3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Very nice and well manicured course. All baskets in perfect condition and look like they were installed yesterday!
Really liked the concrete tee pads of which there were 2 for each hole. If playing with beginners or children they could enjoy the round much better from the short tees. Blue tee's are long and Red tee's are short.
There is an 18 hole course (only one I played today) and a shorter 9 hole.
All tee pads very well marked with distance and direction. All baskets have arrows pointing to next tee. Very easy to navigate.
As always you will want to play the fairways. The rough will punish you but it was not so overgrown that you should still be able to locate missedplaced shots. I was in the rough several times and had to use quite a few thumbers.
Good mix of shorter and longer holes. Some dog leg left and some right. One of the longer holes had a S shape to the fairway. Another one of the longer holes was a left fade that seemed to be almost like a horseshoe shape till I reached the basket.
A few holes had some small ravines to add to the challenge. Elevation changes were there but nothing too steep.
Around a lake but water does not come into play which is fine by me. I hate loosing discs in water.
Did not see any trash anywhere on the course.
Cons: No trash cans installed. No benches other than picnic tables at the starting area. Bathroom facilities are primitive in this park and I did not use them.
Other Thoughts: Hole 9 ends up at the parking area as well as 18. If you need a break and wish to sit, the picnic tables are there and are brand new.
Glad I read the review before playing as you need $2 per person to enter the park. Nowhere to get change so bring enough $1's to get in.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
So clean, So sweet, So far
Pros: This course is up there in my top ten. It's just a pleasure to pull into the lot, the EMPTY lot, and see this clean, pristine grassy mecca in the woods. Yes it is $2 per car to come here to play, but I'll make the 30 minute drive from Rock Hill anytime someone wants to get a round of golf in.
This course was designed by a friend, and I think it is easily his best design. I also think the Chester SP crew did an amazing job carving this course out of the woods. Walk down the fairways, they are grassy (at least now), root and stump free (even the little ones), and there are very little modifications needed to make this a top notch destination.
When you pull in the lot, you'll have the PERFECT place to warm up. You can throw in the big field just outside the lot (if you want to practice your drives) or practice your upshots around the area between holes 1, 9, and 18.
The Kiosk welcomes you with a big map, State Park pamphlets, score cards for both courses, and a little box filled with pencils!!!
The holes are challenging, especially for those who want to throw nothing but distance drivers. This is woods golf, learn to manage the course and you'll feel like you are on a top notch ball golf course. The fairways are fair, the rough is anywhere from not bad to tough. learning where not to go is part of playing here. but if you are in the fairway, chances are you'll have a decent lie.
I love the par here. 63. 12 par 3s, only one is over 400 feet, 3 par fours all give you a shot at an eagle, and 3 par 5s. two give you an eagle opportunity. Hole 8 is the one true manly par 5. This course could yield some amazing scores. But a round of the mid 50s (55-57) is a really good round. These holes are tough.
No trash anywhere. If you see some, be a gent and pack it out.
Lots of moderate elevation here, with some gullies near the baskets for interesting putting and approaching.
This course plays great in the winter. If you are looking for a winter day trip, this is the perfect place.
Beautiful lake and plenty of camping nearby.
The short course is a great test of skill, the shots are harder than the long course, yet most are under 250 ft! It is probably a good beginner course, simulating par 4 on many holes, teaches people how to play smart.
Baskets are beautiful, as are the tees (with painted corners for blue (long) and red (short)
Tee signs are nice and not too close to the tees. blends in well with nature.
It's quiet out here. You may be the only ones on the course.
Bathroom nearby with decent facilities.
For now, nobody knows how awesome this course is. In time, they will find out.
the front 9 has 6 short tees to make the course a little easier for less experienced players.
Cons: A few holes allow tee shots to overlap... hole 5 could reach hole 3 green on an errant shot, hole 8 could hit 10s green.
Benches would be nice if this place got any sort of traffic. but just having a bench for each par 5 would be nice. in case there's a wait. It would be a good start.
Parking -could- become an issue. Not sure if there's designated spots for overflow.
Make sure you bring $2. You won't be able to make change.
There are some piles of limbs along the sides of the holes, nothing crazy. I'd be most worried about snakes... not that I've seen any.
Be prepared, as you are secluded, you may not be able to count on other players if you get in a bind.
I think the back nine could use some shorter tees. there are some very long holes that WILL frustrate less accurate players. Large numbers WILL be taken on 12 and 18.
Benches would be nice. especially on hole 10 (after you just played up the hill on 9).
No open holes to let one rip. Although some fairways beckon a driver, it may not be your best choice.
Other Thoughts: Such a nice course for being so new.
Hope more people get to experience this gem in the country.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 0 Not
Chester State is Great
Pros: Chester State Park advanced 18 is a terrific new course. Beautiful grounds and super clean. In the parking lot there is a directory and scorecards with a map on the back. The woods are prevalent throughout the course, and there are some long holes that bring par up to 63. Fairways are not wide open, and in places pretty narrow. Elevation changes are there on many holes ranging from slight to moderate. Water is in play on a couple of holes, but not high risk of losing a disc. The baskets are still like new. I really liked the arrow decals on the top belt pointing to the next tee. Tee boxes are concrete, and alternate red short tees are an option on several holes. Each tee pad has its own illustrated sign with distance. The fairways seemed like they were well established trails, for a newer course. Very nicely done in terms of layout, there were doglegs to the left, the right, and a couple of straight up the middle shots. Very few looks at a 2 on the scorecard after the first hole. Not any one in a million type disc golf holes, just really solid all the way through. Holes 8 and 18 are 800+ foot monsters. 9 and 14 are cool holes with tees elevated, and baskets about the same elevation, crossing low valley between. Birdies are possible, if you can avoid the trees. We played the blue tees, and I was 6 over on the day. I lost a couple of strokes bonking off trees teeing off the 800 ft 8th hole, and found my disc under water somehow on the 15th for a circle 4 bogey. Miss a putt here and there and you're +6.
Cons: Not much wrong with this one people. Not a beginner friendly course, but there is an easier 9 hole course on site also. There was some moisture, and muddy spongy spots, but not in places that affected my game. No trash cans, pack out your trash and keep it clean and pristine. No benches on the course either. Signs indicate alcohol is prohibited and all dogs should be kept on a leash, and if anyone asks, I was in full compliance (wink wink). Cost to enter the park is $2 per person.
Other Thoughts: This one really impressed me. Major props to the designers and builders. Right at the top of my list of South Carolina favorites. Liked the winter rye grass lining the fairways. Quiet, clean, and awesome disc golfing. Sort of reminds me of the Magnolia DGC at Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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