0 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: pretty wooded
good mix of throws
some holes have garbage cans
signs are pretty accurate
Cons: construction last time i was there, which made me notice some trees being cut down, i think it was on the right side of hole 7.
not too much distance
other frolfers were there for the first time and got a little lost
not too much elevation change
there was a soccer tournament when i went and some kids were warming up in front of the first tee and parking was horrendous
Other Thoughts: Solid 9 hole course.
not sure what theyre doing with the construction.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 3 Not
URGENT: Redesign underway
Pros: URGENT: REDESIGN UNDERWAY Once one of the best 9 holers in all of the Chicago area is in the process of being redesigned. Over half of the trees on the course have been cut down. According to the park district this is to make room for a new synthetic surface soccer field where hole 7, 8 & 9 are currently located. Also trees have been removed at holes 4 & 5 to make way for a new maintenance shed. Unfortunately this course will never be the same. We'll have to hope that the redesign lives up to the old course.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 4 Not
A Solid Nine Holer
Pros: - Oak Brook's Central Park is home to an above-average 9 hole course. Largely isolated from the rest of the park, the course wends its way through thick scrubby trees, large mature trees, and everything inbetween. Tight, technical fairways force precise lines with fair but brutal punishment awaiting those that miss their mark.
- Good risk/reward. The hole design encourages aggressive drives, and fairly punishes over-aggressiveness or wayward shots. The schule is thick and tight in places, although well worn. Finding and getting to your disc isn't too much of a struggle, but getting your next shot out successfully can be an adventure.
- Good variety. For a nine-hole course, there's plenty of variety between left- and right-turning holes. A bit of elevation comes into play on a few holes. #5 has a mando that forces a very tight anhyzer (RHBH) or forehand flick, with trouble to the left and low-hanging pine branches waiting to smack down your tee shot. With hole lengths in the range of just over 200' to just under 400', nothing gets too crazy, but provides a nice mix.
- Fair amenities. Good rubber mats, descriptive and accurate tee signs, and scattered trashcans.
Cons: - Some scattered trash detracts a bit from the natural beauty, but I did play this course during winter, when trash seems to be more prevalent/noticable.
- No alcohol allowed per posted sign. Yeah, I'm kinda stretching for some cons here.
Other Thoughts: - While certainly not a destination course, Central Park has a lot going for it that many nine holers don't. Tight technical fairways, a fair mix of distances, and a high fun factor. While I can't rate it higher due to only being nine holes, the lack of concrete tees, etc., Central Park is definitely a fun and serviceable nine-hole option for both locals and those who might be traveling through the area.
6 of 10 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Better 9 holer in Chicago
Pros: -Solid Tee Signs
-Boxed Fly Pads Tees
-Lots of Additional Park amentities
-Mach 5 in great shape
-Course doesn't really share ground with other activities
For another Chicagoland nine hole course, this one has a little more to offer than most. Although the park is current dominated by soccer fields and baseball diamonds, its course holds its own against the other features of the park. The two soccer fields directly across for the course is a great place to warm up on your drives. The park also features a jogging path, multiple playgrounds, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, pools, and the people of Oakbrook has a sports facility their as well with contain racquetball courts as well as other indoor activities in two different buildings. There is something for the whole family to do while you pound out a round or seven.
The pads, although a little short, are decent boxed flypads. Although the are not concrete, they do the job rather well. The Mach 5 are all still in great shape and catch well. Most of the fairways are shaped well to force an average player to generally have only one line. The rough is thick enough in places to potentially force a four on an errant shot. There are more right turning shots at this course than most nine holes. Holes 1 and 4 are left turning. Holes 2, 3, and 8 are right turning. Holes 5, 6, 7 and 9 are more or less straight shots. Although hole 6 has a nifty mando, which adds to need a slight turnover (RHBH) and keeps the cars safe in the parking lot. The course is also more or less secluded from other activities. The do sometimes put in a Halloween walk for the kids which will wrap through parts of the course. Please be aware and courteous of this if this is the case.
Cons: -One set of tees/pads
-Slowly have been losing obstacles
-Gravel under baskets
The biggest problem I see with this course is the lack of diversity from round to round. There is only one set of tees and one set of baskets. Most of the tees are back as far and they could go, so the only way to make additional tees on most holes would be to make them shorter. With a total length of around 2500' (less than 300' a hole average) that would not add to the challenge for most players, but take away from. The best option would be a second set of baskets to add a little length or pin placement challenges. And that wouldn't even be vary realistic on a few holes either. The course is pretty close to maxed out as it's current set up.
The second thing that I do not like is this year they put gravel underneath the baskets. Although it looks nice and make it easier to tell where "not to mow", it eats away at the putter if you miss a putt. I also do not use any of the baskets for putting practice anymore.
