5 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice mix of fun
Pros: Overall a fun course with a lot to like. This course is a bit longer than most others in the area. Good variety of holes. Open fields to heavily wooded tunnels. 1 is a bit tricky as an opener... basket is dog leg to the left behind trees. 2 and 3 are tunnel shots in the woods of some distance. 4 again hooks left in woodsiness. 5 had lotsof tree choices. Ditto, but somewhat less for 6. 7 is a long open shot to a basket in the trees and a bit down hill for a great place to grip and rip. 8 and 9 are much morelike many other local mid length, open baskte holes in this area. On a damp morining there were no crowds to worry about. Tee signs are good and tee pads are all smooth, nice concrete.
Cons: Course was a bit muddy after rain. Had I not met up with a local regular and played my first round here with him I would have had no idea where to go from 7 to 8 or from 4 to 5. Use your cell phone camera to snap a shot of the course board at the start to follow it. During summer the campers are everywhere... depending on their activities they can be in your way (or are you in theirs?).
Other Thoughts: I could play 5, 9 times and call it a course... every time picking a different approach to the basket. How many holes can you say that about. The many trees and options would make for a lot of fun. Come to think of it... I will try this on my next visit. 7 seems to get shorter every time I play it... I throw better... the long down hill helps here. 1 could be a great ace hole if the basket were in the clear... 4 is just tree pinball... but fun. I have played her many more times since my earlier review. Like this place a lot... Just do not care for hole #1... just a waste... move the basket for a natural RHBH chance at a lofted ace... and I would play this hole 9 times in a row... 2 and 3 make for a pair of annie and hyzer twins in the tree tunnel that is fun... likely 2 is the sig hole for this course. 4 is frequently muddy, but still good fun... throw annie to move inward from the stream... then lay up from there for an easy putt. I got a 3 on 7 the other day... I am driving farther every time I T off on 7 and will get a 2 on this hole some day. 8 and 9 seem a bit lame... maybe move the basket on 8 to a big annie towards the river... and move 9... somewhere...
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Popular 9 Hole Course
Pros: A little bit of everything at Adler. Elevated tees on holes 1 and 9, tunnel fairways on 2 and 3, dense woods on 4, trees to navigate on 5 and 6, and a long open hole on 7.
Beautiful park setting. Most of the disc golf scenes from the comedy movie "Clubless" (2008) were filmed at Adler.
Cons: Summer days can be overrun by "day campers", sometimes taking over the fairway on hole 7.
Too crowded most of the time (very popular course).
Can be very muddy in many spots in the spring.
Close to a very busy 4 lane highway on hole 5.
Other Thoughts: One of the best 9 hole courses I've played. Adler is worth the trip.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Not a bad 9 holer
Pros: Requires excellent shots 300+ feet through trees to card birdies. Mostly straight shots required with a couple more open hyzer holes at the end. This is one of the most fun 9 hole courses in the Chicago area. Nice long cement tees.
Cons: Only 9 holes which makes play difficult during the summer when the course sees alot of action. Baskets are in bad shape.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
10 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.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 5 Not
I'm a fan
Pros: Holes 2 and 3 are bordered by perfectly parallel lines of trees, which is really a sight to see. It's like something out a Tim Burton movie. I like the rest of the course (except hole 4) too.
Oh, and also on hole 3, I almost HIT a 7 YEAR OLD. I couldn't see him.
Cons: There are to many trees on hole 4 and it plays like pinball from the depths of Frolf Hell.
Speaking of Hell, the other players kind of blow. Honestly, there must be something in the water in Libertyville b/c the other players are really cocky. Not kidding, people getting cocky on the Frolf course. I try to explain that this is glorified Frisbee and not some dick measuring contest, but that never works.
Also, I ALMOST hit that 7 year old. So close.
Other Thoughts: Awesome course, the other people who know about it suck, and be careful of the kids.
2 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Decent Wooded Course
Pros: This is a fun wooded course that requires some technical shots, which is different from the other courses in the area. The first tee has a map showing the course that you will need to give a quick look-over before playing. Concrete teepads are always a plus.
The first hole is probably the most memorable hole on the course, allows for various different approaches. The length is pretty long compared to other 9-hole'r in the area. It is a mix of right/left, up/down, and long/short holes, which is really nice. Des Plaines River is a hazard at Hole 9.
