2 Helpful / 1 Not
Longest Course in the Area
Pros: Elevation, distance, variety of hole types, secluded setting, nice baskets, easy to follow holes, alternate tees
Cons: A few too many wide open bomber holes, some excessively rough rough, lack of concrete tees, poorly groomed alternate tees
Other Thoughts: All in all Kress Creek is an above average course. It utilizes a huge piece of land quite well to make a nice variety of holes and shot types. It is very spread out and long, so don't expect to play any speed rounds. A couple of improvements could really bring this place up to the next level. First, lay down some concrete tees. With it being so dry now it is not a big deal, but when it rains it is a mess. Also, a few trees or bushes planted on the bomber holes would really decrease the monotony.
Update 12/8/2012: Course is technically closed for construction on walking trail that winds through the plot of land. A few of the teepads have been negatively affected by this construction. Most of the long tees are completely covered by rough. Disappointing work done by the PD, but they claim it is still a work in progress.
Update 5/27/2014: No updates to design since new path was installed. Tees are rutted out and passable on dry days. Tee signs are mostly worn away. Long tees are not groomed. Rough is rough.
A lot of wasted potential here, the elevation is great, especially for the area. Concrete tee installation should be priority number one. If some trees were planted along the left side of 1's fairway (and the left side of 4's) it would greatly increase the quality of those two holes. Hole 5 also could use some some trees. Having to battle just the elevation and wind makes for a pretty bland hole.
This could easily be a 4 star course with those changes plus some more housekeeping.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
A little bit of everything
Pros: Rolling terrain. Red, white, and blue tees offer varying lengths and lines to the baskets. The different tees are marked. The wooded holes (#2, 3, 7, 14, 15) were the most enjoyable for me. These holes had a good length from the white tee and the right amount of trees posing an obstacle. There are posts pointing the way from one hole to the next. Colored tape wrapped around the basket points the way to the next tee. Navigation is pretty straightforward.
Cons: Several holes are wide open (#5, 8, 12, 17, 18); just throw as hard as you can. The terrain kept these holes from being totally boring, but there wasn't much to look at or throw around. I'd like to see some bushes planted. I threw about 6ft into some rough on the right side of #10. As I searched the tall grass, I found several ticks clinging to my pants. The red and blue tees would be easier to find if there was a stake or something sticking up. The markers sit below the grass and some were covered by dirt. The tee signs do give you a relative idea of where the alternate tees are, though.
Other Thoughts: Try your best to avoid throwing into the tall grass so you don't have to deal with the ticks. The white tees are easiest to find because they are right next to the tee signs. I'd like to see the fallen tree at #13 removed. The grass here grows in clumps, so my discs didn't get much skip after hitting the ground. I'd bump my rating up half a point if there was more to the long holes than just elevation changes.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Longest course around the area
Pros: - Elevation - no course in the area has the amount of elevation that Kress Creek has. Up hill and down hill throws are visually deceiving.
- As of 6/12 - well groomed fairways. (8-12 now have mowed fairways. Grass will come in nicely over the next year or so).
- Length - play the whites and you will travel a great distance. There are only a few holes under 300 ft and many over 400ft. If you play the blues, some holes exceed 600ft. Nice to see a course keep up with the evolution of the game. (technology and players have increased the length of the game over the past 20 years, if you have an arm, this course is for you)
- Great Views - this is a quiet place. Although there are two private residences near the parking lot, non disc golfers are rarely seen. On hole 5 look west and see Fermi Lab (atomic research center). Hole 13 is by far my favorite. Mother nature gave a great gift by knocking down a tree right next to the basket. You have to climb it! Be a good neighbor and pick up after yourself. . . Keep it beautiful!
Cons: - Hole 9, 10, 16, and 17 all have very deep rough in the summertime. There is saw grass that will eat up your legs. I have spent many hours over the past year looking for friend's discs.
- Grass/Dirt tee pads. (be patient, concrete tees will be poured eventually, just need to wait for the funds).
- Meeting a friend on a hole?. . . You may have to walk a mile just to get to them. Course covers a large area.
