Serviceable Nine Next To Thomas Paine Elementary School!
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Lohmann is interesting to me because it doesn't have all the typical park activities that most city park have. There are no basketball courts, no children's play area. It's just mostly a big expanse of grass with scattered groups of trees here and there and then one group of trees that most folks would call a grove. These scattered trees and the grove are all used effectively. As a previous reviewer stated, if there's a tree or group of trees here, you can bet there's a basket in or behind it.
The course starts in the center of the park which is kinda strange. There is a kiosk there which contains a pretty poor excuse for a course map. The pads are rubber mats which are fine. The small metal tee signs also show the next tee. Remembering that when I get to the basket is always a problem for me. The baskets are Discatchers with the yellow rims and #'s.
Distances are totally recreational/beginner length ranging from 174' to 247'. On most holes, the only challenge is having to throw around the guardian trees. I liked short little # 7 best where you have to keep your drive straight down a narrow, 174' gauntlet of trees.
Cons: Nothing in particular as the course designers put in a nice little layout considering the mostly flat, wide open spaces they had to work with.
Players won't be pulling their drivers out of their bags here.
Other Thoughts: This is just another of those nine hole city park courses that are in so many American towns and cities. Like all the others, this one serves a noble purpose. It provides a place for beginners, families, kids and teens, seniors and rec players working on their game. It may not be what you're looking for but believe it, some disc golfers are having a great time here.
Hopefully, other courses in the area offer a more creative and challenging experience.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Great Beginner Course
Pros: - Decent variety of shots for a short course
- Quality Discatcher Baskets
- New(ish) signs and rubber tee pads
Cons: - Very short and flat, doesn't provide much challenge
- Alternate tees hard to find or not always marked
Other Thoughts: Lohmann Park's location behind an elementary school is delightfully appropriate. Averaging right around 225' for its 9 holes, this course is perfect for beginners. I recently played this course for the first time in about 3 years since graduating from the University of Illinois. I learned to play backhand on this course over a summer after playing exclusively forehand for a couple years. Lohmann's short length and lack of punishment for bad shots was perfect for working on my game and learning new shots. Of course, having improved significantly in the past 3 years, the course has little to offer now outside of ace runs and a fun round of birdie or die golf.
Since I'd last played, they have installed new Innova Discatcher baskets, tee signs, and rubber tee pads, all of which were much needed, and are a great improvement over the old baskets, faded signs, and rutted, natural tees. There are also a couple of new, young trees planted. Navigation is easy, and the park is always well maintained.
The individual holes remain the same, and while there is some decent shot shaping, particularly on holes 1, 3, 5, 6, and 8, they are all short and open enough to make birdies fairly easy and bogeys rare. The alternate tees add some distance and difficulty, but the markers are hard to find and not really worth seeking out. However, if the 9 holes used by the Illini disc golf club are marked with flags, as they were for my latest round, they make for a decent addition with increased difficulty for an 18 hole round. Check the Links/Files tab for a map, and look for the flags while you are out. There is usually little enough traffic on the course that playing the alternate tees isn't a problem.
This is a great 9 hole course for beginners (especially considering what the designers had to work with), and provides enough shot shaping to entertain players with more experience.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Not at all bad for beginners and families!
Pros: - Lohmann Park sits directly behind Thomas Paine elementary school. It's a flat grassy expanse, one half mostly open with a few scattered trees and another section that is a bit more heavily "treed" without ever approaching "wooded." No schule or undergrowth makes finding discs super easy. This is a stellar example of above average course design catering specifically to school children and/or beginners. Great layout for families!
- First of all, this course is pretty short. Experienced discers will be tossing ace runs on most baskets and playing deuce-or-die golf. That said, there's still enough line shaping (#'s 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, and 9) all require some sort of good golf shot around trees in order to be close enough for the "gimme" birdie. The lack of long holes makes this layout ideal for younger players, people new to the game, and families. Bad shots can be recovered from for easy pars in most cases, but could lead to the occasional bogey.
- Outstanding use of the trees. Almost all the holes have some sort of tree or tree grouping to force the shot one way or another. #1 starts this off, #3 requires either a low-clearance shot under the branches or an up-and-over shot (spike hyzer/tomahawk/thumber), #8 is a tunnel shot (very cool for this sort of course) and #9 has a protected green. All above average for this sort of park style 9er.
- Rubber tees were easy to find and totally serviceable. The red markers were difficult to find (I started finding them, despite looking, on hole #5 and could only locate two or three altogether). The supposed whites and "singles layouts" were nowhere to be seen. The course was immaculately groomed. Grass neatly mown, signage in place and serviceable, mulched areas under baskets, trashcans, benches, and portajohn (located by #6's tee).
Cons: - None, really. I guess the flatness of the property kinda stinks, but not much they could do about that.
Other Thoughts: - Not a world beater, by any stretch of the imagination; however, it's easily fun enough for experienced discers to play a round or two here and not get bored or entirely complacent while remaining accessible enough for beginners and families.
- If you're looking to find a good template for what a beginner 9er on less than stellar land should look like, you'd do well to at least check this course out. I've seen waaay more crappy 9ers than I have good, so props where props are due!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Boring, and a bit painful
Pros: - Mostly dedicated area to disc golf. There is a cricket field by a few holes, however.
- Great for beginners.
- Decent signage.
