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Pros: Full Disclosure:
This will be a relatively short review as I am not intimately familiar with the course. + I am writing this review months after I played it. So Keep that in mind!
I wanted to do this review because whenever mention of the course comes up I remember it being a very pleasant experience. I WOULD recommend.
27 holes available, park seemed well maintained.
If you live close to the city of Chicago and are looking for a day trip this is worth it! At least once.
Personally it is a 45 minute one way drive for me, and I will most likely not make a return trip. That being said, I do not regret playing it once. It was worth it.
Cons: Encountered quite a few people, some were disc golfers some were not. Nice enough people, but not a pure disc golf experience if that's what you're looking for.
I did not lose a disc, but my fellow players spent some time searching. Particularity on holes 19-27.
Not clear directions on where next tee pad is.
Other Thoughts: There are markers on the basket indicating the direction of the next tee pad. Not pinpoint accurate as the basket shifts overtime. Sometimes pointed in the dead wrong direction.
Overall 3.5/5 fun course. Fun summer day!
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
A pleasant park good for all.
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Pros: Old growth trees are the primary feature in a well planned and idyllic disc golf course. Three rubber tees on most drives that are suitable for various levels of play. 27 drives with average distances between 250 feet to beyond 400 feet make this course worth while to drive to. Most drives are on a level surface but the hill to the south comes in to play halfway through. A few minor ravines are also featured. Despite most drives a straight forward, about a third will require a skill shot.
The white tees have the distance and layout of drives. Baskets are in good shape often with signs pointing to next drive. The course is well taken care of despite all the traffic.
Cons: A few baskets can be hard to find the first time through, most notable, 2, 19 and 22. No warm up basket available despite there is plenty of room. Some of the drives are packed in a tight space and players should be wary of others who might throw an errant shot. There are a lot people at the course and some younger players might not be sure of etiquette. Patience and guidance might helpful.
Other Thoughts: Although this course is free. Mokena wants first time players to register and you are given a card to carry on the course. I have never heard of this being enforced, but I registered anyway. The field house has excellent facilities and discs can be bought there. Some drives have been moved to accommodate recent construction. It might be a good idea to extend the course to 36 drives and have two 18 drive courses rather than one long course, This could help with traffic.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Simple, but Well Executed
Pros: - 27 holes with multiple pads per hole
- Large, clean, well landscaped course is dedicated to disc golf
- Mature trees do a decent job of forcing a variety of lines
- Benches at a large number of holes
- Good tee signs with hole geometry and distances for all pads
Cons: - Mostly flat terrain with limited variety in type of holes, feels repetitive by the end
- Navigation is occasionally confusing
- Footing on the rubber tee pads can be less than ideal
Other Thoughts: I had put off playing The Oaks for about two years, not because I hadn't heard good things, but because it was just a bit farther than all the other Joliet area courses I enjoy playing when I get the chance. Playing through this course on a beautiful fall day made me sorry for putting it off for so long. The Oaks is not overly challenging or varied, but it is still a fun, well-kept course in a wonderful park with more holes (and tees) than you will find anywhere else in the area.
The golf here is generally fairly straightforward. There is minimal elevation, though what there is is used well, and most of the baskets are straight ahead of you from the tee pad. The challenge comes from having to bend your discs around the large mature trees. Many times there will be multiple routes, including backhand and forehand friendly lines, but frequently there is really only one good option, or one line that is much easier to hit. This helps keep the round from getting too boring. It would be nice if there were some more "dog-leg" type holes, as throwing to a basket more or less right in front of you gets repetitive.
The 3 holes in the tightly wooded section of the park (19-21) are a welcome change of pace, and I wish there were a couple more of them spaced throughout. Hole 13 was a standout for me. A longer, open hole at the start leads slightly downhill, where you then have to play up, across a small creek and through guardian trees to the basket which is up on a small terrace.
The equipment here is generally very good, with the baskets, signs, tee pads, and many benches all in good condition. I am not a big fan of the rubber pads however, and frequently found them a bit too short, and with less than ideal footing, especially when the gravel used to border the rubber pad is covering the surface.
