Up and down, but not because of elevation...
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Pros: 21?? hole course at Bevier Park, in Waukegan, IL.
DGA baskets (most at least, I think?). All mounted well, one position per hole. Some of these baskets are either some other type of basket, or older, or whatever...but they're definitely smaller. I don't hate it, as it forces better putts. We definitely noticed this on the first 5 holes at least. Multiple positions on many holes.
Concrete tee pads, all in really solid condition. Plenty long and wide, and grippy as well. Apparently there's rubber across the road, but they weren't available when we were there. One tee per hole.
The back wooded holes here are FUN. Really nice, technical lines that are damn fun to throw on. Hole 16 is a hole that would stand out on any course. Long enough, winding tunnel shot with a barrier creek and one of the coolest tree framed baskets I've ever seen.
A decent use of whatever other obstacles are available in the more open areas. What little elevation there is, is used well.
Cons: When we were there, it looked like the area around the first five holes was in total reconstruction. Not fun to trudge through when the ground is wet.
There's probably a few too many open holes here, especially if you factor in the open field of holes across the road. I'm not sad they weren't open when we were here.
For as much good was done with the wooded area here, it's a crying shame the pond in the middle of the course couldn't get used. I get that there's a walking path, but man...could have been epic to have a couple water carries, and less open shots.
Other Thoughts: Bevier is a mish mash of really great holes, and really boring holes, with not a lot of middle ground (at least for this Int player). Lower levels players may find it tough, higher level players than me may find it too easy, save for a few holes.
It's a fun course on the first spin, but all I really want to go back and play is a few of the later holes. If you haven't played it, worth a spin. Maybe you'll want to go back, maybe you won't. The definition of a 3.0 course, which isn't a bad thing.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Bevier is the greatest course since the Beatles.
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Pros: There is a diversity of terrain and demographics. Sin cannot enter Bevier Park! The first five holes are wide open with concrete tees in well a well mowed park full of athletic wonders, fishermen, and a majestic weeping willow. Hole 6-11 take on a different tone with a windy open prairie feel with rubber tees over wood frames. Hole 7 provides a wonderful spiritual feel, but mind the cell tower. Hole 11 is a bomber, bring the big guns. Holes 12-19 are again concrete and wind in and out of some forest areas and over a mighty stream. There are some challenges to be found, and a wide variety of throws to work on. The last two are back to the wide open areas, and #21 is a bit of a work in progress. Enjoy!
Cons: Some poison ivy in the summer months. No free donuts.
Other Thoughts: Do not be afraid. This is the far north side of Waukegan. The bad people won't get you. If you get hungry head slightly east there is a Jewel, BK, Tacohell, Ming Toy! and if you are feeling authentico... La Mexicanita has a taco stand in the back.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Bevier 21 Holes
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Pros: 4'x6' concrete teepads on 15 of 21 holes. Clear signage on every hole. Directions to next tee on every hole. Decent mix of righty and lefty shots. Decent mix of open fairways and tight wooded fairways. Decent mix of length. Creek comes into strategic play on several holes. Very pretty, superbly-maintained park.
Cons: High grass on holes 6-11 across the street can get high during mid-summer - not mowed enough on these back holes only.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Bevier Park Review
Pros: Course starts in open park area with little obstacles, then moves to a tall grassy field which adds difficulty, then finally ends through tightly wooded areas. I love the course layout.
Cons: A few holes in the beginning are right by busy roads. You'll occasionaly land a disc in the middle of the street or get the teenage kid honking his horn as you're about to putt. I like it much better when traffic isn't heavy.
Other Thoughts: A lot of geese roaming around means a lot of geese poop on the ground. It's EVERYWHERE! It's really the only problem I have when I play here.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Fun and Varried
Pros: - Variety of hole types with and equal smattering of open prairie, semi-open park style, and tightly wooded provided different challenges throughout the round.
- Equipment is generally in good repair.
- Pleasant park setting with ample parking, bathrooms, and seating. The course has been well kept on each of my visits.
Cons: - Course tends towards shorter and/or more open holes, limiting the difficulty factor.
- Some of the rubber pads on holes 6-11 are in need of repair.
- Tee signs provide hole number only, no distance or hole geometry.
- Very little elevation change.
- A number of fairways play a little too close to each other.
Other Thoughts: I quite enjoyed each of my rounds at Bevier. The course is laid out in such a way that it almost feels like 3 separate "mini-rounds," which is rather unique.
You start out with 5 typical park style holes with more mature trees shaping your shot selection. Sidewalks and the road provide an added level of difficulty on holes 4 and 5 with some OB.
You cross the street for holes 6-11 in the open prairie. Each time I played, wind proved the biggest challenge for these holes. Fortunately, each of the baskets in this section of the course are placed on small hills or berms to provide dangerous greens, providing more interest in what could otherwise be more boring holes.
Crossing back over the street takes you to holes 12-21 where there are a handful of park style holes, but the majority are tightly wooded and provide the most challenge on the course. Holes 16-19 in particular are very good, challenging holes with 16, 18, and 19 bringing the creek into play as well.
