1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great 18 hole course with good length. Course has a wide variety of hole types, and requires many different shots. Primarily very open, however, hole 15 is a nice shot through ticker tree cover. All trees on the course are very well established and large. There are two small creeks that offer a nice water hazard throughout the course. Stay out of the cattails!!! You will loose a disc, but if you find mine please call.
This couse is one of my favorites this close to Chicago, and I definitely recommend a play. The course is very open, but still very challenging because of the length. The majority of holes are over 300ft however, there are still several that are nice shots under this length. Nice cement tee pads on just about every hole except for a few of the shorter ones.Course is failry well marked, and in general is not too crowded.
Though it's probably not legal we were able to drink throughout the course with no problems and there are plenty of trash cans.
Good course to take both beginners, because of the lack of trees, and experienced players, because of the distance, and everyone should have a good time.
Cons: I still have yet to find the first hole tee pad and I have been there three times now. We consistently start on hole 2. Though the cattails are an excellent hazard, be aware that you WILL NOT FIND YOUR DISC if you throw into them. The course is almost too open with not enough trees, but luckily the length of most of these holes makes up for it, especially the 800 ft bomb you get to throw on 16. The course is also covered in goose droppings, but this is invedible because cook county does not allow duck hunting as far as I'm aware. Currently a low spot has filled with water and presents an extra pond to throw over for several of the holes, but you can wade in an find your disc quite easily.
In general this couse could certainly be a phenominal course if it had two things, elevation changes, and more trees. Imagine your favorite course without the trees and without the hills and you get this one. I really like it because I just get to bomb every drive with no thoughts of hitting a tree, but you literally do the big drive, lay-up, put combo every single time. Great practice for those courses where you really want your game at the top.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course for those living in Chicagoland. It's open, but a little far away from the city. If you want a nice open couse that you can drink at with little risk of consequence this is your course. Similar courses in the area that are a little closer include Madison Meadows in Lombard, as well as Katherine Legge Memorial Park. I have had a blast playing this course every time, but just beware that the cattails eat your frisbies and don't spit them back. If anyone finds a new sidewinder with my name please call, my girlfriend is not happy I lost her disc, you will be rewarded. Happy discing.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Why should the South Suburbs have all the Fun?
Pros: This is one of the better courses is the northern Chicago Suburbs. It is well worth playing regularly if you live in any of the neighboring towns.
*The best feature of this course is its distance challenge. While there are a few short holes, many of them let even experienced players to bring out the drivers and let it rip. The distances on many of them are long enough to potentially reach on the first throw, but only if the throw is on the money.
*Good variety. The area actually doesn't seem like it would be all that good for a course, but the designer seemed to make the best possible use of the land with most holes forcing different shots on each.
*A couple high risk/reward holes. Number 2 comes to mind... heavy tree-age lies between the teepad and the basket which is across a creek. a player can "go for it" by hitting a small gap with a forehand and risking going OB on the left, or they can lay up in front of the creek with an easy hyzer shot to the right.
*Multiple pin placements, good baskets, and GREAT SIGNS :)
*Good isolation factor... I enjoy that!
Cons: Several of these...
*Overall kind of a nasty little piece of land. Swamps abound along with the massive tall plants/grasses that normally accompany swamps. These will EAT UP YOUR DISCS! KEEP A WATCHFUL EYE ON THEM! Though these plants create some shot-shaping opportunities, they are definitely not pleasant.
*Flow is BAD! Fairways cross and teepads seem to be randomly next to each other so that your first time here you will say "what the heck." i recommend printing out a course map.
*Some holes don't have concrete tee pads... this is lame.
*Though the tee signs indicate the direction of the alternate pads, I did not see any markers on the gorund that indicated where these pads actually are.
*No indication of which pin placement the basket is in which stinks for people who don't play the course regularly
Other Thoughts: The parking lot is kind of weird and you may have a hard time finding it at first. It will feel like you are turning into the parking lot of a store (I can't remember for the life of me what that store is called) but the tee pad for hole one is actually located behind the store where the course's parking is actually located.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Fair amount of obstacles
Some descent elevation change for the burbs
Couple baskets are on hills which make you think about how you're going to land as to not roll away
A few areas require good placement shots as well as a few good looks at aces
Good tee pads and signs, a few places were slightly confusing but not too bad.
Cons: As folks have said this course retains water really well. It rained a bit the day before I went and was pretty wet in some areas and I had to skip a hole due to the water.
Some of the bridged areas to get across marshy areas could use some repair.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Bring the bug Spray
Pros: Very Long Course, Good place to go for a good long game of golf. You won't play this course in a 1/2 hour. Some very interesting holes. Nice tees, baskets and nice new hole markers.
Cons: Couldn't find the alternate tees, and the misquotes were killer around the swamp/marsh, and stream. And if your disc goes in the Marsh area it is gone. One of the holes, approach through the marsh was washed out, had to play around it.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Nice to see improvements
Pros: Hadn't played here in awhile, nice to see they have cement tee boxes & signs now, & changed up a couple of holes. Good hole variety & distances, descent challenge, even moreso playing OB & 3 min. rules. Nice layout, easy to navagate & walk. Has areas with water & rough in play & some wooded holes. Has some long open holes to rip shots & for rollers. Primarily a DG park, never many other users or too busy.
