Good, Not Quite Great
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Variety of hole types: open, tightly wooded, water carry etc.
- Multiple nice, large, concrete teepads at each hole
- Benches and garbage cans present
- Effort clearly put in to continually try and improve the course
Cons: - Occasionally confusing layout with fairways and baskets coming close together
- Signage is frequently missing, destroyed, or wrong as several holes have been updated
- Runs a bit on the short side, with a handful of long, open holes contributing to much of the distance
- Lack of clearly defined lines on a handful of the wooded holes
Other Thoughts: The first time I played Trinity Links, about a year ago, I walked away glad I played the course, but not sure when I would be going back. As it turns out, it would be a little over a year before I made a second visit, and then only to take a couple of friends who were interested in playing a new course. The biggest problem Trinity Links faces is its close proximity to a number of high quality courses. For those living outside the immediate Joliet area there are usually better options, even as close as 5 minutes away. That said, there are still plenty of good things about Trinity, and I don't want to disparage the work that has clearly gone into the course. However, with the new, pristine, well routed and fun Canyons course practically across the street, it is little wonder I played Trinity once in a year I played about 35 rounds at other Joliet area courses.
This course has a good variety of holes, even if few of them are very exciting. You will be throwing to the left and right in open fields and tight wooded fairways and occasionally across water or to rollaway greens. Hole length is decently varied as well, though a much larger percentage of shots are of the shorter, tightly wooded variety, with the longer holes being mostly open. A couple of the shorter holes don't really have clearly defined fairways, which can be frustrating. The risk-reward aspect of water holes is usually a plus for a course, and it still is here, but the disgusting stagnant water in the small ponds adds a bit more risk to your shots. These ponds also lead to a higher than normal amount of bugs, even at the end of October there were still a lot of gnats.
Despite the work clearly done to the course, it still feels a bit rough around the edges. A good deal of the messy feel is simply due to the less than stellar neighborhood the course exists in. A number of holes border unkempt yards, and trash is common despite the many cans. Navigation is occasionally confusing, and the tee signs are broken, missing, or incorrect as often as not. While the baskets aren't the best they are certainly serviceable, the pads, however, are some of the best I've played on.
This review may read as overly critical, and I will continue to play other courses in the area with higher frequency, but a round here is still fun, and there is a lot to like about Trinity Links. If you are traveling to play courses in the area, The Canyons and Highland Park are my top recomendations, but if you have time in your day or weekend for three (or more) rounds, Trinity is not a bad option. The Joliet area really has an overabundance of good courses, and Trinity Links is certainly one of them.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Not a bad little course
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - paved tees
- a hanging basket, that's cool
- private, you can tell someone put in some work on this course
- variety of open and wooded shots
- the pond with the island is a nice view
Cons: - water!!! this might not be a con for everyone, but a couple shots were over the pond. It was fortunately frozen solid when I went, but I don't think I'd like this course in summer. (because I'm a noob)
- some tee signs have been damaged or busted out and are unreadable or completely gone.
Other Thoughts: kinda hard to find, you'll see two business-looking buildings as some of the other reviews said. Just park in that lot, I guess.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
The LOVE Shows
**You can tell that someone loves this course by the care and little touches that have been put into it.
**Blue plastic garbage cans on every hole.
**Brand new, professionally done Concrete tee pads on the short tees.
**Nice new wooden benches in several locations.
**Basic signage was good enough to get us throwing in the right direction.
**Love the funny little OB pit and drop zone painted in front of hole #7.
**Mostly tight and technical, I love this kind of course since I don't have a big arm.
Treat the water in the pond to get rid of the mosquitoes, algae Etc. It would look a lot better, plus, give you a chance to pull out an errant disc.
Other Thoughts: .
A little hard to find...
My GPS said it was on the wrong side of the road, we drove by it twice. I just happened to spot the #4 basket on the berm as we went by for a third time. It looks like two businesses to me with a parking lot behind/in between them.
Some pretty severe storms with down-burst winds had just rolled through the area right before we were there. Every course we played had "A Bunch" of downed limbs.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This course really had a lot of great features, some of which were wooded holes, open holes and WATER. Most of the tees were very easy to find as a first time player. The baskets looked newer and were in very good condition. Some things that I really like about the design of the course was the use of Hyzer, Anhyzer and straight shots. On several holes there was a risk reward shot and then there was the safe play shot. Most holes had a Pro and Am tee, which is always nice to see. Holes 1, 2 and 15 played around a small pond, which could come into play if you make a poor shot. The course does not seem to get crowded with tons of players, which will allow you to play at your own pace and you won't have to worry about getting stuck behind a large group of players
Cons: Unfortunately, this course did struggle where I see a lot of courses; the tees. They used crushed limestone tees which by itself would not normally be terrible, but the issue here is with the poor drainage of the land they tend to get more muddy than anything else. Some other plaguing issues I saw here was the flow of the course. Several time you walked up fairways that you just played or in very close proximity to another fairway, errant shots could become potentially hazardous. As I mentioned this course seems to drain very poorly, a lot of it seems to be perpetuated by the pond (yes it is actually a real pond). There are a few holes where the pro tees are really enclosed by tight trees. As they mature there will be little to no shot; I think some of it is right now that they were just put in a few of those pro tees.
