LOOK: One of the best backyard golf holes you will ever see

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Backyard golf holes take your passion for the sport to a whole new level. You can practice anytime you want, plus, it might bring out the little golf course designer within you.

Well, there’s a gentleman in New York who may have one of the greatest backyard golf holes of all-time. Ironically, this man designs backyard golf holes for a living, so it’s only fitting that he has one in his own yard. His name is Michael Lehrer and he is the President of Home Green Advantage which helps build putting greens for homes and businesses.

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One of the coolest aspects of Mr. Lehrer’s golf hole is that, there are numerous areas to tee off from. So, although it’s just one green, you can play it from different areas, essentially making it a new hole every time.



The setting is simply breathtaking, with the green tucked up against the wilderness, making it, an instant classic in the aesthetics category of backyard holes. Now, while you’re sitting there dreaming about your future golf hole, I will give you this information.

You can learn more about Mr. Michael Lehrer and his work as well as find out how you can get your own putting green for your yard at HomeGreenAdvantage.com. I will say right away that, some of the putting greens and holes that they designed are golfing sirens (in other words, they looks really cool).

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Courses: The Causeway Club, a nine hole gem in Maine

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Maine is one of the most beautiful states in the country with its several water views and lighthouses. It also has a lot of great golf courses such as Sugarloaf and Sunday River.

There is also a terrific nine-hole course located in Southwest Harbour that features an amazing combination of water, mountain and forest views. Right away, you’ll feel that the Causeway Club is one of the most beautiful nine-hole courses in America.

The club also has a swimming pool and tennis courts to complement its gem of a golf course. The routing of the course is one of the most interesting you’ll ever see. The first five holes of the Alonzo Yates design are all par-4s and the final four are all par-3s.

Even more fascinating, is that there are only five bunkers on the entire course. Your round starts off with the longest hole on the track.



Hole 1, 393 yard par-4:

The first hole at the Causeway is long, but its fairway is fairly wide. If you have a little pop off the tee, you can leave yourself with a short iron from the fairway. If you have PGA Tour like power, you can leave yourself with a pitch shot.

There are no bunkers to worry about so it’s all about accuracy and power. Mostly accuracy, as you don’t want to end up in Causeway’s pesky rough.

In short, tee it high and let it fly on this fun first hole.

Hole 2, 277 yard par-4:

Ironically, you go from the longest hole on the course to the shortest par-4. At 236 yards, it is possible to drive this hole if you put a little extra hot sauce on your driver or wood.

Short par-4s are always among the best hole designs in golf because of the options. Are you going to put all of your power into it with the driver or are you going to go light with a long iron?

If you think you have enough power off the tee, then go for it. Just keep in mind that there’s some water that you’ll have to carry, which adds to the intrigue of this hole.

Otherwise, going with a 3-iron might be the safest bet. You’ll then have a pitch shot over the water to the green, depending on how far you hit your long iron off the tee.

Either way, it’s an exciting hole that provides a strategic and heroic element. Just don’t let the hazard give you wet nightmares.

Hole 3, 304 yard par-4:

The third hole isn’t as difficult as the second but features a very narrow fairway so your window of accuracy has shrunk. Like many of the other holes, however, there are no bunkers to worry about.

More than ever, this hole requires pure accuracy. The green is small to compliment the skinny fairway. In fact, no other hole at Causeway demands accuracy as much as this one.

Gripping lightly and going with a wood off the tee may be the best play. You’ll be putting for birdie in no time once you hit the fairway….maybe.

Hole 4, 255 yard par-4:

The second shortest hole on the course gives us our first look into Causeway Club’s bunkers (gasp!). Although it’s very short, it is arguably the toughest hole on the course.

Like with the previous holes, hitting it right down the pipe of the fairway is key. If you hit it too far to the left, you can kiss your ball goodbye as it gets swallowed up by Norwood Cove.

Your approach shot will be tricky, with two sneaky bunkers protecting each side of the green. If you hit a long, straight tee shot, then you’ll be able to leave yourself with a short pitch shot to the green, avoiding the bunkers.

However, if you try to play it safe off the tee, you may leave yourself with a longer approach shot, one that’s long enough for the Maine winds to grab onto your ball. To be fair, I’d rather hit out of the bunker instead of teeing up my shot again because I hit my shot far left into Norwood Cove.

