chance of losing a disc to water- my biggest pet peeve. There is a lake but it's blockaded by trees and growth usually
- I've never seen anyone else there- you'll probably get the place to yourself!
- good, quick warm-up before going to West Park or one of the others around here.
Cons: - Shots were very short, even for my unskilled noodle arm.
- Mud. Mud everywhere.
- Dirty, trash scattered around
- not really the "in-the-woods" feel that I like about a lot of other nearby courses.
Other Thoughts: the 7-11 down at the 59/52 intersection sells some discs!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Good course for friends
Pros: -really easy to find holes
-fun to throw with friends or by yourself
Cons: -muddy if any rain comes in at all
-sometimes it is littered with trash.
-doesnt offer TOO much challenging throws
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Short and technical does the trick
Pros: -This is a typical old school style disc golf course, Lots of short but technical holes with some holes in a more open field setting.
-Concrete pads are in good condition, All baskets are in good shape, plenty of trash cans and there is a port-o-potty at the parking lot.
-While most holes require a well executed straight shot there are a few holes that require some shot shaping. Enough fairway obstacles to make almost all the holes interesting and fun.
-Good potential for aces.
-Good course for players of various skill levels. This would be a great course for a beginner to learn the sport of disc golf and yet more experienced players will still find enough challenge here to make for a fun round.
-Navigation is very straightforward and the course has good flow to it.
-Close in proximity to some other very good courses making this course ideal for a quick warmup round before playing some of the bigger, badder J-Town courses.
Cons: -There is a lot of course stuffed into a relatively small space. When busy this course could be a little hairy, fairways overlap and some teepads are too close to the last hole's basket.
-Signs are in very poor condition and most are completely unreadable.
-Course can be very muddy after any kind of precipitation.
-Couple holes shoot wayyyy to close to the road. While you probably wont hit any cars, Plastic and pavement do not get along well.
-The course does lack a lot of what I really like about disc golf, which is peace and quiet in a nicely wooded setting. The highway is close and the course is surrounded with industrial style buildings and lots.
Other Thoughts: This course was a fun play and I did enjoy playing here but it is a little too short for my likings. I threw a lot of mids and putters with a couple drivers on the open field shots.
Like I said earlier in my review, there are a bunch of other awesome courses that are all close to this course which make this course awesome for a quick warmup round.
7-11 at 59 and jefferson has a small selection of discs. Even better than that, Aces and chains which is at jefferson and larkin is a dedicated disc golf store and it is on the way to west park.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Concrete Tees
-Techinal Game Play
Cons: -Swampy when rainy
Other Thoughts: Great course for beginners or just a quick round. West Park and Channahon, must plays if in the area.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
It's tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that's right on time, it's Tricky!
Pros: Shorewood in an old-school short, technical course. The course winds through some woods, and then pops out into a more open area for the last few holes. Four or five holes have a creek in play, and there are some elevation changes in the creek area and again by holes #17 and #18. There a quite a few mandos in the wooded area and a nice touch turnover shot comes in handy. The holes are not terribly difficult; they can just be a little tricky. The short tees here are concrete and in pretty good shape.
Cons: Shorewood is just a fun pitch 'n putt. The distances are too short for it to be anything more. Like a lot of old courses, everything is pretty jammed into a small area. It's an easy place to make a black Ace run with so many baskets crammed in close together.
.#4, #7 and #14 play out by the road. You have to be aware of flying discs when you drive in and out of the park. The long tee for #14 throws over the road. Not a huge deal since it's the park road and there didn't seem to be anything but a disc golf course in the park, but it's still not an altogether safe design.
The creek crossings are not in great shape and could stand to be improved. The tee signs are those old DGA signs every old course has. They are covered with graffiti and generally unreadable.
Other Thoughts: Shorewood is a survivor from the old days. Like most of the old pitch 'n putts, it has a loyal following and has done a fine job over the years getting people introduced to the sport. It should continue to do that for the foreseeable future. It's a fine place to play a quick putter round and take some Ace runs.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Short Technical Fun
Pros: - Shorewood is a small suburban park with a little creek winding through it. Mature trees provide shade and the lion's share of the "thrills and spills." Some schule comes into play, but the scattered undergrowth won't affect most rounds. While several holes are mostly open, short wooded technical holes comprise the majority of the course. Shorewood's great for beginners who want to work on line shaping and is ideal for quick one- or two-disc rounds.
- A handful of mandatories up the level of technicality and force certain shots. #2's mando forces a turnover shot (RHBH) with a wall of trees to the right of the mando. A large tree to the left of the fairway off the tee waits to knock down any wayward drives.
- Minor elevation changes in a few places help spice things up a bit. The small drop-off directly behind # 7's basket (which is OB) and #17's "downhill" shot provide some variety to the over-the-creek theme that is used in several places.
- Decent concrete tees. Baskets are mostly in good shape, although a couple have loose chains or are slightly slanted. Trashcans throughout and a port-a-john by the parking lot.
Cons: - The course is tightly packed onto the available land. In places, the proximity of the holes could lead to dangerous situations when crowded. The park road comes into play in a couple places.
- The signage is suspect at best, with much of it having been defaced.
- Not a ton of variety. Several holes more or less repeat the same shot: straight, through trees, and over-the-creek.
- I played this course in the rain, and there are definitely some muddy spots that can become slippery. In wet or icy conditions, watch your step on the small "bridge" crossing the creek on #6.
- Although the course proper gives off an okay nature vibe, much of it is ruined by the nearby highway and adjacent industrial properties.
Other Thoughts: - Established in the early '80s, it's easy to see that Shorewood was once a fairly solid course. With disc technology advancements allowing for longer throws, much of the course is outdated in the length department. Still, there's enough variety and technicality to make it playable.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Very Fun Course
Pros: Great variety of hole types.
Good concrete tees.
Great Chainstar baskets.
Not too tough, not too easy.
Occasionally Aces and Chains will be selling a small stock there.
Cons: Signs highly vandalized, not just from aces.
Actual course not in most beautiful condition.
Sometimes gets swamped with people.
Other Thoughts: Very fun, and even though it's not very pretty, it has a great variety of shots and makes it a great practice and "just for fun" course. Great course.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Short, cool, confusing
Pros: The course is laid out with a lot of trees and technical shots. If you hit a tree or end up with a bad shot, you can still usually pull a par or bogey, which could be a con to some of you "pros." The lack of distance and a lot of tree cover made it very girlfriend friendly on a 95 degree day
Cons: Not enough variety. it's technical but too short imo. I like to be able to throw for distance sometimes, I usually don't driver over 250 so its n ot that big of a deal, but I would have enjoyed a few 400+ holes
Other Thoughts: It's the last turn before you are stuck on 55 South, so be sure you see the tiny westbound driveway leading into the park, or else you'll be seeing St. Louis signs pretty quickly. I heard there are a lot of bugs after rain, and since it's a wooded course, be sure to be prepared with some off.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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