Great Rec Level Course
7 Helpful / 0 Not
- Well maintained park with many additional amenities
- Fun course is entertaining for multiple skill levels with a variety of challenges and types of fairways
- Good baskets, tee pads, and signs
- A few layout issues resulting in mild conflicts between fairways and roads/parking lots and baskets and tee pads
- Skews slightly short and open limiting challenge for more advanced players
- Could be confusing to get to your first time out
Other Thoughts: Randal Oaks is a great recreational level course that makes good use of the space allotted. I admire courses that don't try and force in or leave out fairways to conform to the standard 9, 18, or 27 hole layout. The 10 holes here provide a good amount of variety while being fun to play for multiple skill levels. During my round I was also informed by members of the local Lucky Shots disc golf club that there is an additional 18 hole layout developed by the club that is available on UDisc if you have the time and the course is empty enough to allow some safari type golf.
There is a nice spread of fairway distances ranging from just under 200' to over 400'. There are a handful of moderately wooded fairways (though the course is mostly open) that require some mild shot shaping, but the stand out feature is the elevation used on half of the holes. There are some fairly significant hills (at least for Illinois) that you will be throwing up, down, and across, with a few baskets placed on greens with considerable rollaway potential. This course has enough challenge and variety to entertain more experienced players hunting for birdies, while being approachable enough not to turn away newer players. Holes 3, 4, and 9 were the standouts to me, making good use of both elevation and trees to force some shot shaping.
There are a few layout issues at this course. There are a couple places where pads and baskets are a little too close to each other, but generally the course is well spaced. Hole 3 is a great shot, but there is a very real chance of your shot going over the fence into the ball golf course on the left, or finding the parking lot on the right. The drive on Hole 5 crosses a road and walking path, while playing parallel to another road.
The DISCatcher baskets are aging but still catch well, the paver tee pads are very nice, and the tee signs are simple but effective. The sign for Hole 3 was missing during my visit, making finding the pad the only real navigational difficulty of the round for me. It is slightly confusing getting to the course in the first place as you have to drive through the parking lot for the zoo, and go down what sort of feels like a private access road to the right (north) that then takes you south around the zoo and along the ball golf course, past a playground, past another parking lot, until you finally get to a final parking lot near Hole 1 and the course map.
This is a nice, well maintained course that I wish I lived closer to. There are additional amenities that I have already mentioned like a petting zoo with games and a playground that could really make this a great destination for an inexpensive family day out. The course itself is well worth bagging if you are in the area, if not something to go out of your way to travel a great distance for. I stopped by after a trip to More Brewing Company just down the road in Huntley, and definitely hope to make it back to both locations in the near future.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Pros: Well laid out and easy course to play. Not to challenging for a 10 hole course.
Cons: If unfamiliar with course and layout, tricky to find parking lot to play the course due to poor signage.
Holes #3 & #5 have no sign.
Other Thoughts: Could've added a few more holes considering the layout of the course.
A fun course!
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course is part of a larger park that is well maintained. The fairways are all soft grass and makes playing in flip flops very nice. The holes vary in length, and skill. Some nice easy shots, and some more challenging ones, and some with really good distance throws. Some sun, some shade.
Cons: One of the baskets is close to another starting point. This is hole 5 and 8. There isn't a clearly designated tee for hole 3. The other holes have posts with markers, but 3 just has the tee.
Other Thoughts: I will definitely go to this course more often.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
FUN! As a smaller course should be.
Pros: - FUN! My biggest pro for this course is the ever-elusive and indescribable fun factor a course can have.
- Sprawling park setting, with lots of shelters and equipment and things to do.
- Great elevation usage! Not many shorter courses have (or use) this luxury.
- Very intentional course design, with a handful of different types of holes. L-R and R-L holes both, along with a handful of open.
- Good layout and navigation on this course. Signage is great, simple but as much as necessary.
- Kiosk at the parking lot with a map posted makes it easy to map out the whole course while standing in a central location.
- Solid paver teepads, a nice touch for a course of this size. Baskets all installed really well, with a largish concrete mounting pad. These won't be getting knocked over or start leaning anytime soon.
- #3 - The elevation of the course first comes into play here. Great looking downhill L-to-R hole that drives over a little valley of sorts.
- #4 - Great uphill hole. A few trees to force a line - 255' that plays like 300.
- #9 - This hole plays alongside and up a hill. You just don't see hole designs like this very often. Long-ish, uphill, and a difficult fairway to land and stay on if you don't match your disc flight right. Very appreciative of this hole.
- #10 - A good finishing hole for a course like this. Scenic, downhill & shorter, and most of all: fun.
Cons: - Some holes are close to one another, and may have a little overlap. #9 basket and #8 tee are close to each other.
- Roads do come into play, but low amounts of traffic make it moot. Just watch out.
