Short, tight, overgrown, awkward
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Requires a lot of accuracy and some atypical shots, which has the potential for being valuable practice you may not get on other courses. (Especially see notes below about the amount of thick trouble you can get in here. This course will force a lot of tough saves out of thick woods, which could be good practice for the once or twice you have to do it on other courses).
- Nice open field by the parking lot is a great spot for field work before or after a round. (Rip some bomb drives here, as you won't be able to on the course).
- Practice basket before one is also a nice touch and I wish more courses had this.
- Isolated from other park activities so other park goers aren't likely to get in your way
Cons: - Insanely tight. I played at the end of December with no leaves on the trees and most holes were just ridiculously demanding of pinpoint accuracy all the way down the fairway. I couldn't imagine playing in the summer. I believe there were only two holes with fairways wider than about 30 feet.
- Short. I guess with it as tight as it is, it is good that most holes aren't longer. But at the same time, it would be nice to have a few holes where you can open up just a bit.
- Overgrown. I have a feeling a lot of fairways used to be a bit wider. Hole 9 (supposed signature hole) has a huge fallen tree blocking the already tight fairway meaning you are essentially driving into a wall of wood. If you get off the fairway on pretty much any hole you find yourself in some seriously thick brush with very few lines back to the fairway. This the type of course where you can expect to play multiple shots where you are just throwing 8 to 10 foot shots out of the woods so you can have a look on your next shot.
- While some short and tight courses are fun, I found the lines on some holes to be very strange. There were quite a few holes where there just didn't seem to be much of a natural shot or line to the basket. Lots of "spray and pray" shots vs technically executed shots. There are holes where if you make an 8ft gap you might get a birdie. Miss and you are looking at a 5.
- Muddy, muddy, muddy. I played in late Dec and there was mud everywhere. The rubber pads were caked in mud and unusable.
- Tough to navigate. There are orange ribbons hanging in trees along paths to some tees, but even with this, I found myself lost. The course map at the beginning was a bit helpful, but with some numbers having fallen off, it wasn't as useful as it could have been.
Other Thoughts: I can see this course having potential as it is a lot more wooded than many other courses in the area. However, there would need to be a good amount of tree and brush clearing for me to want to play this again. Overall I found it a very frustrating round, not necessarily because I felt I was playing poorly but just because the course is unrelenting in making you throw awkward and extremely tight shots with no margin for error and a very harsh punishment for a miss.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Needs lots of TLC
Pros: Nice course sequestered from other park activities.
Nice variation in length of holes and pars.
Baskets are the really nice Innova kind - great stuff.
Cons: Course is very overgrown and mostly in the woods so its hard to play.
Fairways are seriously maybe 4 to 6 feet wide with forest on either side - and the "fairways" are just grass that is in some places 2-3 feet tall.
Course is poorly marked with no directions from one hole to the next tee. With it being so overgrown, its way too easy to get lost between holes.
More of a quibble, but there is no easy way to get to the parking lot from hole 9 - its one big loop for all the holes.
Lack of variety between wooded and open holes - its heavily wooded and with it being overgrown it hurts the course.
Finally, tee boxes are all sunken and most were just pools of standing water.
Other Thoughts: If this course had some TLC, it would actually be a really nice course to play.
Rosie O'Donnell In A Thong!
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: I played The Central Park yesterday. It's a tight technical course but is fair and has some variety. I liked it so don't be saying that I hate all technical courses. I don't find anything too charming about Summit Park. Hole after hole plays down an overgrown fairway approximately 6-8' wide. Except # 7 which plays down a slightly wider path but compensates for that by having swampy water down the entire right side of the slightly wider non-fairway path.
A couple of holes did have garbage cans. The course started out OK with # 1 & 2 being fairly normal tight, technical holes, but they were fair. Then the jungle started closing around me and the course.
Cons: The course is extremely overgrown. I knew from the start when I had to break off a few small branches just to get my tee shot off. Also when the tee sign was hidden in the jungle.
The course basically plays on dirt which would be mud quite often here in less than sunny Illinois.
Some rubber tee pads were coated with mud making them quite slippery.
Navigation was quite dicey at times. Trails lead off in different directions. I completely missed 12-14 and I'm not sorry I missed them.
This swampy area is quite mosquito infested. If I missed a spot with my Backwoods Off, they bite me there.
There were lots of litter scattered about. C'mon guys, pack your empty cans out.
