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Usable, but little challenge

1    8/13/2017   8/13/2017
Review By: amryan11
Played: 36  Reviewed: 23  Exp: 12.2 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - tee signs for each hole
- concrete tees for each hole
- makes use of a huge hole and a drainage ditch for elevation change
- short lengths made a bit interesting by risk of overthrow into marsh on #3
- good for beginners and people just looking to work on technique
- lots of ace opportunities
- good quality baskets (a bit rusty, but no less usable)
Cons: - some of the tee signs have graffiti on them
- many of the holes are VERY short (almost difficult not to overthrow on 150')
- most are quite open, though some trees are in the routes
- little sets this apart from other city courses
Other Thoughts: This course is okay, and I almost wanted to like it more. The holes are a bit too short but the continual excitement of an ace is admittedly a bit nice. It's a serviceable course with good baskets, but it's one of the few I've seen with graffiti on tee signs. There is also some sort of dog breeder adjacent to the course and a multitude of dogs were barking nonstop for the half hour plus I was playing. It's not that big a deal but wasn't the most pleasant. All in all, the course is fairly ordinary and not one worth making a trip back to in my opinion. If you are newer to the game, it's a great one to build some confidence on and get used to shorter throws before moving on to other courses.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Outstanding Course For The Newbie!

1    6/27/2016   6/28/2016
Review By: The Valkyrie Kid
Played: 1167  Reviewed: 1115  Exp: 39.4 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: O'Brien Park is a lovely city park with the usual activities going on, pic nic shelter, soccer fields, etc. This park does have a sledding hill and an interesting ditch/trench, both of which are well used on the disc golf course.

The course has adequate concrete pads. The baskets are Discatchers with the yellow bands. The tee signs are basic but do have a preferred route on them.

The course is so great for beginners and less experienced players. There's nearly no way to get into trouble here except possibly on # 3 and the water 30 feet beyond the basket. With six holes under 208', younger players will have some ACE chances.

One obvious highlight is teeing off from the top of the sledding. The basket is 330' and completely open so this gives players without big arms a chance to see their disc sail away.
Cons: Holes 5-8 all play back and forth across the same little gully/ditch. They're all about the same length and although they're fun throws, it's a little repetitive to have four of them in a row.

There isn't much challenge for anyone past a rec player. For us recreational players, throwing off the sledding hill and chasing those ACEs is great fun.

A neighbor who lives behind the play area runs a kennel and her dogs barked incessantly during my entire 25 minute round today.
Other Thoughts: Another excellent course for beginners. I've not seen many better for introducing younger players to the game of disc golf.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Fun Little Pitch n Putt

2-4    6/19/2015   6/19/2015
Review By: SneakyJedi
Played: 95  Reviewed: 46  Exp: 8.4 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Nice park setting is pleasant to play through

- Baskets, tee pads, and signs are in good repair

- Decent hazard variety for such a small course (elevation, water, trees)
Cons: - Very short and largely open, most holes at/under 200'

- Lack of variety through the middle section of the course

- Tee signs not in the best location (explained below)
Other Thoughts: O'Brien Park is a nice, typical suburban park with playgrounds, sports fields, and walking paths. The disc golf course is mostly removed from the other areas of the park, and I have not had any conflicts with other park users.

The course starts and ends relatively strong, with holes 1 and 2 presenting fun uphill and downhill shots that are two of the three longest holes. Hole 3 starts the series of 6 short holes, but has a retention pond directly behind the basket to add a bit of interest. Holes 5-8 play back and forth over a drainage ditch which, along with the sporadic tress, provide enough of a challenge to keep the course from being completely boring. The course finishes with one more chance to actually stretch out your arm with it second hole over 300'.

This isn't a bad course to work on your short game if you are a more seasoned player. Most of the middle holes have lines where you can just toss up a high forehand or backhand hyzer shot over/around the trees, but there are tighter, lower ceiling lines up the middle that are nice to work your putters through.

This is a nice course for beginners as well. My wife puts up wonderfully with the longer more challenging courses she usually plays with me, but her 200-250' max drive felt at home here. She enjoyed the change of pace and managed to shoot under par. So if you are new to the game, have friends of family you want to introduce to the sport, or just want an easy change of pace, O'Brien is a great little park.

Concerning the equipment, the teepads are perfectly adequate, and the baskets, while a bit rusty, are otherwise in good repair and catch well. The tee signs are fine though mostly unnecessary as navigation is trivial and you can see every basket from the pad. My issue with the signs, however, is that they are placed at the front right side of the tee pads. This is a perfect location to accidentally wack the back of your hand on a right-hand-backhand follow through. Even if it isn't terribly likely, once you realize it as a possibility, it can get in your head and screw up your form trying to avoid the sign. I have hit my hand on a sign during a follow through before (different course) and it is no fun. I would rather the signs be placed at the front of the pads.

