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Pros: Located well north and out of the town of Bowling Green, KY (10 miles past Ephram White), Chalybeate is a shorter, technical, and sometimes quite hilly, 18 hole course good enough to be used some years for the BG Ams. The hole distances are quite manageable for even a Recreational level player, so it's considered a 'deuce or die' course for anybody above 'Rec'.
With good, level, concrete tees and DisCatcher baskets (freshly mulched), the infrastructure was excellently updated in 2015 for the big tournament. New stairs went in on the steep hill going up to basket #7. Snow fencing was installed to catch the roll-aways on the steep hillside holes 8, 14 and 15. There are nice new benches at holes 8 & 16.
Personally, I rate courses as much for their fun factor as for their challenge, and Chalybeate has some fun shots that gave it a definite rating boost in my book. The open shots aren't much to write home about, but it's nice for us shorter arms to have the longest hole (11, at 365 feet) be wide open and definitely downslope. There's a drop shot down into the woods, a couple of shorties down on the terrace beside a beautiful creek, where you can choose your line around and amongst the lightly wooded trees, the fun up-hiller to the 7th basket, and a couple of gut checks along the side of the slope (numbered in the above paragraph).
Cons: The lack of big distance shots is often lamented, and, combined with it being a little remote, means Chalybeate doesn't get as much play (or as much care, in the past, except when the big tourney uses the course) as some of the 'bigger' courses down closer to BG. I can imagine the course being a little more...'rustic' most of the time.
Some folks might not like the 'luck factor' of the steep greens on 7, 8, 14 & 15, and they are not easy on the knees, if you have problems in that department. It's not that they'll exhaust you, they're just unusually steep. Even I'd probably avoid them if it were really wet. Finally, the course flow might be confusing for first timers around the conjunction by the 9th tee, between basket 3, tee 4 and tee 18.
Other Thoughts: Holler In The Hills is only a little bit further up the road. If you're a course bagger visiting the Mammoth Caves area, play this Chalybeate 'Birdie Bash' first as a warm up, and go enjoy that unique opportunity. If you make arrangements, The Goat Path would round out a really nice weekend of central Kentucky style disc golf!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Pros: 18 hole course- good concrete tees and baskets including practice basket. Kiosk with large color course map. You just can't navigate on auto-pilot the first time you play, but it is not too hard to figure out without a map.
Good variety and balance of open grassy fairway holes and narrow wooded holes that went up and down and left and right. One hole goes straight down and another goes straight up to the top of the bluff about 100'. Each 9 loops back the parking lot. Both 9's start with open holes, go in the woods for a few holes, then finish back out in the open. Adding in the walking paths as O.B makes #1 and #2 more challenging.
Cons: Signs used to be good, but only about half the color map tee signs still exist, the rest just have hole # and distance faintly drawn on the wood post.
#4 is straight downhill, but the path down is not the safest, could use some steps like found in other places.
For the most part the course is in an area all by itself, but, if the walking trail was busy, there could be a risk of hitting somebody on several holes.
I played in the summer- the open grassy fairways had been mowed at some point but needed mowed again, the wood fairways were narrow and the plant growth on the ground there was often not different than the rough, and the rough was ankle to knee high and dense. I played by myself and basically had to place my bag half way down the fairway, take a disc back to the tee, and in one motion throw and then run down the fairway to watch where the disc landed. I would recommend playing with others and having spotters, or playing in the winter if by yourself.
My opinion, but a couple holes on the bluff (for me) had too much risk for losing a disc off the bluff (requiring more luck than skill)- the fairways were narrow with lots of trees and sloped steeply toward the drop. There was a plastic fence along the two holes to help with disc loss but you could still fly over or slide under or even roll under in some spots. The basket for one was near the dledge and the landing area was steep- I basically slid my putter on the ground for 2 shots and then dropped it in the basket.
Other Thoughts: It is actually a pretty fun course. Most, if not all, holes are dueceable for any experienced player, but don't let the distances fool you, there is plenty of challenge on the wooded holes where the main fear of losing your disc in the rough or off the bluff makes you think twice about how to play the hole.
A good course for beginner to intermediate players- not too long, plenty of open holes (in fact first timers could just play the open holes 1,2, 10,11,12,16,17,18 or something like that). The woods holes are not long but are tough and tight. This course demonstrates a lot of types of hole styles one will encounter on other courses. Map shows a lot of water but I didn't feel like the creek ever came in to play, and I really only caught a glimpse of it once (maybe in the spring the creek gets fuller and wider?).
Would make for a nice quick warm-up round for advanced players before going over to play Holler in the Hills.
The directions to the nearby school worked perfect on my GPS- the park entrance is just past the school- and once in the park, the course is easy to find.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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An interesting mix
Pros: The course plays through a multi use park, but doesn't conflict with other park activities. There is a nice mix of open rolling field shots and some tightly wooded holes. There is a steep drop into the woods, and a couple holes play up and down the hill, and others bring it in to play as a possible hazard, making for some fun and interesting shots. There is some length on a couple of the open holes, and the wooded holes will make you hit tight lines with brushy rough waiting to punish an errant shot.
There is a nice course map at the beginning of the course, and the flow of the course is good with no navigation issues. There are decent concrete pads and tee signs for every hole, and the discatchers are in good shape.
Cons: The open holes are wide open, and get a little boring and repetitive. The wooded holes are nice and technical, but all are short so they don't end up being all that challenging. The short downhill hole is fun, but a longer shot down the hill would be a nice complementary hole and add a little to the fun factor.
It's quite brushy and wet down in the woods, making for a pretty buggy and possibly mucky round. It ends up being a pretty easy course overall, with lots of birdie opportunities, and not too many holes that really threaten a bogey unless you screw up multiple times. A little more challenge and more tough wooded holes instead of all the field holes would add some variety and challenge.
Other Thoughts: This is a decent warm up course for nearby Holler in the Hills or on your way south to Bowling Green, but isn't worth a long drive by itself. There are some fun holes, but too many wide open shots and not enough challenge to make it a must play. Beginners will enjoy the mix of wooded and open shots, and won't find too much length. More experienced players will be able to score well here with only a mid and putter, and won't really be tested.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
10 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course is a weird one. There are the standard hyzer/anhyzer shots in a field, but it gets ineteresting when you get into the woods. Highlight of the course are the extreme elevation shots. One hole plays 40 feet forward and 100 feet downhill, you can literally throw a jump putt from the teepad and let the disc drift down. Alternatively, there is another shot that goes back up the cliff which requires a thumber, tomahawk or a crazy roller shot. Most of the holes on this course are short, with a lot of birdies to be had.
Cons: Not challenging enough. Not really worth playing this one if you are visiting the Bowling Green area since there are so many other great courses around.
Other Thoughts: Overall the course feels like it was kind of haphazardly put together, although there are some interesting holes.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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Fun little course
Pros: Excellent holes around bluffs. Variety of shots needed.
Cons: Open Holes rather boring. Can see 2 or 3 baskets from some tee pads, we had to check the map a few times to know where to throw.
Other Thoughts: I'm really glad I played this course in winter. Extra foliage would have stopped my disc many times.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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