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Are Hybrid Golf Courses a Fad or Here to Stay for Good?

Are Hybrid Golf Courses a Fad or Here to Stay for Good?

Are Hybrid Golf Courses a Fad or Here to Stay for Good?

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Hybrid courses are not Par 3 courses, but they are not regular length par 72 courses either.  

As you may have guessed, hybrid courses combine plenty of par 3’s intertwined with a few fairly short par 4’s.  This makes for a fun, fast round.  This may just be what golf is looking for.  Something to get people started, and as their golf improves, they would move on to regular-length courses and test their skills there.  I see this helping the junior’s game in particular.  Kids who are starting out and feel intimidated because of the length of regular courses would be a perfect fit.

Thanks to  of Golf Digest for this interesting compilation of Hybrid Courses.

  • Hybrid golf clubs make the game easier and more enjoyable. So do hybrid golf courses – that’s what golf architect Bill Coore calls them – because they’re designed to be fast and fun. Hybrids come in all shapes and sizes and can serve as a pre-game warm-up or a post-round wager or simply as a place to play an easy round in a little over an hour. Most hybrid courses are amenities at larger golf facilities, but many new ones are succeeding as stand-alone operations. Will hybrid golf courses ever gain the popularity of hybrid golf clubs? This could happen partly because proponents of the concept include Davis Love III, Tom Watson, Tom Lehman, and Tiger Woods. Here’s a sampling of the wide variety of hybrids on the market.

The Playgrounds at Bluejack National G.C., Montgomery, Texas

Oceans G.C., Daytona Beach Shores, Fla.

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