Other Thoughts: While this was a fairly simple course it definitely did have a certain "fun" factor. If the tees were repaired or made concrete I could see this course being a lot easier to play and get better ratings. It looks as though there were some small attempts to fix the drainage on the course, but if they actually put in drainage creeks and mare then OB it would help with water and add some difficulty to the course. If you are in the area, it is a course to consider only if it has been dry the past few days.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Trinity Links is a pretty good course with a good amount of challenge and plenty of shot variety.
The first thing you'll notice about this course is its seclusion. This place is on private property in the middle of nowhere, and I've rarely seen more than two other groups here. If you're looking for a peaceful place where you can take your time for 18 holes, this is the best course in the area.
There's a great variety of shots... some open bombs, wooded shots, baskets protected by trees, and some cool dogleg shots. Many of these will really test your accuracy. The course will favor players who prefer open distance shots, but there is also a good amount of accuracy required.
Other stuff... baskets are in good shape, I've never seen issues with garbage or anything on the course, and a few holes have dual tees (although they are somewhat hard to find). There's a message board by the first tee where you can usually find info on local tourneys and whatnot.
Cons: This is not a beginner-friendly course at all.
The OB is saddistic and this place eats discs like crazy. On some holes the OB is just dangerous. A few spots have old barbed wire hidden amongs the foliage, that you have to watch out for (namely #11). Others play close to fenced off private property, and the bog is an all-time nasty water hazard. This is not the "fun" type of punishment for bad shots, just unenjoyable.
This course plays through a low lying area and does not drain well at all. The tee boxes are crushed rock and do not drain well either, so this course is not enjoyable after significant rainfall.
Navigation can get confusing the first time playing, and a couple spots could use 'next tee' signs.
Other Thoughts: How much you enjoy this course has a lot to do with when you play it. I've played it every time of year except the dead of winter, and I'd definitely recommend hitting it during the fall or spring to avoid the bug and posion ivy problem many other reviewers have mentioned. This summer the mosquitoes have been absolutely insane on the holes that play near the bog, but during the cooler months they're not a problem.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice secluded course. Fairly easy to navigate except a couple of holes you might have to look for. There are a couple nice mandos that make shots tougher then they look.
Great variety of shots. Will test your skill with all shots. Hyzers, straight and plenty of anhyzer shots. Very well maintained since this a private course. Multiple sets of tees that add uniqueness to shots and not just added pro tees for distance like some courses. Some shots that make you think twice about going for it or ending up in some swampy lake. I for one love the way the water takes its effect on this course. Especially pro tee on hole 2 shooting over a pond and pond running along hole 15 with basket located on hill next to water.
Cons: Crushed rock tees are not bad but would be a great course if concrete tees were added. Like others said water does not drain at all on this course but i have seen worse drainage problems at channahon. Used to be bad poison oak and ivy problems but have not been problems at all recently. Some mean little dogs barking at hole four past two times playing but not an issue just annoying.
Other Thoughts: This could be a even better course if they add concrete tees in the future. Also can be a little hard to find if this is your first time playing there. Id love to see how this course keeps improving in the future with the great maintence crew they have. In my opinion this is not a course to just skip in the joliet area. But is also not for beginners. Will test your skill greatly like others have said with some holes and accuracy with many holes. And if you find a soft magnet at the bottom of the pond on 15 enjoy cus i did!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
13 Helpful / 0 Not
good for a short course
Pros: Navigation pretty easy. We did play in winter; so no greenery to hide long tees. We found them easily.
Crusher run tees. While this can also be a con; for winter play; they were in good shape, and perhaps give better footing than even cement; with the ice and snow. They were somewhat rutted though; and I bet this becomes a con in the summer.
Course maintenance crew doing a lot of work; in the middle of winter. More than one huge brush pile was being burnt the day we were here.
Flags in the ground to mark long tees; were in place; again, in the middle of winter. In other words, I reiterate, course maintenance crew does a nice job here. Tees framed by 4 X 4s, and thus can be filled an tamped. These tees are not going to spread 10 feet in each direction.
A couple of longer holes; combined with pretty tight wooded holes; allows for pretty solid variety.
Some pretty extreme dog legs.
Cons: Some of the cons go hand in hand with pros. Crusher run tees were nice in the winter/ perhaps even better than cement would have been; with snow and ice on them. However, during summer; these are probably not ideal.
