Easy but decent
Pros: I'm visiting from TN so I'm used to lots of elevation changes and densely wooded courses.
With that in mind, I thought this course was very well laid out for the space available. It's spread out mostly along the outer edge of a couple of soccer fields and has a great view of the interstate along holes 4 and 6.
I'd definitely say that this is 100% a beginner friendly hole coming from a beginner player that has been playing for a little less than a year.
Hole 1 and 2 are not that challenging as people say as you can easily throw a slight hyzer over the trees but I do agree that once the trees come in, holes 1 and 2 will be super challenging!
#3 - I really enjoyed this one a lot. If you've got the power and accuracy this is an eagle hole for sure.
#4 - There are two trees that act as a mando but don't remember actually seeing a mando sign... but would be nearly impossible to throw a hyzer around the trees.
#5 - Open field with basket placed into rows of trees. Easy throw for now. Can't wait for trees to come in. It'll be a lot more challenging.
#6 - For a LHBH thrower, this one can be a little challenging if you miss your line. Just beyond the sidewalk is OB and I hit the OB.
#7 - Open field with two tees.
#8 - Open field with basket a little elevated.
#9 - Open field with basket a little lower.
#10 - Open field with high grass around the outer edges of basket.
Oh... and this course is well maintained. Tees are all concrete pads now.
Cons: Easy course.
As a LHBH thrower, you can definitely lose your disc or spend some time looking for it on hole #4 if you hyzer a bit.
Other Thoughts: It's hard to believe with the size of Chicago that there's such a huge void in this part of town (yes, I know it's the suburbs but you know what I mean).
Anyway... give it a try especially if you're a beginner. You'll have some fun.
Underrated Chicagoland Course
Pros: Perfectly groomed and the course is coming in nicely from what I've read from past players who said that this course has nice potential. Well listen up guys and gals, I think this place is right on track even in 2015. The first 2 holes are tricky, as the trees are much bigger and you have to get creative in order to weave through them.
Hole 3 is narrow as hell, and without a perfect toss, you can get in some trouble with OB to the left.
Hole 4. Very intimidating, as you have to go through 2 thick trees and a small gap, plus your drive has to be far enough to get over the brush. I hit it and my girlfriend barely made it out. Fun hole.
Hole 5 is wide open and fun to go nuts after 4 tight holes., but narrow at the basket.
Hole 6 was my favorite because you're tossing off some elevation and then up a hill to hit the basket.
7,8, 9, 10 were a bit easier, but be careful on 9, as I shanked one right into the dog park and had to hop the fence.
- Only 4 other groups on the whole course while we were there, and you can play 3-10 again in a circle to make it a full 18.
Cons: - Some people walking around the park who were watching soccer, but c'mon guys, it's a park, what do you expect.
- Fairly wide open on the last holes, but to be honest, I enjoyed the mix up with the tight first 5. Not sure if this is a con. I really don't have many bad things to say.
Other Thoughts: I'll be honest, I'm just getting into Disc Golf. This was the 3rd time I have ever played, and I was very impressed with the course. After playing a beautiful hilly, wooded course in MN last weekend, this was definitely a different setting, which made me think of something: For the area this is at in Illinois, mind you, which is an EXTREMELY FLAT STATE, this is an excellent course!
I think that the low ratings are based on 2012-2014, but man, this is a solid course if you're in the downtown Chicago area, this is a great escape from the only other nearby course, which is on a college campus.
Appreciate anything in this area
Pros: - Great baskets, very bright and easy to see.
- Clear signs, the ace boards are a nice touch.
- Great use of the available space
- Lots of interesting OB and mandos make an otherwise simple course into a little bit of a challenge
- Easy to find and park, can easily squeeze in 9 holes during lunch or just practice putting on the extra basket.
Cons: - Overall pretty short. I threw a max distance disc once.
- A little repetitive in the middle. Wide open windy shots back to back.
- Very busy park with lots of different activities going on. I wouldn't come here during busy hours. Too many conflicts with soccer fields and walkers.
