4 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice wooded course
Pros: The course plays through a mostly wooded park that has no real conflicts with other park uses. There is some nice elevation, nothing drastic but enough to make some really interesting holes and some cool tricky greens. A few less wooded holes are sprinkled in for variety, and the course finishes with a couple ripper holes that still make you place your shot to stay out of trouble but give you room to work some lines.
There are good concrete tees on the shorter set of tees, and basic signs that make the course pretty easy to follow. The long tees are natural, but not too difficult to find. The course felt pretty well maintained, the wooded holes are kept pretty clear and the grassy fairways were nicely mowed. The course has pretty good variety of lengths and hole shapes that keeps you guessing and makes you hit lots of different lines.
Cons: The course plays pretty short, with the notable exception of the last two holes. That makes it a bit of a deuce or die course, especially from the shorts (or from the longs for a better player). There are a couple stretches of holes that get a little repetitive. The middle of the course has some holes with long grass rough, not my favorite obstacle on a course at all. The long natural tees were a bit rutted out and not always the best tee surface, making the shorts a more attractive round despite the better challenge and variety from the longs.
Other Thoughts: This course is a nice challenge, and has great variety of wooded and more open holes that make you hit some tight lines. Beginners might find even the short tees pretty challenging and punitive, with enough rough to make errant shots frustrating. More experienced players will find a fun round from the shorts and a slightly more challenging round from the longs, with great use of the terrain available. This one is definitely one to hit when you're in the Peoria area, pair it with McNaughton for an awesome day of tough golfing.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a very diverse piece of land. It is roughly half forest, half prairie, with some wide open holes at the end. There is deep forest with lots of trees, grove forest with larger trees, a good mix throughout. Lot of different obstacles depending on the area of the park you are in.
- Holes in the deeper forest usually have pretty well defined fairways, in addition to larger trees to avoid. Combine that with significant elevation changes, and there are many different tricky shots to make. A few right, a few straight, a long tunnel, and a long left on hole #5. This is a great hole; low ceiling, over the dip in the fairway, to a big drop left down a hill and over a creek. Some slanted greens, as well.
- A few of the grove-like holes border the sloping forested area, so staying on the fairway is a must. Avoiding a bunch of wide trees is also key, of course, so there is some line shaping needed to navigate some parts.
- Holes in the prairie make good use of the various trees and shrubbery to force some lines as well. Larger obstacles definitely take out many routes, so some more line shaping is key to score low.
- The course finishes up with two bomber holes that demand distance. #17's tee is a shot out of/next to the forest, towards a very large hill. The basket is on the far side of the hill, close to the forest, and very blind. Choose your tee wisely. #18 has a huge elevated teebox over an upward sloping, right curving fairway with some trees on the right. Great bomber hole with a great view.
- Good baskets (except #1), good teepads, decent signs.
Cons: - This course has a ton of great holes, but it also has a ton of pretty bland ones. While the holes in the prairie do provide some challenge, they are all pretty short and very forgiving, with little to no rough. It might not seem so bad on its own, but they pale in comparison to the rest of the course.
- With a few exceptions, the course does play pretty short.
Other Thoughts: - Overall, a very solid course with great variety throughout. There are some top notch holes that could be legitimate par 4's, as well as good risk/reward holes with lots of trees and other hazards. Elevation changes play a major role on many holes, in many different ways. Unfortunately, a good amount of short, easy holes water down the course on the whole. Still worth a trip for any player in my book.
- Concrete pads follow a few different tees; some alternates are hard to find, if they are there at all. Pro tees a little lengthier, nothing too crazy.
- Navigation is pretty easy thanks to some paint on the baskets and the occasional brick; a few tricky spots around 7/8 and 16/17. Map in front.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Among the Very Best!
Pros: -The recent changes to the course have made it better than ever.
-The course is very challenging, but fair...very rarely do you see bad shots go unpunished and good shots generally wind up good.
-Just about any hole out here can rough you up. Every hole out here can be done in 3 shots...several holes can stick you at a 5 or 6 if you have a bad throw.
-5, 13, 16 and 18 can all be considered par 4s. Deuces on these holes are rare both because of length and shape of the shot.
-The course forces you to play for par. Yes there are deuce opportunities out there, but they're not easy to get.
