Nice little nine holer
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I think this course is an example of a good nine holer in the chicago suburbs. The area where the disc golf course is set up is primarily a disc folf only area with the exception of a few areas designated for walking paths.
Concrete tees- even though they are not great, the concrete tees are serviceable and provide good footing. Howver they are very narrow.
Well defined fairways- fairwas are cut out of rough and trees. Not many trees to provide obstacles but the rough is unforgiving and on tree kick could leave you struggling for par or even bogey. I like this because the is a punishment if yo do not execute your shot correctlty.
Small elevation changes- elevation is not usually found in this areas courses, however they did a good job incorporating the amount of elevation.
Variety- course has holes ranging from 150-375 and all of the holes have different lines. There are hyzer lines, as well as tough turnover shots and anhyzers.
Amenities- some tee signs are still there. This is a multi use park so there are bathrooms as well as other activities at the park
Cons: Holes 6 and 7 cross- althoug im sure that this course does not get very crowded there is alwas the chance of hitting someone because of the faiways croo. I think it makes more sense to play tee 6 to sevens basket and tee seven to 6's basket, this would allow for two holes both about 280 requireing a big hyzer and big anhyzer.
Rough can get thick, i would recommend using a spotter on the holes where the rough is more dense.
Multiple tee signs are missing. 3 of the holes are blind where you can not see the basket, of these three two had missing tee signs, if i was here alone, i could imagine having to run up to see where the basket was before you throw.
Other Thoughts: Thus is a nice nine holer situated in a well maintained multi use park.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 10 Not
Cons: They need to maintain the course better. Chop down some of the rough areas so it makes for easier finding of a disc. I would not recommend this course to beginners. Poorly labeled and zero signs to tell where someone is going. This course needs an update and hack saw.
0 of 10 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Disc golf activities are pretty much separate from the rest of the park. There is a football field, a playground, and an outdoor theater, but none of them are really in the way.
- Excellent use of the forest on almost every hole. Lots of well defined fairways due to the dense forest, as well as plenty of tree obstacles in the fairway. Definitely requires line shaping in both directions, as well as some straight shots.
- Some minor elevation changes on some holes help to keep it interesting. #9 is a nice, 340' shot over a shallow valley. Nothing too extreme, but definitely noticeable.
- A tunnel shot, #5, thrown in to add some variety as well.
- Decent tees and baskets, about half of the signs are missing. Map at beginning is also a little off, from what I could tell.
Cons: - Two holes have crossing fairways, which is never good. At least the people behind you can see that you are going to the next tee.
- While there are defined fairways with obstacles, there aren't any really tough lines to hit or tough holes in general. A good shot is needed, definitely, but an okay one will also turn out OK.
Other Thoughts: - I enjoyed this course thoroughly, from start to finish. Great forest environment with some challenging holes, and very few boring or easy ones. The layout could be a little better, I guess, but that's nitpicking.
- One of my top rated 9-hole courses I have ever played. Not much elevation change, no water, but otherwise great. Easy enough to have fun, but not too easy to get bored.
- OK, it's not the greatest course in the world. But it's my type of course in terms of length, layout, and setting. Solid 3 discs.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice little 9 holer!
Pros: - Intricate challenging shots
- Good distance variety
- Well defined fairways with lots of mature trees to navigate.
- High risk reward with the thick rough.
- Rewarding birdie opportunities.
- Very secluded despite being located in a large mutli-purpose park.
- Solid tee signs with distance, par, and a small picture.
- Decent concrete tee pads.
- Baskets were in good condition.
- Course was clean, and had trash cans to dispose of trash.
Cons: - The rough is really thick in spots and can swallow discs.
- Some teepads were decrepit and falling apart.
- Some fairways criss-cross and could get sketchy if the course ever got crowded.
- Minor navigation issues.
- One missing tee sign on hole #5 (likely vandalism).
- Bugs were bad, bring spray.
