15 minutes from Midway Airport
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Very pleasant, park style course in a quiet neighborhood.
Disc play: Basically wide open with many well placed trees. Pretty much every hole presents multiple lines, encouraging some degree of decision making.
+ Elevation figures prominently on pretty much all of the first 12 holes or so. Many fairways play up or down hill to significantly change effective hole length, with several others playing over troughs and gullies. Lots of baskets on slopes create tricky putts and approaches - really augments risk/reward. The latter part of the course flattens and stretches things out a bit.
+ Distances range from Ace Runs to bombers with a pretty good variety therein. Open design allows for several lines, without forcing any one in particular.
+ Precision tee shots will likely result in birdies (assuming you have the distance), but aren't really required for pars.
+Dual tees: shorts are quite appropriate for Novice/ Rec players, longs are suitable for Intermediate, and should be fun (albeit not truly challenging) for Advanced players. Not at all intended to challenge Pro level players.
Nothing but grass and trees - absolutely no underbrush whatsoever... zero. The only threat of disc loss is where the ponds come into play (significant on 8 and 18, only in extremely unfortunate instances on 7 &17).
Flow/Navigation: Flows well from hole to hole once you know your way around. Finding the next hole can be a bit frustrating on a course this open - sometimes the closest tee isn't the next hole. Would really benefit from painting a spoke on the basket pointing you toward the next tee; red for shorts, whites longs - cheap yet effective.
Equipment: All brand new and in perfect shape at this point. Concrete tees are large with hole # etched at the front of each tee. Signs at each tee show distance, pin location and a few select trees to help determine which pin to target to when a couple are in view, as well as aiding course navigation. Yellow Innova baskets are easy to spot from all tees and you can often make out the hole # from many of the short tees to avoid throwing at the wrong pin.
+ 8 is a bit of a gut check, deuce or die hole. A sizeable pond looms left of the hole, with the pin perched atop a berm - an easily reachable Ace Run from either tee (for the appropriate skill level). RHBH hyzer lines can sail past into the swampy pond. RHFH shots that get flippy or a RHBH annie line that "stables up" can also cost you a disc. Factor in some wind, and I promise you'll take some time thinking about how to play your tee shot.
+ 18 is a fun finishing hole - nice water carry over a very scenic pond that's not too intimidating for newbs from the short tee, and a reasonably challenging for experienced players from the long tee.
Aesthetics: Nice and green
very much a pleasant walk in a city park type of course. Nary a speck of trash.
Extras: Trash cans every few holes (but no benches). Bathroom near parking.
Gets repetitive. No variety in terms of fairway type or feel
Long/short tees differ primarily in distance, although they are often positioned at different elevations and occasionally bring different trees into play. In all fairness, given the openess of the landscape, there's not much the designers could do to create significanty different looks without scattering tees around the course in a way that would be confusing to navigate, and possibly kill flow.
A few tees are close enough that bad, wind aided shots from the previous hole could result in shouts of "FORE!"
Open layout makes recovery easy - perhaps too easy. Some would list that under pros, but I think bad shots should affect your score.
I'm not sure how much non-DG traffic occurs here, but there's really nothing isolating the course at all. It's wide open enough avoid most problems... if people use courtesy and communication. However, several signs advising people to beware of flying discs seem in order, especially since several of the longs play 400-500+ft. What we're doing that far away isn't on most pedestrians' radar.
Other Thoughts: 50 Acre is essentially a one trick pony: quite open, avoid some well placed trees
but it performs that trick well. If you're looking for a course that really forces shot shaping by rewarding great placement while punishing errors, keep driving.
It's a well-executed course that some will find a blast to play while others find it kinda boring. Regardless which camp you're in, there's no denying it gets a bit repetitive and lacks variety, so I can't rate it excellent. That said, I appreciate what it does well and give high marks to the designer(s) for maximizing the DG potential this plot of land offers. Wonderful use of natural elements: trees, elevation and water are all used effectively to create several interesting holes and a reasonable challenge.