Other Thoughts: Overall I'm pretty satisfied with this little course in an area that's generally a black hole for disc golf courses. It's nice to have a clean and convenient park to spend my lunch hour in. They really did make the best use of the space, and as the trees mature the difficulty will increase. You would have to throw a pretty terrible shot to end up on the highway, the only hole that comes close is a very straightforward overstable hyzer shot at 300 feet.
Squeezed in by other activities
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Pros: -Well marked and maintained
-A few tough, technical shots with OB
Cons: -I constantly felt squeezed in by everything else. For instance, holes 1 and 2 were very short because they were shoved in between the streets and parking lot, then hole 3 plays beside the parking lot and a soccer field, then hole 4 plays beside the soccer field and the highway.
-A number of holes are completely open without many obstacles
-Even calm winds are amplified at this open course that plays beside the highway.
Other Thoughts: I assume that this park has been there for years with all kinds of different activities. They put this course in the little nooks and crannies that were left after all other activities took up land. When there are holes that have plentiful space, they are too wide open. There is not much that can be done to improve this course. Indeed it is difficult in the suburbs to find a park that can handle a disc golf course.
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10 hole fairly new course
Pros: Bright orange baskets
Practice hole with bricks measuring 10-50ft
Challenging compared to other courses in the area
Can really air your driver out and see how far you can drive on a few holes
Wind flags on tops of baskets
Close to my house otherwise I wouldn't play here much at all
Course has potential in 3-5 years the trees can develop and grow to make more exciting as I know many were just planted 2 years ago.
Cons: Wind, wind , wind and more wind its the worst course for wind as the highway runs right alongside and creates at wind draft that will take your disc for some wild rides but mostly it's just annoying. Wind can be so bad making course unplayable.
This course needs some renovations of weeds as the rough is crazy to have to look for a disc in it.
Other Thoughts: During the fall and early spring when the weeds are not bad i rate this course a 2.7 but otherwise is barely a 2.5
Always WIndy... ALWAYS
Pros: I have played this course over 20+ times so I will try to list all that this course has to offer.
+The pros of holes 1 & 2 is that they require a lot of accuracy. A precise mid-range or putter shot is needed as there two holes have trees that need to be navigated. Both holes are under 250 feet.
+Number 3 is probably the hardest hole on the course. It would be challenging for any type of golfer. Requires a 375 ft. drive with lots of accuracy.
+Hole 4 there is a mandatory shot through a tree.
+Hole 5 is a huge bomber across a field into some bushes.
+Holes 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 are more of the same bombers over open terrain with virtually no trees.
Cons: -This course is always windy. There has never been a time where I have come here where in has not been gusting.
-Flat park, with no trees that backs up to a major highway.
-Geese frequent the park by the masses so there can be goose poop heavily dispersed throughout the course.
-Long walk from holes 1 and 2 to the rest of the course which is located on the other side of the dog park.
-Oh yeah, i forgot to mention that this course is a total disc eater. If you have an errant shot on holes 1 or 2, you will be searching for your disc. The story is the same on holes 4, 6, 8, and sometimes 10.
-The course is boring and really not worth checking out unless you live in the area.
Other Thoughts: I have played this course over 20+ and have come to the conclusion that this course is below average. Too much wind, goose poo, and chances of losing a disc. Not to mention the loop of 9 holes leaves you feeling totally unsatisfied.
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Another 9 (oops) chicagoland 10 holer
Pros: This course has some really nice bright orange baskets. Hole 3 is pretty interesting with OB left and right. It's kinda like a tunnel shot if you squint a little ;). Hole 4 has OB long and on the left which adds a little interest. The greens on 7 and 8 are somewhat interesting being slightly elevated. The practice basket right by hole 1. is very nice with bricks marking distances for practice putting.
Cons: This course is mostly short. Most of the holes are open. There are a few long tees in addition to the regular pads. The beginning and end of the course are especially boring. 1 is a short hyzer. 2's green is kinda silly, there is not really a visible line to the basket. 5 is wide open and 6 is a simple hyzer. 9 and 10 are both short and open. Even though 9 has an elevated tee, the hole is so short it does not add much interests. This course is right next to Interstate 294 which is very loud. I can also see an inexperienced player shanking one onto the highway which could be disastrous. This course has some awkward walks particularly from 2 to 3 and from 10 back to 1.
