Played over 200 times
Pros: Fun and challenging course. Some ace run opportunities. Well manicured course. Calls for different style of shots from back hand to flick shots, ground rollers, and thumbers. Easy access with parking available at 3 locations around the course. Friendly local players are usually happy to point first timers in the right direction.
Cons: The tees are overall bad. They are rubber mats that were carelessly placed. Couple of ankle twisters. Some back track holes. Mix of old baskets of which 3 or 4 need to be replaced. Bad signage for new players navigating the course. Generally in winter the tees are mostly unusable.
Other Thoughts: Don't necessary listen to those reviews that state this park to be a beginners course. This course looks fairly innocent but does present many technical lines if the player wants to shoot under a 60. There are some drawbacks to the course, no doubt. And there are no holes over 315 but do not let that deter you from a fun experience playing a course unlike any other within the area. I am fond of this course and the more you play it the more you will appreciate what it has to offer.
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Olympia Fields Forever
Pros: Nice orchard setting in a large park.
Different shot variety used well: straight, tunnel, hyzer, anhyzer, and roller.
Not crowded when I played.
Good baskets, decent signs and tee pads.
Uses elevation it has well and the shots through the orchard were interesting.
Cons: A few holes seemed a bit impossible to find a line to the basket that took more skill than luck to hit.
Some navigation issues with back tracking and such. Didn't spend too much time finding out where to go.
Didn't have issues with other park users, but there were not many out. Just be aware of your surroundings when playing as it may be an issue.
No hole really stands out to me, but it was a solid course that was fun to play.
Other Thoughts: Not sure if I would drive 45 minutes to go back and play again. It was a nice disc golf day, it just didn't have those exciting holes that would keep me going back to play. Just felt like a decent/ average 18 hole course. It is worth at least a play to see for yourself though.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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I play there 3 times a week!
Pros: Fantastic course to learn and hone your disc golf skills. It is a well kept and easily accessible facility. Great tunnel shots, wide open opportunities. The sergeant can whip even more seasoned golfers. All rubber tee pads have been replaced as of 7-9-12
Cons: The course does leave a little to be desired in the adventurous sense. It seems a little to packed in at times. Errant discs have the potential of hitting cars or ending up in back yards here and there but that won't bother you if your aim is in check.
Other Thoughts: An underrated course that keeps so many coming back. Sergeant Mean's will always offer challenge to all levels with it's fun topography and interesting layout. You will not go there and walk all over the park. Just ask hole # 5
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Sgt. Mean's Lonely Disc Golf Club
Pros: - Sergeant Mean's is a park style course that plays mostly around the perimeter of a nicely manicured and well-kept multi-use facility. Grassy, with no schule except for on the very edge of the park, the course's main challenges consist of decent elevation changes as well as above average tree formations.
- Vegetation: for a park style course, Sgt. Mean's has a great mix of looks into and out of stands of trees, "up and over" type shots where coming up short means losing a disc in the dense deciduous treetops, tunnel shots down two rows of trees, and "thread the needle" gap shots where hitting your line is the difference between par and a deuce.
- Variety: again, for a park style course Sgt. Mean's mixes things up nicely over the 20 holes. Nothing seems repetitive, with maybe the exception of the "tunnel shots" which kept occuring. A good mix of wooded, semi-wooded, and open.
- Elevation, while not even moderate, was nevertheless used extremely well and added many interesting shots (including one blind pin with a drop-off behind). Used very well in conjunction with vegetation.
- Amenities: a few loose chains but mostly decent baskets; adequate but sometimes missing signage; rubber mats in decent shape; playground, soccerfield, tennis and basketball courts, playground, baseball diamond, portajohns, etc. on site.
Cons: - The flow and navigation are a bit of a struggle the first (and even second) time through here, even after being guided. Several illogical back-tracks to tees. Several tees where two or three different baskets could be the potential target add to the confusion. Coupled with average signage, this could lead to shooting at the wrong basket. On the other hand, it offers up the opportunity for some crazy safari rounds.
- The bustling park doesn't interfere much with the course, but the atmosphere doesn't lend itself to relaxed, isolated "in the tank" sort of discin' that most enjoy.
- Parts of the park are bounded by private properties, some of which have fences easily capable of swallowing an errant throw.
Other Thoughts: - There's a windmill!
- Beware the dense treetops on #'s 5 and 20. "Up and over" at your own risk.
