10 Helpful / 0 Not
Goats Head Soup
Pros: Lockport is a pretty good short par 3 course. A lot of the course flows through some woods and there are a couple of water carries. The course is flat, but a few things have been added (# 4 runs along a berm with a drop-off on either side, there is a big mound on # 17 that the basket sits on and one pro tee is up on a mound) to add a bit of elevation to it. There are two sets of tees, and some add quite a different look to the shots. The shots are generally short and technical, but #7 is a nice "bomb's away" hole. It's not long enough to be a pro-challenging course, but there is enough trouble there to keep Intermediate players challenged.
Cons: I wasn't blown away by the design. #6 shoots across an open field, then you turn around and walk back where you came from to get to the tee for # 7. The baskets for # 6 and # 18 are pretty close together, and in a couple of other places baskets and tees are easily reached by an errant throw from another hole. If the course was busy, I could see a lot of conflicts and back-ups caused by the design. A couple of the wooded holes were pretty much poke and pray, including one shot on the back (I think it was # 15) that went over water. When I'm shooting over water, I'd like a defined route.
The course does have some water hazards, but the water appears to be from the property not draining well. It's basically a couple of large, stagnant, stinking cesspools that contribute greatly to the nasty bug problem this course has in warm weather. It's also not the kind of water you want to go after a disc in.
The tees are crushed limestone and not all that great. There are tee signs at each hole, and each one seemed to be vandalized in some way. There was a lot of trash around (the tee for # 8 was surrounded by garbage from the neighboring property) and a lot of broken glass on a couple of fairways. Add to that the stinking stagnant water hazards and bugs, and the overall effect is a less than aesthetically pleasing course.
Other Thoughts: There were goats in the fairway on # 4, which seemed to come from the neighbors property. That was a new one for me.
Lockport is not the kind of course you would want to go out of the way to play, but it is right down the road from Highland, and Highland is a course you would want to go out of your way to play. Once you make it to Highland, Lockport is a good enough course to add to your courses played list.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Oh! Oh!... No! Not the water!...crap.
Pros: -This course has an immense variety of shots, not just for the area it has, but for any course in the area. Hole 3 in particular almost forces you to throw a spike anhyzer (if you can imagine that). The amount of diversity here is wonder.
-This course has 4 true water hazards, for which it is the only course in the area. While Community Park has water, it takes a really poor or unlucky shot to end up there, and overall just isn't as intimidating. What makes it even better is the best 2, are on the first and second holes! Its just such an intense way to begin the round. The other two less outstanding hazards are on holes 15, just before the basket, and on hole 17, just behind the new pin placement on a hill, making for scary roll aways.
-The pro tees from this course offer great new feels for the course. A few holes have recently had new pro tees installed for the upcoming Joliet Championships, and these are also extremely well thought out.
-This courses baskets are in great shape, and the signs are as well. Some of the signs are now slightly off in distance, but that's due to new pro tees and pin placements and are in the process of being remedied. Overall a very easy course to navigate.
-This is also an excellent course for glow rounds. I've only played here twice and not had a glow round.
Cons: -The tee pads here do need some work. While the guys hosting the tournament are in the process of fixing up these pads, currently the fresh crushed gravel is still loose. Hopefully the recent rains have helped compact it some.
-This course does have some tough schule, but that shouldn't be a problem if you stay in the fairway. ;) if only it were that easy, right?
Other Thoughts: The tees are the only outstanding flaw to this course. Once these are in better shape you'll see the ratings of this course skyrocket. This course makes up for this with its great variety of lines, from tight wooded fairways, to open bombs. Also, this course is so close to Highland Park, which is a must play in the Joliet area. With it being less than 5 minutes away, I can't see why you shouldn't play this along with Highland, unless you are completely strapped for time.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: great variety of open and wooded shots.sistance range is good
Cons: poison ivy,oakand sumac.
coarse can swallow up a disc
Other Thoughts: the coarse has been cleaned up great looks very good best ive seen it.
hole 17 basket has been moved and is really a cool hole
0 of 9 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Father, Son, and HOLY *$#@ is that a Goat?
Pros: - Trinity DGC sits on a mostly flat piece of land that weaves in and out of woods, over small ponds, and through grassy fields. All sorts of shots are needed on this course, which ranges from wide open grassy fields to the tightest of corridors through trees forcing an anhyzer. The course makes the most of both water hazards and the little elevation with which the designer had available. Balance between short and long hole lengths keep things fresh for everyone.
- Pro tees add length and difficulty, often changing the entire feel of the hole.
- The first two holes incorporate short water carries, and get the round off to a fun start.
- #17's basket sits atop a small slope that unexpectedly drops off about four feet behind the basket, revealing a small disc-hungry pond, waiting deviously for uncautious putters.
- Several protected pin placements: bushes, mature trees, and smaller trees all help keep the baskets a challenge to reach.
- Glow rounds!
Cons: - The teepads consist of lumpy, rutted gravel/crushed rock. They are in poor shape and detract greatly from this otherwise fine course.
- Some of the holes have overlapping fairways, making spraying another fairway with wayward discs a definite possibility.
Other Thoughts: - If better tees were installed or the current ones restored to decent shape I would definitely rate this course higher, but as it stands the tees are brutal.
- Watch out for bands of roving goats (apparently originating from one of the neighbor's yards?)
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course makes good use of a larger forest and other sparse forested areas to provide a wide range of shots.
- Lots of very tight lines throughout the dense forest, in many ways. Tight windows off the teepad, very skinny fairways, and well protected baskets are a common theme. Many different shots are necessary, from way left to way right. Tons of variety, to the point where having a solid forehand and some overhand can be a huge advantage, left or right handed.
- Other holes bordering the forest still have some tricky lines, with a bit more room to navigate. Some well protected baskets add real challenge in a few places, like #14, which is surrounded by trees and brush on 3 sides.
- A few bomber holes mixed in here and there to break things up. These are more or less wide open, and require good distance over anything else.
- Very slight elevation changes, there was a great elevated green on #17 that was tough to get up on approach. Otherwise basically flat. Some water was in play on a few holes, and was quite reachable. Definitely a major hazard that can gobble errant shots.
- Great signs and baskets, decent teepads. Some signs to point the way in a few spots as well. Navigation overall is not too tough.
Cons: - While there is a great mix of hole lengths, there are many on the short side. Some of the longer holes are very bland as well, with little to no obstacles. Both of these are very typical features and don't make the holes stand out too much.
- Some holes have fairways that are kind of close to each other, especially in parts of the back meadow. Really not an issue.
Other Thoughts: - This is a very solid course that demands some really tricky shots. I can see how some people could be very frustrated with the course, especially those who rely heavily on a RHBH toss. An anhyzer just won't cut it on some of these sharp doglegs.
- The tough rough and crazy lines make this a good course for a seasoned player. It will really test anybody's line-shaping ability.
8 of 8 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.
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