A Solid Nine Holer
6 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: - Oak Brook's Central Park is home to an above-average 9 hole course. Largely isolated from the rest of the park, the course wends its way through thick scrubby trees, large mature trees, and everything inbetween. Tight, technical fairways force precise lines with fair but brutal punishment awaiting those that miss their mark.
- Good risk/reward. The hole design encourages aggressive drives, and fairly punishes over-aggressiveness or wayward shots. The schule is thick and tight in places, although well worn. Finding and getting to your disc isn't too much of a struggle, but getting your next shot out successfully can be an adventure.
- Good variety. For a nine-hole course, there's plenty of variety between left- and right-turning holes. A bit of elevation comes into play on a few holes. #5 has a mando that forces a very tight anhyzer (RHBH) or forehand flick, with trouble to the left and low-hanging pine branches waiting to smack down your tee shot. With hole lengths in the range of just over 200' to just under 400', nothing gets too crazy, but provides a nice mix.
- Fair amenities. Good rubber mats, descriptive and accurate tee signs, and scattered trashcans.
Cons: - Some scattered trash detracts a bit from the natural beauty, but I did play this course during winter, when trash seems to be more prevalent/noticable.
- No alcohol allowed per posted sign. Yeah, I'm kinda stretching for some cons here.
Other Thoughts: - While certainly not a destination course, Central Park has a lot going for it that many nine holers don't. Tight technical fairways, a fair mix of distances, and a high fun factor. While I can't rate it higher due to only being nine holes, the lack of concrete tees, etc., Central Park is definitely a fun and serviceable nine-hole option for both locals and those who might be traveling through the area.
6 of 10 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 6 Not
The long-n-wide rubber teepads were in good shape. Good teesigns.
Easy to access, not far from 294 or 88. The Italian beef sandwich at Paul's Pizza was really good.
Hole-9 unplayable as it sat in the midst of a rain-created pond. Going wide right from tee-1 brings a volleyball court into play. Minimal elevation changes.
If you like them mostly tight and mostly right-turning, you should enjoy this course, as half the holes somewhat match that description. Good variety in distances. Most holes had a chokepoint at some location between the tee and the basket - hit it and be rewarded it, miss it, and work on your awkward-approach game. :-)
Certainly not a destination course, but designers made the most they could out of the small bit of land and trees with which they had to work.
3 of 9 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
NIce little course
Pros: The course plays through a mostly flat area with lots of trees and a couple minor elevation changes. Most of the holes are pretty technical, with tight fairways and punishing rough. Bad drives will usually put you in a bad spot, while accurate drives are rewarded. The shorter holes are very tight and really test your accuracy, while the longer holes usually have a dog leg or a blind pin.
The space available here is used very well, with a nice variety of holes. There are some shorter ace runs if you can find your way through the trees, and there are some longer holes where you can open up a little. There are a couple places where you'll have to walk a little ways between holes, but they are marked with next tee signs and nicely groomed paths.
The fairways are all nicely mowed grass, with some brush and tall grass for rough on most holes. The tees are rubber, and are nicely leveled with well-compacted bases. The tee signs show the hole layout and distance, and make the course easy to follow. There is a nice course map at the parking lot that shows the layout of all the holes.
Cons: The tees were a little short, and didn't quite offer enough room on some of the longer holes. There was room for a little more length here, and that would add some nice challenge to the course. A couple of the walks between holes were awkward even though they were well marked, and took away from the course flow. The final hole was covered in geese and their droppings, and was a little nasty.
Other Thoughts: This is one of the nicer 9 hole courses I've played in the Chicago area, and offers a little more challenge than the ubiquitous pitch n putt courses around. It is a little easy for more experienced players, but is still a fun place to play. The course is mostly beginner friendly, though the rough is pretty punishing to errant drives, and there are some places where it's possible to lose a disc.
This course is worth a little drive to come play if you're in the Chicago area. Check out the Summer doubles on Thursday nights to play with some fun locals, everyone I met at the course was friendly and nice.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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