Palatine, IL 
Margreth Riemer Reservoir Share
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3 / 244ft. Par / Distance:
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Best in the nw suburbs

5+    5/4/2017   5/4/2017
Review By: BigCat
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
2 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.

2 of 3 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: 3.1 Years
1 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.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Enjoy the walk!!

1    8/9/2016   8/10/2016
Review By: mrbro855
Played: 170  Reviewed: 77  Exp: 3.6 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: 37  Reviewed: 3
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: 67  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 33.2 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: 5  Reviewed: 3  Exp: 10 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: 20.9 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.

 different from other Chi area courses

1    7/21/2013   7/23/2013
Review By: IHearChains
Played: 134  Reviewed: 21  Exp: 13 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Most of the reviews of this course were written on the front 9 only. But it is now 18 holes -- the back 9 just went in a couple weeks before I played it and are currently natural tees. There are a lot of smaller trees that don't add much to the challenge at the moment, but in 5-10 years, the trees on this course will be substantial obstacles. The back 9 has several really nice holes, I especially liked 11, 13, and 16. 11 is a big downhill shot with some obstructions to the drive and a narrow landing zone, and on a windy day this could be really tough. 13 is a long straight shot on a side-sloped fairway, with a right turning approach at the very end -- this one had a unique feel to it. Hole 16 was an sharply uphill dog-leg right with a thick row of trees defining the dogleg; this one played a lot longer than it is, and it was the toughest 3 on the course IMO.

The high grass presents a significant hazard on several holes, and helps define some fairways nicely. Not hard to throw out of, but could take some time to find discs. If the high grass was played as OB, it would be a really technical course.

One of the biggest pros for this course is that it offers really significant elevation change, and from what I've seen that is pretty rare for Chicago area disc golf.
Cons: There are quite a few holes in the 240-280 range, especially in the front 9, where there is not as much variety as the newer back 9 holes.

There are not enough big trees on this course, but this will develop over time.

A couple of blind baskets is kinda cool, and you expect it on par 4 doglegs. But this course had several blind shots, and it gets annoying when the baskets are blind on par 3 holes, for no apparent reason.

There are no true par 4 holes on this course.
Other Thoughts: When I was there, something had died in the brush by hole 12 and 14 baskets, OMG the stench on a 90 degree day was freakin horrible, even with the wind.

I give this course a bonus +0.5 because the Chicago area has so many bad courses, this one is pretty solid by comparison. If it were located in an area that had better courses I might give it a 3.0, but I am giving it a 3.5.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Expanded to 18

5+    7/18/2013   7/22/2013
Review By: ChrisMacG
Played: 110  Reviewed: 26  Exp: 9.4 Years
This review was updated on 9/11/2014
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Considering the lack of trees in the park, the course is fairly challenging. The best feature of this course is the use of elevation changes, holes 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 12, 15, and 16 all feature it. If you are looking for experience playing on hills there's really nothing like Margreth Riemer in the area. The lack of trees makes playing the hills a bit easier but the course is also more susceptible to wind because of it. The resulting experience that a disc golfer gets at this park is unique in this part of Illinois.

Some of the holes use elevation to keep you on the fairway, or you pay the price. Holes 4, 5 & 6 play along the reservoir's fairly steep bank, and a bad shot off the tee can have your disc rolling all the way down to the bottom. Holes 7 & 8 also have a steep bank along side the hole, but it's not as tricky to negotiate.

The new holes on the north side of the street play around the sled hill. For the most part they're more of the same, but better thought out than the first nine. The few trees that are around are used effectively to make the holes as challenging as possibly. Holes 11, 12, 15 and 17 are the stand out fun holes for me. On a number of the new holes you can't see the basket from the tee and that will make your first time through the new holes a bit tricky. Hole 15 tees from the top of the sled hill providing an opportunity to go big with a large landing area near the bottom of the hill. The view from the top on a clear day is also amazing.

As the trees in this park mature, the new nine holes are going to improve. Holes 11 and 18 stand to improve the most as they age with loads of well placed small trees right now.

Previously my review of this course cited the poor mowing as a serious downside to playing here. This course is about ten minutes from my house but I've hardly played it this year. After spending more time looking for discs in long grass then playing last year I'd stopped going and would drive further to Shady Oaks or Black Bear. The other week I gave Margreth Riemer another try and boy have things changed. The parks department is now mowing the course to maintain 'tournament conditions' and the previously miserly fairways are now realistic for players of the sport. In the past two times I've played the course with these mow lines I've only once gone into the rough. This is such a vast improvement that I'm re-writing this review and upping my rating.
Cons: Everything isn't perfect in this park. As with all multi-use parks you have to share with other people in the park. For the most part this hasn't really been an issue except for two distinct types of park visitors.

First, the park seems to attract the most selfish mountain bikers I've ever come across. These folks pay absolutely no attention to anyone else in the park other than themselves. I've been on the tee about to drive and had a mountain biker zip past me right into the fairway without any notice. A few milliseconds later and that cyclist would have had a disc hit her smack in the head. I've had to wait for mountain bikers while they circle trees oblivious to the fact that they're on a hole that a group is playing. I've been pushed off paths as a group of mountain bikers plow through. I haven't seen this behavior in other area parks; just in Palatine.

The second group is dog owners who don't leash their dogs. Again I've been on a tee waiting to drive and had to wait even longer due to some dog owner chasing after their loose dogs right into the fairway. I've had discs chewed by loose dogs and the owners don't care. The park rules are pretty clear about leashing pets, and most park visitors do, but the ones that don't definitely detract from enjoying the course.
Other Thoughts: The baskets are inexplicably pulled for 6 months of the year. I can understand three months, maybe, but half the year is too long to go without this course being playable. Especially when the long grass is most manageable in the early spring.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

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