Other Thoughts: Be aware of previous reviews of this course. Kress Creek Farms used to have a different layout (which was not very good). If the review does not mention elevation and was before 5/2011, they probably played the old layout.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 2 Not
The West Sheezy Classic
Pros: This is one of the better courses that I have ever played. I thoroughly enjoy the creative use of the landscape. The rolling hills allows for fun elevation shots, whether you're shooting uphill or downhill. The forestry allows for some tight shots, and because the forest is NOT very thick, it is easy to find your disc if you miss your target. Yet, what I have found to be the best feature of this course is that virtually every hole, except (8,12,16,17), is an ace-able shot with average distances of 250-375 feet.
Cons: Overall, I believe that it is difficult to find any true cons with this course; especially since the more I've played it, the more I've come to appreciate all the subtleties that the course has to offer. However, there are some important factors to note before one may partake in playing this course. First, all the tee's on this course are made out of dirt, which means that if there is any rain, the tee's practically become sloppy mud pits. Second, the wind will play a factor in your throws especially if you are NOT a power-thrower. Since there are several wide-open holes (1,4-6,8,12,16-18) if there is any high velocity wind, you will have a difficult time controlling your disc. Third, some of the holes in the back of this course (9-11) utilize marshy swamps as hazards that can easily swallow your disc if thrown improperly. *Warning, if you lose your disc on hole 9 to the left of the tee and it lands in the swamp, the depth of the water can reach as high as 2-1/2 to 3 feet deep. Forth, be aware of the wildlife, while you may see a deer, there are also plenty of garden snakes and ticks that run rampant on this course.
Other Thoughts: Having visited many different courses in several different states, I have found Kress Creek Farms to be one of the most elite courses that I have ever played. The different and creative holes throughout the course allow you to test all the different throws that a disc golf enthusiast will encounter. This ranges from power-throws, finesse -throws, hyzer-throws, and anhyzer-throws. I truly recommend this course to any and all disc golfers, from the novice to experts, I believe everyone will find something to enjoy with this great course. *I recommend playing this course in the spring and early summer; because during the late summer and fall, the tall grass can grow quite high, which in turn will act as more potential hazards to lose your disc.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Sunny Day Real Estate
Pros: Good use of terrain and limited trees as well as a good variation between long and short holes. It was fun to air it out with little abandon on some of the more wide-open holes, as well as thread the needle in a tight row of trees.
Cons: A bit marshy on one of the mid-teen holes. If my socks would have gotten wet I would have been a sad, sad panda. Thankfully, nothing more than some mud on my shoe. Not really sure that there is any solution to the situation, just kind of one of those hazards that come from living in a swampy area.
Other Thoughts: I like the natural tees. I could see it being slippery when wet, but during dryer times, it allows for a more comfortable and forgiving follow-through on the opening drive. I really, really enjoyed this course and will definitely be going back soon.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 12 Not
What's everyones deal?
Pros: Lots of elevation changes, great variety of shots, mildly wooded-wide open, great scenery.
Cons: Whiney reviewers. Far from my home.
Other Thoughts: If you like courses like Lombard, Bartlett, and Streamwood you'll likely enjoy this course. I think it's better than Lombard and Bartlett. There's more variety. Big arms will like this course, as there are lot's of long shots. This isn't a deeply wooded short hole course like it seems the reviewers here love. Golf in general isn't about ace runs kids it's about playing a challenging course. While I'll agree that Osweego is a good mix as well, many of those holes are not as well designed as this. Keep in mind that I prefer a golf course to a walk in the heavy woods. Courses like Marengo, St. Charles and even Osweego simply annoy me. I like a fairway, trees in lieu of sand traps (DG Bunkers really), and a chance to open up my arm to a big throw more than 1 time in a game. Also, the distance between the targets and the tees are not that bad. Have you people been to Bloomingdale? If not don't go. Isn't this a form of exercise anyway? The tees could be nicer but let's give WC a chance, in this economy they just updated the course, be patient. Plenty of courses have grass tees. As for the whining about courses in IL not being that great remember these are park district courses, I've played in other states as well and seen similar and MUCH worse courses. Sorry, I'm sick of the whining. I'm done whining about the whining now.
