0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: well maintained
could be played in any season
Cons: not many
a bit short
Other Thoughts: This course is very well maintained. The Mundelein Park District did a great job fixing the tee boxes and maintaining the course this year! This is a course where each hole with few exceptions is almost a tunnel through vegetation and when the trees and bushes framing most of the shots are not maintained, it is next to impossible to play. The local park district is very responsive and they understand the sport of disc golf which makes all the difference. Also, they are entertaining the idea of expanding the course to 18 holes, which would be a great addition for the area.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: nice variety of shots with great scenery; good for beginners/intermediate players
Cons: The rough is quite brutal in spots; wear pants
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Lost for words
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Hidden short course in Mundelein. Not to challenging for beginners if one doesn't mind a short walk to #1 tee,
Cons: Bit of a walk to #1.
Seems like course was crammed into the smallest section of park.
Fairways seem narrow and easy to lose disc in brush.
Other Thoughts: Fremont School or Leo Leathers Park are better courses to play in Mundelein.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Fun enough but don't travel to play it
5 Helpful / 0 Not
- well maintained, especially in terms of woodchips to keep mud down
- very quick, easy play if you want something casual
- easy navigation
- nicely defined fairways on most holes
- baskets are generally in good shape
- nice, quick walk through a natural setting if you just want to be outdoors
- rubber tees are just ok, and some are in bad shape
- course signage is just ok
- really not very challenging
- minimal elevation change on most holes
- some rough is very thick if you do lose a disc
- long walk to Hole 1
- definitely wet/muddy at some points when it has been rainy
I have to say I did have fun on this course, despite it being nothing special. I didn't hear a soul the whole time I was there, which honestly is nice sometimes. For the minimal traffic this course seems to get it is very well maintained - grass is mowed, fairways well defined, woodchips to cut down on mud, etc.
This is a nice beginner course, or a good place to practice certain lines on defined fairways, but it is not overly challenging. Most of the holes are quite short and a decent player will have chances at 2s on most of the holes. I missed my first ace here by feet - but close gets you nothing, unfortunately.
The walk from the parking to Hole 1 is excessively long compared to most courses, but in the "hole" scheme of things, it's not that big a deal :-). It's a picturesque, forested area. I was here in April and didn't notice any bugs, but I could see it getting bad in the summer like some reviewers have mentioned. Overgrowth can definitely be thick, but the course is easy enough you shouldn't have to deal with it too much unless you really get yourself into trouble.
I think the biggest con here was the rubber teepads. Ordinarily I'm not opposed to alternative tee materials, but these were pretty bad. In places they were super warped and were holding water to the point where I couldn't even use them on a few holes. These are the one maintenance item that needs addressing. The hole signs were basic, but in good shape.
I definitely would NOT go out of my way to play this course again, but if you are in the area (and I'm honestly not sure why you would be, but who knows) and need a quick play, it's fun enough. This is one of the fastest 9 hole courses I have played and could easily be done twice. There just isn't anything very unique or original about the course... it's another standard Chicago 9 hole course, but a little better than some of the wide open "urban park" type courses.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Like a scene from Bambi
Pros: Beautiful walk
Elevation and serpentine like holes
Secluded so it's your own course
Well groomed and maintained.
Cons: Awful pads that are challenging to throw from
Insanely thick foliage
Hard to find
Other Thoughts: Great intermediate course that forces gentle drives. Players will be wise to make sure they stay out of the woods as it is dense and loaded with rose thorns. Bring sunscreen and bug spray.
This course favors gentle/precise throwers over bomb tossers.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
For the Walk
Pros: Nice walking path in a beautiful old growth forest.
Cons: Had to walk a half mile or more to find the first tee. Signs and throwing mats were missing. One throwing mat was so slippery with slime there is no way anyone could throw from it. Holes were just cut into the rough of the woods with little thought.
