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.
0 Helpful / 1 Not
Great Beginner / Practice Course
Pros: Nice open course that allows for mistakes. I am a beginner to disc golf and found this course nice to work on my fundamentals.
Lawn is mowed, and the park is nice and quiet tucked away behind houses in a residential area.
Cons: Wish this course was full 18.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This is a good course for beginners. All of the holes are pretty much straight approaches with just enough trees scattered throughout the course to make you concentrate on keeping your shots straight. Hole #3 is an easy opening shot across the water, but you still have to be careful. Holes 7-10 are having you throwing along the water, so you have to concentrate on your shot. The water is always to your right, though, so stick with a straight flying disc and RHBH shots.
Cons: The holes are a bit narrow and if crowded you can find your discs in the middle of someone else's fairway while they are getting ready to shoot. And when it gets crowded holes can back up real quickly. If you are a beginner and taking lots of shots offer to let others play through.
For a beginner the water can eat up your discs. Some sort of a retrieval device can come in really handy.
Other Thoughts: As a beginner I found the course to be fun and challenging and will play there as often as possible.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
It’s Like Déjà Vu All Over Again
Pros: Salk Park is Rolling Meadows main park. The South side of the park is well developed and holds ball fields, a soccer field, an ice area, a community center and an aquatic center. About all you see of that development from the disc golf course is the ice arena parking lot and the preschool playground you throw toward on #3. The North side of the park is a flat, narrow strip of land running on either side of a creek. It has a sled hill, a playground, a walking path and a lot of open space. Houses line the park boundary on both sides. The course has new Innova DisCatcher, nice tees and functional tee signs. There are two very good pedestrian bridges and good signage when you cross the creek. Some of the holes have some distance, so it's a good place to air out drives. Hole #4 has an alternate tee on top of the sled hill, which is cool.
Cons: Other than the throw off the sled hill, this is a painfully boring, repetitive course. The site is lightly wooded and several of the holes are wide open. Holes #2, #5 & #7 are basically the same shot. Holes #8 and #10 are the same shot, just with the creek on the other side. Hole #11 is the same shot as #8 and #10, only with no creek. A lot of this course makes you think "didn't we already play this hole?" Unfortunately, none of those shots are good enough to make you want to play them again.
The walking path winds through the course, and on holes like #2 and #5 it conflicts with the entire hole. I noticed four times that people walking on the path kept looking back at me, like they expected me to throw on them. I got the impression that this multi-use wasn't working out very well.
The golf is meh. The lack of obstacles and elevation means you basically throw the same shot over an over. The only scoring separation you get is from the difference in distances people are throwing.
The course is 12 holes, but the holes conflict with each other. The area where #6-#7-#8 are is a head-scratcher. There is a long walk from #5's basket to the #6 tee for no reason; the #6 tee could be up closer to the walking path and farther back. With hole #6's basket back where it is, hole #7 shoots up past the #6 basket into an area between #6's basket and #8's tee. All of the holes conflict with each other. #8 is a long for long's sake shot next to the creek that could be shortened to get the tee out of the way. #7 could be pulled altogether or #7's tee could be used for #8 if you were not trying to cram 12 holes into a small space. The course would be better with more variety if it was only 9 or 10 holes.
Other Thoughts: Given that North Salk Park is flat and lightly wooded, it wasn't going to be a great course. It has the potential to be better than it is, though. I think most people find that the fact that it is 12 holes is a pro, but for me I found myself thinking "is it over yet?" by hole #8. A redesign down to 9 holes would greatly improve this course in my opinion. As it is, the course is boring and repetitive. It's an open spot to air out drives, otherwise it is a waste of time.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
The course is actually a rolling meadow
Pros: Although 12 holes, this course still gets a 3 for me. Here's why:
+They made great use of the land. The rolling meadows with trees really works nicely.
+The baskets are professional grade, and that's always more challenging.