If not for all the elevation and a couple of really good water shots, this course would be pretty ordinary... 2.5, perhaps 2.75. Widespread use of elevation really adds to the fun factor, and the ponds create some intensity and eye appeal. Throw in a 2nd set of tees to accommodate a range of skills, and you have a very good course despite it's lack of variety (without which I can't award a 4.0).
Such a stark contrast (in nearly every conceivable way) from nearby Summit that the two would really make an excellent Yin-Yang combo.
You can all but guarantee wind will be a factor here.
Possible to shoot well below par if you're hitting putts...or well above if you're getting nasty rolls.
Lack of dense woods means no protection from the sun on hot days - sunscreen is your friend.
Fenced in dog park near 2nd hole.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Great Course for Wind Practice!
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Tee Pads: Every hole has two, level, and textured tee pads. Both have their own tee sign with fairly accurate distances. Some holes are the same shot but longer, others are different shots completely. A good mix in my opinion.
Navigation: Other than locating hole one, the course was extremely straightforward and the walks between holes weren't too lengthy. This was my first time out and did not get lost.
Basket Placement: A few baskets were on hillsides, a hole next to a water hazard on a ridge, open, behind trees, etc. This gives some good variety in attacking for the birdie, or playing it safe to avoid OB.
Baskets Themselves: DisCatcher Pros, besides the MachX's these are the best baskets on the market.
Park Maintenance: Park is well maintained, although the grass was pretty long at the time. This hindered rollers on the longer holes and there were no playable skips.
Cons: Shot Variety: We played the blues, and most drives off the tee seemed to be the same shot. Especially on the Par 4's, and even the holes through the tree lines. All long holes were pretty much big anny backhands for a RHBH player. There were a few other shots, but they were also mainly RHBH hyzers with a midrange. A little underwhelming.
Lack of Trees and Obstacles: The City of Evergreen cut down way too many of the beautiful mature oak trees that lined the old golf course. This not only is the reason for the lack of shot variety, but also allows the wind to howl across the course. Sometimes the wind was almost ridiculous.
Lack of Awareness: Other park users did not seem to be informed of the disc golf course. Runners and walkers walking through the course without any care in the world. There needs to be more sinage informing park users of the disc golf course.
Other Thoughts: The course is pretty awesome being so close to Chicago. Besides the Joliet/Channahon/Lockport courses, this is the best course on the Southside hands down. Mokena is pretty comparable to this one, but has much more difficult fairways and some tighter wooded shots, which this course lacked. I am a transported Southsider living in Raleigh, NC. The courses down here are much different, and I did appreciate the chance to bomb my Destroyers and Maxes into headwinds and tailwinds. Be sure to bring your max D for the blue tees, next time I am in town I will be sure to play the whites! This course is definitely worth checking out, but I rate it a 3.5. This would be a 3.0 course, but being where it is geographically it is definitely deserving of a 3.5. Without shot variety, and at least a couple tight fairways, this course is not deserving of a higher rating. This course will definitely be a good one for a PDGA tourney. Be sure to check it out if you're in the area!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Very spacious. Made good use of the trees and hills. Great beginner course; no dense woods or heavy schule. However there is a little water. Nice tee pads and good signs. Overall a nice park.
Cons: It has a lot of short holes. Could use a little more vegetation. Kinda muddy and wet in some areas (but no mosquitoes). I wish there was a bigger shot off one of the hilltops.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Too new for good review
Pros: Close to city.It's about time another 18 hole course was opened withing a half hour of downtown. The park was very spacious and the hills and pond were a nice touch. It was not very crowded so pressure from other frolfers was not an issue. Each hole has a further pro tee as well as a shorter amateur tee.
Cons: Holes are very wide open without many obstacles. The course is basically a large open field and it would be nice if they would plant some more trees. A little bit of wind can send your discs flying into other fairways. The long tees were too long in my opinion and leave you with a thrown out arm after 18. Because this is a brand new course there are no tees yet and wooden stakes designate where to shoot from. (5-17-14). This course can be difficult to navigate for first time visitors because there are not any maps yet.
Other Thoughts: Not bad for a new course in Chicago. I would give a better review once this course is finished with tees and maps. Still worth the trip.
