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Chester W. Ditto Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.2

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Arlington
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Date Last Played: November 07, 2011

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Chester W. Ditto Golf Course Review

Chester W. Ditto Golf Club, which is owned and operated by the City of Arlington, has been a local favorite since it opened in 1983 because it’s typically in very good condition, is a very fair layout, and the pricing is reasonable. 

We were pleasantly surprised when we played in November 2011 – Chester W. Ditto Golf Course has an interesting mixture of some wide open ” holes coupled with a few that demand accuracy and precision, plus some surprising elevation changes, very good conditions, a fun and playable layout, and a tasty BLT and Philly Cheese Steak – I need those carbs to keep me on my game. 

A lot of the holes are straight ahead, flat, with wide forgiving fairways, and what you see is what you get!  A few other holes are tree lined with contoured and rolling fairways and both elevated tee shots as well as uphill shots to the green – some are a tad tight off the box as well as on the approach.  What makes it interesting is you’ll play some wide open side by side flat fairways where if you spray the ball either way you’ll most likely have a good recovery shot from the other fairway and about when you get comfortable with some easy pars, you’ll encounter two or three holes with tight tree lined fairways with gullies, roll and slope, and ups and downs.  After that beats you up and you lose a couple balls it will open back up for some par or birdie opportunities! 

We thought that the back nine was much more interesting and fun with lots of elevation changes, some challenging holes thanks to water and narrow fairways, and a little tougher greens.  The noise from all the traffic on a busy street was a little annoying

Chester W. Ditto has some fun holes like:

  • #5 a short by tricky 381 par 4 with a landing zone pinched by a bunker and trees on one side and water and trees on the other followed by a carry over a rolling fairway and deep grass gully to a slightly raised green
  • #6 requires a precise 155 yard shot from an elevated tee box to carry an intimidating natural area to a green guarded by a big bunker
  • #10 has a dramatic elevated tee box and huge carry downhill and across a lake then back uphill to a green guarded by water
  • #15 demands accuracy off the tee box (you may want to leave the big dog in the bag) to land safely on a narrow fairway with water and natural area on the left and a deep dirt ravine on the right and then you need to head uphill along a narrow tree lined fairway to the green

Speaking of the greens, they were in very good condition when we played and ran at a good speed around 9.  They range in size from average to pretty large and all shapes and sizes including one that is a tiered figure 8.  Most have a small amount of contour and all have minor to some severe slope (primarily around the fringe) – the breaks can be subtle and a little difficult to spot.   A 6’ to 8’ fringe surrounds the greens and most of the time it was very puttable

The fairways were also in excellent condition (pretty soft and plush and green) despite the severe drought, record hot temperatures, and harsh winter.  We aren’t big fans of side by side fairways and there are several of them at Chester Ditto Golf Course – I do however love them when I really spray the ball, miss the golfers playing the other hole, and find that I have an excellent shot back toward the green!  The scorecard shows 11 holes with water which really only comes into play on 7 or so of the holes.  The fairways are a pretty good mixture of long and wide and short and tighter.

Of the 29 bunkers, all but seven are guarding the greens.  The sand is soft and fairly thick and the lips can be tough – 1’ to 3’ feet! 

Bottom line – if you can stay in the fairways on the tight tree lined holes and read the breaks, you’ll most likely have a fun and relaxing round with a good score. 

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,726 71.7 124
White 6,117 68.8 117
Red 5,546 66.1 112

Course Information

Greens Type:
328 Bemuda
Greens Condition
9.0
Greens Difficulty
8.0
Fairway Condition
8.5
Bunker Condition
8.8
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Yes
Course Map
Beware of water on 11 holes and the 29 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.2 out of 10
Beauty:
7.8
Difficulty:
7.5
Variety:
7.5
Fun to Play:
8.0
Value:
9.5
Condition:
8.8
Front Nine Rating:
8.0
Back Nine Rating:
8.5
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$24.00 to $37.00

Service is friendly, the clubhouse is dated, the grill has some great food (the Philly and BLT are excellent) at a reasonable price, and the pro shop has the basics. The putting green and driving range are adequate.

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Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating

The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this:  links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course.  In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40.  We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.