One of my Favorite Technicals
4 Helpful / 0 Not
- every hole is technically challenging
- every hole is different and challenges you to use different shots
- easy enough for beginners to have fun, challenging enough for experienced players trying to birdie
- some of the best elevation change in the Chicago area
- staircases in good repair where needed
- well-maintained course with woodchip-covered fairways
- baskets all in good repair with good chain coverage
- signage is very basic, and signs for holes 7 and 8 are missing
- tees are square instead of the standard rectangle and though concrete, are a bit short
- no benches at any of the holes, not that big a deal but might be nice to have a place to take a break for some people with all the elevation change
- navigation to holes 8 and 9 is slightly confusing, but it's a small enough course to figure it out without much trouble
- every hole is short
- no alternate tees and only 9 holes
Other Thoughts: This is one of my favorite courses in the Chicago area. I think my 3.5 is pushing towards the generous side, but I've always loved this course and ultimately decided it deserved more than a 3 for its unique qualities. As reviewers have noted, it is quite short, and unfortunately only 9 holes. What I love is that all of them are different and they are all technically challenging. If you want to test your distance, you will be disappointed by this course. However, it will challenge you to make a lot of different shot types. This course is relatively easy, but it can punish you if you miscalculate due to all of the elevation change and obstacles.
I think the course has been improved a bit over the years - there are more legitimate staircases than I remember from previous years. Any place where there were dicey walks up or down to a basket seem to have a true staircase as an option now. I can see how some of the other paths would get "interesting" when it got muddy. The fairways are covered with woodchips and aren't muddy. Even though you're in the middle of the woods, it's not so overgrown that it's difficult to find discs. I really enjoy this - the fairways can be tight and challenging, but if you miss you can find your disc easily most times.
There are uphill and downhill shots, level shots, places you can see the basket and places you can't, even with the short holes. I just love the variety and how well they've used the fairly limited space.
Hole 9 is one of my favorites and looks like a blind shot, but it's actually pretty easy to land right next to the basket if you throw a decent 200-250' drive straight off of the tee. Given the short distance and the large drop in elevation, it may be desirable to throw down to limit distance/fade.
A few warnings - bring your bug spray! This may go without saying but the mosquitoes can be thick. I haven't come across ticks but it wouldn't surprise me if they're around too. Also, we showed up at about 7:45 AM this time and the parking lot gate was locked. There's no signage indicating when it is unlocked, but it was open by about 8:45 AM. We parked about a block away but this means you have to walk down a (not too busy) road where cars come by at 50 MPH with no shoulder... not ideal.
All in all, I love this course despite how short it is. It might be nice to have a few longer holes, but I enjoy the technical challenge. Like a previous reviewer said, it's a great place to bring new players to see how fun disc golf can be - I have employed this method several times.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Take new players here
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Pros: This is a fun course to play. Great woods/trees, elevation change and pretty well maintained. I love to teach new golfers here. Just the right amount of challenges and a feel of a much bigger course. They fall in love with our sport here.
Cons: The seasoned golfer will find it a little short. I however still am challenged to go for all 2's. I have seen it done, go for it.
Also, at time of the year it can be a little overgrown. Keep looking, you will eventually find your disc.
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Great Wooded and Hilly 9'er
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Pros: - Great fairway design with technical lines and interesting putting greens
- Substantial elevation change from pad to basket on many holes
- With the exception of a few tee pads the course equipment is in good shape and serves it's purpose well.
Cons: - Thick undergrowth in several areas can make finding errant shots difficult
- Hole 2 is a too-short and uninteresting filler hole on a course otherwise filled with fun and interesting shots
- A few holes have these odd, small, square tee pads that would be more of an issue on a longer course
Other Thoughts: Campton Hills is a great, unique little 9-hole course that almost perfectly executes its vision. If you like bombing drivers this is not the course for you. However, if you enjoy hunting birdies up and down hills through tight, wooded fairways, you will have a ton of fun here.
With one or two exceptions every hole either has significant elevation change over the length of the fairway, or a basket placed near enough to the edge of a hill to really punish drives that miss the mark, a real possibility even with the short length of the holes.
Having good command of your discs is essential here. Proficiency with either forehand and backhand shots, or the ability to throw both hyzer and anhyzer lines, is necessary to shoot well here. The lines required are varied and both accuracy and distance control are important.
Tee signs are informative, baskets catch well (though #8 is missing about a third of its chains), and there are buckets for trash by most tee pads. Most tee pads are adequate, but a few (including 1 & 2) have these odd, square pads that are on the small side and don't really allow for any kind of run-up. Of course, you don't really need much of a run-up on any of the holes on this course, so not a big deal.
Navigation is usually straight forward, though my wife and I did take a little longer to find #8's pad from #7's basket (back and to the right down the hill from the basket). Errant drives can definitely result in extended searching for discs, particularly on holes 8 and 9, which are longer and have some of the thicker rough. 9 in particular is a blind, downhill shot, so try and keep an eye on the flight of your disc.
My wife and I had a great time playing this course, and eagerly went through a second time right after finishing. Both rounds took a little over an hour total at a relaxed pace. This is a unique course in the area, and definitely worth checking out. Playing this course and The Links at Wheeler Park to the south east would make for a great afternoon of disc golf.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Outstanding Short, Technical Course On Rugged Terrain!
Pros: As you drive up to find he course, you'll see three different disc golf signs pointing out the way. There is a large Disc Golf Sign in the rather limited space parking lot. And an informative rules and course map at # 1. # 1 has this strange little, square tee pad. Later holes had normal concrete pads. The nine holes each have a simple plastic sign. Discatchers with the yellow band and #'s are the basket if choice here at Campton Hills.
