Serviceable but mostly ordinary
Pros: - quality baskets and decent concrete paver tees
- navigation is fairly straightforward
- cool pro tee on hole #4
- trees add some challenging shots
- creek is in play on many holes, but only as a slight deterrent
- tee signs on every hole
- ample parking
Cons: - since tees are multiple pieces, some settling over time
- 2 next tee signs are missing
- most holes are flat, open, and very repetitive
- more holes does not add to the course when they are almost identical
- could be much more interesting with throws over the creek
Other Thoughts: This is a decent and well-maintained course, but it didn't wow me. I think I agree with some other reviewers that this would be an acceptable 9-hole course. The last 4 holes largely just are repetitive open/flat holes with a few trees in the way. One of them would have been sufficient, and it just feels like you do the same thing over and over again.
The creek is cool, but is more of a "don't make a god-awful shot" deterrent than an actual hazard. The one hole that throws over the tee starts you so close to the creek bed you'd have to have a disaster to not get over. I think it could have been incorporated in more interesting ways.
The pro tee on hole #4 is a cool hill shot in an otherwise very flat park. With no elevation change, the trees are about the only other thing that add any challenge on this course. While I enjoyed the first few holes, I found the end rather dull.
The course seems well-maintained and even has a cool "foot golf" course as well (kicking a soccer ball into a "golf" hole in the ground, something I'd never heard of). Although a few next tee signs were missing, it was generally clear where to go.
All in all, this is a serviceable course if you live nearby. It's mostly unremarkable though, and I probably wouldn't go out of my way to return.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A clean, visibly open course that has been established to grow the sport. Nothing too exciting, but throwing from the sledding hill was fun. The tee's, baskets, and environment were clean, and in good, solid shape. Having a creek run through gave you something pleasant to look at.
Cons: Generally short course. Mostly open, not very challenging, but a positive attempt to bring another course to the area. Didn't make the best use of natural elevation, nor the creek.
Other Thoughts: Nothing very exciting to say about this course. It was there, it was clean and functioned without any problems (good tees & baskets). Worth a visit if you're nearby and just want to play a quick round without getting frustrated with difficulty or course problems.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: As far as disc golf goes, this is one of the better courses in this Rolling Meadows area, which is lacking high quality disc golf courses. Several qualities set this course above other nearby courses:
*Distance variety!!! This is this course's best feature. Several of the holes force experienced players to bring out their drivers. The bomb off the sled hill from the "pro" tee of hole 4 is great.
*Shot variety on the shorter holes is interesting enough to be fun!
*Water comes into play on several of the holes
*Best rubber tee pads that I've seen, baskets, and signs
*Good flow (except for the walk to the pro tee for hole 4)
I would like to stress the awesome-ness of hole 4 from the pro tee. It's a 500 foot shot off of a sled hill. Disc golf-wise, there is no reason to play this hole from the short position. It's just not as fun.
Cons: The last comment from the "pros" section can be qualified by citing a pretty big hazard involving the path to the left of the fairway on of 4. It's impossible to see if there are walkers about 200 feet down the fairway. This danger is evident on much of the course... fairways even go right across paths at some point. Be aware and respectful of other park users!
*Many of the holes play pretty wide open.
Other Thoughts: The designers did a good job of making this a fun course, but the design forces disc golfers to be conscious of the others using the park, which limits the rating and popularity this course will have.
UPDATE 7/19/16: Several new things to add about this course. The course now doubles as a foot golf course. Some people may view this as a pro, others may view this as a con. I view it as a con. Also, holes 6-8 have been totally redesigned, and now are completely boring and easy. I imagine the redesign was for safety reasons, which I understand, but the quality of DG here really took a hit.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 2 Not
Roll on by!
Pros: This course is located on a long narrow patch of land. A small creek splits it in half with 2 bridges making it passable at each end. It's rather flat and has scattered trees. Neighorhood houses line both sides.
It introduces disc golf in another new area.
Throwing from the long tee on top the sled hill is fun.
There are a few holes to practice rollers.
Tee signs are solid.
Tee pads are fine.
Good new Innova Baskets.
Several holes to just rip drives.
Cons: I'm not sure why there was a need for a 12 hole course here. It's tight, crammed, and repetitive.
There was very little creativity involved. Water could have been put in play but was not. A pin on the side of the sled hill would have been awesome. There is 1 across the creek shot and it's lame.
Hole 1, 5, & 12 are basically identical holes. Hole 2 & 3 are very similar as well.
The distance on top the sled hill is frustrating. Even the top throwers in the area are going to have a hard time getting a putt on this basket. It becomes a simple layup to get a 3. Boring. Hole 8 is very similar. It's 445 feet. Rip a drive and pitch it up. Take a 3. BORING!!! How about pushing that basket back another 50 to 75ft and placing it near the water. That would make a solid par 4.
Other Thoughts: Unless you are in the area I'd advise you not to stop here.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a smallish park that has some trees and a creek, and a whole lot of other activities going on. There are multiple playgrounds, parking lots with buildings on three corners, and is a popular place for recreation. Interference is definitely possible.
- Mature trees are present in many places, which force line shaping, especially off the tee. #1, #2, #5, and #12 are super tight/low off the teepad, to the point of being ridiculous. Some wider shots/overhand/roller lines are available in some places as well. Other holes are a little more forgiving with the trees, #6 is in a grove, #7 forces a RHBH anny (or big RHBH hyzer), and #3 is around a large, wide tree.
