5 Helpful / 0 Not
GTG 2 Jericho
Pros: For a beginner like me, this course offers some good challenges and dangerous enough hazards to force prudent shot selection and punish recklessness. There are varying lengths, starting out with some relatively short holes, then stretching out a little bit. Hole 10 has a cool option to throw from the pro tee across the creek.
Cons: The back 9 was a little bit confusing, and as previously mentioned in other reviews, hole 17 features an (I assume) unintended swamp right on the fairway. Now, it wasn't visibly nasty when I was driving, but I almost landed right in the muddy nastiness (not one of my best drives lol). If playing this course for the first time, I recommend walking out on hole 17 to get a lay of the soft spots to make sure you're avoiding them appropriately.
Other Thoughts: I had fun at Jericho today, found myself challenged, and left with a smile on my face. That's all that matters right?
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Awesome Tees, pro and am, sick. Nice lake, and creek in play kinda... Once my friend found a glass chillum thing in the lake by the tee of hole nine, score. You can really let the disc rip on holes 7 and 8. Well maintained course, grass is always cut, and I am not afraid to walk barefoot there.
Cons: Gets super crowded sometimes, people play in groups more then four. Not a big variety of shots or techniques needed. Gets really buggy in the evening. People enjoying the park for other reasons get in the way of the golfers sometimes. It sucks bad when It rains. Sometimes holes 3,4,17,18 are not playable!
Other Thoughts: Overall a really solid course, its fun to swim in the lake if its super hot out. Good range of hole lengths. Oswego is super close, so make sure you play them both if you come out and have not played either!
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
A fine beginner course
Pros: -This course actually has some really nice tees. I was surprised frankly. They're all level, and laid nicely, nothing to complain about.
-This course actually has decent shot variety. Several holes have alternate tees which do give the holes some different feels.
-Some holes have the creek at least somewhat in play, which adds some risk/reward to this course.
-There is a decent mix of distance here, from really short, to almost long. While there are no real bombers, it's not like everything is 200'.
-The course is also really well cared for. The local club does a great job with this.
Cons: -Several holes feel the same. For me, a RHBH player, I felt like I threw hyzers like 75% of the time from the regular tees.
-The flooding here is a huge deal, when I was there literally all of hole 17 was a sheet of ice. This made putting suck, and really was potentially dangerous.
-The flow here could use some work, but this is partly due to the signs. With only offering hole number and distance, this course can be tough to follow.
Other Thoughts: I really wish I could rate this course higher, because it was a fun time, but it just doesn't offer as much as other courses I've given 3.5s. I feel like with better signage, just to help the flow, this course could be worthy of that. But as is, it's a solid course, but nothing more.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Jericho is an above average course set in a nice wooded park next to a large lake. Many holes play close to a creek that creates a water hazard and adds some risk to shots that are for the most part fairly easy.
The strength of the course is the land it plays through. The front nine begins with a series of short, mostly straight wooded shots, with a wide stream running behind, then along the fairway, of several holes. You'll have a chance to break out your driver on the last few holes of the front nine, before crossing the stream on the back nine.
Most of the back nine is similar in distance to the front, with one or two requiring a driver from the longs, but for the most part, these are shorter shots, with a few tee shots requiring an anny or small hyzer line. Some patches of brush, and a good amount of trees provide obstacles in this section, but I'd still classify this area as pretty open.
I really like the shots that play along the lake, and the creek is a nice touch of scenery as well. There is a lot of seclusion at Jericho, so if you like a course with a good nature vibe, you'll have fun here.
Each hole has two sets of concrete tees, and most intermediate level players and up, will want to pay the longs. The shorts are ideal for beginners. The signs are wooden posts located at the short tees with the distances for both the long and shorts. The long tees are unmarked, but usually easy enough to find. The long on #10 is on the front-9 side of the creek, and throws over the creek; a pretty cool shot, just know where the tee is before you go, or you won't find it.
Cons: I want to like this course more, but it's just too easy. Even from the longs, a good tee shot should put you well within deuce range, and most above average players should come close to shooting under pro par.
This would be one of, if not the most, beginner friendly 18-holer in the area because of the lack of distance and easy angles, but the water hazards on the front 9, and on #12 pose serious disc losing potential.
The creek here can also flood during high periods of rain, and from what I was told by some guys who play here regularly, this course was pretty much unplayable due to flooding earlier in the summer. This also makes it a haven for mosquitoes, so bring your spray.
The dual tees are very nice, but only the shorts are marked, so if you play from the longs and want to know the exact distance, you have to walk up the post on the short tee.
Other Thoughts: If you live in the Chicago area, this course is worth a stop. The seclusion and scenery are way above average for the area, and there is enough here for advanced and new players to have an enjoyable round. There is also an Ace Race hosted here during the fall that is worth checking out.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Jericho Lake has a pretty easy design to follow, as you basically throw back and forth. The park is well cared for and there are two sets of concrete tees per hole. The tee signs don't have a map, but they do have the distances for both the long and short tees. From the short tees it is a good novice course; from the longs it is more of an intermediate course. The site is moderately wooded and has a bit of up and down to it (it's flat-ish but not as flat as a lot of Chicagoland courses.) The Fox Valley Metro Disc Golf Club is very active at this park and does a good job of keeping the course cared for.
