It’s Like Déjà Vu All Over Again
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Salk Park is Rolling Meadows main park. The South side of the park is well developed and holds ball fields, a soccer field, an ice area, a community center and an aquatic center. About all you see of that development from the disc golf course is the ice arena parking lot and the preschool playground you throw toward on #3. The North side of the park is a flat, narrow strip of land running on either side of a creek. It has a sled hill, a playground, a walking path and a lot of open space. Houses line the park boundary on both sides. The course has new Innova DisCatcher, nice tees and functional tee signs. There are two very good pedestrian bridges and good signage when you cross the creek. Some of the holes have some distance, so it's a good place to air out drives. Hole #4 has an alternate tee on top of the sled hill, which is cool.
Cons: Other than the throw off the sled hill, this is a painfully boring, repetitive course. The site is lightly wooded and several of the holes are wide open. Holes #2, #5 & #7 are basically the same shot. Holes #8 and #10 are the same shot, just with the creek on the other side. Hole #11 is the same shot as #8 and #10, only with no creek. A lot of this course makes you think "didn't we already play this hole?" Unfortunately, none of those shots are good enough to make you want to play them again.
The walking path winds through the course, and on holes like #2 and #5 it conflicts with the entire hole. I noticed four times that people walking on the path kept looking back at me, like they expected me to throw on them. I got the impression that this multi-use wasn't working out very well.
The golf is meh. The lack of obstacles and elevation means you basically throw the same shot over an over. The only scoring separation you get is from the difference in distances people are throwing.
The course is 12 holes, but the holes conflict with each other. The area where #6-#7-#8 are is a head-scratcher. There is a long walk from #5's basket to the #6 tee for no reason; the #6 tee could be up closer to the walking path and farther back. With hole #6's basket back where it is, hole #7 shoots up past the #6 basket into an area between #6's basket and #8's tee. All of the holes conflict with each other. #8 is a long for long's sake shot next to the creek that could be shortened to get the tee out of the way. #7 could be pulled altogether or #7's tee could be used for #8 if you were not trying to cram 12 holes into a small space. The course would be better with more variety if it was only 9 or 10 holes.
Other Thoughts: Given that North Salk Park is flat and lightly wooded, it wasn't going to be a great course. It has the potential to be better than it is, though. I think most people find that the fact that it is 12 holes is a pro, but for me I found myself thinking "is it over yet?" by hole #8. A redesign down to 9 holes would greatly improve this course in my opinion. As it is, the course is boring and repetitive. It's an open spot to air out drives, otherwise it is a waste of time.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
The course is actually a rolling meadow
Pros: Although 12 holes, this course still gets a 3 for me. Here's why:
+They made great use of the land. The rolling meadows with trees really works nicely.
+The baskets are professional grade, and that's always more challenging.
+The creek runs through the middle of the course and comes into play on many of the holes.
+There are actually 4-5 great par 3's here. Most non-pros will struggle to shoot -3 consistently.
+ #5 is a cool bomber from the top of a sledding hill. Signature hole for sure.
Cons: -the creek is also a huge negative because it is bordered by very tall grass making impossible to actually see where your disc landed.
-the course is a bit repetitive, but not in a terribly bad way.
-pedestrians often come into play because there is a path weaving throughout the course.
Other Thoughts: Not a destination course by any means. Worth checking out if you live close though.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) Signs have Hole #, Map, Par, Distance on 4x4 posts.
2) Concrete pavers laid together to form nicely sized tees. Surprisingly they were all fairly level also, meaning they did a good job installing the base underneath the steppers. I think they were about 10' x 6'. Perhaps a much cheaper option than pouring concrete and something I am going to look in to for future course development.
3) #'d discatchers are some of the best baskets for visibility.
4) Overall the course is well removed from other activities in the park, except for a couple of path crossings.
5) #4 pro tee is an awesome shot. It is a lot of fun to throw down off a sledding hill.
6) Hole #3 crosses the river, although it wouldn't be in play real easily, there are a few other holes that run alongside the river where it could easily become a factor in the hole. I always enjoy water on a course . . . unless I am losing my disc in it.
7) Plenty of trees to make half a dozen of the holes challenging and fun to throw. Add in the river, and a throw off a sledding hill and you have yourself a well rounded course.
8) Beginner friendly course because nothing is too densely wooded and the water is easily avoided with a safe shot.
9) Distance variation is awesome, with 200's, 300's, and 400's and a good mix of everything in between. I love having to throw multiple discs and multiple shot holes where placement is key.
10) Anytime I get to bust out a roller or two I appreciate it.
Cons: 1) I had to throw around a kids day camp on #3. It was long enough to not be a birdie hole anyways but short enough it was a simple upshot for my 3.
