Ahead Of Its Time...In 1982
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Gather round children and uncle thrembo will talk about the old days. Now remember, when this course was put in (1982) most throwers were still tossing lids (nonbeveled edge Frisbbee's mostly). We didn't have Nukes etc yet. So courses tended to be shorter and a little easier. I can see where modern players would consider this course boring or too easy and I would admit that modern nearby courses such as the Canyons offer a much more fun and challenging experience.
This course is well maintained though and does tend to grow on you the more that you play it imo.
Cons: Well, it is on the short side. I guess you could go old school and play the course with a nonbeveled edge Frisbee or with just your putter to simulate early 1980's type play.
The course is a little vanilla, but I kind of like the prairie style holes and it is a little different than most of the areas other courses.
Other Thoughts: Worth playing? Absolutely. I would recommend playing some of the other local courses first though if traveling to the area or passing through.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
I dont understand the current rating.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: The course was well kept. The grass was cut and clean fairways. The course had recieved a lot of rain and due to the design had only a little standing water. It was saturated but playable. These tpads were by far the best of any course i've played on due to the serated/ etched design shown in the pictures. Baskets were positioned elevated or with punishing drops due to retaining walls if you over threw.
Cons: BORING. Holes 3 through 18 were like the twilight zone. It was just the same formula over and over. Straight shot to a dog right or dog left with an open fairway. No complexity at all. All those trees and very few entered the field of play. You would expect a wooded course to make a drive a challenge on occasion with the addition of a 30 foot maple or a patch of brush impeding a direct drive. They just didnt use what they had to make the course even moderately difficult. Even some of the "pro" tees played easier than the close tees. The course didnt challenge even a novice player. Hole 2 was the most unique requiring you to lay up or have an exceptional over river shot at the pin. beyond that this course left much to be desired and even seemed to play short compared to others in the area. I dont understand the disc rating this course gets but at least now I can say i played it to check it out.
Other Thoughts: If you disagree with this reveiw please comment and let me know. I personally think this course has artificially inflated rating from the local club that probably helps maintain it. All negative reviews get down thumbs that is strictly against the dgcr review process. The club is jtown or something and have their name engraved into the basket at i believe hole 4 .
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Overhyped if you've played any good course
3 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: -Tee pads are very grippy. Concrete was scored soon after pouring, giving little room for even sloppy feet to skid.
-Good degree of wooded environment to take away from the community park (see what I did there?) feel.
Cons: -Taking a change of 'basket is to the left, basket is to the right' out of the equation, I feel like I was playing the same hole for about 14 of the 18 holes. There is no 'standout' hole to remember this course. I believe I said the word boring about half a dozen times during the round.
-Pars are unfathomably stupid. Thank gall for the DGCR app correcting for a hole with a 300' par 5.
-If you like airing out your arm, or even feeling like you've done more than push an elevator button, you will find pleasure extremely rarely on this course. And dont you try to call this a technical course either. Cuz you know in your heart it aint.
Other Thoughts: I was told by many, many different people (in real life even, not just yous whos going to vote me down for rating this course poorly) that this was 'the course' to really find nirvana at. 'It's got variety' they said. 'It's challenging to veteran and newbie alike' they said. 'The most interesting part wont just be the bridges you cant believe are still standing on this decrepit yawnfest' they.. well, hinted.
If you have been to any, and I mean any, of the somewhat surrounding great parks- West Park, Dellwood 'Canyons' Park, hell even Oswego/Eagle Ridge (even after all the trees have been cut down), I cannot fathom how someone would call this course good, exceptional, or even worth their time.
If it were in my backyard, I might play it occasionally. But we made an actual destination of almost an hour, bypassing many other good courses, to see what the mythos was about. And we were left wanting. So much so, we played Shorewood afterward and had a significantly better time.
End point: I can tell this is an old course, and that's fine. I can tell this course hasn't had love in a long time, and that's fine. This course is not conveniently located for most, and that's also fine. But why oh why does anybody who actually know what a good course looks like actually think this place is worth praise- let alone 4/5 rating? Well, I guess we cant know the answer to everything. *Steps down from soapbox.*
3 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 7 Not
Pros: Groomed. Challenging (especially for a relatively short course)
Cons: Similar hole lengths throughout, about 250ft
Other Thoughts: I would be very happy if this were my home course. (but, I traveled 75 minutes to get there and from the reviews expected a little more variety, etc. )
1 of 8 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Great Course for all Levels
Pros: - Easy to get to
- Long and Short Concrete Teepads on a lot of the holes. The tees are also rakes really nicely and have a bunch of grip on them. I really like them.
