Fun course but could use some improvements
Pros: - Nice Concrete Teepads
- A lot of short technical holes that may look easy but are somewhat tricky.
- Very good use of the elevation change on almost every hole
- Nice mix of Hyzer, Straight, and Anhyzer shots
- Seemed as tough the they did not have to cut a single tree down to put in the course in that there are some beautiful mature trees on the course that make for some nice scenery.
Cons: - This is the type of course that 100% needs signs that point to where the next hole is. The only time I played here I drove around the park for15 minutes looking for the course and then when I found the course spent another 15 looking for hole 1 (evetually ran into someone playing and asked them where it was)
- Could use some hole with some more length but for it being near a college I like the set up that is given to not make it too difficult for the casual players.
- As stated above there needs to be markers to the next hole. The flow from hole to hole is not very natural to me.
Other Thoughts: Other than having to guess and look where the nxt hole might be I enjoyed playing the course. If you are in the Peoria area and are looking for a new place to get a round in then I would suggest you play somewhere else unless you are playing with a local because you will have a hard time finding holes. But all in all it is a beautiful park with some beautiful holes.
Oldie and a Goodie
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Pros: I started playing this course back many years ago, when it was a different layout. I like the new layout, but I miss a few holes on the back nine that played with the elevation a little more (the one shooting down the hill towards basket #14). Overall this is a very enjoyable and family friendly course. It is an average length course and is friendly and fun for beginners and pro's a like. It has a wide variety of shots and requires finesse on a lot of shots. There are a few holes you can launch a drive on, but you will use mostly fairway drivers and midranges. This is an older course but it has some characteristics that are missing from many new courses. The mature trees are excellent obstacles and most shots have some elevation change. Holes 4, 5, 6 & 9 make good use of the hills and most of the front nine has OB road and steep hills if you end up off the fairway too much. Most of the baskets are placed near OB or near a drop off which can make putting at the basket a big risk and reward. There are multiple basket locations which they change up occasionally The nice cement tees are a must due to the amount of dirt and thin shaded grass. This is a fun course to play all year round. For beginners getting par on the course can be a challenge since accuracy through the trees is needed on a lot of holes. For us advanced players, a fun place to shoot really well and feel good about your game by hitting that perfect drive and making some nice putts. There are lots of birdie opportunities but if you get too aggressive that OB road or drop off will turn your birdies into unwanted bogies. It has pretty good risk and reward shots, but make sure you watch your discs if you get close to the woods. Those cliffs, especially the one to the left on hole #9 will eat up a disc and make you spend some time looking.
Cons: The only thing I can think of is finding holes #1, #2 and #10. If you are playing for the first time it can be hard to know to park by holes 10 & 18 then hike up the hill to get to #1. If you have played this course once you will never forget hiking up all those steps to teepad #1 and then up another little hill to #2. Then you are happy hole #3 is flat. Signs helping you find these holes might be helpful, but in the dirrection to this course they do say the first 9 holes are in the upper part of the park. This year the creek has not been much of an issue but on the holes 10 to 18 the creek can eat a disc if the water level is up, especially on hole #14. Most of the year it is shallow enough you can see and get your disc without a problem.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a classic and a favorite course of mine to recommend to all types of players. I always advise people to print the map and score card for the disc golf courses they play and this is a great example of how planning ahead can alleviate a little headache. I also wish this was a 27 or 36 hole course. There is room for a difficult 9 or 18 hole course in those woods and with a little revamp to the current holes this could make for a killer course. However, you will see this course very busy from the college, casual players and families. I'm glad this is not a difficult course for advanced players. It is a great way to introduce lot of people to the sport. The other people at this busy park, joggers, walkers, and kids at the playground, get to see people playing disc golf and perhaps peak their curiosity. There are tougher courses in the area (like Northwoods, McNaughton & Eureka) but there are also a lot easier and less enjoyable ones to play. If you are in the area, stop by and play a round or two. Also, grab some Avantis gondolas. They are awesome and just up the road.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Just a fun course with a great variety of holes. Well maintained in a city park but uses the landscape well to provide variety.