Other Thoughts: The land really does not lend itself to a good course here. I'm not sure why there are 10 instead of 9 holes. I would prefer improving 1 of the holes then having 10 mediocre holes. A course is always better than no course though.
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Tough to define what is missing
Pros: 1) Orange powder coated DGA baskets are attractive and help with visibility.
2) Wind indictor flags on top of the baskets (many were on the ground though).
3) Nice signs with Hole Par, Distance, Map, and next tee along with Ace boards right on the posts too.
4) Nice large concrete tees are always appreciated, especially on longer holes.
5) Mulch rings were used around the baskets effectively to keep down on the compaction and erosion of the soil.
6) Garbage cans are readily available on the back side of the course.
7) Turf is in good condition where it is mowed grass.
8) This is a mix of open to prairie holes with a few trees incorporated into a few of the holes. Nothing would be considered densely wooded except #2 green and #1 fairway if you throw a low shot.
9) #3 is a challenging hole with a mando left and OB to the right, the effective fairway is only about 20'. I kept it in bounds and passed the mando but ended in the trees on the left and had a tough shot out of there.
10) Dual tee on #7 makes for a much better hole. It backs you up and gives you some elevation to throw from.
11) Distance variation is decent ranging from 200's to mid to upper 300's with some in between.
12) Practice basket is available by the first tee as well as a nice course map.
Cons: 1) It will be interesting to see what #1 looks like in a few years if those trees are intended to be permanent or if they are also nursery trees. It's ok now, but over time those trees will make an almost impossible shot.
2) Freeway noise on a couple of the holes, it isn't a huge deal but that is as close to an interstate as I have ever played a course before. There is no barrier to the noise on a couple of the holes either.
3) Since I much prefer wooded courses this course isn't quite up to my level of enjoyment. There are a few good fun holes, but a lot of the others are fairly lacking. Overall this is a middle of the road course, just not my style.
4) Overall I would say this course feels a little awkward. The layout is fine around the fields and such, but it plays strangely because of a few features. #1 the trees in the fairway, #3 the OB right and mando left make for a good challenge but force a strange looking shot and a contrived feeling hole, I just prefer natural feeling holes (like #2), #5 and #6 tree nursery. It just doesn't feel like a disc golf course, it feels like individual disc golf holes placed around some soccer fields and other activities.
5) This course lacks natural beauty. It's hard to define this, much like in #4, but it just feels strange on this course.
Other Thoughts: Overall this course is decent, not necessarily my cup of tea, but it is something. I am sure a lot of people will enjoy this course. I did enjoy the throws, but the experience and the ambiance leaves a little to be desired. I am glad there is a course here, but in the end, it lacks a lot of what brings me back to courses. I certainly have played worse in the Chicago area so I cannot be too harsh here.
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Good if local
Pros: As someone from the north suburbs of Chicago I was very excited to see this course pop up so close to home. Some of the other local 9s aren't all that thrilling and this one seems to have more effort behind it. Since it first opened they've included concrete tee pads (which have been in since about May) and they've made some tweaks to the course including some landscaping and planting more trees.
The first couple holes are pretty cool because there are trees in the way on hole No. 1 (which in 5-10 years when those newly planted trees grow up a bit could be tough and fun) and No. 2 is a blind shot that creates a very difficult line off the tee and the pin is buried within a bunch of trees.
No. 3 is a well-designed shot that the course designers apparently nicknamed 'Catalpa Alley' for the two rows of catalpa trees they installed on each side of the tee. If you play OB, this can be a tough drive that demands you be fairly straight.
No. 4 is another shot that can test you because you have to split a pair of trees (mando) and don't want to hook to the right for fear of throwing into a pile of dense weeds.
You tee from elevation twice (and kind of a third time because the pin on No. 2 is lower than the tee) and the pin for No. 8 is on top of a hill to make for a fun approach shot.
Cons: With the exception of the first four holes the drives are basically wide open with little to no punishment for spraying to the left or right. This makes it a fairly generic and easy course on a day when the wind isn't a factor.
