Nice and Quiet
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Large concrete tees
-Dual Tee for most holes
-Big trees to work around, a few basket guards
-Quiet park, next to a golf course
-Mild elevation in play
-Good for beginner to moderate
Cons: -Signage is lacking
-No signature holes
-More experienced players may find a little dull
Other Thoughts: Ingersoll Memorial Park hosts a very good DGC on the east side of Rockford, IL. The course is on the south end of the park that is mostly dominated by a ball golf course. Not much else in the park with a shelter house and a baseball field, neither in play. Play starts from the shelter house with dual tees for most holes. I played the Red, but could see the White adding some different angles and a little length (about 30% or 1500'). Large concrete tees were nice to drive off of and there are many large trees to work around here, some with guard duty on a few baskets. With Anna Page just a few miles up the road, I'm guessing this is the forgotten stepchild here, but the park conditions were nice and it was a peaceful round. Only saw one other car while on site. This would be a decent course for a more novice player to feel good about their game, especially from the red tees. Quiet, not much chance of a lost disc, but still some length (Reds at about 4850'). Fix the signage for a slight bump in rating, maybe add a trashcan or two. I enjoyed my round here, might be lured away from Anna Page, if I had a few days in the area.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Updated concrete tee pads, with white and red tees for all but two holes
-Good challenge with some low ceiling shots and nice trees
-Beginner friendly, but has some challenges for better players
Cons: -Signage not yet complete (but still not difficult to navigate course)
Other Thoughts: We played all 18 white tees and enjoyed the longer walk and hole lengths.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Typical Park Course with Potential
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Dual tee locations at almost every hole
- Pleasant park with mature trees is nice and easy to walk through
- Good mix of distances especially when the dual tees are taken into account
Cons: - Limited challenge and interest off the tee, little shot shaping required
- Tee area, baskets, and signage could all use an upgrade
- Routing can be challenging in places your first time out, bring a map
Other Thoughts: The disc golf course at Ingersoll Memorial Park is a typical park style course for Illinois. The designers did a good job fitting an 18-hole course with dual tees on what feels like a pretty small footprint. The course is compact without feeling crowded. It can be played quickly, and I didn't notice any locations where the basket was too close to the next tee, though some of the fairways do get a bit closer than is ideal. My group also had the course to ourselves on a Wednesday afternoon. The density of the course does make navigation a bit tricky since you can almost always see several baskets and tee flags wherever you are on the course.
The equipment on this course could definitely use an upgrade, and hopefully this is a course that will get some incremental improvements as it ages. Almost all the tees are natural with two or three having a sort of astro-turf pad. There are color coded flags with a hole number at many/most of the tees, but there were also many where the flags were missing on my visit. The pavers marking the front of the tee are very hard to find without the flags, and even with a course map it took a while to locate some of the tees. The Mach 3s are adequate baskets, but spit throughs and chain outs are pretty much inevitable on every round. It was hard moving on to these baskets after playing on the nice, new DISCatchers and Black Holes at Anna Page. Concrete tee pads, permanent signage, and new baskets would go a long way to improve the feel of this course.
The quality of the golf here is nothing to write home about, but there are enough obstacles and very slight changes in topography to keep things interesting and allow for a fun round. It is almost impossible to get in trouble on any particular hole, and most of the holes blend together without anything really sticking out much. There are a few locations where a shot shape is suggested, but the majority of the time you will have the choice to throw the shot you are most comfortable with. Dual tees are always great and, even though most of the white tees simply extend the length of the fairways, they add about 1500' to the course and some more interesting shots as well.
Ingersoll isn't a course to get excited about, especially compared to the Anna Page courses right down the road, but you can definitely have a fun round here. More courses and more options are always better. There is potential for an even better course here in the future, and it is already a great option for newer players or when the nearby courses are crowded.
Since my initial review new DISCatcher baskets and concrete tees for both short and long positions have been installed. Permanent signs are still a work in progress and there are still a few routing issues. There is more interest off the tee from the long pads than I remembered, but a lot of holes will play as birdie-or-die from the shorts or par 3.5's from the longs for intermediately skilled players. Happy to see the work being put into this and the other Rockford courses. Rating bumped up half a disc.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Rockford's Growing Disc Golf Hub
Pros: Pretty flat course, tucked in the park behind the ball-golf course. Little chance of losing anything. Hole 1 starts to the east of the shelter along the driveway. There are a lot of mature oaks and character to this course with some elevation changes between some "bunny hills." It has a nice mix of distance, but most of it falls into a moderate distance category. Great course if you want to play a "glow round," but make sure the Park District knows and you bring a buddy. There is a map on the Rockford Disc Golf Club's Facebook page or on some of the other apps.
There are a few cool holes. I like the one by the athletic fields. Can throw a pretty nice spike-hyzer into the tees for a possible deuce.
Cons: The course is up-and-coming. Natural tee pads are marked with flags and a paver with distance and hole number painted on it. Not much else for signage currently. There are plans for signs and tee pads in the next couple years, but RDGC has to split their efforts between Ingersoll and the flagship Anna Page Park. There's also no permanent bathroom solution on-site. Anna Page has bathrooms in the warmer months and a port-a-potty in the winter. There are discussions on how they're going to handle this. Be careful to not throw your disc into the golf course on the two that play along the fence. Really the only ones where OB comes into play. The golf course is pretty friendly about it though and will leave the gate open sometimes for you to go get your disc.
Other Thoughts: This course adds some real potential for the Rockford metro area being considered for a World-class event location in the future! Especially with the new Durand course just 30min away!
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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