This is just another fun hole that presents many challenges. It very well could be Causeway’s best.

Hole 5, 392 yard par-4:

The final par-4 at the Causeway Club is another long one. Although it’s shorter than the first hole, it’s fairway isn’t as generous (and just to think that it’s almost Christmas…pfft).

It starts small, then gets a little wider, and finally, shrinks dramatically towards the hole. Fortunately, the green is fairly large, so your approach has a chance to be a good one.

Hit a solid tee shot, then take advantage of the green. You’ll give yourself a good chance at dropping a birdie.

Hole 6, 142 yard par-3:

The first par-3 on the course has two greenside bunkers and a large green. It’s a short, fun par-3 that gets you to think off the tee.

Your best bet may be to aim more towards the right side of the green as the bunker isn’t as close o the putting surface. In short, the room for error is bigger in that regard.

Pull out your iron and enjoy the track’s first par-3.

Hole 7, 232 yard par-3:

The longest par-3 at Causeway will test your iron power off the tee. At nearly 200 yards, it can sort of reminding you of the famed eighth hole at Oakmont which goes out to nearly 300 yards. Obviously, there’s a difference since Causeway’s par-3 is 100 yards less, but for the average golfer, it may play like the Oakmont hole.

No bunkers here, just press that “deadeye” button on your iron and give it a good swing. Land your ball on the green and you’ll be cooking with gas.

Due to its length, par is a good score here. It could be easy to come short of the green or overshoot it because it may be difficult to judge the power. But, if you get on in regulation, you’ll be in excellent position for par or even birdie.

Hole 8, 175 yard par-3:

This is a hole that you can lick your chops on at the Causeway Club. This longish par-3 features the biggest green on the golf course, so there is plenty of spots to target.

Not only that this is another bunkerless hole. Despite its fairly long length, the eighth is arguably the easiest hole on the course.

In short, breath a sigh of relief, as you near the end of your round with an easy par-3. Have fun.

Hole 9, 142 yard par-3:

Sorry to poop on the easy parade, but the finishing hole at the Causeway Club is not as friendly as the eighth. In fact, it’s probably the second or third toughest hole on the course.

Other than that, it’s a gem of a par-3. It features a large green with the course’s biggest bunker guarding the front side of it.

On the ninth, it’s all about carrying that bunker. If you don’t, you may need to put on your best beachwear to hit out of this tricky sand trap.

Carry the bunker, and the large green should grab your ball. Just be prepare to two or three putt though, especially if your ball lands on the far end of the green.

It’s just a matter of mentally eliminating the bunker. Once you do that, you’ll find the ninth to be easier than expected. Otherwise, it’s a game of club choosing.

Finishing up:

Maine is probably one of the more underrated golf destinations in the country but beautiful designs such as the Causeway Club make it an excellent place to enjoy nine-hole rounds. There are quite a few solid nine-hole tracks in Maine, and Causeway is a leader in that category.

 

With its perfect blend of bunkered and bunkerless holes, the course has a great deal of design variation. Because of this, the Causeway Club is a must play on your nine-hole golf course journey.

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Courses: A look at the par 3’s at the historic Royal Dornoch

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Here at the GP Golf Report, I always love to talk about the shorter courses and holes. In this particular story, I wanted to highlight the par-3’s at what is arguably one of the 10 greatest golf courses on earth; Royal Dornoch.

It is one of the oldest courses in the world, being designed in 1616. It is also the home course the great Donald Ross, who doesn’t need an introduction. The mind behind Pinehurst.

Tom Watson, who is arguably the greatest links course player we’ll ever see, famously said the Dornoch was “the most fun he had ever had playing golf”. Not bad hearing that from a five-time Open Championship winner.

One of the great things about links golf is that there is so much history beneath your feet. Dornoch’s grounds are so historic that you’d think you traveled through a time machine.

Par-3’s are always looked at as the most challenging and picturesque holes, and Dornoch has some of the best in the world. One of the cool aspects of Dornoch is its routing, with a long par 3 as the second hole. For this story, we’ll take a look at each of Dornoch’s amazing shorties as we celebrate the world of small golf.

Hole 2, 184 yards:

The second has a beautifully shaped green with two bunkers on the front of it. To avoid the sand, it’s best to aim for the backside of the green, but since Dornoch is a links course, it’s easy for the ball to bounce passed the green.