My partner and I got turned around 3 or 4 times during our first trip (especially between holes 2 and 3 and 21 and 22) despite most of the baskets having tines taped in the direction to the next hole. However, both times we were truly stumped, we were quickly able to ask one of the many other friendly groups on the course the way to the next tee. After through once, navigation shouldn't be an issue.
This is a great course with the multiple tee pads providing great variety of looks off the tee, and a layout for many skill levels. The Oaks is well worth a play through, particularly if you are a fan of more open, parks style courses, and would rather stay away from tight, wooded fairways where bad drives are severely punished.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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Good for all type of players
Pros: Great course layout that utilizes all the terrain provided. While playing this course you will run into all different types of throws that are needed. Regardless if you are a seasoned vet or a first timer this course is a blast to play. Its upkeep is very good and has recently had work done all around the whole course making it even better than it was before.
Cons: Sometimes it can get a bit too crowded but thats okay! Love to see so many people playing the sport!
Other Thoughts: I recommend anyone to go and play this course whether your trying to have a fun relaxing game or even a little competition between your friends.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Solid course in the southwest suburbs
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Pros: The Oaks is a nice 27 hole course located in the field and light woods behind a park district building. Generally no interference from other activities. There is a huge open field next to the parking lot that can be used for practicing even long drives as long as there is no soccer at the time.
Most holes have at least 2 rubber tee pads, and some holes even have 3! (There are a couple holes that there is only one teepad as well). Each hole has a basic sign with hole number, distance, and simple map. These are located at each white tee, but give info for the reds and blues as well. For an advanced player, the long tees will not add much challenge other than adding a tiny bit of distance. However, for the beginning or Rec players, changing tee boxes will help cater to skill levels and keep all players interested.
The course mainly plays through a large grove of big old oak trees, with a few wide open bombers mixed in and three tightly wooded holes as well. Most holes offer several lines to the basket off the tee.
The land is mostly all flat with the exception of a few small slopes. Wherever available, elevation is used to create one hillside basket (hole 13 I think? I would also consider this my favorite hole in the course. Guarded and elevated basket requiring a lengthy and accurate drive to set yourself up in prime position. Neat hole), and a couple baskets with rollaway potential on missed putts.
Many ace chances to run after.
benches and garbage cans at many tee boxes
Cons: Im not a fan of the rubber tee pads. They get very slippery when a little wet. Some have depressions that collect water/mud. I think they are a bit too short, and because of the wooden frames, a longer run up is not an option on most holes.
Dead and dangerous trees all over! Be very careful especially on windy days. Keep your eyes peeled for the huge dead tree limbs that could fall at any moment. It's a shame, but IMO a lot of the trees here need to be removed!
Many of the holes playing through the Oaks are simple and repetitive. Many holes have similar distances and you will probably throw the same disc and shots often. The Oaks will offer little challenge for intermediate to advanced players, but should still provide a good deal of fun.
The layout can be confusing. After finishing a hole you'll look around and generally see several tee boxes that could conceivably be the next tee- just check the baskets to see red white and blue tape on the spokes pointing you to the next tee. After hole 21, you will pass 18's tee and walk around 17's basket- be careful to watch for people throwing from the tee on 17 here.
Other Thoughts: Nothing here make this course an absolute must play, but there is nothing to make me say don't play here. If you're looking for a challenge to test your skills, keep driving to Highland or the Canyons, but if you want to have a nice, fun, enjoyable round with lots of "good shot dude"s, then play the Oaks. I'd say it's a perfect course for groups with players of mixed skills.
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Pros: Huge improvements this year.
Recent improvements include little things like replacing basket top signs and clearing fallen tree branches.
Bigger improvements in brush removal and tree trimming in "The Forest" 19-20-21and adding new mulch around many baskets and along walkways.
Huge improvements in water management and drainage, especially at 4, 7, 13 and 16.