Cons: The biggest problem Jericho Lake has is that Blackberry Creek floods a lot, and the area around holes 2-3-4, 10-11 and 17-18 flood a lot. It is often a swampy, muddy mess with standing water and misquotes. You pretty much have to be prepared to go mudding here. The second problem is that the design really isn't very challenging. It is a recreational course that really doesn't punish bad shots on many of the holes, and the distances are too short to make up for that. There is a creek and a lake in the park, neither of which are used in the course design except for the # 10 long tee. Hole # 6 and # 7 play back and forth beside the entrance of the park with a road in-between with no guardian trees to keep you from throwing over the road, not the best of set-ups from a safety aspect. The basket for # 8 is set up near a pavilion, and groups using the pavilion are often over by the basket. The course flows generally well, but after you play hole # 9 there is a path off to the left that looks like the way to go (it's not.) There should be a directional sign at that hole. Most of the long tees basically make the hole longer and are easy to find, but really don't change the shots much. One of the best long tees is #10, and it just happens to be one of two long tees (along with the long tee for # 14) that is very hard to find. Because the holes basically go back and forth, you can get thrown at pretty easily on many of the holes when the course is busy.
Other Thoughts: In the end, Jericho Lake is an average disc golf course. It has some good points and some weak points. If you are in the area (and the course isn't flooded) it's a nice place to play a casual round. The park has a cool rural feel with some surrounding agricultural land and the creek running through. However, if you are looking for a challenging course to test your disc golf skills, this isn't the place.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Park is located next to a fishing hole, with few other park features. Some scenic views on a few holes, and nothing really interferes with the dg side of things.
- In general, the course uses mature trees as obstacles on almost all holes. There are very few wide open shots, and most require some line shaping. The various trees helped to keep each hole pretty fresh; it didn't feel like the same hole over and over again.
- Some elevation changes here and there to help add some challenge. Nothing too wild, just gentle up and down slopes.
- Water is present due to the lake and the good sized creek running next to some holes. These are avoided very easily. Water is definitely in play on #17, which has a swamp for a fairway.
- Alternate tees were pretty easy to find, or at least improvise. Teeboxes were in great shape, good baskets.
Cons: - This course plays pretty short even from the "pro" tees. There is some added challenge on some holes, but some holes are still very short with little challenge (190 and 147, for instance).
- A couple holes have the park's through street in play, which is always a negative in my book. Had to dodge some discs on the road on my way out.
- No maps at any of the tees, just the hole number and distance(s). It was pretty easy to figure out, only got confused going from #9 to #10, and identifying #11 (blind basket).
Other Thoughts: - This is a great course for someone who is just starting out, or even just polishing their game. The holes are short, but not that short, and the course is technical, but not that technical. It is a good mix of holes that you must birdie and holes that can make you work for par. A good course to hit up in addition to Oswego if in the area, for a warm up or cool down.
- More experienced players may get bored with this one, as there are not a lot of obstacles or distance, compared to a lot of other courses in the general area.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
A fun must play
Pros: - Fun and well designed
- Large Cement Pro and Am tees
- Creek is well used and provides a great obstacle
- Large trees do an excellent job of shaping fairways
- Lots of ace runs
- Easy to follow - After hole 9 cross over bridge for Am tee or go buy the bathrooms for the Pro tee
Cons: - Pro tee distances are on am pad tee sign.
- Majority of holes are easily birdie-able
- Pro tees are just longer don't really make it a different/harder shot.
- Several holes play around park road and parking
- Lack of trash cans around back 9
- Zero benches
Other Thoughts: This is really fun course to play. I love to play here. For the most part its a pitch'n'putt course with a few long holes from the Pro pads. Plays mostly through an open park with several patches of large mature trees. Theres fishing and boating on the Lake in the same park as the course. Eagle Ridge is only about 15 minutes away and Jericho makes for a good warm-up beforehand. I definitely worth making a trip to play.
Favorite hole #5 (pro) - Its a straight slightly downhill shot down a tunnel fairway with several large trees that force flat straight shot. The creek runs along the leftside of the fairway and the road along the right. Surrounding the basket is several more trees that can help or hurt you.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Aurora has nice feel and equipment.
Pros: This park is a very nice well kept park. There is a pretty lake on the east side of the park and a lot of people fish there. This is classic par 54 golf.
2 sets of nice concrete tees with a lot of variety. This course is a very beginner friendly.
There are a few places where water and rough come into play.
The disc golf course has great equipment and facilities.
Restrooms and pavillion near tee 1 & 9.
Tee signs with accurate distances.
Chainstar baskets are one of my favorite baskets.
There are nice sized cement tee pads for both short & long tee pads.
It's pretty easy to navigate.
Cons: Tee signs are basic with only the distance. No description of the hole.
This course is very short and lacks true challenge to warrent a higher rating.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun! Long tees a challenge.
Pros: Short and long tees. Long tees provide some really challenging shots. Not a super long course, but it does give the opportunity for alot of different shots including rollers, overhand shots, forehand skips, over the top hyzers, and sky anhyzers. A little bit of water comes into play as well. A fun mix for a par 54 course.
Cons: Not alot of trouble out there. Short tees are super easy and short. Long tees still are not very long. Not many opportunites to let it loose. Not what you'd consider a really challenging course.
Other Thoughts: One of the most fun courses in the Chicagoland area. Worth the trip out here if your in the area!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course offers a nice mix of shots including open and techinal. Plays along a creek and comes into play on # 10's long tee. Tee pads are nice and the course is fairly easy to navigate. Grass was well kept. I liked the practice basket in the middle of the parking lot to warm up at.
Cons: Some tall, thick weeds make it hard to find errant discs. Place is crowded on the weekends, Hard to play. Half the course was flooded the first time I played there, not sure how often this happens.
Other Thoughts: All in all a average course in my opinion. Liked the views and locals seemed nice. I would not come back here on the weekends myself just to avoid the everyday park people as they seem to have no regard for disc golfers.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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