Glencoe, IL 
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Fun Little Pitch and Putt

5+    5/27/2014   5/29/2014
Review By: Parsaver
Played: 5  Reviewed: 5
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

5+    6/1/2013   6/2/2013
Review By: chrismilano
Played: 15  Reviewed: 6
0 Helpful / 2 Not
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.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Cozy Park

2-4    11/2/2012   11/6/2012
Review By: kingwo
Played: 33  Reviewed: 2
2 Helpful / 1 Not
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.

Flat terrain.

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.

 Very nice neighborhood park

5+    8/14/2012   8/14/2012
Review By: #19325
Played: 316  Reviewed: 169  Exp: 13.3 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
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.

Fun if your in the area

5+    7/22/2012   7/31/2012
Review By: Buchajs1
Played: 41  Reviewed: 34  Exp: 2.2 Years
This review was updated on 11/10/2013
1 Helpful / 1 Not
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.


1    6/26/2011   6/26/2011
Review By: heywillard90
Played: 29  Reviewed: 27  Exp: 6.3 Years
This review was updated on 8/18/2014
2 Helpful / 2 Not
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.

 Beginner Course

5+    8/13/2009   6/1/2010
Review By: notapro
Played: 417  Reviewed: 280  Exp: 11.2 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 another decent nine in area

1    11/18/2009   11/27/2009
Review By: tallpaul
Played: 736  Reviewed: 133  Exp: 26.4 Years
This review was updated on 1/23/2010
4 Helpful / 0 Not
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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Slightly above average course

1    8/16/2009   8/17/2009
Review By: harr0140
Played: 736  Reviewed: 478  Exp: 5.8 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Nice little short course

1    6/20/2009   6/22/2009
Review By: Texconsinite
Played: 127  Reviewed: 78  Exp: 6.7 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

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