Bitchin Chicago 9'er!
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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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
good, little, but sometimes crowded
2 Helpful / 2 Not
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.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
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.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Slightly above average course
Pros: 1) Nice park for a disc golf course. Course has some other amenities like a baseball field and tennis courts.
2) Rubber tee pads are better than just dirt or grass (see below for complaint)
They are not slippery and you can really get a good plant on your driving foot.
3) Nice wooden engraved tee signs protected by plexiglass with diagrams.
4) Nice uphiller on #9 to a basket at the top of a little little sledding hill. Not only is it up the hill but it is protected by a fence too. If you miss the fenced area you will end up in a bunch of Forsythia which if not trimmed could be in your way of seeing the basket. This hole is definitely the best hole on the course offering a birdie chance with a good shot . . . but also offering a little bit more challenge than most of the other holes.
5) The best feature of this course is the large mature oaks and other hardwoods. They force you to pick a line and execute the shot. You have to think about more than one tree also . . . you need to avoid one off the tee . . . but then you also need to miss some more up by the basket. The Oaks have a lot of lateral branches too so you really have to know what your disc is going to do to avoid all the trees and the lateral limbs. Mulch placed under a lot of the big trees makes the course look pretty neat.
6) Course is pretty neat. There isn't a lot of garbage visible
7) Beginner friendly course because there is nowhere to lose a disc. It is open enough for beginners to throw hard, the mature oaks might frustrate them but that will make the learn how to throw different shots to avoid those obstacles.
Cons: 1) A few of the baskets are loose on their posts and are obviously old. As mentioned before the inner ring on the #1 basket is broken off the weld and every disc will fall through if not landing flat in the basket. The ring is sitting on the concrete just below the basket so it would be nice if someone would fix that even if it is just with zip ties, but welding would be better. These baskets are obviously old . . . and do not need replacement necessarily but could use some attention.
2) #8 distance does not seem to be accurate. It is listed at 225' but I think it is more like 165'
3) Hole distances are way too similar. Most shots are similar in that you can reach the basket with the same shot as the previous hole. I would have liked to see a couple short holes coupled with a few longer holes just for some variety. All of these holes are within about 40' (220-260). There was room to put in a couple 300' holes and change some of the average length holes to maybe some nice birdie holes under 200'.
4) Teed pads are better than dirt (although #9 has no tee box I assume because of the baseball field), however the forms either have been pushed out of the ground or the gravel or whatever is under the rubber is settling. This needs to be considered ahead of time. Perhaps it is just old enough that is happening, but could be solved by unscrewing the teepads and adding some gravel and reattaching the rubber to the wood forms.
5) Course is a little bit difficult to find because of the orientation of the roads in that area. Some of the roads are also one way so directions need to be clarified . . . hopefully a local could do so.
Other Thoughts: This was a pretty good park for disc golf. The large trees force shots and there are enough of them you have to sometimes think outside the box to execute the right shot. It isn;t just one tree to avoid . . . it is one tree to avoid off the tee, then another group of trees to avoid near the basket. It is nice to make yourself think out the shot in advance . . . and I was on because I birdied 4 of the 9 holes (3 of them were drop ins). I executed the shot required to birdie. I think you have to pick your shot and just stick to it. This course was #7 of my 9 course day and it was one of the best. It is designed pretty well incorporating as many of the large trees into play as possible.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Quick and Easy if in area
Pros: Nice Trees, Clean Park, Noone else on course. Good for Beginners
Cons: Kinda Ho-hum. Not a ton of space
Other Thoughts: I figured I would post on this one since noone else has. I played this course on a trip home in June of 2007 with my Bro (his first time playing) Nice if you are in the area, Backs up to some backyards, some fairly decent holes nonetheless. Good for beginners. Small Park.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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