Rochelle, IL 
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Worthy of its reputation

1    7/14/2016   7/15/2016
Review By: MidwestZest
Played: 96  Reviewed: 69  Exp: 17.5 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Wonderful park setting for a course. Good shelters and parking.
- Course plays out and back, basically, wrapping around the shelters and parking lot. Good flow and layout. Well maintained course with managed (but decently thick) undergrowth skirting some fairways.
- Great signage and decent baskets. Good, large concrete tee pads. All done very well.
- Good length variation on this course, which is difficult in just 9 holes. Lengths varying from a couple under 200' to a couple at 360' and one long par 4 at 500+. Hardly ever see that on a nine.
- Similarly, variations in hole type and style. Mostly wooded, but a couple pretty open holes. Short ace runs, deuce-or-die, and a couple where you may want to pick a specific lay-up area to card that 3. Nice.
- To that point, signs have competitive and casual pars listed - and they're both right on. So often community parks just throw a par number at a hole and it really doesn't mean anything, but that's not the case here. Well done.
- #2 is a very cool looking ace run that took me by surprise.
- #4 is a no-joke, tight, wooded par 3 that takes some skill and thought.
- #7 is the par 4, and is almost two holes in one. Open drive for the first 300' followed by a nice 200' wooded tunnel shot if your drive lands in the entry. Good, classic hole design.
- #9 is a great downhill finishing hole that plays a bit shorter than the listed distance.
Cons: - Really, about the biggest thing holding this course back from being the absolute model of 9-hole courses is multiple pins or pads. Maybe some more landscaping/trimming. That's about it though.
- Really no signature hole on the course, and certainly nothing epic - which is actually normal for 9 holers. A couple memorable ones though.
Other Thoughts: - In general, I like how approachable this course is for all skill levels. Beginners won't be discouraged, and experienced players will enjoy the hole design and shot shaping challenges, even if they end up scoring very well.
- Among the best 9 hole courses I've ever played (Central Park in Oak Brook, IL really being the only other comparable 9 I've played). Thus it gets the highest rating I've ever given one - 3.5. Multiple pins or pads would probably push it to my max 4.0.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

No April Foolin!

1    4/1/2016   4/1/2016
Review By: Pactime
Played: 24  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 2.6 Years
Pros: Just to echo what's been said...what a neat park!

It's easy to find, though a bit remote between Dixon and Rochelle.
Clean, with a decent outhouse off the lot.
Great signage.
Benches, garbage, and recycling at multiple tees along the way.
The tees are in great shape, large, easy to find.
The baskets are in great shape and friendly.
It's a neat mix of technical, birdable, and one good big (513 feet) throw.
The hazards are there, and do influence your shots, but I don't see this as a park where you'd lose your discs.
The park is clean and maintained.
There was a guy there when I got there, and a guy arriving as I was finishing. I can't speak to actual crowds bc I was there at 1030 on. Thursday. Maybe crowds on the weekend?
Cons: If it was crowded, I can see a couple spots where interference could occur. The compactness in a couple spots. Not really a con, but more of just a possibility.

It's still just 9 holes. I saw mention in other reviews that it would be expanding. As of 4/1/16, it hasn't. It's a straight 9. I played twice around to make it 18.
There's an easement running along the fairway before #9. It's pretty squishy. That likely dries out in the summer, but for now my socks got wet thru my shoes. Of course, it was my fault for a terrible drive that put me there.

I think the biggest drawback is the drive out there from DeKalb. It's not a bad drive, but just a tad far for a small (even though cool) park.
Other Thoughts: I think the good folks of DeKalb and Ogle Counties are lucky to have this neat little park there. I don't have a basis for comparing yet, but hope to get to Pioneer in Kirkland or Jericho in Aurora to get some better ideas. Skare is miles ahead of Prairie Park in DeKalb. I loved throwing the 513 foot dogleg left on 7, and throwing down the hill and over the little creek to 9.