- Creek is a factor on a few holes; especially to the right on #8 and #9. These are longer holes, too, so an out of control shot can land in the water or over the creek very easily.
- Nice elevated tee shot on #4 long, a good bomber hole at 535'. Errant shots have a real chance of hyzering way left into the creek, right into the trees, or way right into somebody's backyard. Keep it clean! Also a few baskets on small slopes, especially on #1.
- Some other tricky basket placements, usually by being placed directly next to or underneath a low hanging tree branch. Adds difficulty for sure.
- Good variety of hole length, there are three over 400', four more over 300', and shorter holes that offer some tougher lines.
- Nice signs, nice teepads, nice baskets. Directional arrows are present in spots to point in the right direction, navigation is a breeze.
Cons: - A few of the holes have really funky lines, mostly due to lots of low tree branches. #1 has a branch literally on top of the teepad, not sure if this is intentional.
- A lot of wide open holes, or holes with one or two trees to worry about. The creek helps to add challenge, without a doubt, but a safe RHBH hyzer will easily take that out of play.
Other Thoughts: - A pretty decent course in the park; there is plenty of distance for any kind of player, and some funky lines to try new things. Definitely could see a lot of rollers to stay clear of the trees, or low line drives. Good for beginners to mess around, as long as they avoid the creek. Casual players will find some challenge as well. More advanced players will be able to cruise through, for the most part.
- It can get REALLY crowded here; I had to skip #4 long and #11-#12 on my second round because of lots of soccer activities. Good to come on off hours.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Alright with so much potential
Pros: Cement Tees
-Relatively Easy Navigation
-Variety of lengths
-Great overall park amentities
This 12 hole disc golf course was put into the ground on the North end of the Salk Park complex, listed as North Salk Park. The holes wrap around a sledding hill and a creek and wind back and forth throughout the fields. Signage is easy enough to follow, including to next tee signs, although a couple of the distances are definitely wrong. It is easy enough to find you way around from the parking lot at Owl Drive and Bobolink Ln. If you park in any of the other lots you may have trouble finding the course.
The hole length range from 200 to 535 feet, although I do not believe alternative 4 (from the top of the hill) or hole 6 (marked 405) are correct. The scattered tees and creek add a little bit of challenge.
The park as a whole has activities for everyone. Salk Park is made up of North Salk, South Salk, and the Nelson Sports Complex. It has 2 playgrounds, baseball fields, soccer fields, sledding, ice hockeys, pool, and a great paved path for running or cycling. It is an ideal place to go as a family to do all to the outdoor activies you want and split up into small groups to cover everyone's interests.
Cons: -Overall Challenge
This park has the potential to be something special. Not neccessarily something championship caliber, but special where everyone can enjoy it.
The overall challenge of this course is disappointing. All the holes that play along the creek at designed to the natural fade of a right handed backhanded player. Which means, you stand next to the creek on your right and the basket is down field and slightly to the left. This is simply the natural fade of the disc and offer no line shaping at all. Not to mention those holes are almost, if not completely, open. It just gets boring. It's the same shot at different lengths. Hole 3 play over the creek, but it is literally only 20 feet in front of you. If you can throw 75 feet slightly downhill, it doesn't really come into play.
Secondly, whoever designed this course (no offense to the park district), looks like the walk the land for the first time and said "this will do". There almost seems like there was no thought put into the course. The trees, creek, and distances could have been used drastically better. Some of the holes do offer a decent challenge with low canopies and such, however, with just slightly changes, it could have gone from okay to super fun. There are very few things hear that can really force a bogey beyond human error. It takes time and thought to put a decent course in the ground. I wish the park district would have gotten some feedback from a decent course designer in the area before putting this in. A better layout (tees and basket placements) would help seperate people taking birdies and bogeys.
You throw over the walking path twice here and once along it. I think the only place it really is an issue on Hole 3. You are on the other side of the creek and no one really knows the course is there (or what it is yet). That generally causes you to have to wait for longer periods of times to tee off. Hole 5 you are about 50 feet from the path, and Hole 6 the hyzer route plays along it. With the traffic at this park, I have only thrown forehand rollers on 6 to make sure it stays on the course and in the fairway. Too much risk for an errant throw makes me a little nervous.
Other Thoughts: This course is new and no one really knows what it is yet. I have been talking to people at the course and educating them on it. People seem excited about it, and a lot of new people have been giving it a try.
The course is still be taking over by other activities that have been doing things there way for a while now. At times I have been there, the sledding hill has been out of play because of cross country practice as well as people setting up a soccer game in the fairway at the bottom of the hill. Holes 10 and 11 have been out of play for another soccer game, and someone was doing calisthenics on tee pad 1. Over time, hopefully this gets better, especially since there are soccer fields further south in the park.
Based on it's current status, I have to give this course a 2.0 Reasonable. I want to give it more, but it's only based on potential and as it stands. This course with a little bit of love could easily be of the best courses in the area. I feel it could easily be built up to a solid 3.5, maybe even a 4.0 type course. Some baskets movements or multiple basket locations, as well as additional tees to this course, could bring it to the next level, as well as help with erosion. There is plenty of land here to even grow this to an 18 hole course down the road if the demand calls for it.
This is a decent practice course but truly nothing special...yet. This course could easily be on par with Visto Del Camino in Scottsdale, AZ. Hopefully the park district will see some decent use out of their course and want to do constant improvements/upgrades. Thank you Rolling Meadows Park District for putting a course within a bike ride from my home. My dog looks forward to catching more voles along the creek.
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