4 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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
More distance than other 9'ers
Pros: Longest and most difficult of the other nearby 9-hole courses in Lake County (Warren and Grayslake). Some wide open holes that really let you practice powerful shots without fear of losing discs. Some holes with narrow wooded fairways that you need to use more caution on. Challenging course for people who drive less than 300 ft.
Hole 8 is an up-hill drive followed by 9 with a down-hill drive.
Cons: Not a whole lot of variety. Most every hole is straight or to the left of the tee. This is good if you are looking to practice a specific shot - but not if you are looking to mix things up a bit.
Trees are already dropping leaves and it can be difficult to find discs (especially on hole #4).
Mosquito's are vicious most of the season.
Some of the baskets seem loose.
Other Thoughts: Bring some serious bug spray - this is not a joke.
This course is generally busier than some of the others in the area. Lots of players and lots of non-player activities. I've been there when there are cross-country teams getting ready for their season.
0 of 2 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.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
A 9 hole that should be an 18 hole
Pros: - Nice level cement tee pads
- Great tee signs
- Well manicured fairways
- Every hole is unique and it feels like that was the intention.
- Lots of activities for the whole family
- WATER PARK in the middle of the park.
- Is a good workout for your mid-range and fairway drivers
- Park-goers seem to consistently no "whats" going on
- A few holes are very "picturesque" (2 & 3 for sure)
- Plain and simple... This is a FUN course to play
- I wouldn't mind calling this course a home course
- Blue & Red alt tees. Not easy to find on some holes. Makes it 27 holes.
Cons: - Baskets are old but I'm not complaining
- Hole #4 is kinda dumb. Chuck-n-pray
- The lil creek by hole 4 *beep*ing looks disgusting.
Other Thoughts: Another 9 holes could easily be added without cramming them in or reducing the quality of the course. Hopefully one day it happens. It be nice to get the original designer out there to do them as well. Keep the feel of the course.
This course is not super challenging. Even the tight holes have wide fairways, excluding #4. In general you need to be able to throw straight nuts between 240-320' and you can easily take a 4 or 5 down. (Yes I know that some holes are longer than this and they arn't all completely straight). Would be a great course for after work or a short time frame. Careful on hole 9, if you grip lock or throw too much disk your flirting with a stream.
Favorite Hole #1- When you first walk up to the tee and look down the fairway your left sort of puzzled as to where the basket is. Then you notice the semi-tight gap and it seems to want you to throw a gentle hyzer route. But the basket is dead straight. So you want to throw a very gentle hyzer very straight just past the bushes and trees that block the basket for an easy deuce putt. Or you can take your chance and throw a diving s-curve/hyzer into the "gap" (just above the path visible straight ahead in the tree line) if you want to go for that ace.
Go play this course its fun. Not far off I-94.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Great 9 Holes
Pros: Some very cool wooded holes, and a few holes where you can air it out. Not many hazards, but don't get confident and put it into the river on #9. All holes are solid, and all are moderately difficult and can be played with different lines. The course makes good use of the landscape. Wooded holes all demand specific lines, and if you hit them eagles are possible. Interesting design on hole 8, very difficult for rhbh players. Woods along the left side of the fairway take away a normal drive and two tall trees on the right side take out the possibility of an anhyzer to the basket. Tees and signs are a plus.
Cons: There should be more holes here! There is so much room to take advantage of. Using the top of the sled hill next to hole 9 as a tee would make for an excellent hole. More wooded holes could be fit in without compromising the length or challenge of the course, and a few holes could be fit in between existing holes, specifically between 6 and 7. Other then that there is not too much to complain about here.
Other Thoughts: Pretty solid course, check out the Walgreens down the street, they always have a great variety of discs in stock.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun for all levels
Pros: - Course makes great use of the available space for the layout. Even though a large portion of the park is taken up by a pool and some playground equipment, there is enough space to fit in 9 quality holes.
- Some pretty good elevation changes on 3 or 4 of the holes. Mostly downhill shots, with one that goes from hilltop to hilltop. The last hole has a path and a creek past the basket, so the downslope becomes that much more significant.
