4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Everything about this course was meh. It was pretty open, all the shots sort of seemed the same, nothing really stood out about it. Meh.
The park was very pretty and well cared for. The tees were concrete (although it seems that #7 was moved and badly cracked) and the baskets were in good shape. There were nice tee signs with comical distances and hilarious pars. There were 9 holes of disc golf, all about 300' long, with a handful of easily-avoided trees scattered around. There was some gently rolling hills that could have added some elevation changes but mostly were ignored. As a recreational course it was probably long enough to present some challenge to new players.
Cons: The course was too wide open and repetitive to really be anything more than a beginners course. There just wasn't any challenge to it, and it didn't have any fun or unique holes. It was just point and shoot golf. Given that it is a beginners design, there should have been at least one short Ace Run shot and some variety to the distances of the holes to mix things up.
As with a lot of "small park" courses, there were some places where the holes were too close together and caused some safety concerns. There were some places where I could imagine someone could throw into a neighboring yard as well.
Other Thoughts: By now it's a cliche, but Maryknoll Park is just another classic Chicago course: A basically flat, mostly wide open 9-hole course that really doesn't get you excited.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The course plays through an otherwise unused corner of a multi-use park. There are some minor hills that are used well to make the mostly open holes more interesting. A few of the holes have nice mature trees in play to make you shape some lines, including a nice low ceiling shot on 6. The last hole has a little more distance allowing for a nice long drive.
The park is in great shape, with nice grass that was mowed short when I played. Even with recent rains, there wasn't much mud, the grass is growing in around the tees. The pads are nice concrete with some texture, and are a decent size. The discatchers are brand new and catch fine.
Cons: The course is a pretty typical Chicagoland 9 holer, a few holes with some nice trees but overall pretty open. There is a little more length than many of the other area courses, but most of the holes have pretty similar distances so that doesn't help the variety at all. Too many of the shots are straight ahead, only two require any kind of interesting line shaping.
There are no signs other than a small printed map on the shed near the beginning of the course. This makes it a little difficult to figure out which tee to throw from in a couple of spots (1 and 3, and 7 and 9). There are also a couple spots where baskets are pretty close and it's not immediately obvious from the tee which one to throw from (baskets 3 and 9, and 6 and 8). This also causes some potential safety issues where holes play near one another.
Other Thoughts: This course is an ok beginner course, though a little long for many first time players. There are enough trees to keep it interesting for a new player but not too much punishment for errant shots. More experienced players can get some solid practice in here especially with some fun safari options, but it's not challenging enough to keep it interesting for very many rounds.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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