Streamwood, IL 
Shady Oaks Park Share
Uploaded By: El Mexicano Hole #8 (Taken 8/2009)
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 Why should the South Suburbs have all the Fun?

2-4    7/4/2012   7/4/2012
Review By: Jashwa
Played: 135  Reviewed: 76  Exp: 13.7 Years
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is one of the better courses is the northern Chicago Suburbs. It is well worth playing regularly if you live in any of the neighboring towns.

*The best feature of this course is its distance challenge. While there are a few short holes, many of them let even experienced players to bring out the drivers and let it rip. The distances on many of them are long enough to potentially reach on the first throw, but only if the throw is on the money.

*Good variety. The area actually doesn't seem like it would be all that good for a course, but the designer seemed to make the best possible use of the land with most holes forcing different shots on each.

*A couple high risk/reward holes. Number 2 comes to mind... heavy tree-age lies between the teepad and the basket which is across a creek. a player can "go for it" by hitting a small gap with a forehand and risking going OB on the left, or they can lay up in front of the creek with an easy hyzer shot to the right.

*Multiple pin placements, good baskets, and GREAT SIGNS :)

*Good isolation factor... I enjoy that!
Cons: Several of these...

*Overall kind of a nasty little piece of land. Swamps abound along with the massive tall plants/grasses that normally accompany swamps. These will EAT UP YOUR DISCS! KEEP A WATCHFUL EYE ON THEM! Though these plants create some shot-shaping opportunities, they are definitely not pleasant.

*Flow is BAD! Fairways cross and teepads seem to be randomly next to each other so that your first time here you will say "what the heck." i recommend printing out a course map.

*Some holes don't have concrete tee pads... this is lame.

*Though the tee signs indicate the direction of the alternate pads, I did not see any markers on the gorund that indicated where these pads actually are.

*No indication of which pin placement the basket is in which stinks for people who don't play the course regularly
Other Thoughts: The parking lot is kind of weird and you may have a hard time finding it at first. It will feel like you are turning into the parking lot of a store (I can't remember for the life of me what that store is called) but the tee pad for hole one is actually located behind the store where the course's parking is actually located.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 So So

1    6/9/2012   6/10/2012
Review By: Marcus0613
Played: 9  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 5.7 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: This course starts off fun with hole # 2 going across a creek. Lots of long distance holes to let out some nice drives!
Cons: Very Very difficult to find where the next hole is. ended up throwing hole 8 into the hole 11 basket and then had to backtrack to find hole nine. Lots and lots of wind so you have to watch where you throw your disc because can be lost in the swampy marsh areas.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 shady oaks

1    5/8/2012   5/8/2012
Review By: BuzzArmStrong
Played: 47  Reviewed: 16  Exp: 8.8 Years
0 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Fair amount of obstacles
Some descent elevation change for the burbs
Couple baskets are on hills which make you think about how you're going to land as to not roll away
A few areas require good placement shots as well as a few good looks at aces
Good tee pads and signs, a few places were slightly confusing but not too bad.

Cons: As folks have said this course retains water really well. It rained a bit the day before I went and was pretty wet in some areas and I had to skip a hole due to the water.

Some of the bridged areas to get across marshy areas could use some repair.


0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

 It's a decent course

2-4    9/10/2011   9/12/2011
Review By: Whicho
Played: 75  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 6.7 Years
3 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: The concrete tee pads are nice at every hole except #11. For the most part this is a good course to work on distance driving with most holes having open areas to let it rip. Alternate basket locations are a good change of pace. Good mix of difficulty hole to hole
Cons: Alternate Tee boxes are marked on the sign at the hole but it doesn't help find them. Hole signs could also offer par for the hole, but don't. Sign for Hole #8 doesn't really help figure out where the actual basket is.
Other Thoughts: This course retains water really well so there is the tendency to be a lot of bugs around. Also the reads and marsh areas are disc eaters and very unforgiving. Generally a fun course to play and like others have said it's not a quick 30-45 minute course.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful.

 Bring the bug Spray

2-4    6/19/2011   7/10/2011
Review By: hankbuck
Played: 7  Reviewed: 6  Exp: 11.8 Years
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Very Long Course, Good place to go for a good long game of golf. You won't play this course in a 1/2 hour. Some very interesting holes. Nice tees, baskets and nice new hole markers.
Cons: Couldn't find the alternate tees, and the misquotes were killer around the swamp/marsh, and stream. And if your disc goes in the Marsh area it is gone. One of the holes, approach through the marsh was washed out, had to play around it.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.

