Lake In The Hills, IL 
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Winter Course

5+    10/12/2013   10/12/2013
Review By: Slow_Disc
Played: 14  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 1.3 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Elevation unmatched in Area
- Enjoyable in Fall/Winter
- Concrete Tee Pads / Signs
Cons: - Grass Growth makes it unplayable in Spring/Summer
- Tall Grass
- Disc can be hard to find
Other Thoughts: It can be hard to find discs as they say, but when the tall grass dies and gets beaten down it can be an enjoyable play for winter players. The shots are tough and technical and the #1 tunnel shot is best in area.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Fun and Frustrating?

2-4    8/26/2013   8/26/2013
Review By: naterob
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: *Some fun use of elevation which is uncommon in this area.
*High risk/reward hole placement if that is your thing.
*easy to follow
*you find random discs while searching for your own
*a lot of course packed into a small area
Cons: *you will be spending time searching for your disc
*narrow fairway and rough roughs
Other Thoughts: This course tempts you to "go for it" but then beats you down if your line is just a little off. You need to be mindful of each and every shot with this course. If you just go out there and wing it you will be frustrated. I think a lot of people downrate this course because of the frustration of searching for discs. If you play the course thoughtfully and within your limits there is a lot of fun to be had.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

search party

1    7/23/2013   8/15/2013
Review By: Jagidlund
Played: 3  Reviewed: 3
Pros: -concrete tees
-short course for a quick game
- varied elevation throughout course
-hole 1 is a nice straight tunnel shot
-bathroom near 1st/9th holes
Cons: -fairways are way too narrow
-cannot see most baskets from tees
-tall thick grass on either side of fairways gobble up discs.
-no long holes
-very buggy. bring cutter. You'll need it while searching for your disc.
Other Thoughts: I live in the area and have only played this course once. It's a good thing I went with a couple friends though because even intermediate players like myself will lose a disc or two. Be prepared to comb the course on almost every hole, at least on your drives because the baskets are not visible from the tees.

Not a bad little course

1    5/27/2013   5/28/2013
Review By: Harry Manback
Played: 24  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 8.2 Years
Pros: -Fairly easy
-Good practice course
-Nice warm up round
Cons: -Not very challenging
-Tall grass can make for a frustrating round
-No long holes
Other Thoughts: I found myself not needing a driver for this course, anything longer than a Mid/Fairway would be too long. The longest hole is 360' but plays shorter because it is downhill. The course layout seems like they designed it for beginners but they let the grass grow too thick so I would not recommend this for a beginner because it would be very frustrating. Nice course if you are in the area but not worth the drive if you live too far away.

It's a nice warm up

5+    9/19/2012   10/2/2012
Review By: Stankyjahnke
Played: 16  Reviewed: 7  Exp: 9.4 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Fun little course if u wanna work on your straight line throw or hyzer. Not alot distance pretty open expect the thick grass on both sides of the fairways. If you wanna add some random discs to your collection walk around in the grass on hole 2 and you'll probably find something. Theres a nice basket there to practice putting.
Cons: This looks like it wasn't designed by someone who plays disc golf. This course eats discs like that's it job makes you not wanna try to make it to the basket on your drive. Most of the baskets can't be seen from the tee.
Other Thoughts: Not a bad little course if you live In the area wouldn't take someone there for their first time playing. You'll be looking for discs more then playing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Pitch and Putt

1    6/11/2012   9/11/2012
Review By: steven2361
Played: 171  Reviewed: 55  Exp: 6.3 Years
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Nice concrete tees and signage. The innova discatchers are swell. The first hole may be the best, a low tight tunnel shot although I do think someone with a decent overhand could make this hole play different. Elevation comes into play on several holes. 7 is a right to left uphill shot that is ok.
Cons: This course is rather short and open. It lacks challenge. On a couple holes the over the top hyzer is there for the taking.
Other Thoughts: Not much you can do with the land here but I think this could have been designed a little better.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Disc eater

1    7/4/2012   7/10/2012
Review By: mashnut
Played: 815  Reviewed: 754  Exp: 12.5 Years
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course plays through a small hilly park with no other park uses to interfere with disc golf. Several holes have some minor to moderate elevation changes, with a couple fun downhill shots and a couple tricky uphills. Two holes play through enough trees that you have to hit a technical line. The tee signs are adequate, with hole number and distance. The concrete tees and new dispatchers are in nice shape.
Cons: The course is very open, 7 of the holes don't have enough trees in play to dictate a specific line so you can get by without much in the way of line shaping skills. The fairways are narrow and surrounded by tall grass, a recipe for frustration especially on a course aimed mostly at newer players. The tall grass is thick enough to make discs disappear, and it's often in play right inside the circle.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find the distances reasonable, but the rough is a recipe for turning new players off from the sport. More experienced players won't find a whole lot of interesting challenges other than the two wooded shots, and even better players who place their shots in the circle off the tee will likely end up searching for discs. This would be a fun quick round in the winter when the grass isn't grown in, in the summer it's definitely not worth going out of your way.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Beginner/Intermediate

