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:
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.
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.
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!
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.