Spotter Required On A Number Of Holes!
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Pros: The course sits on the site that once was Kress's farm. The large isolated park doesn't get a lot of visitors. There is a nice playground, thanks to the Chicago Bears. That's Chcago's hockey team, right? Beside that, disc golf has the park to itself.
There are no tee pads just patches of worn grass. I doubt this courses will ever garner enough play that the grass will become rutted and puddled. There is a course map at the beginning. By all mean, take a picture. There are tee sign posts but many are unreadable. The baskets are Discatchers with the yellow ring and a small number.
The wind always seems to be blowing here.
The course plays long enough. The navigation gets real tricky about # 13. Even my local guide, Bob, had to walk ahead and find baskets in this stretch.
The biggest problem here is the high praise grass that borders so many holes. It's 3 to 5 feet tall and thick. Staying on the narrow 20 foot wide fairways is so difficult and the longer thrower you are, the more trouble you'll have recognizing just where your drive left the fairway. Even with advanced spotters, any disc leaving the fairway becomes an ordeal.
Easily, my favorite hole was # 6. It's a downhill blast, just over 300', and the basket is tucked into it's own little fairway at the bottom of the hill. It's a very pretty hole.
The course does have a nice mix of holes. Unfortunately, most of them have the tall grass bordering them.
Cons: Wind blowing everyday.
Tall grass makes hunting for discs off the fairway not a fun experience.
Navigation would be extremely difficult without a local.
Many signs are faded, broke or missing.
No tee pads.
Isolated location will enable maurading gangs of teens to enjoy easy pickings for vandalism.
High chance of losing a disc here.
Other Thoughts: I was getting ready to tackle this course alone when local player, Bob, showed up and proceeded to not only guide me through the course but to act as spotter. And he observed a flaw in my motion that I was able to correct the following day which has made my game much, more enjoyable. Or less painful than usual.
Kress Creek Farm DGC will not rank high on my Illinois trip courses. It's not terrible but the prairie grass will ruin many player's day as they spend too much time hunting for discs or sometimes never finding them.
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Pros: - Course is divided between a large field and a small forested area. A general use park, so there might be some dog walkers, but it shouldn't be common.
- Front nine holes are located in a slightly hilly field, with fairways mowed through tall grass. There are some patches of forest that come into play near some of the baskets, otherwise it is just throwing as far as you can without ending up in the dense grass. Elevation changes provide some slight uphill and downhill shots.
- Back nine holes play through and around a forest, so there are some definitive lines to hit back here. Highlights include some long blind RHBH hyzers, with #15 at the end of a tunnel. Three holes do have mature trees in play as well, which forces some line shaping.
- Parts of the course are pretty hilly, which helps to mix things up a bit.
- A creek is present, and could be reached by a poor shot. Probably not an issue for most players.
- Baskets are good.
Cons: - A lot of the holes here, including the enitre front nine, are completely open and offer little to no excitement. Slight elevation changes don't make that big a difference.
- There is a ton of walking here, from the parking lot to hole 1, the parking lot to hole 10, and the walk from 17 to 18 is painful. Also seems to go directly through at least one fairway. Some holes are close to each other as well.
Other Thoughts: - There are some interesting shots here in the forest, with some trees to avoid and some hilliness to factor in. The two hyzers and the anny are pretty good as well. Most everything else is bland. Some of the grass here swallows discs, so beginners might easily lose some plastic.
- This course is definitely still a work in progress, as there are no teepads, signs, or anything at all to designate anything. It is possible to navigate, as the baskets are numbered, but it's no fun. Even if there were teepads and signs, it would still be a pain to play.
- When I went, it looked like holes 1-4 were removed for construction. Enjoy the walk to five, yeesh.
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6 Helpful / 1 Not
Work in progress
Pros: This has the potential to be a very fun 18 hole course however when I played the course in March of 2011 there was no signage what so ever and no tee pads or even a tee areas marked on any of the holes. This forces you to make up your tee point as you go along. The front nine (just north of Wilson Street) is a wide open field and plays through some gently rolling hills with the only hazard being tall grass bordering the narrow dog leg fairways. The grass has yet to grow up this early in the year but I could see spending a lot of time looking for errant drives later in the season. There is a good mix of long and short holes (judging from the distance between pins) but again with a lack of signs or tee boxes it's hard to tell what the final course will look like. Example: The 1st hole has the potential to be a 650+ foot monster depending on where you decide to tee from but the fairway is only about 20 feet wide all the way to the pin and only opens up to about 35 feet around the pin. This requires a degree of accuracy which will frustrate most beginners and even experienced players on windy days. The back nine is located about a ¼ mile to the southeast from the front nine on the other side of Wilson Street. Here the course is more wooded with only one open field shot and some slight elevation change that comes into play. This makes for a totally different feel between the front and back 9.
Cons: This has to be considered a work in progress. (Hence the 2 star rating) No signs and no tee boxes mean its Safari golf all the time. Just make it up each time you play. This can be fun but I also enjoy the 4th or 5th time playing a new course and seeing my score improve as I figure out lines and distances. This is impossible until permanent tees or at least markers are in place. This may be a personal peeve but I'm not a big fan of tall grass as the only hazard (as it is on the front nine). Your penalty for a wayward shot is not a get out of trouble shot (which can be fun) but the much less desirable outcome of spending 5 or 10 minutes looking for your disc, or not finding it at all (not so fun).
Other Thoughts: The front nine is rather straight forward to navigate once you know that it plays clockwise around the field north of the parking lot. The back 9 has some serious navigation challenges with no signage. First time players should print this out and take it with you. Be aware that the 10th hole is the northern most basket you can see when looking east from the small parking lot south of Wilson Street. You will also see the 18th basket very near and just south of the 10th basket so don't be confused. Just aim at the basket on the left. Continue east for 11 and southwest for 12. After the 12th hole DON'T be tempted to go left (south) up the hill into the trees as I was. (That's 15, 16 and 17 up there) Instead the 13th pin is a blind dog leg left located almost due west and just a little south behind some trees. After 13 the 14th is the open field shot to the southwest, then back east toward the trees for 15, southeast to 16 & back north for 17. The line from 17 back to 18 is not at all obvious (could be creative or awkward depending on your attatude). Where the 18th is supposed to tee from I have no idea. But hey... it's Safari golf.
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