Hoffman Estates, IL 
Black Bear Park Share
Uploaded By: gregwil2 Hole #2 (Taken 12/2011)
4 / 235ft.   3 / 235ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #2 Tee Sign

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 Short and Easy

1    7/12/2011   7/14/2011
Review By: steven2361
Played: 253  Reviewed: 55  Exp: 9.4 Years
6 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Various tee surfaces all offer good footing including the walking path black top and astro turf.

Large helpful signs

18 holes in an area stuffed with 9 holers

Several fun technical woods shots

Works your approach game.

In a nice neighborhood

Good Innova Discatcher Baskets
Cons: Exetremely short, (The only time I took out a driver was for flicks and spikes)

Not Chalenging, deuce or die. There are too many holes under 200 feet and a few of them have absolutely no obstacles.

There is some water but the course design does not really utilize it well so it doesn't come into play.

Some awkward walks.
Other Thoughts: This would have been a thousand times better with 9 or 12 holes and a better and more chalenging design. The course design is just lame with many short putter approach holes. IMO design could be improved with added distance through the woods, better putting green placements, and some par 4s at least.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful.

 Tons of fun

1    5/30/2010   5/31/2010
Review By: mashnut
Played: 828  Reviewed: 775  Exp: 15.6 Years
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course plays through a small flat wooded area around a small pond. Most of the holes play down fairly narrow gaps in the woods, with limited underbrush. A few holes are a little more open with some scattered trees, and still bring the woods into play on errant drives. The pond comes into play on a few holes for a nice bit of water hazard, and all water holes have bail out options for players who can't clear the water. There is a pretty good balance of right and left turning holes, with some straight shots mixed in.

The tees are marked areas on the asphalt path, or nice large boxes with an astroturf surface. All are plenty large, and the tee surfaces were level. The signs are really nice, with hole layout and distance, next tee information, and good solid wood posts. The baskets are brand new discatchers and catch well. Navigation is a breeze, the couple places where the flow is not obvious, the next tee is indicated with arrows on the ground.
Cons: The course is a little crammed in to a small space, so many holes play very close to one another. Because the park caters to newer players who tend to be less accurate, discs can easily end up on other fairways, making a possible safety hazard on busy days. Many of the holes play from and along a walking path, meaning that if the path has other users on it you'll end up waiting while people walk the length of the fairway. The course is already pretty popular, so you may end up waiting on other groups, including some large groups

The course doesn't have room for much length, so it won't challenge anything but your short game, the longest hole is still barely 300' and the majority are much shorter. A few of the holes could use a little more clearing, there is no real fairway to the hole making them just luck holes.
Other Thoughts: This course is a lot of fun to play, and is a great place to work on your short game or play a super class or putter only round. There is a good amount of challenge for the length of the course, and a good mix of different types of holes. There are some design and safety issues, and those are the main reason my rating is only a 2. That said, it's a great beginner course, and a good place for more experienced players to work on their short game. I definitely recommend a stop for a fun round here, just be prepared to watch for discs from other holes and to wait on other groups and pedestrians. Bring bug spray, there can be a good amount of mosquitoes especially in the evening.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful.


1    5/22/2010   5/25/2010
Review By: Two_Bearded_Dudes
Played: 5  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 24.3 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Tight, technical Course
Good Signage (Photos here need to be updated)
Nice pads
Nice variety of short range shots.
Beautiful Area
Fun Hazards
The 18th is a real nasty one.
Cons: Bugs due to all the standing water.
Poison Ivy
Could use some trimming
Holes are a bit too close to one-another, almost on TOP of each-other
Other Thoughts: I can see this place getting really crowded with a lot of waiting going on. Some holes tee off a few feet away from where the basket is. Not for beginners as it's really easy to lose discs in a variety of hazards, trees, tall-grass, etc. The poison ivy makes digging for them that much more of a challenge.

Likely a better course in the off-season without the bugs and the crowds. Stick to your favorites in the summer.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Disc Golf meets the McMansion inhabitants

1    3/26/2010   3/27/2010
Review By: Three Putt
Played: 132  Reviewed: 85  Exp: 22.8 Years
15 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Despite that its official opening will be in 2010, Black Bear is an old-style Frisbee golf course. The shots are on the short side (there was one 300'ish hole, the rest were under 300') and much of the course is heavily wooded. The tees are either incorporated into a paved walking path or are Astroturf, so there was good footing off the tee. The baskets were new DISCatcher Pro's and were all in good shape. The course is still being completed, but large tee signs were being erected at each tee. The park itself was still under construction, but there seemed to be a lot of resources being used there. It should be a very nice park when it is done.
Cons: Once I was standing on the tee for #2, I could see eight baskets. That's usually not a good sign. The park is rather small and the 18 holes are crammed in there. The heavily wooded nature of the site cuts down on some of the danger factor of having the holes so close together, but it still made me feel uneasy.

Most of the wooded holes don't have much in the way of a defined route to the hole, so you just poke and pray. Despite this, the course really wasn't all that challenging. It really is just a pitch an putt.

The flow was poor. The course starts on one side of the park, then moves to the other side of the park and comes back. You end up shooting back at holes quite a lot. It was a little confusing, but there were good signs. The tee for # 2 and # 4 are in the same place, and I went the wrong way the first time and played # 4 when I should have played # 2. Other than that I found my way around. The baskets do not have numbers on them, and given that so many of them are so close together they really should be marked.

There is some water on the course, but the holes are very short and it is really hard to use water effectively on short holes. The water really does not come into play. There is a little bit of elevation, but most of the holes are flat.

The park is in a new neighborhood surrounded by McMansions, and the walking path is heavily used by the local yuppies. With many of the holes using this path as a tee off area, conflicts with the neighbors will be inevitable.
Other Thoughts: While 18 holes is nice, this site could have had a 9-hole that was better designed and more challenging. Instead, there are 18 unremarkable holes crammed into this small space. This is a case where less would have been more. It should be a nice place for a recreational round. It seemed like it would be a good spot for a local league. It was pretty OK, just nothing special.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful.

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