New Hampshire

Chucksters – Hooksett NH Cave Course

Date played: 9/11/17
Weather Conditions: Sunny with a slight breeze
Played with: Steff
Course Par: 45
Final Score: Me – 53, Steff – 53

Overall:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Putting Surface:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Ice Cream:0 out of 5 stars (0.0 / 5)
Handicap Accessible:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)

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After our adventures with the Fire Tower course, we had our score card stamped (or actually had the stamps showing we’d paid for both courses crossed off) and headed over to the Cave Course at Chucksters Hooksett. This course claims to be ADA compliant, but I can’t in good conscience give it anything more than 3 for accessibility. You’ll see why.

I like most of the concepts on this course, and of course, the greens are immaculate – for the most part. In general, the holes present some interesting challenges and make good use of the space.

Now for the stuff I didn’t like. First, let me address the ADA aspects. Most of the course entrances have nice rubber thresholds to make navigating from the sidewalk onto the green easy. What they failed to do was put that same access at the back side of the course, so exiting it could be tough.

In addition, several holes had obstacles on the green that did not seem wide enough for a wheelchair to pass between. And at least one hole was so steep there’s no way a wheelchair or person with assistive walking equipment could get down it safely. If there’d been an appropriately sloped ramp along side, that would have been fine, but there wasn’t.

As an able-bodied, though clumsy, person what was even more frustrating was the excess water on the greens. The cave course has some neat water features, like this arch, but in many places the drainage needs work. Starting at hole 10, the greens were damp and soggy. By hole 12, there were full on puddles we had to walk through. Not only was this awful for me (in sandals), imagine what that would be like if you’re using a walker or wheelchair.

A bit later, we did see one of the staff members futzing with hoses and such, so at least he was trying to stop it from getting worse, but it needs a permanent solution for this course to be truly enjoyable.

Also related to the water features, they have some neat water arches to walk under. Steff loved them. I, on the other hand, did not enjoy getting wet and there’s no way to avoid it short of crawling. Bear in mind, I’m only 5’2”, so if I got wet basically everyone will, whether you want to or not.

Would I play this course again? Maybe. I definitely liked their fire tower course and if I was playing that one and still felt an urge to play more, I’d play the cave course for convenience. Not sure I’d make a special trip to Hooksett for the cave course, though.

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