5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I really want to like this course more than I do, especially because it is 10 minutes from where I work. However I can't give it more than 2 stars because it's just not that special a course. As others have said I guess the designers did the best they could with the limited space that they had to work with. Also the course is in an area that is used pretty much exclusively for disc golf so you don't have to contend with joggers etc. The tee pads are well designed and baskets are in great shape. FYI The 1st tee pad has been straightened out so that it actually faces the basket.
Cons: HOWEVER there were some other recent changes made to the course that are real head scratchers and in my opinion make what was an OK course worse and not better. When I first played the course in May of 2011 the 2nd basket was tucked in among some pine trees and required a long RHBH anhyzer. I would say that this used to be one of the slightly more interesting holes. However for some strange reason they have recently moved the second hole basket out into the middle of the fairway which makes the hole a rather boring 300 foot open field shot with no line shaping required. This is not an alternate pin placement but looks to be a permanent change. WHY? Also the 7th tee pad used to be slightly elevated on a small ridge that allowed for a slight downhill shot to the basket. For whatever reason the pad was moved 30 feet to the west and into the bottom of the floodplain which makes for a more boring tee point and introduces a much higher probability that the tee will be flooded out after a strong rain. Once again...WHY?
Other Thoughts: My final criticism of this course is that all of the distances are very similar. All but two of the holes are within 15 feet of 300 which make for a very repetitive feel to each round. I would much rather see a few 200ish ace runs along with some longer grip and rip holes. If you are in the area it's OK for a quick round but I wouldn't go out of my way to play this course. As always please pick up your trash and leave the course nicer than you found it. May all your drives be true & all your putts (and the occasional drive) end with a satisfying clink of chain.
5 of 5 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.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Maryknoll is a decent course that plays around an open green space in a suburban park.
This place has a few nice natural features that make it a solid addition to the west suburban 9-hole line up. The course plays through some minor elevation shifts, minor even for the suburbs, but enough to provide variety.
Mature pine trees on 2-6 add some challenge and obscure the pin from the tee on a couple holes. This section is definitely the strongest part of the course... #2's tee shot is a mando that requires RHBH to throw a 250ft anny for a chance at the duece and #4 is best approached with a roller off the tee.
The course flows well, the baskets are brand new discatchers, and the concrete tee pads are roomy enough for a big run up.
Cons: There is enough variety here to replay it a couple times, but this is a neighborhood course, not a destination course. The land just doesn't provide for many interesting shots. Tee signs aren't up, but I'd estimate most holes are in the 250ft range +/- 50 feet.
Holes 7-9 are completely open tee shots across an empty field, which makes for a boring end to the course.
This is a multi-use park surrounded by houses, so there is potential for conflict with non DGers.
Other Thoughts: This course is brand new, so it's a little rough around the edges at this point. Without tee signs this place is more like a 1.5, but I'm guessing they'll be putting them in at some point.
This course is located in a pretty densely populated area, so it should serve as a good entry point to the game for new players. This also might lead to some crowding as word gets out, but for now you should be able to cruise through a round in 20 minutes.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Typical Chicago Suburb 9 Bagger
Pros: This course is located in a very nice area and a very well kept park. It has a few scattered trees and slightly rolling hills. After you enter the parking lot head to the southwest corner. Don't confuse #3's tee pad with #1. #1's tee pad is just north of the brown shed and plays west. #3's tee is directly behind the shed and plays south.
Brand new Innova baskets.
Large and level to the ground cement tee pads.
Easy to navigate. Friendly beginner course.
Cons: There are no tee signs or numbers on the tees.
The tees have new dirt laid around them. Once grass takes they will be very nice. Until then it's going to be super muddy. Every tee has fresh dirt around them.
It's pretty wide open with very few obstacles.
I felt the slightly rolling hillsides could have been used to make a few greens more interesting.
Other Thoughts: It will be interesting to see if the neighbors have a problem with this course and if it lasts. There are some super nice expensive houses that line the course.
This course sits just minutes off I355. If you get caught is traffic this isn't a bad place to stop for a while. There is a nice miniature golf course in the park as well.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a smallish section of this park, pretty much clear of everything but a few houses on one side. General park-goers could wander into the fairways, otherwise no conflicts.
- There are some holes with decent elevation change due to some hilly spots. A few downhill drives/elevated teepads, sloped fairways, and a blind shot around/over a hill. Some of the greens have a little rollaway potential, but nothing too extreme.
- Not that many trees at the course, but a few holes make good use of tall, bushy pines. #2's basket has lots of schule in front and a pine tree behind, forcing a wide RHBH anny or a tight RHBH hyzer. #3 also forces a right curve to get around a bunch of pines.
- A good amount of LHBH friendly shots help to keep the course interesting, to balance out some of the wide open shots to be found.
- Good baskets, good teepads (though #1's is pointed in the wrong direction). No signage as of now, and the baskets aren't numbered; but the worst that could happen is playing them out of order.
Cons: - Almost half of the holes have little to no obstacles, so it's a simple grip and rip with little thought.
- A few holes are pretty close to each other, if the course is busy keep an eye out.
Other Thoughts: - Hole lengths here are all pretty similar, anyone throwing at or over 300' will probably get bored after a round or two. But, that also means there aren't too many ace runs or gimmees. Really depends on the person on whether that is a good or bad thing.
- Great course for beginners to learn on, with good length, different lines, and elevation changes. For more experienced players, a great place to practice.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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