In this case, it’s better to be in the rough than in the bunker. At the worst, you can hit your chip from the thick stuff and save par. All in all, it’s a terrific par-3 to start your round with.

Hole 6, 161 yards:

The second par-3 at Royal Dornoch is easily one of the best on the entire course. Three bunkers guard the left side of the bean-shaped green, while another blocks the front.

The goal here is to aim to the right side of the green, as there are no bunkers, and there’s no room on the green. However, if you missed too far to the right, you can kiss your ball goodbye, as it will end up down the slope. This will leave you with a tricky second shot.

Don’t be afraid to take aim at the flag. Just make sure you club enough to get past that pesky frontside bunker. The strategy of this hole is why it’s so great.

As the yardage book states: “Choose your club carefully and think of the choices you’ve made in life! You have to live with the consequences!!“. Well said.

Hole 10, 174 yards:

The string of amazing par-3’s continues on Royal Dornoch’s back nine. Club choice and power is critical on this hole that features a smaller green than the previous short holes.

You have an army of bunkers guarding the front of the green. This is why it’s important to choose the proper club, so you can hit over the bunkers without overshooting the green.

Aiming more towards the right may be the best bet here, as you avoid the three bunkers that are slightly on the left side. Although you still have two bunkers guarding the front right side, it still may be a safer bet. Another great par-3 at Royal Dornoch.

Hole 13, 180 yards:

This may arguably be the toughest par-3 on the golf course. With bunkers in practically every direction, this hole is all about pure accuracy. It’s a great representation of what the par-3 is all about. Accuracy.

Since this is one of the many Dornoch holes that wants to flex its muscles, you may have to flex yours. Your best bet is aiming towards the back of the green, so clubbing up or put a little extra juice on your current club may be the best option.

Otherwise, all of those front side bunkers will be making dinner out of your golf ball. There are a couple of bunkers on the back right side, but they aren’t as troubling as the front beaches.

Grab your sword and get ready to go to war. This is the most deadly boss battle you’ll face at Royal Dornoch when it comes to par-3s.

So there you have it! A close look at all of the par-3s at one of the world’s truly elite and historic tracks.

Par-3s continue to be the best holes in the world. They’re simple, while also challenging, they’re beautiful, and they have amazing design qualities. Royal Dornoch has 18 terrific holes, but the par-3s are definitely a treat and it’s awesome that we can talk about these little beauties to celebrate the joys of the short hole.

Have you played Royal Dornoch? Tell me about it! What are some of your favorite par-3 holes in the world? Hit me up on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio and be sure to follow the GP Golf Report on Twitter as well, @GPGolfReport!


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LOOK: Take a look at Pete and Alice Dye’s amazing putting course

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When we think of the all-time greats of golf course design, we think about the likes of Donald Ross, A.W. Tillinghast, and Allister MacKenzie among others. However, nobody has changed the world of golf course architecture and made it more cool than the dynamic duo of Pete and Alice Dye.

They are the masters of public golf course design, as the majority of their world famous layouts are open to the public. Immediately, we think about Whistling Straits, Kiawah Island, and TPC Sawgrass which are all public tracks. Much like Arnold Palmer, Pete and Alice helped get golf out of the “exclusive zone” and into the light of accessibility.

In celebration of these legends, the duo designed a cool new putting course in Indianoplis which features numerous holes from some of the Dye squad’s most iconic locations. Some of these holes replicated from Casa de Campo (Also known as “Teeth of the Dog” and is known as Pete’s favorite course he’s designed), Blackwolf Run, and Harbour Town among others. Holes from the aforementioned courses from earlier are also included.

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The best thing about this course is that it’s all for a great cause, opening at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum in March. It will be a part of the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience. There will even be a statue of the “Dyenamic” duo in front of the course’s entrance.

It will be $12 to $35 per admission ticket to the museum. Once you’re in, you can test your flat stick skills against a Dye design and take in the rest of the cool sports experience as well which includes basketball, baseball, and football among other sports.

You can visit ChildrenMeuseum.com for more info on the Sports Legends Experience and how you and your child can get in on the fun.

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Courses: Mackenzie putting course, a unique design

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Golf is the best sport in the world (in case you didn’t know that by now) but sometimes it can very time consuming, especially in today’s fast-paced world. That’s where putting courses come in, and the new MacKenzie Course at Haggin Oaks is quickly becoming one of the world’s best.