Other Thoughts: Only drive here if you are anal about playing all the courses in an area. Not worth it otherwise.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: Never busy and well maintained. Short precise
shots required. You can play 9 in 10 minutes with a buddy. The lay down mulch so mud is never an issue. Great practice course.
Cons: Long walk from the parking lot. Very buggy. Hole 8 needs to be redesigned, it the summer the hole is impossible. Bring bug spray. Tall grass on most holes.
0 of 9 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Short but Sweet
Pros: - Heavy Rough creates high risk/reward and punishes errant shots.
- Forces the thrower to hit lines.
- Interesting hole design
- Fairways are well defined
- Not typically crowded
- Grippy rubber tee pads
- Minor elevation
- Good signage
- Nice baskets
Cons: - Rough can be too thick at times, with thorns and other brush.
- It is a rather short course.
- Due to length and design some of the holes become repetitive.
- It gets sloppy after rainfall
- The bugs are bad in the summer.
- Long walk to the first tee
Other Thoughts: Overall, Diamond Lake Sloughs is nothing to write home about, but provides a nice short line shaping course for a mid-level player. As others have said, a seasoned veteran will likely tear this course up, and beginners will likely be frustrated with the heavy brush and the high probability of losing a disc in it. It provides some interesting hole design and is the closest thing to a wooded course in the Chicagoland area that I have seen. The minor elevation adds to the interest, especially given the surrounding area. The course has all the disc golf amenities we come to expect in good teepads, signs, baskets, and facilities on site. Some lengthened teepads and a little more variety in the hole design could bump this course up to a 3 or 3.5. I have found the best time to play this course is in the early spring, before the rough grows to thick and before the mosquitoes are out. If you chose to play in the middle of summer those two factors alone will be nuisance enough to ruin your round.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Some difficult shots. Hole #9 in particular requires an interesting uphill shot through the forest. Nice tees and good signage, easy enough to navigate around.
Cons: Very easy to lose discs, one of mine skipped off the fairway just a few feet into the rough and spent 15 minutes looking for it. There are so many bugs here, make sure to bring bug spray. The course is very short and most holes are very similar. The rough is very thick and it's difficult to find errant drives. This course could use much more diversity, there is definately space to have 1 or 2 bombing holes, and the creek is not used at all which is very dissappointing.
Other Thoughts: This could've been a much better course, it probably took 5 mins to plan thjs one out. A small creek that runs through the park would have added an interesting element. Most holes are pretty much the same, with fairways carved out through the woods. Some diversity and added length would make this course decent. There is also room to expand it to 18 holes which, if designed correctly, could greatly improve the experience.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Course itself is set far away from the rest of the park, which is nice. No walking paths, benches, or playgrounds to avoid or wait on.
- Holes seem to be carved out of a dense forest, which provides well-defined fairways and big punishment for errant shots. The rough/schule is extremely thick in some places, starting with hole #1.
- Good mix of different shots needed. Left, right, and straight. The lines are forced by the dense rough as well as some individual trees/branches. Straight shots are not always an option, either.
- Some random elevation changes here and there add some variety. The holes aren't really uphill or downhill, but there are undulations around baskets, on the fairway, and such. Just helps to keep things interesting, if nothing else.
- Hole #6 is a blind fairway from the tee, with a tough line. Good hole to use a spotter.
- Good baskets, decent tees and signage.
Cons: - The most obvious con is the length of the course. One hole is barely 300', a few around 260', and the rest are 230' or less. Enough said.
- Not many obstacles to challenge the drives mid-flight. The fairways are well defined and wide, wide open. On holes that are 230', the shots are too open to be challenging (if you can get the right line).
- Layout is kind of strange, there may be some spots where errant discs can find another fairway. Holes 4-7, I think, are especially crammed together.
Other Thoughts: - This course is a pitch and putt by length, but not by design. The thick rough and some twisting fairways add significant difficulty.
- A seasoned player would be able to blow through this course without a second thought, and a beginner would be scratched, possibly bleeding, and out a disc or two. It is better suited for people learning how to shape lines and control their accuracy.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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