20 Holes Of Enjoyable Recreational Golfing!
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Pros: Sergeant Means is an interesting mid-sized park bullt on the site of an old farm. There are some old buildings in the front that serve as maintenance and maybe office space. The course starts to the right of the buildings and generally plays in a clockwise direction around the entire park. There is a disc golf rules signal at the start. The tee signs are the old school fiberglass models but new colored signs have been placed in the frames. The tee pads are rubber and decent. There are a couple of holes where you're teeing off the sidewalks. The baskets are Mach IIs with the number on top. There are a couple of spots with nice shady picnic tables set. Nice spot for a cool rest break.
The course is short enough and open enough to be called a recreational level course. Most intermediate to advanced players won't find much challenge here.
# 1 is a 263' straight shot between two roles of trees. You'll find 3-5 of these types of holes. There are houses on the right side all the way down the fairway here. # 7 concerns me even more as now the backyards are on the left side. Too many players will hyser off into these yards. And there are signs posted asking players not to into the backyards. There is quite a variety of holes types and therefore different shots needed here. # 8 is just 177' but a pretty severe anhyser angle. I found a roller worked well here. 10-11-12 are all short (under 200') ACE runs.
One nice fearture here is there is usually one rung of the basket that is painted red and points to the next tee. Great navigational aid.
Cons: There is such a good chance of discs flying into yards here on 1, 2, 7, 8 and 16.
Recreational length and challenge.
Someone described the navigation as easy but awkward. That sums it up perfectly. # 5 basket is missing the red paint and then # 6 is missing the sign. Momentarily confusing.
Other Thoughts: I enjoyed this course early this AM. Hardly anyone there, perfect weather. Great, relaxing morning golfing. I'm all set to join Sergeant Mean's squadron.
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The Dude Abides
Pros: -21 very different holes
-Low trees make for difficult shots
-Few open field shots
-Left and right hand shots
-All par 3 makes for a tough course
-Most tees are rubber and well maintained
Cons: -Low trees make for difficult shots
-Houses line the perimiter of the park so be careful when throwing
-Playgrounds,Soccer fields, and a baseball diamond all within the course. Socccer fields come into play on a few holes
- Only 1 water fountain so plan ahead
-Rain destroys a few holes
-Few holes missing signs
-Very buggy in mid summer
Other Thoughts: Means is one of my favorites but is also the course i hate the most. My score changes everytime i play this course. One day ill come out down 6 the next i will be up 6. Good challanging course. For a easy way to change things up try a shotgun start at 10.
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Pros: -Beautifully manicured and maintained
-This is the only course I've really seen with this kind of "orchard"-style landscaping, rewarding accuracy to split the perfectly spaced rows of trees (especially #4) and creating some interesting lines.
-With the exception of a few unnecessary holes (see below) the limited terrain is used exceptionally well, even managing to squeeze some elevation in #11,12.
-The holes don't feel repetitive, with each one offering something new to the course, whether its a low ceiling, slightly sloped green, or guarded pin
-Even though there isn't much space, it doesn't feel like a 9 hole course where they threw in more just to make it 18
Cons: -The course was altered from 18 to 20 holes, and some of the additions leave you scratching your head. Space has always been at a premium here (the longest hole is only 315'), so cramming in holes like #2 and #10 seem pointless. Plus, these require you to walk back towards the tee to get to the next hole, forcing those behind to wait. If this gets too annoying, its easy enough to skip a few and play a solid 18.
-Baseball games and soccer games can easily get in the way of 3-5 holes, and parties at the pavilion can interfere with #3 (little kids have a blast rolling down that hill)
-As others have said, the rubber tee pads can be uneven at times and some get real slick after rain. Plus, the holes near the baseball field do not drain well and occasionally have to be skipped
Other Thoughts: -This was my home course through high school and college, and its where I learned to play. Don't let the orchard holes fool you, they were simple when the trees were young, but they're closing off space in a hurry!
-While some of the tighter holes can be frustrating for novices, the course has more than enough easy, birdie-able holes to make up for this. Though honestly, that and the lack of any challenging distance may make much of the course too easy for the more advanced player. Worth checking out if you're hanging around Chicago's south suburbs, but there are better courses around Joliet if you can make the trip.
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This course is not mean.
Pros: The park is a very well kept. It is pretty flat and has quite a few trees. The fairways are mowed and this is a very nice walk in the park.
If you like overhand shots you will like this course. There are quite a few holes where throwing over the top is the best option instead of throwing thru the tight orchard trees.
There are some tight shorter holes that will work your mid range and putter game. There is a good variety of shorter holes.
This is a very beginner friendly course.
It is pretty easy to navigate and will not take long ot play.
The baskets and tee signs are adequate.
Cons: The tee pads can get very slick and muddy when they are wet.
It is very short and lacks holes that you can throw drivers. The longest hole is 315ft.
Be careful not to hit other players. Some of the holes play very close together. Tee pads can be somewhat close to baskets.
If I were traveling thru this area i'd consider playing Mokena the Oaks over this course.
This is a small multi use park and pedestrians can be a problem.
Check out my Illinois Top 10.
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Pros: Well designed park, Minutes off RT 80. The park is totally groomed, so almost no chance of lost discs. Short holes make for low scores, scratch is around 48.
Cons: Can be very difficult in the wind, and playground equipment is behind the basket on 2 holes.
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