A Gem in Illinois
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Very good mix of short technical holes, and long bombers.
- Great use of the elevation changes
- Short and Long Teepads
- In its own section of the park, and out of the way of any busy streets.
Cons: - Could definitely use some direction to where the next hole is after you complete one. My first time there I was pretty lost as to where I should go for the next hole a lot of the time.
- A couple of the long teepads are in some really horrible spots, that are either hard to find or are just a very very bad placement for the teepad.
Other Thoughts: Overall this course is a must play if you are in the Peoria Il area and are looking for a good course to play. I have been in the area for a couple months now and I absolutely love the course and what it brings. I know that if I want to make the course into a birdie fest then I can play all shorts but if I want to challange myself then I can play all longs and have some real fun.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Absolutely amazing, love this course and feel honored to grow up with this one so near by. its gigantic and in an area with quite a few avid disc golfer. plenty of room to launch a disc but tight enough so that you have to know wha your doing. the course is also very easy to find and great signage
Cons: almost too big and with as many avid disc golfer that are there there are also alot of people new to the sport which isnt really a big deal unless your in a hurry
Other Thoughts: great course, if your ever in the area deffinately hit this course up, or you'll be sorry eventually
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Great DG Area
Pros: McNaughton is located in the middle of one of the best DG areas around, and it fits right in with some of the excellent courses around it. Its positive distinguishing features include:
*Very high difficulty.
*Two sets of CONCRETE tees, a nice feature that is often absent in courses
*An 850 foot hole that is very scenic
*Scenic holes with lots of challenging obstacles
*Distance challenge that holds back many wooded courses
*Hole 1 from the pro tee is one of my favorites... downhill bomb with some thick woods to the left and trees right in front!
Cons: More difficult is not always better! Though difficulty is definitely one of the features that makes up the "perfect course" I gave this course a lower review than its neighbor, Northwood Park even though I found this course to be much harder. Here's what holds McNaughton back:
*Maintainance! The signs here were very bad and some of the fairways of the pro holes were completely gone thanks to fallen trees.
*Hole 2 was kind of a boring one, especially from the rec tee... wide open downhill shot that was pretty short, even from the long tee.
*A few holes on this course potentially bring the road and parking lot into play, which adds to the difficulty of the course, but also really stinks when there is league traffic.
Other Thoughts: Definitely check this course out if you are in the Peoria area!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -2sets of concrete tees,- lots of good use of the elevation, -good mix of long and shorter holes and right and left doglegs,- will challenge even the more experienced players even from the reds.-good mix of technical and grip and rip shots required -secluded park with some nice scenery
Cons: a couple but minor cons. Very challenging, if you get frustrated easily this won't be the course for you. - not much in the way of restrooms or water so bring your own and go in the woods if you have too. -some of the nextees were not readable so could get hard to know where to go, i was lucky enough to play with some locals
Other Thoughts: Very Nice course, argueably one of the best in the area some will say Northwoods in Morton. This is a must play if in the area as a matter of fact there are soooo many good courses around peoria you could make a whole weekend of some good DG in the area.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Elevation!
- Well designed holes
- Secluded and scenic
- Distance variety
- Clear defined fairways despite the tight woods.
- Challenging but fair
- Has numerous memorable holes
- Two sets of tee pads
- Concrete Teepads
- Baskets were in good condition.
Tee signs were adequate.
Cons: - Not-beginner friendly
- Navigation (mainly between 17 and 18)
- 17 & 18 play pretty close to the entrance road.
- Long course.
- A couple of the long tees seem to be rather impossible shots.
- Can get crowded.
Other Thoughts: McNaughton provides a great variety of shots from tight wooded shots to open field grip it and rip it shots. The elevation in the park is used brilliantly especially on hole 18 and hole 1's long tee. Despite the wooded terrain the fairways are generous and provide the thrower with plenty of room to work. On the flip side, the rough is very thick and is difficult to play out of. The two sets of tees usually make the holes seem drastically different which adds to the variety. Beginners will likely be frustrated by the length and the thick rough. I would say McNaughton is worth a trip to play if you are within 3 hours. Some navigation assistance better tee signs and reworking of some of the insane long tees could bump this course up to a 4.5 or 5 for me.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Some longer challenging holes but they are intertwined with shorter somewhat easier holes.
Its been the most challenging course I've played so far but it's always fun and its never too crowded.
If you're in the area and only have time for one course, this is the one to try.
Cons: Kind of confusing your first time. I had some friends who had played there before to help me find my way.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a hilly park with a good amount of forestation. The pro tees add significant difficulty, and make great use of the rugged terrain to drastically change the holes at times.
- About half of the holes play in a very hilly forest with lots of tight fairways. Trees are a major factor in forcing some tight lines and keeping it clear of the woods. A good mix of shots in different directions, with different elevation changes. A few are especially tricky with hills as fairways and slanted, downhill greens.
- Lots of other holes are in clearer areas that use the woods to define the fairways. There are a few individual trees here and there, but the real issue is the medium to dense rough. Most holes have some tunnel or opening to get through in order to reach the basket, usually narrowing at that point. Some tunnel shots off the tee and nearing the basket demand constant accuracy at all times.
