6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Four trusted reviewers in a row giving this course a 3.5, eh? Not bad!
This is a fun mostly-wooded course where your ability to hit certain lines and play creatively will be tested to the max. I would say that most every hole has multiple unique paths to get to the basket and has a healthy right/left balance.
There's 3 really memorable holes that really end the round with a "wow". #15, #17, and #18. These three holes single handedly give this course a tremendous boost in rating and make it significantly more attractive than the average course.
The baskets are brand new, grass was cut, and navigation was intuitive.
Cons: The flow between #7, #8, and #9 is awkward...I wouldn't have designed it this way.
There's no map yet so you can't get a feel for how it plays ahead of time. Also, the tee signs do not have maps, just distances and pro/rec pars.
The course is slightly monotonous aside from the last 4 holes. The first 14 holes are your typical public disc golf holes.
Other Thoughts: This very quiet and empty course is a fun place to work on your technical shots and line-hitting ability. I had a lot of fun here even though I played horrendously. :)
If you're in the area, I'd say it's worth checking out, but by no means make this the sole destination of a disc golf trip. Have fun!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through a wooded park with mature trees and patches of rough. Many of the holes have multiple lines through the trees with mowed grass fairways and a mix of lengths. Several holes bring the rough into play, offering tighter lines and a little more punishment on errant shots. Water comes into play on hole 15, with a downhill tee shot to a long dogleg along the creek, definitely a signature hole and a well designed multi-shot challenge.
There is some elevation, mostly on the back 9. A couple fun downhill tee shots contrast with some tricky uphills and some lurking rollaways around a few greens. The back 9 also offers a few longer shots that tempt you to throw a longer drive but have tricky lines or punishment for missing your drive.
Cons: The tees are natural, and some are already not in great shape. With more traffic they will only get worse. The signs are a little odd, they have the hole number and distance but don't offer any indication of where the basket is.
The front 9 gets a bit repetitive, with mostly flat shots through the mature trees. They don't offer a whole lot of challenge or variety. The park road is in play on a few holes, could be a safety issue on a busy day.
Other Thoughts: The front 9 is pretty beginner friendly, with shorter lengths and not much elevation, rough or water. The back 9 gets much more difficult with a couple nice par 4 holes and a lot more variety. This is an different design choice than most courses I've played, but in my opinion it works fine with both the front and back nines wrapping back to the parking lot.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Sweet Back 9
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a brand new course in an area that doesn't have much disc golf. The park is located in a quiet area with large trees. Rolling hills come into playon quite a few holes. Water comes into play on #15.
Navigation is pretty easy on this course. #1 and #10 are at the end of the parking lot. The front and back play on separate areas of the park.
Brand new Innova Discatchers and tee signs. Concrete tee pads to come.
There is an opportunity to throw rollers on several holes.
The front 9 is more beginner friendly. It's rather flat with a scattered trees. Several holes play on the side of a sloping hill.
I replayed the back 9. It has several nice holes that are lacking in Illinois. There are 2 nice par 4's and a legit par 5. #15 is a great par 5.
My favotrite holes were on the back. #17 was probably my favorite hole. It's a shorter par 4 that takes some strategy to play. The rough makes it very tough playing up the hill.
#18 is a great finish to the course. Elevated tee throwing down the hill.
Cons: Right now there are no cement tees but those are to come.
There are no true wooded holes.
Other Thoughts: I thought Dan and Dana did a great job of utilizing the park to make a fun course.
There is poison ivy all over the place. If you are allergic educate and protect yourself.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a large park with trees, woods, and a creek. Holes play close to the park road, and there are some walking/bike paths here and there, but there shouldn't be much interference with the disc golf.
- A lot of the holes here are set among tall trees, with the odd low branch or small tree. Holes #1 thru #5, #11 thru #14, and #16 all play within the groves of trees and offer a few different lines. #1 is a RHBH anny/flex, #2 is a straight/hyzer shot, #12 is a long dogleg right with a tight line off the tee; there are obvious lines and not-so-obvious ones on almost all holes.
- Two holes that play amongst the trees stand out; #18 is an elevated teepad that shoots down into the trees, with a gap to hit right off the tee. #15 is a long dogleg right - it is a downhill shot bordered by rough for about 350', then plays between the rough right and water left for another 300' or so, and finishes with the basket tucked within the woods. These definitely stand out amongst the other holes in this section of the park.
- Some other holes make use of the forest to provide lines and punishment. Holes #6, #7, and #8 are all uphill shots into the woods, with trees and rough providing gaps to hit. #10 is a little more open, but still has more trouble to avoid. #17 is the beast of these; it is about 275' to a gap in the woods, which then shoots up the hill with nasty rough on both sides. A very tough window to hit in one shot, laying up is definitely a good idea.
- Water is used well on #15; the bigger arms will have to worry about it if bombing the first drive, while other players have to worry about it on their second, or third shot.
- Elevation changes are pretty good, the downhills on #15 and #18 are sweet, and the uphill shot on #17 is tough. Some sloped greens present as well, especially on #9 and #14.
- Good signs and baskets, tees aren't too bad and are slated to be concrete. Navigation is no problem overall.
Cons: - Holes that are set amongst the tall trees are all pretty straightforward. The lines are slightly different based on the locations of the trees, but they all feel very similar and most all of them are reachable with a straight shot.
- Some of the wooded holes are pretty short, #6, #7, #8, and #10 are all under 250'. Interesting lines, but easily reachable.
- Park road is very close on a few holes, like #5 and #11. It is good for some more OB challenge, but it's never fun to play next to traffic.
Other Thoughts: - Overall, a very enjoyable course that offers a few different looks. Some good chances to fling plastic around within the groves of trees, some tighter lines on more wooded holes, a nice tricky downhill shot, and a challenging par 5 hole. Beginners will enjoy most of the course, though some spots might be way too challenging. Great for intermediate players, and good for expert players.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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