4 Helpful / 0 Not
The NEW West Park???
**Kudos to Gary Lewis for his creative use of what I heard was on old dumping ground for the locals.
**The course is laid out in two 9 hole loops back to the parking lot, I like that quite a bit in a course...
**2 HUGE thumbs up, and, my personal THANKS :-) to whoever built all of those stairs (J-Town Disc Golf?). My back is killing me just thinking about it...
**Nice, basic, signs to get you throwing in the right direction.
**Risk vs. Reward is a huge factor on this course. Go for it and you might be 50 feet down the ravine behind the hole???...
**Several baskets on, or, very near steep drop offs. Even errant putts could end up 30+ feet away on some holes.
**Love the shots over the ravines, tougher to judge the distance for sure.
**#12 is a FUN downhill Ace-Run...
**#13 with all of the park benches???
**The Baskets...Old DGA Mach 1s upgraded with an extra set of chains. It's a little unnerving staring down those shallow trays ;-)
**Pretty muddy when we were there. Looks like the forested sections hold water for a while.
Other Thoughts: .
This course seems like a win, win situation for everyone...
It's went from a dumping ground and hangout for miscreants, to a super nice challenging DG course.
I'll be back to play this one again FOR SURE
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 14 Not
Awesome and hard
Pros: This is a challenging and great course! Long open field holes with short and long challenging wooded holes. Very well maintained. IL plays its championship tournaments here.
Cons: Can be muddy, the road to the parking lot is really messed up. Can be a very buggy course. Give yourself an hour to play here. Leaves in the fall make finding your disc a pain.
0 of 14 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 8 Not
In the jungle...
Pros: -New course in an old park.
-A long 18 hole course
-Every hole poses as a challenge
Cons: -Watch your disc!
-Not the best park of town.
-Street/Parking lot not best condition
Other Thoughts: A must play course! Close to West Park and New Lenox Disc Park,
0 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
Wet and Wild
Pros: A very challenging course with lots of length variation and plenty of trees to punish a poor line or errant throw. A lot of the pin placements will really punish you if you push the disc past the pin. It can be an exercise in masochism if you're new to the game (like me!) and aren't careful about what you're doing, but that is a good thing.
Cons: As others have mentioned, the baskets don't catch all that well, so good to great puts might bounce off of the pole or just not catch. That's about all I can think of really. Of the 6 courses I've played, this one is easily the best.
Other Thoughts: Be careful when it has recently rained. I was playing in the rain today and footing on the slopes was pretty treacherous. Stay on the fairway and you'll get to use the fancy stairs!
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
14 Helpful / 0 Not
Cue the bagpipes.
Pros: Highland Park is a solid course. It varies from some tight, wooded shots to some lightly wooded park-type shots. The combination of open and tight holes keeps things varied and interesting. It has good variety in the hole distances, and the long blue shots top out at reasonable distances (there was no padding the overall course distance with long for long sake 800' shots.) The tees are good, the signs are good and navigation is not a problem. The course loops so you go back by your car after hole #9, which is always nice. The course has good elevation changes that are used for some fun elevated tee shots, tough uphill shots and treacherous pin placements that punish a blow-by. The overall package comes together in a challenging course that is still a lot of fun to play.
Cons: Most of the baskets are old rehabbed single chain DGA Mach I baskets with shallow baskets attachments. They had double chain attachments added, but they still don't catch well. With a lot of treacherous pin placements where you can really get bit by a roll away, it would be nice if they had decent catching baskets.
There is not a lot of O.B. here other than the park roads. Except for a couple of holes, the roads really don't come into play unless you screw up royally. There are no creeks or water to speak of. It's not really a con in my book, since the course is challenging without a lot of gimmicky O.B. Some people really are not happy unless a course has someplace for them to lose their plastic in the water, though.
Other Thoughts: The park itself is somewhat interesting in that it is a decaying old relic of a park that seems to have been abandoned at some point. There is a terrible old road pocked with potholes that you throw over three times, and there is a crazy place where there are a bunch of supports for long-removed benches in a circle near a basket. There is also a weird looking abandoned bridge abutment and some other things that can give the park a creepy Blair Witch vibe if you are back there alone. The fact that the course get a lot of traffic helps with that.
Because the park seems to be largely abandoned other than the disc golf course, the road leading to the parking lot is a mess of potholes and I really wouldn't hold my breath waiting for that to be fixed.
I lived in the Chicago area in the early 00's and the lack of good courses was a big issue. I was always amazed that the sport was growing as fast as it was on those terrible, flat 9-hole pitch and putts. Highland is a course the area can be proud of, something that the golfers in that area have needed for a long time.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 3 Not
Best in the area
Pros: Highland Park has all of the basics of a very nice course: great variety of shot-types, distances, and challenges for different skill levels. In addition, you'll find a few more memorable holes such as 'stonehenge' and the super fun downhill floaters. Multiple tees which are downright swanky compared to the usual skinny concrete, crushed limestone, or plain old dirt tees usually found in the Chicago area. Several holes offer choices off the tee which each have relative positives and drawbacks - I won't go so far as to call most of these 'risk-reward' because none that I can think of actually incorporate meaningful risk but there are opportunities to select routes that play to the individual's strengths.
Cons: The main con's I have about this course are several tweener length par 3/4 holes which are very, very unlikely '2's for most but at the same time, very easy '3's. Holes like #4 which is listed as 575 from the blue tees (and a par '3'?) need both a huge drive under a fairly low canopy of trees AND to miss lots of trees along the way - for the average pro, this is probably a 1/100 shot or less. Several 4's will be carded but the vast majority of scores will be an 'okay' drive and decent up-and-down three.
