Time to catch your breath
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Pros: Ok, if you're like me, you're playing Chester's Rec course as a cool down to your round at the Pro course. No matter how bad you played, no matter how frustrated you are, no matter how many discs you lost, time for an ego boost.
- This is a fun, short, wooded 9-hole layout. Even the closing two holes do have trees that come into play. If you throw smart and straight, you're seeing birdie putts or ace runs.
- The long layout averages 217 feet, with one hole at 315 (#9), and everything else shorter than 250. The short layout averages only 132 feet, with the longest hole at 195 feet (#8), and two shorter than 100.
- For such a short course, I thought there were some smart, enjoyable layouts. #2 is a tight, dogleg left. By skill or luck, if your tee shot hits the bend right, you're ending up close to the basket.
- #5 is a tight, straight ahead shot. I was able to squeeze my tee shot to the right of a tall pine and have the disc fade back to within 3 feet of the basket.
- That leads to the fun, challenging, and/or flat-out dumb luck of this course. With such a heavy tree cover, you're playing Plinko once you're off the fairways. You may squeeze through the trees, you may get a great bounce back towards the basket, or you may get an unfortunate bounce further into the woods. Be prepared to be annoyed that you're only 20 feet off the fairway on a 150 - 200-foot hole, and you're struggling to find a way to get back onto the fairway.
- The short layout is a birdie-fest. I had 6 birdies and it was still a sub-900 round. The short layout would be a fun ace-race course.
- Same excellent tee signs that you see on the pro course. Same solid tee arrows on the baskets. That said, a few more arrows between holes are going to help the casual, new players who are playing this layout instead of the pro course.
Cons: It's a weird long walk from #9 back to the parking lot. You're right along the fairway for #18 Pro, so you can hop onto the course, or take a longer walk back past the 8 holes you just played.
- Signage could be better. This course is meant at casuals, beginners, kids & families. The rec-level players aren't always the best at navigating between holes or finding proper tee pads. Put it this way. I got lost between holes because there weren't well defined paths. A championship-level course shouldn't be easier to navigate than a 9-hole sub-2000-foot course. Put up a handful of arrows. That's all.
- #6 is a poorly designed hole. It's a sharp dogleg right. There's not a real putting zone. I feel like someone changed their mind about cutting down some trees. It seems a tomahawk or high sweep shot is the only real shot here. My disc turned over to put me 15-20 feet from the basket. Just so happened there were a bunch of trees so no chance at putting.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course because it's here. Put this in any small-town park, and it's not being thought of so highly.
- There's a ton of room to spread the course out. Expand the fairway for #6. Have # 9 play in the woods heading back towards #1 instead of being a filler at the end of the line.
- All told, I enjoyed it here. I suspect everyone likes finally having some easy holes after playing the pro layout.
- It's an average 9-holer. There's nothing new or different that makes this rise above the pack. It's the lettuce on the Big Mac. No one is asking for it, but they appreciate how it soaks in the special sauce.
- It's worth an extra 15-20 minutes to play the course. Is that a recommendation? If it is, then I recommend the course.
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Baby brother has it's own bite!
Pros: Short technical course compliments the other longer course very nicely. Mostly wooded but some open holes at the end. Reading the other reviews before playing this course led me to believe that it was going to be nothing more than a super-short 'beginner only' course. This could be true for most of the short tee pads (ace runs!) but otherwise this course has some tricky pin placements that make it very fun to play! Two large concrete tee pads on every hole make this another 18 holes to play when you come to Chester Starte Park DGC! Descripteve tee signs! Clean quiet area to throw a disc!
Cons: Need a few benches over here too! Could use a directional sign to get to this course from the main parking area.
Other Thoughts: I recommend playing this course first as it will be a good warm-up for the other larger course on the property.
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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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