Other Thoughts: Note to whoever claims to be in charge here. Could you please update the course directions on DGCR to indicate that this courses is next to "Sun Fun Splash Park?" The mini-golf is long gone.
While you're at it, the on-line map could use the same information upgraded there. Thank you for your consideration.
And if anyone missed the reference in my always clever and amusing Review Title, What I meant is I'd just as soon see Rosie in her skivies than endure another round at this course. Like Tommy Lee Jones said in Men in Black, That's not a memory I want to have."
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Delight or Despair
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: An extremely challenging course with narrow fairways and an unforgiving forest. New growth trees and bushes will create havoc for any errant shot. Most drives are blind shots except for 1 and 12. Hairpin doglakes are the primary feature on many holes. All tees are well marked and baskets are in good shape. The short distances will make this a good course for novices but skilled players will need all their tricks to par if playing "3's". This is one of the most under-rated courses in the state.
Cons: The major con is the attraction: it's an extraordinary difficult course. Frustration is featured on every drive. Also, after a heavy rain, some drives can be soggy or have a pond in the fairway. Drives 2,3 and 6 are most prone to being sloppy. Only four drives are open and can still be problematic and those looking for a big shots will be disappointed. The longest shot is 333'. Lastly, this course is almost unplayable in the summer because the forest closes in on the fairways making successful drives more about luck than skill.
Other Thoughts: Summit needs to be manicured. Occasionally a new tree may take up a shot line and will have to be trimmed. The warm-up basket is conveniently placed right next to the tee of one. Also, the soccer and baseball fields can be used to work on drives. At Summit, disc selection is crucial and mid-ranges might be the best bet. Color should be considered as well. Avoid using green and yellow during the summer. For a hole by hole analysis, click hole info and then click hole tips.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 2 Not
Slim and shady fairways.
Pros: -Suuuuuper tight fairways in a heavily wooded corner of a park
-Great place to practice your "Get out of jail" shots here if you don't hit your lines.
-Good/lucky shots will be rewarded
-Very shady and playable even when its very hot outside
-Lots of risk here as losing discs in these woods is a very good possibility. Some may find this to be a con, but that adds an element to the game that myself and others like.
-A good place to come break in some new mids
Cons: -This place can be very swampy, When I was here it had rained pretty hard two days prior and the place was a swamp. We actually had to skip a few holes because of this.
-Navigation is brutal, We had a very tough time finding our way around and to the next hole.
-This course is so wooded that you almost feel like in order to shoot really well here you need to wear your lucky underwear and bring your rabbit's foot. Luck is a big factor in how well you will shoot. Skill is obviously a big factor as well though.
-Some of the holes are so tough all you can do is laugh.
-There is a creek (if you could call it that) that borders a few fairways that is really nasty. I'm all for going in after a disc if need be but I think that if I couldn't see the disc I would just count it as gone and move along.
-A little bit too urban for my likings, The highway is loud and close by and there is also a nearby factory that was stinking the place up when we got there but it went away after a little bit?
Other Thoughts: I fancy myself as quite the outdoorsman and I like the scents and sounds and everything else that nature has to offer but this course offers almost none of that in my opinion.
I do, however, love how technical this course is. I have been meaning to go back for that reason and that reason only. It is a good change of pace instead of wide open fairways that can be found at many of the other courses around.
Bottom line is this: This course is weird, it smells weird and its in a weird location but it is worth playing at least once. Its another notch in the belt and because it is so strange you have to see and play it for yourself.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful.
16 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Quiet course in a multi-use park offering Putt-Putt golf, a water park, soccer fields, and walking trails. Somewhat of a dichotomy in that Summit is a densely wooded course located smack in the middle of a fairly commercial, urban neighborhood.
Overall, the tightest set of fairways I've ever played; challenging and then some. Places a HUGE premium on line shaping, precision and accuracy (perhaps to the point of absurdity), but playing this course on a regular basis would certainly help one develop the kind of control that few players have... if you can take that much abuse. This course will have you accepting that par isn't a bad score, and any birdies here are sure to be difference makers in a competitive round.
- Offers a surprising number of opportunities for all kinds of shots, all requiring control, control, control; hyzers, annies, FH, FH annies, flex/S-shots, even a low, straight overhand; all will serve you well here.
- Contains two or three holes where you can actually let loose to provide a very welcome break from the monotony of threading the needle hole after hole.
