Bradley Park, it's not bad, not good either it's OK.
Pros: Well maintained, fine tee pads. Multiple pin placements.
Easy access to town or I-74 (5-8 min maybe), Most pads are easy to find from the previous Pin. Not much rough to worry about loosing a disc.
Good beginner to intermediate course that has a lot of open throws with multiple flight path choices available.
Although there are only a couple of holes that capture my fancy most of the holes are OK with some risk and reward involved as the creek comes into play on several holes.
Only #14 is a true risk of loosing your disc usually unless the creek is up after a rain or in early spring then a few others are risky.
# 12, #10.
You might get wet feet getting your disc back but in my experience only #14 is the only real danger of loosing a disc if you go in the creek in the deep pool there.
All in all this is a fairly decent course, no amazing holes, nothing too bad.
My favorites are # 9, #5 and #4 long tee and #7.
Cons: Very busy course and subsequently often has a slow pace of play.
This is the course beginners frequent in town so you can often be stuck behind slow groups.
For someone who doesn't know the course confusion is possible at several points as far as knowing where the next tee pad is.
There should be arrows pointing to the next tee near the basket in my opinion on the holes where the next tee isn't obvious.
Only one longish hole really #7.
... No blatantly bad holes but nothing that great either.
Other Thoughts: Bradley is an OK course.
It serves the purpose of being a good intro to disc golf.
We need courses like this for the new people to the game.
I am not slamming it, just telling it as I see it.
If I was driving through town and only had a chance to play one or two courses I would not choose this one.
Megiddo, McNaughton Park or Lake Eureka in that order would be my recommendation if you have some hours to play. These 3 are not quick easy courses but they are all very good courses and they would be the more advanced level courses in the area.
If time is short and you want a quick, low energy use course then, Northwoods (In Morton, 20 min away from Peoria) or ICC.(In East Peoria,15min away from Peoria) Northwoods being the better of the two. Both fairly good courses. Neither of these is strenuous like the 3 previously mentioned could be considered by some.
I see other reviews here that give this course more praise than I am giving and that is the cool thing about this forum people have different opinions and that makes the world go round.
People can see how we rate other courses that perhaps they know and get an idea if they agree with a reviewers sensibilities or not based on that.
I could perhaps be misunderstood here and people could think I don't like Bradley. I do like it ok, it's fine. It just isn't great or my idea of a really good course.
I have a great reluctance to rate any course a 5. I have played a lot of courses and very few deserve the top score of 5 in my opinion.
A 4 rating is a very good course in my book,
Three a Good course and I have a problem giving Bradley a Good rating hence my 2.5 - 2.75 might be my score if I could use that. I think there should be a 1-10 scale and a different score for fun levels. Then I would rate it a 6 overall and a 5 on the fun scale.
Don't mean to hurt any ones feelings I know a lot of people like it. But, I have to be honest here. I will probably get a boat load of thumb downs for my opinion and that's ok too. To each his own.
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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.
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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.
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