- Multiple tees for each hole, evidenced by the map here on DGCR. Occasionally a painted stone marker here and there. Obviously lots of safari-type course layouts to keep things interesting.
- #8, is a nice technical wooded hole. All suggested tees have a different line through the stand of trees.
Cons: - Dirt tee pads. Mud the day I went, 2 days after a rain. Really no indication of where the throw line actually should be. I mostly just threw from the grass to the side, where I thought there was the more difficult shot.
- Not a ton of variety or elevation. Variety is mostly just in the amount and placement of trees in the way.
- Just, pretty boring. Chances to throw some specific shots here, but not much.
- No amenities at the park, or nearby.
Other Thoughts: - Glad it's here, so this large populace has some place to play. Just unfortunate that this is all they have.
- Also, it's kind of hard to write a long, extensive review on this course, no matter how hard I try to come up with stuff. Nothing outstanding about the course, but for what it is, nothing absolutely terrible.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This is another perfect example of when I'm glad that they installed a course, but it's definitely not a good course.
The biggest and only pro I can think of is that this is a mediocre training facility for U of I students since it's pretty open and has baskets.
Cons: For starters, all the equipment is bad.
The tees are an awkward gravel/dirt mix where a clear throw line isn't marked. It's more like a zone.
The baskets and the signs are antiquated and need some updating.
As for the design, the land it's built on isn't fantastic, so the designer basically always tried use trees as pin guards. Where ever there's a tree or group of trees, you can safely assume there will be a basket there. The shots are all very repetitive (with 1-2 expections). 200 feet of open then 50 feet that are pseudo-guarded.
Other Thoughts: Here's what I don't understand, there were a ton of people playing disc golf while we were there and it wasn't even when U of I students were at school. It's very apparent that people want another course. It blows my mind that Normal-Bloomington has 3 public courses and Champaign-Urbana only has this.
If I lived in Urbana, I would definitely email the city and get another course installed. It's an absolute must. There's 40+ thousand college students that study in this town and not having a decent course is, in my mind, a disgrace.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Good for a Casual Game
Pros: --Nice and easy course for a casual game
--Good for a quick game
--Excellent tee signs (some wear and rust on some of them but mostly they are great)
--Nice setting too.
Cons: --No tee pads, just sand patches
--Baskets are sub-par
--Challenge is lacking
--Located behind an elementary school
--All holes are under 300 ft (They could have easily made longer holes with the available land)
--Par is too generous at 32 (I only saw one tee per hole, so I'm not sure if there are 4 different tees with different pars as the hole info says), it should be 27 instead.
Other Thoughts: Good course for a casual game. Nothing about it makes it a great course, it's just a decent course for a not-too-difficult casual game.
Baskets, Tees and Hole Diagrams
Variety in hole distances
Variety in hole types
(field/wooded holes; hilly/level holes; etc)
(pedestrians; traffic noise distractions; etc)
Use of Available Land
Total: 2.5/5 (actual score: 2.2/5)
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Nothing to write home about
Pros: Lohmann Park seems to be Champaign's only permanent course. It's located behind a school. For beginners, this place is fine to get basic throws down, but more experienced players or beginners should not bother going to this course. Here are some of Lohmann's positive features:
*Hole 8 was kind of nice... it forced a straight shot through a patch of trees. This patch of trees was not large enough to be present for any of the other holes on the course.
*Not very busy... and the park is rather open so if you want to do some field work after or before your round you probably can.
Cons: Here they are:
*Teepads: Dirt. There's no distinct point about where the runup should start and stop. Poor footing on just about all of them.
*Distance: None of the holes exceed 250' with the majority of them being significantly shorter.
*Parking: It looks like the course shares a parking lot with the school, so I'm assuming that parking here is near impossible on school days
Overall, there was really nothing exciting about this course. No notable scenery, challenges on the course, or anything like that.
Other Thoughts: I'm surprised there are not more courses in Urbana-Champaign. There are some serious improvements to be made on this course.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Huge Park. Multiple tees at each hole. Lots of other players there. Some holes have trees, low hanging branches that can make maneuvering to basket a challange for beginners, but adds some good variety.
Cons: Tee boxes are not well maintained. Hard to find the orange tees, usually below the grass line.
Other Thoughts: This is the second course I have played. Just getting my legs in the game, and it presented some good control challenges for me, trying to get through the trees on some holes.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Wide open for most shots, some trees to make play interesting. Easy to spot both tees and baskets.
Cons: Rather short course. Not a lot of difference from one hole to the next for most. kinda short on parking if anything is happening at the school.
Other Thoughts: Great place to learn the sport. Easy to play with kids! Champaign/Urbana NEEDS more courses!!!!
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
All Urbana has, but still pitiful
Pros: open space for driving practice
usually not crowded with ample parking
unlikely to lose dics
signs are pretty good, although hole 9 has been missing its sign for years
Cons: very flat with few trees or obstacles except for hole 8
only 9 holes
baskets are mediocre and only have one layer of chains which aren't as effective as most
tees are just patches of dirt or gravel which are pretty bad when its wet
Other Thoughts: Honestly, this course is all Champaign-Urbana has amazingly, so you play what you have. That said, I'd choose almost any other course over this one. It's 9 very short holes with little challenge and just isn't that exciting. There's nothing particularly terrible about it, there's just a lot better out there.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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