Much like par-3 courses, putting courses are a great way to enjoy the sport we love in less the time and at half the price. The MacKenzie Course was designed by David Schy and has a unique characteristic compared to other putting tracks.

Among these is the fact that there are bunkers on each hole. Yup, that’s right, so if you thought you were safe from the sand of death because you’re putting, then think again.

Mishit your “tee putts” and the offspring of the big bunkers will gobble up your ball so take care. Most putting courses rely on the slopes as hazards which is why they’re so cool, but the MacKenzie course’s bunkers help keep it totally unique.

It replicates a full golf course with fairways, water hazards the aforementioned bunkers and of course, the green. Some of the sand traps are well placed, forcing you to maneuver your way around each hole as you attempt to turn your putter into a magic wand.

A couple of holes force you go between two bunkers. So, in this case, you will have to be deadeye accurate.

A putting design like the MacKenzie is fantastic for the game. They show off the sport’s versatility and compliment driving ranges and par-3 courses beautifully.

These three elements (par-3 course, driving range, putting course) all complete the trifecta of convenient and affordable golf. Can’t forget about the full-blown nine-holers either.

The MacKenzie course will stand as one of the world’s best putting tracks. There are already quite a few at world famous golf courses (St. Andrews, Bandon Dunes, and Pinehurst among others).

There’s also a terrific course at the USGA Museum where you can use a hickory putter to tackle the putting design. You can add the MacKenzie course to join all of these great little wonders.

If you live in Sacramento, have your putter ready, and get ready to take on a putting course, in the shadow of Dr. Alister MacKenzie.

Colin Mieczkowski is the Founder of the GP Golf Report and can be found on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio.


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Courses: A look into The Glen Club, one of America’s best layouts

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The state of Illinois is one of the greatest golfing destinations in the world. Sure, that might be me being slightly biased since I live here, but it’s true. A perfect blend of great private and public courses, Illinois isn’t short of greatness, and The Glen Club is an example of that greatness.

The Glen Club is a track in Glenview, Illinois and is always highly ranked as one of the best public courses in America. With an interesting layout designed by Tom Fazio, and glimpses of the Chicago skyline in the background, it makes for an epic round.

At over 7,000 yards, The Glen Club is a course that will test every club in the bag. What will strike you immediately about the design, is that there are enough bunkers to catch errant tee and approach shots but it’s not overdone.

This helps eliminate the intimidation factor while also presenting a fun challenge for club-wielding warriors. The routing is interesting as you start with a nice blend of holes. Your round starts with a par-5 followed by two par-4s, a par-3 and another par-5.

The par-3 fourth hole is the beginning of the one of the best collection of par-3s in the state of Illinois. One of the many pretty holes on the course, the fourth has medium sized green and two bunkers waiting to catch your tee shot if you arent’ careful. Enjoy the view as you place your ball on the elevated tee.

Snap a pic. One of the most picturesque holes on the course, the par-3 fourth.

 

The most fun courses present unique challenges and changes throughout a round. The Glen Club’s front nine does a great job of keeping things exciting.

Speaking of fun, the ninth, tenth and eleventh holes are about as good as you can get and it’s all about accuracy. The ninth hole is a par-3 with a large green to aim for but you have to watch out for the pesky bunker that’s relaxing in front of it.

The tenth is the shortest par-4 on the course at 333 yards from the back tees. Short par-4’s are among the most exciting holes in golf, as they make you think heavily about your tee shot.

Are you going to try and hit a mammoth tee shot that’ll leave you with a short iron to the green? Or will you go with a 3-wood off the tee and leave yourself with a mid-iron second shot? That’s the fun that short par-4s present at the tenth at The Glen Club is plenty fun, with a bunker hiding on the fairway and two small ones around the green.

Arguably the toughest hole on the course, the par-3 11th is an epic way to continue your back nine adventure. You are forced to hit over some water if you want a good crack at birdie.

However, you can aim for the short fairway, and pitch yourself onto the green as well, but you’d have to hope that the pitch ends up near the pin. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a bogey. But, aiming for the flag from the jump is much more rewarding if you execute well.

 

The beautiful but challenging par-3 11th

 

One of the most fascinating holes is the par-3 17th, which rounds out The Glen Club’s rich collection of short holes. The 17th is almost a clone of the 11th, so in a way, it’s like getting a second date with destiny.