Other Thoughts: Central park really surprised me. I was expecting the typical pitch and putt Chicagoland style golf, but it offered more. It played through a small patch of woods and offered some challenging holes by forcing certain lines. With the nasty rough in spots it was punishing to go off the fairway. Despite being tucked into the woods the holes still had distance variety. The longest hole is 345 ft and its shortest is a neat ace run at 165 ft. At its best this course could reach a 3.5/5 for me if: The decrepit tee pads were fixed up, all the teepads were a little wider, the missing sign was replaced and the rough was trimmed a little bit to make it more accessible. For me the course design and layout is not good enough to push it higher then a 3.5. Not a destination course by any means, but worth hitting if you must choose between a couple courses in the Chicagoland area.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice for a quick game
Pros: This course, when I have been, is not usually very crowded (as compared to Adler Park, for example).
Some of the holes are interesting technical shots, and a couple have room to open up and let it fly a bit (6 & 9 for sure, 7 & 8 to an extent).
I've never had any issues finding my discs, even in some -very- errant tree bounces into chest high 'rough'.
The course makes good use of an otherwise unused wooded area in the center of a very nice park, which includes multiple fields (football, baseball, soccer, etc), a well maintained playground, and even a free to use splash park.
Cons: This park could see better maintenance; as others have mentioned there are damaged or missing signs. The post for 8 has been missing for at least a year, I believe.
The tee pads are fairly narrow, but none of the shots really require a big run-up, so not too big a deal.
Holes 6 & 7 cross, which wouldn't be too bad if people would pay attention. A number of times, even when calling out quite loudly, people have thrown discs while we were crossing the fairway for hole 6. This is a really dangerous area of the course and would be much better served by taking hole 6 and doing a dogleg left to the #7 tee, and moving the #7 tee to where hole 6 currently is, turning it into a dogleg left as well to the existing hole 7.
Other Thoughts: I like this course mostly because it's not crowded, and is close to home for me. If it was more crowded or further than 30 minutes away, I would probably not use it, as Adler is both of those for me, but the course itself is much better.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Nice short course
Pros: Good tee signs and easy to find next hole. Mostly wooded holes with narrow fairways, but not too crowded. Holes tend to have a good variety of dog-legs and obstructions to force players to try different throws. Still, has some holes that are pretty wide open to let you really rip it.
Cons: Course does not seem to be maintained too well. Lots of overgrowth and thorns in the rough areas. Some of the tee signs are missing and hole 7 crosses hole 6.
Other Thoughts: Definitely would play again. Not an overly long course, more technical than distance.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is a nice neighborhood multiuse park. The course is located in a flat wooded section of the park. The rough can be very heavy in the summer.
There is a good mix of long, medium, and short range drives. There are no bomber holes but long enough to make you throw it. Balance is ok but i'd say if favors a righty a bit. For a short 9 hole course it has a few challenging holes. Several with tight gaps you have to hit. The rough can be punishing although they thinned it out quite a bit last summer.
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Nice Tee signs and course Map.
Concrete Tee Pads.
The course is pretty easy to navigate. You can see each tee and sign of the next hole from the basket you just played.
Cons: The concrete tee pads are very narrow and hard to throw from.
The basket to #7 is in rough shape. Last year someone started a fire in it and it's charred.
The Tee sign to #8 is snapped off and missing.
The fairways of #6 and #7 cross.
There are walking paths in the woods and quite a few pedestrians walk around. Please be careful.
Park at the far north side of the parking lot near the football field. The 1st tee is located a little west of the baseball field.
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7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice little course
Pros: The course plays through a small wooded area of a large multi-use park. Nearly all the holes play through fairly dense woods with mature trees and brush off the fairways. The design takes advantage of the woods to create some challenging holes that require accuracy to score well.
There is a nice mix of straight holes and holes that require a right/left turning shot. It felt pretty balanced between righty/lefty holes, and was enough of a mix to keep it interesting throughout. There aren't any real long bomb holes, but there are enough longer holes mixed in with ace runs that it doesn't seem too repetitive.
