2 Helpful / 0 Not
Textbook Example of "Reasonable"
Pros: George Hilliard Park in Beloit, WI is a very "reasonable" course. It's got the typical course equipment...tees, signs, and baskets. The equipment isn't the best, but just very average.
This course is pretty secluded from everything else. It's in a neighborhood park that has a playground, but I can't imagine it gets very much use. There wasn't a single person in sight while I played my casual round here. The layout is pretty intuitive. Chances are, you'll have the course to yourself.
Cons: The area is a little sketchy. You have to park on the side of the road as there isn't a defined parking location.
The terrain is pretty bland. There are no elevation changes, no water, and no really wooded holes. It's set in a public park, so the feel is very urban. The signs are very bare-bones, just hole number and yardage.
Other Thoughts: I don't know if there is very much more to say about this course. It's a quick place to hit if you're traveling on the I-39, but it's nothing memorable. I travel from Madison to Normal often, but I don't know if I'll be back to play this course again. It would be a great course if I lived in the neighborhood...but outside of that...it's just another course to add to the the list.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
It is what it is
Pros: the course in a well maintained park with mature trees that does the best it can with the space that is available. The concrete tee pads are very nice, as are the signs that are available. There is a decent mix of hole lengths for a noodle arm like I myself have.
This course is very beginner friendly if no one is on the playground equipment and such. A great place to work on mids and putters.
Cons: this is not a course for advanced players or anyone looking for a challenge. Though the course does a decent job of using the trees to create what they can on holes, there just aren't enough to present any type of fun when repeating a round there.
Navigation here is a pain and made me take way longer than should have been reasonable. Between the crossing fairways, missing signs, and randomly numbered baskets, it get pretty frustrating rather quickly.
There are too many places where throwing at or near a playground or pavilion is what you need to do. One hole has a basket about 20 feet from a tennis court.
Other Thoughts: I had business in town or else I would never have stopped. If I ever play here again, it will by accident as there is no reason to ever come here multiple times unless you a local.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Old school tight little 9 holer
Pros: 1) Cement tee pads are always positive. It kindof surprises me, that this course had them just because of how small the course is, the limited use I expect it gets, although it is the only course in Beloit. Teepads are trapezoidal giving you a 4 foot wide area for your plant foot.
2) Nice descriptive signs where applicable. 3 or 4 of them however are just blank white and have been sharpied with a supposed alternate hole to make an 18 hole course. One sign is missing and an entire sign and sign post is missing on another hole.
3) Has a nice little area for a practice basket with stones set for a practice putting game.
4) Excellent design for the small property. The course uses the mature trees to the fullest extent creating some different lines for different people.
5) Nice exposure to the sport for a small industrial economically challenged city.
6) Very beginner friendly because of how short it is and how almost impossible it would be to lose a disc.
Cons: 1) Confusing layout, also made more difficult because some of the baskets have #'s signs and some do not. It is made even more difficult because the "alternate 9" that someone invented throwing from 1 tee to 3 basket, 7 tee to practice basket, etc etc etc is written on some of the signs that have no original hole layout on the sign to begin with.
I know it would be easy for the locals who play regularly to figure it out, but as a firsttimer I got lost twice. I am not an idiot believe it or not and it is sortof embarrassing it happened twice on a property that cant be more than a couple acres with 10 baskets!
2) Missing tee signs and a handful of blank tee signs.
3) Not sure about the neighborhood, but dont be too worried about your car . . . you are no more than a long destroyer throw from your car anyways, and you can always see it.
4) As others have said a couple of the baskets and tees are awfully close to the pavillion area and picnic tables, so if crowded with other activities, those hole might be tough to play. I can also imagine playing the "alternate 9" would be near impossible. If there were other disc golfers it would be for sure not playable.
Other Thoughts: I wanted to give this course a lower grade because of the layout and tee signs issues, but realized it would only have been trouble the first time through the course. There are some pretty decent holes on the course because of the use of the mature trees. All in all it was an average course. It mixed it up pretty well with shot requirements which is always good.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
C+ = average 9 holer
Pros: This course is crammed into a very small piece of land. Major kudos to the designer for milking every ounce of potential to make several very interesting holes!
What I personally like and how this course stacks up:
1) Holes with good risk/reward. Fair, but harsh punishment for bad decisions or execution. == C-
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities for me. I throw 300' accurately, 360' max. == B
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography == B-
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion. == C
5) Bonus points for multi-shot holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them. == N/A
Other Thoughts: It's all about feeding the addiction, so I ranked this course subjectively based on my own "personal addiction factor". The grades above tell how well the course will draw me back to itself again and again and again. Since I have played a decent number of courses (125 18-hole, 64 9-hole as of mid 2009), my hope is that players/explorers who have similar addiction tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they choose courses to play and explore.
Over time, I expect to fill some of my reviews in with more descriptive verbiage...if what I can add anything to what has already been written. For now, my list is more important to me than the verbiage of my reviews.
I fully expect others with different tastes/philosophies to disagree with me....that's the fun of things here. See my profile for my rating philosophy.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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