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Everytime I introduce someone to the Mrs. and mines favorite little course, Cove Links, the reaction is always the same: Why don't we have more of these?

 

Why don't we? I know, I know you're just like a couple of my buddies "But I don't get to hit driver every hole?" So?

 

Cove Links is 9 holes, it's $15 for 9 and less then $30 if you play 18. It has 7 par 3's and 2 short par 4's. The par 3's are all full length, from the tips pushing 2 bills at times, fully bunkered and great undulating greens. The par 4's 280 and 330 are no slouch either.

 

My point? Golf needs more accesible courses, more courses where it's not as tedious a task to get around and most of all courses that are just down right fun to play. On a Saturday morning Nidine and I can wake up at 7:45, be there by 8:15 (10 minute drive) with coffee and have played 9 by 10 am. We've enjoyed the golf experience, made some memeroies and most of all have the rest of Saturday available to us.

 

Oh and let's not forget that was $15. So tomorrow we'll probably wake up and do it all again.

 

Now I'm not saying forget the big courses, the more expenseive, because lord knows I wanna play em too. I just think we need more of these style course to balance out the cost and ability to play more often.

 

I'm just rambling some thoughts, but would love to hear yours.

 

 

 

 

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There used to be a 9 hole course here I LOVED. It was full length so you could hit driver on all the par 4s if you chose. It was no walk in the park either, lots of elevated greens and uphill shots. Unfortunately it got closed and a charter school is there now.

 

More small courses or 9 hole courses would be great especially in big cities where kids could bike to them and spend the summer days there.

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You're right and thanks for including at least one pic with Nidine in it. 

 

Those are more immediate thoughts.  More than that we had a course similar to the one you're describing that we would play in Fort Wayne IN - I don't recall the price but it was affordable.  It was 18 holes, 5 par 4's all short, between 280 and 320 and the rest par 3's of varying lengths up to around 200.  For kicks we would often play without allowing tees - you had to drop your ball and hit it as at lay on the tee box - that eliminated driver (even back then it would be a crazy play).

 

It would take a foursome of sem students playing for things like having to carry the opponets bag back to the clubhouse, around 2:30 to play 18.  It was great.

 

We also have a wonderful course about 30 minutes North of here that was designed by Chi Chi Rodriquez.  I think it's a par 66, about 5,800 from the tips, ideal for Juniors, Seniors and Women, it has a killer practice area and a paint ball park on the grounds.  The course itself is always in great shape, it's challenging because it's tight.  I love it because I can reach one of the two par 5's in two but it requires a long and straight drive and an exact second shot.  I've shot par on it and stuggled to break 80.  It's fun and quick, under 3 hours generally.

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I grew up playing on a semi executive course. Had only one par 5 but I'd say an average amount of par 4's. Total length was about 5100, and you could easily get done in two hours on a good day.

 

 The problem with a lot of executives I've been around is that they all are 80-120 yards long with maybe one or two holes over 150. I wish there was more like the one I learned on, where you get  a taste of the longer holes, but play a lot of the more average par 3's as well. Nothing like looking at a scorecard and playing 3-4 clubs the entire round.

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I agree. We could use more fun exec's and our short games would benefit from practicing on them more frequently. Sadly, we won't see them purpose built because no one is building new courses of any kind. The only cases where we will see new "exec's" appear is when an 18 hole championship fails and is cannibalized for real estate development and conversion into parks, playing fields and perhaps a vestigial 9-hole exec.

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I might actually be good if I had a place like that to play. The long par 3s are my Achilles.

Amen to that. I hate Par 3's :P

A lot of courses around here combine standard 18 holes + 9 holes as an executive course. It's great for practicing and playing a quick round before sunset.

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When I took up golf i lived on an executive course here. Played it 50-60 times before setting foot on a full size course.  When I did, I was wild with my driver.  But I was pretty good with my irons and made some really good recovery shots to get out of trouble and even hit a fair number of greens. Shot right at 100 I believe.  

 

I take my son to the same course although he prefers the long course now. 

 

I would love to have one a bit longer than than this executive.  The par 3s range from 80-140 yds is all and has two "par 4s", 200 and 235 yds. It's great for beginners and kids but a bit longer would make for some more fun I think.  It would be cool to have a couple of real par 4s you could hit a driver on. 

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I love executive courses, and so does my wife. As it's been mentioned above they are fun, accessible to kids and recreational players (looking maybe to make the jump to playing more often), you play quick and it opens up a few creative opportunities like Rev was saying about using no tees for instance. We play one close by where we only take 2 clubs (including a putter) and you have to be really creative.

