Mediocre Rec Course
Pros: There are not many good things to say about this course but I will try to pick out a few Pros.
Most of the holes offered a variety of lines to choose from.
It is an excellent beginner course. The distances are good for beginners but nothing to challenge a bigger arm. Experienced players will not be pulling anything more than a mid-range out of their bags.
Cons: Oh man. Where to start.
As is often the case with older courses the designated pars are inconsistent and in two cases generous.
The tee pads are too short for a decent run up. This is not a major issue given the shortness of the holes. While the signs do face a variety of directions as mentioned in a previous review, they are all placed in the rear corner of the tee pad so it is very clear which direction you are throwing.
The sign for hole 8 is missing, making it difficult to find.
Hole 9 has a single line going over an area of shrubs and small trees that have become so overgrown that there is no way to go through them or over them.
It is very difficult to find hole 7 after completing hole 6. It is quite a walk around the lake to get to the next tee pad with no real signage to direct you.
Other Thoughts: All in all, this was clearly designed as a recreational course for new and casual players. It appears to havw not received much in the way of maintenance over the years. It could still be a fun course to come out and play to work on and develop specific skills. It is definitely not a destination course or a course to go out of your way to visit.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun little college course
Pros: The course plays in a grassy area around a small pond. There are some minor elevation changes that are used well to make the course a little more interesting. Most holes have several trees in play so they're not just straightforward shots, and hole 9 uses some thicker woods to make a bit of a tunnel shot from the tee. There is a nice mix of hole lengths from short ace runs to a 400' hole where you can throw a long drive.
The property is nicely maintained, with mowed grass and well cleared paths and fairway where the course goes into the small area of woods. There are nice concrete tees, and great signs that show the hole map and distance (down to hundredths of feet?). There is a course map at the first tee, take a look at it to see the one place where the flow of the course isn't immediately obvious and you have to walk past the pond to get to the next tee.
Cons: The space available is pretty wide open, even with the trees used well most holes still offer easy hyzer routes so you aren't forced to throw many different shots. Despite one or two longer holes, the rest of the course is all ace runs for more experienced players, and doesn't offer much challenge. The tee signs are placed right on the tees, which makes for some awkward tee shots and some places where you have to be careful not to smack the sign while driving. The water could be used better, it doesn't really come into play and could have been a cool course feature.
Other Thoughts: This is a great college course. It's designed at a great level for students to try the sport without getting frustrated, and I love to see courses like this exposing new players. For beginners, this is a great course, with limited punishment for errant shots, reasonable lengths, and enough trees that newer players will have to try some different shots. More experienced players won't find any challenge or variety here to keep them coming back. There is potential for long tees or safari layouts that make challenging and interesting holes, especially bringing the pond into play.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Better than nothing
Pros: I liked the peaceful look of this course. I didn't see another soul while playing, and the landscaping is kept up rather nicely. The pond, although not an obstacle, is at least pretty.
There are a few elevation changes that are nice. Some of the trees are really in the way. There aren't many low branches, but the trees are tall enough that it is really hard to go over. I ended up kneeling for two of my approaches.
There are sign with maps at each hole. They do tend to get in the way of the running path when driving, but they weren't much of a problem for me.
Cons: -Very few long holes. Almost everything is par 3.
-Tree placement is rather uninteresting. Adding the course was clearly an afterthought.
-Giant burn pile near hole 9 can eat discs. My friend lost one.
-No alternate tees.
Other Thoughts: The course doesn't take long, so I imagine that a lot of students will run it right after class. The only person I saw at the course, though, was another traveler from Champaign.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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