Palatine, IL 
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3 / 244ft. Par / Distance:
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Complete course built on hilly land

5+    5/27/2017   7/3/2017
Review By: tbonesocrul
Played: 40  Reviewed: 10
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Concrete Teepads
- Tee signs at each hole giving lengths and approximate hole shapes
- Elevation is used to enhance the holes
- Dedicated parking lot
- Clean
- Shorter Technical Holes
Cons: - Fairly wide fairways
- Windy days make this course a lot more challenging around holes 4-7
- Thick brush on sides of hills can be difficult to search
- occasional pedestrians
- I've seen garter snakes here
Other Thoughts: This park is built around two retention ponds, 1 sledding hill, and some marshlands with a few walking trails snaking throughout. The holes are generally on the shorter side with a fair amount of small trees and bushes to provide some obstructions. I have found this course to be a good place where players of a variety of skills can all enjoy themselves.

Be careful of the wind around hole 5-8 because it likes to carry discs down the hills into the retention ponds. Similarly its easy to turn a shot over on holes 17 or 18 and land a long way down the hill.

The only thing I can really see improving this park would be having larger trees or bushes. Many of the small bushes and trees look like they were planted in recent years. I wouldn't make a roadtrip to just to play this course, but it is worth playing if you are already in the area.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Fun place to get in 18

1    6/13/2017   6/13/2017
Review By: constantmusic
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: One of the only courses with real elevation change.
Short, but technical holes make for challenging play.
Top of the World! The only tee box where you can see the Chicago Skyline.
Very well groomed course, and fun to play!
Cons: Bugs, some big rough and tall grass that will eat your discs.
The wind apparently, except I've played there twice with no wind.
Other Thoughts: I personally like this course; it's great for beginners with the short and relatively straight forward holes, but can still offer a challenge for the advanced players, with well placed tree guardians and big anhyzer lines.

I like it, get out there and experience this course for yourself.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Best in the nw suburbs

5+    5/4/2017   5/4/2017
Review By: BigCat
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - lots of elevation
- some holes with tree guardians make for tough lines to hit
- improvement year after year
- fairways opened up
- 9 holes added a few years ago making it an 18
- diverse hole placement
- wind makes for a challenge as well as the tall grass off the fairways
Cons: - the wind picks up speed off the hills making it hard to judge how it may hit the disc at different elevations
- needs a snack stand and pro shop as well as another 9 holes to make it a destination course, the room is there
- needs more trees in my opinion

Other Thoughts: This is a course that has been growing with the sport over the years. If you're not near Round Lake or Lockport this is definitely the best course in the area with the second probably being in hoffman estates. All in all a great practice course to grind down the rough edges in your game.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 This course is great

2-4    10/19/2016   10/19/2016
Review By: sruffatti
Played: 5  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 3.5 Years
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Clean, well kept, and challenging. The baskets are in great condition. Tee pads are concrete, although a little short, they get the job done. Tee signs are up-to-date with the holes.

The flow of the course is strong. The back and front nine of separated by a road that is easy to cross. Foliage maintenance is on point. It is not hard to find your disc when it enters the shit. Trash bins are present at most tees boxes.

Elevation is used strongly to make the course more challenging. There are a few port-a-potties on the sit. There is a variety of hole distances, but most of the holes are pretty narrow. The parking is towards the small size and the scenery is on point. Every time I play at this course it is never busy.
Other Thoughts: Managed to play with the Super Intendant of Recreation in Palatine. He has put a real effort into turning this course into one of the best around. I highly recommend this course to anyone looking for a good challenge. He walked us through each hole. He is actively trying to make it better and if you get the chance to play with him, he will tell you his plans to make the course even better.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Enjoy the walk!!

1    8/9/2016   8/10/2016
Review By: mrbro855
Played: 206  Reviewed: 91  Exp: 4.1 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This is definitely a niche course that's all about the elevation. Not a wooded course, but used what trees were out there effectively.
The usual pros: good signage, decent pads- pave stones on front nine, concrete on back nine...(except #15- read that in cons)
Well manicured and relatively easy from hole to hole( exception in the cons)
Several memorable holes:
#2- throwing blind downhill to a basket in the middle of a down hill.
#5 Big dog leg right around the trees to a basket at the bottom of a hill.
#10 Basket protected by wall of trees and shrubs
#11 Big downhill throw
and #15 Top of the world throw very reminiscent of Bryant Lake's (Minn) signature #17
Cons: Pads were a step short for my liking.
#15 tee was not defined- just a bunch of prefab stone things all over the top of the hill with gaps in between just waiting to twist an ankle!!
Walk from #12 to #13 was confusing... #13 tee is across walking path to right of #12 fairway.
Other Thoughts: Lots of exercise gained walking this course. Lot of elevation utilized on almost every hole. In Chicago for a work week, getting around to as many courses as possible. This is top of the list so far.... Definitely worth the stop!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Now one of my favorites in the area

