Frankfort, IL

Camp Manitoqua

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0.50 star(s)

Beginner 2+ years

Reviewed: Played on:Sep 26, 2010 Played the course:once


- Course has some very interesting land to work with. Pretty much set on two sides of a big hill, a short steep side and a bigger, more sloping side. Also a small creek in play. Good amount of scraggly trees and some baskets next to a forest.
- Some interesting shots; #1 basket to #2 basket is a big uphill with pine trees right in the middle. Hole #9 is long with the creek directly behind the basket. Some well protested baskets thanks to some low trees, and placement right next to a denser forest.
- Elevation changes are present on most holes, in varying degrees.


- Well, this isn't really a typical course. There are no teepads (or signs), so it is pretty much playing basket to basket. Some are marked, some aren't, I think it pretty much just goes in a counterclockwise circle.
- Baskets are very, very different. Hemispheres with chains hanging down from either one or two circular arches above the bowl. #9? is slanted badly, but the others are in OK shape.
- Playing from basket to basket will result in some very short shots, probably many under 200'.

Other Thoughts:

- Not your typical course, and not really a serious place to play. More of a novelty than anything else, though there are some real obstacles, elevation changes, and hazardous shots. I could see how some custom tee locations could make some legitimate tough holes.
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Private 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Played on:Apr 1, 2010 Played the course:once


This is a private course on camp ground. You will not be allowed to play even by checking in at the office. I asked very nicely and the camp was not busy at all. They told me no. I parked across the street at the other public 9 hole course and played it anyway.

The baskets are located right off the road. It's great exposure for the game. I'm not sure how often it gets used at the camp.

It's a super short great beginner course.

The hole # is listed on the pole of each basket.

Hole #9 is a nice blind shot with water backstopping it.


It's private and you must be at the camp to use it.

There are no tee pads so I played from one basket to the other.

The baskets are very odd and are in bad shape. The chains are all jacked up. Here is a picture of what they look like.

Other Thoughts:

Do not travel out of your way to play this course. There is a good possibility you will be kicked off these private grounds. There is a public 9 holer right across the road. It's very beginner friendly as well.
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Odd little course 2+ years drive by

Reviewed: Updated: Played on:Nov 14, 2009 Played the course:once


The course plays on rolling grassy hills with scattered trees. Most of the shots have at least one tree somewhere on the length of the hole to avoid, and the one that doesn't plays up to the edge of a pond over a blind hill. A couple holes skirt the woods at the edge of the clearing the course is in and add an element of risk if you end up in the rough. Most of the holes have a minor elevation change.

The course is well-laid out for a beginner course to teach people how to play. The holes offer right and left turning shots, and a couple different kinds of challenges to a new player. The camp staff was friendly and gave us permission to play and pointed us toward the course, though they didn't seem to know much about the course or the sport.


The baskets are very odd, they are white and seem to have multiple ways they can be configured. I haven't seen this type in person before, and I can see how they are a more unique challenge, but it totally changes the putting game, especially with most of the chains rusted out.

There are no tees, luckily most of the baskets are numbered so we were able to walk ahead and figure out what order to play them in. We just teed off next to the previous basket, which was fine for us but could pose a problem if there were ever multiple groups playing (though that seems unlikely).

Other Thoughts:

This course doesn't have a lot going for it as any kind of challenge. The baskets are unique and were a fun thing to try once, but I think most experienced players would be frustrated by playing on them regularly. Beginners will find this course perfect once they figure out the layout, there are nice short distances, and minimal chance of trouble for poor throws, but still some trees to navigate on most holes.

Definitely don't go out of your way for this one, but if you're right across the street at Commissioners Park, you might as well hop over here and add it to your list. With some work on the chains and adding tees, this could be a really nice little beginner course, and a great resource for the camp, it's too bad it seems so neglected.
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