It's a great park for newer players, and fun and fast for the more experienced.
Date: 4/1/2016 Designer Response by: DagG
On April 9th, 2015, Skare Park was hit by an EF4 tornado which destroyed the area of mature oak/hickory woods in which a ten hole expansion was being cleared. The existing nine lost a dozen or so mature trees, opening up some of the fairways but leaving the basic design intact. Not a single hole of the expansion survived the storm, complete destruction with the forest flattened. Large amounts of fallen wood render the area unusable. There is a clean up effort underway but owing to the sheer volume of debris, it's difficult to say when we may be able to redesign and try again.

My apologies for not posting this earlier.

 Hub city disc golf

2-4    9/7/2015   9/29/2015
Review By: thejetmechanic
Played: 17  Reviewed: 7
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I have very few negative things to say about this hidden gem in rural Northern Illinois.

The use of the small space this course is located on is nothing short of genius.

*Tee signs were great and had casual and competitive par #s
*Well groomed fairways and wooded holes.
*Baskets are in good shape and the chains catch fine
*Holes 1,2,and 9 are awesome in my opinion and you can really open up your touch shots
*Gorgeous park, well maintained, and the pavilion even has a lost disc return slot in the building.
*Nice bathroom facilities
*This park is so quiet due to its location, I love it.
*Great flow to the course and very difficult to get lost
*concrete tees on every hole
Cons: *bathrooms could use a cleaning
*wooded holes need a bit of weed thinning, but brush isn't too thick
*watch out for people on the nature trails that flow with the course
Other Thoughts: I'm extremely impressed by this place hidden in the country outside of Rochelle.

Very well maintained place with no trash and well groomed grounds.

Best 9 holer in the Rockford area in my opinion

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.


1    9/14/2014   9/28/2014
Review By: Countchunkula
Played: 156  Reviewed: 50  Exp: 11.4 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Skare Woods is a well-designed, well equipped 9 hole course. The terrain is predominantly wooded, with a few holes in more open areas. The course has good signage, concrete tees and newer DGA baskets. Most tees have nice benches. There is no chance of getting lost, as the way to go is obvious.

There is a good variety of distances and shot types required to score well. The variety exhibited by just 9 holes is impressive. 513' Par 4 hole 7 is mostly open off of the tee, with a late left dogleg into a more wooded area. This helps break up the otherwise par 3 layout. Elevation is well used, when available; as is a small creek that comes into play on a few holes.
Cons: No serious cons here. Only 9 holes and northern Illinois terrain are the main things holding it back.

On the wooded holes, the fairways have been recently carved leading to a few small stumps that need to be cut and an overall rough appearance. This will certainly change as the course breaks in over time.
Other Thoughts: I pass through Rochelle once or twice a year when visiting my wife's family. We will be stopping at Skare Woods each time, if at all possible. It's a really fun course that's not too far off of I-88.

This course will be expanding to 18 holes in the next year or so.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.


1    9/17/2014   9/17/2014
Review By: dustingbbn11
Played: 57  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 9.7 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Wide variet of holes on little available space. Good use of elevation and woods on a few holes. Mostly short, technical holes but some 350-500+ that allows you to grip and rip. Also, long concrete tee pads and very well-maintained fairways. Professional tee signs as well on every hole.
Cons: I wanted to keep going after 9 holes. This would be a very desirable course to travel to if there was a full 18. I finished a solo round in under 45 minutes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

 Awesome course, can't wait for the back nine!

1    9/3/2014   9/4/2014
Review By: Scramble630
Played: 20  Reviewed: 4
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: -This course is on an absolutely beautiful piece of land. Well manicured and not too many crazy thick areas too lose your disc in.
-Baskets are top quality and all in great shape
-Very nice concrete tees.
-Very nice tee signs that I felt were accurate.
-Very nice benches (about 4-5)
-Nice variety of holes, challenging but not hard
-Space dedicated to disc golf. (no walkways or other sports fields in the vicinity).
Cons: -9 holes. This course gets a 5/5 if the next nine are as amazing as the first.
Other Thoughts: We had a blast playing this course and will definitely be bringing other people to play out here. Great job!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Looking Better Everyday!