Cons: Like I said, the first hole is memorable then it just trails down from there. It is a really old course that probably has not been maintained in a long time. The baskets here are old and can be difficult to find. I had a hard time finding hole 4, which was pretty hidden in the woods. The baskets are also not easily spotted.
It is difficult to navigate the course your first time out. I even overlooked Hole 8 coming from hole 7. *Hole 8 is on the right from the basket at Hole 7 just past a small baseball field. *
It surrounds a public park so there will be day campers running around the park along with other park goers. Not a course for beginners because they will get frustrated with the wooded holes. Hole 9 is not anywhere near the first tee so its quite a walk uphill back to your car or first tee.
Other Thoughts: Bring bug spray since it can get pretty bad during hot days. Worth a trip if you're in the area. To get to the first tee, drive past the swimming pool parking lot to another parking lot with the course map next to the first tee.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Great 9 hole
Pros: Great diversity in holes.
No advantage for back-handers, or fore-handers.
Challenging but decent for beginners.
Cons: Sometimes too many people, but this course is well worth it.
If you have never been here before, it can be a semi hard course to navigate, but there are many people you can follow. Still worth it.
Other Thoughts: The day campers get a little crazy, but its always funny to see a camp counselor nail a camper while playing dodgeball (look for this when you walk from hole 7 to 8).
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Good Ol' Adler
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Adler has nice long concrete teepads on every hole.
Righty and Lefty lines
Ask locals about alt tees
Many memorable holes with mature trees throughout the course. There are tight alleys, open with protected pin. Some nice elevation comes into play on hole 9. Don't overthrow it into the river! Holes 2 and 5 are great. Hole 7 is a nice open oppurtunity to throw a 400 foot drive on whatever line you please.
Cons: The baskets are old with only four inner chains and some of the baskets on the baskets are not too high. Try not to get to frusterated with splashing putts.
Adler day camp is everywhere so watch out.
Gets pretty busy.
Hole 1's green was recently mown over making the hole very open and boring. Hole 3's left rough is also now not punishing at all making it easy to get up and down for par now after an erant drive. Hole 4 has a wall of trees right before the green making the hole very finicky. 8 is a very boring short hyzer hole.
Other Thoughts: They should get some new chains and/or baskets. I wish the park district would take care of their course as it is loved by hundreds of players.
It used to be 18 holes.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Great Course, Tough For First Timers
Pros: From the narrow forest pathways of holes 2 and 3, to the wide open field shots of 7 and 9, Adler will test your skills as a disc golfer in a variety of settings. This course was challenging for me and very memorable because each hole is unique and somehow different from the previous, whether it is distance, elevation, or layout. Concrete tee pads and detailed tee signage are pluses. Discs that go astray are often easy to find as the brush and woods around the fairways are not very dense and easy to traverse.
Cons: This course is a little tough to follow if it is your first time playing it. Paths between Holes 3,4, and 5, and from 7 to 8 are tough to find and pretty far a part. Hole 4's dense wood and small brook down the left hand side are slightly overkill and make it the toughest and most intimidating hole I have played so far . The forest seems to hold water as the course was pretty muddy and slippery from a recent rain when I played it. The baskets are a little beaten up and tough to spot if you don't know where to look for them. The basket for hole 9 is not very close to the parking lot and makes for a somewhat lengthy uphill walk back to the parking lot. Lastly, the bugs can get bad, so make sure you bring bug spray.
Other Thoughts: This course was my very first experience playing Disc golf on a disc golf course. A few times before my family had messed around throwing discs at a park, but this was my first real experience on a disc golf course. Needless to say, I had a horrible time. I could not keep my disc in the fairway and I felt like I spent more time locating the discs than actually enjoying myself. It was difficult to keep my footing anywhere besides the tee pad because of the wet ground.
After developing my game a little by playing a few easier, more open courses such as Willow Stream in Buffalo Grove, I came back to Adler a couple weeks later. After gaining that little bit of experience and confidence, I thoroughly enjoyed my second time playing Adler and am excited for a trip back in the near future.
For those just starting out, I would recommend a less challenging course so you can figure out the game first. That way, when you do come to Adler, you will hopefully enjoy it just as much as I did my second time around and be excited to play it again.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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