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Comment from: Shanks [Member] Email
Ron Monster, before you go awarding trophies for Best Par 3 Course in the country, you should have a go at the excellent ones at many of the stops on the Robert Trent Jones Trail in Alabama. For instance, nearly every hole of the Silver Lakes Par 3 Course plays across or alongside of the lake - really, really special. With 5 sets of tees and conditioning that is every bit as good as the big course(s) they are paired with, I'd put them up against any in the country.
07/16/07 @ 11:32
Comment from: Ron Mon [Member] Email
Yeah, but the question is, are they playable? I saw some images (a scant few, mind you) that make them look like typical Roger Rulewich punishment holes. Both Threetops and Sandstone Hollow utilize all the elements of the big courses. Perhaps it's time that TravelGolf create a "Best Short Course" list.
07/16/07 @ 12:40
Comment from: Kiel Christianson [Member] Email
The pros at the Par-3 Shootout rank Threetops
right behind the par-3 course at Augusta
National. Tough to beat, but maybe they
haven't played the Jones Trail courses.
07/16/07 @ 13:35
Comment from: Ron Mon [Member] Email
The reason they rank it so high is, the holes are shorter and easier at Augusta. I know that it sound stupid, but that's the deal. I also believe that atmosphere adds a good bit to that ranking. I think that Sandstone Hollow is more balanced than Threetops (more variety of clubs needed), but Threetops has more dramatic holes.
07/16/07 @ 15:05
Comment from: Shanks [Member] Email
The RTJ short courses are wonderful - very playable. With 5 sets of tees you can decide if you want to play it relatively easy to incredibly difficult. If you ever go down there, be sure not to miss playing them.

And I agree your assertions about Augusta's short course - it's just a step above pitch-n-putt.
07/17/07 @ 11:07
Comment from: BV [Visitor]
I like the idea of y'all taking the time to rate the short courses - besides it should give you another reason (like y'all need one...lol) to get out and travel!

I'm a big fan of par-3 and 'executive' courses since I travel a lot on business and have found it's MUCH easier to schlepp a small 'sunday bag' of a few clubs as a carryon than messing with the hardcase and a full load of sticks. It's also MUCH more convenient to get in a short round after the business day is finished...
07/18/07 @ 14:19

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