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Chico, CA 
Bidwell Park - Short Share

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1    6/10/2004   2/27/2008
Review By: JR Stengele
Played: 217  Reviewed: 191  Exp: 17.5 Years
This review was updated on 4/8/2010
7 Helpful / 3 Not
The course provides great opportunities for putting and midrange practice with the occasional fairway drive. Drivers on this course for the most part are not needed and power drivers would be a waste considering the course for the most part is a pitch and putt compared to its big brother. Some holes on this course will go past 200+ feet but even then, with an accurate drive those holes are birdiable.

Although the course is mainly a dry desert atmosphere with bushes and trees scattered periodically throughout the course, it is quite beautiful during the early spring. Besides visiting the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico, this course (especially the long) is worth a game if in the area. If pressed for time I recommend playing the long course only.
At the time there were only targets which we all know is never as good as the real thing. The tee pads were dirt like the course but were falling apart. However, I have been told that they have fixed them and were trying to eventually put in baskets which would make the course rate higher.
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The short course could still use a lot of work (as stated in the review above), but last I heard it was going to be removed which truly is a shame. The course was really a nice addition to the longer course and great for a quick round before the blistering heat takes over. If looking for some epic holes you better stay to the long course where you will come across the infamous cliff shots of holes 2 and 3

The locals are friendly and are always helpful in showing you around. Course can be difficult to naviagate at times so make sure you get a map or find a local when playing.

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