Alright with so much potential
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Cement Tees
-Relatively Easy Navigation
-Variety of lengths
-Great overall park amentities
This 12 hole disc golf course was put into the ground on the North end of the Salk Park complex, listed as North Salk Park. The holes wrap around a sledding hill and a creek and wind back and forth throughout the fields. Signage is easy enough to follow, including to next tee signs, although a couple of the distances are definitely wrong. It is easy enough to find you way around from the parking lot at Owl Drive and Bobolink Ln. If you park in any of the other lots you may have trouble finding the course.
The hole length range from 200 to 535 feet, although I do not believe alternative 4 (from the top of the hill) or hole 6 (marked 405) are correct. The scattered tees and creek add a little bit of challenge.
The park as a whole has activities for everyone. Salk Park is made up of North Salk, South Salk, and the Nelson Sports Complex. It has 2 playgrounds, baseball fields, soccer fields, sledding, ice hockeys, pool, and a great paved path for running or cycling. It is an ideal place to go as a family to do all to the outdoor activies you want and split up into small groups to cover everyone's interests.
Cons: -Overall Challenge
This park has the potential to be something special. Not neccessarily something championship caliber, but special where everyone can enjoy it.
The overall challenge of this course is disappointing. All the holes that play along the creek at designed to the natural fade of a right handed backhanded player. Which means, you stand next to the creek on your right and the basket is down field and slightly to the left. This is simply the natural fade of the disc and offer no line shaping at all. Not to mention those holes are almost, if not completely, open. It just gets boring. It's the same shot at different lengths. Hole 3 play over the creek, but it is literally only 20 feet in front of you. If you can throw 75 feet slightly downhill, it doesn't really come into play.
Secondly, whoever designed this course (no offense to the park district), looks like the walk the land for the first time and said "this will do". There almost seems like there was no thought put into the course. The trees, creek, and distances could have been used drastically better. Some of the holes do offer a decent challenge with low canopies and such, however, with just slightly changes, it could have gone from okay to super fun. There are very few things hear that can really force a bogey beyond human error. It takes time and thought to put a decent course in the ground. I wish the park district would have gotten some feedback from a decent course designer in the area before putting this in. A better layout (tees and basket placements) would help seperate people taking birdies and bogeys.
You throw over the walking path twice here and once along it. I think the only place it really is an issue on Hole 3. You are on the other side of the creek and no one really knows the course is there (or what it is yet). That generally causes you to have to wait for longer periods of times to tee off. Hole 5 you are about 50 feet from the path, and Hole 6 the hyzer route plays along it. With the traffic at this park, I have only thrown forehand rollers on 6 to make sure it stays on the course and in the fairway. Too much risk for an errant throw makes me a little nervous.
Other Thoughts: This course is new and no one really knows what it is yet. I have been talking to people at the course and educating them on it. People seem excited about it, and a lot of new people have been giving it a try.
The course is still be taking over by other activities that have been doing things there way for a while now. At times I have been there, the sledding hill has been out of play because of cross country practice as well as people setting up a soccer game in the fairway at the bottom of the hill. Holes 10 and 11 have been out of play for another soccer game, and someone was doing calisthenics on tee pad 1. Over time, hopefully this gets better, especially since there are soccer fields further south in the park.
Based on it's current status, I have to give this course a 2.0 Reasonable. I want to give it more, but it's only based on potential and as it stands. This course with a little bit of love could easily be of the best courses in the area. I feel it could easily be built up to a solid 3.5, maybe even a 4.0 type course. Some baskets movements or multiple basket locations, as well as additional tees to this course, could bring it to the next level, as well as help with erosion. There is plenty of land here to even grow this to an 18 hole course down the road if the demand calls for it.
This is a decent practice course but truly nothing special...yet. This course could easily be on par with Visto Del Camino in Scottsdale, AZ. Hopefully the park district will see some decent use out of their course and want to do constant improvements/upgrades. Thank you Rolling Meadows Park District for putting a course within a bike ride from my home. My dog looks forward to catching more voles along the creek.
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