Cons: -Tee signs have only the bare minimum of information.
-After the redesign, 7 stands out as a clear weak link...but it has grown on me over time - it is a nice relief after the relentless assault.
Other Thoughts: Courses like this are the reason I love disc golf, its just flat out fun to play. Even after taking a 5 or 6 on a hole, you simply walk away from the pin with some friendly banter - because the course beat you today - not because of a bad break or an unlucky shot. Kudos to Greg, he has designed some good courses, but this is, particularly after the redesign, truly his crown jewel - and in my humble opinion the best of Illinois disc golf. Not the best because its the hardest - the best because it is the most fun.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1. I liked the scenic view of some of the shots.
2. Some variety in shots (also some monotony)
3. One of my favorite holes so far is here. I don't remember the number but it is a 20-25 ft. fairway, 300 something feet down to the basket right in the middle. Gorgeous tee. I think the long pad at this hole was closer to 400. I saw it and fell in love
4. Spread out well.
5. Pro or Con: easy to lose discs. Could be a pro because it forces accurate shots, could be a con because I am an Amateur who doesn't always have accurate shots.
Cons: 1. There were a few times where I felt like I was throwing the exact same shot for the 3rd or 4th time. I can't recite the actual holes though. It just felt like they could have made some a little longer, more sharp angles, more obstacles, or something.
2. A little bit of trash around.
Other Thoughts: overall a pretty good course. I met up with a local by happen chance and he showed me around so I never looked at the map and can't speak to its accuracy. The rain the week before made for navigation in some areas a little more tricky due to mud. I'm between a 3.5 and a 4. I will give a four because I may be unfairly comparing it to McNaughton which was played directly before it and enjoyed immensely.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Terrific course in the woods
Pros: Great tees and baskets. Everything is kept in great shape, and there's even a nice practice hole.
Good variety of shots: There's doglegs in both directions, and good use of elevation and obstacles. You can tell that a lot of care went into designing these holes.
Nice hike through the first 9 holes. Even though there was some mud, the hike through the woods was really great.
Holes 17&18 are really interesting. They are very memorable, and probably the signature holes of this course.
The people are friendly. We saw a few people walking dogs in the area, but they never were in the way.
Cons: Holes 11-16 (the "vineyard") are disc eaters. Generally, they are very picturesque holes, with nice fairways, easily distinguishable roughs, and share tree lines. The problem is that the rough areas have longer-than-necessary grasses, and these tree areas have a lot of undergrowth.
I really think that this is the only downside of the course. Everything else is perfect!
Other Thoughts: This course is one of the most fun courses I've played. Just bring a few cheaper discs that you won't mind losing.
If you love courses in the woods like I do, then you have to make a trip to the Peoria area. This course and McNaughton are two of the best of this type, and they are so close together!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
This is a cool park that has a quiet and secluded feeling. It has very nice terrain and is heavily wooded for half the holes. There is some decent elevation change on several holes.
This course has a wide variety with long and short tees. The long tees played about 5 shots tougher than the short tees at the Greater Peoria Open. SSA is 48.14 for the shorts and 53.06 for the longs. This is a difficult course. It will challenge every shot in your bag and expose any weakness in your game.
There are some very difficult tight wooded holes on this course along with some thick rough in places. The middle opens up into "the orchard" where the holes are a little more open. You finish with a tough stretch of holes. Holes #17 & #18 are the 2 best finishing holes in Illinois.
Hole 5 is one of the tougher holes you will see. It's a tight gap to the landing zone if you play it safe. The 2nd shot is a difficult downhill shot over the ridge that drops about 20 to 25 feet to a sweet green.
Nice cement tees for the shorts.
Innova Discatcher Baskets.
Cons: Dirt long tees. With the addition of cement long tees and a few minor tweaks i'd fate this course 4.5..
On the way to the park keep a sharp lookout for the entrance. It is very easy to miss.
Culver's is not far from the park. Love that place for lunch or dinner!
If you are in the area check out
McNaughton Park, Pekin, IL
Lake Eureka, Eureka, IL
Bradley Park, Peoria, IL
All 3 are great courses.
