Not as bad I was expecting!
Pros: - Great course for a beginner
- Not a ton of other options in the north-side/north shore area
- Would be great for an ace race
Cons: - Once you finish, you need to walk the entire course in reverse to get back to the start
- A couple more trees/foliage would help to break up the course
- Numbers on the baskets are a bit worn
Other Thoughts: This course wasn't nearly as dinky as I was expecting. Yes, holes are short. And foliage is light. But given the size of Chicago and what feels like a lack of courses in the city, I'm glad it exists. Also, the need to keep shots in control (canal on one side, busy road on the other) means that drives are a bit more challenging than the distances would indicate (I find myself not throwing 100%).
I wonder if anyone has considered turning this into an 18 hole out-and-back, double-dipping on the existing pins. It's a shame that when you finish you need to walk the entire course to get back to the start, it really feels like a missed opportunity.
Overall, happy to have this as an option and I'll definitely be back.
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Course can be challenging if you play it with strict rules
Pros: This is the closest course to my house. Actually close enough that I can play it quickly on my own during lunch if I work from home. I have also devised (what I consider challenging) a full 18 layout for this course. As stated in other reviews, it is a one way course. I have made a new course guide with updated rules and pictures so players can use this to get more out of this small course.
Cons: Recently, for whatever reason, they removed quite a few of the trees. this includes the tunnel shot that was hole 5. Now its just wide open. Sometimes the bike/walking path is very busy and its important to be mindful of the others using the park. Also McCormick running the length of the course bothers some. It's not that bad if you select the correct disc and are mindful of the wind.
Other Thoughts: Course guide OB/strict hole rules coming soon for my full 18 layout.
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Pros: Holes are pretty straight forward as the land is flat.
Great place to practice RHBH hyzer lines of varying lengths between 90'-400'.
Plays within a sculpture park.
Couple of trash cans near teepads.
Large concrete teepads. New Innova discatchers. Newly paved parking lot. Well maintained park and grass.
Cons: It's 9 holes going one way.
The holes aren't very challenging for the competitive disc golfer.
If you're not careful or inexperienced your discs may fly towards McCormick Blvd or the Chicago River.
Check for pedestrians, roller bladers and bicyclists along the path.
Other Thoughts: Having grown up in the Rogers Park area of Chicago I never knew disc golf even existed. After moving to LA and picking up the activity I'm pleasantly surprised to come back and see a course pop up close to the old neighborhood. This is a newly installed course as of Aug 2012.
I only brought one disc on my trip here but it was really great to get out and toss the disc and get some fresh air and exercise. Not a destination course but I had a blast playing here and trying my hardest to (unsuccessfully) birdie every hole.
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Close to ChiTown
Pros: This is a brand new course that is located near Chicago. Chicago lacks courses so it's much needed. Park across the street at Dominick's. The first tee is near the corner of Northeast Parkway. If you cross the street at the light you can't miss the first tee. It's very flat and mostly open with a few scattered trees. Several holes have very thick rough to the left of the basket. There are tons of art on display. A trails runs the entire length of the park.
Brand new Innova Discatcher baskets.
Very nice concrete tee pads.
This course is going to expose tons of people to disc golf. It's in a highly populated area.
Hole #5 is a nice hole. 2 rows of trees and a tunnel to throw down.
Navigation is a breeze since you are playing south the entire round.
Cons: No tee signs.
The baskets do not have the number on them.
There are a lot of pedestrians using the trail. Be prepared to wait until they clear. The trail could use some signs near the path alerting users they are entering a disc golf area.
The road could come into play. Hole #7 is a prime candidate. It's the longest hole and I can see people ranking them into the busy 4 lane road especially with a head wind or left to right.
Hole #9 is a super long walk back to #1.
You play south the entire round. You are going to be throwing into the same wind every hole. There is only 1 hole that you have to throw a straight shot. You can throw a RHBH hyzer on every shot.
Other Thoughts: I would really like to see them install another set of tees so you can play it on the way back. It would be really unique. It's such a long narrow park we played our own holes back.
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joggers in sight lawyer's delight
Pros: There is nothing in the vicinity and the area is sorely lacking a disc golf course. The Sculptures and the park are lovely. The Tee pads are excellent and the baskets are new DiscCatchers.Although the planners likely did not anticipate this the reverse path back to hole 1, as mentioned by Jason and Damon, provides a fun safari route. The deuce or die holes are reasonably fun to play.
Cons: I agree with Jason and Damon. This is a dangerous course. Experienced players will watch and wait before they tee off but can still hit somebody with an errant shot. A chucker is bound to hit somebody on the path or a car on the road.
Other Thoughts: This area is starved for a course. I am reluctant to post a negative review as I still want a course, even this one, available less than three miles from home.
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