- Excellent use of forest and trees to make most holes very interesting. #1's basket is guarded by a large patch of forest, very difficult to park a drive by the hole. #2 is a straight/right shot and #3 is a straight/left shot through wide tree-lined fairways. #4 is a short tree-littered hole, while #5 and #6 are a little more open with bigger trees. #7 has a number of trees protecting most lines to the basket. Great variety of wooded holes.
- Holes have decent length overall, with 4 over 300'. Combined with the various obstacles, a very good shot is needed to deuce some holes. Only a couple that are short and open, some elevation on these instead.
- Some water can be in play on #4, but is really just a small run-off ditch.
- Good tees, baskets, and signs.
Cons: - Park is used by a lot of people for a lot of different things. Personally, I have never had a problem with people getting in the way, but it would be very easy. Also, you have to deal with the entrance road on a few holes, and the feeling by Milwaukee Avenue is the opposite of seclusion.
- The last two holes can seem very short and very easy, especially after the first seven. They feel sort of tacked on to the rest of the course, and don't do much to leave you with a good feeling on the way out.
- Long uphill walk back to the car after #9, would make a great upshot hole if other park equipment wasn't already there.
Other Thoughts: - This is a great 9-hole course for people to experience some woods and hills without leaving the northern suburbs. Great use of the forest, there are some decent challenges here. Overall, the course is not extremely difficult, but still very enjoyable. I think it is appropriate for all players, from beginners to people who have been around the block a few times.
- I wish I had the chance to play here when there were still 18 holes. I feel the last two holes really suffer because of the shared land, since there is nowhere else to put them. Still, the course does a great job with what it has and has a high replay factor in my book.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Great Local Course
Pros: - Great park location
- There are a variation of holes from easy to hard
- Good mix of terrain
- Good course for moderate players
- Nice people
- Good neighborhood
- Nice long fairway on hole seven and nine
- All concrete tee boxes
- Usually not crowded
Cons: - Can be muddy in certain areas if wet
- Some tees are hard to find
- Easy to lose discs on hole nine
Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a relaxing game here do not go on Tuesday nights because those are league nights.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
One of the better Northeastern Illinois Courses
Pros: A lot of great variety in this course. Very few of the holes are repetitive, and there is no strong favor of RHBH throughout.
While most of the course is fairly short, it is a fun course to play. It is easy to have a disc go errant, and when you do, you are often punished accordingly. ;-)
Of most of the courses in the area, this one has the best variety and fun, in my opinion. Several of the holes have multiple ways to be played. Holes 5, 6, open up a bit, and 7 is wide open and you can let them rip.
Nice, full-size, concrete tees, and signage. The course map has had graffiti on it for at least a year. Not sure if it's been cleaned and re-tagged, or if it's been the same all along.
The park itself is very nice, well maintained, and has plenty of parking and shade.
Cons: Crowded... for this park, it's a big con all around. There are often lots of disc golfers about, and many of them are not considerate of other players. While I've met several people who are great, there are enough at this park to make it really stand out.
The other issue with being crowded is that it is a multi-use park, and in some cases holes may be unplayable due to people on the course. Hole 7 especially has this issue. I've had people walking with their dogs and children go right through fairways without even a clue there's anything going on. This can be very frustrating, or even dangerous.
Hole 4 can get quite muddy, especially after recent rain. I know a lot don't like the number of trees on 4, but it's definitely playable, just gotta watch out for the creek, and mud. ;-)
Other Thoughts: If this course was closer to home for me or much less crowded, I would play it more often. As it is, it is probably my second most frequently played course behind Central Park (due mostly to proximity).
It's a great course in design, and definitely worth playing. From a course perspective it's one of the better courses I've played in Northeastern Illinois.
4 of 5 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
Better Than Most
Pros: -Concrete tees are a nice touch
-Everything was in great working order
-People playing are very friendly
-Challenging but reasonable wooded shots
-7th and 9th holes are very fun and open holes to play
Cons: -Very muddy on a rainy day
-Not too many open fairways
-A lot of woods
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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