- Some very nicely built structures on the course to make the course safer and to make some of the holes a bit more challenging and fun to play.
- Has its fair share of open and wooded holes. With pretty much every hole having trees to compete with somewhere along the line.
- Pretty Easy to navigate. A few of the long positions can be missed but they arent hard to find.
- Majority of the holes are on the medium to short side. So there are a lot of birdies out there but at the same time on a lot of the holes you can get into a lot of trouble so those birdies can easily be bogeys
- There are a few long holes here but they do have a bit of trees to contend with so even the bigger arms dont have too much of an advantage
- On site facilities for bathroom and water.
- Has a decent sized parking lot. If there was ever a bigger tournament here I could see that being an issue but its not bad.
Cons: - Not too many places to open up you arm and trhow which is a good thing.
- Theres not too much elevation here but the little bit that is here is used well.
- There are some spots on the course that do not seem to drain well so there can be some pretty sloppy spots.
- There arent really any holes out there where you look at it and dont know what to do.Everything is pretty straight forward with a couple of options and doesnt tax your brain too much.
Other Thoughts: Reminds me a lot of courses back home in WI. Plenty of woods with enough of it open to give defining fairways makes it a lot of fun to play. I suggest this course to anyone looking for a new course to play.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Loved the elevated baskets. Nice short course. well taken care of.
Cons: If you like to really air out your shots, this is not the course for you. Did see a 3ft garter snake on hole 13. I personally don't like the baskets at this course. This is just a personal thing though.
Other Thoughts: Great course overall nice flow but very short.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Courses like this are how we grow the game
Pros: Fun and interesting course plays through a section of a quiet community park that's relatively isolated from other park activities. Starts and ends in a large in a clearing off of the woods, giving you a chance to warm up before venturing into the woods for some shot shaping.
• Disc Play: Well balanced variety with a nice selection of semi-open and moderately to fairly well wooded holes of various shapes and lengths; annies, hyzers, straight, some suitable for spike hyzers.
+ Mosty flat, but makes the most of the available topography with a few holes presenting mild but significant elevation changes from tee to pin. Several baskets near drop-offs plus an elevated basket create some risk/reward opportunities.
+ Distances are a bit on the short side (even from the longs tees), with most fairways rewarding placement more than distance. While there aren't any monster length "grip'n' rip" holes, there are a few where players who throw 350-400 ft with accuracy can set up birdie opportunities that noodle arms will never get to see.
+ The rough gets thick in spots, punishing fairly for leaving the fairway, but even the more challenging fairways are quite executable.
• Aesthetics: Pleasant park setting is very clean and easy on the eyes. Landscaping stones prevent soil erosion around many of the roll-away greens give the course a cleaner, more cared for look. Course is well maintained and it shows.
• Equipment: Spacious, raked concrete tees are grippy and have an arrow in front of them indicating the direction of play. Tee signs show hole layout, #, and distance and relative positions for both tees (where applicable), but only present at the short tee (IIRC). Baskets are old DGA's, but still in good shape and catch well.
• Navigation: Between painted spokes on the baskets (white points to shorts, blue points to long), well -worn paths, and tee signs, you won't find too many courses that are easier to get around. You can print the map, but we didn't need it.
• Memorable holes: Starts with a fun open shot over a marsh where you have to avoid a menacing tree if you hope to card a deuce. Love the pin treatment on #2.
Cons: Way more right than there is wrong:
• Poison Ivy (specifically in the rough on the left side of #7).
• Plenty of low lying spots that retain water - I wouldn't recommend playing here the day after it rains.
• Longs should provide more challenge for better players.
Other Thoughts: Channy's a really fun course that's well cared for. Nothing here will knock your socks off, but if you appreciate a course that's well conceived, executed and maintained, you'll really enjoy playing here.
Particularly well suited to Novice, Rec, and Intermediate players, I don't think there's quite enough to challenge Advanced players. Not to say better players won't have fun here, but IMHO, that makes it better for casual rounds than tournament play.