Cons: Did not see alternate tee boxes. No pars on signs. Could still use some obstructions and cover on a few holes, be more creative with pin placements. Need more trash cans. The path on 11 that gets flooded. Hole 13 was better the way it was as a wooded downhill shot, guess the PD didn't want to do the up keep.
Other Thoughts: Still a nice place to get out & play, nice to see the improvements. A couple more pins creekside would add to challange. Or, trench out a couple of nice size ponds in open areas to add water hazards.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Concrete, new baskets
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Shady Oaks is a fun, challenging 18 hole course. It features a good amount of length including the 739' hole 15. This year the course was upgraded with concrete tees and new baskets. The tees are roomy and on the really long holes they are as much as 50% longer than the rest, I though that was a thoughtful touch. Almost all of the basket positions have been tweaked, sometimes slightly and sometimes dramatically so. Hole 2 is a great example: it used to be a nice downhill midrange shot with the stream behind the basket making an ace run dangerous. Now the basket has been moved to the other side of the creek, making this a difficult 3 to get as the landing area on the other side is very small. While the course is more open than wooded, a cattail marsh running through much of the course and a fairly good sized stream make you think twice about going for the gold. This course features some nice multi-shot holes, the afore mentioned hole 15 and hole 3 which is an ~350-400' drive along the right of the stream up to one of two windows in the trees on the other side where the protected green is located. Big arms could go for the basket in one but it would be very risky. While there isn't a ton of elevation change at the park, what is there has been effectively used. There are some risky greens here, with the stream or cattail marsh nearby and a couple of side hill pin placements. The recent changes put this course in the top tier of Chicago area courses. While not the equal of Highland park, it is easily top 5 now.
Cons: The tee signs were a mixed bag and following the recent basket moves almost all are inaccurate on distance. This course holds water like no other in the area. If it has rained within the past week or so, I don't even think about coming out here. There are a couple of places to get lost here, so keep an eye on the group ahead of you or better yet print out the course map.
Other Thoughts: As of 7/10/10 not all of the old baskets have been removed yet. Play to the shiny new ones (Chainstars?). The old baskets are rusty, beat up mach 3's. The new changes really toughened up an already challenging course, and long concrete tees make it much more fun to play. There are alternate tees as well here, print out the alternate map from the links/files section if you are interested. The alternates are natural though and the regular course is plenty fun. There are some very territorial redwing blackbirds residing in the marsh (especially hole 11) and I have been buzzed by them a few times.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Streamwood is Solid
Pros: The course is tucked back in a neighborhood park. It's surrounded by houses on several sides. This is a difficult course and is not the most beginner friendly. There are a few rolling hills that come into play but for the most part this course is mostly open with some very big scattered trees. A small creek comes into play on several holes and a swamp filled with cattails on a few others.
NEW CONCRETE TEES AND BASKETS INSTALLED THIS SUMMER!
If you like to throw long drives this is a very fun course. There are 9 holes over 300 feet with 7 of them over 350. The course plays over 6000 feet and is longer than most Chicagoland courses.
There are a variety of shots required to score well on this course. There are several fun shorter holes to go with all the long holes.
There are a few risk and reward holes.
Hole #2 is a fun short downhill hole with a creek backstopping the basket in the short postition. Even after a good drive any bad putts can end up in the water. The long pin is on the other side of the creek.
Hole #15 is a nice par 4. It's difficult to get your 3.
Cons: The tee signs are average at best and this course can be difficult to navigate.
There are only a few tight shots on this course.
After big rains this course can get muddy. I've seen the entire section of the lower part of the park flooded in the past.
The pictures Juan Lopez aka El Mexicano added to this page are great! Juan is a local of Streamwood and is a super nice guy. Ask him for a tour. He's got a big arm and he'll show you how to tear up Streamwood.
Check out my IL Top 10.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Risk/Reward opportunities galore
Pros: Brand new cement tee-pad added April 30, 2010.
Brand New Baskets installed as of July 13th, 2010. Some new and interesting pin placements are an added bonus to the new baskets!
18 holes that wind around a huge area, with very few overlapping holes.
Beautiful scenery with mature oaks and walnuts intermingled with huge swaths of 8-9 foot tall cattails. I find it to be a beautiful and expansive course that is actually made for disc golf. This course is not wrapped tightly around some existing park or softball field.
Lots of risk/reward opportunities.
Cons: Drains slowly so it is wet for awhile after a big rain.
Can be easy to lose your disc on a several holes.
Other Thoughts: Strongly reccomend this one to any non-beginners. Very fun and challenging course. The concrete tee-pad make navigation easier and really adds a ton to the playability of the course! Local club SDGU members tell me that new signs are on the way.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 13 Not
I like it
Pros: I really do like this course for what it is. It has a mix of things, and is pretty challenging. I think this course, Shady Oaks in Bartlett, and Campton Hills in St. Charles give the area a well rounded choice of parks to play in.
Cons: Wet, buggy. Most of us have lost a disc or two in this course.
1 of 14 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 13 Not
Pros: Very good layout. like the water hazzards. Distances make things interesting too.
Cons: Not really a con but I'm not used to teeing off from wood chips! Most courses are either natural grass/dirt or concrete.
Other Thoughts: Someday I'll get back to the area to play again!
0 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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