1 Helpful / 3 Not
For the Walk
Pros: Nice walking path in a beautiful old growth forest.
Cons: Had to walk a half mile or more to find the first tee. Signs and throwing mats were missing. One throwing mat was so slippery with slime there is no way anyone could throw from it. Holes were just cut into the rough of the woods with little thought.
Other Thoughts: Only drive here if you are anal about playing all the courses in an area. Not worth it otherwise.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Never busy and well maintained. Short precise
shots required. You can play 9 in 10 minutes with a buddy. The lay down mulch so mud is never an issue. Great practice course.
Cons: Long walk from the parking lot. Very buggy. Hole 8 needs to be redesigned, it the summer the hole is impossible. Bring bug spray. Tall grass on most holes.
0 of 6 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 1 Not
Short but Sweet
Pros: - Heavy Rough creates high risk/reward and punishes errant shots.
- Forces the thrower to hit lines.
- Interesting hole design
- Fairways are well defined
- Not typically crowded
- Grippy rubber tee pads
- Minor elevation
- Good signage
- Nice baskets
Cons: - Rough can be too thick at times, with thorns and other brush.
- It is a rather short course.
- Due to length and design some of the holes become repetitive.
- It gets sloppy after rainfall
- The bugs are bad in the summer.
- Long walk to the first tee
Other Thoughts: Overall, Diamond Lake Sloughs is nothing to write home about, but provides a nice short line shaping course for a mid-level player. As others have said, a seasoned veteran will likely tear this course up, and beginners will likely be frustrated with the heavy brush and the high probability of losing a disc in it. It provides some interesting hole design and is the closest thing to a wooded course in the Chicagoland area that I have seen. The minor elevation adds to the interest, especially given the surrounding area. The course has all the disc golf amenities we come to expect in good teepads, signs, baskets, and facilities on site. Some lengthened teepads and a little more variety in the hole design could bump this course up to a 3 or 3.5. I have found the best time to play this course is in the early spring, before the rough grows to thick and before the mosquitoes are out. If you chose to play in the middle of summer those two factors alone will be nuisance enough to ruin your round.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: Some difficult shots. Hole #9 in particular requires an interesting uphill shot through the forest. Nice tees and good signage, easy enough to navigate around.
Cons: Very easy to lose discs, one of mine skipped off the fairway just a few feet into the rough and spent 15 minutes looking for it. There are so many bugs here, make sure to bring bug spray. The course is very short and most holes are very similar. The rough is very thick and it's difficult to find errant drives. This course could use much more diversity, there is definately space to have 1 or 2 bombing holes, and the creek is not used at all which is very dissappointing.
Other Thoughts: This could've been a much better course, it probably took 5 mins to plan thjs one out. A small creek that runs through the park would have added an interesting element. Most holes are pretty much the same, with fairways carved out through the woods. Some diversity and added length would make this course decent. There is also room to expand it to 18 holes which, if designed correctly, could greatly improve the experience.
1 of 7 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: - Course itself is set far away from the rest of the park, which is nice. No walking paths, benches, or playgrounds to avoid or wait on.
- Holes seem to be carved out of a dense forest, which provides well-defined fairways and big punishment for errant shots. The rough/schule is extremely thick in some places, starting with hole #1.
- Good mix of different shots needed. Left, right, and straight. The lines are forced by the dense rough as well as some individual trees/branches. Straight shots are not always an option, either.
- Some random elevation changes here and there add some variety. The holes aren't really uphill or downhill, but there are undulations around baskets, on the fairway, and such. Just helps to keep things interesting, if nothing else.
- Hole #6 is a blind fairway from the tee, with a tough line. Good hole to use a spotter.
- Good baskets, decent tees and signage.
Cons: - The most obvious con is the length of the course. One hole is barely 300', a few around 260', and the rest are 230' or less. Enough said.
- Not many obstacles to challenge the drives mid-flight. The fairways are well defined and wide, wide open. On holes that are 230', the shots are too open to be challenging (if you can get the right line).
- Layout is kind of strange, there may be some spots where errant discs can find another fairway. Holes 4-7, I think, are especially crammed together.
Other Thoughts: - This course is a pitch and putt by length, but not by design. The thick rough and some twisting fairways add significant difficulty.
- A seasoned player would be able to blow through this course without a second thought, and a beginner would be scratched, possibly bleeding, and out a disc or two. It is better suited for people learning how to shape lines and control their accuracy.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Decent for the area
Pros: Nice tee boxes.
Good for beginners.
Cons: Short holes.
Not very well landscaped. (hard to find discs in the brush).
TONS of mosquitoes.
Parking is far from first tee box.
Other Thoughts: bring repellent!
1 of 5 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 1 Not
Fun but Short
Pros: Good fly pad tees
Awsome new Mach 5 baskets
Easy to navigate
Some elevation: they made good use of the land for being a mostly flat area.
Good variety of shots (but not distance): this is one of the few courses I've played where most holes go to the right. I enjoyed this especially on hole 8 which is a 300' (the longest hole sadlly) dogleg right. There is a small gap that you have to hit like 20 feet wide and you cannot even see it from the tee! Other cool holes include 6, 7, and 9. 6 is a left to right hole with trees blocking the straight shot. I like throwing a huge anny mid range here. 7 is cool because the first 200' or so is open and then to get the basket you need to hit a 10' gap or so and have enough on the shot to slide up to the elevated basket. 9 is a huge uphill right to left which makes a hyzer shot doable but it is a pretty sharp turn. I imagine this shot would be a lot harder in the summer with all the leaves grown in, blocking the sharper route.
