Bitchin Chicago 9'er!
Pros: Watts Park is a small, very clean city park located in the affluent Chicago suburb of Glencoe. The park has tennis courts, a ball field and a nice smattering of mature trees. These trees come into play on most every hole, either have to shape your shots around them or serving as basket protectors.
The course has indoor-outdoor carpet tee pads. Right now, they're fairly new and look nice. The signs are homemade but give you the basic info. The older baskets work well here.
The course is excellent for beginners. There is really no chance for losing a disc, offers up one creative, challenging hole and lets newer players gain confidence without hunting for their discs in tall grass.
All the holes are between 225 and 260'. Easily the signature hole here is # 9. It's a fairly simple hyser shot up the chute of a small sledding hill. But the hill has a small fence up both sides with small trees and bushes growing behind it. If you miss the window here, you will be left with a interesting shot over the fence and through the foliage.
Cons: Tee sign missing on # 1.
The house on the corner by # 7 probably gets more than a few wild hyser drives landing in their yard. I hope they're OK with players retrieving them.
The course is short with no holes over 260' and not much in the way of obstacles.
Other Thoughts: I can see the draw of this course. It's just a fun, no-stress little series of ACE runs. Perfect course for beginners but an enjoyable rec course for many of us. I hear it get's crowded with the school crowd but as frustrating as it gets sharing a course with them, I love seeing them come out and play.
good, little, but sometimes crowded
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Pros: Reviewer "Mashnut's" description is very accurate. But I like this a course a little more than 1 disc. In the area, play this or Keller park in Deerfield, unless you drive to Palatine for "Margreth Riemer Reservoir" for some elevation, distance etc..
Cons: Holes are short and it's sometimes crowded with other park users.
Other Thoughts: Not a destination course, but nice if you're in the area and don't need to throw long.
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Fun Little Pitch and Putt
Pros: -Very short 9-holer located in a tiny and tidy park in the affluent suburb of Glencoe
-Trees on this course are great. Pretty much every hole has large mature trees that come into play and force line sculpting. While "cheater" hyzer lines can be found on every hole, the trees allow for practice of every type of shot (straight, low ceiling, flicks, anhyzers etc). Add challenge by making mandos around trees. For example: out to the left to the on 4, and up the middle on 6 and 7.
-Excellent beginner course. Holes are short, nothing over 260, there are no hazards to lose discs, and trees provide sufficient obstacles to make holes fun, but never frustrating.
-Great course if you trying to throw an ace, every hole is gettable. If you empty your bag on #8 (straight open hole that can't be over 180ft, though its listed as 225) you will be disappointed if you don't draw metal
-Course designer did good job with what they had, fitting 9 holes into a park this small and making them all somewhat interesting (except for 8) was a feat
-Hole 9 is a good finishing hole, hyzer up a small sledhill with a large branch obstructing the fairway
-If you are looking for more distance you can easily make safari holes with the tees and baskets of the back part of the course (3-7)
-Course has good flow. Hole 1 is missing its tee sign but the rest have nice hand made signs and the baskets have numbers on them. No course map, but none is needed. Its impossible to lose your way on this course.
-Baskets are in pretty good shape and catch well, astroturf tee pads do the job (can be a little slick when wet), no power shots out here so you wont need big run ups or super grippy pads anyway
-Located right off the edens for people coming from the northside of the city
Cons: -Very short holes, all under 260. You won't need a driver out here unless you are going for a big spike hyzer.
-Nothing really memorable, unless you come home with an ace
-No challenging holes for advanced players
-Can get repetitive without playing mandos, a standard hyzer line is there on pretty much every hole if you are looking for it (except 1).
-Course plays dangerously close to roads, which can come into play on 1, 4, 5, and 6. Its especially bad on 1, which requires a straight shot and anything finishing left can easily land on the road. To add to the problem cars are often parked lining the street just waiting to be dented by stray discs.
-Heavy pedestrian use in the park to watch out for. And while the baseball field itself doesn't really come into play, spectators do on 3 and 7 when there are games going.
-Pads can be slick when wet, and there are big puddles after rain, especially by the basket for 1.
-Sometimes can get crowded. Groups of grade and high school kids will come out after school and play in groups of 10+ which can really slow down a round. This is not a big problem for me, as I am happy to see more kids playing
Other Thoughts: -The tee for hole one is located just west of Randolph St. next to the tennis courts. Parking is available on the East side of Randolph
-This is a great course to get started on and to hone those 200-260ft midrange shots.
-Its cool that this park gets so much use in an area (the north shore) where disc golf isn't particularly popular.
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Short, but technical
Pros: The course has many trees making it a more difficult beginner course. None of the holes are wide open. Each tee shot requires a precise shot. The flow of the course is very nice. Signage is good. Course requires a mixture of different shots, both RHBH and RHFH are needed.
Cons: The holes are all on the shorter side, with none of them reaching over 300+ feet. It is a public park with a baseball field, so sometimes there are little kids and people walking back and forth between fairways.
Other Thoughts: A great course for beginners to learn the game. But also a good course for more advanced players to hone their skills due to the many trees.
