Chandler Park Golf Club
Great course for the money and location.
My expectations were low for Chandler on my first visit. I was expecting poorly maintained course, mainly due to its location. To my surprise the course was a good challenge, well maintained and fun to play. I have not been 3 times and enjoyed it every time. It's not an especially long course, but driver is needed. The other great thing about this course is that it is always available at a great price on Golf Now, usually $15 to $20 a round with a cart.
October 18, 2013
An old classic! Great tradition!
A fairly simple track. Greens were in great shape! Short but very small greens. Come play where they say Babe Ruth and Joe Louis played! All around fun.
October 8, 2013
Good city course.
Vargo needs to add more fresh sand to the fairway bunkers.
September 26, 2013
Enjoyed the atmosphere and friendly service.
The lady tee boxes needed to be cut but overall the golf experience was very good.
September 3, 2013
Good price for a Sun. afternoon
Chandler Park for $15 is a great deal for a sunday afternoon. I was a surprised that the course was not in as good of shape as it usually is. The fairways were a bit overgrown, and greens were a little slow. Its the first time I have seen it like that, although we did have rain the nite before. Still a great bargin for Sunday afternoon.
September 3, 2013
The course is in good shape!
I like the greens on this course. The ball rolls pretty true and the breaks are fair.
August 21, 2013
It's the only public golf course on the East Side. It's nice and clean.
Flat and not overly long. Back 9 is far more interesting than the front 9. City owned so it needs some funding to make things a little nicer, But you get what you pay for so it's a fair deal. Been playing here for over 40 years and really enjoy it
August 19, 2013
It is what it is...
I played this course as part of my mission to complete the tour of public courses within the city of Detroit that are still currently operating. To my knowledge that includes only three courses: Rouge Park, Palmer Park, and Chandler Park...all operated by the same management company (I was told New Rogell closed May of '13?).
As the last leg of this "tour" I pretty much knew what to expect before scheduling the tee time. Regardless, if you play here, this is what you will get: 1.) A very short track; 2.) An overcrowded course; 3.) A surrounding neighborhood that leaves a little bit to be desired. That said, the price cannot be beat...and even if the play is slow you can simply quit after 9 and head back to the clubhouse knowing you still got your money's worth. I encourage people to venture into the city to check out these courses if they haven't before.
Admittedly, this was my least favorite of the "Parks" (Rouge, Palmer, and Chandler) but I still say check it out if you haven't before. Chandler Park is best suited for those just learning the game, and those who don't mind not getting in a full 18 even if the price paid covers it. The fact of the matter is, if you can look past the obvious flaws, and you don't expect too much, you could do a lot worse Chandler Park.
As a side note I'd like to quickly opine on the other Detroit courses I've played. The front 9 on Palmer Park is the WORST 9 holes of golf I've ever played, and the reason I'd never go back. I'm just not sure there's much that can be done with it, given that it runs along Woodward between 7 Mile and McNichols and is crammed within such a tight space. However, the back 9 is actually not half bad, a NICE SURPRISE! If I could book a 9 hole round and be guaranteed I'd play the back 9 only, I'd probably go all the time.
As for Rouge Park, this is THE PLACE to go if you want to golf in Detroit (and I think you should!). There are really only two or three holes that you even see the city, the rest of the time you'd swear you were somewhere "up north". Many of the holes are very unique (the par 3's are particularly fun), without being excessively gimmicky. And, as with the other city courses, the price is right!
August 11, 2013