Park by the driving range and the first tee runs along the netting of the range on the right side.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Great Course !
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Wind will present challanges.
Short and Long cement tees are in
Water comes into play couple holes
Up and down holes mixed with some long
Several holes give players a chance to use multiple throws; side arm , back hand !
Cons: One bath room ( clean with toliet paper ) no benches ( boy scout project needed ) Practice basket needed ( how about 2 ? ) More garbage cans needed.
Other Thoughts: Hole One has moved to along the driving range. Hole Two also moved. 3 goes back up hill accordingly. I played this when it was ball golf course; designers did GREAT job !
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Still under construction
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I will re do this review when it is complete... Just wanted to give it a rating. It is playable now but missing signage and tee boxes.
Cons: Again don't rate this review it will be redone later
Other Thoughts: This is going to be one of the best courses within a half hour of Chicago
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: just greaaaaaat. when you drive by this course your jaw will drop. "wooow" i have been living in this area for the past 10 years and have to travel at least 15 miles to play a decent course.("Katherine Legge" ) Finally there is a great course right around the corner! Once the park is all finished this might be the best course on the southside. This course is not a beginners course. with holes over 450 and a couple over 500 it offers the strong throwers a bit of a test.
--excellant uphill/downhill back and forth beginning holes. great job in taking advantage of the elevation and great basket placement
--Great placement of the tees, although there not all the way finished, there placed very good, especially hope 7 long tee-over the water.
--hole 8 is beautiful shot with great basket
placement and water comes into play.
--Great use of the big hill, with boxes and baskets.
--course well planned out, navigation was easy and the course is not finished. when it is finished it will be great.
--hole 10 with a big hyzer shot around a huge tree is a great challenge.
--very easily accessible from main roads and parking is great.
--hole 18 shot over the water is magnificent. its a great hole to finish a great course.
--i played it 1 time and the course wasn't even finished yet and i still believe it was great. just wait until this course is complete,it will be AMAZING it will be packed all summer.
Cons: --driver off the ground is never good. Red flags are out to mark the tee boxes, looks like concrete boxes are on the way.
- a couple port-a-potties would be great. i mean it is a lotta walking,
-- some benches wouldn't hurt either. With all those hills you need somewhere to rest your feet.
--Tee signs are not the great of description of of the hole layout but they are somewhat understanding.
--some garbage cans would be nice. I noticed some trash over the place. bottles, fast food bags,
Other Thoughts: since there has never been a course in this area before i feel like so many people drives past this big park and wonder what those metal poles with chains and yellow circles on top of them are.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
The South Side has a Disc Golf Park!
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course has some excellent drives and there are many challenging shots to delight all levels of players. Two concrete tee settings on all holes, except 4, will make it suitable for beginners and veterans. The hill comes into play on the first ten holes. 300+foot shots are extended when having to throw uphill. Three holes are over 500' feet. Many are over four hundred feet. Two water shots on the regular course are doable and should not stress a novice thrower too much. Old growth trees make some nice obstacles to throw around. The markers are easy to spot and the course is well laid out. Recent changes have the course starting to the east of the parking lot along the fence of the driving range. All tees have the drive number stamped on them.
Cons: The flat part of the course can be bit soggy in the spring or after a heavy rain. On windy days, the drives will play considerably longer due to the openness of the park. Make sure to bring a floater for the water shots. You will thank me later. The swamp on 7-8 is shallow but cattails will make finding an errant shot nearly impossible. Lastly, too many people are using the fairways to walk dogs without a leash.
Other Thoughts: Garbage cans have been placed throughout the park however no benches anywhere. Washrooms are in white building next to Tee 1. Plenty of free golf balls to be found especially on the front nine. Ground crews are working on improving the drainage of the park.
The hill on the east is no ordinary topography but the eastern ridge of the Des Plaines River Valley. Thus, a series of heavy rains will produce voluminous runoff that will cause soggy fairways. The lake on seven and eight, was supposed to be temporary, but this year is a permanent fixture. A major drain project on six is underway to remove that lake.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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