Ottawa, IL 
Pine Hills Golf Club Share
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 Very Good Fly 18 Style Golf!

2-4    11/6/2011   11/15/2011
Review By: #19325
Played: 345  Reviewed: 177  Exp: 16.5 Years
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Pine Hills is located on a golf course. The area is very scenic on and around the golf course. The course is more "open" but there are a lot of intersting features which add challenge. Sand traps, greens, elevation, and water add challenge and thought on shot selection.

Innova Discatcher Pro Portable baskets. Awesome temporary baskets and catch great. Very visable.

Although this course is rather open there is a wide variety of shots and disc selection required. Thought on shot selection and risk/reward come into play as well.

If you like throwing rollers there are many options to do so.

Golf carts rule! For $10/round or $15 all day I think this is a good value.

Hole #5 is one bad arse Par 6!

Hole #17 is awesome. Great risk/reward shooting over the cliff. If you come up short you are in the water or OB on the cliff.

Being able to pull out drivers and let them rip is a bonus.

The clubhouse is very nice! The restrooms are clean. The food is great and reasonably priced. There are a few port o potties out on the course as well.

If you like drinking beer while playing disc golf this is the place for you. No need to hide it. Stock up the cooler in the clubhouse and enjoy your suds. No park rangers or cops to worry about.
Cons: I would give this course a 4 disc rating if there were tee pads and signs.

I had no problem navigating the course either time I played but I could see some struggling. Having a cart will help the issue when you can drive up and check the hole out.

This course is long and isn't beginner friendly. I could see novice players or those who can't throw over 300ft not liking this course.
Other Thoughts: If you are travleling down I80 this is a really good/fun place to stop and play.

You can get a good idea of the scoring at the course. It was fairly windy for this event.

Being temporary there are many options of being flexible. I played an event in the spring and came back to find many tweaks and changes to the design in the fall.

Make sure you call before driving out to make sure the course is open for play!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 Surprisingly interesting

1    11/12/2011   11/13/2011
Review By: mashnut
Played: 828  Reviewed: 775  Exp: 15.7 Years
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course shares space with a 9 hole ball golf course. Most of the holes play along the edges of the fairways, bringing mature trees into play and keeping it from just being wide open shots. Several holes play near the edge of the woods, offering chances to end up in the rough. Ball golf greens and sand traps along with some property line fences add ob to contend with.

Unlike many shared courses, Pine Hills isn't just a bunch of long bombs. There are some shorter ho,es mixed in, and many reachable lengths for the advanced and open players the course seems to have been designed for. There are some nice long holes, many of which offer some interesting shot placement challenges to set up your second drive. The signature par 6 dogleg is a really interesting set of shots, and with the mando, ob fence, dogleg and steep uphill approach it takes 4 excellent drives to have a chance at a birdie 5. There aren't a lot of hills, but the rolling elevation changes are used well and the few steeper areas are brought into play as much as possible.

The baskets are temporary, but all were in good shape and nicely leveled. The tees were grass, but there hasn't been enough traffic to make them a problem, and all were in nice flat spots. The course description available in the clubhouse has good descriptions of the holes and instructions for getting to the next tee.

Cons: Because the course is temporary, there isn't any signage and the next tee markers aren't always staked down well. This makes it a little tricky at times to figure out the course flow. The tees aren't numbered and occasionally there are spots where multiple tees are visible and it takes a little bit of work to figure it out. The hole descriptions are nice, but with several long blond holes it would be nice to have a course map or individual hole layouts.

Because the disc golf layout doesn't exactly parallel the golf layout, there can be some conflicts. The golfers were very polite when we played, but they do have the right of way so make sure to pay attention as you play on or near the golf fairways.
Other Thoughts: Despite the excellent use of the available trees and elevation, this course does still feel pretty open at times. Experienced players will enjoy the multi-shot challenges and the chance to air it out. Beginners will find it pretty long, and probably won't have as much fun. It's always a fun extra to have golf carts, and they're no extra charge here for an added bonus.

If this course were available year round and had some basic signage it would bump up to a 4 for me, mostly thanks to the interesting par 4, 5 and 6 holes that make you plan how you're going to attack each part of the hole.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful.

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