Public Short Loop Concept?
Wondering what people think of this “short loop” concept on public courses?
I just got an email from a local public course saying that they’ve started a 5-hole loop that starts and ends near the clubhouse for $25. Their sales pitch is: “golf, have a beer and head home in an hour”.
Setting aside the course quality itself and their small time windows for this, I really can’t get on board with the notion of playing just 5 holes...even playing 9 holes feels like a premature ending. I’ve always thought that one of the benefits of a membership somewhere would be the ability to play just a few holes when time is tight, but I can’t see paying $25 to play a handful of holes. If I only have an hour, I’d rather hit a range or short game practice area.
I understand why a course would do this: additional cash flow (and profit), fill otherwise empty slots on the tee sheet, increase play by reducing the time required, etc. but I'm interested in what other pub links golfers think about paying for this kind of option.