7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The Grey Fox course at Fox River Park benefits from great terrain, playing around and through woods with lots of rolling hills to further spice things up. The course integrates trees in a variety of ways, resulting in a mix of open holes dotted with obstacles, technical wooded tunnel shots, holes moving into and out of the woods, and on and on. There's a great range of hole types here that force you to use a variety of discs and shot types. Repetition is expressly avoided.
In keeping with this variety, distances are welcomingly varied. Distance drivers are rarely needed, but pretty much everything else in your bag will come in handy at one point or another. Overall the course skews towards the technical, but not overly so.
The course is easy to navigate. Parking is plentiful. The Red Fox course on site offers the chance to bag another course as well as warm up a bit.
Cons: This is a solid course. The biggest con for me is its focus on a conventional drive-approach-putt formula: there aren't many true par 4s or holes you otherwise aren't pushing for the basket off the tee. It's a shame that the variety in terrain and distance mentioned above isn't mirrored by a greater variety in terms of hole structures: a few landing-zone focused true par 4s and maybe even an ambitious par 5 would really round things out. The land the course sits on certainly seems like it could accommodate such ambitions. As it stands, Grey Fox provides an enjoyable overall round without having overly memorable individual shots or holes. It's a nice balance between casual and technical.
Other Thoughts: Grey Fox is a great happy medium between the casual nature of Red Fox on site and the much more ambitious nearby Silver Fox course. The three together make for an excellent outing. If you're feeling adventurous, it's possible to include Fairfield Park DGC as well, for a perfectly satisfying and extremely varied (if tiring!) day of disc golf. I highly recommend putting this combination towards the top of the list if you're passing through the greater Chicago area.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Fantastic course, if buggy
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Fun 18 hole course (really, kind of plays like a 27 holer - it's situated next to an easy 9 hole warmup course) that has something for everyone.
1) Nice, long grippy teepads, and good baskets
2) Excellent variety in hole design - open bombers, wooded corridors (a handful are very long, but wide enough to still be fair), fantastic use of natural obstacles and elevation, seemingly a different line needed on each hole. Most players will need to use every throw and arm angle in their arsenal. Multiple pin placements per hole.
3) Situated in a beautiful, scenic park. Stunning views in the fall when the trees start changing color.
4) Never been all that crowded any time I've gone.
5) For all the other uses this park entertains, the DG course keeps its distance from other users pretty well. Only a few holes come anywhere near other park uses, and you have to take excessively off-target shots for them to come into play.
Cons: A few minor ones:
1) I usually like "island" holes, but the one they do have on this course utilizes an old, beat up road circle as the "moat", with a really small "island". Sorry, but I hate having my discs get chewed up by pavement, and the way this hole is designed forces you to either play conservative and lay up shots for par, or incur serious risk of road rash on your disc if you're trying to score any better.
2) A couple of longer walks between holes later in the course can be a bit confusing for a first timer. Signs were present, but can be easy to miss if you're not paying attention.
3) Good lord, the BUGS! Seriously, if you come here during the summer, bring bug spray. They're worse here by a considerable margin than any other course I've ever played, even courses in Florida.
Other Thoughts: This is essentially a 27 hole course if you play the adjacent Red Fox 9 hole loop. You'll have a legit shot at an ace on every hole on the 9 hole loop, but it offers a solid warmup round before you hit the considerably more difficult 18 hole loop.
Other than the excessive bugginess (I feel kind of bad docking a course for this, but I legitimately believe Grey Fox is a 4.5 without the bugs) overall, this is a very good course, and though it's kind of in the middle of nowhere, it is absolutely worth the drive to come out of your way to play if you're in the region. Bring bugspray, though!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Best in SE Wisconsin
Pros: Fantastic course located in beautifully maintained fox river park. Perfect mix of shots and great use of elevation changes on the property. All 18 holes are challenging, yet fair and a lot of fun to throw. Although a strong arm off the tee will help you reach some of the long pins, it is not necessary to have a cannon to score well out here. Perfect size flat concrete tee pads on every hole make for comfortable confident drives especially on the long controlled tunnel shots. Two pin placements for every hole makes for an enjoyable mix and different setups for the already unique and original course. The front nine starts on the north side of the parking lot and plays in a counterclockwise fashion back to the lot. Cross the lot to the south and you will see the tee for #10. The back nine follows a counterclockwise rotation as well and hole 18 will aesthetically please any disc golfer and lead you back to the parking lot.