- Might actually age well in that even if several trees are lost to storms or vandalism, this course will still maintain its tight and foreboding personality.
- 75-80% of the course plays in very shady cover, so heat wasn't much of a factor, even on the 4th of July.
- Perhaps as much a con as a pro: missing your line by a few inches can land you in jail, with seemingly no way out except to take a stroke and to huck it back onto the fairway.
- Tee pads seemed OK - perhaps a bit worn, but footing was never an issue, and baskets were in decent condition. Simple yet effective tees signs show hole distance and layout, and combine with well- worn paths help keep you on track for the most part. There are a couple of tricky spots, but for the most part navigation shouldn't be too bad for first timers.
Cons: - Can feel monotonous; endless tight fairways with only a couple of open shots towards the end. Not that they could do much, about it, but the completely flat terrain only adds to the unidimensional nature of this course (although I shudder at the thought of rollaway greens here).
- Some of the fairways seem to require shots that defy conventional disc physics.
- Has a few blind holes with thick foliage that make disc loss a very real possibility, even if the distances aren't that far.
- I find it frustrating to execute exactly the line I want off the tee on a blind shot, only to have it land where you simply had no decent look at the basket - seems a bit random in that aspect.
- Not sure I see the balance between risk/reward here.
- Despite being quite densely wooded, you wouldn't call this course scenic or aesthetically pleasing. Located next to a factory, with a ditch full of nasty looking water running alongside one of the holes. Seemed peaceful, woodsy and quiet, but a pleasant walk through the park, not so much.
Other Thoughts: Tree haters and those intent on airing it out need not apply. I like short technical courses, but I honestly couldn't believe some of the fairways this course had, or the lines required for a decent shot at a birdie. Could swear I sensed Obi Wan urging me to close my eyes, telling me to use The Force on a couple of holes. Bring tough plastic or stuff you wanna break in (R-Pro Darts won't fly the same after a round here).
Some would say this course requires more luck than skill, but to score close to par here, you'd have to exhibit the kind of consistency that can only be attributed to skill. I'm sure this course would play a bit easier in the fall or winter, particularly for those who like to throw overhand. Not for everyone, but if you want to master precision and control, this is certainly the place to do it.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 3 Not
repetitive but enjoyable
Pros: OVERALL FUN FACTOR (16% weight) - 3.5 - Pretty fun course even though the holes are repetitive. Has a different feel to it than any other course I've played.
SIGNS/MAPS/MARKERS (11% weight) - 3 - nice little signs that show the yardage and shot path, but no arrow signs pointing to the next tee and that made it difficult to navigate to the next hole on several different holes.
BASKETS (5% weight) - 4 - baskets in good condition
SHOT VARIETY (5% weight) - 3.5 - If you can hit all the intended flight paths, most every hole is RHBH hyzer through tight woods. However, it's very easy to get yourself stuck in the brush or behind trees off the drive, so a variety of shots end up being needed to get out of trouble.
OVERALL CHALLENGE (3% weight) - 4 - I found it very challenging of a course because it demands accuracy and the ability to get yourself out of trouble.
CROWDED? (3% weight) - 4 - I was there on a Saturday afternoon and it played quick.
PARKING (2% weight) - 5 - plenty of free parking
Cons: COURSE DESIGN (14% weight) - 1.5 - Course design is not a strong point. Most all of the holes favor a RHBH throw with tight fairways.
TEE PADS (8% weight) - 2 - rubber tee pads were nice, but it had been raining recently and they were not set up for good drainage - many were big puddles
ELEVATION (8% weight) - 2 - flat on almost every hole, but this is Illinois after all.
SCENIC BEAUTY (8% weight) - 1.5 - noting too scenic... it's an urban park.
EPIC HOLES (5% weight) - 1 - No holes stick out as an epic hole. Most holes are boring and a bit forgettable.
DISTANCE VARIETY (5% weight) - 1 - only 3 holes over 300 feet and just barely. Most are around 200 to 250, not much variety.
FOLIAGE MAINTENANCE (3% weight) - 1 - i realize this course is supposed to play tight through the woods, but even still there could be much more brush cut back.
BENCHES / TRASH BINS (3% weight) - 1 - A couple benches and trash cans in the main park area, but none in the disc golf course.
MIX OF TIGHT AND OPEN (3% weight) - 0.5 - All holes are really tight in the woods except maybe 2 that throw into our out of a field.
