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Pros: Willow Stream gives you a few opportunities to stretch your disc out alongside its more modest holes. Low ceilings produced by sprawling branches make a few otherwise-basic holes a bit more interesting. Elevation plays a role in the first few holes which jazzes things up a little. The course plays quickly.
Park amenities are prevalent and the course seems well-groomed.
Cons: The two biggest cons of Willow Stream are its openness and its proximity to non-DG park goers. Many of the holes are quite open or feature a very limited set of obstacles, so you can basically throw at will. Many of the holes are only interesting insofar as they provide ace run opportunities.
The park was well-trafficked on my visit and I had to work to avoid park goers at many points. The course's layout seems oblivious to how the park gets otherwise used.
Other Thoughts: Given that there are so many such small park courses in the immediate area, I would have a hard time prioritizing a visit here when conflict with park goers is so possible.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Nice course, beautiful area
Pros: Course is located in a really nice city park. Has the usual pros: Decent signage, BIG tee pads (as did the other nine in the same township!) and use of elevation on the first three and last one basket. Played around a wooded area but never really utilized it.
Couple of memorable holes:
#1 395 ft up a steep hill
#2 295 ft blind shot to the right over a bit of hill
#3 195 ft downhill shot that I one hopped off the chains and out!! :-(
#9 190 ft to a berm type setting with a gully to the left.
Played it twice for an 18 hole outing. Was worth the second time through.
Cons: I used the online map... WRONG!!!
Course has obviously been remodeled since that last 2014 review.
Have to walk a ways to find the #4 tee pad.
#5 throws back towards the woods rather than the direction the map shows. The rest is easy to follow by the tee signs.
Other Thoughts: Relatively short course, but one that did not disappoint. In Chicago the last couple weeks for work... am up to 10 courses here now.... for the most part all have been enjoyable.... this was no different. If I lived here, I'd be back!!
Keen Chicago 9'er!
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Pros: I'd love to be a kid swimmer in Buffalo Grove. What an awesome swim complex they have here at this park. It looks more like a commercial water park. Leave the kidos while you enjoy the golf. There's also a nice little playground.
There area a nice course sign and the standard Rules of Disc Golf sign at the beginning. The tee signs are very, nice plastic ones. The pars listed are probably appropriate for middle schoolers. The baskets are older ones with the yellow band and a hole # welded on top. The tee pads are way oversized and great. Why it always that these small community 9 hole courses with little length always have the best, most overdone and over priced tee pads? These would still be very adequate if they were a full 1/3 smaller.
The park has nice rolling hills which provide the course with much of it's personality. It starts out with a 395' slight uphill hole. There are a nice variety of distances here including five shorter ACE runs (most under 200'.
Cons: Wood chips would be a great addition around the basket on # 2 and probably some other places as well.
Short, easy distances.
Park can get crowded. You might have to wait for folks on the walking path.
Other Thoughts: Willow Stream is just a very nice little, beginners type course. In other words, a typical Chicago 9'er. Partly, because this is such a nice little park with some elevation and partly because the design is solid, this course is one of the better Chicago 9'ers. I'd be pretty content to play a lot of rounds here.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Another typical city park 9.
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Pros: Willow Stream is a 9 hole course located in a quite large city park. Several other activities in this park, with lots of open spaces.
DGA baskets, all in good repair and mounted well. The site lists some dual pin positions, but I don't remember seeing them. The baskets have really nice, bright yellow number signs on top. Very helpful with navigation.
Typical cheap-ish park signs, but they get the job done. Distance and hole number, and just having them helps with navigation, especially in the winter.
Huge concrete tee pads. Long, wide, and well constructed. One tee per hole.
Good distance variation. From ace runs, to 400+ drives. Also, good use of the little bit of available elevation. Hole 2 sticks out for this.
Cons: Very wide open for the most part. You really aren't forced to take certain lines for the most part. It's a little odd that the clump of available trees in the middle of the course wasn't utilized....it could have made for some cool pin placements, at least.
We were here on a winter weekday, and there was still people active in the park. I imagine it could get quite full during the summer.
Other Thoughts: As far as open city park 9's go, this isn't too bad. Unless you''re a beginner, you won't get much challenge here, though. If you're wanting ace runs and easy going golf, this is the spot for you.
Certainly not worth going out of your way for, but you could do worse in a pinch.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
great course for biginners
Pros: great distance variety (hole 3 is a 180 foot ace run while hole hole 8 is over 400 feet)
great tee pads
great course for beginners, while more experienced players can still find some challenge
not many places to loose discs
Cons: it can get VERY crowded
all of the holes are open with only a few trees
sometimes you have to wait for bikers or runners who are using the paths that go through the course
they could have made much more use out of the forestation that they do have
Other Thoughts: This is a great course for beginners, but the openness can make some more experienced players board.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
A little variety
Pros: Willow Stream Park is another one of those Chicagoland 9ers, but I'll have to give the designers some credit on this one. Despite not having a lot to work with, they made a decent course. The key to that is that there is some variety in the shots. They used basically the one hill they had to work with for a 400' uphill opening shot. #2 uses the hill to give you a blind up and down shot, and #3 is a slightly downhill ace run. The course flattens out a bit from there, but the hole distances go back and forth from 220' to a 428' air-out shot. You end up with four <250' holes, two holes between 250' and 300', one 300' shot and two 400'+ shots. That helps mix up an otherwise unremarkable course. The site is lightly wooded, but holes #7 and #9 at least make you miss a few trees. The ace run on #3 uses some evergreen trees to force the RHBH hyzer line. It's not a huge challenge, but there is enough going on here to keep a round fun.