- Solid though not spectacular, the Sarge is like a crafty ol' soldier: not flashy, but with more than a few cunning tricks up his sleeve, and more dangerous than he first appears. ATTENTION!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - The course plays around a nice multi-use park just south of the city. The orchard style trees give it a unique feel
- Beginner friendly course, but it still offers enough variety to keep it interesting for experienced players.
- An excellent place to practice overhad shots, a good thumber can go a long way on the orchard section.
- Although they are all realatively short there is a good variety of lines and some elevations changes on a few holes. Also a good mix of open shots with tighter holes.
- Tee signs do a decend job of helping a first timer visit but the course doesn't always follow a logical flow.
Cons: The biggest complaint of this course is that it is very short. If there was room to add a few longer pin placements this course could be much better.
Also, being a multi-use park there are pleanty of other park users to watch out for. The course plays through soccer fields, playgrounds, walking paths ect.
The course can get really soggy with the rain
Other Thoughts: The course has a unique feel to it and a variety that makes it enjoyable. It certainly isn't a destination course but it is a solid 20 holes.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a medium sized park that has a walking path and some picnic areas. A few spots are meant for other uses, but not too much interference.
- Portions of the course borders a small forest area, mostly counter-clockwise, taking away a lot of easy hyzer routes. There are also some spots that require a right hook around the forest, as well as avoiding some low hanging trees.
- Other spots are densely populated by small trees in tight rows. These holes force plenty of dead straight shots, as well as others that snake left and right through the tight lines, with some hard curves in both directions. A few baskets are protected with these trees as well.
- Some holes are more open, with a few trees to force some shots. Some elevation changes are present, including a hill that has an upshot and a sloping fairway.
- Good tee signs, decent baskets, teepads are in pretty good shape where present.
Cons: - Holes are squeezed in very tightly in some spots, with a few fairways or baskets close to another. Flow is pretty funky as well; there are two spots where you must retreat down the same fairway, and going from hole to hole can be a bit of a hike. Navigation is easy but awkward.
- Overall, the length is pretty short, with a good number of pretty easy holes. Even the trickier ones are short enough where a recovery shot is not too difficult.
- Tons of man-made pavement, parking lots, buildings, and picnic tables to navigate. It is good for OB purposes, but is an eyesore and too plentiful.
Other Thoughts: - This course has a lot of variety, with a lot of different features. The rows of trees provide a ton of tricky lines, in a lot of directions. Other holes have fewer trees that are more random, so the different shots with different tree patterns have a unique feel. Not many bombers, though most have some wrinkle to add some challenge.
- Might be a tad too easy for some with the shorter hole lengths, but the tougher lines should make up for that. Should be enjoyable for most casual to experienced players.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
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.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
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.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun little park course
Pros: The course plays through a pretty city park with nice grass and tight stands of trees that obviously used to be an orchard. There are multiple places in the park with some cool little elevation changes that are used well.
There is a nice mix of fairly open holes with some scattered trees, and some extremely tight tunnel shots and shots through the overgrown orchard section of the course, giving some variety to the holes. There are a few where rollers or big overhand shots are the best option, which was a cool design feature (not that I'm actually good at either of those shots...). Though most of the course felt pretty short, there was enough difficulty to keep it interesting, and a few longer shots mixed in. There were a few shots that dictated left and right turning shots, and these seemed pretty balanced.
Most of the course is pretty easy to follow, with decent hole signs and baskets in good shape. The landscaping and grounds maintenance couldn't be better, makes for a very nice park round.
Cons: There were a few spots where the course flow was pretty bad, you had to walk back the length of the previous hole to get to the next tee. Several of the tees didn't provide the best teeing area, with some that were not level or not large enough, and a couple where there really wasn't a designated tee.
There were way too many spots on this course where holes played too close to other park uses. The tennis courts, soccer fields, and multiple walking paths and picnicking areas are all in play, and could make for dangerous rounds when the park is busy.
Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a fun little course in a city park that does the best it can with the fringes of a busy multi-use park. There are some fun holes, that make this course worth a stop in the area, but it's a little busy, and not enough of a draw to be worth driving very far to play.
There is enough difficulty here to keep things interesting for more experienced players. Newer players may be frustrated by some of the tighter holes, but there isn't much distance to frustrate smaller arms or any real places to lose discs.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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