2) I think #6 and #7 are dangerous because they run past each other and it you could easily end up in the wrong fairway.
3) Very flat course with very small elevation changes, except #4 pro tee.
4) There might be a few other interactions along the walking path with disc golfers if you or they aren't paying attention. Always assume they aren't paying attention since so few people even understand what we are doing.
5) Hyzer friendly, with only a couple anny lines.
Other Thoughts: This course is better than the average for the area, but lacking in some features still. It is a lot of fun to throw because of the trees, water, and the sledding hill shot, but it also lacks elevation change on the rest of the holes. A little more variety in shot selection would be better but it just seems that the hyzer is favored a little too much.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Good for the area
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: As far as disc golf goes, this is one of the better courses in this Rolling Meadows area, which is lacking high quality disc golf courses. Several qualities set this course above other nearby courses:
*Distance variety!!! This is this course's best feature. Several of the holes force experienced players to bring out their drivers. The bomb off the sled hill from the "pro" tee of hole 4 is great.
*Shot variety on the shorter holes is interesting enough to be fun!
*Water comes into play on several of the holes
*Best rubber tee pads that I've seen, baskets, and signs
*Good flow (except for the walk to the pro tee for hole 4)
I would like to stress the awesome-ness of hole 4 from the pro tee. It's a 500 foot shot off of a sled hill. Disc golf-wise, there is no reason to play this hole from the short position. It's just not as fun.
Cons: The last comment from the "pros" section can be qualified by citing a pretty big hazard involving the path to the left of the fairway on of 4. It's impossible to see if there are walkers about 200 feet down the fairway. This danger is evident on much of the course... fairways even go right across paths at some point. Be aware and respectful of other park users!
*Many of the holes play pretty wide open.
Other Thoughts: The designers did a good job of making this a fun course, but the design forces disc golfers to be conscious of the others using the park, which limits the rating and popularity this course will have.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Roll on by!
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course is located on a long narrow patch of land. A small creek splits it in half with 2 bridges making it passable at each end. It's rather flat and has scattered trees. Neighorhood houses line both sides.
It introduces disc golf in another new area.
Throwing from the long tee on top the sled hill is fun.
There are a few holes to practice rollers.
Tee signs are solid.
Tee pads are fine.
Good new Innova Baskets.
Several holes to just rip drives.
Cons: I'm not sure why there was a need for a 12 hole course here. It's tight, crammed, and repetitive.
There was very little creativity involved. Water could have been put in play but was not. A pin on the side of the sled hill would have been awesome. There is 1 across the creek shot and it's lame.
Hole 1, 5, & 12 are basically identical holes. Hole 2 & 3 are very similar as well.
The distance on top the sled hill is frustrating. Even the top throwers in the area are going to have a hard time getting a putt on this basket. It becomes a simple layup to get a 3. Boring. Hole 8 is very similar. It's 445 feet. Rip a drive and pitch it up. Take a 3. BORING!!! How about pushing that basket back another 50 to 75ft and placing it near the water. That would make a solid par 4.
Other Thoughts: Unless you are in the area I'd advise you not to stop here.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through a small flat park. The sled hill comes into play on the long tee for hole 4 adding a fun downhill bomb. Some scattered trees dot the grassy fairways, adding some obstacles on many of the shots. A few of the holes play along the creek, it could potentially come into play on a bad shot. There is some nice distance on a few of the holes here, offering some chances to air out some drives. The signage is decent, with hole length and layout. The large paving blocks make for a good tee surface.
Cons: The park is flat and very open, making this course a bit lacking in variety. A few of the holes seemed like they purposely avoided some available trees and instead opted for the wide open shot. The creek could have been used more to add some risk/reward decisions.
There are major safety issues here. It's a busy park with lots of other activities going on in the middle of fairways. Two different soccer games were going on when I played, causing hole 4's long tee and holes 10 and 11 to be completely unplayable without hitting someone. A couple holes play very close to one another, especially in holes 6-8 where errant shots can easily end up on other fairways.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find some length here, but not a whole lot of punishment for errant shots. More experienced players won't find a whole lot of variety, and the only real challenge is the distance on a few holes. It's disappointing to see the continued installation of poorly thought out courses with little challenge or variety and numerous safety issues. It only serves to further the stereotypes of flat boring chicagoland disc golf, and holds the sport back in this area.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Good Park, Disappointing Design
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice, new baskets and concrete paver tee pads.
Good signs on each hole. Next Tee signs help point you in the right direction when needed to make navigation a breeze.
Hole #3 is fun.
Pro/alternate #4 at 535' is the signature hole here as you will throw from the top of the sled hill. The line of trees on the left side of the fairway and the houses on the right make this a fun, yet somewhat difficult hole.
There are a number of younger trees here that should add some challenge to this course over time.