Cons: The bugs/mosquitos can get quite bothersome in the back 9 holes of the course from late may until fall. The front nine holes can get pretty congested with large groups especially after the highschool lets out. Keep an eye open for poisen ivy is starting to spread on holes 17&18 as well as a couple other holes in the woods, but this threat is very minimal and only crawling up tree bases here and there.
Other Thoughts: An absolute must play, especially if within a couple hours. The best course in Southeast Wisconsin and arguably a top 5 in the state.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: wicked awesome course in the middle of nowhere. compared to courses in the area it blows them out of the water. Tons of elevation, different shot choices, trees, different hole lengths. I'm from Massachusetts and the scenery and feel of being out in the woods reminded me of being in New England. Small little stone huts along the course allow you to take a sheltered break. Great tee pads. Just a great great course.
Cons: Right now only playing it once can't honestly think of any major cons. A couple things I noticed is the pars are not listed on the signs, which would be nice, and marking which current pin is being used would also be helpful. I had to go run down the fairway a few times to see which pin placement was being used. Overall, nothing to complain about.
Other Thoughts: Will be back many many more times and I can't wait.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Just an amazing scenery, Has a good mix of aceable and far shots, Very nice pads and baskets. Trash cans are every couple holes with picnic tables well maintained park.
Cons: Need to change hole 6,7,8 to A more later in the year.
Other Thoughts: The best mix of holes around perfect walking distance, nice shade when needed, One of my favorite places year round.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Beautiful course and a lovely park.
Pros: Beautiful, well-maintained park. A good mixture of wooded and open holes that require true accuracy throughout the woods and reward big arms in the open. It does test the complete player. Completely adequate and grippy tee pads. Good use of relatively limited elevation compared to Colorado courses that I am used to. The first few holes are open and beautifully nondescript, but around hole five you enter into a wonderful world of tunnel shots that are challenging but not unfair. The tunnels always seem to have an open spot at the end with a basket. The parks department should be applauded for their great maintenance of the course. T signs at nearly every hole, a bathroom near hole 16, and a very clean course. Trash cans and shade abound, as well as benches. Wooded fairways have new bark along them to help with footing. Little to no chance of losing a disc, even if you go off the fairway. Navigation is easy and intuitive with a couple of exceptions, but signs help out the newcomer. This would be a awesome home course.
Cons: Tee signs are not all there, and the graffiti on the benches reinforce the stereotype of stoners and dumbass teens. I would not like to take a family member here to see that. Multiple blind basket positions require some scouting, as the tee signs have no way of telling you which position the basket is in. Mosquitoes are omnipresent.
Other Thoughts: This is an awesome course in a remote and unlikely location, but I drove up from Chicago to play during a visit. It was well worth the 45 minute drive, as it was a treat to play such a unique and different course from Colorado. I wish I could've met some of the locals on a Friday afternoon to play this course!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is located in a very clean, beautiful park. There is also the red fox onsite which is a good warm up for the tougher grey fox 18 hole course. The tee pads are all large and level and they grip very nicely. There are multiple pin placements on every hole which makes it more interesting. The tee signs are nothing special but serve their purpose. They have a basic hole diagram, hole #, all the different pin locations and the different distances. The baskets are chainstars which are all in good shape and catch fine. There is a bunch of elevation changes throughout the course which adds quite a bit of the challenge. Almost every hole has some sort of trees to avoid, with a lot having pretty tight tunnel shots. There are wood chips all over as well which really helps keep everything from getting muddy. The course is permanent and free to play. There is a solid mix of different distances with the front nine having some shorter holes and the back nine playing longer. The course design does a great job staying away from the other park activities. There's plenty of parking, picnic tables, trash cans and benches throughout the course.