There is a really nice course map near the first tee that shows the layout of the full course. There are also hole signs that make the course easy to navigate, with the hole layout and distance along with the direction to the next tee. Though there are blind pins, and tees not visible from the previous basket, the course is very easy to navigate. The park is pretty well maintained, and has plenty of parking, and trash cans throughout the course.
Cons: The tees here are very odd. They are concrete, but are extremely narrow. Many are pointed slightly away from the hole, and because the tees aren't long enough or flush enough with the ground to allow an angled run-up it makes things a little awkward. The 8th tee had a broken/missing sign, though the park is well enough taken care of that I'm sure it will be fixed.
The 6th hole and 7th hole cross one another which could make for some real safety hazards with multiple groups playing the course. The 6th fairway is also used as a walking path from the parking lot to the football practice fields, so watch out for people walking through who have no idea (and don't seem to care) that they are on a disc golf course.
There were no holes that really stood out to me here to really make this course memorable. It certainly wasn't bad, and made decent use of the available space, it just didn't have anything really special about it.
Other Thoughts: This course is marked well enough to be pretty beginner friendly, though the tight fairways and punishing rough would make this course likely to frustrate new players. More experienced players will enjoy the test of accuracy through the trees, and there is enough length to keep it interesting.
This is definitely a course that's worth a quick stop, though it's not enough on it's own to be worth too much of a trip. Bring your short game and accurate drives, and this is a fun little course.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
9 holer with maybe 5 good holes
Pros: Excellent shots required on Holes 3,6,7,8 to make birdies. Cement tees. Good baskets. Course gets an average amount of play which makes getting a round in here reasonable even if you want to throw some extra shots.
Cons: Rough is extremely rough and easy to lose discs here. Bugs can be bad at times. Tees are way too narrow (obviously created without researching into what is needed). Holes 2,4,5 are boring holes. No long holes that allow you to get out and rip a drive on this course.
Other Thoughts: Rough is ROUGH! Not the most fun course in the world, but honestly one of the better Lake County 9 holers. Shooting a few under par on the 9 holes is decent shooting. Not alot they could do with the land available to really make the course much better.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Decent wooded 9 holer!
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: 1) Course uses mature woods to really make this course challenging. There are some holes that go through a pretty wooded area. There may be some fairways but the holes are long enough a dead straight shot with a midrange is only possible by the best players.
2) Gravel laid around greens to keep the soil from eroding. It doesn't look like it would hurt anything, but it can help keep the green areas from turning too mud.
3) Course is pretty clean and garbage cans are clearly visible a few times through the course.
4) A couple of tough doglegs and a couple of straight shots. Some anhyzer shots are needed unless you have the sidearm.
5) Strange asphalt tees because they are so long and not very wide. I would prefer a shorter pad with more width, but at least they are paved.
6) Nice map and signs help make the course attractive.
7) Course is set inside of a very well maintained park. It has all sorts of amenities and activites and the disc golf course only infringes on one thing (practice fields for soccer/football) so it shouldn't be an issue.
8) Course has some distance averaging almost 300' per hole. That makes the course even more challenging because you need to throw some overstable drivers to try and get to the baskets. I like that challenge!
Cons: 1) Not very beginner friendly because of how tight the woods creep in on the fairways. Errant shots will be punished!
2) Rough areas on the wooded holes likely have some poison Ivy and also can easily eat a disc.
3) Course layout isnt that great because the criss cross between #6 and 7. Those holes could have been made into 2 doglegs instead of two criss crossing fairways as one potential change.
Other Thoughts: This course works itself into, out of, through, and around one wooded section of the park. There is only one hole that is fairly wide open and it is the last hole. The rest of the holes all have fairly dense woods. Even #9 has one large tree overhanging the line to the green. In spring it looks like #9 would be even harder because it looks like a collection area for rainwater would be in your way on #9 too (couple that with a low hanging big branch and you would have a tough driving hole).
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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