What a course!!
Pros: Start with the usual: great concrete pads, excellent signage, good flow to the course.
Mix in lots of elevation use, (and I thought Effingham was flat!!) great number of mature trees used wisely, as well as newly planted trees in a few fairways, indicating eye toward the future.
Varied lengths from a couple of short teasers, to 6 baskets over 350 feet out (one 525, one 425, one 400)
Starts out with a teaser 165 with solid tree protection, double that distance to 330 on #2, and a stretch to the 525 footer on #3.... and kept on going from there!!
Couple of memorable holes:
#5 Another short 168 tease with tree protection..
#8 top of the world throw to a basket with tree line on left and walking path as OB on right
#9 & #18 share a "V" tee pad throwing uphill with #9
needed right hand bend, while #18 is straight up the hill.
While there are a couple of blind holes, they are marked with a tall pole with a flag giving you an idea where the hole is at.
Signature hole: #15 As you walk from basket #14 to Tee #15 you view the panorama of a beautiful span of rock walls supporting flowers and the like (words don't do it justice!). The walls span about 2/3 of the right side of the 15th fairway.
Cons: The only con in my book is that there are numerous places where the throws cross walking paths. That said, there are several signs warning the pedestrians that this is a disc golf area.
Other Thoughts: Was course #1 of 5 on an Eastern Illinois trip and of course this was the best of the lot making the other 4 pale in comparison.
I am generally noted as a stingy rater and I gave this one a "4". Having now played over 180 courses this one goes in my top 5. It was a fun course from start to finish. Worth the drive for this one alone.....
Add Teutopolis and Peterson course down south in Newton and you have a nice trifecta... but do Effingham last!!
Great Park Course/Executive PAR 3
Pros: Love the many mandos and ob's. Makes for a tight not so wide open course. Elevation changes are good. Brand new signs, w/ bag hooks on the posts. Nice long tee pads and good bridges over ditches. White rock and or cedar mulch around the baskets takes away all that mud around the baskets. Course seems to drain well too after rains. W/ just the "sledding" hills being the only real places I lost footings. You can tell the grounds are taken care of well by the park staff...makes for an enjoyable round
Cons: Old baskets = lots of spit outs :( Course does come close to playgrounds a few of the back 9 holes.
Other Thoughts: get new baskets!!! Great for beginners and more advanced players
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Great course to learn the game
Pros: There are many different tee pads to give 18 holes play different almost every time it's played.
Cons: The course is hard to navigate for people that havent played there before.
The hill on hole 6 is dangerous if it has rained recently.
Other Thoughts: It is a fun course to play if your stopping through town.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Concrete tee pads, elevation changes, lenghthened holes.
Cons: a few holes are a little short, but are necessary to accomidate course flow.
Other Thoughts: Within the last two years there have been several changes to this course. There are concrete tee pads on every hole, but some alternate tee pads are still crushed limestone. #3 has been stretched out to 500' from the long tee, #4 basket has been moved, #5 is a short hole but a 2 is useful on the front 9 as it is more difficult than the back 9. #6 has been lenghthened to around 400'. #7 has an alternate tee pad across the creek. #10 basket was moved to 280', #11 moved to 350', #12 moved to 300', #14 moved to create a more challenging tee shot with a fast green. #15 is stretched out to 400'. Overall the course plays with more challenges than the past, longer holes are a nice change and when playing the roads and rope fence as out of bounds it can be even more challenging as numerous fairways squeeze down to 30 or 40 feet wide in landing zones. Still plays as all par 3's, except #3 from the long tee, plays to a 4. If you can deuce #2 it is rare. The course has been made better by the locals with a lot of cooperation of the parks dept. who have been very accomidating to our requests. There will be more tournaments played there as the first C tier is scheduled for July 2011.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: This course is fun. If you enjoy aceable holes then this is your course. Also you get to throw putters and midranges which is kind of nice. I am a power player, but I love this course.
Cons: Tee pads are gravel/dirt and get a little lopsided at times.
Other Thoughts: My homecourse is superlong so it is a nice break from that. If your looking for a challenge then it may not be your course. But if your looking for a fun relaxed time and some possible aces then this is your course.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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