- Also mixed in, at the beginning and end of the course, are some more open holes with elevation changes. There are a few nice downhill shots (one with a well protected basket), a decent uphill hole and a monster downhill bomber shot.
- There is water near a few holes, but anything other than a real shank or bad roller will miss it.
- The baskets are in good shape, concrete pads for both tees, and decent signage (a few are missing). Some tricky navigation spots, as 14-15 has the wrong wire painted and there is no pointer to hole 17 across the entrance road.
Cons: - Not many cons on this course. Some of the holes do feel a little similar, especially on the back nine with flat fairways bordered by forest/rough. Also, overall, the course is not very long. Combined with very tight windows to hit, there are many places where a slower disc is probably the better choice. Could seem a bit on the short side to a more advanced player.
- A few holes are kind of close to each other, like #6 and #7, but overall it is spaced out well.
Other Thoughts: - This is course with some very, very tough risk/reward holes. The numerous tight windows can be very treacherous, especially on the back nine. Elevation changes in other spots make the holes very interesting. Decent variety and some easier holes mixed in help to keep the course fresh. Staying out of some of the rougher areas can be the difference between winning and losing, in a few different ways.
- Playing from the pro tees is a true test, as tunnel shots become longer, the hills higher, and the valleys lower.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun and tough
Pros: The course plays through a disc golf dedicated park that is full of thick woods and some nice hills. Elevation comes into play on nearly every hole, adding challenge and some really fun shots. You'll throw up, down, and across the hills for nice variety. There is a great mix of hole shapes from either set of tees, with a fair mix of right and left turning shots, and a nice variety of gradual and sharp turning fairways. There are a few shorter shots that offer possible ace runs, and these are balanced by some tough longer shots through the woods and a couple open bomber shots at the end of the course.
There are two sets of concrete tees, both in pretty good shape with decent traction. The baskets are in pretty good shape, and despite some wear they still catch ok. The park seemed nicely maintained, and free of trash and vandalism. The two sets of tees offer very different courses, and only a few are simply long and short versions of the same shot. I played the longs and looked at the shot from all the shorts, and wish I had time to throw both, they differentiate the course nicely for different skill levels, and both offer fun and challenging rounds with lots of variety.
Cons: Navigation can be a little bit of an issue here. None of the tee signs have hole layout shown, just distance, so you have to do lots of extra walking to know where to throw your first time out. There are some spots where it's not obvious where the next tee is, the worst being 17 which is across the road from 16, and down the hill across 18s fairway. 17 and 18 don't fit with the rest of the course, they're fun holes with a chance to really rip some drives, but they just feel tacked on to get the course to 18. There are some erosion issues in spots, especially on some of the steeper areas in the woods.
Other Thoughts: This course is a great challenge, and a nice walk in the woods. New players will be frustrated by the thick woods and long holes, even the short tees have some good length. Intermediate level players will find the short tees fun but tough, and will need to have a well rounded game to score well. More experienced throwers will find great challenge from the longs, and even the best players will be tested on several holes here, and the shorts offer a quicker round with a different look at many holes for some extra variety.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Very natural feel to this course
-Maintained and somewhat rugged
-Great challenge provided through technical holes that are laid out nicely and varied well
-Fairways often lined with tall bushes or tree lines with just the right amount of obstacles
-Big help whoever painted markers on baskets and stones on ground indicating next Tee
-Distances carved in wooden posts
-Far out but not hard to find
Cons: -Long #18: 900+ ft. you kidding!
-No Tee Maps
-Parking along road only
-Course map posted but hard to read being carved in old wood
-No fountains to drink
-Pretty far off the beaten path
Other Thoughts: First hole throw left, not much more confusion until #17 (throw toward the way you came in) and #18 (from top of hill back toward where you parked. Gentle Relief and moderate woods don't wear you out of frustrate you... much. All and all I Loved it.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Drove over two hours to play for first time ever on 7/3/09. Well worth the trip!
Course made excellent use of rolling terrain and natural, wooded beauty. Some shots went uphill, others downhill, and a few dealt with large pond hazard. Luckily, pond didn't eat any of my discs.
Basket placement well thought out as many different approaches will be used to effectively play this course.
Tees are well kept concretes slabs.
One rung on basket is colored red to indicate direction of next tee. If this wasn't done, would have left course in frustration and confusion.
Many challenging, tight wooded holes that penalize errant throws. I had plenty of opportunities to practice retrieving 'lost' discs and throwing out of the woods.
I need to work on my roller and tomahawks throws.
Hole #18 is a beast! It's insanely long; one of the few 'grip n' rip' holes here.
Cons: Found course confusing due to lack of descriptive signs. Guessed location of basket and also next tee. This does not need to be anything fancy; Northwood in Morton has adequate signage that minimizes confusion.
Other Thoughts: Close proximity to Northwood in Morton, some more courses in the greater Peoria area, and two more in Blormal make for a great discing day. Go throw your arm off in Peoria!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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