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Pros: Watts Park DGC surrounds the perimeter of the baseball field and tennis courts. It's nice to see a course carved out of a multi-use park.
The tee pads and area around the baskets are lined with astroturf. It didn't affect my footing. I'm sure it works well after a heavy rain.
Trees lining the course allows for some shot shaping.
All holes are around 200'-260'. Everyone says hole 9 is the signature hole but hole 1 is definitely the one to watch out for as there are cars, a sidewalk, a tree and brush to contend with to get decent shot at birdie.
Cons: While it's a decent course in a toney neighborhood it's only 9 holes. I don't know much about Glencoe and what other parks and land are available.
There are dog walker's, nanny's with strollers, joggers and various neighborhood folk to contend with.
Other Thoughts: Although not a bucket list course, I still enjoyed playing a couple rounds. I hit a wonderful ace on hole 2 with a big hyzer around the tree. Fun times to exercise those midrange shots if you're in the neighborhood.
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Very nice neighborhood park
Pros: This course is located in a very wealthy north shore town. The park is very small and super nice. It has large scattered trees and is mostly flat.
Super easy to navigate and doesn't take very long to play. Very beginner friendly.
The tee pads are astroturf. They are in great shape!
Although the tee signs are homemade they are solid with hole information.
The baskets are in pretty good shape. I'm not sure what kind they are. They have the number plate welded to the basket. Each basket has a large squre of astroturf around it. No mud under these baskets!
Hole #9 is a fun finish to the course. It plays up a small hill. Make the fence out of bounds to add challenge.
Cons: Every hole is 220 to 260 feet. See the basket and throw to the basket.
For more skilled players it's a very boring course. You are going to throw a putter or mid on every hole.
I have played when very few people are at the park. I could see this place getting busy with pedestrians.
Other Thoughts: I thought they did a pretty good job of fitting a course into this small park. The land just doesn't offer an awesome 9 hole course.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Fun if your in the area
Pros: Nice park- park set on basically a block of land which on cludes baseball fields, but other than that disc golf is the primary use of the park.
Turf placed around basket- not only does this look cool but it stops unfortunate rollaways.
Trees come into play- although i would probably classify this course as primarily open, trees do come into play and provide some line shaping.
Good signage- a sign on every hole indicates distance and location of the basket. All holes are visible fom the tee.
Last hole uphill- #9 is about 270 with the last 90 being uphill. The hill is used as a sledding hill. This hole also has rence on either side. If you go over this you will be facing a difficult look at birdie or par.
Cons: Small area-this is a one block park with most holes being 180-280. There is little to no distance variety
Can imagine somebody getting hit if it gets crowded- each hole is close together i think they did a good job with the land given though.
Other Thoughts: Good beginner course if you are in area
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: Good signs, baskets and pads. Well manicured park with mature trees. Almost each hole will make you fit the disc into semi tight spots. A good hill comes into play for a hole.
Cons: Short course that requires only one intermediate driver. The park is approximately the size of 1 square suburban block. Hopefully no baseball game is going on.
Other Thoughts: The north shore suburbs are some of the nicest, greenest suburbs in Chicago. It cant possibly be that there is not a park big enough to fit a nice long disc golf course on. This is a nice course if you live in Glencoe but nearby I would rather play Deerfield, Fink or Willow Stream. Those courses require you to use more than just one disc for every hole.
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Pros: - Last hole is up on a hill, which requires a pretty accurate shot to avoid the wooded area on the non-fairway side.
- Fair amount of trees in play helps provide some excitement.
Cons: - Course is on a very, very small area. It feels like fairways almost cross each other, and an errant shot can find you anywhere on the course.
- One hole allows for a full power shot, but just barely. Advanced players need not bring a driver.
- Park used by many others, usually to play with dogs or kids. People can be in your way the whole time.
Other Thoughts: This is a good course for people just starting off. While there are shorter courses than this one, it seems even more so due to the cramped configuration. Many times I will play to different baskets to liven things up a bit. Can get muddy after rains, big time.
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another decent nine in area
Pros: Again, Mashnut, Texconsonite, and Harr's, reviews can be used. They do a comprehensive job. So, mine will be a couple of short, added bits.
I thought the tees were good. Rubber mats did sag in middle a bit, but, we were there during a rainy day, after a period of three rainy days, and there were only actual puddles on two tees. Even these were not bad, as the plant foot space (end of tee area) was relatively dry.
Homemade, and aged, wooden signs done well. Course easy to navigate.
Lots of sidewalk action here, like many in the area. Therefore, you can choose to add another layer of toughness to course with that as o.b.
I took a road o.b., so, road in play on at least one hole.
One thing, I made note of, on this course: WE HAVE SEEN NO VANDALISM on any of the 6 courses played in the area!!! Kudos to parks departments and local clubs for excellent job of course maintenance. Kudos to all players from area for treating these parks/courses with respect.
Cons: Basket on #1 let my disc fall through bottom; missing under ring. Rest of buckets seemed fine.
Another short nine. Holes pretty plain.
Other Thoughts: This one was valued equal with Danny Cunniff park, with less enjoyment than Diamond Lake Slough and Keller Park. Fairly equal to all three.
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