Cons: There are 12 holes here of varying lengths, #7--#12 seemed very similar with distance as the only variable. This space could have and should have been utilized better.
Other park activities, particularly soccer, may cause safety issues if disc golfers do not yield to other park users. Please pay attention to others on each throw out here.
Although the baskets, tee pads and signs indicate that plenty of time was required to design and install this course, it is a shame to see that safety issues were completely ignored. This is the main reason for my 1.0 rating.
Other Thoughts: While you see the creek throughout the course it really does not come into play on any hole, save for extreme wind conditions or very poor throws.
Although brand new, North Salk Park has the potential to be a good 9 hole course.
Beginners and rec level players will be challenged here, while Pro/advanced may want to leave after throwing from the top of the sled hill on #4 or create safari holes to add some difficulty.
Right now, this is a good local option if you live in the neighborhood. However, there is no need to go out of your way to play this course.
If some changes are made in the future, I will play it again and update this review accordingly.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Good job with pad and target locations
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: For a fairly flat and open park they did a very good job tucking the pads and targets into the trees.
Hole #4 alternate tee from up top of the sled hill is lots of fun.
12 holes are better than 9?
Nice tees using larger concrete paver blocks
Parking, bike trail
Cons: The creek does not come into play much, but if it does it is very green with lots of crap on top so your disc disappears with little chance of recovery.
Not sure I like the trees as obstructions at the tee, such as hole #1, where you have to alter your shot to throw under the hanging branches.
Other Thoughts: Thanks to the Rolling Meadows Park District for developing this course.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Great... In a Way...
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Good distance for each hole. Let's you really get behind some of your throws. Most of the holes are spread apart so there is no confusion which hole you are going for. Good for RHBH throwers with the hyzer. With a creek always on your right side on holes 7-10, a nice hyzer shot will stay clear and no discs will be lost. Same thing with backyards for that fact too. Although I have had a throw go into a yard, it wasn't far in and was easy to retrieve. The baskets are nice and big so it suits well with beginners and experts alike.
Cons: Many trees on the tee box, such as hole number 1. The tree branch hangs over 3/4 of the concrete runway and you are pretty much forced to either throw low to dodge it or throw way left.
Also, could have thrown some variety in for each hole. 2 and 3 seem to be the only holes not a straight shot to the hole. Sure I like the touch of throwing over the creek on hole 3, but it's like 10 feet in front of the tee, so now really a problem at all.
Many times, there are soccer players in the middle of the 4th and the 10/11th fairway.
Hole 6 used to be a nice par 4 with some trees near the hole to add some challenge. They moved the hole back further into more trees, making par (for me anyway) about the best I can get.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a smallish park that has some trees and a creek, and a whole lot of other activities going on. There are multiple playgrounds, parking lots with buildings on three corners, and is a popular place for recreation. Interference is definitely possible.
- Mature trees are present in many places, which force line shaping, especially off the tee. #1, #2, #5, and #12 are super tight/low off the teepad, to the point of being ridiculous. Some wider shots/overhand/roller lines are available in some places as well. Other holes are a little more forgiving with the trees, #6 is in a grove, #7 forces a RHBH anny (or big RHBH hyzer), and #3 is around a large, wide tree.
- Creek is a factor on a few holes; especially to the right on #8 and #9. These are longer holes, too, so an out of control shot can land in the water or over the creek very easily.
- Nice elevated tee shot on #4 long, a good bomber hole at 535'. Errant shots have a real chance of hyzering way left into the creek, right into the trees, or way right into somebody's backyard. Keep it clean! Also a few baskets on small slopes, especially on #1.
- Some other tricky basket placements, usually by being placed directly next to or underneath a low hanging tree branch. Adds difficulty for sure.
- Good variety of hole length, there are three over 400', four more over 300', and shorter holes that offer some tougher lines.
- Nice signs, nice teepads, nice baskets. Directional arrows are present in spots to point in the right direction, navigation is a breeze.
Cons: - A few of the holes have really funky lines, mostly due to lots of low tree branches. #1 has a branch literally on top of the teepad, not sure if this is intentional.
- A lot of wide open holes, or holes with one or two trees to worry about. The creek helps to add challenge, without a doubt, but a safe RHBH hyzer will easily take that out of play.
Other Thoughts: - A pretty decent course in the park; there is plenty of distance for any kind of player, and some funky lines to try new things. Definitely could see a lot of rollers to stay clear of the trees, or low line drives. Good for beginners to mess around, as long as they avoid the creek. Casual players will find some challenge as well. More advanced players will be able to cruise through, for the most part.
- It can get REALLY crowded here; I had to skip #4 long and #11-#12 on my second round because of lots of soccer activities. Good to come on off hours.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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