Par 3/Executive Courses...

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By ScottyC50

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  1. ScottyC50
    Painesville, Ohio, USA

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    Well, in Cleveland the wind chill is 1 degree, so my outdoor golf game is over for this year. My thoughts turned to golf and golf courses - specifically Par 3's/Executive Courses. When I visit my best friend in Phoenix, I play what I think is one of the finest - Mountain Shadows. It just recently went through a total redesign, and has a signature boutique hotel added. It is just as tough as a normal course, as it is manicured and kept up like one, at the base of Camelback Mountain. They also have a 17 1/2 hole --- only for putting to settle bets before the end of a round. No one in my family works there, I don't have any stake in the course, just putting it out there as a really exceptional test of your short game.

    I have also played the cally Par 3 in Vegas 3 times (I think now it is a Taylor Made course).

    Have any other TT members experienced a similar memorable Par 3/Executive Course? It seems like when they are good, they are really memorable. I await your responses in the lake effect snow of Northeast Ohio!

  2. Barry B
    Lake St Louis, MO

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    There is a nice little par 3 course close to me. Holes range from 100 to 190 and it's the perfect place to walk 9 or 18 in the spring and work on your iron play, rather than just beating balls on the range.
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    Goat Hill Park GC in Oceanside, CA. Maybe not a classic in that sense, but this is a 65 year old course that was "saved" from extinction by John Ashworth and friends.

    The original name was Center City and it was a ragged Par 3 course that was fought over by different factions that wanted it to become things other than a golf course. John stepped in and with a groundswell of Oceanside support and volunteers has transformed this place into an amazing par 3 course.

    "Save the Goat" became a rallying cry for those that played the course and residents that wanted to preserve the bit of oasis near the freeway, business area. The nickname of Goat Hill was made official in the beginning of 2016 after much sweat, hard work and volunteer work. John could often be seen working on the big machine moving dirt daily with his team of staff and volunteers.

    Recently, Charley Hoffman, Xander Schauffele, Dean Wilson and Chris Riley volunteered their time and had a persimmon wood exhibition 18 hole match called the Wishbone Brawl to benefit Reagan, the daughter of Ryan Donovan, the men's golf coach at SDSU.

    If you ever get a chance and want a workout (it is not called Goat Hill for nothing), they have a grass range, friendly staff and a challenging little course.

    Here's Charley playing in flip flops with a persimmon club

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  4. Dr. Kovatchian

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    Love....Goat Hill Park is pretty awesome!!!
    Great people build great places...Goat Hill comes with a great story and vibe.
    Anybody that visits SoCal has to check it out.

    Dr. K
  5. Dale V
    Escondido, CA

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    I have played Goat Hill Ranch, about 20 miles from my home, and play The Preserve on most of my annual trips to Bandon Dunes. Both are pretty special. Bandon also has a nice 9-hole Par 3 called Shorty's that is free when you stay there.
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    I learned to golf at a par 3 course, like so many others. Quaker Heights, in Sewickley, Pa. A lot of fond memories of our Thursday night league. Sadly it’s now a housing development, for quite some time.
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    Good to see another ohioen. I live down in Columbus and love to play a super short 9 hole par 3 course near me. I'm currently playing compotion high school golf as well as other junior tours and actually see a huge improvement in my short game after playing these courses. Would it be antiquit for a substitution for the standard champion par 72? No but it's a easy and fun way to practice.
  8. Dwayne N
    Island, KY

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    Branson Missouri top of the rock is excellent. I am also fortunate that there are a few options available near me. Ben Hawes in Owensboro ky has a nice par 3 course as well as their championship 18 hole course. But my local Club (Central City Country Club) has an executive par 3 incorporated into the course which is really nice when limited on time or wanting to work on short game.
  9. Dale V
    Escondido, CA

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    Oh, and I hope to play The Cradle at Pinehurst next summer.
  10. Ralph C
    Portland, ME

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    One of my pet peeves is the loss of many of our Par 3 and 9-hole courses. For example, I lived in a small town that, up until a decade ago, had three 9-hole Par 3 courses. Today, there is only one, the others are slated for condominium development...
    Not only are they great places to play, but they're great places for newer (and older) golfers to learn and practice. They open up our sport to the masses, folks who might not be regularly able to plonk down eighty bucks for a round, still have a place to enjoy the game. One of the great things about our sport is that, on the course, the guy on the factory floor has every chance to beat the CEO, it's about talent, perseverance, and determination. Well, that is, if that guy has a place he can learn and practice, maybe teach the kid...
    This thread had me thinking, if we're not patronizing these places, we ARE the problem. We owe it to the next generation the chances we had to head down to the local Par 3 and, for some pocket change, play like we were Ben Crenshaw, or Tiger (or Arnold Palmer, for me, as I'm always in the rough, lol). "Sir Walter" Hagen showed everyone how golf was the sport of every man nearly a century ago (Famously asking King Edward VIII to tend the flag by saying, "Hey, Eddie, grab the stick, will ya?"). We owe it to every man to make sure it always is.
    Great subject, Scotty, thanks for posting.
  11. ScottyC50
    Painesville, Ohio, USA

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    I too love the different mindset and fun that a good par 3 course provides. I miss all the ones that closed down around me. Thanks for sharing!
  12. Jim K
    Bel Air, MD

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    Haven't played a par 3 course in probably 15 years but probably should. Fond memories of my dad taking me to a little, plain, pedestrian public track in Manheim, PA aptly called Evergreen. I'm sure we'll reminisce about that at Christmas as dad is now wheelchair bound but he keeps his clubs in the corner of his bedroom!

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