10 Helpful / 0 Not
A top course in Illinois
Pros: This course starts it off right with Hole 1. One of the best holes in Illinois. You tee downhill towards a valley with heavy schule (difficult to get out of) at the bottom of the valley. Heavy woods to the right. OB road cutting in towards the fairway on the left. The goal for most pros here is to play a safe shot over the valley about 250 feet. From this position a hill runs straight up to the bucket, about 220 feet uphill from the ideal layup zone. Some very elite pros (Jenkins, Doss, Nikko, etc..) go for a monster flex shot over the top of everything. This brings road OB and the woods into play, not a play for the average pro!
After Hole 1 this course continues to impress. There are 4 or 5 holes that would be considered 'par 4' for the average Pro golfer who doesn't throw 480 feet. Some water comes into play on a few holes. Some great elevation change on some of the more wooded holes. I'd say 5 or 6 of the holes would be considered 'wooded', but none of them are excessively tight.
A course that rates high on challenge for skilled golfers and very high on fun for all golfers. Its been used for the Hamilton A tier event in September. Anything under 50 has been an elite score for the Open division. I believe 43 by Nikko has been the best score anybody has carded.
Also, check out Keokuk which is about 8 minutes from this course across the Iowa border. A solid shorter course in the area that is also a worth-while play.
Cons: Not much bad you can say here. There is 3 consecutive holes in a wide open field. They are a little boring and repetetive, but at least there are only 3 of them (13-15).
Other Thoughts: This is a cool park in a very small town. Its very out of the way but the locals have always been friendly when I've visited. I highly recommend hitting this course if you are ever close to this area.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Wildcat Springs is an awesome place to play disc golf. It is a very nice well kept park.
Nice sized cement tee pads and great Mach 5 baskets.
It starts on hole #1. It's one of the best holes in Illinois. It's a great par 4 that requires a great tee shot thru a nice gap. The woods, creek, and road all come into play. This is one tough 3 to get. See the 1st video link in the other comments. There is some good footage starting on hole #1.
This course has a ton of character and variety. The holes are unique. There is quite a bit of elvation on the course. There are some very challenging fast greens and ravine shots. Water comes into play on several holes.
This is not the toughest course in Illinois but man it is very fun to play. By no means is it easy either. SSA is 49.97 so to shoot 50(-4) you are playing some awesome golf.
Cons: Holes #13 and #14 are very similar wide open holes.
This course lacks a few tight wooded holes. It has semi wooded holes but not tight.
The tee signs are adequate but below average.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Small town course that's big time fun.
Pros: One of the best combinations of picturesque scenery and challenge that I've ever played. No sissy warm up Hole #1 here. You start with a 462' bomb over a disc eating creek. Even the shorter holes aren't gimmes. Holes 10 and 11 which cross a dense underbrush area are particularly challenging. #17 has some danger in store if you blow by it. Probably my favorite hole was #4, which is a long gentle downhill 500'+ hyzer (well, it was an anny hole for me since I'm lefty) where you have to hug a wooded area without getting into it. Not crowded at all.
Cons: Defintely not rec friendly, but there's a more suitable 9 hole course nearby. Flow between the upper and lower sections was a bit confusing. A few beefs on the lower section of the course. It had rained recently before I played so the creek had gotten a bit out of its banks. Hole #5 which runs right by the water was hard to negotiate. Some non-DG'ers like to come down in this area to observe the creek and may park their vehicle in your way. The underbrush area on the woodsy window holes #10 & 11 make for a hard time finding your disc if you don't make it across cleanly. I'd definitely use a spotter on these holes. As with any wooded course, the insects will be aplenty, particularly near the water.
Other Thoughts: Probably the strangest observation I had at Wildcat was that I had this beautiful course all to myself. Just a few blocks away at the cool little nine holer at Hamilton City Park there were scads of families playing. Its probably safe to say that Wildcat is going to be way more than most casual players can handle, so if you're going to tackle this one, bring your 'A' game. You'll need it.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
5 Helpful / 5 Not
Pros: This is a beautiful course that can also separate the pros from the lesser player. The holes follow the perimeter of the park and it takes a good arm AND a good throw to reach most of the holes in 3. The course makes good use of the woods that bisect the park and it also uses what little elevation is available very will. It also has water coming into play on 2 of the holes. A little something for everyone.
Cons: Holes 5 through 8 tend to get waterlogged to the point of unplayable when it rains. Holes 15A and 15B are unmarked and easily over looked if you don't know where they are. Other than that, there is very little bad about the course.
Other Thoughts: With 18 "official" holes plus 2 extra, 15A and 15B, you are sure to have a good round here. Plan on a couple of hours and enjoy yourself.
5 of 10 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Beautiful park, picturesque views from the teepads, good signage, sensible navigation, benches everywhere. Great mix of shots. Most of all: FUN to play!
Cons: Ground was a bit soft on lower part of course near river/creek. Possibly floods in heavy rain? 3-4 hole stretch of wide open, slightly boring holes on back. Limited parking.
Other Thoughts: It was a beautiful day but no one else was there! Everyone should make the trek to Hamilton to play this course. Warm up at the 9 holer up the street, then play Wildcat. You won't be disappointed. The view from the first teepad alone is stunning. Play along a big creek/river (careful--water comes into play on a few holes!). Throw across ravines (all very navigable). Throw uphill, throw downhill, throw short, throw long. Anything you could want, this course has. Also lots of picturesque Mississippi River valley scenery just to the west of town as you drive in.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Different challenges for each section of the park. Can be flat, can be hilly, can be wooded, can be open. Beautiful park, well kept course.
Cons: Don't remember anything
Other Thoughts: My fav course in the area, though I haven't hit them all. You won't be disappointed with this course.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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