Cons: I guess Hole 1 is hard to find.
Other Thoughts: Another fun course for the less hardcore player.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Nice course worth playing
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Pros: This course is very well kept up by the park district it seems. Don't usually see much if any litter. Lots of trees with a nice "park like" atmosphere. I'm a dad and I have a year and a half year old and it's very easy to push a stroller through this course. It's not very hilly, but there is a couple steep hills.
Cons: To someone that has never played it can be rather difficult to find hole 1 and 2. They really need to put up signs telling fellow golfers where to go for these holes.
Other Thoughts: Over all it's a really nice course. It's not overly complicated and can be enjoyed by beginners and pro's.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Cement Tees - Lots of elevation change throughout the park - Good variety of holes that call for different types of shots - Fairways range from fair to relatively open - Couple of well designed holes that are memorable (16 passing over the creek, 4 hooking hard down hill).
Cons: Feels as though the elevation change could be used a little better considering how much there is to work with - Course design doesn't seem logical in some parts, requires a descent amount of walking between tees which extends the length of your round - signs are lacking.
Other Thoughts: This park has the type of land that could field a really great course, with some work this could definitely be a 4 or better. If you are going to play this course make sure you have a good chunk of time because it will take some time to fit in a full round.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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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.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: A nice park with good lines of sight, solid baskets, and a little bit of variety.
Cons: Incredibly hard for to find the first basket.
No Par's listed, no maps, no yellow T's (Listed yardage but no where to be found), no holes where elevation is a key factor.
Other Thoughts: I was in the area for a family wedding and brought some first timers to the course with me. It was a solid choice, easily accessible to the new players and still enjoyable for an experienced player like me. Not very much variety to the holes, not a lot of creativity or thought put into placement, and some issues with marking and other amenities. If your in the area give it a shot, it was fun but not exceptional.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
No, Mcnaughton but still fun
Pros: Another course in the Peoria area that can be paired with other courses in the area
Plays a little more open then Morton and Mcnaughton which will make it a different feel if paired with these two courses
Good drop offs on the putts that make you think twice about going for a long 2
Lots of different lines and elevation
Hole 16 is a beautiful anhyzer throw that goes across and straddles the creek the whole way. Beautiful hole!
Cons: With a major elevation change between the back 9 and front 9, a hole SHOULD connect the two with a major elevation throw, but they did not take advantage of this oppurtunity
Took FOREVER to find hole 1, which was frustrating
Without playing with a regular at this course, it may have been hard finding a few holes.
A lot of problems could be fixed with a map or repainting the next tee concrete pads near the basket
Other Thoughts: Another great course in the Peoria area! It has a different feel then some of the other courses in the area which makes it fun! Also love to see courses on college campuses.
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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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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Bradley is da Bomb
Pros: Bradley Park is very cool. There is an upper section where the front 9 is located and a lower section where the back 9 is located. There are some very large trees and nice elevation changes. Many holes play on the edge of the river/creek. It has very steep banks and many discs find their way down it.
Nice cement tee pads and tee signs.
Wide variety of shots and distances. Uphill/Downhill, flat, wooded,open. 2 pin placements for every hole. This course has a great mix. You will learn how to throw a disc here.
Roads are played out of bounds and add challenge. Many pins are placed near roads and have greens that slope to them.
You walk past the parking lot on the way to #10.
This is a good beginner course but is also fun for skilled players.
This is very fun par 54 golf.
Bradley University students are lucky to have this park. If you get a chance to eat at Avanti's do so.
Peoria is the best spot in Illinois to play disc golf. This course has been kind of lost with the addition of several good area courses. Do not skip this course. It's very fun!
Check out my Illinois Top 10.
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