Other Thoughts: How awesome is it that some of the new wider Chicagoland area courses are starting to expand beyond simple pitch'n'putt? Very awesome. We've still got a long way to go but Highland Park is pushing those borders a little bit further towards holistic designs which incorporate a variety of distances, shot-types, and a mix of par 3/4's (even if they aren't yet labeled as such).
12 of 15 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Awesome Technical Course
Pros: There were a lot of great things about this course, the first of which was ample signage, you always knew where to go for the next hole, how far it was and what it looked like. The concrete tees here were more than large enough for the distances considering I take long strides and always had plenty of room. The holes here tested all sorts of shots from hyzer to anhyzer, there were even some holes for flex shots as well. The baskets were generally easy to spot from the tee, only on a few holes to you have to walk forward a little to see them. STAIRS! This course has an abundance of stairs on the hills which is always nice.
Cons: Some of the fairways on the front seemed to have drain issues which made them very very muddy. While the baskets are nice and in great shape I believe they are the older Mach I series baskets that have a shallow basket area, I don't why they didn't go for a better basket for this beautiful course. The parking area really really stunk here, it is half gravel lot half open grass parking.
Other Thoughts: On one of the holes the basket has actually been stolen and not replaced yet, I didn't count this against the course because these are sometimes hard to sell to the parks department to replace. A few more concrete pads on some of the shorter tee pads would also be nice and probably open the course up to more skill levels as well. Last thing I have to mention is when you are entering the park, proceed slowly as they is a very very large pot hole and the road narrows which can make it tight when you have two care traveling it at the same time.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
A challenge for everyone.
Pros: Where to start. This course will even challenge great players. Your going to need every shot in the bag to shoot good here. Ohs, rollers, anny, turnover, skip shots, the list goes on.
-Nice, long concrete teepads that offer great footing and more length than many.
-Multiple sets off tees offer added distance and change up some holes drastically. (15,11,12 & 4 come to mind)
-Some great elevation changes for most courses around this area which are mainly flat.
-A couple shots across ravines which offer great shots, and add some extra OB to this already tough course.
-Great flow which begins at the parking lot, ends through nine there and starts the second half in the same spot. So if its crowded you dont have to travel far to start on the back 9 instead.
-Great signs with multiple distances and specific hole names.
-Good amount of garbage cans and spots to take a seat a relax throughout the round.
-Good risk/reward holes where make you think twice before going for it.
-Well placed pin postions, some which are right at the edge of huge dropoffs that could send your putt rolling 50+ feet away.
Cons: -Has no water holes.
-Some of the rough is really think and could be trimmed down a little especially around teepad 11.
-The road leading into this course can tear you car up, but this does not really affect the course rating, but it would be nice if they fixed it up.
-Baskets are the old west park ones and not in the best shape but still arent the worst ive seen.
Other Thoughts: This park has come a long way over the past couple years that it has been installed. It was a garbage dump when it opened and has started to improve vastly. Adding concrete tees definatly has helped this course get a rating boost from me. This course has some of the best variety and elevation in the area and I would not hesitate to play if you are in the area. Hell, its even worth a decent drive. And considering all the other courses in the joliet area makes for a great day of dg.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 4 Not
Highland - Joilets hidden treasure
Pros: - Combo of heavily wooded and open field shots
- Many signature holes
-Wraps around to the parking ot after 9 holes
-Long holes let you throw with all your power
- A few hyzer shots to keep you honest
- Few hidden basket shots
-All holes have new concrete tees and signs
- Easy to get to off the highway
- Not very well kown in the subarbs so its rarly crowded
- Sharp dropoffs on many holes make for hard shots
- Stairs so you dont have to shimmy down the hills
Cons: -Missing basket on hole 15
- Sharp drop offs can mean lost discs.
- Throwing over a road on one hole.
-Not very desriptive signs
-a little repetitive
Other Thoughts: Just found out about this course in the end of the season last year. I had a lot of fun there. Will be one of my most visited in 2011
4 of 8 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Highland Park consists of mature woodland, open grassy areas, and patches of trees and brush. Many of the holes provide epic discing opportunities, with a great variety of hole types throughout. Open, heavily wooded, right, left, up, down, for a course not far from the city, this course has a wealth of terrain and line shaping opportunities for even experienced discers.
- Outstanding new concrete tees: level, brushed, and plenty wide and long. Great signs show all sets of tees as well as the hole layout. Red/White/Blue tees make the course playable and enjoyable for all levels of experience and ability. Some tees are combined on the shorter holes, but all are easily located.
- Outstanding use of elevation: several ravines provide great shot selection throughout the course. Pin placements don't necessarily take advantage of the elevation by threatening rollaways, but other than that the elevation is masterfully implemented into the design. One hole throws from one side of the ravine to the other, and another has a short downhill ace run through trees. Stairs make otherwise risky slopes a snap to traverse.
- The parking lot is centrally located, allowing easy access to either the front or back nine in case of crowded conditions. Also easy to hit up your car for snacks, water, etc. during a round.
Cons: - Some holes are close to roadways or incorporate roads as part of the fairway. Traffic isn't much of an issue but the paved surfaces can be a bit rough on your discs.
- The course can get a bit on the crowded side, but that is more a testimony to Highland's awesomeness rather than a knock against it. Also, being able to easily start on either the front or back nine really helps alleviate this issue.
Other Thoughts: - Probably the gold standard of all Chicago/Joliet area courses.
- The stone bench supports surrounding the basket on one of the holes that runs through the middle of the woods add a somewhat surrealistic atmosphere to the hole. Definitely not something you see everyday.
- Some holes have descriptive names on wooden signs that add to the flavor of this course.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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