7 Helpful / 0 Not
Pleasant Park Nine
Pros: Castaldo is a very likeable park-style disc golf course with mature trees defining the lines for the moderate distance nine holes available here. The first three holes are medium (280') to lengthy (up to 405'), slanting along the clearing for a line of high tension pillars, some of which affect the hyzer lines (for rhbh throwers like me). The last six holes tend to favor slightly right-turning flight paths, but there is enough space and openness to get as creative as you like. There is a tree along the 6th fairway that has an amazing old branch which leans over to influence your shot. Unfortunately, the tree doesn't look healthy, and the fairway will be entirely different if the tree is lost. The slight rolling nature of the terrain and the shade of the trees make this a fairly fun course to get in a quick confidence-builder, even on a sunny summer day.
Fantastic trapezoidal concrete tees are complemented by decent signage, logical course flow, and DGA baskets in a park with sand volleyball, a jogging path, a kiddie playground, a park shelter/gazebo, at least one water fountain and one bathroom (noted on the map). There are plenty of trash cans available (though I did pick up stuff thrown on the ground by others, near a couple of tee pads...well, you can't blame them...the trash can WAS almost twelve feet away!)
Cons: There is a relatively limited variety of challenge here for the more experienced player.
Two of the holes require drives over the path, but the tees are near enough to the path to make it clear to even the most oblivious pedestrian that you're about to tee off.
Other Thoughts: I normally want to play a course five times before writing a review, but was only in town for a brief stay, so only played twice, but enjoyed this course immensely, and wanted to add a complimentary review.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Listen to the Buzz
Pros: This course is a solid little nine holer with a fair amount of character. Plays relatively short, virtually every pin is reachable for a player that is throwing around 300ft, and there really isn't too much in the way of difficult lanes, though the few trees that are located on the park do spice it up enough to keep things interesting.
Holes 1,2,and3 are straight forward and open with nothing but a few power line poles to get in your way. Hole 4 is a solid ace run just a hair under 200ft. Holes 5,6,7,8 and 9 are all similar style shots between 250 and 320ft that require you to dodge a few trees, but offer plenty of very make-able lanes to the baskets.
Good signage, and plenty of places to rest on the course in the shade if you'd like to make an afternoon there. Practice basket near the first tee, and nice cement tee pads.
A fun little course that if I was in the area would definitely go play.
Cons: Honestly the biggest con about this course is just that it is a little boring. I went out and only grabbed for my driver and holes 3 and 9, otherwise I could throw a midrange or putter off the tee for every shot. There are certain holes where you may have some minor tree issues, but the lanes are so clear they don't offer too much difficulty. Other cons include the fact that the first three holes are located directly underneath power lines so the buzzing coming from these is pretty annoying, but not too big of a deal.
Other Thoughts: Driving from Chicago I would rather go play one of the other courses in the area. This course is just a little short and boring, but still I did have a great time here. This is definitely a good place to bring people that are just getting into the sport. It is difficult enough to offer a challenge, yet not too difficult where people will get discouraged. Also the fact that as a hole this course is pretty short means that even the least experienced disc golfers I know are bound to hit a couple pars. This is the only course where my girlfriend can claim a victory over me this year, so it is certainly one of her favorites. Happy Discin!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Longer 9 hole course than others in the area.
Not very difficult.
Pretty well kept
garbage cans at almost every hole
cops come by regularly
an alright mix of distance, from the space provided
Cons: crowded in afternoons
muddy and wet after rain
not very difficult
power lines above first three holes
all the forest area was cut down on three because of the power lines. the hole used to be pretty amazing but now its not very fun
park nearby may be crowded with a party
cops come by regularly
must throw across bike path on 5 and 9
Other Thoughts: decent course overall. I don't come here too often anymore since my skill has improved, i would rather travel to joliet area to play highland or other better courses.
2.5-3. 3 only because its my "home course"
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: -Larger than most 9-hole courses in the area
-Well kept park
-Concrete (and level) tees
-Well kept catchers
-Scenic with older large trees that offer some challenge (not including the first 3 holes under the power lines)
-Decent elevation change (especially for the Chicago area which it notoriously flat).
