December 13, 2017 at 10:22 PM
ScottyC50Painesville, Ohio, USA
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!
Barry BLake St Louis, MO
Cathi, Titleist Club ConciergeCarlsbad, CA
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. www.goathillpark.com
Here's Charley playing in flip flops with a persimmon club
Dale VEscondido, CA
Dwayne NIsland, KY
Ralph CPortland, ME
Jim KBel Air, MD
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