1    7/4/2012   7/7/2012
Review By: notapro
Played: 415  Reviewed: 279  Exp: 11.1 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set on a small piece of land within a neighborhood. It doesn't seem like there are any other activities going on here, other than a stray pedestrian or someone on a sidewalk. Should be free and clear for DG.
- Patches of woods are present in a few spots to force some lines here, starting with a low ceiling tunnel shot on hole #1 that opens up into prairie. Ending up in the rough before clearing the forest can be a major hazard. #2 has numerous bushes in the fairway, #4 has a gap to hit (or a forest to hyzer over), #6 shoots downhill into the woods with the basket tucked to the right. #5 also has trees on both sides to knock down errant shots.
- The area is situated on and around a decent sized hill, so there are plenty of elevation changes. #3, #5, #7, and #9 all are uphill shots of varying difficulty. #5 is the most dramatic, it is a long 210'. #4, #6, and #8 are all downhill shots, with two over 300'. #6 slopes down quickly in the woods.
- Decent mix of lines and distances here, a lot of RHBH hyzers, but not all. Elevation changes make some hole play a lot longer, like #7 at 335' and #9 at 340'. Should be plenty of distance for all but the biggest arms.
- Great amenities, baskets, signs, and teepads are all top-notch.
Cons: - A lot of holes are pretty wide open here, with any line open to the basket. The biggest challenge is usually just staying out of the tall grass. If you have the arm to reach the hole, there will be little to no challenge.
- Tall grass can be a pain, be sure to keep an eye on your shot!
Other Thoughts: - All in all, a pretty good course that has a good variety. The elevation changes definitely make it; the downhill shots are fun but still tricky, and the uphill shots test distance, with accuracy as well. There are many places to get into serious trouble here, with tall grass, but also with some nasty patches of dense trees/woods. Beginners should take care here to not lose discs, intermediate players should find it fun and challenging.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but you still have to mow it

1    7/4/2012   7/5/2012
Review By: Three Putt
Played: 140  Reviewed: 83  Exp: 19.7 Years
This review was updated on 9/9/2013
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Fischer Park is a little neighborhood park that looks recently developed. It looked to be a single use park, as I didn't notice anything there but a disc golf course. It had nice elevation changes, especially for the area. The site was largely open so the elevation is key to making some fun golf out of the site. There are a couple of cool shots like #1 and #6 where the few trees that are on the site were used well. # 4 was a fun "throw at it" elevated tee shot. It wasn't great golf, but the shots could make for a fun round. There is a cool little barn between #3 and #4 that gives the park a nice feel. The pads were concrete and the baskets are DISCatchers, and it had OK tee signs. The course flowed well and there were no long walks between holes, so it wasn't hard at all to find your way around. There is a big course map at the entrance that will help first-time visitors figure out the flow. It could be an fun local course.
Cons: It's a tall grass course, but the fairways were not mowed wide enough and the mowed area around the baskets didn't even cover the 10M circle. The area to shoot for needs to be much larger. Actually calling it "grass" is deceiving as it was thick, knee-high (in some places shoulder-high} scrubby weeds. #7 is a blind hyzer shot up a hill, and we spent 10 minutes with five people looking for a disc that disappeared into the tall weeds. Once we found it, the disc was in the circle. All those weeds do nothing to make the course play any harder, it just backs up play and makes the whole experience of playing a round frustrating. The day I was there, the course would have been unplayable for a novice player due to how narrow the mowed area was and how high and thick the weeds were.

Given all the tall weeds, it a buggy course. There were a lot of bees in the weeds in #4's fairway, enough that I had to seriously think about whether I was going in there for my disc or not.

While the shots were pretty fun, the course is too open to really force you to use a lot of shots or really be very challenging. It's a rec-level course.
Other Thoughts: There is no parking lot for the park, just street parking. There is a port-a-potty on the site.

Just from a design perspective, Fischer Park is a nice local course with some fun shots. Properly maintained, it could be a nice addition to the area. The issue is the lack of maintenance of the park and the small size of the mowed areas for golf. Those issues would make the course extremely frustrating to play for recreational-level players, yet the course is designed for that type of player. As it stands the course is not challenging enough for Open/Advanced players and Intermediate/Recreational players will avoid it due to the frustrating factor of searching for basically good shots in the tall weeds. I'm afraid that unless the mowing issue is addressed, it will not be a very popular spot for disc golf.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 A Pleasant Surprise on a Hill

1    6/25/2012   6/26/2012
Review By: jasonc
Played: 130  Reviewed: 19  Exp: 11.3 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: While the surrounding area is flat, you will be throwing up or downhill on several holes here.

As a brand new course, the baskets and teepads are in great condition. There is also a port-a-potty close to #1.

#1 is one of the few flat holes here, but the low ceiling adds a bit of a challenge unless you have a good tomahawk or other overhand shot.

While some may view this as a con, I enjoyed the fact that the basket is not visible from the teepad on #2, #3, #5, #6, #7, #8 and #9. I'm not sure any other course I have played to date included nearly 80% of the holes with this type of feature.
Cons: The rough is very rough. I'd like to find out if this is intentional by the course designers to add some challenge. Either way, newer players will probably spend a lot of time looking for discs.

While there is a nice view of the lake/pond from #4's teepad, the water really does not come into play on any hole.

It seemed like the holes were too close to each other. Errant shots may be a problem here, especially on windy days.
Other Thoughts: Navigation is a little tricky between some holes. Next Tee signs would be very helpful on this course.

I would play this course again if I make it back to the area. It was good to see multiple groups of beginners here because there are no "quality" courses in this neighborhood.

***WILDLIFE ALERT***
In the area between the teepad for #6 and the basket on #7, there are red-winged blackbirds who have a nest in one of the trees. If you are not familiar with theses birds, they are very territorial and they will not hesitate to dive-bomb your head if you get too close.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

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