Saint Elmo, IL 
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Uploaded By: HighFlyer88 Hole #16 (Taken 7/2010)
4 / 335ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #16 Tee

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 Almost there

1    12/20/2010   1/6/2011
Review By: mashnut
Played: 828  Reviewed: 775  Exp: 15.6 Years
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The course is on a very cool piece of land. There are some rolling hills and some severe elevation changes with a tall grassy dam and a couple nice drop offs. The elevation is used very well to add interest and challenge. There are a few great downhill shots, some tricky uphills, and a couple that use a small valley area to make some down and up shots. One hole shoots up over a rise, then sharply downhill into a ravine, tricky but aceable if you hit exactly the right line.

There's a fun mix of hole shapes that have you pulling all kinds of discs and shots out. It feels nicely balanced for lefties or righties, and you'll need a good selection of different shots if you want to score well. The holes tend to be shorter, but there's enough variety and elevation to keep it exciting and interesting, the lack of length isn't a major con here for me. The tee signs that are still in place are descriptive and helpful, including even the elevation change. The baskets are fairly new, and catch fairly well. The flow of the course is good enough that it's not hard to follow despite the missing tee signs.
Cons: The tees are in terrible shape, they are crushed limestone that doesn't seem to have been fully tamped down. Many of the boxes aren't in the greatest shape, so the tees are rutting out and spreading, and many have depressions that hold water. Several aren't on level ground, and it's a bit treacherous to tee off up or down hill. The tee signs are nice, but unfortunately a lot of them are missing.

There are lots of places on the course that seem to hold water, and some of them are hidden under long grass with lumpy ground, so you never know when you're going to fall through into a deep puddle. Watch your ankles walking here, there are lots of wooded areas with stumps and sticks that aren't cleared, and grassy areas that have lots of holes waiting to catch your foot. A long set of tees would be cool here, adding some challenge while keeping the fun shorter set of tees.
Other Thoughts: This is a really fun layout, and the features on the property are used really well. Unfortunately, it's not well taken care of, with bad tees, missing signs, and lots of trash and dead branches and brush laying around on fairways. Beginners might be frustrated by the more technical holes and punishing rough, though it's a nice short course that will push learning different shot shapes. More experienced players won't find it too terribly challenging, but will find lots of fun and unique holes. With some work and a set of long tees, this could easily be a great course that would be worth going way out of your way for.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 fun shorty full of elevation change

2-4    12/18/2009   12/18/2009
Review By: hognosesucker
Played: 433  Reviewed: 87  Exp: 18.5 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -The elevation changes at this little course are both extreme and abundant. Elevation changes on 14 of 18 holes ranging from slight ups and downs to extreme ups and downs. The elevation changes are marked on some of the teesigns and range from 10' to 40' over the distance of short holes (all less than 300')
-In addition to elevation, the course has many tight wooded holes, 7 for instance is an up hill shot that has to be thrown high and straight at the basket to make it through the tight line. about 1/2 the holes are heavily wooded, the other half is open.
-Decent risk/reward for a short course, if you take the risk and go for the park job on some of the longer holes, you could end up in the rough which is JAIL.
-Navigation is fairly intuitive, it's pretty tough to get turned around here.
-Ample parking, a shelter and a pit bathroom.
Cons: -My biggest con for this course is the immense amount of garbage on the looks like the locals take al their plastoc glass and aluminum and dump it on the park ground. it's seriously ridiculous, there are no garbage cans(except a dumpster at the entrance) to be seen and it looks like people don't pack any of their garbage out. I think a lot of the problem is probably not from golfers, but campers and fishermen.
-The tees here are that crushed limestone in a 6x4 box of lumber. They are seriously rutted and grass is growing on some of them.
-A lot of the teesigns have been uprooted or are missing.
-The course is just too short to pose any serious challenge, at 4100' and no holes over 280' it's pretty much a hilly, wooded pitch and putt. If 1000' were added, it would add a lot to the course.
-There are also maintenance issues here, the city is slow and infrequent to mow so it can get to be a lost disc haven in the summer.
-Steps should be added on some of the holes ie hole 4, 12, 14 because the hills are so steep and worn, it can be hazardous
The lowland holes 4-6, 16 are pretty muddy and hold water for a while after rains, just be advised,
Other Thoughts: I really like this course, and if they took care of even just the garbage issue, I'd bump the rating up, but as it is right now, it only deserves a 2.5.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Eagle Point

1    10/7/2009   10/7/2009
Review By: Brokensaint
Played: 260  Reviewed: 31  Exp: 10 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Well-utilized spaces for the most part. Although the holes are very short, the dense trees and drastically fluctuating terrain elevation compound the difficulty, keeping it interesting. Some neat pin placements.
Cons: A few holes overlap one another, so if more than one group were playing it could become dangerous. Also, a few holes are outright dangerous because of the severe angle of the slope you have to climb up/down. Frozen or muddy ground would be a real problem (especially for a casual player. It would be a deterrent for certain)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

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