Bloomington, IL 
Forrest Park Share
Uploaded By: smyith Hole #6 (Taken 4/2011)
3 / 211ft.   3 / 346ft.   3 / 228ft.   3 / 348ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #6 A/Silver Tee

 Share URL:

Course Rating Distribution

Reviews: 16
Avg. Rating:
Clear FiltersFilter/Sort
Reviews between: and Sort By:
Exp. (in years): Played: Reviewed: Only Trusted Reviewers
1 2 Next >
 Decent neighborhood course

1    11/20/2010   11/30/2010
Review By: mashnut
Played: 828  Reviewed: 775  Exp: 15.7 Years
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course plays through a nice neighborhood park with mature trees and a small creek. A couple holes bring the creek into play a little, making for a little bit of risk/reward. There are enough trees that you have to shape some lines, and for newer players they will find themselves scrambling to get par if they miss their line on their drive. Most of the holes are fairly short, with a couple that play longer and add a little challenge and difficulty.

The design takes good advantage of the little bit of elevation available on a couple holes. The dual tees are a nice touch, especially when both sets have nice concrete pads and offer different lines to the hole rather than just being short and long versions of the same shot. The hole number, distance, and direction to the other tee for each hole is painted on the pads.
Cons: Navigation is a little tricky in a couple spots, especially crossing the creek from 3 to 4. There is no course map online or at the park, so you might have to do a little wandering to find all the tees. There are no signs for any of the tees, many of the red tees have sign posts, but many are broken and none have any information. The blue tees are harder to see from a distance, without even the empty posts. The course is pretty short and lacks in variety, with nearly all the holes having a fairly easy hyzer line, and most of the holes in the same distance range.

There are some safety issues here, with park roads, a street, playgrounds, and a shelter all coming into play on some holes. The park was empty when I played, so it wasn't much of an issue, but on a nice summer day if the park was used by non disc golfers, it could definitely be a problem. There was quite a bit of trash around the creek area, and the park felt a bit run down in general. The baskets are older, and don't catch all that well.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice neighborhood course, and it's cool to see alternate tees that really attempt to add variety to the course. Some work on signage would go a long way here, both in making the course feel less run down and helping with navigation. Beginners will find the course approachable, with reasonable distances and little real punishment for errant shots. More experienced players won't find much challenge or variety to keep them coming back.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.


5+    6/23/2010   7/25/2010
Review By: crazypooljunkie
Played: 42  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 9.4 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Relatively clean and well maintained park.
-Concrete tee pads.
-Two tees per hole with mostly different angles giving two quasi-unique shots, makes for a round of 18 holes.
-Mostly good navigation, with a couple of exceptions.
-Has plenty of trees, but for the most part there are clear lanes. Only a couple of shots, would I consider a bit too tight/crowded to be fair.
Cons: -Bordered by busy roads, stray shots on 1, 5, 6, 9 and especially 7 could end up in the middle of traffic.
-Playground smack dab in the middle of course. Has been problematic often enough to mention.
-Holes are bit on the short side and a bit repetitive.
-Baskets are old and mean.
Other Thoughts: Because the tees are usually not simply longer variations they do give more variety than multiple tees at your typical course, but in many cases the shots feel similar. Which leads me to another point...for the most part you'll only need one shot here, a low hyzer. There a couple instances where it won't do the trick, but you could certainly get away with nothing but a roc and a putter and not be much worse off.

It's nice to have a third course in Bloomington-Normal, however, it certainly isn't as good as either Maxwell or P.J. I do however think the designer made the most of what he had to work with, I don't think a better course could have been put into the ground. The park isn't particularly big nor does it have particularly interesting terrain. However it does have trees, and it will force you to learn a low hyzer, which is at least a valuable lesson.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 A decent neighborhood course

1    9/25/2009   9/26/2009
Review By: Cobra165
Played: 108  Reviewed: 10
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Alternate tees do add some variety
Very nice semi-wooded park
Nice restrooms
A couple of nice shots on the course. One hole that especially stands out in memory is the red tee for hole 3. There are three legitimate routes to the basket, and I had to think for a long time before choosing a route. Love holes like this! Well done. Wish there were more like this on the course, but you take what the land gives you.
Cons: Layout can be confusing. There are a few spots where you have to trek a good distance backward to the next tee (navigational tip: the direction to the next tee is painted on the tines of the basket).
The concern about hole 7 is legit. There is a narrow strip of trees/scrub protecting a grip-locked shot from cruising into a busy street. Be careful!
Hole 3 finishes in front of a creek, and to get to hole 4 I had to walk around the woods, back up and across 9's fairway (dangerous blind spot) to hole 4. Perhaps the intent is to build a bridge across the creek at some point--until then, be careful. If there's an intended route to hole 4 there, I missed it.
Other Thoughts: I won't repeat everything that's been said, but rather try to supplement it. I agree with what the other posters have said, with these exceptions: the course is actually pretty flat. There is one hole that plays up a modest hill. Also, there are some holes where you will need a driver, especially if you play the blues. One hole measured over 400 feet--not a mid-range hole for most throwers. I also remember a hole playing slightly uphill that measured over 300.

Overall, a nice walk in the park and some fun shots. Not a course you'll remember, but worth stopping if you are in the area and have an hour to kill.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 A well-designed course in a multipurpose park.

2-4    9/14/2009   9/15/2009
Review By: uigrad
Played: 34  Reviewed: 13  Exp: 27.8 Years
This review was updated on 4/7/2011
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course was just remade in June of 2009. Each hole has two tees (A and B), and both are concrete. The holes are probably Mach 4s, so a bit of accuracy is needed in putting.

