3 Helpful / 0 Not
Camden I- The Good Cop
Pros: Biggest hills in Illinois I have seen.
Easier of the two courses, more open with some moderate to kind of dense woods.
Some good holes with nice elevation but lacked obstacles.
Nice layout and a good warm up for 'the other side.'
Good signs on most holes, good baskets with good practice basket space.
Locals were nice and informative.
Cons: Course seemed very short after the first few open holes on the hill. A lot of 150' to 250' holes on the back nine.
Some signs missing, but we followed a nice group in front of us.
Was expecting some more length and shot variety on Camden I, but 'the other side' more than makes up for it.
Tended to favor RHBH throws.
Some minor hole overlap and close fairways could be a problem.
Not many obstacles in the open and moderately wooded holes which made them fairly easy.
Other Thoughts: If you stand at the SE parking lot between the courses, you can hear Camden I on your right saying "You want a nice relaxing and fun day of disc golf don't you? Please choose me and you can get as many birdies and pars as your heart desires! I won't punish your bad throws and I'll make sure the holes are nice, visible and make-able so you feel good about your skills :)"
But, on your left you hear Camden II beckon you over to the other side and say "Why don't you man up and stop playing that busch league crap you call disc golf. Let's see where you really stand and if you even deserve to play this game. So what if I have a few trees shaping every shot and a huge ravine pit that eats your plastic, this is how disc golf was meant to be played. If you don't like it then you should go back to ball golf with your little sand boxes, nicely mowed grass, and reserved tee times at the country club. Now is the time where you become a man and prove why you deserve to throw this plastic >:D"
If you think I'm crazy go and play these courses for yourself!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a good sized park, with a hilly field, a gnarly forest, and a small creekbed. Pretty much devoted completely to the disc golf.
- Front and back parts are set in the open field, with a sprinkling of mature trees to contend with. Very good elevation changes on a couple holes, and more dense trees on others. A couple holes play out of and near the forest area for some more challenge.
- The rest of the course is carved out of a dense, mildly hilly forest that has a lot of character. Most of the holes are on the short side, with a ton of different lines to hit. There's uphill, downhill, left, right, straight, gradual and swift. There's thick underbrush, tight fairways, and at times a low canopy.
- Small creek is in play on one hole, which must be crossed to reach the basket. Great hole from the longs; as most will have to lay up before attempting to cross.
- Lots of baskets are heavily protected by trees or sloping greens, or both. Getting it close to the basket is sometimes not enough, it's got to be on the right side, too.
- Good tee pads and baskets, great signs. Pretty good crossings/stairs where needed. Navigation can be a tad tricky at spots.
Cons: - Some of the holes are a bit bland, mostly just due to open lanes and short length. The short length overall kind of hurts the course; almost every hole can be reached from the tee and really presents a ton of deuce-or-die opportunities, and not much else.
- Walking path and some other man-made stuff can be in play, but only in a few spots.
Other Thoughts: - This is a very well rounded course, with both the open and forested areas presenting a bunch of different looks. Good elevation changes and different lines really help to mix things up, a lot of unique looks. Plenty of hazards in the form of dense rough, fast greens, and a small creekbed. Any level of player should enjoy the tricky shots needed to get to the basket.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun course with variety
Pros: The course plays through a large park with a great mix of open areas and heavy woods. The course starts out with a few more open shots, then heads into the woods for most of the middle of the course with a few more open holes to finish up. The variety is nice, with some holes where you can rip a drive and many where inaccurate shots will be punished with thick rough in the woods. This makes for some great risk reward shots on the tighter holes.
There is some great elevation here, especially on the more open section of the course. There are some good up and down hill shots and some that play across the hill with roll away potential. There is a small stream in play on some holes that adds a little more risk. There is a good mix of right and left turning shots, the course seemed to be fair to righties and lefties.
The amenities at this course are pretty good. The main set of tees is concrete with nice tee signs. The signs have good hole maps and distance, and are very visible and easy to read. There is a great practice area by the parking lot with four baskets, some elevation, and some trees with enough room to throw longer approach shots between some of the baskets.
Cons: On the signs, the two alternate sets of tees looked like they would add some variety to the course with different lengths and some different looks at the holes, but they were very difficult to find on most holes and not in good shape where they were visible. There are a couple navigation areas that are a little tricky, especially with the basket for hole 6 missing and using basket 15 instead. The tee for hole 9 is tough to see, you have to head up the hill from hole 8 otherwise you'll end up wandering a bit.
The open areas of the course are so open that they can get a little boring. The first few holes have almost no trees, so they don't really force any kind of line shaping. It would have been fun if the downhill holes included a longer bomb kind of hole. Hole 6 looked like it would have been a lot more fun and challenging in the original position, but playing to basket 15 removes the risk of shooting across the creek and leaves the hole much more open.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course with some diifferent challenges. Newer players will find the course tough but not unfair. More experienced players won't find the course too terribly difficult, but there are lots of fun holes and a few good challenging shots.
