2 Helpful / 0 Not
Beginner course done right
Pros: -By far the easiest 18 holer in the Peoria area.
-Lots of deuce/ace opportunities.
-Very well taken care of city park. Probably the nicest "fairways" in the area.
-Concrete tees and good tee signs.
-Baskets are permanent (which I consider a pro), so you always know what the layout is.
Cons: -This course seems to funnel in the wind. If it is a windy day, it will be very windy here.
-The last time I played, the baskets were pretty crappy. I heard a rumor they were going to be replaced, but I can't say for sure.
***EDIT: As of May 2009, I have been told that there are new baskets installed!
-Lots of paths with bikers and walkers that you may have to wait on. The occasional picnickers in the middle of the fairway, too.
Other Thoughts: As I said in the title, this would definitely be consider a beginner course, but it is a nicer course than any other beginner course I've played. The design makes good use of the trees available to give each hole some obstacle (though a couple are pretty simple). One complaint I have is that there aren't quite enough trees to properly "punish" a bad shot. An errant drive really just gives up the birdie, with a par usually being easy enough to save.
Tall pine trees that border the course on two sides add to the challenge and represents the easiest way to lose a disc here. There isn't a lot of elevation change, but there seems to be a couple more downhill holes than uphill, including the longest hole (#12) that plays roughly 50 ft shorter than it is. Overall, someone who can throw 300-325 ft consistently should have a reasonable shot at birding every hole on a good drive with the exception of #1 and maybe a couple of others. Someone who can only throw 225-250 will still get a deuce every now and then.
For better or worse, this course tends to artificially inflate my ego. After all, this was the first course I finished under par at, and I'm sure I've had more birdies here than any other course. But no worries; if you feel you need to be taken down a peg or two, just make the drive over to McNaughton Park.
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1 Helpful / 4 Not
My Home Course
Pros: Long holes. All 18 are a challenge. Good mix of par 3-5. Wide open course allows you to throw your disc at full strength. Still entertaining after hundreds of rounds. Park is well maintained. Makes very good use of the limited obstacles.
Cons: If it is your 1st play through, it might be a little difficult to find the next hole sometimes. Rarely a family is parked in the middle of a hole.
Other Thoughts: A major tournament is played there, or at least did as of a couple years ago. There are several other great 18 hole courses in the area.
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