-Favors accuracy over power (pro or con depending on your POV)
-Larger than some area courses
Cons: -Can be very muddy
-Could be a longer course
-Signage is dicey at best
-Bike path (con for golfing, but a pro for getting there if you bike)
-Sometimes have to wait to start on nice days
-First 2 holes are boring
Other Thoughts: This course has some good mid distance shots where accuracy can play a role. If you are making a trip to this course you may want to warm up here then make the trip over to Knock Knolls for a bigger accuracy challenge. If you are in the suburbs make a stop here.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 1 Not
Course has changed!
Pros: My home course. Always fun to play and plays fast, even when crowded.
Cons: The woods that come into play on holes #3 and #9 are gone! Bulldozed recently! Changes the course dramatically. Must be a powerline issue. Stinks for us though.
Other Thoughts: Still fun to play, but the recent changes make the two affected holes wide open. There is now no danger from a stray drive. Beware of deep leaf pools that suck up discs.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Compact but nice
Pros: - nice rubber tees
- made good use of terrain features (trees, hedges, hills)
- also good use of not very much space
- pretty park, tall oaks in most of the park
Cons: - some of the later holes a little close together, but not overly so
Other Thoughts: In general a nice, compact little course. Distances were average, with very good use of trees, hedges, or other terrain features. I'd play this again if I was looking to play just 9 holes and I was in the area.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 9 Not
Pros: i love this course this is my home course..... in a great area not the biggest course but not the smallest... never to busy .... have found 12 discs here the past year
Cons: you have alot of kids hiding in areas to steal your discs ..
1 of 10 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 4 Not
Great course when not Crowded
Pros: Every type of shot needed. Good ace possibilities. Great use of available land. Beaten paths in thicket helps find your disc
Cons: Often crowded on warm afternoons. Large groups of players clog up the course. What was once a "hidden gem" is now busy popular course
Other Thoughts: A good 9 hole for someone looking to work on shots. Hard to lose a disc and great if you are in the area. Plays quick and is often played 2 or 3 times.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Castaldo is a nice, above-average Chicago 9'er with pretty good elevation and sparse trees which are sufficient to shape lines off of the tee. The designer has done a nice job of working in a wide variety of shots (uphill/downhill, right/left fading, etc.) to keep things interesting and has even worked in a few holes which allow for more than one reasonable route to the pin which gives players the choice of what fairway to attack based on personal strengths and current conditions (wind, grass cut). The park has a very clean and friendly feel to it and the course amenities match this with nice signage, baskets, and tees.
Cons: As I alluded to in the Pro's section, Castaldo is very nice in comparison with other Chicagoland courses because it has elements that most others lack (decent tree coverage/elevation). However, Castaldo still lacks the challenge in design that most other parts of the country are currently utilizing. There are no multi-par holes and really no holes out here that should be seen as "challenging" birdie two's. Because of the single tee/single pin setup, this course will probably lose a bit of its luster after players have more than a few rounds through. Finally, because the park is fairly well used by other park users and because several holes are in somewhat close proximity to walking paths, you will likely have to wait to throw on a couple of tees during the busy summer months.
Other Thoughts: One of the better courses in the area and a great place to take beginners or families to try out the game without risking thorns or water hazards. More experienced players will also enjoy a round or two here but will probably want to move on after a couple of rounds.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
11 Helpful / 0 Not
Short but fun
Pros: - Easy to navigate, good tee signs
- A fair variety of elevation changes and lines.
- Good use of obstacles, including large power lines on the first 2 holes.
- Holes 3 and 9 stand out as the most fun and challenging. Both offering good distance and elevation change.
- The course is generally in good condition, clean. And you can normally play 9 in a short amount of time.
Cons: Shot and easy, that basically sums it up.
You can basically take any line you want to get to most of the holes.
Fairways can overlap on the back and the walking/bike path can come into play in a few spots.
Other Thoughts: This is fun course to get in a quick 9 if you are in the area. It's also a great place to boost your ego and your ace count.
Although it's not particularly challenging it's an enjoyable 9 holes and worth playing if you are in the area.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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