0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: there really are not any pros
Cons: the creek makes the park smell bad
the tees have no signs telling you which basket to aim for
there are not par markings
there are only nine holes and each is used twice since there are 18 tees
Other Thoughts: not many player if you need practice it a place to go other wise stay clear of this course
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Too many redesigns
Pros: Middle of the park holes are wide open to learn new discs.
Cons: New placement of forests holes offer no line, and almost assure off target shots or tree ricochets.
Other Thoughts: Played Haines pretty much everyday throughout my teens. I've seen this park redesigned something like four times now. Each time the holes became more basic and shorter. Maybe if people stopped cutting down the baskets they wouldn't have had to go to a dual tee system. Sadly the course I use to be able to just go throw a round is just a frustrating waste of time now.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Better as a 9 than an 18
Pros: The course was redesigned from a very short crammed in 18 holer to a 9 hole course with a little more room and dual tees. The tees numbered 1-9 play fairly short, and are mostly beginner friendly. The holes numbered 10-18 are a bit longer on the open holes, and offer slightly trickier lines on the wooded portion of the course. There is an ok mix of different shots required, though if you have a straight shot in your bag you'll be pretty successful. There are 4x4 posts at each tee with the hole number and distance, and the baskets are all visible from the tees so more detailed hole signage isn't all that necessary. The course flows well, and is pretty easy to follow. The tees have been improved over the old layout.
Cons: Despite these improvements, however, the tees are still pretty bad. They're framed and filled, and most are pretty rutted out and eroded. The baskets are old and in poor shape, many don't catch all that well. There aren't any really interesting holes here, it's slightly better than many of the other boring Chicago 9ers, but it's not one to choose over the other Joliet area courses.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find the short tees very approachable, there are some tight lines on the few wooded holes but punishment is limited for inaccurate shots. The longer tees provide a little more challenge for intermediate players, better players won't find a whole lot of real tests here. I think the redesign makes this course significantly safer, it plays much better as a 9 holer with some buffer between holes than as an 18 shoved into a small area.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Couse is set in a park that has a playground and a pavilion on one side. If people stay in the designated areas, then there's no interference, but they could easily go for a stroll through the course or by the water.
- About half of the holes are out in the open, sloping area, with large mature trees to force line shaping. #1 is a long, sloping valley shot around a patch of trees, #2 is next to a large tree and in front of the creek, #4 plays next to the woods with the basket tucked behind a pine. A few shots are wide open, but most have a good wrinkle.
- Other holes play in more wooded areas; #6 shoots out of and back into the forest, and #3 is a long, low ceiling shot with rough bordering on both sides, finishing right into a clump of small trees. Two more holes play in the woods, with tons of trees to contend with. There are obvious lines to hit here; missing the windows can result in some tough recovery. #9 is a cool shot out of the forest, with a RHBH hyzer finish in the open.
- Good mix of hole length, especially with two sets of tees. Some of the pro's are pretty good bombers; #1 and the low ceiling on #3 will need a healthy drive for any shot at a deuce.
- Practice basket has some short markers, good for beginners to practice on.
Cons: - Holes out in the open are just standard shots, nothing too crazy. Distance is the main factor in score, hands down. Even some of the forested holes just need a straight shot, though accuracy is still important to stay out of trouble, the line is dead simple.
- Land is mostly flat, there are a couple elevation changes on the first few holes, but nothing too extreme.
- There is water on the premises, but it's really not in play. #2's basket is a healthy distance away, so only a bad overthrow is going to reach it. #3 plays by the creek, but only a terrible shot is going to get there as well.
- The course itself is in pretty sorry shape; usually I don't care but no signs, old baskets, and rutted teepads are the latest improvements. Yikes.
Other Thoughts: - This land is much better suited for a 9-holer; the hole lengths went from super short to respectably long on some of the holes. Getting a deuce on the longer holes requires a good huck; there aren't any distances listed but I think a few are pushing 400' or more. Wooded holes aren't throwaways, either; shooting well here is nothing to scoff at.
- Better suited to beginners or intermediate players; the holes themselves are pretty interesting and a little tricky, even though the course itself is ugly, smelly, and beat up. I'd bump it up to a 2.5 with some better hardware.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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