Check out my Illinois Top 10 list.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Gem in Central Area
Pros: -True variety of shots are required for this course. Accuracy is a must on the first eight holes, as most of these holes are carved out of the woods. Great putting is needed for the middle eight holes (in the orchard), as the scoring can be done in this stretch. The last two holes require distance and allow the grip and rip players to shine.
-Course design is second to none. If I were to rank the four best holes in the area, Northwood Park would have all four of them (5, 8, 17, 18).
-The course is fun to play, unlike McNaughton Park in Pekin. I have shot a handful of 47's at Northwood.
-Hole's 17 and 18 offer an amazing two hole finish. Some people have tried to compare it to McNaughton's finishing stretch, but that argument shouldn't be made because Morton's two finishing holes beat out Pekin's finishing holes in every way.
-Hole 5 is truly the greatest disc golf hole imaginable. If Hole 17 at TPC at Sawgrass (the island par three) is Golf's signature hole, then this is disc golf's signature hole
Cons: Can't say there are a lot of cons anymore. With the redesign of the course done, a lot of the issues with the orchard were fixed. The score separation will be much better now and it was an issue before. Concrete pads are the only thing I would add to the longs but that will be done by the September, 2012 Super Tour at Morton.
Other Thoughts: If you are in the Central Illinois area, this is the course to play. This is designer Greg Nettles at his best. This a fun course to play that should not be missed! With the recent design change the course is the best of the best. The orchard has been changed and the course is more challenging. Hole 1 has been changed and the "luck factor" is gone and the addition of new hole 9 and new hole 17 add a lot of intrigue to the course.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Best Course in Peoria
Pros: Wow. I don't even know where to start.
At the beginning of the course, there's a huge map of all the holes. At this point I was already impressed.
This course has forest holes, uphill holes, downhill holes, huge 600 feet fairway holes, over "water" holes (a little creek), prairie holes, and so much more. Every shot is unique and a very big challenge. The people that I ran into here were very friendly and helpful in figuring out where to go. Hole 17 is breath-taking and I was kicking myself for not bringing a camera. I had a great time with my dad here. You really won't regret coming here.
Cons: Holes 11-15 were pretty monotonous. They're all dogleg shots in the prairie. Some of the concrete tees were very muddy...but other than that, I don't really have any complaints!
Other Thoughts: This park is so beautiful. As I was playing here ( I think hole 14?) , I saw an owl come down from a tree and catch a snake!! It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen in nature. Then the very next hole I sank a 120 foot putt. You can imagine my happiness, right? Definitely check it out!
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a phenomenal course!
Proximity to McNaughton in Pekin makes for a great disc day. WalMart is a mile away for all the last second things. Not sure if they sell discs; forgot to check.
I love practice baskets! Every course needs them!! Nothing worse than schtoinkeling a putt due to lack of practice.
Incredible mix of open and tight shots. The front half of the course is in tight, wooded areas. The middle and end of the course open up. The holes in the middle, especially, appear to be easy because the fairways are well manicured and obstacles appear minimal. Looks are deceiving! These holes can be very difficult if your disc placement is off.
Hole 1 is nearly a blind toss; throwing downhill amongst big trees. Perfect hole for a roller, if you have a good one...
Hole 2 is a tricky, short hole throwing uphill. Basket located 2/3 up the hill. Your putter will slide/roll down far if you're not careful.
Hole 5 is one of my favorite holes ever. Wish there wasn't a Gatorade bottle in the stream or a broken basket. Dang hoodlums!
Hole 18 is confusing if you've never been here before. It's a rough, yet pretty, hole that lets you 'grip n' rip'.
Cement tees are nice. Signage is good. Aside from holes 17 & 18, you won't get lost.
Cons: Lots of graffiti. Vandals need to go elsewhere.
Litter is abundant due to lack of garbage cans. My memory isn't the best; can recall garbage cans on holes 8 and 15 or 16. If there was a garbage can on every other hole, litter levels should decrease.
Wish the basket on 5 wasn't broken. That's a great hole.
Anything else is just being nitpicky. This is a phenomenal course! I wish it wasn't over two hours away.
Other Thoughts: Go here and Pekin. Your arm might fall off later, but it's well worth it. Said it before but this course warrants me being repetitive: This is a phenomenal course!
