Pros: - Course is set in a decent sized city park, that has the various activities pretty well separated. Aside from a pavilion, which isn't really in play, there should not be any interference.
- A decent mix of rough, trees, and some tall grass provide hazards to avoid on most of the holes. There is a big depression full of nasty rough that is in play on #6 and #7. Going way left on #6 is a good option instead of trying to clear a pretty small gap, but #7 pretty much forces a shot over the schule. #8 is also bordered by this rough on the left side. #9 and #10 have mowed fairways in tall grass to force some shot placement.
- Holes with trees include #1, with the basket under low branches, #5's pin is also underneath a big tree, and #6 has trees to avoid off the tee as well as before the gap. Even more if going around the rough on the left side. Also some very large willows to shot around/between on #9.
- Some little elevation changes here and there, like the aforementioned depression, a slight uphill slope on #1, a valley shot on #2, a small hump to go over or around on #5, and a downslope on #8. Nothing major, but noticeable.
- Pretty good mix of hole length for a smaller course, there are three shorties under 220', but also four holes over 300'; two of those over 400'. Many chances for some full power shots for most players.
- Nice signs and baskets, natural tees are still new and in good shape. Navigation can be a little tricky; the course starts by the pavilion and isn't marked very well. Not terrible, map isn't necessary.
Cons: - A lot of pretty open shots here, with only a tree or two to worry about. #1, #4, and #10 especially, and #2, #3, and #8 to a lesser degree. Staying out of the rough/grass off the very generous fairways is the only challenge.
- Hole #10 ends at the end of the park, so you have to hoof it back to the parking area. Not a long haul, just annoying.
- Layout is a little cramped in a few spots, like #7's basket, which is close to #6's fairway.
Other Thoughts: - Not a shabby course, pretty good variety in terms of open and lightly wooded holes, with #6 being the tightest and toughest. #2 is a cool valley hyzer shot over some rough as well. A few tricky approach shots, and some longer drives as well. Should be perfect for beginners, and even intermediate players. Advanced players will be able to cruise through.
9 Holes of Disc Golf
Pros: New, nice Chainstar baskets.
Good tee signs with hole distances.
#2 is a fun hole, with some good rough/long grass to punish bad/short drives.
#9 is also a fun hole that takes away the hyzer route for most RHBH players.
Cons: Natural, undefined and sometimes uneven teepads.
This course does not seem to flow well because you walk by the parking lot twice during your round, but then you have a long walk back to the lot after you finish on #10.
While this course seems like it was designed for beginners and recreational level players, #2, #3, #4, #5, #7, #9 and #10 have the potential to be very frustrating to players at that level.
Nagivation is not extremely difficult, but "Next Tee" signs would be very helpful here.
Other Thoughts: When you enter the park, use the very first parking lot on the right. Hole #1 is not very easy to find. It's just south of the pavillion.
Beginners and recreational level players will find a good (and frustrating) test here. Advanced and open players may want to create some safari holes along the way in order to create some challenge.
It seems like this course is still rough around the edges. These is enough room to make this at least a 3.0 level course if the Park District is looking to make some improvements.
Not worth your time
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The signs are decent although they face 90 degrees left of the direction of the hole. There are a couple nice longer par 3s here. The baskets are decent.
Cons: Hole 6 is really weird. It is 380 and you can see the basket straight ahead but the only good line to it is a roller and there is barely any room to set one down because of the small trees that are all over the fairway. Holes 1,3,5,7,8, and 10 are all boring and rather open and short. The tees are hard to see as they are just marked with paint in the grass.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Hunting for Birdies in SpazLand
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is the home of Mike "Spaz" Kutella. It's located in a very well kept public park and plays on a long strip of land on the West side. There is a huge sign at the entrance that says Stingray Bay. The land is mostly open with a little sloping terrain in a couple of places. There are a few holes that play in a prairie area. You want to park in the first very small parking lot on the right. Hole #1 not very easy to find. It's just south of the pavillion past the port o potty. Once we found #1 we had no problem with navigation.
Brand new Discraft Chainstars with DGA # plates.
Solid tee signs.
Variety of distances from 196 to 402 feet. I threw putter, mid, fairway, and distance driver. I was able to unleash a few full power drives.
Hole #2 is a crusher hole that plays slightly downhill and has a sloped green.
Hole #5 is an interesting shorter par 4? I just don't see anyone 2ing this hole unless there is a throw in or some awesome roller. I don't think the best players in the world could get a lazer beam shot down the middle to the basket.
Cons: Natural grass tee pads.
The tee signs are not facing the hole so you are looking at a description of the hole from the side.
Hole #7 has no option for players who cannot clear the tall rough area to play around. They have to throw in the tall grass.
I thought on hole #5 & #9 if the tees were moved back they would have forced a different line. On #5 you can throw a slight hyzer to straight shot. Moving it back would have forced a turnover shot which this course lacks. On #9 I like the idea of an S curve between the trees. Any player with an arm is going to throw around the big willow to the right which myself and another play did. Had the tee been moved back there is a smaller tree that would have blocked that route off. I threw a RHBH hyzer on 8 of the 10 holes.
After you finish hole #10 you have to walk down the road 150 yards or so past #8 to the parking lot. It's a frustrating finish to the course.
This has been an extremely dry summer. I'm not sure how much water sits in the tall grass run off areas. Hole 6, 7, 9, 10, & 11 play near them. I have a feeling those areas are going to hold water.
Concrete tees and a couple of tweaks and I'd give this course a 2.5.
The pool on the property is very impressive. Bring your swim suit!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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