Good for proximity to city
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Pros: - Close to Chicago (was able to take an Uber there and back from the city). Most decent 18 hole courses are far into suburbs
- Dual tee pads for each hole (maybe only 17, couldn't find a dual tee on one hole)
- Good tee pads and baskets
- Long course from the long tees, still decent length from the shorts
- Some elevation on a few holes
- Two water holes (one was extra flooded when I played, might not normally be that challenging in summer)
Cons: - Very, very open. Not a lot of holes have trees that significantly get in the way of the fairway
- Openness leads to a decent amount of wind that can lead to some frustrating putts
- 3 holes taken out in winter for the sledding hill
- Can be confusing to find next tee pad after playing a hole
- Some holes shoot very close to other holes, so if it was crowded there could be a lot of risk to hitting other players
Other Thoughts: This is a decent course for it's proximity to Chicago and ease of access for those living in the city. However, without having a geographical advantage, I would not see any reason to come play often as it doesn't really offer any challenge other than the potential to play a wide open course on a very windy day.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: -17/18 holes have two cement, level teepads each with a map giving distance and par. (hole 4 has only one) Most longer tees are a different shot/line than short tees (a few are simply a longer same throw)
-baskets are well-placed among very old large trees
- variety of teeshots needed. most holes offer multiple lines to targets, you will use several discs off the tees. The first half of the course is shorter and tighter with more shot shaping, while the back half is mostly flat with longer holes (several over 500')
-well-manicured. The village of EP does a great job keeping the park maintained and nice and clean. Garbage cans at many tee boxes
-great use of what little elevation changes can be used given the terrain. there is one big hill that 6 or 7 holes utilize in some way, without crossing over or being congested (elevated tees, elevated baskets, throws over a valley, side hill baskets
-2 holes with water hazards (i guess more on very errant tee shots). Hole 8 is an elevated tee with a pond to the left of the basket that sits atop a ridge running parallel to the pond. Hole 18 is a flat throw over a pond. Both holes have a pretty safe bail out play for those not wanting to lose a disc
Cons: -course does not drain well after heavy rains or snow melt in early spring. Be prepared to possibly get muddy and wet feet
- usually very windy. With no perimeter trees or wooded area, there is nothing to block any wind. Can be seen as a positive challenge, but for a new player the extra wind here may cause a problem on many shots
-hole maps are not very good. Plain and simple. Not too big an issue since you can see the baskets from every tee however. What is a bigger issue is that some of the short tee hole maps are right in the line of fire from the longer tees. The distances listed on hole 2 are way off. Given distance from long tee is shorter than short tee.
Other Thoughts: -practice basket added! (I think it is the old basket from hole 5 at Highland park!)
-This course is a great one for newbies and experienced players alike.
-park also has a dog park and golf driving range, not much inference from either. Occasionally, a neighborhood runner or dog walker will not realize they are on a disc course, so just keep an eye out
-first tee is along driving range net, between the net and dog park (maybe hard to find for first-timers)
-could benefit from benches, map of course, improved hole maps, and sign to first tee. With the addition of minor touches and perhaps a few new young trees, this course could easily become a 4.0, but for now it's a 3.0 teetering on a 3.5!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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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 / 1 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.
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