Pros: Nice mix of wooded/open holes. Can be generous with pars and also challenging at some times. Solid course to challenge yourself but also get better and learn from
Cons: Usually buggy in rainy summer time. Trees can be very obstructive. A variety of holes have hazards that are easy places to lose discs.
Only Rated a 3? Why?
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Pros: 18 holes
Mix of long and short holes
Easy to navigate
Mix of woods and open fields
Away from houses.
Hard to lose a disc
Overall an enjoyable course to play.
Cons: Can be crowded at times
Carpet Tee Pads
Other Thoughts: I have visited every course in the area and Lippold manages to stay my favorite.
Hole 3 is a pretty hole as you throw into a large opening in the woods after starting in a grove/field along the soccer fields.
Hole 4 is a fun little hole in the woods that is aceable.
You go over a nice little wooden bridge into wide open 5 and 6. I love these holes as you can really test out your distance drivers.
Hole 7, you must thread the needle and make it between a treeline on both sides. Fun hole.
8 is an opportunity for a short hyzer through trees (or anhyzer if LhBh)
10 is a fun little hole in sort of a grove,
11 is my favorite shot, which you must follow a path and fade into a small opening just inside the woods where the hole sits. There is a nice resting bench here and it is fun to watch people throw at this point as you can see holes 11 and 15 tee off. And you can see holes 14 and 10 putting.
Hole 12 and 13 have fun lines in the woods you must follow in order to avoid plunking a tree.
Hole 14 is a tight wooded cooridore into a neat opening with tall grass on both sides. And the hole is through another opening between two trees.
15-16 you must throw between trees but the corridor isn't so narrow that it is frustrating.
17 is the only hole you must watch your throw so you don't hit people on the next tee. It is also an ace opportunity.
18, if you can throw far enough, and throw RhBh or LhFh, you can fade your disc right on the hole, which is hiding behind a corner to your left.
Great thing is the course starts at the parking lot and ends near the parking lot, going in a big, wooded and fielded and awesome circle.
To address any concern that this course is too close to soccer fields: A thin layer of woods acts as a barrier to the fields on holes 1-3 to your left and so that is not a worry. There are fields on the right from holes 1-3 and 5 but they are more than far enough away to not have to worry about throwing a disc on them. Those that wrote otherwise, I will respectfully disagree with you.
The buggyness here does not seem any worse than the buggyness anywhere else. I actually need less bug spray here than most other courses in the area.
As to it always being muddy...Again, this is not true in my humble opinion. This used to be a concern a long time ago but not anymore. It is very dry once spring clears. Maybe a couple of spots in the woods become suspect after a rain, and the carpet tee pad will get muddy on hole 14, but that is it. P.S. hole 14 is a ton of fun. You have to throw through a corridor of woods, into an opening between taller grass, to make your way to a hole shielded by a group of small trees and bushes. Very fun hole.
What is nice to me is that there aren't houses nearby, and so it is a true park. More importantly, the undergrowth in the woods is low, even in the thick of the growing season, and therefore, it is very difficult to lose a disc on any hole. The last 4 holes run between a woods on both sides, but, if you go look for your disc, you will find it. Really you just have to worry about throwing left on 15 and left on 18. And it is not much of a worry. Hole 11, if you throw too far right, you may have a tough time finding it, as there is tall grass to the right. Too many courses in the area can't claim that it is hard to lose a disc when playing.
This course is fun, you will find a wide range of types of people playing it, types of shots and holes. And it will not frustrate you.
Lastly, 17 was missing it's sign for a long time, now it has a really nice wooden sign :)
I will admit, the carpet tee pads aren't ideal. but, to me, what is the difference between throwing on bricks, carpet or grass. I couldn't care less.
This course received 5/5 from me because, in my opinion, nothing could be done to this course that could make it more enjoyable. For those of us who are looking to have a fun day out disc golfing.
No, Lippold isn't going to have a mountainside to throw from with 18 holes of impossible, technical disc golf that only the most seasoned disc golfer can enjoy and rate 5 stars. But, that is not what I, or many other disc golfers, are looking for.
Enjoyment is what I am looking for. And Lippold takes the cake in that department. It gives me tranquility and peace of mind. And that is important to me when choosing which course to play.
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Great short game variety
Pros: -very fun and unique short game shots
-tees are very on-path and easy to find
-overall a fun course
-a great mixture of pars 3-5 for beginners who want to learn how to play
-cops rarely pass through (1 out of 15 times)
Cons: -heavily favors right backhand players
-next to lots of soccer/baseball fields and are often being used (i personally don't mind but i know alot do)
-in the summer time mosquitos can be quite terrible
-discs are easy to lose due to heavy foilage
-can flood very easily at certain points
Other Thoughts: i know i have more cons than pros, but this course is my stomping grounds i have played it 40+ times. it is where i played for the first time and developed my early game and interest, so it has sentimentality with me. :) it is a very fun course and would be a very fun short game play for veterans who play par 3
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better then i thought it would be
Pros: - decent rubber pads
-this course uses the woods in the park well
-has a nice variety of shots
most holes make you form a solid line without being painfully hard
-will make you use most of the discs in your bag
Cons: -the pads could be better
-the first few holes were a little to close to the soccer fields in the park
- could of used one or two longer holes
the walking path comes into play on several holes and i had to wait for many walkers to clear the fairway.a buddy of mine also almost hit a walker who came around a bend right into the fairway.
Other Thoughts: this course was a lot of fun i wish this course was closer to my house i would play it a lot more. and i bet it would be a lot more fun if it was played when there were no peewee soccer games going on.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: -lots of variety
-course is spread out and does not overlap much
-heavily favors right hand players
-very few open field holes. Trees filter out most of the wind
Cons: -Mosquitos are TERRIBLE this year (2013) even with cutter. they start biting at the hole 3 basket. they need to spray more often.