- #5 - this is the open hole that I could probably do without. Purposeful putting location though, with roll-away potential.
Other Thoughts: - #7 - Really neither a pro or con, but this is the air it out hole. 420' that plays 440', gradually uphill.
- Probably one too many wide open holes, but considering the space available, I thought it was well done. And who doesn't like to let 'er rip once in a while?
- As stated before, fun factor pushes this course up another .5 for me.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Rad Chicago 9'er!
Pros: I get to call Randall Oaks at Chicago 9'er even though it's technically a Chicago 10'er. I think most Chicagoland players will be OK with the label.
This lovely park is a bustling, popular beehive of activity with just a little bit of everything, even including a small zoo. Even with the park's popularity, the day I played, I mostly had the course to myself.
The course is very well marked with directional signs, brand new tee pads and simple tee posts which give just the hole #, par and distance. The baskets are Discatchers with the yellow band. The course plays as an easy recreational level, beginners will enjoy their round here, as well. It's way too tame for intermediate players looking for any challenge. I think the main attraction of this course is it's just such a beautiful little well kept park and has a few really pretty simple little holes. Combine this with low stress and little chance of losing a disc and it's just a fun little throw.
# 1 is a very pretty short, 245', slightly downhill hyser throw through the trees. # 3 is a very pretty 280' slight downhill with a fairly narrow window.
But # 6 and # 10 were my favorite holes. I'd call them both the signature holes on this course. # 6 is a 303' anhyser throw to a basket with rusting chains and # 10 is just an easy little 210' ACE run (Please don't sign the basket when you ACE this hole-We're not that impressed).
Cons: Totally recreational distance and challenge.
I can understand the problem of having to share this park with the public.
Other Thoughts: I think we're missing a unique opportunity on # 5. Instead of having a boring run of the mill basket there, the target should be Disc Golf's largest target anywhere, the giant water tower. It would be this course's legacy. And hitting the water tower would also make a lovely, musical sound that would resonate through the park.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 10 Not
Go somewhere else
Pros: Open shots on some holes that would be good for beginners.
Cons: Fairway along a barbed wire fence.
Hole on hill with fenced in water tower behind it by about 20-40ft.
Other Thoughts: Why on earth is it 10 holes? I had to look it up here after we finished 10 just to make sure that there weren't anymore holes since having 10 holes is just ridiculous. They could have easily made it an 18 hole course since it was clear they already showed no restraint for mushing some of the holes together.
1 of 11 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Randall Oaks is a solid course and was very fun to play. The course features some nice elevation as well as a mix of wooded/open holes. Hole 3 was a great signature hole featuring a downhill finesse shot through the trees. I love shots like that. I also liked one of the later holes (maybe hole 5?) whose pin was perched right on top of a steep mound thing. The mound made the green play very fast and "parking" it next to the hole was tricky. The last hole was also a very fun one... another downhill wooded shot.
The park around Randall Oaks seemed to have a million things to do. There was a small zoo, picnic shelters, a pool (?), and maybe even tennis (?) I don't remember exactly, but this really seemed like the place to be, especially if travelling with family.
The course itself seemed pretty well kept, with very helpful signs directing the way (otherwise navigation would have been impossible).
Cons: The most obvious "con" to this course was that it was not at all isolated from the rest of the park. As mentioned, it was an awesome park with lots to do, so naturally it attracts a lot of people. Unfortunately, the course brought other park users into play pretty regularly, which is not fun/safe for anyone. Additionally, a lot of the course was quite cramped leading to several of the hole being right next to one another.
In addition to the safety/isolation issues, I also found some of the holes to be a bit bland. Hole two was a little putter shot that was very easy and one of the later holes was a weird dogleg that was completely blind with a busy road right behind the pin... not a fan.
Other Thoughts: While not very challenging, there was plenty of interesting disc golf here, so Randall Oaks is a great place to bring a newer or less serious player.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Open and Awesome
Pros: -Brick tees make for great drives
-Wide open shots
-Nice for practicing shots/techniques
-Next hole markers
Cons: -Not too many technically challenging holes
Other Thoughts: This course is great for beginners and intermediates looking to have a fun time on the course and learn without losing a disc or getting punished by thorns and prickers. Love this place!
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: -Great use of what land they have
-lots of elevation changes
-holes for lefty n righty forehand and backhand
-the hole 10 is a glory hole and a nice tiebreaker hole or closet to the pin
-nice dis catcher baskets
-hole 6 is a nice hole to learn big annhzyers
Cons: Couple holes are really short but that's about it
Other Thoughts: Fun little course if you live close by and wanna get a quick game in
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: -This course has a lot of variety on the holes.
-Nice paver brick tees.
-A couple large uphill shoots protected by trees.
-Good for beginners, presents some good control challenges.
-A few wide open holes so that you can really rip it.
Cons: Did not experience any.
0 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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