5+    8/7/2014   8/7/2014
Review By: duain
Played: 67  Reviewed: 13  Exp: 15.8 Years
This review was updated on 8/11/2014
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: Great flow with a nice mixture of holes. Holes 2, 5, and 9 are nice ACE runs, shorter yet still a challenge if you shank too far off the fairway. Holes 4, 6, and 8 offer longer technical holes with great use of the wooded area as well as the prairie and elevation changes. Hole 7 lets you open up your arm over the prairie and back into the woods, but don't stray to far off the fairway the prairie is thick on the left side. Holes 1 and 3 offer their own uniqueness to the course.
Other Thoughts: Benches on holes 2, 5, 7, and 9 with a picnic table by hole 6. Trash and recycle bins on holes 2, 5, 7, and by the parking lot. Running water and a working bathroom. Definitely worth the drive to play.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful.


5+    4/2/2014   4/11/2014
Review By: slingdiscs
Played: 11  Reviewed: 1  Exp: 4.4 Years
This review was updated on 8/30/2014
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Great mix of L-R (1,4,5), R-L (6,8) and straighter holes
Punishing(!) everywhere if you shank throws I.E. too high, too wide of anhyzer/hyzer
Control is more important than power here
Brush is becoming easier to navigate
not crowded at all

Cons: Carpet pads are ok but not great
*edit* ^now concrete!
One hole with room for big power
not forgiving
Other Thoughts: My home course. Another 9 holes are coming/in the pipes.

Benches near 5,7,9 are great.

Trees on 3,4,6 provide split fairways/shot options

2,5,9 aceable

Will rate 5* if concrete pads are put in and the second nine ends up being as great

Concrete pads are awesome & long!
4's pad was moved 6ft left so both fairways are more in play.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Date: 5/1/2014 Designer Response by: DagG
We have preliminary approval for the second nine at Skare Woods. This will utilize the area to the northwest of the existing course, playing across the open field to the wooded ravine area and the banks of the Kyte River. Target for the second nine is summer of '15.


2-4    3/23/2014   3/23/2014
Review By: ElementZ
Played: 143  Reviewed: 134  Exp: 8.6 Years
5 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course definitely took my by surprise and clearly earns the title of "Best 9 hole course in Illinois".

The design is flawless. The course absolutely perfectly utilizes the given land, the flow is excellent, and the holes are simultaneously fun, memorable, and challenging.

The course equipment is fantastic as well. The tees are carpet and work well. The tee signs are excellent and the new 2013 baskets look great and catch great.

It's fantastic that the city of Rochelle installed a course in this park. It really does provide a fantastic setting for a course.

I only rate 9 hole courses out of 4, and this gets a 3.5 out of 4.
Cons: The only reason it's not a perfect four in my eyes is that, at the end of the day, this course is still set in Illinois which has pretty boring terrain.

I guess another slight con would be that I could see leaves being annoying in terms of finding a disc. That's it though.
Other Thoughts: I played here with my family and it's totally worth going off of the I-39 as a break. It's about 10 or so minutes of the highway. I'd probably even say go out of your way to play this course.

At first, when pulling into the parking lot, it doesn't seem like much. But I assure you, it's a ton of fun, no holes repeat themselves, and you'll find yourself having a great time.

A big two-thumbs up to the designer of this course. I had a blast and will be coming back!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Better than expected

1    9/20/2013   1/20/2014
Review By: murflax
Played: 8  Reviewed: 3
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Good variety of shots and distances.

Some elevation changes

Not too many trees
Cons: only a couple blind shots

needs upgraded teepads (though they aren't terrible for just being carpet)

It's not closer to my house or else I'd be here all the time.
Other Thoughts: I went to pick up my sister from her friend's wedding out in Oregon, IL and she didn't mind if we stopped to play a quick round on the way back. It was easy to get around and since it was fairly new at the time there wasn't anyone else there so I got to enjoy the course that much more. I really liked the holes within the woods where there are a medium amount of trees that were pretty tall so you were just avoiding trunks really, which is something I haven't seen at any of my local course. It was really a nice change of scenery and plan on making a few road trips out there for a few round for summers to come.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

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