Lake In The Hills, IL 
Linda K. Fischer Park DGC Share
Uploaded By: whitechocolate   (Taken 5/2012)
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1    7/4/2012   7/10/2012
Review By: mashnut
Played: 828  Reviewed: 775  Exp: 15.9 Years
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: The course plays through a small hilly park with no other park uses to interfere with disc golf. Several holes have some minor to moderate elevation changes, with a couple fun downhill shots and a couple tricky uphills. Two holes play through enough trees that you have to hit a technical line. The tee signs are adequate, with hole number and distance. The concrete tees and new dispatchers are in nice shape.
Cons: The course is very open, 7 of the holes don't have enough trees in play to dictate a specific line so you can get by without much in the way of line shaping skills. The fairways are narrow and surrounded by tall grass, a recipe for frustration especially on a course aimed mostly at newer players. The tall grass is thick enough to make discs disappear, and it's often in play right inside the circle.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find the distances reasonable, but the rough is a recipe for turning new players off from the sport. More experienced players won't find a whole lot of interesting challenges other than the two wooded shots, and even better players who place their shots in the circle off the tee will likely end up searching for discs. This would be a fun quick round in the winter when the grass isn't grown in, in the summer it's definitely not worth going out of your way.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but you still have to mow it

1    7/4/2012   7/5/2012
Review By: Three Putt
Played: 134  Reviewed: 87  Exp: 23.1 Years
This review was updated on 9/9/2013
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Fischer Park is a little neighborhood park that looks recently developed. It looked to be a single use park, as I didn't notice anything there but a disc golf course. It had nice elevation changes, especially for the area. The site was largely open so the elevation is key to making some fun golf out of the site. There are a couple of cool shots like #1 and #6 where the few trees that are on the site were used well. # 4 was a fun "throw at it" elevated tee shot. It wasn't great golf, but the shots could make for a fun round. There is a cool little barn between #3 and #4 that gives the park a nice feel. The pads were concrete and the baskets are DISCatchers, and it had OK tee signs. The course flowed well and there were no long walks between holes, so it wasn't hard at all to find your way around. There is a big course map at the entrance that will help first-time visitors figure out the flow. It could be an fun local course.
Cons: It's a tall grass course, but the fairways were not mowed wide enough and the mowed area around the baskets didn't even cover the 10M circle. The area to shoot for needs to be much larger. Actually calling it "grass" is deceiving as it was thick, knee-high (in some places shoulder-high} scrubby weeds. #7 is a blind hyzer shot up a hill, and we spent 10 minutes with five people looking for a disc that disappeared into the tall weeds. Once we found it, the disc was in the circle. All those weeds do nothing to make the course play any harder, it just backs up play and makes the whole experience of playing a round frustrating. The day I was there, the course would have been unplayable for a novice player due to how narrow the mowed area was and how high and thick the weeds were.

Given all the tall weeds, it a buggy course. There were a lot of bees in the weeds in #4's fairway, enough that I had to seriously think about whether I was going in there for my disc or not.

While the shots were pretty fun, the course is too open to really force you to use a lot of shots or really be very challenging. It's a rec-level course.
Other Thoughts: There is no parking lot for the park, just street parking. There is a port-a-potty on the site.

Just from a design perspective, Fischer Park is a nice local course with some fun shots. Properly maintained, it could be a nice addition to the area. The issue is the lack of maintenance of the park and the small size of the mowed areas for golf. Those issues would make the course extremely frustrating to play for recreational-level players, yet the course is designed for that type of player. As it stands the course is not challenging enough for Open/Advanced players and Intermediate/Recreational players will avoid it due to the frustrating factor of searching for basically good shots in the tall weeds. I'm afraid that unless the mowing issue is addressed, it will not be a very popular spot for disc golf.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

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