This course is definitely worth a stop, especially with another good course on site, and the best practice area I've seen (it's better than a couple courses I've played...). The quad cities area is a fun destination for disc golf, and this park is one of the places to hit while you're here.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Camden 1 plays on the west side of a very well kept piece of property. This course has some pretty nice sized rolling hills with half of the course being fairly open and the other pretty heavily wooded. Water comes into play on several holes and there are some very unique areas. There are also areas of pretty heavy rough.
Camden 2 is located directly across from this park. It is the most heavily and longest wooded course in Illinois.
There is a good sized practice area off the parking lot. There are 4 practice baskets.
Variety with 3 sets of tee pads. Nice cement tee pads for 1 set. There open, uphill, downhill, and tight wooded holes.
Very nice tee signs. They are very descriptive.
Nice Mach3 Baskets.
Overall this is a fun par 54 disc golf course.
Cons: The 2 sets of natural tee pads are hard to find.
This course is on the short side.
It can be hard to navigate in a few areas.
There are several areas that are eroded and can get muddy.
Both courses compliement each other nicely with Camden 1 being more beginner friendly.
The Quad Cities has some very good disc golf. Plan a vacation here and play as many course as you can. You will not be disappointed.
Check out my Illinois Top 10.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Use of elevation was great, up, down, and around. If you get too aggressive on hole 3, you'll have to throw back up to the basket. Makes for a good challenge.
Cons: The course layout not very intuitive. Couldn't figure out where the next hole was. They had nice signs, but still couldn't figure it out. Looked for the tee for hole 9 and almost skipped the hole because we couldn't find it. Even though the baskets had numbers on them, some were close enough in certain areas and being far enough on the tee, it was diffiecult to tell which was which. A few holes, the vegetation is so thick, if you miss the fairway, you lost a disc. Would like to see a few trees scattered here and there on holes 3 - 4 - 5. Several holes can be wet and slippery after a rain, just be careful.
Other Thoughts: All in all, a fun course with nice elevation changes that will pull me back in. Not really a course for kids, newbies, or anybody out of shape, hills will take it out of you. Since playing it again, the difficulty of the course and variety of shots makes this course interesting.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Good variety of holes. Inside and outside of woods makes you make a lot of different shots. Fun short par 3 over a creek that is easily aceable. Lots of Mulberries for those who like to eat and throw. Camden is one of the only parks that I know of where it is LEGAL to drink on the course.
Cons: Course has some spots that get real muddy. They need to add cement tees for the women and pro tees. Needs big time renovation in spots for water runoff. Big time erosion problems.
Other Thoughts: Hole 1: Hole is straight but the tree in the middle and the trees on the right side makes you play it either left to right or low right to left. Hole 2: Plays straight but is on a hill that slopes right to left. You can play it any way you want as there are paths for all types of throws. Hole 3: plays to the right a tad but the easiest way for a back hander to throw is high and right and let it die hard to the left. Hole 4: Plays straight. I use a nice easy Buzzz to reach it. Play to the right and you are putting uphill and may be muddy. Hole 5: Plays gradually downhill and slightly to the right. Let it fly and a 3 is no problem. Hole 6: Long and straight with a slight dogleg to the right at the end. If you can put your first drive past the first clump of trees then you should be able to put your next shot close to the pin. Hole 7: Is a pretty tight fairway with a creek to the left and woods to the right. You want to stay to the center/right because if you are long enough your left lying shot will not have a view of the pin. Hole 8: Is an uphill to the right shot. There is a nice big bush that makes you play a left to right shot or a high right to left shot. Hole 9: If you have a big arm you should have no problem dropping it right next to the pin over the trees. Fairway plays straight then to the left. If you are putting from above the hole just remember that putts tend to run when they hit the ground. Hole 10 : Plays straight over the creek. Putter at most. Trees surround the pin so it's not an easy ace but it is the easiest hole on the course. Hole 11: Plays tight up hill with a dogleg left. If you have a thumber/tommy this hole is no problem. Trees to the left and right. Hole 12: plays down hill and to the right slightly. Trees on both sides of the fairway with a few scattered in front of the hole. A thumber should put you right next to the hole. Hole 13: Plays straight but is tight for back handers. Putter or midrange hole. Hole 14 : plays pretty straight and as long as you stay straight you should be fine. Hole 15: right to left and is somewhat difficult for back handers. there is a nice tree stump at the beginning that makes you pull hard across to get it inside. Stay right if possible because left is thick woods. Hole 16: Plays uphill and to the right. Not to difficult for side arm. Hole 17: Plays left to right. It's pretty open to start and then there are about 12 trees scattered around the pin. Hole 18 : Plays straight. A few trees scattered on the fairway but a putter should put you next to the pin.
One of my favorite courses. I hope the updated review helps.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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