Cons: I suppose if I could have everything in my perfect world I would add a practice basket to the course.
Other Thoughts: I'm a 52 year old who just started playing 3 years ago.
Of course I am biased because this is my home course, but having played in twelve or so states, east and west, north and south, for overall playability and beauty this course stands out to this day as one of the best.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Good use of land
Very well maintained
Mix of wooded holes with semi-wooded holes
Great tee pads
Cons: There is a lot of people
Holes repeat shots
Other Thoughts: A great course to play to warm up for more challenging courses. Some things I would change about this course is having more variety on holes and more holes with distance. The clubhouse is nice with a small selection of only Innova discs.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
This course deserves a visit
Pros: Long 27 hole course. I especially consider this a good thing considering the lack of good, long courses around Chicagoland. From the moment I pulled into the driveway and saw the gym/clubhouse building, I knew this was going to be a rewarding course to play. The facilities here are top notch, in all sincerity. The clubhouse has a full gym ( I assume for members only?), nice bathrooms, a small disc shop, and scorecards/maps. There are some nice peaceful looking ponds and a bridge leading to the disc course.
If you enjoy having multiple tees to mix up the play/add more challenge or make the course easier then this course delivers; they have three tees for most of the 27 holes.
Great variety throughout the holes. Some of the holes are shaped very well with trees, bushes, and water hazards being used strategically to create nice lines. However, there isn't necessarily a TON of diversity on hole shapes. The true variety comes in the length of the holes as well as terrain. The distances range from 210 ft to 490 ft (I played white tees). The terrain varies from shaping around big trees, to wide open bombers, to very tight wooded fairways. Elevation even comes into play on a few holes.
Cons: Being that most of the holes are fairly open, meaning no OOB or strict fairway, you don't need to be very precise on the majority of the holes. This makes it a fun play with little stress, but some more risk/reward would be nice. A lot of the holes are very straightforward holes, not very long, and with no obstacles in the way.
I hate to complain about extra holes, but the last 9 holes feel like they were added on at the last minute and rushed. I like these holes since they introduce a few tightly wooded fairways not seen on the rest of the course, but they just don't seem finished.
The pars on this course seem kinda lame honestly. Ex. there are 15 holes under 300ft with a par 4? I scored a 91 on this course, nothing terribly impressive about that, and it was a -14? Just seems like most of these holes should be par 3 to me.
Other Thoughts: Everything was mowed, there were plenty of trash cans, and benches by most tees. The signs were pretty nice too. If you judge this course relative to other Chicago courses, it would be at least a 4/5, maybe 4.5/5 in my opinion. I had a blast playing here, and will not hesitate to make the 50 min. drive to play again.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: course is well designed
offer 27 holes
has nice run ups compared to other places I've been
offers different styles of play ex. woods, hills, open field
Cons: heavy foot traffic will do a lot of sitting on benches waiting for other players
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice Course, Too Many Holes For This Property
**Well maintained, clean park
**Nice benches throughout the park.
**Nice recreation center with scorecards, course maps, Discs for sale and inside restrooms.
**27 holes with 3 teepads for most of the holes.
**Nice Mach 5 baskets, yellow number plates on top with LARGE numbers on them which really helps the first time you play here.
**Very well constructed, compacted-crushed limestone, grippy rubber tee pads. These tee pads rival concrete...
**Nice graphic tee signs at the White tee pad so you know where to throw
**Mostly shady shooting through large mature oak trees was a plus on the 105+ heat index day that my wife and I played.
Navigation, especially after hole 21, a little more signage would remedy this situation. Help from the locals kept us pointed in the right direction...
Need -more- trashcans!!!
I am 900+ rated player and shot -11 while leaving quite a few out there which I suppose could be a pro and a con, Still a VERY "fun" round though and I would play this course again.
1. Check in at the recreation center building and get a free registration card, without one, there is a fine. They also have free Maps and Score Cards...
2. no smoking in the park, there is a fine
3. No dogs. There is a fine.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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