Date played: 9/11/17
Weather Conditions: Sunny with a slight breeze
Played with: Steff
Course Par: 45
Final Score: Me – 51, Steff – 58
|Overall:||(4.0 / 5)|
|Putting Surface:||(5.0 / 5)|
|Ice Cream:||(0.0 / 5)|
|Handicap Accessible:||(0.0 / 5)|
This is a brand new course! It just opened in August and features two courses – the Fire Tower Course and the Cave Course. I’ve played both and will write a separate review for the Cave Course. Just as the Chichester location features a super long hole – the longest, so too does the Fire Tower Course at the Hooksett location. In fact, that’s the whole point of the fire tower.
First, the basics. As a brand new course, the greens are immaculate. The staff is friendly and eager to get your feedback. We even had one of them, I think a manager, come out and say hi while we were playing and chat for a few minutes.
As with most mini-golf locations, the Hooksett Chucksters course has practice holes at the beginning…but in true Chucksters fashion, they’re not your typical practice holes. Instead, you can practice putting on the World’s Shortest Hole, the World’s easiest hole, and the World’s Hardest Hole.
Now, the fire tower. They were finalizing some construction details while we were there, but it was open. Let me say that I’m not a fan of heights so that made this hole a bit scary for me, though still fun. The stairs are the same metal stairs with holes for snow to fall through that you’d find on a fire escape and they had a bit of a sway. I normally look at steps as I go up as I have a tendency to trip up them…However, doing that with these stairs also meant seeing the ground far below.
Once at the top, and standing only in the middle, the view was great! There are signs reminding people to wait until the putt in front of them has reached a certain point before taking their putt, but I can see this becoming an issue when it’s busy.
After you putt, the ball goes down a ramp and continues a long, winding path to the final hole. You must walk down a different, though just as scary, set of stairs and follow it along the green. Again, on a Monday during the day, this was fine, but if it was busy and there were kids running after their ball, I can see this becoming a problem.
There were some other cool features too. It was really neat how the incorporated the water into the course so that it became a means of transporting your ball to the hole, like with this cool tunnel.
Overall, I loved it! It was a lot of fun and I’d play again – maybe even get ice cream next time. I’m hoping the final work on the fire tower means the stairs are at least a bit more stable now, but I’d still brave them to do the long hole next time. See you on the green!