0 Helpful / 8 Not
A pretty lame course
Pros: It has length and a few decent holes
Cons: Little originality It also stays wet for a very long time after the rain has stopped. There is a large field you walk through that just splashes mudwater on you for many days after a decent rain, no matter how much sun. It's not that fun and it's a tiring course.
Other Thoughts: There is some potential, but I find it largely a waste of time. My friends kind of like it, cool if you live close I guess, but I'm over 30 mins away
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9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Madison Meadows is an 19-hole course with some nice driving holes surrounded by a sea of 9-hole pitch and putts, so when you are in the area it ranks fairly high on the list of disc golf options in Chicago. It uses a variety of distances to distinguish the holes, so you have to mix up your shot selection off the tee. The course has concrete tee pads (reds) and longer natural tees (blues) that are fairly easy to find. The course has good signage; there are tee signs with hole maps and distances, and there are signs directing you to the next tee on the holes with long walks between them that help with navigation. There is a lake in the park that can come into play on #3 and #19.
Cons: This course is guilty of my # 1 course design pet peeve in that they have crammed a disc golf course in a heavily used park where it does not fit. A number of the holes run up along baseball fields, football fields, walking paths and roads where errant shots create safety issues for other park users. In several spots like #8-#9 and #4-#12 the holes are too close together, creating a safety issue with other disc golfers. You really have to keep it in the fairway at this course, which is easier said than done because from a disc golf perspective there is no penalty for being out of the fairway. The course is flat and lightly wooded, so you can pretty much take any route to the hole that you want. The course encourages players to disc up and throw for distance, which are exactly the shots that are most likely to fly off course and create problems with other park users. The combination of these two factor makes Madison Meadows a problem waiting to happen.
Other Thoughts: Shot for shot, Madison Meadows is probably a better course than I have rated it. If you get out early in the morning or on a weekday, it can be a fun round with chances to air out a few drives. However, when the park is crowded the course simply creates too many conflicts with other park uses for me to recommend it to others.
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