Cons: One of the holes on the back nine is completely surrounded by pavement which can scrape up discs. There's a pretty long walk from 15 to 16 which is hard to figure out for first time players, not too much of a big deal though. The bugs can be pretty bad but they are pretty much everywhere in WI.
Other Thoughts: This is probably the best course in southeastern WI in my opinion. Couple it with the red fox and you got a really fun day of disc golf. There isn't too many really nearby courses but the Tim Osmond sports complex is about twenty minutes away or the White Cedar in Lake Geneva, but this is worth a trip just by itself. One of my favorite courses out of about 150 played.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Solid four, but no more
-Great elevation changes that make even very short holes amusing
-A handful of long holes with well sized fairways, some of which get more challenging as you approach the basket
-A and B basket positions, which allow the course to be somewhat adaptable to the patrons' desires
-Few, if any, places in which you can lose your disc
-Excellent park with plentiful space fun picnics and great activities for people of all ages (none of which conflict with each other).
-There are some weary, short holes on this course, more concentrated on the front nine than on the back.
-Course could use a few more holes that ask for your longest discs
-About equidistant from Chicago and Milwaukee (a little closer to the latter), yet no quick access from either.
Other Thoughts: This course is most comparable with nearby Fairfield. It is situated in a nicer park with better elevation change. Yet Fairfield, which I gave a 4.5, is indeed a more amusing challenge and the better of the two. That puts this course at 4 out of a possible 5. The "short" and "weary" holes may have been in a less challenging A position, but even so they can still be improved; possibly with some clever planting of trees to create challenging fairways. This is a solid course, but is probably not worth the drive (~40 miles for me) too often.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
I think this is my favorite course yet.
Pros: Awesome, clean, beautiful, secluded park. Well-thought out holes.
Cons: None that I can recall.
Other Thoughts: It's been a long time since I played this, but I had to chime in on the reviews and agree with how awesome this course is. Halfway through playing, I said to my brother "this should be the way everyone is introduced to disc golf".
Is this a championship-caliber course with epic holes and a massive variety of challenges? Nope. But this course is incredibly fun to play, and in what I consider one of the most ideal surroundings for a public park. This isn't to say the course isn't challenging. It's the right balance of accessibility and challenge.
Like my review title says, this may be my favorite course yet. And I'm not even sure it's the best course I've played, but the entire experience from the location, the setting, the holes and the entire presentation was everything you want in a disc golf course.
Definitely worth a drive there if you are within any reasonable distance. And if you are local, you should be playing there regularly for sure.
Oh, and skip the other 9-hole course. It's a major dud.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Winter Lay out
Pros: -Nice Tee Pads - All cement and very big.
-Baskets - Good quality Baskets, and have two pin placements for each hole.
-Landscaping- This place is nice on the eyes, good amount of trees and well groomed landscape.
Tee Signs - avaible to find the next hole easily (minus 15 to 16)
extras- good amount of picnic tables and trash cans through the course
-Another course on the land.
Cons: - I would of rated this a 3.75 if I could, but I rounded up due to the fact that I saw where all the longs were. When baskets are in the shorts its a fairly easy course, but still extremely fun.
- Can be fairly busy.
Other Thoughts: The Red Fox is awesome for a nice warm up to this course.
I played on Easter, and the course was pretty busy, so I am guessing it will be a lot more busy on non holidays.
While having two sets of pins, it seems like the longs make the course of a higher tier course.
From O'Hare this is about a hour and 30 minute drive. I was 30 minutes North of Ohare and got there just fine. For some reason my garmen couldn't find it, so I had to find a location around it that it could get to. I think if you look up Fox River Park over the address itself that may be helpful
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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