Alton, IL 
Gordon Moore Park Share
Uploaded By: Martin Dewgarita Hole #2 (Taken 3/2011)
4 / 240ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #2 Basket to Tee

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 LOTS of Potential

1    8/15/2010   8/16/2010
Review By: REDARMY
Played: 40  Reviewed: 29  Exp: 9.4 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Beautiful park setting. Between the rolling hills, freshly mowed grass, nicely trimmed trees, and the lake around the backside (which doesn't come into play, yet), this park has the potential to become EPIC.

Brand-spankin' new Innova Discatchers.

Bathrooms/water available behind the first tee.

Plenty of parking.

Pin locations make very good use of the available obstacles and hills, and the layout flows very well.

Moderate to strong winds can seriously fubar your shots, even though the holes are so short. (222' average)

Park is relatively out of the way, and all of the other typical park activities are all in other areas, so traffic is non-existent.
Cons: ...Which is a good thing because this park contains one SERIOUS design flaw: all of the tees are 15-20 feet behind or to the side of the previous pin. It makes them easy to find sure, but should the place start generating even modest traffic, queues will build at pins, and/or lots of noses will be busted by throwers from the previous pin being impatient. A horrendous design flaw that i'm sure the city will fix very quickly once they realize the potential dangers/liability concerns.

None of the expected DG perks (trashcans, benches, kiosk with scorecards, etc.), but then again, the course is only 2 weeks old.

No tee posts (pads w/hole info are marked off by stones in the ground) which isn't a problem for holes 2-9 since the pads are so close to the previous pin, but something in the park signage to point you towards 1's pad would be nice.

Pars were determined with kids in mind (as the course was designed by and built for cub/boy scouts), so anyone above novice should ignore the par markings and just play it as par 3.
Other Thoughts: The local who showed myself and my friend around (thank you Lane) told us that the tees in the current layout will be moved farther away from the pins to remove the danger noted above.

More promising though, is that the park has a TON of unused space south of the current layout, and it is rumored the city is considering putting a full 18 in back there.

If that 18 looks anything like the current 9, it'll be a place to travel to for sure.

For now, it's just a place to bring the kids to or a way for anyone above novice to finish out a day of golfing at Rockspring/Roxana/Woodland Chains.

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