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 Not impressive

5+    3/11/2012   9/11/2012
Review By: steven2361
Played: 253  Reviewed: 55  Exp: 9.5 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: There is ok signage but not all holes have concrete tees. There are a couple fun, tight wooded shots, the best being hole 14. This course has a few holes you can rip it on like 3 and 6.
Cons: This course is pretty short and the only real distance comes into play on 5 and 6. They are both wide open and 6 is more of a tweener hole. This course can get very wet and is eroded badly in spots. There is only a few lefty holes and too many hyzers. Most of this course is open and the lines are not very challenging.
Other Thoughts: This is a good course to learn to play on and for beginner players.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Same Old

1    10/8/2010   10/8/2010
Review By: donnie
Played: 14  Reviewed: 12  Exp: 14.1 Years
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Theres a bit of diversity here, especially on the front 9. There are two holes where you can let it loose and there are one or two tightly wooded holes. This was the most enjoyable part of the course. Tees and signs are great and the course flows well. Different types of shots are required, however most holes seem to go left.
Cons: A couple holes are almost exactly the same, an example being holes 1 and 2. Both shoot from left to right across a gravel path into a grove of trees. Most holes seem to favor a rhfh player, there are few doglegs to the right. The back nine gets extremely repetitive. Most of these holes follow a gravel path through the woods, and most are doglegs to the left with scattered trees on the fairway, a nice design for one or two holes, but the whole back nine seems to follow this design. This course also seems to be very crowded. I played at 12:30 on a Friday and had to wait at every hole.
Other Thoughts: To be honest I don't think I will be coming back to this course anytime soon. There is almost no fun factor. I hit an ace on hole 4 and still didn't enjoy 18 holes.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.


5+    8/7/2010   8/10/2010
Review By: notapro
Played: 465  Reviewed: 280  Exp: 14.2 Years
This review was updated on 1/6/2011
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Course makes good use of land to provide a wide variety of holes. Pretty even mix of wide open shots, lightly forested runs, and tight woods.
- A few wide open shots require length over accuracy. The longest hole was added in the last re-design, so it is there for one purpose only - bombs.
- There are also some holes that are on the longer side, with decent obstacles to avoid. #3 comes to mind, a 423' shot with a pretty well protected basket, especially from a typical RHBH hyzer. #14 is another good one, over 300' with a tunnel tee shot to another protected basket. Great mix of length and obstacles on these.
- Shorter holes make great use of the forest to add some challenge. Plenty of holes with narrow, wooded fairways, as well as holes with individual trees and bushes to avoid. For the most part, the trees are skinny, but numerous. Holes that seem easily deuced can play pretty tricky, hitting a good line is almost always key.
- Good mix of left and right curves, as well as straight shots. Overall, probably more friendly to a typical RHBH player, but there are some tricky holes for that as well. An extreme left curve in the woods on #12 can be tough to reach with any shot.
- Some very short and very wooded holes help to provide a different look.
- Good tees, good baskets, great signs
Cons: - Park is as flat as can be. There is one small hill to tee off of on the longer hole, but that's it.
- Course does play small, in general. A lot of short, wooded holes that can be easily conquered with accurate shots.
- Walking path winds around park with holes, very little seclusion to be found.
Other Thoughts: - Quality 18-holer that makes good use of the forest it is in. There are a few large, mature trees, but it's mostly skinny trees that provide defined fairways. For the most part, there are always one or more lines that can be hit, some are more obvious than others.
- In my book, this is more of a fun course than a hard one. There are some pretty tricky holes, but there are also some extremely easy ones. I could see an experienced player being let down with the overall experience. Probably just right for most casual players.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 More is not necessarily better

5+    9/9/2009   9/14/2009
Review By: Three Putt
Played: 132  Reviewed: 85  Exp: 22.8 Years
This review was updated on 9/20/2009
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Lippold Park has a good variety of shots and features some heavily wooded holes, some lightly wooded holes and a couple of long wide open shots. It's a very flat course but the variety of holes mixes things up and keeps things interesting. The tees have a rubberized covering and are in good shape with good tee signs. The course is in a large park with a lot of amenities and is kept up very well, so the course is usually in very good condition. Shot for shot it's a pretty decent course, especially considering that there is no elevation to work with.
Cons: Lippold was originally a 9-hole course that played over and along a walking path. Many of those original 9 holes are still there and that part of the course flows well. It's the 9 added holes that don't fit in well. Holes 1-3 are basically original holes and flow nicely, but then hole 4 (the first of the added holes) shoots right back at the pin for # 3. The putting circles for these two holes overlap, they are that close together. You then walk out into the open to play two wide open shots that are set too close together with the other fairway to the left (read: RHBH distances shots hyzering out land in the other fairway) then cut through a path that enters # 4's fairway IN FRONT of the tee to get to # 7. The flow is bad and the holes are too close together. This problem repeats itself on many of the added holes. Where the added holes come back into the original course at holes # 14 and #15, the holes overlap badly and players on #15 can easily end up throwing at players on #14. Add to this the fact that many of the holes play over the walking path creating potential conflicts with people using the path, and you have a course design that just does not mesh well. The conversion from 9 holes to 18 holes just did not work well IMO, and the overall course suffers because of it.
Other Thoughts: This is a case of more is not necessarily better. I thought the course worked better as a part of the overall park when it was 9-holes. The 9 additional holes do add some variety to the course as the original nine was fairly repetitive, so shot for shot it has added quite a bit to the course. However, there is more to good course design than just adding the shots. The Lippold expansion creates too many conflicts to be considered an improvement. The overall effect is an OK course, but nothing special.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Fun but busy

