12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Only a few blocks down the street from Madison Meadows, Commons is the little brother of the Lombard pair. While having a few fun holes, Commons is shorter, much easier, and frankly just not nearly as good as the Meadow. That said, the course designers have done a pretty good job of maximizing the available obstacles and gritting their teeth through many forced redesigns over the years. You'll still have to throw a few good shots to get birdie on a few holes but advanced and pro level players aren't going to be challenged in any meaningful way.
Cons: The biggest con at Commons is the progression over the years from a park that was relatively heavily treed for late 90's Chicago area courses to one that now plays through a nearly completely barren field. Although it was perhaps slightly shorter, the 'old' Commons was much more challenging requiring touch, accuracy, and a variety of shots off the tee. The old concrete teepads have become heavily eroded over the years and the dropoffs on the sides are twisted ankles waiting to happen.
Other Thoughts: Sadly, over the years, Commons has lost nearly all of the luster it once had. The crab apple groves and huge willow trees lost to disease have been replaced by tiny saplings or nothing at all - come back in 20 years and course designers might once again have some obstacles to work with! Having grown up in Lombard and played my first disc golf round at Commons (and probably 1000+ rounds thereafter), I have a lot of great memories of the friendly, welcoming crew of folks who call(ed) this place home :)
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Located in a smaller park, the course offers a quick/easy round, or a place for new players to learn the game. The layout is super easy to follow, and the signs, baskets, and tees were all in great shape when I played. Along with Madison Meadow, there is plenty of discing to do in this area of Lombard.
A little bit of elevation and some scattered trees provide a little line shaping on some holes, and offer a nice little challenge for newer players.
Cons: Overall, this is one of the weaker suburban Chicago courses I've played. For most players this course is just ace run after ace run over wide open fairways. The trees add the slightest bit of challenge, but don't really force you to change up your shot that much.
I was also surprised at how crowded this course was. I played on a weekday afternoon and got caught in between a couple large groups, so despite being just down the street from the much larger (and far superior) Madison Meadow I still had to spend time waiting to shoot.
Other Thoughts: I would definitely recommend skipping this one. There's nothing here you can't find just down the street. For newer or younger players this course may offer a chance to learn how to play, but for anyone with experience this one is a dud.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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