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Peru, IL

Baker Lake Park DGC

2.835(based on 3 reviews)
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Experience: 20.2 years 1068 played 643 reviews
2.50 star(s)

Reviewed: Played on:Apr 24, 2024 Played the course:once


Baker Lake Park is home to an 18 hole course. The terrain is lightly wooded and ever so slightly hilly. There's the namesake lake located in the middle of the course, though it doesn't really come into play for the most part. Holes 13 and to a much lesser extent 14 are the only two where it will potentially be a factor.

The baskets are Discatcher Pro 28's. All are in good shape and catch great. One basket and pin placement per hole.

One concrete tee pad per hole. These are average size if not a bit smaller. Regardless these are all that's needed out here. Hole 13's is spraypainted on the asphalt walking path but works just as well. It appears that at some point recently, possibly this last fall or winter they built a parking lot and maintenance building in what used to be hole 9's fairway. They shifted all the holes after hole 8 up one spot and used hole 9's basket to make a new hole (13) that throws over the edge of the lake and that's the one asphalt tee as a result. Honestly this seems to be for the better imo.

The design is pretty good. There's not much that could've been done to make the course better with what's available here. It certainly could've been designed much worse. Luckily that's not the case though.

Tee signs on every hole (with the exception of the new 13). Very basic. Hole #, distance and par. Plenty serviceable though since every basket is visible from the tee anyway.

The park is actually pretty scenic with the lake in the middle. Clean, free to play, up year round and there's a practice basket by the parking lot.


Kind of repetitive as far as holes go. I get it, there's just not much for things that could be done out here. They made some of the holes longer to add challenge. That doesn't change the fact that it's just a lot of the same feeling types of holes, especially on the front nine.

The walking path weaves through the course and comes into play on a number of holes. Not ideal obviously. It's a pretty busy path though so be aware of your surroundings out here.

There's a few longer walks from one hole to the next. I'd recommend having a map if possible to help out with this. It's doable without of course but there will be numerous tees visible on spots and anyone of them could be the next tee for first time players. Even the Udisc map is off with the elimination of old hole 9 so that map will be goofy as far as hole numbering.

The last two holes are pretty weak. Honestly the last 4 holes are pretty weak and feel like they were just afterthoughts.

It's by a lake so expect some soggy conditions in the spring or after rain. And goose poop.

Other Thoughts:

It's kind of telling that this course has been here for 5+ years and it had 2 reviews before this one, meanwhile the two brand new courses nearby have the same or more. It's just not a real exciting course and certainly nothing to write home about (much less a review). It's not terrible but it's also just kind of nondescript. Even more so with the addition of two newer, and better, courses nearby. That said this course is still worth a visit if you're near here. Nothing special but nothing wrong with it either.
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Experience: 9 years 332 played 250 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Mostly Wide Open, But Enjoyable 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Apr 26, 2022 Played the course:once


-Concrete tees / decent size
-Good baskets
-Signage OK, basic, but OK
-Multi-use park, but stays away from other activities
-A couple of baskets with next tee arrows to help navigate
-Nice bridge across to #15/#16 (Part of the walking path)


-Mostly open shots, wind can effect easily
-Most holes in a 250-235' range, not a lot of variance
-Only a couple of blind tee shots (#6/#10 behind some trees, #15 tucked in the tree line)
-A couple of longer transitions (12->13, 14->15)
-No 9 hole loop (back near #1 at the transition from 14 -> 15)

Other Thoughts:

Baker Lake Park hosts a good DGC in the heart of Peru, IL. A 78 acre park with a 6.5 acre man-made lake for flood control, the course wraps around the lake, but stays away from the shelter on east side, the playground and soccer fields on the west side and rarely interacts with the walking path around the lake. Good size concrete tee pads and decent DisCatcher baskets make for a decent round. There are a couple of clumps of trees to work around, one on #6 and one on #10. There is a line of trees along the inlet stream with #15 tucked just inside this line. Otherwise, there are a few small trees here and there, a wide open adventure. Was a bit breezy on the day I played which did come into play. A little bit of elevation in the #5 - #9 holes, but mostly flat. I would be happy to have this in my neighborhood. Quick rounds would be a little tough with this layout, though, as you don't come back near #1 until your are in the transition from #14-#15. Could add a couple of benches and some trashcans (there are a couple of each along the walking path). A solid course, just not much in the pizazz department. I would play again here, if in the area.
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Experience: 96 played 10 reviews
3.00 star(s)

Fun open course 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Jun 5, 2019 Played the course:2-4 times


- Good shot variety
- Great Signs and Baskets
- Good T-Pads
- Direction Arrow on most baskets showing next hole
- Most open course, but a few elevation changes that are interesting
- Good use of the land
- Well maintained property


-This park is very busy with pedestrians. Not to say this is a factor on the majority of the holes, but there is no sense of privacy
- The park entrance required you to drive through a neighborhood first, and finding the correct parking lot required GPS
- Did not include any over water shots, and did not use the east side of the lake
- A few holes were hard to navigate to (5, 10, 16)

Other Thoughts:

A good solid course that is fun to play. A few things that would make this a 3.5 level course (it could never be a 4 with this land) - Add a board with the map on it - add a map somewhere people can find - Install a bench or garbade on a few holes - plant a few trees near a T-Pad for some shade.

Also make sure to pack everything you need on hole 1 - you wont be back near the parking lot until hole 16.
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