There are a number of terrific short courses popping up around the country that have influenced our vision for the Par 30. Here are a few of our favorites.
WINTER PARK 9
WINTER PARK, FLORIDA
The recently renovated Winter Park 9 sets a new standard in municipal golf. When young architects Keith Rhebb and Riley Johns took on the project, they wanted to create a course where all kinds of golf could be enjoyed by anyone who loves the game. Today you can golf the Winter Park 9 with your family, your dog, or with a large group. The course’s fun design and flexible style of play have made it a destination and a financial success.
GOAT HILL PARK
Goat Hill Park is a renovated municipal course located in Oceanside, CA that touts itself as “world class for the working class”. In practice the course and its operator, John Ashworth, have been extremely successful in creating an authentic, welcoming and community-based golf experience. The course also places a major emphasis onenvironmental sustainability, and manages its operating costs by using re-claimed water, efficient irrigation and hearty turf grass selections.
PINEHURST, NORTH CAROLINA
The Cradle, which debuted in 2017, is a 9-hole, par 3 course designed by Gil Hanse. With its memorable greens and unintimidating size (10 acres, 789 yards total), the course is fun for families and groups with varying abilities to play together. The Cradle is also affordable – adults can play all day for a $50 green fee, and kids 17 and under play for free.