O'Brien Park is nothing special, but that doesn't mean it is no good. I enjoy my rounds here, and wish I had a course like this in my backyard, I would play it most days after work. So if you live nearby, bring a friend or family member and grow the sport!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Short but Effective (good practice course)

1    4/16/2015   4/17/2015
Review By: uncrandr
Played: 62  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 10.4 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: >> Cement tee pads were installed!
>> A very quick course to play if you're short on time but want to play a round. I played the course twice in approx 45 min
>> A good layout considering the amount (or lack thereof) of open space the park has available.
>> Several holes through trees with a low ceiling give you a chance to work on your accuracy
Cons: >> Many of the holes put you in danger of being hit by an errant throw (I disc rolled right in front of me as I left the Tee pad)
>> Short Tee pads
>> Rusty chains on several of the baskets
Other Thoughts: I thought it was a good course for practicing different throws and trying out new discs. Or maybe even an ace race course. I nearly aced a couple and I'm not a pro by any standard.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 Fun, but not challenging

2-4    6/17/2014   6/18/2014
Review By: nivek1385
Played: 34  Reviewed: 8  Exp: 27.7 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Tee signs are nice quality and the park itself is nice and tucked away between houses. En route, I almost missed the park entrance because it was that tucked away. This is a good course for beginners and young kids.
Cons: The course needs better maintenance as each basket has a large amount of rust. There are no teepads, just tee ditches. Unfortunately, there's no real way to tell what counts as part of the tee and what doesn't, as there's about 10-15 feet of dirt patch with the tee sign about a third to a half of the way between the rear of the patch and the basket. The tee ditches seem easily rutted and seem quite a large pain if the weather is wet. Depending on weather, I may try to return tomorrow since it's been rainingstorming for the last several hours.

For experienced golfers, this course has little challenge. Of the 3 holes marked as par 4, only 1 (hole 9) seems like a legitimate par 4 candidate (for amateurs, not pros). In fact, I had a kiss-of-death interaction with the chains for ace on one of the par 4's. Several of the par 3's seem like they shouldn't even be a par of 3, though I've never heard of a par 2 hole. I kept having to pull up on most drives to keep from overthrowing or even crushing it past the basket and still had problems at times.

This could be a seasonal thing or just a problem the day that I went, but there was also a very large gnat problem to the point where I was having to swing wildly for 10-15 seconds prior to most throws.
Other Thoughts: Even with my atrocious putting abilities, I honestly think that I could get sub-20 on a good day. If I had played here when it was 30 degrees F cooler...I'm pretty sure that I would have thrown ~20.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 O'kay, Good For Beginners

1    11/24/2012   12/2/2012
Review By: Jukeshoe
Played: 217  Reviewed: 169  Exp: 8.1 Years
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - This suburban niner is located in a grassy, mostly open park. The course plays up (#1) and then down (#2) a small hill, and then works it's way back and forth through a smattering of mature trees (#'s 4-8) before ending with another completely open hole (#9).
- A nice balance between open shots and the scattered trees; the course is definitely beginner-friendly, but has enough variety to give a good taste of what disc golf is about.
- Elevation is used to great effect, especially #'s 1, 2, and 6. #1 starts off with an open uphill shot. #2 throws a mini bomb off the hill. #6's a miniature "over the gorge" shot, with the pin protected by trees.
Cons: - The tees, while far from the worst I've seen, are in pretty bad shape. Basically comprised of large rutted-out gravel patches, they don't provide terrible footing, but they certainly don't help.
- A few of the holes feel very similar in nature (#'s 7 and 8 look suspiciously like #6).
- A lack of any significant distance relegates this course to an "entry level" caliber course. A pair of holes (#'s 2 and 9) stretch past 320', but just barely, and one of those is downhill. Both are wide open.
Other Thoughts: - #3 was as dry as a bone when I played the course. Perhaps seasonal flooding or some other factor brings water into play, but I saw nothing obvious.
- While nothing spectacular, O'Brien does a solid job of mixing up elevation, trees, and open land to create an accessible and fun introduction to disc golf. Really, the hill is the saving grace here, as otherwise it'd end up being just another flat and boring Chicagoland niner.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 A course so short that a leprechaun could shoot par

1    11/24/2012   11/25/2012
Review By: Three Putt
Played: 132  Reviewed: 85  Exp: 22.8 Years
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: O'Brien Park is a short beginners course. It starts with two pretty OK shots; # 1 shoots up a sled hill and #2 is an elevated tee shot down the backside of the hill. From there the course settles down into a series of < 200' shots back and forth over a ditch, followed by a longer 300'-ish open shot at #9 to finish. There were good signs and the flow was easy to follow. The park is lightly wooded, and four of the nine shots were pretty wide-open.
Cons: The tees are natural and badly rutted out. They don't give much in the way of footing. The shots get repetitive as so many of them shoot back and forth over a ditch with similar distances. It is hard to remember one hole from the other since they were all so similar. The distances and challenge-level would have to be described as "beginners only."
Other Thoughts: While it would be nice if there was a bit more variety to this course, it does make for a good beginners design. If the tee situation was addressed, it would be a pretty OK course. I think there is a need for these types of courses, as they do a good job of introducing the sport to a wide range of players. Unfortunately, for the purpose of reviewing there isn't much to them and they simply don't rate highly.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Ego boost needed?