The steep, rugged terrain comes into play on every hole. Two very short holes (3 & 8) play to baskets set up high above you. They are so short but the elevation difference adds difficulty.
# 2 is a very short, 125' ACE run.
# 6 is a little 160' downhill hyser run.
And # 9 is a more challenging 223' Annie toss down a narrow fairway.
Cons: I can't think of anything this little course needs to change or improve upon. I love it the way it is.
Oh yeah, the steps up and down in a couple of places are treacherous and could be improved on.
Other Thoughts: Campton Hills is a blast. I was guided through by a local named Don. I think we played our round is just about 20 minutes. Don was planning on playing the course about 7 times today. Having time constraints and more courses to play, I had to settle for just playing one round. I truly regret not having the time to play multiple rounds here. 7 times would have been about right for me.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Awesome technical course.
Pros: Very short holes easy to par with controlled upshots. Tight narrow fairways with lots of foliage. If you like wide open this is not the course for you. Signs are accurate. There is stairs for every hole where there is steep hills such as 7 and 8 ensure you look for them and utilize them.
Cons: You can easily lose discs.
Other Thoughts: Great for making learning to throw dogleg drives over short distances.
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Fun 9 Hole
Pros: -Fun to play
-Tee signs were accurate and informative
-Cement tee pads(small but the holes were short so not really a need to get a run up)
-Well maintained (didnt see too much trash)
-Heavily wooded, secluded space dedicated to disc golf.
Cons: -there were few, if any, benches
-the baskets were in terrible shape, some were bent and some had chains that werent connected (i think i even noticed one completely missing a ring)
Other Thoughts: This is a fun and quick course that I will definitely play again considering its within an hour drive and is located close to Aces in Chains in Geneva. I think the course would be worth a 4/5 if it had nicer baskets and a few benches.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 10 Not
Pros: This course is a great place to go. It is a 9 hole course so you can play through it multiple times in a row in a short amount of time. There are many opportunities for a hole in one if you find a way to weave the Frisbee in and out of trees (since the course is in the forest).
Cons: All I would say for a con is that it is only 9 holes.
0 of 10 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 5 Not
Good, challenging play.
Pros: Campton is a great place to frolf. There's never too many people there, so for the most part you don't have to worry about being rushed and what not. Not really the place for beginners, but If you know how to get around your obstacles this will be great! There's a couple holes that DEFIANTLY have ace potential. Hole 2 If I were to guess without peeking on the par info would be 140'. So it's not too bad.
Cons: There's only 9 holes, but that's fine cause you can go as many times as you'd like!
1 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 2 Not
Fun, technical, short course
Pros: One of the most challenging short courses I've ever played. Usually courses this short are for beginners, but not here. This is a challenging course that pits you agains the many elevation changes and tight fairways.
This course is well thought out with a number of very challenging holes, each with different skills required. Even the shortest hole, #2, is a challenge due to trees and the hill behind the basket. Hole 6 has a number of tight lines and you have to know how your disc will fly to negotiate one of them. Hole 9 is such fun to throw with it's tee located at the top of a cliff overlooking the canyon fairway. All of the tee boxes are perfectly sized for the hole, they keep this course about technical skill with a disc.
The course is short enough to play through almost twice in an hour. If your game is the long drive, this course will teach you more about disc golf than any other short course in the area.
Cons: Safety. The hills on #7 and #8 are treacherous with poor steps. The drop off behind the #1 baskets needs steps too.
Other Thoughts: Have seen the cops walking through this course a number of times. They're friendly enough, but they tend to sneak up on you.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Picturesque course that will challenge your line-shaping.
Pros: While the holes are pretty short, this course will really challenge you on your ability to shape a good line around obstacles. Taking risks can really pay off, but punish you harshly as well.
The course is all wooded areas and elevation changes, with no holes ever stretching beyond 225'.
The course is very picturesque to say the least. I stopped often to take pictures. It's a great-looking course. Really felt like an adventure. You're in the shade pretty much the whole time, too, so it felt really cool.
Cons: If you rely on your cannon of an arm, you won't find any use for it here. There aren't any points in the course where you can just crush a disc. You *will* over-throw the basket a lot if you're used to powering up your drives.
I brought my Crunch Box here with fifteen discs in it and after seeing the first hole, I should have gone back and put the bag back in my car. The only discs I used were a DX Roc, DX Stingray, and Soft X-Putt'r. Seriously, leave your drivers at home. You won't need them.
Like I said, there are plenty of risks to take with great payoff, but you'll be punished harshly if you miscalculate. There are a lot of drop-offs and ugly uphill shots here.
SCOUT Hole 8 before you throw. There's a swap between you and the disc and if you're not careful, you'll wind up in it. Get a good idea of where it is.
The nature of the terrain makes it hard for any real effort to clean the place up, so as pretty as it is there is plenty of litter around from inconsiderate players.
You will find crowds here from the nearby high schools that will likely be irritating to play around, so just keep that in mind. When my girlfriend and I went up there it was a real test of patience waiting for a group that was jacking around or having a group at the tee hucking discs while we weren't yet done with the hole.
Get one of these if you can: http://nutsacbags.com
NutSac disc golf bags are great for really short courses like this that don't demand more than a couple of discs from you. Since the entire course is a hike, you'll want something to keep your discs in.
I'm serious about leaving your drivers at home. Even beginners should stick to midranges and putters here. Even the 225' stretches aren't going to give much room for a driver here with all the trees you'll have to throw around.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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