Fantastic "Old Style" Course
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: In the beginning, I started playing the basket course at West Park in 1979. I had always been taught that it was the oldest course in IL, still in the ground. The PDGA course directory lists THIS course as dating to 1981. There was another course on the North Side that was in the ground before West Park and this course, but sadly no longer exists (Wilmette). My Grandmaster aged brain seems to remember this course going from 9 holes to 18 and back to 9 again, and either this course or the other old North Side 9 holer originally had cone baskets. Doesn't change the fact that this is a fantastic 9 hole course.
A nice mix of open, wooded, and hilly holes, and a look at the river. Though not overly long, there is enough challenge to satisfy most.
The course is very scenic, and has a good vibe to it. Very fun to play.
Cons: Well, they could put some new baskets in, I guess.
Other Thoughts: This historic course has stood the test of time, and came out very well! Play it!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Adler Park Review
Pros: Very well maintained. Nice course layout with good tee pads and signs. A nice variety of elevation and open and wooded holes.
Cons: Some baskets are old and need to be repaired or replaced. Only one long hole, making the difficulty pretty low. If the baskets were fixed I would rate this 4.5
Other Thoughts: Really like this course. It's in a beautiful park where, everytime I play, is completely empty. It amazes me how nobody is ever here. Makes it nice for me though, I enjoy the quiet and being able to take my time. It's only 9 holes, but 9 ends where 1 begins so I usually play through a couple times. If you're in the area I definitely recommend playing here.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: good tee pads
nice variety between wooded and open holes
no overly simple holes
thin rough, it is very easy to find discs
Cons: not enough distance variation
can get busy on weekends
they could have made better use of the space
Other Thoughts: This was a nice 9-holer that is better than most around the area, but there is nothing special about it.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Best 9 holer north of Chicago
Pros: +Very challenging 9 hole course.
+Course will test most advanced players.
+Birdies are extremely rewarding.
+Good mixture of tight wooded holes and semi-open bombers.
+Decent elevation change.
+Some possible ace runs.
+Nice baskets and big concrete tee pads.
+Good front signage.
Cons: -Multi-use park. In the summer there is often a camp occupying the the park which can make playing difficult.
-Lots of mosquitoes.
-Hole 4 is virtually an impossible tee shot.
-I feel like they could make a few holes in the woods. This course could be 18 if the land was used to its full potential.
Other Thoughts: Course is located in a fantastic park. Great design for a 9 hole course. The best 9 hole course in Illinois that i have played. My friends and I often travel half an hour out to this course.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Fun Tuesday Dubbs
Pros: Nice park with plenty of room for improvement, lots of nice people who like to enjoy a fun round here. For being a 9 hole course had some fun holes with some slight elevation, some longer bomber holes and some shorter technical ones
Cons: The baskets are garbage and barely catch discs, lots of punks coming through talking trash during the league
Other Thoughts: Coming from MN I know good courses and bad courses and this one was worth my time to enjoy with my GF. We played the dubbs league and she was paired with the defending amateur world champion!!
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Diamond in the Rough of Chicagoland 9 Hole Courses
Pros: Plenty of variety here in terms of hole length and wooded vs open holes.
While there are no mountains, the available elevation in this park is used well.
Easy navigation even without next tee signs.
Concrete tee pads are in good shape.
Great view of the mighty Des Plaines River from #9's tee.
Restrooms are typically open Memorial Day---Labor Day.
Park is open until 9:30 pm all year for the glow rounds.
Rec/INT level players typically find this course to be a challenge, especially on the windy days.
Cons: This multi-use park can become very crowded during the summer months. Day camp and other activities occasionally ignore the disc golfers. Please be sure to wait or skip a hole when necessary.
Mud during the spring and fall seasons is very prevalent here.
Some consider the uphill walk back to the parking lot after #9 to be a drag...but it's really not that far.
Other Thoughts: Alternate tees on every hole add good variety here. Some may be difficult to find. Ask a local or a course guide for assistance if you are interested.
As previously stated, this park is very busy during most "good-weather days". There is a pool/water park, summer day camp and other activities. Please be aware of other park users and yield to them when necessary.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: -Each hole has concrete tee pads that are in great shape.
