Pros: - Nice park complex with a good handful of things to do.
- Course is nearly completely segregated from other activities. Just a couple near ballfields and roads, but not too bad.
- Great, perfectly surfaced trapezoid concrete tee pads. Perfect amount of grip.
- Great powder coated blue baskets. Classy. Faded flags on top of some.
- Good signage. About the only thing missing was layup-zone distances.
- Decent navigation, especially for the awkward layout. Next Tee markers on baskets, on tee box signs, as well as extra navigational Next Tee signs. Never got turned around.
- 10 - Great, wooded hole, with a well-defined fairway, and uniquely guarded basket.
- 14 - This is the bee's knees of holes on the course. Elevated tee with a long, sweeping L to R fairway around a thick marsh. Or, big enough arms with big enough stones can go for it straight over the marsh or to the right. If you can carry the big trees, or sneak between them, there's mown fairway out there to be had. Driver beware though - I'd put finding a disc in the marsh/prairie at 50/50.
Cons: - Reading reviews beforehand, I really didn't think the long walks between holes and the layout concerns were going to bother me. But it did. It's not that I can't handle the walking, but there's nearly as much walking between holes as there is playing holes. It's not a knock on the designers - they did what that had to with the restrictions they had. Just unfortunate.
- In general, I wasn't a fan of the wooded hole designs. A few too many small trees left in fairways. I understand that's the name of the game, but instead of one or two obvious lines to the basket, there were 5 smaller ones. As if to say, "Hope you can hit one of them." This could be corrected in a few places by making sure to line up the driving fairway guard line with the basket guard line. Just not there right now. I felt this way in places on 5, 8, 9, and 11.
- Very unforgiving rough in the woods. Thick, and sometimes more than a 1-shot penalty.
- 5 - the dreaded 'chair' design. Must hit a 10' x 10' landing zone 250 feet out just in order to properly layup again, which at best gets you a 50' or 60' putt for birdie.
- 18 - probably not playing as designed anymore by the looks of it. Two layups required in order to get near the basket. Impossible to birdie, hard to par, easy to bogie.
Other Thoughts: - The course appears to get quite a bit of play, but not enough to knock down and clear out wooded fairways and rough. A work day or two would do wonders for the wooded portion of this course.
4 Helpful / 4 Not
- The course does include a very very short red layout, that probably gets played very very little.
- 12 - Really cute looking, short hole with a carved giant squid in the fairway. Easy if you get lucky enough to hit your line.
- Lot of posion ivy and mosquitoes the day I played here. Not sure if that's the norm (although the ivy probably is). Can't completely escape that with a wooded course, unfortunately.
- I very much wanted to love this course, but just couldn't. It's a good park course with lots of variety, but needs a few changes to break into that 3.5 tier for me.
Pros: Definitely a very challenging course. Most of the holes are in the woods--long, with plenty of doglegs to keep you busy. If you don't know how to shape a good line, you're going to have a terrible time here.
Tee posts are very informative and accurate, which is necessary for winding courses like this. There are plenty of signs directing you towards the next tee as well.
The baskets are very nice. Not a single spit-out while I was there, and they're kept pretty clean. Tall flags make them really easy to spot, which is handy for these holes.
Definitely one of the more scenic courses that I've been through, though I'm one who enjoys the wooded areas in general. The tall ceilings really give a sense of scale to your surroundings.
Cons: Just taking the holes into consideration, it's not a bad course. That said, the flow is horrendous. It's a long, long walk from tee to tee, especially in the wooded areas, and there's plenty of unnecessary backtracking.
Since a lot of golfers come out during the summer, the terrible flow of the course can really be torture on the hotter days. The wooded areas get extremely muggy and the bugs will get to you.
The walk from Hole 18 back to Hole 1 is a long one, so park somewhere close.
Carpeted tee pads aren't my thing, and when I played here they were pretty sunken in. Some of them are obscenely short for some of the throws you have to make.
Other Thoughts: I'm an intermediate player who enjoys challenging courses, so my opinion of this course isn't because I suck at disc golf. The holes themselves were okay--it's the course flow that really ruined it for me. I never felt like I was actually going anywhere and the lack of variety made it feel very monotonous.
It's not the ideal course to play alone. There are plenty of blind throws to make, and the rough is very unforgiving.
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17 Helpful / 0 Not
Marengo is Fresh
Pros: I'm starting my rating at 3.0 with potential of 3.5 to 4.0. Once concrete tees are installed and the wood holes are cleaned up a bit i'll adjust my rating accordingly.
This is a very nice park. Most of the park is rather flat but has some minor rolling hills in a couple of places. Half of the holes play in semi open areas with large trees. Many of the semi open holes have thick rough off the fairway. The other half are in the woods with some nasty thick rough! This is a much needed challenge and great addition to the area.
There is a practice basket located south of hole #1's tee.
Brand new blue powder coated Discraft Chainstars. Each basket has an estimated 3 foot long pole on top with a flag attached. The baskets are highly visable.
The tee signs are very nice. Very descriptive with distances of both short (red) and long (white) tees. Tee signs are located at the long white tees. I'm interested in seeing the youtube scan when it's complete. Another nice addition is the ace board underneath the sign. Good area to write names for hole in ones.
This is a very challenging course with a wide varitey of shots. It's very unique to the area as heavy rough comes into play. Poor shots and lack of course management will make you pay. There are several nice par 4's and a difficult par 5 on the course. I suggest beginning players and less experienced to play the red tees.
I was very impressed with the signage. Each basket has a next tee sign at the base of the pole and many areas have signs leading to the next tee. I did not print a map and had only 1 problem finding a tee. That was hole #13.
Cons: Currently the tee pads are grass, dirt, and carpet. Many are not level and some of the wooded holes are short. I did not play the red tees but looked at them and some were not playable in the woods. I had dry conditions so it wasn't that bad. I'd imagine after rain it'd be slick and difficult to throw.
The wooded holes are very rough! The fairways themselves need to be cleaned up quite a bit and the walking paths to the next holes as well.
There are quite a few blind holes. Along with the heavy rough this course is difficult to play by yourself. Losing discs is a possibility. Bring a spotter.
Beginning players are going to find this course very challenging and possibly frustrating. Try the red tees first!
for local league, tournaments, and much more.
There is an option to stay out of the heavy woods. Play 1, 2, 3, then 12 thru 18.
Educate yourself about poison ivy. I saw some in the fairways and rough in the woods.
It's been an extremely dry summer in Northern Illinois. Bugs didn't bother me too bad today but i'd suggest bringing bug spray.
I have a feeling that this course will break in as time goes on. It's very fresh and when you get off the fairway it's difficult to move around and find discs. As time goes on and it gets more play it will hopefully become more player friendly.
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