The park district, over the last couple of years, have trimmed off the bottom of the pine trees to eliminate some climbing. I understand why they did it, however, it made hole 9 dramatically easier. It used to be a hole where if you try to curve your shot too much you would clip them and potentially be in a position to four the hole. It is much more forgiving now. Even though it is a 360' it is relatively easier to have a easy layup for a three and I do not have a big arm. Also with the storms over the summer, the course has lost a handful of trees on numerous holes. Although the challenge of the course is still there, it is easier than it has been in the past. It is most noticeable on Hole 6. Places that were high robbers of shots are gone. As long as you make it all the way through the mando slope, it is a lot easier to 3 the hole.
Other Thoughts: All in all, this is one of the best 9 hole courses in Chicagoland. It's unique by comparison. I could see how a seasoned player could get bored playing here on a daily basis. I tend to switch up my shots here just to try different things out. It is great to work on different shots at open courses, but here if you miss a line, the course does let you know.
This is one of my favorite 9 hole courses in Chicagoland, and probably in my top 5. The only 9 hole course that stick outs and being noticeable greater than this one is Brickyard in Menomonie, WI. It is worth checking out if you are in the area, and by comparison to what is close, it is probably your best option without driving to Joliet, Mokena, or Crown Point, IN.
If this ever course going to a 18 hole course it has the potential to be the best 18 course in Chicagoland. With the small rolling hills, the trees, and the small creek (and potentially the retention ponds) it could have some amazing options. Oakbrook park district does an amazing job upkeeping their park.
I rated the course a 3.0 which is good. By comparison, this course in excellent to everything else the area has to offer by a nine hole course. If the tees pads weren't torn on a couple holes, and the gravel wasn't under the baskets, I would give it a 3.5 (Very Good). If there were multiple pin or teepad locations I would probably bump it up to a 4.0 (Excellent). This is definitely one of my favorite local places to play, but had to ranked it based on what I have seen across the country. If the park district does some of the things they have been talking about doing, the will become the course to play in the area.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 6 Not
The long-n-wide rubber teepads were in good shape. Good teesigns.
Easy to access, not far from 294 or 88. The Italian beef sandwich at Paul's Pizza was really good.
Hole-9 unplayable as it sat in the midst of a rain-created pond. Going wide right from tee-1 brings a volleyball court into play. Minimal elevation changes.
If you like them mostly tight and mostly right-turning, you should enjoy this course, as half the holes somewhat match that description. Good variety in distances. Most holes had a chokepoint at some location between the tee and the basket - hit it and be rewarded it, miss it, and work on your awkward-approach game. :-)
Certainly not a destination course, but designers made the most they could out of the small bit of land and trees with which they had to work.
3 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Well kept course right in the middle of Oakbrook Park District. Great mix of shots for a 9 hole course. You don't have to throw 400 feet to play this course well but you do need to know how to hit your lines. Each hole will give you it's own set of unique problems and no hole is necessarily a guaranteed birdie like a lot of other shorter 9 hole courses in the area. It's not the most technically challenging, but it's a great course and fun to play over and over again.
Cons: It can tend to get crowded very quickly because of it's location, many casual players will tend to group up in 4's and 5's and clogs happen quickly. Too short!!!
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I was going to be in Chicago for a busy few days so I wanted to get the best bang for my buck the one time I got to play DG while I was there. All reviews pointed to this course and it definitely delivered. Central Park is in a pretty affluent suburb of Chicago, so it's a nice area and the park was very well kept. There was no signage for the course driving up to the park, but the park building was open on a Sunday morning at 8 AM, so it was easy to find someone to point us in the right direction.
The course is pretty flat (go figure, it's in IL), so there is not much elevation to speak of. But I don't think it's a black eye to this course. There are still plenty of trees and dog legs to make it interesting.
There is one hole where you walk right by the park office building, but other than that, it's got a pretty nice secluded feel.
Nice concrete tee pads, good baskets, and great signage (once you get to the course) round it out to make it a must play in the Chicago area. From what I've seen, I don't think you'll find a 9 hole rec course to match it!
Cons: The one thing this course lacks is distance. It really is a one dimensional course. While it provides a lot of opportunities to work on some technical shots, hole nine is the only hole to step up to the tee pad and let 'er eat. Hole six looked like that, but there is a mando tree that forces you back into the woods. Along with that, the pars were a bit generous.
Other Thoughts: Honestly, the 4.0 rating I gave would be a little inflated next to some courses because of the lack of variety. But, when you consider some of the common pitfalls of other courses on busy Chicago parks, this one pulls ahead.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Great niner for Chicago!