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I want to point out an example of how NOT to go about this.

 

We have a public executive course in Tsawwassen that for decades catered to all within a budget. There is a local private course out there that looks after the bigger money in town as well. Few years back major investors & local big developers bought it up and redeveloped it. As you can imagine there are a ton of new houses and condos now.

 

The former executive was say 4800 yards with one par 5, easy layout and affordable. Now we have 5500 and given a better layout with a par 70 where previously it was I wanna say 64. The old course was loved, it hosted arguably the biggest tournament of the year with 4 man teams including a pro. All the gamblers showed up and the prizes were out of sight,

 

Anyways my point of what not to do. Just because you build a fancy new course with a few more par 4's doesn't mean you should be doubling your greens fees and alieanating many in your area. Seriously they want $90 peak for a 5439 yard course now. I don't know about you, but I can go down the street and drop $49 for a 7000 championship course around here.

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Executive courses are fun to play. There's one not too far from where I live that is 9 holes and the par 3's are 60-120 yards with a 210 par 4 and a 270 par 4. It's good for the short game but you won't get any use out of longer clubs except for two-three shots.

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I want to point out an example of how NOT to go about this.

 

We have a public executive course in Tsawwassen that for decades catered to all within a budget. There is a local private course out there that looks after the bigger money in town as well. Few years back major investors & local big developers bought it up and redeveloped it. As you can imagine there are a ton of new houses and condos now.

 

The former executive was say 4800 yards with one par 5, easy layout and affordable. Now we have 5500 and given a better layout with a par 70 where previously it was I wanna say 64. The old course was loved, it hosted arguably the biggest tournament of the year with 4 man teams including a pro. All the gamblers showed up and the prizes were out of sight,

 

Anyways my point of what not to do. Just because you build a fancy new course with a few more par 4's doesn't mean you should be doubling your greens fees and alieanating many in your area. Seriously they want $90 peak for a 5439 yard course now. I don't know about you, but I can go down the street and drop $49 for a 7000 championship course around here.

 

How is that trumped up short course doing, financially?   They've got to be hurting even though they're trying to get their investment money back.  

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They're building an executive course here very similar to yours, at least in what I've heard from the developer's reps about it . It'll be built at the local sports complex that's still under construction (that will be the largest sports complex in the IS and the biggest recruiting service in the country for baseball) in conjunction with the Greg Norman Academy that will be located there. They've already have 4 of the baseball fields done and play is happening on them. The fields are all turf (no dirt anywhere). Hopefully the course won't be all turf but who knows. It could keep costs low as there'd be very little required maintenance so it'd be cheaper to play. There's also a cable wakeboard park already open, they're building a polercoaster, beach volleyball is already there, lacrosse fields, soccer fields, etc. I'm most excited about the executive course attached to the GN Academy though. I think it and developments like it will be good for the game. It allows those that don't have the time to spend playing a full course to still play and enjoy (and grow) the game.

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There are plenty here in SoCal. There's one I used to play all the time, par 68-69 with short par 4 and par 5. Lots of par 3 and the best part night golf. Actually there are quite a few night golf almost full courses in SoCal. Plenty of 29-32 par 9 hole course too. There are even an 18 hole chip and putts with bunker that you can practice.

 

I'm taking up left handed golf so I've been checking out the exec course to practice LH in a few months.

 

I hope more people taking up golf in BC so they build more exec courses.

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I was a member for years at a club in Philly that was 5,400 yards and a par 66.  The original nine hole were done by Donald Ross and the additional nine followed in that trend.  Very fun to play with small undulating greens that you had to scramble your backside off to score well.  Best part was that my dues for unlimited golf for the year were at the highest point around $285.  I can honestly say that playing there once or twice a week did more for my short game and putting than all the practice time I had put in over the last ten years.

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I would much rather go play a short course than pound balls on the range.

 

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I went to the Par 3 course at my club to do my SCOR test today. It really was great practice, way better than pounding balls and yet when I added them up I hit 80 full shots. I also got a nice little walk in. The heat index was 105 when I tee'd off so I had to work at staying hydrated and stayed in the shade whenever I was recording results.

 

I honestly think I may make 9 holes on the par 3 course a once a week ritual. It's about the same cost as a bucket of balls and way more fun.

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totally. i have one up the street and bought an unlimited pass for $350. i'm getting in at least 27 holes a week.

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