The best aspect of this course is the variety. Some hole use elevation changes, and some are flat. Some have lots of tree obstructions, and some are open. Some are short, and others are long. The second set of tees are well planned, so playing through the course a second time will feel almost like an entirely different course.

This feels like a family course. There is a large pavilion in the park and playground equipment, so if the whole family goes, the older children can play the course, while parents watch the younger kids on the playground. Yet, the course is still very interesting, and any experienced golfer will enjoy it also.
Cons: When I played, the signs were missing. There were posts to hold the signs, and it looks like they were to show a map of the hole, but the actual map was missing. I had trouble finding the tees to hole 4 and hole 6, because there is no indication where to go after finishing one hole. 4 can be found by crossing the woods area, to the main part of the park. A map at the front of the course would probably help in this regard, or arrows painted on the holes themselves pointing to the next tees.

There is a playground and road that are near enough to the course that you have to be a bit careful. Since this park is multi-purpose, you may get stares as you are playing.

I've attempted to play this course a couple of times now. Once, there was a blues festival, or something like that in the park, and the whole course was unplayable. There were a couple hundred people there, and little kids running through all the fairways.

Finding the correct parking lot (north side of the course) is tricky. Google maps shows Tanner St. connecting to Morris, but it doesn't. The road is closed. So, take Morris to Springfield Rd., then go north to Tanner St., turn left, and the entrance to the park will be on your left.
Other Thoughts: This course is very nice for a 9-hole course. It is friendly enough to bring a new player. The park is interesting, and even has a historic building with plaque to visit between holes 2 and 3. It's close to the interstate, which is great for those of us who don't live in Bloomington.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Tight and Technical

2-4    9/2/2009   9/3/2009
Review By: Dwiggy444
Played: 72  Reviewed: 14  Exp: 10.6 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a public park with many, many large trees, a small creek and driveways and parking lots interpersed throughout, so there are very tight lines (narrow openings and low ceilings) and the possibility for OB on almost every hole.
- 9 baskets with 2 teepads per hole set at very different angles and distances, so you can play a full round of 18 unique holes.
- Good variety of shots required to score low (short and technical shots, long drives, left and right turns).
- A few holes (#3, #5 and #7) are long and/or require very precise drives, providing an excellent challenge for players of all skill levels and will produce score separation for tournaments and other competitive rounds.
- Very different design from the other two courses in Bloomington-Normal, so it's a nice change of pace.
Cons: - Most holes are between 200 and 250 ft, so there are a lot of birdie opportunities if you can throw that distance accurately.
- Some of the lines are almost too narrow and border on unfair. This might change as the course matures and is trimmed.
- The baskets are "old school" and can be very unforgiving. I've only played two rounds on the course and I've personally witnessed four spit outs or rejections of dead center putts.
- A couple of holes (hole 4 & 5) are near a large children's playground. As a result, there can occassionally be pedestrian traffic to and from the playground and, because it's a new course, many people aren't aware that people are playing disc golf nearby.'ve got to be sure the way is clear before you throw.
- Park isn't in the best neighborhood and is bordered on one side by a fairly busy street.
Other Thoughts: I'm very glad to see another quality disc golf course in Bloomington-Normal! The course designer (Rob Strasser) worked very closely with the Parks and Rec department to install the best possible course on the land available. This course will definitely become part of the rotation for all the local players. If you want to work on your short technical game, come check out Forrest Park.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Blo-No's third public disc golf course!

2-4    9/1/2009   9/1/2009
Review By: ElementZ
Played: 143  Reviewed: 134  Exp: 8.5 Years
This review was updated on 9/3/2009
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -The Bloomington Normal disc golf community really cares about the sport and it's very obvious when you see courses like this.
-The course spans over the entire park which means you should be prepared to do a lot of walking for a nine hole course.
-New teepads, and, while this course is only two days old today, there will be new maps and a big map when you come into the park.
-Alternate tees add an entirely different perspective to every hole, which make it justified that you can play 18 holes here and not get bored.
-I'm really glad that the course incorporates the little stream on holes 1, 8, and 9. They definitely add to the ambiance of the course.
Cons: -The holes are all very short. While it spans the whole park, I don't think any of the holes are above 350 feet. I parked almost every one of the baskets on my first time playing here. There's not really a challenge.
-The baskets are old and brown and I know it's really cool that they took them from an old course and are recycling them, but with the new teepads and signs, they don't really fit in.
-There were a lot of people here and I almost hit a couple on a picnic because I didn't see them. So just be careful.
-You can see the road from every hole. There's not really that "secluded feel" that all of the great courses have. There's a risk of throwing your disc onto the street on hole #7 as the fairway hugs the street. If you accidently grip lock, you're in big trouble.
Other Thoughts: It's great that Blo-No Recreation cooperated with the dedicated disc golfers of the area and created a new course to play on. While it's not as great as Maxwell or Irvin, it's definitely fantastic that they added this one in case you wanted to play something other than Maxwell/Irvin but didn't want to drive all the way out to Peoria. I can't wait to see the new signs and the big map of the park.
So in summary, it's a nice course to practice your short game on, but you probably won't need a driver.
Also! I'd like to add that Forrest Park is known to be a meeting place of homosexual men after the sun has set. aware if you plan on playing after hours that you may be approached.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

1 2 Next >

Join Disc Golf Course Review for free to add your review. Have an account already? Sign In to add a review.