-a few tees were moved by a few feet when they installed the rubber mats a couple years ago. Some shots are therefor a bit more difficult than they used to be.
Other Thoughts: I've been playing this course since I was in high school 10 years ago. It was where I learned how to play. Some of my best (and worst) games have been played here. If you are in the area, I'd recommend swinging by Lippold for a round or two. Just remember to keep it clean!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Pros: -Something for everyone
Cons: -Almost always muddy/wet
-Bugs get very bad during summer
-Can sometimes get too crowded
Other Thoughts: A nice mix of long holes, open holes, technical holes, and finesse holes. I havent had any problems with people on the path but I can see how that could be a problem. For this being the only 18 hole course in my area I'd say its my favorite and definitely worth visiting.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Great course for anyone I've probably played this course a 1000 times and never get tired of it. The longer holes are pretty wide open and the shorter holes are pretty difficult with alot of trees a difficult angles. This dry summer kept the course really dry and no swampage. People are always friendly except for the soccer people on the weekends that just walk wherever they want on the first two holes like their better than you.
Cons: The wind always seems really strong there on a breezy day. Can be packed on really nice days. Couple holes can get really swampy if it rains alot. SOCCER PEOPLE on the weekend these people don't have brains or care what's going on or that people are trying to play a sport. The people that are on the paths will wait and let you throw so I wouldn't worry about them.
Other Thoughts: I wouldn't go there weekend mornings but this course is one of my favorites and made me love the sport. Variety of holes u gotta rip it a couple times and navigate through a wooden hole the next.
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Pros: There is ok signage but not all holes have concrete tees. There are a couple fun, tight wooded shots, the best being hole 14. This course has a few holes you can rip it on like 3 and 6.
Cons: This course is pretty short and the only real distance comes into play on 5 and 6. They are both wide open and 6 is more of a tweener hole. This course can get very wet and is eroded badly in spots. There is only a few lefty holes and too many hyzers. Most of this course is open and the lines are not very challenging.
Other Thoughts: This is a good course to learn to play on and for beginner players.
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Pros: Love this course!!! Played here for the first time the other day and on hole 4 got m first hole in one so this course will always be my fav. The parkis huge and the people here are friendly. Great all around experience.
Cons: Can be a little crowded.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Kiss my Lippold
Pros: 1) This course has a nice use of varied distances on holes. They range from 152 up to around 511 with a lot of different distances in the middle. This is a key ingredient to design that can really alter how a course is perceived.
2) Mach baskets with number plates. They just need a little paint around the top or the basket to make them more visible in the woods or certain times of year.
3) Signs are adequate with Hole #, Par, Distance, and a map.
4) Wood chips were used well in the woods,. They were thick enough to keep from seeing much mud, and it simply makes a course look just that much nicer.
5) Some garbage cans along the path running through the course. You will be able to dispose of some things along the way but not at every tee.
6) Rubber mats are used on this course and seemed to be some of the best rubber mats I have played off of. They were mostly level, I was never worried about uneven footing or a bump that was going to trip me.
7) If you want to relive the World Cup or the Olympics . . . come here on a Sunday afternoon and listen to all the vuvuzela's around the soccer fields. Yep I somehow worked vuvuzela into a review.
8) There is a decent variety of shots needed here but it generally favors the hyzer.I actually threw about 3 or 4 rollers because of the low limbs and the firm ground and thin grass allowing for a roller to go farther than an airshot.
9) Beginner friendly for the most part because of the lack of elevation, the mostly park like setting which is open enough to be errant but also enough challenge there to keep people interested. It also has a trend towards the shorter holes, with a few longer and unreachable distances for most people.
10) Birdies are out there, but you need to work hard to get some of them. Its a fun course because you can birdie most holes, but you won't get them all.
11) Flow works pretty well, the only somewhat confusing spot would be the transition from 3 to 4 which also sort of crosses the transition from 6 to 7. Other than that you should be able to follow from hole to hole without issue.
12) Chains disc golf store is closeby. I saw it because I was playing all three of the crystal lake courses.
Cons: 1) There is a lot of compaction but they generally use wood chips to cover up those areas. These areas are still noticeable and will lead to erosion.
2) Athletic path running right through 75% of the course. There are a couple places where I was afraid to throw because I didn't want someone to come buzzing around the corner and take a Destroyer to the brainpan. They really have avoided one hole (I think #11 ) where you throw the entire length of the fairway over the path. Sure you can see the path the whole way but the path users cannot see you until they emerge from the woods and by then it will be too late), the rest seemed fairly manageable except on a really busy summer day it might get dangerous.
3) Not much elevation here to alter your shots in anyway. The biggest elevation change was probably #6 where you throw all of 500' across a flat open fairway with the tee elevated about 3 feet and the basket also 3 feet up a little berm. They both look like part of a water diversion system in case of flooding I believe.
4) Some garbage can be found in a few areas in the woods mostly. There might be more garbage in other areas but it is so close to the athletic path I would expect other park users to help deter the litter from being much of an issue.
5) Rubber are adequate but I still much prefer concrete under all circumstances.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed this course despite the few dangerous spots and the few times I was simply afraid to throw. I almost didn't play after I saw all those vehicles and such and then I realized the course was removed from all of the soccer fields. What is it about Illinois and all those massive soccer complexes???? I have seen more than one of these in my few times on disc golf trips in Northern IL.
I had fun at this course, but the biggest detractor would be the athletic path and the potential for injury and the minor lack of maintenance in allowing the compacted areas to just keep growing and growing. Seed could definitely be established in those wore out areas.
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