3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Fremont School's DGC is easy to find and quickly played. Its close proximity to numerous courses including the great Fairfield Park means it's easy to incorporate into a larger day trip where you can bag a lot of courses without a lot of driving. The course and school in general were deserted on the July Saturday I visited, allowing for some safari play and preventing any conflict with school activities. You can even throw around/through a jungle gym if you so desire.
Cons: This is the quintessential "baskets in a field" course. That's literally all it is. Many holes are straight, completely open 150-ish foot shots with only a mowed fairway bordered by taller grass providing any definition whatsoever. Tee mats are disintegrating - not that they're really needed given how short holes are - and coupled with the tall scraggly grass on my summer visit lent the course a slightly grim ambiance. There is no challenge or nothing of interest other than the sheer fact of adding a notch to your belt. Even true beginners and children won't learn much here owing to the utter lack of lines and design of any kind. I've seen much better short/beginner courses where line shaping is encouraged and taught on a smaller scale.
Unavailable for play during a school day given how close the course is to the school building and playground.
Other Thoughts: It's hard to hate on this course given its lack of pretense: it is what it is, a short course for students. As stated, I feel it doesn't serve even this role effectively, but regardless, the only point of visiting here is to bag a course while hopping between the abundant courses of the area north of Chicago.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 4 Not
D = Dave Drops out of Disc golf if this is all there is
Pros: As is expected, a course at a school is for the kids at the school and not me. I have 3 elementary age kids so I REALLY appreciate disc golf being part of the gym class rotation. But, to be consistent in my reviews and to contribute positively to this site, I need to be consistent with how well courses draw me back to themselves.
What I personally like and how this course stacks up in my list of 9 hole courses (over 110 played):
1) Holes with good risk/reward. Fair, but harsh punishment for bad decisions or execution. == D
(Wide open course with only prairie grass to deal with. The only risk is losing a disc or having a hidden disc slow you down when you just want to finish the course and get out of there.)
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities for me. I'm a Blue level player (950ish skill) who throws 300' accurately, 360' max. == D+
(A couple of holes are mildly rewarding deuces although more disappointing to miss. The downhill #9 the most fun.....especially when you have families all walking right by it on their way to the soccer field watching you as you hastily let one rip when there are gaps in the groups of people.)
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography == D
(Slight terrain to deal with and a couple of rocks and shrubs on hole 7. But that is it for variety.)
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion. == D+
(Very scruffy "new construction" feeling. The course is on a small swath of land between the school parking lot and a soccer field.....with the path to the soccer field cutting right through the course.)
5) Bonus points for multi-throw holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them. == NA (0 bonus points for this)
9 of 13 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: The course is located on the property of a school between the main campus and some of the athletic fields. It is highly visible from the road and from the school, so it's a great exposure for the sport especially to get kids into the sport. The course is easy to follow and navigate, with visible numbered markers on every tee and good flow from one hole to the next.
The tees are rubber and are securely bolted down so they should stay in place and tight. The baskets are brand new numbered discatchers, which catch great and are very visible. There is a port-a-potty right in the middle of the course.
Cons: The course is wide open with basically no obstacles on any hole. The property used is wide open and flat with scrubby grass, so the only challenge is the wind. All the holes are very short ace runs, without much variety in length. The course is closed during school hours, and during soccer games and practices you'll have a lot of people cutting right through the middle of the course to get from the fields to the parking lot.
Other Thoughts: This course is definitely designed for kids who are trying the sport for the first time. I love that the school set up the course and is exposing the students to the sport, I just wish they had found a way to make it a little more interesting. I can't imagine this course being all that fun even for beginners, especially on a windy day with no trees to break the wind.
If you have the need like me to play everything in the area, by all means stop on by here. Otherwise, it's a short boring course in an open field, so don't bother.
11 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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