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Pros: I've played several courses that featured beginner-level courses on site, alongside a standard eighteen. I've never played one of those beginner nines that felt so clearly like a mini-version of the big boy as this one does. The rec course at Chetser is the advanced course writ small. It looks the same, and aside from the hole lengths, it plays the same. The fairways, for the most part, aren't any wider or easier to throw down. It's a clever idea and it makes for a great place for new players to learn the game. Players that start here won't be reaching for drivers anytime soon because these holes are short. Real short. Pitch-and-putt would be an inaccurate description because there is no pitch on most of these holes.
There are two holes that open up a bit towards the end, but other than that, most of these holes are closer to 100 feet than 200 from the short pads. There are some nice shapes, but none too tough, and there is even some elevation change. Seriously, picture a nice, wooded, blue-level course. Bring the same amenities that are present on that course. Then shrink it. Bring in the same high-quality tee signs, baskets and pads and what you have is a course that should give the new player a very good idea of what the game is about without overtaxing their siklls.
All of that mostly applies to the short pads. There are two sets of pads here and the shorts are ones that beginners should be using. The long pads typically add a sharp curve before reaching the fairway that the short pad uses. Forced layups on most of those pads. I assume this is not to make a course suited for experienced players but to make a course for veterans playing alongside new players. A quick corner that keeps most of these holes from being par-twos and allows a round with players of varied skill-levels to play fairly evenly. If that's the intention, it's a very clever way to go about it.
Cons: For what the course is, it's really hard to find a con. It's not challenging, but it's not supposed to be. There are no signature holes. How could there be? It probably won't be much fun for advanced players. But players of that caliber shouldn't be expecting that from the name alone.
But for as well designed as the short pads are for beginning players, the far pads offer weird lines a lot, and it's not the kind of easy course that a veteran can play a quick round in a short a mount of time and get a few real throws in. Too many sharp turns and forced layups for it to be worth their time.
Other Thoughts: If you have non-playing family members who often join you on the course, this is the place to take them. They'll love playing this one, and then you have the advanced course to satisfy your own cravings.
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