 Some tips

2-4    7/6/2011   7/6/2011
Review By: tdizzledre
Played: 4  Reviewed: 4
2 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: -It's very open
-It has alternate tees
Cons: -You lose your disc in the thick crap, It's gone for good unless you have the time to look for it.
-You can never find the alternate tees
- It gets really hot when you are out in the open cause of the sun.
Other Thoughts: This course is more for those who have a year or 2 of experince with the game. Just cuz it's open dont mean it isnt hard

2 of 7 people found this review helpful.

 

5+    5/17/2011   6/2/2011
Review By: Andy in Lisle
Played: 4  Reviewed: 4
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Concrete tee pads and signs
-Most players are expienced
-Multiple tee locations and baskets are moved occasionally
Cons: -The marshes are discs eaters
-Gets mushy in quite a few places after even a light rain
-Variety of distances but lacking obstacles other than the wet areas
Other Thoughts: If you do throw a disc in the marsh the little kids who spend the afternoon looking for discs in there usually call

The hole sign are helpful but confusing with all of the alternate tee location and disctances. Sometimes I was really sure how long the hole really was.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

 Huge improvement

2-4    3/13/2011   3/13/2011
Review By: smyith
Played: 185  Reviewed: 68  Exp: 16.3 Years
10 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: - Cement tee pads. longer holes have longer pads.
- Great use of the creek, available trees, and the few hills out there.
- Wind definitely makes for a constant factor
- Baskets all seem to be a similar height off the ground.
- good drive placement required for good score.
- Fun to play
- Not that beginner friendly. shanked shots go in the swamp. this is a pro cause that means less chuckers to wreck the course.
Cons: - Tee Signs are hard to understand unless you know the layout
- Can be confusing to play without guide
- Bugs can be nasty
Other Thoughts: The first time i came out and played this course was back when i first started playing. i left the course with just my putter. i was pissed. so i stayed away for many years. Now with the new tee pads in and the revamped course, i came back.
Obviously my skills have improved and i can actually place my shots. made the course much more fun. I dont think we played it correctly the first time, it is a bit confusing on where to go. just try to follow some locals and its a quick learning curve.
The course is mostly open, but most basket locations are strategically placed. The dang roll away putts can hurt, any time theres a slight hill the basket is on the side of it. makes for alot of fun. The creek comes into play at every opportunity. But it seems to be clear enough to easily spot your disc.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful.

 Nice to see improvements

5+    10/23/2010   10/23/2010
Review By: flingkaching
Played: 124  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 37.7 Years
4 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Hadn't played here in awhile, nice to see they have cement tee boxes & signs now, & changed up a couple of holes. Good hole variety & distances, descent challenge, even moreso playing OB & 3 min. rules. Nice layout, easy to navagate & walk. Has areas with water & rough in play & some wooded holes. Has some long open holes to rip shots & for rollers. Primarily a DG park, never many other users or too busy.
Cons: Did not see alternate tee boxes. No pars on signs. Could still use some obstructions and cover on a few holes, be more creative with pin placements. Need more trash cans. The path on 11 that gets flooded. Hole 13 was better the way it was as a wooded downhill shot, guess the PD didn't want to do the up keep.
Other Thoughts: Still a nice place to get out & play, nice to see the improvements. A couple more pins creekside would add to challange. Or, trench out a couple of nice size ponds in open areas to add water hazards.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.

  Good for what it is

5+    9/10/2010   9/10/2010
Review By: Laupy99
Played: 1  Reviewed: 1
4 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: - The course is fairly wide open and its easy to recover from a bad throw.
- You get to use your distance drivers a ton.
- Newish tee pads on most holes.
- Recently added tee signs that show distances from normal and alt tees to the normal and alt baskets.
Cons: - There is very little challenge here. The biggest challenge is simply the wind.
- Lots of spots to misplace a disc. Watter on 8 holes (13 if it's rained recently) and 4-8 foot reeds in play on 5 holes.
- As other reviewers have said, the only shot you will need is a RHBH.
- Noticeable elevation changes on just 1 hole.
Other Thoughts: This is a great course to go out and throw long drives on. This is a fairly easy course to recover on, so go ahead and wing that drive out there and no matter where it lands (as long as it's dry) you'll have a pretty good shot at par.

4 of 10 people found this review helpful.


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