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.
Short, but technical
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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.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Fun if your in the area
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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
1 of 2 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.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Nice little short course
Pros: This little course is set up in a scenic, well-maintained park in the midst of a nice neighborhood. Tees are rubber pads. Nice signage, and rubber pads installed pretty well (ie not lumpy)
Uses scattered trees in park to force some control and different lines, which is good since the holes are fairly short. Obstacles in play on every single hole keeps things a bit interesting. Hole nine is probably the signature hole, it plays to a basket on top of sledding hill. Neat.
Good quality signs and hole maps, easy to navigate. Good flow. Great course to take younger or more inexperienced players to learn control. Meanwhile, it gives you a chance to practice your midrange & putting game.
Cons: Maintenance. Several baskets have the bottoms falling out. Thus, a disc lands in the basket, and falls right through. Also, the rubber tee pads, while nice to tee from, and not lumpy, all sag down in the middle and thus collect water, which makes throwing inconvenient after a rain.
All the holes here are short (less than 300) which makes it easy for most players.
Hole 9's teepad is nonexistant, so just shoot from the worn dirt spot that faces the sled hill.
The park is dead flat, other than the sledding hill, with only scattered trees. This greatly limits the potential for shots. Though there are trees in play on every hole, nothing really too unusual of impressive. It'll put your mid game through the paces, but not really push or challenge you in particular.
Other Thoughts: This park is not all that big, and its a wonder they even got 9 reasonable holes in here. The course really makes the best possible use of the the available land, and does provide some challenges, albeit pretty standard, bland ones.
Not a bad course for a quick round if you're around, but I wouldn't go out of your way at all to play this one.
Well-designed but overwhelmingly mediocre course with pretty good tees and signs in a nice little park.
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