Short can be Sweet: Handicap Policy Amended to Accept Short-Course Rounds
Enjoyment should be paramount when it comes to playing golf. “Behemoth GC” probably isn’t the first thought that comes to mind in deriving enjoyment.
Playing shorter golf courses can provide enjoyment in so many ways. The feeling of reaching a green in regulation can be exhilarating and not having to play long holes can be refreshing. Working on fine-tuning a short game can be quite beneficial and can be a focus when playing these courses. Many courses made up of mostly or all par-three holes can bring out the best in our creativity.
Many people have initially been exposed to the game on courses comprised of mostly par-three holes. This is a very welcoming way to initiate people to the game. I personally made my first par on a shorter course and can remember beaming with pride like it was yesterday. Many of these courses are quite easy to maneuver around, and sometimes only a few clubs are necessary to play. Over time, integrating these shorter courses into a playing routine provides some variety as well.
As part of a welcoming component, The World Handicap System™ now includes shorter courses, with a minimum of 750 yards for nine holes, into the fold of acceptable rounds for handicap purposes. Course Rating™ and Slope Rating™ values became available for these courses in January.
While there is a recent trend at some resorts of adding shorter courses, Southern California has a large number already, so accessibility is practical. Next time you consider scheduling a round of golf, consider a short course as an option. You will be glad you did.