Cons: SHORT: longest hole is 300' and that is a dogleg not straight. Most holes are around 250'. I throw a mid or putter on every hole except 7, the 300 dogleg right.
Not a biggie but the first hole is a few minute walk from the parking lot. Thorns and other rough can be brutal in the summer. Bugs are bad in the summer too. In the colder months none of those things are an issue though.
Design flaw: you shoot over basket 5 on your 6th tee shot. Also, 6's tee is only 30 feet or so beyond 3's basket, watch out for errant drives.
Other Thoughts: Park as far back as you can and walk along the woods with the football field on your left to get to the first tee the quickest.
There is tons of more room here to make this 18 or even more.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Tee Pads-Nice rubber tee pads.
Baskets-Brand New Mach 5
Hole #7 is a pretty nice hole.
Cons: The course designers lack of knowledge really shows on this course.
The land had potential to be a solid advanced level 9 hole course with the heavy rough, trees, and minor elevation. The distances and shot selection are novice to recreational level. The new players are going to hate this course with the heavy rough. More skilled players will not be challenged here. There is a super beginner friendly course in Mundelein 2 miles away so there was no reason for another novice friendly course on this land.
There are several holes such as #2, 8, & 9 where the designer does not understand flight characteristics of discs. Instead of having some fun areas to throw quality shots you have to throw some type of junk shot.
Hole #6 Tee pad is about 35ft directly behind the basket to #3.
Hole #6 Tee throws right back towards #5's basket.
Overall the holes are very repetitve and short.
Other Thoughts: In the warmer monthes bring bug spray. The skeeters are fierce!!
Park at the very back end of the parking lot and walk down the edge of the football field. That is the shortest distance to hole #1
It's a good place to bring putters and mid ranges for practice. Alternate holes and Safari golf is also good here.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
9 Helpful / 1 Not
Better choice than Leo Leathers
Pros: Much better course than Leo Leathers Park.
Narrow fairways/green, entrances; requiring solid steerage.
Couple of nice anheisers near the end. (rhbh)
Really, a nice "old school" nine. The old school designation usually means "play with a 150 class disc." (in mine, and most veteran's terms) But, in this case, because of the steerage required, one may need modern, higher speed, plastic to execute shots. (A good 150 class thrower would enjoy making some very pretty shots to these pins.)
Nice, old school Ess 270 ft. hole (#3).
I also used a number of "junk" shots (i.e. tomahawks or thumbers). Modern courses lengthen holes to take short "junk" shots out of the equation; or put something tall in the early part of the throw.....Thus, as mentioned, this is an "old school" layout....and nice practice for 250 ft. "junk."
Mach baskets; this area is full of Innova Discatchers. Enjoy not smacking the "chasity belt" while you can.
Good rubber tees.
We called #7 and #8 the "signature" holes of this course. Good shots; with small entrances to the green.
Cons: Overall footage short.
Other Thoughts: An enjoyable nine. These shots; put as finishing shots, on holes that would have another throw at the beginning of shot; would be a wonderful group of fairway finish/greens.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 4 Not
B = Bery Bery Nice 9-Holer
Pros: What I personally like and how this course stacks up in my list of 9 ole courses:
1) Holes with good risk/reward. Fair, but harsh punishment for bad decisions or execution. == B-
(There is thick rough on many of the holes that MAY cost you an extra stroke if you really screw up bad. This is a great feature for this area as most courses have almost no punishment. Problem is, the holes are so short that being off-line enough for that to happen is unlikely.....and even if you do, you are close enough to to the basket to have a good shot at recovery.)
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities for me. I throw 300' accurately, 360' max. == B-
(It is a birdie-fest course with over half the holes being gimme birdies (I shot a 6 down 21 2nd time through). But....the final 3 holes are really cool: 7 is a longish open throw whose final 50' are through a narrow gap into the woods and up an incline. 8 is a right-turning hole that slopes downwards gradually. It turns too soon for how your disc wants to fly, so you are forced to throw a very tricky shot. 9 is #8 in reverse - uphill right-to-left that turns too soon. Great holes for a short course.....and rewarding to birdie!)
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography == A-
(For a short 9-holer this course does a really nice job forcing you to throw a bunch of different shots. Like I said in #2 - the final three holes are really cool!)
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion. == B+
(Seclusion is is superb and it is quite pretty...but not gorgeous. It is a nice mix of woods and prairie. The grassy fairways on most of the course is a very nice touch.)
5) Bonus points for multi-throw holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them. == N/A
Cons: This course sits way in the back of a park. It is at least a 200 yd walk to hole 1 and the course is invisible from the parking lot (other than the bright yellow signs directing you to hole 1 - very appreciated!).
I do not know the lay of the land, but it seems there is plenty of room to put another 9 holes in between the parking lot and the course. If they get around to doing that, this could be a sweet 18 hole track for new to mid-level players.
Other Thoughts: It's all about feeding the addiction, so I ranked this course subjectively based on my own "personal addiction factor". The grades above tell how well the course will draw me back to itself again and again and again. Since I have played a decent number of courses (149 18-hole, 91 9-hole as of late 2009), my hope is that players/explorers who have similar addiction tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they choose courses to play and explore.
I fully expect others with different tastes/philosophies to disagree with me....that's the fun of things here. See my profile for my rating philosophy.
8 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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