Bevier Park Review
0 Helpful / 1 Not
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.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Fun and Varried
3 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
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.
Fun well-maintained course ...
2 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
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.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
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.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
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!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a large multi-use park, but is well separated from everything else. There are pretty much three sections; a mowed grass field littered with medium sized trees, an open prairie with mowed fairways, and a dense forest.
- Holes out in the grassy field use the trees to force some interesting shots, with some obvious left and right curves of varying lengths. Also borders the forest in a few spots, including some blind and protected baskets.
- Prairie area provides some real bomber holes, with tons of length and thick rough. Drivers are definitely needed out here, as well as accurate approach shots. Elevated teepads and baskets add some fun and difficulty.
- Remainder of the holes are set in the forest, or at least going into it. Three holes enter the forest going left, straight, and right from an open area. Other holes have tight, tunnel-like fairways, and one has a creek crossing to a well protected basket. Great test of accuracy.
- Good variety in hole length and difficulty, with plenty of bomber holes across the street to complement the more technical ones. The course can also be played as a 9 or 18, based on the old tees still existing among the new layout.
- Good baskets, good teepads and signage on original layout. Numbered rubber pads and arrows on the baskets make the additional holes easy to play as well.
Cons: - A decent amount of the holes in the open areas have little to no obstacles at all, just a wide open shot with little thought. A lot of bombs in a row can get a little tiring. Holes with tough lines are generally on the shorter side as well.
- Some minor elevation changes in the prairie, otherwise it is pretty much flat.
- Layout can be confusing with the original tee signs up; following and understanding the map is a must the first time through.
Other Thoughts: - This course has great variety between the three different sections. I personally end up using a ton of different shots, BH and FH, in the areas with lots of trees. A straight shot is also a must in spots; plenty of line-shaping needed. At least one bomber hole for even the biggest of arms as well.
- I think this course is well-suited for almost skill level. Experienced players might find it a little too easy, thought, due to some shorter hole lengths. The option of doing 9 or 18 should make it accessible for beginners as well as a typical recreational player.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
A mix of everything
Pros: - Lots of variety
(6 holes with mature trees)
(6 holes on the prairie)
(6 holes in moderate to heavy woods)
- The variety lends itself to many different playing styles and will test your whole game.
- Concrete teepads on the original nine and rubber on the added nine.
- Tiny water hazards. (Unless you shank a drive into the pond).
- Solid baskets
- Fairly easy navigation, except between 5 and six.
- Nice tee signs on the concrete holes though some are outdated
Cons: - Some thick rough in places, especially on the prairie. the tall grass seems to eat discs watch your disc finish and mark it with a TALL landmark.
- Newer tee pads are rubber and do not have signs.
- Navigation could be an issue between 5 and 6.
Other Thoughts: Overall the greatest attribute Bevier Park has to offer is its variety. You cannot go there as a one trick pony and expect to play well. You start with six holes dicing through tall mature trees where hitting a line is necessary. You then move onto the prairie section in which you have all the air space in the world. This portion becomes more about landing your disc in a particular area rather then hitting a line. And the last portion is wooded require some crucial line shaping to score well. It tests all parts of your game. Though the original nine holes have signs, they have not been updated to accommodate the new holes. Thus number #18 has a sign that says it is #9. If these signs were updated it would really help the course flow and navigation. I personally feel like the added holes are still incomplete. Concrete tees and updated signs would really solidify this course as a solid 18-holer. As of right now it still feels kind of "makeshift" for lack of a better word. It has a solid mix of long and short holes to keep things interesting. The water hazards are barely hazards, and the creek usually does not have water in it, so if you are afraid to throw water holes, don't skip this course because of it. Currently the course sits at a 3.5/5 for me. By making the course complete with new signs, all concrete pads and some trimming of the thick rough, it could bump it up to a 4/5. Bevier is not a destination course, but one to hit on the way. I personally drive an hour to play this course and it is worth every minute of the drive.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Bevier park started out as a well manicured, relatively short nine hole course with well placed trees requiring the player to shape lines. The course was expanded into two different areas, a wide open prairie across the street from the rest of the course (6 holes) and the forest south of the course (3 holes). The original holes and the tree new ones in the woods are well balanced with regards to rightys and leftys. I throw RHBH ans RHFH and found myself using both equally. The holes in the prairie add much needed length to the course, but there is not a single tree to force limit your choice of flight paths. The holes in the woods are narrow with thick scule off the fairway. The original nine holes have nice, roomy concrete tees. All baskets are in good shape, with the ones on the new holes slightly newer and in near perfect shape. A few of the prairie holes have the baskets placed on small mounds to add danger to long putt attempts including the 600' par 4 hole 11. Wind is a big factor on the praire holes. Water is in play on a few holes, especially 16 where you have a choice of going long over an OB creek or laying up in front of it and having a more difficult up shot. I saw a few extra sleeves for different basket placements. These may be old placements or the pins on some holes may be rotated.
Cons: The course has almost no elevation change. Other than the wide open holes, this is a short course. There are walking paths in play on some of the original holes. They appear to be frequently used, so you may be waiting to tee. This course has major navigation issues, the original nine holes have great signs. Too bad they use the original numbering layout and most if not all of the hole lengths have changed. The layout is so confusing that at a tourney I played there recently, the TD waived the rule against playing the course out of order and said just play all the holes. The added holes have rubber tees which have settled and as a result are wavy and bumpy. One rubber mat appears to have been mowed over, and the top layer has a gaping hole right at the center of the tee. There is poison ivy in the woods so keep your eyes open when off the fairways.
Other Thoughts: The first time I played the course I was unable to find the three holes in the woods. I would highly recommend printing out a copy of the course map as it will save you a lot of headaches. After hole 5, cross the street on your right and follow the path past the fence. The tee for hole 6 is on your right. Holes 6-11 are on this side of the street. Mowed pathways show you where to go. After hole 11 cross the street at the same place you crossed previously. Hole 12 is marked as hole 6 on the sign. After 12 follow the path back into the woods for 13. Hole 14 is back out of the woods and is marked as hole 7. Hole 15 is the next tee you can see and is marked as 8. After 15 follow the path into the woods for holes 16 and 17. Follow the path from 17's basket to 18's tee which is marked as hole 9. After reading this, I hope I have convinced you to print out the course map.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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