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Public Short Loop Concept?



  • CougarRedCougarRed Southeast TexasMembers  214WRX Points: 113Handicap: 6.4Posts: 214 Fairways
    Joined:  edited Aug 5, 2019 #32

    There a couple of nice Par 32 nine hole tracks in SE Texas, and a few more courses with short loops either by design or because they lost holes in Hurricane Harvey.

    I think the concept is based on the success of Top Golf. Come have a good time for an hour to 90 munutes or so. The courses are short enough that beginners can try golf without a big time commitment. 18 holes can be daunting for beginners.


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  • jbrunkjbrunk Central IllinoisMembers  771WRX Points: 200Handicap: 11Posts: 771 Golden Tee
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    I (kinda) understand the course’s perspective here. But given an hour, I’d rather walk a 9-hole Par 3 course. Our local is par 29 and costs $11. Par 20 for $25 is a non-starter. Include the beer at 7 am, now we’re talking.


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  • SnapHooker_605SnapHooker_605 Rapid City, SDMembers  934WRX Points: 189Handicap: 15.5Posts: 934 Golden Tee
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    I like the idea. The course I grew playing up actually built their par 3 course so that the 5th hole ended by the pro shop so that you could hammer out a quick lunch round. I don't know if I am as big of a fan of that setup on a regular course, but most of the ones I play are more of a loop layout, so it would be difficult. Other layouts it would probably work fine.

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  • Johnny BiarritzJohnny Biarritz Members  536WRX Points: 110Handicap: 2Posts: 536 Golden Tee
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    I like the idea, not really the price point. Seems high when I have a number of courses in my area that I can play a full 9, even 18, for less than that. But I don't know the economics of the particular market. My club had a 4 or 5 hole loop that I can play. So if I have 2 hours, rather than just play 9, I can hit a few balls, practice some putting, and then play 4 or 5 holes. An old friend of mine in the golf business had an idea for a course where it had 6 loops of 3 holes going out from the clubhouse. Could pay for golf in any multiple of 3 holes.


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