Other Thoughts: Easy to get to course for people living in the city. I used to live in Chicago, but didn't play disc golf at the time. If I did I would have come here a lot.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful.
15 Helpful / 0 Not
Fairways? What fairways?!
Pros: -Summit Park is a small wooded patch in an otherwise partially-industrialized urban setting. The course plays through this flat wooded area, interspersed with walking trails and fitness stations, and bounded on one side by a factory and on another by a highway runoff ditch filled with foul, polluted water. The schule is incredible: ridiculously thick and punishing, and more or less unrelenting throughout the course. Extremely narrow fairways make precision the main skill required to score well here, and even with a good amount of that, pray Lady Luck is on your side. Often, missing your line by an inch or less means the difference between a great shot and being completely screwed. Once off the walking path sized "unfairways," tree prison and short dense thickets do their best to prevent you from hacking your way back.
- A couple of open holes on the back nine provide some much needed relief and a chance to air it out a bit.
- Decent signage that provides distance and hole number, as well as the general shape of the fairway. A course map is posted at the beginning. The first hole has a concrete tee but most if not all the other holes are equipped with decent rubber mats.
- Many other park amenities on site: mini golf, walking trails, fitness equipment, etc.
Cons: -Despite the woods that comprise the majority of the course, Summit can't shake a distinctly urban feeling. Major highways whiz by close at hand, while the runoff ditch alongside one hole is downright disgusting. Filled with trash and a stinking cesspool of water, it is one place you certainly don't want to land. Two holes test your ability to avoid this hazard. Finally, a nearby factory periodically releases a foul stench that can easily spoil the fun.
-Playing here will difinitely help hone one's short range accuracy and precision, but unfortunately there isn't much here in the way of shot variety.
Other Thoughts: -Some players might knock Summit some for the "randomness" or "luck" factor, and I definitely can understand where they are coming from; however, my view is that everyone has to play the exact same course and, while the margin of some shots may be frustratingly small, skill does more often than not decide the final outcome. Thus, I consider the ridiculous fairways (or lack thereof) to add a fun "novelty" or uniqueness to this course that is difficult to come by.
- With the nearby standing water issues, I imagine the insects are terrible during the summer.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful.
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Bring out the Champ plastic
Pros: - A super tight, very challenging wooded course.
- This is the perfect place to practice your "get out of trouble shots".
- Rubber tees and signs with accurate distances.
- Mostly tunnel shots that force accurate RHBH hyzers with a low ceiling that makes overhand shots difficult.
- For many living in the city of Chicago this is the closest 18 hole course in the area.
- A ridiculous risk reward course that can be very frustrating and rewarding all at the same time.
- Almost no crowds or waiting around, if you go on a weekday you could very well be the only person there (this can also be a con)
Cons: Navigation can be very tricky, some holes double back or follow the paved path for a while with not clear next tee signs. When in doubt follow the most worn trail.
Lack of variety, it seems like every hole is a RHBH hyzer.
Some holes are so tight that it's hard to find a defined fairway.
After 18 holes it starts to feel really short and repetitive.
Other Thoughts: I have to agree that this course borders the line between a risk/reward course and a luck course. I guess it takes both.
When I lived in Chicago this was my home course because it was the closest 18 holer. It is a great course to play as a change of pace but it will drive you crazy after 2 rounds.
All in all a decent course if you are in the area but play it too much and it will make you want to go out into an open field and just let a few rip.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Nice rubber tees
-risk reward course, the holes were short but very challenging. You would expect to play alot under negative if you look at the hole lengths and the pars, however, you would be suprised how many times you are happy to get a par on a par 4.
-even though its very challenging because of trees the short distance still makes it possible to have a good day.
-birdies are possible on most holes but also unlikely on most holes
-decent flow from hole to hole
-On holes 7,8, and 9 even though you throw along some water there are logs that help you get accross
Cons: -When you get into the trees you might spend a couple throws getting out because the woods are quite dense
-the course can be very challenging and frusturating because of the trees
-there are alot of holes that are very similar dog legs to the left so the course can get a little boring
-not a good mixture of holes, it would be nice to see holes that have a little more distance
-the air at this part smelt pretty bad most of the course
Other Thoughts: Overall I liked the course. It definatly had its weaknesses but there were alot of things to love about it. It is a different style of play from most courses and thats why it would be worth returning to.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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