9 Helpful / 2 Not
Some good holes and some boring holes
Pros: The course is set in a large multi-use park with a mix of wooded areas and grassy fields with mature trees. The park is mostly flat, but has a few holes with a little bit of elevation. There is a nice mix of holes through denser trees with thick rough, and holes that play through stands of mature trees with no real rough, along with a couple mostly open holes at the end.
There's not a huge variety of lengths, but there are a few aceable holes, some holes that force an accurate drive to have a chance at the deuce, and a longer hole that leaves room to open up a little. The course seemed to be pretty fair to left and right handed players, with holes that favored different kinds of shots. There were some fun holes, like the first hole that really forces accuracy to stay out of the woods on the right and get to a spot that gives you a look at the basket. The second and third holes are neat through long corridors of mature trees. The last hole is open, but has a nice downhill shot with the river if you overshoot by too much.
There is a decent course map at the beginning, make sure you take a look at this before your round. There are nice concrete tees that were level and in good shape, and hole signs with the layout and distance to the pin. There was never a question of where to throw while standing on the pin, even on the couple blind shots. The park was well taken care of, with nicely mowed grass, and very little trash, and there's clearly ongoing maintenance keeping the wooded fairways clear of brush.
Cons: There are a few long walks between holes on this course, and it's not very obvious at times where to go next. This would be much less of an issue if there was good signage throughout the course pointing the way to the next tee. The course also doesn't end up back at the first tee, there's a pretty long walk up the hill and around the woods to play again or get back to your car.
Though a couple holes were fun, none really stood out as fantastic holes, and too many felt like filler holes without any real challenge or interest. With how spread out around the park the course is, it seemed like it would have been possible to make some more interesting holes.
The course played pretty close to fields and picnic areas along with some walking paths, which could be a problem on a busy day. The course itself gets busy on a nice day, and there can be large groups of newer players that slow the course down and aren't good about letting people through.
Other Thoughts: This course is not the most beginner friendly around, because of the navigation and the rough on some of the holes. More experienced players will find some challenges here, but not enough to play it regularly.
This is one of the better 9 hole courses in the northern suburbs, so if you're in the area it's worth a stop, though by itself this course isn't worth driving too far out of your way for.
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