Longs tees marked with orange flags; were well marked in winter. However, these could be fairly tough to find in summer; if maintenance crew doesn't keep up with them regularly. (I bet they do).
Tee signs only on short tees.
Water in play on a few holes. Make sure to walk hole #1 before throwing. Water just a few feet to left of basket. Short tee #1 requires throw entirely over water to pin. (I actually consider this a pro; but if you're unaware that water is here; you can very easily lose plastic. From long tee; you may not be aware water is in play.
Water on #15, again frozen for us; but you will want to walk this hole in summer to check out landing area.
No bugs in winter; but it is easy to see that this could be a major issue in the summer.
Other Thoughts: Again, this course is one of a number of good courses in the Joliet area. Others are better; but, the overall grouping of Trinity, Lewis University DGC, West Park, Shorewood Park, Community Park, and especially Highland Park, makes this a destination area. Half of these are old school lengths; i.e. Trintity, Lewis, Shorewood, and West; but are good examples of this length of courses. All of these courses are maintained well; tees were cleared on nearly all of them in the middle of winter.....and most of them have been through major redesigns over the years; to provide the best possible playing experience.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Lockport is on private property but is open to the public. There is a building with a large parking lot. It can be diffcult to spot since there is no sign. There are some heavily wooded areas along with some nice open areas. Thick rough comes into play as well as water on several holes. There are a few unique areas in the woods and minor elevated areas.
There are 2 sets of tees which adds variety.
There are several unique holes and green areas.
There are quite a few nice tunnel holes in the woods and some tight shots throwing in/out of the woods.
Several shots acorss and near water.
Adequate tee signs.
Nice newer upgraded baskets.
This course does not get much play and is not crowded.
Even with all the heavy rough and semi tight holes this is an under 54 par course. SSA is 49 -5 to 48 -6 using a mix of long/short tees at the Joliet Championships.
The tee pads are limestone and many times are uneven.
This course can have standing water and mud after rain.
It can be difficult to navigate. Finding both sets of tees can be a challenge.
Just like other Northern IL courses the bugs can be very bad during the warmer monthes.Bring bug spray!!
This is not a beginner course. It can play tough to newer players.
If you are in the area i'd suggest playing Highland Park and West Park in Joliet.
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11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun but punishing
Pros: The course plays through small meadows set in dense woods with lots of thick brush. Many of the holes play into or out of the woods for some cool challenges. There are two holes where water is in play near the basket that add a little bit of risk/reward element to both drives and putts.
There is a wide variety of hole shapes, with some straight shots, but mostly holes that turn left or right, and a few with sharp doglegs. The variety of shapes means you'll need a lot of different shots to score well and stay on the fairways. Errant drives are punished with thick trees and brush, and leaving the fairway will often cost you a stroke. Though many of the holes are fairly short, they're also pretty technical and still test accuracy. There are a couple holes with more room to let a drive rip, but still will punish an errant shot.
There are tee signs that make the course pretty easy to follow most of the time, and they seemed accurate in terms of distance and pin location. The grounds are very nicely maintained, with no trash, and well-kept fairways both in and out of the trees. It's clear lots of work goes into maintaining the course.
Cons: The two water hazards are fun, but neither is visible off the tee, and they aren't marked on the tee signs. If it's your first time through the course, it's worth walking hole 1 and hole 15 (I think) to see where you don't want to land. The water is pretty gross, and you likely won't get a disc back that goes in.
The tees were crushed gravel, which didn't always make for the best footing. Many were a little small, and quite a few were a little uneven, making for less than ideal spots to tee from. There were a few tough navigation spots, where we had to spend a little time looking for the next tee, a little more signage would have helped a lot.
As others have stated, the bugs here are particularly bad, especially anywhere near the places with standing water. If you have an issue with mosquitoes, bring lots of bug spray here.
Other Thoughts: This course is definitely not the best place for beginners. With tough hole shapes, punishing rough, and lots of chances to lose a disc, most newer players would be pretty frustrated here. There are enough challenges to keep a more advanced player on their toes here, and it provides a great place to work on accuracy.
There are better courses in the Joliet area, so don't make this one a priority if you've only got time for a few. It is worth a stop though, it's a fun place to play and you'll probably get the course to yourself.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
very enjoyable in my opinion
Pros: decent signs, nice baskets, clean course, has some narrow openings and wide open fields, really long shots with more moderate in length, goes through the woods for some holes, some wide open shots, some shots with a few trees. i like the variety with left-right right-left straight-on shots. very peaceful place with no one else in sight for most of the course, next tee shown on tee signs.
Cons: gravel kind of boxed in tees didn't allow for great footing or run up room. only a few holes where u had to back track just check the signs for next tee location, pretty dense brush and woods bordering or around most holes which punishes your poor accuracy
Other Thoughts: not as much a beginner course because you need a decent amount of accurate throws, but a fun course for the intermediate to good player, i would come here again.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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