-Wide variety of holes that will let you test multiple types of shots.
-The holes are all maintained and make it easy to find stray discs
-The very beginning of the course has a detailed map of the holes with the park rules.
-Each hole has a marker that states the distance and position of the pin
Cons: -Parts of the course retain water which make it annoying to play after it rains
-Hole #4 has a lot of trees that interfere with drives but with good/lucky placement it is avoidable.
Other Thoughts: This is probably the best 9 hole course in the area and worth a play through if you are in the area. Best of luck and avoid the mud!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Variety holes, some deep woods, others in open fields
- Variety of shots needed to play a successful round.
- Good use of terrain to make fun and interesting hole layouts.
- Good length variation
- Fairways were well groomed.
- Decent/good elevation changes.
- Memorable holes (#2, #3, #9)
- Generous par
- Sufficient concrete tee pads.
- Tee signs with par, distance and a picture.
- Large sign with a map at the first tee.
- Bathrooms are sometimes open.
Cons: - The baskets are rather old and could be updated.
- Long walks between holes (look at the map before hole one before playing.)
- Can get very sloppy when it rains.
- Lots of traffic, tends to be a lot of newer players lately.
- The river on hole #9 can eat discs if you over drive it.
Other Thoughts: Adler is an older yet fantastic course. It was the first course I ever played disc golf on. It used to be an 18 hole course, but was redone to accommodate the pool complex from what I have heard. With the current set up there are some long walks between holes. Personally I think they have enough room to put in a few more holes. It is debateably the most challenging courses in Northern Illinois and has some memorable holes. Especially #2 and #3 which play through majestic corridors of mature trees. I have to drive 30 minutes to get to this course, yet return many times a year. Maybe not a course to plan a road trip around, but definitely a course to hit on the way. I would even drive a couple hours to experience it once.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: One of the best 9 hole courses in northern Illinois, challenging and makes you play a variety of shots.
Cons: Could have a few longer holes or just more holes period like I have heard it did in the 90's. Busy almost everyday during the summer but still worth it.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Great 9 holer with lots of trees and woods.
Pros: 1) This is a great course set in a very wooded picturezue park. It has all sorts of other activities and a great 9 hole course. Apparently it used to be 18 holes and could certainly have the potential for another 9 set in that wooded area to the right of #2.
2) Sledhill on #9 is a great disc golf hole (while being a weak sledding hill). It is a gradual slope but the wind will most likely play a little havoc. You are throwing downhill and with the normal prevailing wind so the disc will travel!
3) Big concrete pads are nice to throw off of with plenty of room to make your normal desired approach.
4) Nice big sign at the beginning of the course and a diagram of all of the holes.
5) Although old baskets . . . they seem to still catch just fine!
6) Lawn areas are well maintained.
7) Distance is an average of over 300' which is nice for an older park style course. I like the challenge that goes with it.
Cons: 1) Wooded holes can get a little uddy as the mulch is thin in spots. Dirt around the concrete tees and baskets could also use some mulch to help clean things up a little bit and provide a little better looking course.
2) Walk from 6-7 is a little long, but at least it takes you from one area to the next avoiding crossing paths with pedestrians on the walk path.
3) From 7 green to 8 tee is confusing. I kept walking towards #9 tee without realizing #8 tee is set into the woods to the right. It is far enough away from the basket on #7 they need to have a direction sign (unless I missed it).
4) There is no clear line on a few of the holes . . maybe it is easier to develop some lines if playing the course many times, but specifically #4 there is almost no way to get close to the basket! Lots of plinko trees!
5) Bug spray is a requirement!
6) Definitely not a beginner friendly course because of distance and tight wooded holes. Even the open holes on grass have a lot of mature trees that will most certainly frustrate the beginner.
Other Thoughts: This is a very old fairly well maintained property. It is certainly an old school park course using the best features of the park. Dense woods, tunnel shots through rows of mature trees, a few open ripper holes, and some holes with well placed trees to create the shot making requirements.
The only thing keeping this course from a higher rating would be some mulch additions around the tees, greens and some fairways. Also Like others have said the basket are hard to find so maybe a bright paintjob on the basket would help or a plastic utility flag.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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