4 Helpful / 1 Not
A Sleepy Small Town Park-style Course
Pros: - Kewanee's a typical Midwestern small town, and Chautauqua Park is a typical Midwestern small town park. Despite the small amount of available space, the designer manages to do a convincing job of squeezing in #12 decent holes. The grassy park is home to many large mature trees that provide the main obstacles. While many open shots exist, there are enough trees in places to force players to hit broad lines.
- Elevation is limited to minor dips and rises in the grassy park. Every scrap of up and down seems to be used, though.
- A good balance of distances, although nothing gets too long with the longest hole, #12, clocking in at only 385'.
- Tee signs are red, white, and blue affairs with hole number and distance on them. Tees are concrete and on the smallish side.
- Great for families/strollers, mobility impaired, and beginners without being 100% mindless flat-and-open style golf.
Cons: - Despite a valiant effort, Chautauqua DGC just can't overcome it's lack of quality land. Definitely nothing to avoid if in the area, but this course simply can't transcend what it ultimately is: a small park-style course.
Other Thoughts: - Kewanee, the town, is certainly a striking example of the post-industrial decline of Midwestern manufacturing. Part of the park is bounded one side by a large (I think closed) factory. The town itself seems sleepily depressed, as if things once went on there, but haven't for a long time.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice park course
Pros: The course plays through a nicely maintained city park. The fairways are grassy with large mature trees to avoid. Most holes have enough trees that you have to hit some kind of line, though all have multiple routes available to get to the pin. A little bit of elevation comes into play adding some fun and challenge to a couple holes. There is good length variety, nothing huge but a range from short ace runs to holes where many players will pull out at least a fairway driver. There are adequate signs and a course map at the beginning, not too hard to follow or navigate.
Cons: The tees are very short, not a problem on the shorter holes but it can be annoying on the longer shots, especially since many of the pads are above grade and don't allow for a smooth runup from the grass. Tee 2 can be a little tricky to find, it's behind the small building past 1's basket. The course doesn't really punish errant shots, and it plays fairly open overall.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will enjoy this course, with a variety of hole lengths and enough trees to keep it interesting. More experienced throwers will find it straightforward and not too challenging, there are a few interesting lines but not a real range of different skills tested. This is a great warmup for nearby Baker Park.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: - Course is set in a smallish city park that has a few other activites going on. A few pieces of playground equipment, some horseshoe pits; might be some conflict on a nice weekend day.
- Lots of mature trees to be found in the park, used quite well to force line shaping. A lot of straight shots, to be sure, but some are better served with hyzers or anhyzers. Some low ceiling shots due to branches, definitely lots of spots to get knocked around.
- Rolling terrain throughout, nothing extreme, but some noticeable uphill and downhill shots. A small valley in one spot, it really helps to keep things interesting.
- Nice range of hole lengths, with four holes over 300'. Plenty of shorter ones as well, it is definitely designed for a beginner player. Bigger arms will have no need for a driver out here.
- Good tee signs, teepads are a little short but in good shape, and good baskets. Navigation is easy, thanks to a map in front and arrows under the baskets.
Cons: - A pretty simple course, avoiding trees is the only challenge here. Almost every hole can be reached with any kind of hyzer or straighter shot.
Other Thoughts: - Nice and straightforward, nothing too exciting, but still interesting. Avoiding oaks can be fun and relaxing, especially for newer players. Also good practice for more experienced players trying new things. Some longer holes help to make sure the course isn't too short as well.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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