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 Better as a 9 than an 18

1    11/13/2011   11/16/2011
Review By: mashnut
Played: 828  Reviewed: 775  Exp: 15.6 Years
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Pros: The course was redesigned from a very short crammed in 18 holer to a 9 hole course with a little more room and dual tees. The tees numbered 1-9 play fairly short, and are mostly beginner friendly. The holes numbered 10-18 are a bit longer on the open holes, and offer slightly trickier lines on the wooded portion of the course. There is an ok mix of different shots required, though if you have a straight shot in your bag you'll be pretty successful. There are 4x4 posts at each tee with the hole number and distance, and the baskets are all visible from the tees so more detailed hole signage isn't all that necessary. The course flows well, and is pretty easy to follow. The tees have been improved over the old layout.
Cons: Despite these improvements, however, the tees are still pretty bad. They're framed and filled, and most are pretty rutted out and eroded. The baskets are old and in poor shape, many don't catch all that well. There aren't any really interesting holes here, it's slightly better than many of the other boring Chicago 9ers, but it's not one to choose over the other Joliet area courses.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find the short tees very approachable, there are some tight lines on the few wooded holes but punishment is limited for inaccurate shots. The longer tees provide a little more challenge for intermediate players, better players won't find a whole lot of real tests here. I think the redesign makes this course significantly safer, it plays much better as a 9 holer with some buffer between holes than as an 18 shoved into a small area.

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