Fun Course - if not wet
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Pros: This is my home course and I love that I can basically walk here. That doesn't help most others, but I play the course almost 4-5 times a week. The first 7 holes winds through the same grove of trees. You can easily navigate around the giant oaks by selecting the longer tees. The course opens quite a bit at around 8-11, then back through more oak groves. 8 is a gut check. There is a lagoon to the left with tall cat tails and the right floods a lot. If it your disc fades too must left, forget it. You're better off laying up to the right of the burm...when there is not much water on the right, that is. :)
The back half of the course is more open than the front half. In a way, there are not many challenging shots, but you can practice just about every throw and every disc you have in your bag. As many have already mentioned, there are two tee pads on almost every whole (on 4 there is only one tee), but all have concrete pads with signs. In many ways, the longer tees offer better lines to the basket on some holes. And in talking to a lot of players that frequent the course, they argue that they can score better on the long tees. If you think there is only one pad on 7, look way by the back of the driving range net. It's way back there. Fun.
There is a dog park close by, but the dogs are really not a problem. It's fenced. The dog owners are regulars and I have talked to most of them. So they know about disc golf and are very respectful of our space. A few of them have even picked up on the sport now. So be nice when out and about.
There is water in play on the last whole...you have to carry over about 200 ft on the long tee and about 100 feet on the short tee. It's not a big deal unless you just starting playing. In which case, just lay up on the right. :)
As many have mentioned, the course is wide open, so wind comes in to play. But honestly, what the course lacks in a challenging design, it makes up for it with wind coming into play a lot. It's windy there. But that's part of the fun!
Cons: During the spring and summer, they cut the grass on Tuesdays. It can take quite a bit of time. But the landscapers are super respectful, so go ahead and go throw.
It's wet when it rains and in the spring. They have had drainage issues...it used to be a golf course, so just bring some waterproof shoes. I have some Goretex boots and sneakers and that takes care of the problem. If you have waders, you could probably go into the lagoon and retrieve 100+ discs. Just call me if you find mine!
Other Thoughts: It's a fun course, if not a bit wet. It's quite most days, as many people in the south suburbs have not really discovered disc golf yet. They have held two tournaments to date and I expect more.
**Updates - The park district has removed baskets on 7, 9, and 12. Those three baskets are located on the big sledding hill. So they removed them for the season. You can still sort of play the holes if you know where the baskets used to be. Or just go back and play 1, 2, and 3 at the end of your round. Also, the more I play this course, I don't think the distances are accurate. A few signs are also completely wrong. 2, for example, the long tee and short tee signs are mixed up.
**And actually, I am going to start a league in the spring. So be looking for details shortly. I am in contact with the park district (Dennis Duffy) and I hope to get something going soon at this park.
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