Rockton, IL 
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  Not for beginners

1    7/24/2011   7/24/2011
Review By: evan.t.king
Played: 15  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 10.6 Years
This review was updated on 8/20/2011
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Great course to work on your control. I started using my ROC (mid-range) for most of my shots after the first couple holes because it pretty much carries any line I put it on.
Cons: Very confusing if you've never played the course before. If you are just starting out, don't play this course; chances are you don't have the control to make the experience enjoyable.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.


1    4/8/2010   4/12/2010
Review By: mashnut
Played: 828  Reviewed: 775  Exp: 15.7 Years
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course plays through a forested area with narrow fairways cut through the trees and underbrush. There are some rolling hills that add some elevation and challenge to a few holes. There is punishing rough, if you throw off the fairway it'll cost you at least a stroke or two every time.

The course is a good place to practice shaping shots with superclass discs or working on your accuracy on approach shots with putters, you'll need to hit your line if you don't want to search for your disc in the dense trees and underbrush off the fairway then try to find a way to throw out. There are concrete tees on every hole, many have dual tees where the shorter one is a little harder turn and the longer adds length but is a more gradually turning shot adding a little variety. There is a course map at the entrance to the course that is handy for navigation.
Cons: The course is very strange, and not very well designed for any level of player. It is ridiculously short and tight with many oddly shaped fairways. Dave got it right when he said it's a super class course, those are the only discs that would really make this course enjoyable to throw. Many of the holes feel very similar once you get into the course, which makes it a little boring.

The flow is not great, there are some odd spots where it's not clear where to go next or which way the tee is actually facing. This is even worse on the pads that appear to be facing at a right angle to the actual direction of the hole, so you can move side to side but have no room to even take a step forward on the pad. There are a lot of blind holes, so you'll need to scout the fairways to know where to throw, and it's often a good idea to leave a spotter. There is no signage other than the map by the first hole, so it is helpful to shoot a picture of that to take with you on the course (the scorecard box was empty when I played, there might be maps there sometimes).

I like rough that makes you pay for errant shots, but it's a bit overboard here. The fairways are so tight that you're bound to end up in the schule fairly regularly, and then you get to push through posion ivy and thorny bushes along with generally dense underbrush to find discs. It takes away a little of the fun factor when every poor shot means you're going to lose some blood....
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find the course very tight and punishing, it's easy to lose discs if you get off the fairway and it's easy to end up off the fairway. More advanced players will find the course too tight and short to provide challenges other than just playing a short approach down the fairway, then taking a long putt on every hole.

If you want to really test your approach skills in tight wooded fairways, or work on your accuracy with lids, stop by this course. Otherwise, it's a frustrating course without a lot of variety that's not worth going out of your way for.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful.

 Short and Sweird

2-4    4/18/2009   1/17/2010
Review By: #19325
Played: 345  Reviewed: 177  Exp: 16.5 Years
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is a very small neighborhood park. It is very secluded and is very quiet. It has some nice wooded land with minor rolling terrain in a few places. The fairways are cut thru the woods and are nicely mowed and grass covered. The fairways are lined wiht thick rough and woods. This is a very unique piece of land for disc golf.

Concrete tee pads. Longer natural set of tee pads.

This course is ridiculously short for an 18 hole course. It measures 3,600 feet and is great for beginners.

There are a couple of decent holes on this course.
Cons: Concrete tee pads are very short. Long tee pads are very hard to find and are natural.

The overall design is terrible. There are just way too many odd shaped and poorly designed holes. They totally missed the potential this land had to offer.

This course will not be enjoyable for any skill level above novice.

It can be very difficult to navigate.
Other Thoughts: I would not suggest driving out of your way to play this course.

Check out my Illinois Top 10.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Tightest course I have ever played!

1    11/1/2009   11/1/2009
Review By: harr0140
Played: 975  Reviewed: 480  Exp: 8.9 Years
This review was updated on 2/15/2010
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: 1) Concrete tees are better than dirt.

2) Short distances of holes are certainly challenging. Even though I think many of the holes are unfair . . I still enjoy trying to make those throws. The good ones are very rewarding when you hit that impossible gap with a left than right turn!

3) There are some good holes on this course, but there are too many tough ones that offset the well designed holes. When you get to the tee and can see your basket you can breath a sigh of relief.
Cons: 1) Not at all beginner friendly. For a neighborhood park you would expect it to be a place for families to go enjoy, but it is not an open park and all shots are tricky lending itself to only true dg addicts.

2) Too many blind holes, I got lost like 4 times and had to walk up a bunch of the fairways to find the baskets because you can almost never see them from the tee. The teepad orientation and small size also confusing things because you think you are throwing lengthwise on the pads but you arent, you are throwing the short length of some of the tees.

3) Concrete tees are small. Orientation is horrible on some of them. You have about a 3 foot length to work with but a 4 foot width! How does that make sense?

4) Rough is way too punishing. Because of the impossible angles be ready to throw out of thorny areas and dense underbrush.

5) Apparently poison ivy is rampant, but so are the thorny bushes and buckthorn. This makes for a touhg day off the fairways.

6) #1 basket is messed up. There were also a few holes with missing rings creating a poor catchy basket.

7) Some of the long tees almost seemed easier than the short tees because of how sharp the curves are on the short tees.

8) No tee signs and the flow of the course is tough to figure out. Definitely print this map it will help you on 5 or 6 instances.

Other Thoughts: Sorry guys I just didnt see a whole lot to intrigue me on this course. Sure it tests your skills which I always enjoy, but many of the shots are near impossible angles, and bends. This really takes away from the enjoyment of the course. There are too many shots with bends that are impossible to turn your disc around quick enough no matter how you throw. Like others have said I agree thumbers and tamahawks might work well on some of the holes but they all bend somewhat so it is risky to try and go up and over all of the underbrush.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Rockton, IL

1    8/28/2008   10/15/2008
Review By: Robert Scott
Played: 52  Reviewed: 28  Exp: 21.5 Years
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Short holes in a nice area.
Cons: There is a nice sign at the start with all the holes/tees marked, however if you don't remember the sign there are no others to tell you were you need to go to the next tee. Hole 1&18 were the only ones mowed the others had grass knee high or higher. Tee pads are very small 2 ft/3ft.
Other Thoughts: With a little work this would be a good course.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

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