Pros: Central Park is a very well designed nine hole course which has something that many niners in the area do not have: punishing areas for errant shots, variety of distances, and a few 'tightly' wooded areas. The designer here has done a great job maximizing the available space to incorporate a full nine which doesn't compromise on safety or overlapping fairways.
Amenities and upkeep: Being in Oak Brook, this park is blessed with a parks department that has good funding. All of the tee signs, baskets, and rubber teeing areas are in great shape and I'd expect they will be well-maintained over the life of the course.
Variety: Especially for newer or intermediate places, Central Park is a great place to learn a controlled sky hyzer (hole 1), short accurate flick (hole 2), big RHBH flex (5), and many more of the basics. Be careful though to mix it up with other courses because this course is so prescribed, practicing solely at Central Park could lead to rote repetition that doesn't transfer well to other courses.
Cons: Replay-factor: One of the main drawbacks to this course is the highly prescribed fairways. On one hand, well-defined fairways are a feature lacking in NW Illinois which is a positive, but in combination with the lack of additional tees or pin placements, this course gets stale very quickly. You'll probably develop your shot of choice within 2-3 loops through the course and you'll likely not need to change unless conditions change drastically (e.g. high winds). Because of the lack of additional space for more tees or pins, it would be tough to increase the 'fresh-factor' very much more.
Challenge: Central Park falls in with a lot of other area courses in that it doesn't have all that many holes which require precise execution or planning before taking on a particularly difficult hole (hole six may be an exception here). For the most part, you'll reach into the bag, grab the disc you always through on this hole and give it a chuck on the line you've thrown tons of times previously.
Other Thoughts: Perhaps not the best course for the family because it does have some areas of significant rough, Central Park sets up as a perfect course for the intermediate player who is still seeking to develop a wide range of shots off the tee and needs to do so in an environment which can give appropriate feedback (landing in the rough). As other reviewers have stated, the course makes GREAT use of available space and the designers have done a superb job. Definitely worth a play, especially considering other courses in the area.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
17 Helpful / 0 Not
And if you can't be with the one you love, Honey love the one you're with.
Pros: To me Central Park is a really good example of what a recreational course should look like. The course makes use of the very little elevation changes it has to give you some up and down shots, and the moderate woods are used to define your routes and create a bit of challenge to the holes. There is a mix of short and long-ish holes, so there is a nice variety in the shots. The overall design of the holes is quite good. The course has good tee signs with a hole map and distances. In a few places where there is a long walk between holes there are directional signs. There are benches and trashcans on the course. The tees are built up and have a rubber coating on them. The overall park is very nice and the course seems to be very well taken care of. All in all, it's a very nice 9-hole recreational course.
Cons: In the end, it's a 9-hole recreational course. The longest hole is 398 ft, and the course isn't technical enough in its challenge to make up for what it lacks in length. The course makes good use of the elevation changes available, but there really isn't much of that available. It really is a mostly flat, fairly short, somewhat technical course. Anyone over an Intermediate level of play probably won't find a lot of challenge to this one. Intermediate and below will have a lot of fun with this one.
A few holes are fairly close together, and the basket for # 2 is basically in #9's fairway. It's not nearly as bad as a lot of other courses in the area, but you need to be aware of others on the course.
The tees are fairly short, and on the longer holes I was wishing for more tee to use.
Other Thoughts: The course gives me a weird effect where in a lot of spots you can feel like you are in the woods, but you can hear the traffic roaring by on the nearby highways. It's a nice nature oasis, but you can't really escape the urban reality.
The thing that stands out in my mind about Central Park is that the course uses the land available about as well as it can be used, and the course fits into the overall park design. The course does not create a lot of conflict with other users. In our rush to push disc golf courses in, the need for disc golf to fit into the overall park is often lost. The designers who worked on Central Park used what little they had and made a very nice course from it, and that's a lesson many course designers could learn from.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
The Best Niner Around
Pros: A surprisingly fun and challenging 9 holer in chicagoland that does not dissapoint.
- Excellent use of obstacles, with trees in play on every hole. Even the more open holes punish errant shots.
- A bunch of right turns, or RHBH anhyzers which is a refreshing change of pace.
- A good variety of lines and distances, most holes play longer than your average 9 hole course.
- The course is in great shape, well maintained. With good signage and tees.
- Navigation is fairly easy for first timers, and the park is usually well used so it's easy to follow groups in front.
- A great degree of risk/reward. The thick trees can be unforgiving while you are rewarded if you hit the right lines.
Cons: The biggest con about this course is that there isn't enough room to put up 9 more holes just like it.
Fairways can also overlap with several blind shots with opportunities to get hit by a disc, so be alert.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is one of the best 9 hole courses I have ever played. The designers did a great job to make the best of the space and the obstacles available.
This is a great course for both beginner and experienced, making it a standout in the area.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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