+The creek runs through the middle of the course and comes into play on many of the holes.
+There are actually 4-5 great par 3's here. Most non-pros will struggle to shoot -3 consistently.
+ #5 is a cool bomber from the top of a sledding hill. Signature hole for sure.
Cons: -the creek is also a huge negative because it is bordered by very tall grass making impossible to actually see where your disc landed.
-the course is a bit repetitive, but not in a terribly bad way.
-pedestrians often come into play because there is a path weaving throughout the course.
Other Thoughts: Not a destination course by any means. Worth checking out if you live close though.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: 1) Signs have Hole #, Map, Par, Distance on 4x4 posts.
2) Concrete pavers laid together to form nicely sized tees. Surprisingly they were all fairly level also, meaning they did a good job installing the base underneath the steppers. I think they were about 10' x 6'. Perhaps a much cheaper option than pouring concrete and something I am going to look in to for future course development.
3) #'d discatchers are some of the best baskets for visibility.
4) Overall the course is well removed from other activities in the park, except for a couple of path crossings.
5) #4 pro tee is an awesome shot. It is a lot of fun to throw down off a sledding hill.
6) Hole #3 crosses the river, although it wouldn't be in play real easily, there are a few other holes that run alongside the river where it could easily become a factor in the hole. I always enjoy water on a course . . . unless I am losing my disc in it.
7) Plenty of trees to make half a dozen of the holes challenging and fun to throw. Add in the river, and a throw off a sledding hill and you have yourself a well rounded course.
8) Beginner friendly course because nothing is too densely wooded and the water is easily avoided with a safe shot.
9) Distance variation is awesome, with 200's, 300's, and 400's and a good mix of everything in between. I love having to throw multiple discs and multiple shot holes where placement is key.
10) Anytime I get to bust out a roller or two I appreciate it.
Cons: 1) I had to throw around a kids day camp on #3. It was long enough to not be a birdie hole anyways but short enough it was a simple upshot for my 3.
2) I think #6 and #7 are dangerous because they run past each other and it you could easily end up in the wrong fairway.
3) Very flat course with very small elevation changes, except #4 pro tee.
4) There might be a few other interactions along the walking path with disc golfers if you or they aren't paying attention. Always assume they aren't paying attention since so few people even understand what we are doing.
5) Hyzer friendly, with only a couple anny lines.
Other Thoughts: This course is better than the average for the area, but lacking in some features still. It is a lot of fun to throw because of the trees, water, and the sledding hill shot, but it also lacks elevation change on the rest of the holes. A little more variety in shot selection would be better but it just seems that the hyzer is favored a little too much.
5 of 5 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.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: The course plays through a small flat park. The sled hill comes into play on the long tee for hole 4 adding a fun downhill bomb. Some scattered trees dot the grassy fairways, adding some obstacles on many of the shots. A few of the holes play along the creek, it could potentially come into play on a bad shot. There is some nice distance on a few of the holes here, offering some chances to air out some drives. The signage is decent, with hole length and layout. The large paving blocks make for a good tee surface.
Cons: The park is flat and very open, making this course a bit lacking in variety. A few of the holes seemed like they purposely avoided some available trees and instead opted for the wide open shot. The creek could have been used more to add some risk/reward decisions.
There are major safety issues here. It's a busy park with lots of other activities going on in the middle of fairways. Two different soccer games were going on when I played, causing hole 4's long tee and holes 10 and 11 to be completely unplayable without hitting someone. A couple holes play very close to one another, especially in holes 6-8 where errant shots can easily end up on other fairways.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find some length here, but not a whole lot of punishment for errant shots. More experienced players won't find a whole lot of variety, and the only real challenge is the distance on a few holes. It's disappointing to see the continued installation of poorly thought out courses with little challenge or variety and numerous safety issues. It only serves to further the stereotypes of flat boring chicagoland disc golf, and holds the sport back in this area.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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.
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