It is unfortunate that the walking path which runs around the pond in the center of the park prevents a water carry hole for safety reasons, as it would add another really great element to a course that already has good variety.
The course does play on the shorter side with most holes under 300', and the plethora of open holes will leave higher skilled players wanting more.
Navigation can be a little tricky in places for your first time out, so I will reiterate the advice of printing out the course map for your initial visit.
This course is really close to being a 3.5 for me, but there are just a few too many holes that allow you to just throw up a big hyzer (and not even a particularly long one) right to the basket. Some better, more informative tee signs, better pads across the street, or a hole across the pond, and my score jumps up to a 3.5. Still a good course and a lot of fun as is.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: nice layout and best markings I've seen at a course. It was easy to find the basket and next hole. Will play again, the narrow fairways did at least help with practicing accuracy.
Cons: narrow fairways almost impossible to not lose a disc at least once. They really should widen ten feet
Other Thoughts: nice back holes but not a fan of holes where there are so many trees that you can't possibly drive without hitting a tree 2/3 times.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Designer Response by: #19325
Sorry for the rough out there. The park district has been super busy. You caught a bad time. They did some major mowing and trimming the last week of July.
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Fun well-maintained course ...
Pros: - Great signage; red arrows located throughout the course makes it very easy to navigate
- Fairways neatly manicured
- Rare to find a 20-hole course in the Chicago-land burbs.
- Nice variety: Starts out as your typical short park course, then you move across the street to an open space with a few longer holes, then you move back across the street into the woods (low ceiling shots)
- Good use of terrain: a little creek comes into play and some baskets are placed atop small hills
Cons: - While there are 20 holes, you will find yourself throwing the same shot over and over again (this problem, however, applies to many area courses).
Other Thoughts: This course is a lot of fun. A lot of thought and care appears to have been put into it's design and maintenance, which is very much appreciated. ... This time of year, the wooded area is ankle deep in fallen leaves so pay very close attention to where your disc lands.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Great flow. Very nice scenic quality. The fairways are very well kept on the original 9. First few holes are simple but not gimmes, and the challenge grows as you move through the course. Nice couple of wood holes.
Cons: Narrow fairways across the street. And check for TICKS! Most of the holes are open-not too many trees.
Other Thoughts: The park can get a little traffic in the summer, but other than a couple holes near the pond, everyday park goers aren't an issue.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Designer Response by: #19325
If you get a chance to play again the fairways across the road have been mowed wider and several paths have been created.
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somewhere in the cut
Pros: Good chunk of land with a road dividing it in half.
The flow of the course is solid. Seems like the course is divided into three separate sections. Decent typical setup for the first several holes.
Cross the street to play out in the "prairie" for some longer holes with some decieving distances and lines.
Cross the street again to head back and the woods begin. Lines are not impossible but they still provide a great challenge.
Elevated baskets provide a specific putting challenge.
Cons: For the longer holes out on the prairie short grass fairways are pretty thin. Plan on spending some time looking for discs that fly a little off course. The rough is pretty brutal.
The baskets are just overall "off". Either the chains are too soft or have too much give. Many frisbees did not stick for me personally. The teepads out in the grass praire are rubber and all sorts of ripped up.
Other Thoughts: The course is beautiful with its small lake and fountain in the middle. Has a little bit of a ball golf feel. Especially with all the geese and ducks.
Its not a bad course although it could be better.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Designer Response by: #19325
If you are back in the area check in. Many improvements this summer.
Wider fairways & paths across the street.
Tee pads have been fixed.
Several holes redesigned and 2 more added.
More to come in 2014.
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nice clean park
Pros: -One of the few 18s in the northern burbs area
-Very clean park, with a nice mix of wooded shots and open bombs
-Great mix of distances with right and left finishing shots.
-seems like it's 3 different courses. 1 open lightly wooded course (which i believe is the original 9). Then you get into the woods for some tight technical shots. And then you cross the street for some long bomber shots for about 6 holes, but watch out for that rough!
Cons: -The 6 expansion holes across the street, threw me off a little bit the first time playing, I didn't know they were there until I read the map at hole 1. A few more "next tee" arrows would have been helpful.
-The fairways on the holes across the street are ridiculously small, probably only about 6-7 feet wide. While this does make for some accuracy practice, veering off into the rough does make this a little unpleasant, especially once the tall prairie grass grows in.
-The rubber teepads for some of the expansion holes can get slippery.
-Not really too many long holes in the "main" part of the course, you can play most of them with a mid or fairway driver.
Other Thoughts: -Overall it's a beautiful, well maintained multi-use park. Discontinum uses this park for thier leagues and it's great to have a nice 18er up in the north burbs. But still doesn't come close to the quality of the joliet area courses.
-There are a couple other smaller courses in the area that would be worth checking out if someone wanted to make a day trip coming up here from the southern burbs.
-If you live in this area, this definitely would be my home course in terms of quality.
-Go play this course and then go to six flags! it's a win win!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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