Good disc golfing here! Bring your A game!!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Course; needs TLC from players to reach its potential
Love the new holes, and the bright yellow signs to help with navigation! Thanks! Three years later, the trash is gone, the graffiti mostly removed, and the fairways were well cut back through the woods. Hole #5 is just as good as I remember.
--> Original Review, from 2009
Natural Terrain --- This course design made beautiful use of the natural terrain available. The first couple holes are in the woods, with solid elevation changes and plenty of mature trees in the fairways forcing you to shape your shots... Hole #5 is easily the most beautiful hole that I've ever played on. A long teeshot slightly to the left sets a player up on top of a hill overlooking a winding stream, bridge, and basket out on a bend. *Breathtaking* Other holes take you through what feel almost like an orchard of some kind... tall grass, smallish trees planted almost in straight rows. Hole #14 follows a mound to the right, and holes #16-17 let you really rip it with some nice open holes. Hole # 18 is back up the road to your left, but its >600ft provides an elevated tee, over water, out into an open landing area, a long second shot to an uphill basket right next to the shelter you started at. Again... WONDERFUL use of the varied terrain in this park.
Hole Length --- This course really takes advantage of varied hole length (ranging from <200ft to >600ft).I literally used every single disc in my bag on this course at some point, from the longest of drivers to the most technical of hyzer/anhyzer midrange shots.
Signage --- Basic hole signs at the white tees, were overshadowed by the full map by hole #1 and online map that I printed. Something that I really liked (and appreciated my first time out) was the brick showing "next tee" direction by each basket.
Cement Tees --- These are excellent long, narrow tees on every hole, located at the white tee. The blue / red tees where applicable were painted cinder blocks set into the ground, and I think are meant to simply be grass tees.
Baskets --- Yellow targets were easy to spot for a first timer. They were in good shape, with no rust or other weathering apparent.
Dust, dead grass and heat (101 degrees) couldn't take away from the greatness of this course.
--> Original Review, 2009
Mud --- I played when things were mostly frozen, but be ready for plenty of mud in the woods. Steep slopes, streams, and little to no grass will make about 1/3 of the holes downright treacherous after any recent rain.
Trash --- It made me really sad that there was so much trash on this course. There were probably 4-6 trash cans available throughout the course, which were 2/3 full, but there were so many beer cans, and plastic bottles strewn *everywhere* that it made made me wonder who the general player population is on this course. (*note, I have also now committed to carrying a garbage bag for trash with me on all casual rounds... if trash bothers you too, do something about it!)
Sharpie Graffiti --- Now, I'm all for noting Aces and Dates somewhere (I prefer on the bottom of the disc at hand, but could see the potential of an interesting public sharpie board added onto hole signage somewhere in the future...) but the Graffiti on this course went well past this type to include plenty of pot leaf drawings, "XYZ loves BCD" (and the seemingly requisite profanity or lewd comment that joined it soon after) or random other comments on *most* signs and baskets,... It seems that our artists got tired of their own voices partway through, because the back nine was noticeably cleaner.
Baskets --- A couple of baskets are in need of some repair work. One loose/leaning basket, and a chain single hanging down unattached, were the most noticeable.
Overall, the cons I felt were completely cosmetic... the play and course design were awesome! If I get to play this course again, and the trash is cleaned up, it will get a 4.0 or 4.5. ***Update...changed the review score!
Other Thoughts: ***Thanks for the invite back to play from Cobra165... I had a great time at this course!
(my first written review)
This course was basically within sight of the Highway Exit, and the directions from DGCR were spot on. After playing on only my local courses for so long, it felt strange to pull off the highway, drive out into the farmland and basically stumble upon this absolute *gem* of a course.
I was forced to park at the south lot, and walk up hole #18 to get to the main lot and shelter due (I think) to it being rather off season when I played (Feb-28).
Looking at the course map, I was a little mystified about the layout of holes 6-7-8... why play 7, and then walk back up the hole to #8 tee? ... however, I realized immediately upon walking up to 7 tee that the layout is set that way to force all players to throw *away* from the cemetery located outside that corner of the park. It felt very respectfully laid out when walking through it... strong cudos to the designer of the course for that fact. More people should be as considerate.
I liked this course enough that I would drive from Indianapolis to play this course again if there were a 36/54/72 hole tournament over a weekend..
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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