The course has the signature Buffalo Grove ginormous tee pads that are big enough to park a semi with a trailer on, so there is good footing off the tee. The course has serviceable DGA baskets in good condition, and the grounds seemed well maintained. I don't recall the tee signs but I don't recall hating the tee signs so I'm going to assume they were OK. The course flows around in a circle so it is easy to follow and you end up right back where you started.
Cons: The site doesn't have a lot of potential, so while the design does a good job of taking advantage of what the site has it still is just a so-so course. The course is lightly wooded, so you can basically throw RHBH hyzers all day. Other than the distances of the longer holes, there just isn't much challenge to the course.
Like most other parks in this area, there is a popular and heavily used walking path that winds thorough and conflicts with several holes. You have to be prepared to wait and let walkers/joggers clear the area, which is tough since the course is popular and often backed up with players.
The tee for #4 is too close to #3's basket.
The course winds around a wooded spot. It seems like maybe some of the pins could have been tucked into the woods to take advantage of that and increase the challenge of the course a bit.
Other Thoughts: I find Willow Stream to be on the better side of Chicagoland 9ers, but in the end it is still a classic Chicagoland 9er. The design does a pretty good job of utilizing what the site has to offer, but the site doesn't have much to offer. The course has some fun elements to it, so it should be an attractive spot for local recreational players. That's about it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
[Insert Clever Willow Movie Quote of Your Choosing Here]
Pros: - Willow Stream's 9-hole course plays up and over a small knoll then around a small patch of woods, seemingly doing its best to bring as many sidewalks into play as possible. This is suburban disc golf sharing a bustling neighborhood park with a multitude of other activities. The course plays next to people's backyards on a few holes.
- Elevation. The first three holes play on a grassy knoll. Nothing to get excited about, but it adds a much welcomed 3rd dimension. #1 starts off slightly uphill with a few smallish trees to avoid on the way up. #2 offers a blind up-over-and-down shot as the knoll peaks and then drops off before reaching the pin. Using up the remaining elevation, #3 is a slightly downhill ace run. A stand of pines protect the basket from the front and left, forcing a RHBH hyzer shot.
- GINORMOUS tee pads. These things are super wide, super long. The standard signage (as well as an obvious flow) makes navigation a breeze.
- A good mix of short ace runs (#'s 3, 4, and 6) and more challenging distances (#'s 1, 5, and 8).
Cons: - Willow Stream is a crowded community park. The course follows the walking paths on many holes. Be aware of walkers and share the park. These are the type of setups that make me nervous about people getting hit. Exercise caution.
- #4's tee is pretty damn close to #3's basket. Anyone going long on #3's short downhill acerun puts #3's tee directly in the killzone.
- Goose and dog poop.
Other Thoughts: - This course wasn't bad, had some fun shots (#3 stands out in the fun-factor department), but the park was super busy on a cold icy early spring day. Our group waiting several times for walkers. I cannot imagine this gets better during the summer.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Baskets, signs, and tee pads are all good.
Course circles a patch of woods as you play around them.
Some good use of elevation on a hole or two.
Was well maintained and clean.
Easy to follow flow of the course.
Cons: Course has few obstacles to throw around.
The course was crowded when I went and it was not worth the wait to play the holes this course has to offer.
Course is very short and really does not pose much of a challenge to players intermediate and up.
Other Thoughts: I played here with my girlfriend and it was fun, but I would not come back by my own doing. I would not recommend this course to anyone who has played for over a year.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Another Chicagoland niner
Pros: Nice park
Large tee pads
Good use of elevation
Good signage trees provide obstacles
Nice distance variety
Very hard to lose a disc
Cons: When there are swim meets holes 1 and 9 are closed
Nothing stands out.
All holes relatively straight.
Only beginner course not to much challenge here at all.
Other Thoughts: I saw woods here as well if they could expand it and make it 18 holes. This course would have more variety and be more desirable.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Pros: -Nice Concrete Tees
-Trees making it more challenging, yet not annoying
-Nice elevation changes on some holes (1-3)
-More challenge added with the near requirement to throw a nice hyzer/anhyzer
-Variety in distances for each hole
-Great for Beginners
Cons: -Potential on hole 9 to throw it into a public pool with one slip of a throw
-Usually pretty crowded
-Some tees don't have signs (anymore) showing par/distance
Other Thoughts: Great for beginners. The distances for par are a little short than other courses I've been on, so it makes for an easy birdie/eagle. However, still probably my favorite course to play.
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