5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Bradley Park is the course that most people know when they think of the original Peoria, Illinois course. It is just down the road from disc golf legends Mom and Old Man Wallis and was redesigned a handful of years ago to add some more length. Here are the pros:
1) The course really is manicured very well. It is truly the pride and joy of the Peoria Frisbee Club. If there is a work day scheduled here many people show up. A lot of the greens are well manicured and the concrete tees are immaculate. The club has worked really well in combating erosion and have really done a lot of work on the greens. Not only are some of the greens mulched but some have been built in tiers (like hole 4) to really add some interesting features to those holes.
2) Navigation at the course is actually very easy. Hole 1 is a bit hard to find as you have to walk up the hill next to the parking lot but once you get there its pretty self explanatory. You can see hole 10 in the area where you park so you know you will come back there after hole 9.
3) The redesign of the course made great usage of the creek on the back nine. Holes 10, 12, 13, 14, 16 and 17 bring the creek into play. The last few years there has been enough water in the creek to actually make it a legitimate water hazard. Even though the course is fairly easy the creek adds some nice variety to the course.
4) The course is a very easy play. Its a beginner friendly course, built in a park with very mature oak trees. It has some tough lines to hit but the rough is not bad at all. It would be okay to bring a new player here even if Washington Park is the better choice. You wouldn't want to bring a brand new player to McNaughton or one of the Morton courses so this is a good fit.
5) Most importantly, this course is fun. Hole 4 is a tricky little downhill putter shot with a neat green. Hole 8 is a fun little hole with the road as an obstacle to the left. Hole 9 is a tough but fun hole with a tight fairway to hit with a green that falls off to a cliff. The back nine offers some really fun shots around the creek. You won't be wowed by this course but you will have fun!
Cons: Here are the cons for Bradley Park:
1) Anytime you have alternate pins you run the risk of confusing people. The issue here is that you don't necessarily know what course you will get on any given day. In addition, the signs indicate the distances for both pins but without walking ahead you won't know which ones you are playing. Its not a big deal for locals because once you play it a few times you can figure out which is which but a few holes will force you to walk ahead.
2) The course is not super challenging. In the short pins its not uncommon for an advanced rated player to shoot in the mid 40's. Its a nice, fun course but does not have a lot of challenge.
3) The course is very righty friendly. In particular, holes 1, 4, 7, 11, 12, 13, 16 and 18 only favor righties while only holes 5 and 15 really favor lefties.
4) The signs are standard Central Illinois signs and do not include anything but the distances and the hole number.
Other Thoughts: This is essentially the original Peoria, Illinois area course that has propelled the rest of the courses in the area into existence. Its a classic course that has been around for a long time. Its a fun course that is highly recommended!
NOTE: The course is VERY busy. It is near the campus of Bradley University and the course is often filled with many casual players. In addition, the casual players have no problem starting on a random hole and cutting right in front of you.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: High Fun Factor
Not too long, not too short
Multiple basket locations.
Wide variety of lines to hit.
Good tees and baskets.
Cons: Navigation can be tricky at times. I parked by the tee for 10 and walked up the hill to get to 1. Lots of concrete present (OB) to potentially tear up your discs.
Other Thoughts: Overall Bradley Park was a lot of fun to play. Finding the next tee can be tricky at times. There are a lot of trees present, but lines are still available to reach the basket. This is an older style course and has a nice laid back feel. One thing to note is to keep an eye for your discs in the fall because there are lots of leaves present to cover them up. I highly recommend this course if you are in the area, along with Washington, Morton, Eureka and McNaughton for some other excellent courses.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice park course
Pros: The course plays through a large multi-use park, but the disc golf course really doesn't conflict with other park users. There is a nice stream running through the back nine, and some steep dropoffs near pins and along fairways making for some great risk/reward shots. There is a nice mix of left and right turning shots, so you'll need to hit lots of different lines to score well here. There are lots of birdies if you are accurate, and some punishment on a few holes that can easily turn a bad drive into a bogey. There are a couple longer holes to mix things up length wise.
There are basic hole signs with the distance to the pin, and good concrete tees. The baskets show some wear, but still catch well and are in good shape. Once you find the course, it's easy to follow through the park, and it loops back to the parking lot in the middle.
Cons: The park is very hilly, and I was excited about the potential elevation changes as I drove in, but nearly all of the holes are pretty flat. A little more use of the hills to add some challenge and variety would go a long way here. There are some erosion issues in spots, especially around tees and pins. Hole layout on the signs would be really helpful, there are some blind holes.
It's really difficult to figure out where to park and how to get to hole one. I ended up parking in the lower lot by hole 10s tee and following some locals up the hill to hole 1, not sure if that's what most people do but it worked ok to pass by the car in the middle, and end up back at the parking lot at 18. Several holes play pretty close to roads, could be an issue on a busy day with lots of cars going in and out of the park.
Other Thoughts: This is a great park course, with an old school feel. There's not a whole lot of length, but there is a nic variety of lines to hit that keeps it interesting. Beginners will find the course pretty approachable, though the creek can be a disc eater. More experienced players won't be really challenged, but will enjoy a fun round in a nice park racking up the birdies.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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