2 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Intermediate Course
Pros: Krape is a good course that tests an intermediate players all-around game. The holes are mostly streamlined except for the long walk up a hill between 16 and 17. It demands quality shots on most holes, as the course is wooded on more than half of the course. It also forces you to utilize a controlled anhyzer on #5 and #17. A couple good elevation changes and 3 water hazard holes make it just tough enough to be fun. The park itself is one of the best in the region and really adds to the enjoyment of the course.
Cons: There are picnic/playground/fishing areas in close quarters on 4 holes. But if you have good control you are in no danger of shooting through a swing set or over any picnic tables. Occasionally, #18 might have a soccer game in progress in the fairway. The course itself could be a little longer, as it is fairly easy to shoot par. And, the tee boxes consist of wood chips and dirt. Much too often, you have to watch your footing or line up to the sides of puddles that accumulate because of the wear.
Other Thoughts: I do love Krape, as it is my home course and I have grown accustomed to the few cons. To a new player here, I believe you will find the technical part of the course and the ambiance great. But as you play more, you will start thinking about all the opportunities the park has to make it great.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Awesome Park! Ok golf.
Pros: As I was driving into this park I started to go crazy. I couldn't believe how big & beautiful this park was. You have to drive quite a ways thru this winding road to get to the first tee. On the way in there is a river, ravines, woods, & some great elevation.
Some nice elevation in areas with uphill an downhill shots.
Baskets are in good shape.
Good beginner course. Works all shots of a mid range game.
There are 6 or so really good holes.
Water comes into play on several holes.
Cons: Print a map and use it. This course can be hard to navigate in a few places.
The tee pads are uneven and muddy after rain.
This is a short course that lacks challenge. Measures around 4,500 feet. This is a par 54 course.
I was pretty disappointed with this course. The land avaliable could have an awesome course on it. I felt the design was average at best and did not maximize the potential this land offered.
Check out my Illinois Top 10.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Best course in the Midwest!!
Pros: This beautiful park is host to some of the best, and most diverse holes I have seen.
From Aceable par 3's, to challenging, densely wooded par 4's, as well as medium length open and tree-lined par 5's, this course has it all!
Scenic views surround each hole, and elevation changes make this a unique course to play.
With so much to do at this park, you could easily spend the entire day there, and yet it's close enough to other nearby courses to make it a full day of Frolfing too!
Challenging par 4 over the Yellow river on hole #15 from the pro tee.
At least 2 or 3 Ace opportunities.
Cons: Not too many cons here.
Some of the baskets are behind obstructions, making it extremely challenging to hit chains.
Tends to flood after heavy rains on 14, 15, and 16.
Picnic areas on hole 18, make it difficult, but only because people don't realize they are in the way!
Other Thoughts: Overall, I am very satisfied with this course. Yes, I do live here, but I don't believe my review would change if I didn't. I have played some of the nearby courses, and while some of them are o.k., Krape beats them all by a longshot. A very well maintained, clean and scenic course. Fun for all skill levels.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
(not so) Solid course (anymore)
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: -Hole diversity. There's a beautiful bevy of shots to be had. (edit - most of the holes were recently simplified to cater to the numerous toddlers that frequent the course.) Numerous terrains. Nice use of elevation changes on #3, #4, #5, #10, and #11. The course plays through both the woods and open areas of the park.
-Nice concrete tee pads. up until recently this course was dirt/chip pads, and absolute hell on your ankles. Footing was hard to come by and your drives suffered. The new pads are nice.
-Nice multi-use park setting right in the middle of town. The course is easy to get to, and makes a nice family outing setting if you bring your peeps out for the day.
-Pet and stroller friendly. I take my 2 year old with me all the time, and we do just fine here in a jogger.
-Baskets are older but still in nice shape with very grabby chains. Not as visible from a distance as other manufacturers, but adequate.
-Very sociable course. There's always friendly people playing if you're looking to meet new people. (Edit: this is no longer true. Last time I was here someone just grumbled and ignored me. The local club Facebook page is nothing other than constant arguments and tweeny girl drama. no thanks.)
-Krape is in the hub of a number of good courses, making it a nice course to drop by and play on your way to Rockford, Madison, Quad Cities, etc. (Edit: They've made this course so easy it's not worth a stop anymore)
-The course isn't terribly dense, so errant shots aren't hard to find. This is a bigger deal than everyone thinks. A course is either wide open and boring, or so wooded you can't take a beginner with you because you'll spend all day looking for discs. The undergrowth in the woods is nicely beaten down. Lost discs are pretty rare.
-Nice kiosk with rules and event postings at hole #1.
Cons: -Busy multi-use park puts non-golfing pedestrians and picnickers in the middle of the course. Hole #7 plays dangerously close to a popular playground. Picnickers have a tendency to pull tables out of the shade and into fairways on occasion.
