A walk in the park
Pros: I only played the front 9 holes but the course was delightful and the course design was nice. There wasn't wasted space and it was never difficult to move from basket to the next tee. The park is well maintained, with a lot of open space so you can really get into your throw without being afraid of interference. Holes 7, 8, and 9 were a bit more technical but I felt prepared for them by the time I got there and actually made par on each hole.
Cons: The only course design I didn't like was the arrangement of holes 7, 8 and 9. The Tee for 9 was right next to the basket for 7 which is on a hill. This was annoying because then you have to walk back down the hill to play hole 8 and back up the hill to hole 9. Also, since the course is in a public park I could see, if the park were busy, the course being less fun.
Other Thoughts: These are really small cons compared to how much fun the course was to play and how beautiful the area was. I went to play with my aunt after we went hiking in Starved Rock State Park and it was a truly amazing end to a beautiful day. I would definitely go back, and would love to play the back half.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is truly a nice, fun course.The first six or seven holes are fairly flat and play through an area of the park with some mature oak trees. The holes are fairly short, save for hole 1, and don't offer a lot of trouble. The course has nice concrete pads, which is always a plus, and offers some nice variety on the back nine. In particular, holes 15, 17 and 18 are three awesome finishing holes. Hole 15 is truly one of the hardest holes I have ever played in terms of scoring average. The average score on that hole in a recent sanctioned tournament with players of all caliber was probably around a 5.5. I saw plenty of 5's, 6's, 7's, 8's and a couple 9's. This hole truly measures up to being an amazing hole that requires significant patience and talent. In terms of its scoring average and difficulty I would compare it to 17 at Iron Hill (par 6, 900 feet, uphill and all in the woods) and Highbridge Gold number 8 (par 6, 1420 feet, fairly wide open). Playing hole 15 at Marilla Park easily makes the entire course worth the trip. The hole requires a 275 to 300 foot drive to the bottom of a hill. The fairway then turns 90 degrees and runs along a pond for 300 feet. The basket is guarded by huge oak trees. Hole 17 is a real nice par 4 as well, playing along a flat plain for 325 feet and then going straight up a hill with a narrow gap carved out through some brush. Hole 18 is an awesome downhill par 3 that is very well guarded. All in all, the designer did well with what we had.
Cons: The navigation on holes 7, 8 and 9 were a little confusing. Also, I was not a big fan of hole 12. The drive required a sharp hyzer off of the tee for a right handed player followed by a sharp anhyzer if your drive was placed well enough. The hole just felt "odd" even though the idea behind the hole was strong. The park also seemed to have some really nice wooded areas that were not used at all for the course. I can certainly understand why the designer didn't go into those areas (cost, time, etc) but I am just making a general point about the land that was used.
Other Thoughts: I would highly recommend playing this course if you are in the area. This area is not known for disc golf so its a welcome addition to the area.
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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.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Sweet Back 9
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.
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