5 Helpful / 0 Not
Good Park, Disappointing Design
Pros: Nice, new baskets and concrete paver tee pads.
Good signs on each hole. Next Tee signs help point you in the right direction when needed to make navigation a breeze.
Hole #3 is fun.
Pro/alternate #4 at 535' is the signature hole here as you will throw from the top of the sled hill. The line of trees on the left side of the fairway and the houses on the right make this a fun, yet somewhat difficult hole.
There are a number of younger trees here that should add some challenge to this course over time.
Cons: There are 12 holes here of varying lengths, #7--#12 seemed very similar with distance as the only variable. This space could have and should have been utilized better.
Other park activities, particularly soccer, may cause safety issues if disc golfers do not yield to other park users. Please pay attention to others on each throw out here.
Although the baskets, tee pads and signs indicate that plenty of time was required to design and install this course, it is a shame to see that safety issues were completely ignored. This is the main reason for my 1.0 rating.
Other Thoughts: While you see the creek throughout the course it really does not come into play on any hole, save for extreme wind conditions or very poor throws.
Although brand new, North Salk Park has the potential to be a good 9 hole course.
Beginners and rec level players will be challenged here, while Pro/advanced may want to leave after throwing from the top of the sled hill on #4 or create safari holes to add some difficulty.
Right now, this is a good local option if you live in the neighborhood. However, there is no need to go out of your way to play this course.
If some changes are made in the future, I will play it again and update this review accordingly.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Good job with pad and target locations
Pros: For a fairly flat and open park they did a very good job tucking the pads and targets into the trees.
Hole #4 alternate tee from up top of the sled hill is lots of fun.
12 holes are better than 9?
Nice tees using larger concrete paver blocks
Parking, bike trail
Cons: The creek does not come into play much, but if it does it is very green with lots of crap on top so your disc disappears with little chance of recovery.
Not sure I like the trees as obstructions at the tee, such as hole #1, where you have to alter your shot to throw under the hanging branches.
Other Thoughts: Thanks to the Rolling Meadows Park District for developing this course.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Great... In a Way...
Pros: Good distance for each hole. Let's you really get behind some of your throws. Most of the holes are spread apart so there is no confusion which hole you are going for. Good for RHBH throwers with the hyzer. With a creek always on your right side on holes 7-10, a nice hyzer shot will stay clear and no discs will be lost. Same thing with backyards for that fact too. Although I have had a throw go into a yard, it wasn't far in and was easy to retrieve. The baskets are nice and big so it suits well with beginners and experts alike.
Cons: Many trees on the tee box, such as hole number 1. The tree branch hangs over 3/4 of the concrete runway and you are pretty much forced to either throw low to dodge it or throw way left.
Also, could have thrown some variety in for each hole. 2 and 3 seem to be the only holes not a straight shot to the hole. Sure I like the touch of throwing over the creek on hole 3, but it's like 10 feet in front of the tee, so now really a problem at all.
Many times, there are soccer players in the middle of the 4th and the 10/11th fairway.
Hole 6 used to be a nice par 4 with some trees near the hole to add some challenge. They moved the hole back further into more trees, making par (for me anyway) about the best I can get.
2 of 2 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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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