-Roads come into play too often on this course. On holes #1, #2, #3, #4, #10, #11, #12, #14, #15, and #16 the road could potentially be a problem for both motorists and pedestrians. You actually throw over the road on #2, #4, #11 and potentially #3 if you take the hyzer route. Hole 11 is especially dangerous because it is a short downhill shot and another road is approximately 20 feet beyond the basket, both of which are blind from the tee box. (Edit: it's worse now. there's a new walking path in the course that's in play on damn near every hole.)
-Hole signage is dated, innacurate, and too small. (Edit: and they didn't change the signage with all the "updates")
-Players unfamiliar with the course will have a difficult time navigating. "Next tee" signage is inadequate. From basket to next tee you're blind with a long walk from #6 to #7, #10 to #11, #13 to #14, and #16 to #17. You also have to cross #11 fairway to get from #16 to #17.
-There's not enough trash cans on the course.
-No alcohol in the park. Sorry Pretzels, this is a con on any course I review.
Other Thoughts: Established course in a nice park setting. Can be aggravatingly busy. Local club tries damn hard to make this course a gem (Edit: no they don't) but it has some (Edit: lots of) shortcomings and design flaws that are difficult to fix in the allocated space.
1.5 - This course used to be fun, now your entire round is aggravating as hell.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
one of nicer in area
Pros: Very nice park. Quite enjoyable overall experience. All types of shots required. Water only in play if you're off quite a bit; but very picturesque views of yellow creek.
Best course of the four in area (i.e. Point Rock, Old Mill, and Millcreek Parks). None of these courses are bad; just pointing out that Krape is best of four.
Cons: With that said; it's fairly short by modern standards and therefore, can't give it more than a 3. One hole wide open and 158 feet. Dirt tees (as all courses listed above are); fairly worn (other three played much less; and unworn). The yellow creek views are excellent. (con jack)
Other Thoughts: Beautiful waterfall view off to the left as you drive to course; inside park (quite a drive through park to get to course; make note of your directions before you go. Not that tough to navigate; but make note ahead of time).
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: A very nice course. This has all aspects of the game in one place. If you like long more open holes. You will find them here. If you like medium distance in the woods. You will find it. Blind tee shots, elevation changes, and many more challenges are present at this course. Yet it is still very parable.
Cons: I really can not think of anything bad about this course other than the hike back up the hill to get to 17.
Other Thoughts: My only regret is that this course is so far away. I would be here alot playing if I only lived closer. Everyone should play this course at least once.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Diverse park offers many different challenges.
Various trees, grasses, bushes make the course interesting.
Elevation changes are a bonus.
Cons: Water! A few of the later holes are along a paddle boat river. I worry too much and skip them, but enjoy watching others attempt. I have heard they dredge the bottom, so I suppose write your phone number on your disc and hope for the best.
Other Thoughts: The park is a great place to spend time in other than just the disc golf. There are party pavilions near the first few baskets, but then are further and few between. Their is a playground and grilling areas. The historical value of the park also makes it unique. Nice place to spend a day. I found the entrance really pretty and easy to navigate, however the exit is less smooth and confusing.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Krape, where's the pin?!?!?!
Pros: Great variety of shots are needed to do well on this course. Hole 2 is very aceable, holes 4 and 5 are wooded, bogey nightmares, water is a big hazard on 16 and 17.
I thought this place was challenging.
I forgot the hole number, but there is a cool, somewhat blind drive going downhill. There is a really tall flag placed atop the pin so you have something to aim at, but that's sometimes hard to see.
The park is very pretty with trees, elevation, the rest of the park in the distance, water, and paddleboats. I haven't done it yet, but I'm sure this park is really pretty in the fall with the turning leaves.
Elevation becomes a significant factor on a few holes here. Because I'm not used to that, it hurts me each time I play. That's good! There is a good mix of shots.
Cons: Last time I went here was after some hard rain, and there were a few holes washed out on the back 9. Mud and skeeters everywhere.
First time I went here I had a hard time finding the course. Perhaps I'm blind, but I didn't see signs everywhere for the course. Eventually, it was found, but geez...
There's a pavilion/picnic area that comes into play on 2 holes. I nearly hit a guy who, thankfully, was paying attention.
Other Thoughts: Play this course along with Sinnissippi in Sterling and/or Anna Page in Rockford for a nice day out!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Don't miss the Krape!
Pros: Wow,where to start? Beautifully maintained. Baskets are in fantastic shape. Every hole is unique and adds true character to the course as a whole. Very easy course to locate,it's frickin huge! There are signs at every tee,very consistent. There is a wide variety of holes here from short tight to long and straight. Great course for beginners and advance players. Plenty of holes to experiment and attempt new developing throws.
Cons: The one thing that has always bugged me about these eighteen is the natural tee pads. Natural is always a toss up with me. HOWEVER the thing that really is the problem here is these natural pads are small and uneven,making it difficult to concentrate your steps going into your throw.
Other Thoughts: On two separate occasions I played all eighteen hole four times for a total of 72 holes TWICE in a week for a grand total of 144 holes. This is not normal for me. And it probably shouldn't be for anyone but thats how much I enjoy this course. I am about a 45 minute drive from the place and it's well worth the ride.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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