The long walk from No. 2 to No. 3 is a bit of an annoyance.
If you lose a shot in the weeds to the right on No. 4, good luck. I haven't lost one in there, but I've spent a few minutes searching for a disc on several occasions, whether it was my shot or someone I was with.
The boarding dog park to the right on No. 9 can be a pain. You tee from the top of a hill just a bit away from the pin for No. 8 and there's a tree that is good in one way because it creates a challenge for a RHBH player, but that also means you can wind up over a fence. The fence can be fairly easily hopped, but it's never good to have to do that to track down a drive.
Other Thoughts: If they continue to make minor improvements this can become one of the best 9s (10) in the area (admittedly sort of a tallest midget statement). However, I really want to support my local course that seems to have a good backing behind it. If you are within 20 minutes of this course, play it. It's worth a short trip and there are a few unique holes that make it better than most in the north suburbs. It's not exactly worth taking a long trek to though. I play it on a regular basis and enjoy it, but it's pretty easy. If you're an intermediate or advanced player it's a forgettable course. If you're a beginner it's a good place to practice your drives because you won't get punished often for spraying shots.
Also, if you play on a windy day this can become a very difficult course. The open field that 3-10 play on make for a nasty draft when it's even just a moderately windy day.
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soon to be even better
Pros: Great to have a course in this park. As a DG'er I appreciate another place to play. This fills a void on the map in this area. Land avail was used quite well. Once the trees mature a bit this will be even better. For now, big kudos. Nice new baskets are excellent. Bright color is a welcome gift. Wind flags are a neat-o touch. Tee signs are complete and excellent. Names have event been given to fairways, clumps of trees, etc. to add personality and whimsy. Ace boards for throwers to chalk up their names when they get an ace... Sweet addition. Have not seen that just yet. OB signs and mando signs add playability and an element of completeness not found elsewhere. DG needs more serious courses. Will help to popularize the game and get more ppl playing. The more people that play, the more and better courses we will see pop up. See other comments box for hole by hole comments. Update... concrete tee pads have been poured. Landscaping needs to be finished around pads. This will be a nice improvement. 5.24.12
Cons: The tee pads are wood chip. Not as big a negative as some here would make it out to be. Yes. I would love concrete tee pads. The nature-y nature of the whole park is such that the wood chip tee pads just make sense, though. Besides, Cuniff up in Lake Forest has wood chip tee pads and they work just fine. It feels like some of the holes (4, 5, 7, 8, 9) might play close to ball fields. 4, 6, 7 play close to or cross paths as well. It is a big busy park and I can see some of this being an issue on some days. 4, 5, 6 way be a bit windier along the highway... Just factor it in and throw.
Other Thoughts: 1 - is a nice start. Once the trees grow in a bit and leaf up you will have to make shot choices here and there will be more than a few good ways to play this hole. Nice start.
2 - This is the sig hole of the course. Great basket placement. Nice wood chip basket area. Great tuck of the basket into the tree area. Nice slight elevation to the tee pad from the basket area. Sweet hole. Transition to 3 labeled well.
3 - Great tree tunnel with mando and OB side. Again, once trees mature... game on! This also could become a sig hole here.
4 - Good rise to shoot from for the tee box. Nice 2 tree gap for mando. When the trees leaf up this will be an even better shot.
5 - Interesting basket placement in the shrubbery here... once the trees come in... again I am saying that. We will see how this hole shapes up... But I have high hopes that it will be quite fun.
6 - This is your best opportunity to chuck a disc onto 294... Hole is pretty straight forward. Likely the least interesting hole on the course. Will be an issue waiting to tee off with a pack od slow walkers coming towards you along the path.
7 - 2 tee choices. Upper tee is short, little room to run up, but on an overall short course/hole, not much run up needed. I am concerned that the path down form the tee will erode away fast. Basket on the berm works well. Trees provide a natural backstop.
8 - Plays up another berm. Nice use of what little elevation we have to work with here.
9 - Down the berm. Nice ace opportunity here... I will keep trying.
10 - Feels like a bonus as the course does not stop at 9. Again, wait for the trees to make this one a great shooter in a few years.
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