Carbondale, IL 
Hickory Ridge Share
Uploaded By: stach23 Hole #9 (Taken 6/2013)
5 / 500ft.   5 / 400ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #9 Mid-Fairway

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 Bring your Game!!

1    6/15/2013   6/15/2013
Review By: Redleg
Played: 48  Reviewed: 14  Exp: 4.7 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Brand New Baskets. Lots of risk vs reward holes, that make you pay for an errant shot but makes it a great feeling when you hit that line. Secluded in the woods but shares a club house with a ball golf course. So after a long hot round you can get a cold drink and a burger.
Cons: Much of the rough is not just rough it is brutal. Thick vegetation, brambles and berry vines. Many small stumps and roots that need to be cut out for safety. It still needs some signage, and could use concrete tee boxes. The low ground on 17 needs a path you can get across on. Lots of Poison Ivy.
Other Thoughts: This is a brand new course and they are still opening it up and clearing the fairways. I gave it a 4 for its potential. It will be a solid 4 maybe higher with some work. Tee signs with distances, this way to next hole signs and good tee pads will Make this a great course. This is not a beginners course, it could use a shorter 9 hole that is more forgiving. What I can see here is some great tournament play!!! C'Dale you hit an Ace with this. It is the best course in Southern Illinois. You 900+ players need to come play this!! SOON.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 New and ready!!!

2-4    6/12/2013   6/12/2013
Review By: stach23
Played: 25  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 4.9 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Mowed fairways, variety of shots, hard pin locations, woods, open space, tunnel shots.
Cons: Course is brand new. The grand opening is this Saturday, 6/15/13. So the course needs a lot of breaking in. I have 2 big cons that I can't ignore. The course flow makes it impossible to play just 9 holes. You pretty much have to play 18 holes, 'cause holes 9 and 10 are miles from the club house. There's a way to play an alternate 9 holes, (1-5, 15-18). So you're in for the long haul of all 18 holes. My other complaint is that a lot of stuff needs to be cut down to make some shots even possible. Pin locations are hard enough, but on a lot of holes, you're just throwing between trees and hoping. Not enough big windows.
Other Thoughts: With a few changes, and a bit of wear, this course will be outstanding, and World's-ready, easily. It's got tons of scenic changes. Holes 1,5,12,13,14,15 are wide open, and the rest are in the woods, with especially 6,7,8,9,10 being almost rain forest-like. Lots of tunnel shots! The mowed fairways are a HUGE plus, but the rough is 5' tall prairie grass, so even 1000 rated players are gonna lose a few. This is definitely a championship course, not beginner friendly. And in just a few months of play, or a year, this course will easily be 5 stars, and THE best course in Southern Illinois.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Carbondale gets a real course!!!

5+    7/27/2013   1/17/2013
Review By: Piker
Played: 68  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 7.7 Years
This review was updated on 7/29/2013
1 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: Innova Discatcher baskets
Mowed fairways
Stumps to sit on at most tees

Cons: Only natural tees
No trashcans
Signage still in the works

Best part is that all of these cons can be fixed in a relatively short amount of time, and for only a little bit of money. Get concrete tees and good signage, This course is a 5!
Other Thoughts: I truly believe this may be one of the best courses in Southern Illinois. I will actually put it up there with Foundation Park in Centralia, IL. This course has all sorts of different shots so bring the whole bag.

1 of 10 people found this review helpful.

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