2-4    7/8/2012   7/11/2012
Review By: sisyphus
Played: 300  Reviewed: 283  Exp: 6.1 Years
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: A nice community park course for casual to rec players to get their egos inflated, O'Brien DGC has nine relatively easy holes with predominantly open lines to each basket. There is almost no chance of losing a disc here, as the lawns are well-maintained, and the park is very clean. The only place that poses a challenge on that front is going long to the pond on #3. There are three holes over 300' (#1 can be considered so because it plays over 10' uphill - effectively a 30' length 'increase' - on a basket 280' from the tee): #'s 1, 2, & 9.
The first 'tee' is just past the playground and runs across the park to the right side of the hill. Shooting to the second hole from the top of the hill towards the rear of the park was a pleasure for this moderate to weak arm. Then the real ace runs began, with #'s 3 through 8 running back and forth across the gentle drainage ravine, before finishing back towards the playground with a longer, open field #9 basket.
Intermediate (and above) players may look at O'Brien as an opportunity to practice approaches and putts, or just an opportunity to rack up aces on their resumes.
Each hole had a decent tee sign.
The park has play areas, a soccer field, a pond, and a walking path, adequate parking, water, a port-o-let, and other amenities for a family picnic outing.
Cons: The tee areas are not well defined, as they are still simply swaths of gravel beside the tee signs, and though they are fairly level, they tend to spread forward and back for about 30'. Based on the pictures and initial course information, it doesn't look like there are intentions to upgrade (though the course seems decently maintained).
Though the flow is usually pretty clear, I always prefer having at least an overview map near the first tee.
Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the Innova baskets with the 'chastity belt' metal rims at the top, but even more so because that's what I hit to miss an ace on #6.
The course is probably too short, easy, and monotonous for a serious player to expect any kind of challenge, unless they need an ego boost like I did (see below).
Other Thoughts: After the frustration of not being able to complete a tournament in near 100 degree heat on a Saturday (borderline heat stroke), I truly enjoyed playing a couple of rounds at O'Brien the next morning, in part because the weather broke, and a sunny, lightly breezy morning in the high 70's felt SO good. But the other part was that this short, easy course was such a confidence booster for a Rec level player to run 7 straight birdies, I had to grin!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


2-4    8/14/2010   8/16/2010
Review By: notapro
Played: 465  Reviewed: 280  Exp: 14.2 Years
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course makes good use of the available terrain. A small sled hill provides an upshot and downshot, both of decent length. Fun way to start a round off.
- A few of the shorter holes use the trees well to force some line-shaping and shot selection.
- Okay mix of hole length. A couple over 300', a lot of short ones.
- There is water behind a basket, but only a ridiculously overthrown shot would reach it.
- Good signs and baskets
Cons: - Middle holes of the course are pretty bland, repetetive, and short. Majority of the holes are less than 200', and are just throwing back and forth over a small ditch. Even with the trees in play, every hole is easily reachable by anyone who has had minimal practice.
- Fairways are constantly next to each other, wayward discs can easily end up on the wrong hole.
- Ditch will hold water after a rainfall; not fun crossing it 5+ times.
- Tees aren't good, but they could be worse. Which they soon will be.
Other Thoughts: - This park is too small to hold a serious disc golf course, and the course itself is crammed into a small area. The longer holes, #1, #2, and #9 are actually decent, but the rest are just too small and similar. One or two of the short, trees-in-play holes would be OK, but not six in a row.
- Good place to practice different shots if nothing else. The uphill and downhill slopes aren't bad. Maybe OH or FH practice for someone with little experience with those shots as well. Would be very hard to lose a disc, so it's easy to experiment.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.


5+    3/21/2010   3/27/2010
Review By: mykeg44
Played: 64  Reviewed: 44  Exp: 8.4 Years
This review was updated on 8/8/2010
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: For casual players and people learning to play the game, this is a very good course to get a feel for disc golf -- it's short, easy to shoot under par, there are very few places to lose a disc, and some elevation change.

For more experienced players, this course won't be much of a challenge, but it's still very easy to navigate, the baskets/signs are fairly new, and while it's an easy course there is still a decent variety of shots given the length. However...
Cons: Other than 1, 2 and 8, this course is just basically taking shots back and forth over a ditch

This ditch gets sloppy during the spring, so be prepared to get muddy if it has rained recently.

The tee pads here are brutal, there are lumps and holes in every single one making them almost unusable.
Other Thoughts: You can play a round here in 20 minutes easily. Like I mentioned, this is a pretty good course for new players, but for more skilled players it offers little more than a chance to rack up an ace or two.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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