I particularly like what they did with the pins on holes 2, 4, and 14. Joliet seems to have some of the best courses in Chicagoland, and this is definitely worth a visit if you're in the vicinity.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Beautiful course with great upkeep
- Many fun holes requiring a variety of shots
- Good equipment throughout, from teepads and baskets, to the signage and benches
- Good flow and pace throughout
Cons: - The course is mostly flat and offers very little challenge through elevation
- Can flood after significant rain and get quite muddy/soggy after more moderate showers
Other Thoughts: I went back and forth between giving this course a 3.5 or 4.0 disc rating. The lack of elevation, and general lack of challenge during many parts of this course due to wider fairways was making me lean towards the lower score. However, what this course lacks in general challenge, it more than makes up for by being incredibly fun to play.
The course is not overly punishing, and most of the fairways are narrow enough to force you to hit a line, but wide enough to be somewhat forgiving of less than perfect shots.
The cut stones built up around holes 11 and 12 make for interesting greens, and are one of several instances of the course making the most out of the limited elevation.
While in general navigation on this course is straightforward, if you are not paying attention to the marked stripes on the baskets indicating the direction to the next hole, there are a couple of chances to get turned around, like going from 12 to 13.
While you should not expect a terribly challenging round of golf at Channahon, even from the long tees, I guarantee you will have a fun round at an excellently manicured park.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Aesthetic-- multi use park set in the "burbs" of chicago (kind of a burb of joliet actually), the disc golf areas are almost disc golf exclusive. plays along some back yard fences in the back but never really in play.
Tees- oh. my. god. the tees here are awesome. dual tees with "siped" surfaces to ensure good grip even when wet. short tees have signage, long tees do not (unless same as short tees)
Baskets- old but in good repair. no issues identified when I was there.
Upkeep- Immaculate. the landscaping through this course is impressive to say the least. many retaining walls, "garden-like" areas, and thoroughly maintained pathways through the low areas.
variety/risk v reward- there is a little of everything here. left, right, short, long, a great variety. pin placement here is great in some places and meh in others. some of the man made elevated tees are placed with significant rollaway potential.
Signage-- beautiful signs here. not sure if all of the distances are accurate however. some holes feel significanly shorter than listed.
Routing and Nav-- so so easy. follow the painted tines and the immaculte pathways and you surely won't get lost!!
Cons: Wet- I get that this is an uncontrollable but the course was super wet when I was there and a lot of the lower areas were flooded (minimally).
Challenge- I will agree with the previous reviewer there are a lot of holes here that you feel like should be "twoable" there aren't any holes you look at and just say "holy shit, what am I going to do here?"
Other Thoughts: ol grimey does good work! :)
I think I saw him today, had an ice bowl hoodie on and was ridin' around on a gator
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Fun, well maintained
Pros: I've only gotten the opportunity to play this course twice, but I really really like it!!! It is by no means an overly difficult one, but it is PERFECT for practicing hitting different lines and trying out new shots. It seemed like every hole was one that I thought I should get a two on (or at least that SOMEONE should get a two on!) but the course definitely will make sure you hit the right shot in order to do that.
The disc golf course at Community Park felt very isolated from the rest of the park, which had playgrounds, bike trails, and other fun stuff. I didn't have to worry about hitting other park users and I felt very much like I was going on a scenic nature hike.
In addition, the course seems to be very well maintained. There were man-made greens, STURDY bridges, perfect signs, and a few of the holes even had two sets of teepads. It is encouraging and inspiring to see so much visible effort in keeping the course in tiptop shape :)
Cons: Only a couple of these:
*The park is pretty much as flat as a pancake. Fortunately, the scant elevation here is utilized and there is even some man-made elevation that makes things a bit more interesting.
*Hole 4 (I think?) looked like it had a cool basket but the last time I was there it had a garbage bag over it and the ground around it was roped off. Instead, there was I guess a temporary hole that was planted like 200' in front of the teepad without any obstacles whatsoever... whats more it had a "6" on it so I didn't know if I should throw at it or if it was part of another hole! There should be mention of this strange setup on the sign, but I didn't see any :(
*I always make the argument that more challenge does not necessarily imply a better course, but perhaps a teeeensy-bit more challenge here could be useful... though I wouldn't want this to come at the expense of the "fun factor" that is all over this course! The long teepads attempt to address this issue, but they are not quite enough, and they are not present on every hole.
Other Thoughts: Overall, a great course and one you should go out of your way to check out.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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