1    9/7/2009   9/8/2009
Review By: mashnut
Played: 828  Reviewed: 775  Exp: 15.7 Years
This review was updated on 10/26/2009
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course plays through a wooded part of a large multi-use park. There is a nice mix of more open holes and some tight technical holes that will test your accuracy and punish errant shots. There are different lengths, from 4-500' holes, to ace runs under 200'. There are also a good mix of right and left turning holes, with lots of straight shots, making for a mixture of shots if you want to card those birdies.

Though many of the holes are pretty short, they still make you hit your line or risk ending up in the thick trees and brush. Even on many of the more open holes, a bad skip or roll could easily take you into rough that could add a stroke. Many of the pins have great protection by trees, taking away obvious routes to the basket and promoting shot creativity.

The park is well maintained, and has plenty of amenities. The tees are rubber, and are flat and in good shape. There are tee signs that have the layout and distance, along with direction to the next tee, and these make it very easy to get around the course.
Cons: The park is extremely busy, both with disc golfers and other park users (mostly soccer players/spectators). This makes for some parking issues, along with some crowding on the course, which wouldn't be as big a deal without giant groups of players who don't know course etiquette. Some of the tees are too close to the previous basket, and when players don't know to yell fore it can be an issue.

There is a trail going through the course, and it was full of walkers, joggers, and bikers. This meant we had to do a lot of waiting so we wouldn't hit someone, on tee shots and on many fairway shots where the trail ran the length of the hole. There were a few especially bad spots where there was a blind corner on the trail, and it would be very easy to hit one of the oblivious trail users.

The lengths on the course seemed like they got pretty repetitive. Though there were a couple (wide open) longer shots, it felt like most of the holes were between 250-300', and I would have liked a little more variety.
Other Thoughts: This course is accessible for beginners, but newer players might find the punishing rough, and more technical holes a bit frustrating at first. More experienced players will enjoy the accuracy challenges, along with a couple opportunities to air it out a little, though it's not a terribly challenging course over all.

This is the best course in this immediate area, and is worth a stop for a fun round if you're in the area. If you have the time though, there are better courses within a reasonable drive, so don't make this one your top priority.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Lippold Park

5+    6/11/2008   11/9/2008
Review By: Tripod2
Played: 17  Reviewed: 17  Exp: 15.4 Years
5 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Good mix of closed and open holes which will allow you to work on a variety of different throws. Altho most of the holes are relatively short, pin placement makes things challenging. I aced #17 back in '06 for my very first hole in one, so this course holds a special place in my heart. That might be worth half a star....

There are plenty of opportunities to find lost discs. Also plenty of spots to crack open a cold one.....or hit a jogger.

Hole #4 is very, very aceable. Having said that, I always get close, but no cigar. Holes 5 and 6 let you grip n' rip, and the rest of the holes are more precision shots that anything; they're fairly short.

The proximity to Rockford is a huge plus for this course. The "Rockstock Expressway" will get you to Anna Page Park in Rockford in about 35 minutes.
Cons: There's a walk/jog path that cuts thru the majority of the park. A loud "FORE!!!!" will serve you well - I nearly hit a jogger on hole 8 because there's blind corner the jogger turns.

The course shares the park with a lot of soccer fields. When the weather cooperates, there are a LOT of soccer enthusiasts here, so parking can become scarce. They can also interfere with play on the first 6 holes and the final 5. It's more annoying than anything else, but I have had to skip a few holes due to swarms of soccer folks.

Bring bug spray!

I heard that cops are hanging out here now. If you need to, watch out!
Other Thoughts: Not bad for the area it's in, but should be used as an opening course before heading out to Rockford, Kirkland, Round Lake, or some other park. This park is huge - would love to see either an additional 9 or 18 holer built alongside this one.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.

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