Downers Grove, IL 
O'Brien Park Share
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3 / 208ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #5 Tee



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 A course so short that a leprechaun could shoot par

1    11/24/2012   11/25/2012
Review By: Three Putt
Played: 130  Reviewed: 83  Exp: 20 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: O'Brien Park is a short beginners course. It starts with two pretty OK shots; # 1 shoots up a sled hill and #2 is an elevated tee shot down the backside of the hill. From there the course settles down into a series of < 200' shots back and forth over a ditch, followed by a longer 300'-ish open shot at #9 to finish. There were good signs and the flow was easy to follow. The park is lightly wooded, and four of the nine shots were pretty wide-open.
Cons: The tees are natural and badly rutted out. They don't give much in the way of footing. The shots get repetitive as so many of them shoot back and forth over a ditch with similar distances. It is hard to remember one hole from the other since they were all so similar. The distances and challenge-level would have to be described as "beginners only."
Other Thoughts: While it would be nice if there was a bit more variety to this course, it does make for a good beginners design. If the tee situation was addressed, it would be a pretty OK course. I think there is a need for these types of courses, as they do a good job of introducing the sport to a wide range of players. Unfortunately, for the purpose of reviewing there isn't much to them and they simply don't rate highly.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Short pretty course

1    8/4/2009   8/5/2009
Review By: mashnut
Played: 817  Reviewed: 774  Exp: 12.8 Years
This review was updated on 10/26/2009
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through a grassy park with some small trees. The first two holes play up and back down a sled hill, and add some fun elevation. The second hole is lots of fun teeing off from the top of the hill overlooking the entire park. The rest of the holes are mostly flat, though a few play over a small dry drainage ditch. One hole plays toward a pond, adding a risk/reward element that will punish drives that go too long.

The park is very nicely maintained, with pretty trees and well-mowed grass. The tee areas are well defined, and mostly flat. There are tee signs for every hole, making the course verry easy to follow and navigate. The baskets were very new, and in great shape.
Cons: The course isn't all that challenging, only one hole (#9) allows for any kind of drive. The rest of the holes are reachable for most players using only a putter. Nearly every hole has a wide open RHBH hyzer route, it would have been nice if the trees had been used to force some other kind of shot.

The tees were rutted and not always in good shape. Many did not provide all that good of footing, though none of the holes are long enough to require much of a run-up. The middle portion of the course plays back and forth across a small ditch, and seems very repetitive.
Other Thoughts: This course is perfect for beginning players, with little punishment for errant drives, some trees to avoid, and no real chance to lose a disc. More experienced players will not find much challenge here, though it is a fun course to play a relaxed one disc round with a putter or bring new players.

The course is pretty, and has some fun spots, but it doesn't have a whole lot to draw players from much of a distance. Don't drive way out of your way to play this one, but stop by for a quick fun round.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 My Review

6/3/2007   3/2/2008
Review By: spectrasmydisc
Played: 8  Reviewed: 4
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Easy course, good for beginners.
Cons: Not well kept. Baskets are very rusty and some are on an angle.
Other Thoughts: Even though it is not a great overall course, it is good to practice your approach shots since all but one hole is under 200 ft. Longest: 310 ft

0 of 6 people found this review helpful.


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