5+    6/21/2016   6/21/2016
Review By: cloud
Played: 50  Reviewed: 4
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Hilly (which you don't get around here), challenging, Trees don't get in the way. Not Crowded.
Cons: The weeds can get long and dense - some holes are little narrow, not many trees.
Other Thoughts: I didn't like at first - Now I really like it. Use stable discs on the holes that are downhill with crap on the right. Go fast and get some exercise!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Margreth Riemer Reservoir

1    5/19/2016   5/20/2016
Review By: dkmcphil
Played: 78  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 33.6 Years
Pros: This course is a fun course with elevation and some challenging holes. The course has a decent layout and good baskets.
The players on the course and area are friendly and were willing to chat and show us the course.
It is an excellent course for both beginners and intermediate players.
Cons: The tee pads are a bit short. Also some have sunk below the wooden lips around the pads.
Other Thoughts: This course could benefit from an organized disc golf club to help out the park department.
It would be nice to have a PDGA league there also. If I had more time i would set one up.

 Underrated gem

5+    9/20/2015   9/22/2015
Review By: randallmadison
Played: 6  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 10.4 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Excellent use of the elevation around the reservoir. Distance for most holes is give/take 300' which makes it approachable for beginners but still challenging enough for veterans to get 2's and take 3's. Trees/shrubs prevalent throughout which help add to a course that is somewhat open. Big guns don't always win here. Finesse pays off too. Underrated for the area being an 18 hole with a variety of distance, elevation, and shot selection. Well maintained.
Cons: Tee pads lack. Most are brick paver with some concrete on the newer back 9 but all concrete and longer throughout would elevate this course substantially. Somewhat of an "open" course. Baskets removed in winter... Total bummer!!
Other Thoughts: Signature holes #11 and #15 from the top of the sled hill are a pleasant surprise.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  Sui generis

5+    10/1/2014   3/2/2015
Review By: DC Money
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: scenic, fun, challenging, not crowded, good baskets and tee pads, elevation change, fairways mowed, trees to grow, nature
Cons: can be windy, grass will eat discs, not too many obstacles
Other Thoughts: I agree that the added 9 holes now make this course very fun and challenging, more so on some days, depending on wind. I gave it 4 stars since it is one of the better 18's in this area, but not 5 since it does lack a few more obstacles here and there to make it next level worthy. It is true, the wind and tall grass later in the year can cause frustrating searches for poor disc throws. The two reservoirs are what look like old quarries. This prairie has been undisturbed since the glacier left this area 10,000 years ago. These are the plants that the Native Americans saw, and the first pioneers who set foot in what was to become Illinois. It really is beautiful. The 7 1/2-acre Palatine Prairie is a mixture of seven or eight types of grasses and more than 120 species of flowers that are native to Illinois, including rattlesnake master, wild quinine, prairie rose, wild garlic, blazing star, mountain mint, prairie dock, nodding wild onion and compass plants, members of the sunflower family that reach seven feet in height. Each season is unique at the prairie. Early spring is totally different from mid-summer, for instance. To really appreciate the prairie, you need to come out every few weeks. The Palatine Prairie is a place of discovery. You find something new every time you come out! Along with plant life, the Palatine Prairie is also a popular hangout for butterflies and the local grassland bird population. Common sightings include meadowlarks, gold finches, song sparrows, red-tailed hawks, American kestrels, chimney swifts, common yellowthroats, eastern kingbirds and mourning doves. And great blue herons are occasionally spotted flying overhead.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Good course but great for the area

2-4    11/26/2013   11/27/2013
Review By: tombrinkman01
Played: 25  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 21.3 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Only 18-hole course in the area
- Holes well marked and easy to follow
- Fairways well kept
- Baskets in good condition.
Cons: This is a fairly short course, with few obstacles. Previous reviewer is correct that in 5-10 years, when the small trees grow in, it should add challenges to an otherwise straightforward and simple course.
Other Thoughts: Stay on the fairways and your round will go quickly. Stray from the fairways and the tall grass will eat up your discs. ... Went on a day with 10-15 mph winds in the area. But with how open this course is and with the wind off the small lake, wind felt much worse. ... If you're in town, this is a must play -- it's the best course in the area. But please temper your expectations because the courses in the area are pretty weak.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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