4 of 16 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: When I pulled into the parking lot I could see the baskets for #5, #17 & #18 sitting out in the wide open and thought "Oh, God...somebody made Fairfield South!" It's not exactly a fair comparison, as I found this to be better course overall. Holes #4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12,17 & 18 are pretty wide open. The rest of the holes varied from lightly to moderately wooded. There are three tees on most holes with the tee posts at the white tees and most of the red and blue tees had stakes sticking up so they could be found. There were small hole maps on the tee posts. The site had good elevation changes for the area. There were some holes that had healthy distances for you to air one out. There was a nice combination of distances on the shots. The baskets had tape directing you to the next basket, and the course was fairly easy to follow. Two tees that had a long distance from the last basket had directional signs to help you find your way.
Cons: The major downside was the dirt tees. It rained the day before I played there, and I slipped and slid all over. They were in very poor shape after a rain.
There were at least two tees on every hole and three tees on most holes, but other than hole #11 they didn't really do much other than make the hole longer.
The tee for hole #5 was a long, long way from the basket for # 4, and there wasn't anything over there that would force the long walk. That could have been re-worked to reduce that long walk.
Not really a con, but a huge tree fell down around the basket for #13. The first time I played it I couldn't find the basket, and the rest of the time the hole seemed pretty gimmicky. I'm not sure if the tree fell before or after the basket was placed there, so the tree might be removed.
Because so much of the course is open, the course design doesn't really force you to use a variety of shots. It's a cool place to air out a long drive, but it's not going to be huge test of your skills.
I have not been in the area during a wet spring, but the area between #16 and #17 looked like it might hold water and be swampy during a rainy period. I can't call it a con, just a guess that it might be a problem.
Other Thoughts: All in all, West Chicago is a very good option if you are in the area. I would rate it as slightly better than Shady Oaks in that general area, and Oswego would be the closest course I would say is clearly better IMO. It's not a destination course by any means, but it's a fun course and a step above what you usually get in Chicagoland.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Kress Creek Farms DGC
Pros: This course has recently been re-designed and re-named as of October, 2011.
Good signs on each hole with distance marked for red, white, and blue tees. We played the white layout. Some holes including #7 only have 1 tee pad.
Red, white, and blue "next tee" stickers have been installed on the top of each basket. If you know where to look for the stickers, this course is easy to navigate.
The brand new Innova Discatcher baskets are very nice.
While most holes are wide open, the trees have been incorporated well. #2, #3, #7 and #13--#15 are good examples. #10 and #16 are also fun. I suggest using a spotter on this hole if possible.
Plenty of opportunities to grip it and rip it here. Open level players will be challenged by the sheer length of the course using the blue tees.
Rec level and newer players will find enough of a challenge from the red tees.
Cons: There is no overall course map or any indication of where the first tee pad is located when you enter the parking lot.
The tees are natural grass.
Some holes appear to be long just for the sake of distance.
Other Thoughts: Considering the recent re-design, I am hoping that concrete tee pads will be installed in the near future. If/when that happens, this will certainly bump up my current 2.5 rating.
There is plenty of room for a practice basket.
I would go back to Kress Creek Farms for another round after tee pads are installed.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
New Course Layout as of Fall '11
Pros: Having some of the best elevation in the area, this course now deserves high marks. Numerous holes of varying elevation bring on an element to the course that is not generally found around the Western suburbs.
Good mixture of very long holes (600+) that take you along the prairie and technical shots through the wooded areas.
Beautiful bending farways and sloping shots make for a great round.
Cons: A couple shots are in the open, but they have done a solid job keeping them difficult, through length and elevation.
If you get caught up in the prairie grasses, it can be pretty miserable finding discs. #16 is rough, play it safe or be ready to search for your disc.
Other Thoughts: The new course design uses the entirety of the prairie and forested areas South of Wilson St. It is easily one of the longest courses in the area; playing the white tee's will still have you walking over 2 miles for 18 holes. Beautiful layout and scenery with a decent level of difficulty make this a very enjoyable round of disc.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
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.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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