It’s shorter than the 11th and also only has one bunker so it’s less intimidating. However, you have no room to the right off the tee, so you can’t play it safe so it’s “spray and pray” in hopes that your ball finds green and not blue.

The 18th hole, a par-5, is one of the best finishing holes in the state, and being designed by a legend like Fazio, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. The most exciting hole on the course, you’ll have an opportunity to flex your muscles off the tee, and if executed to perfection, you’ll have a shot to reach the green in two.

However, you’ll have to be cautious of the pond on the right and the bunkers that are near and around the green on the left. If you’re accurate, you’ll have an excellent chance at birdie, and you’ll finish your round at one of the country’s best public courses with a smile on your face.

So there you have it! A little look at The Glen Club, a Chicago golfing gem that continues to be appreciated by many golf enthusiasts who live here, and those who visit. The fact that’s a public track makes it that much sweeter of a golfing destination.

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LOOK: This may be the most beautiful golf hole in the world

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What makes golf so awesome is where it takes us. It takes us to places we’d otherwise wouldn’t even dream of. I’d like to present to you, the “Cliffhanger” sixth hole at Greywolf Golf Course in Canada, the most beautiful hole in the world.

 

There’s a ton of gorgeous holes in golf from the 12th at Augusta and the seventh at Pebble, to the ninth at Turnberry and the 14th at Pine Valley, there is an insane level of gorgeous in this sport. But, the par-3 sixth at Greywolf designed by Doug Carrick may take the cake as the most magical place to hit a tee shot.

 

It’s unique in that, you must carry your shot over the forest to land on the green. This is while the tee box and green are perched high above giving you incredible views of the mountains and forest.

 

 

 

This hole incorporates the wilderness into your game so much, that it feels like you’re either, playing a round of golf in a dream, or you’re on a golfing adventure of a lifetime. This may sound like I’m going over the top, but in terms of pure beauty, it’s hard to top this hole.

 

On top of that, it’s an excellent, dramatic hole design. You feel like you’re about to duel with the designer, Carrick who easily created one of the greatest par-3’s in the world.

 

It’s more than just a hole that’s easy on the eyes, it’s a design that requires the right strategy. Not only do you have to carry the small portion of the forest, but you have to make sure the ball doesn’t balloon over the medium-sized green. Oh, and there are two sneaky bunkers chilling out in front the green so take care.

 

All in all, golf course design is a form of art, which is why it’s so easy for us to cling to it. The Greywolf Golf Club is one of the most breathtaking and well-designed courses in the world, and it may just feature the world’s most beautiful golf hole at number six. Oh, one last thing; Greywolf is a public golf course, so anyone can tackle this amazing track and its awesome par-3 sixth.

 

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Horse Course at The Prairie Club is one of golf’s best short tracks

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The Prairie Club has become one of the very best public golf courses in the country. Located in Nebraska, it has joined legendary courses such as Sand Hills and Wild Horse as tops in the state.

One of coolest things about TPC is that it features an awesome short course called “The Horse Course”. The 10-hole par-3 track was designed by Gil Hanse and Geoff Shackelford and has been an instant hit since it opened.

The fascinating thing about the course is that there are no tee boxes. This is because you can play the game of “H-O-R-S-E” hence the name of the course. Without any tee boxes, you and a friend can flip a coin, play rock, paper, scissors, etc to decide where to tee off.

This implements fun into golf in a whole new way. Not only that, being a par-3 course, you get to experience an exciting layout that affordable and less time-consuming.

Even if you’re playing solo, having no tee boxes gives you the chance to tackle each hole from numerous spots. It’s golf without limits so you can tee it up from anywhere and aim for any hole.

 

 

The contouring of the greens are outstanding and the bunkers beautifully placed. On top of that, the course can be enjoyed while taking in the lovely classic Nebraska scenery.

What makes The Horse Course a game changer in golf is that it takes the simple principles that make a sport like basketball so beloved, and they are implemented in the course. Basketball and soccer are so wildly popular because they are extremely accessible and affordable to play.




The Horse Course scratches off all of the boxes like most par-3 courses, except you can get ridiculously creative with how you play. It’s a testament to golf’s incredible versatility, and Hanse and Shackelford nailed it with this design.

The Horse Course is not only one of the best short courses in the United States, but one of the best in the world. It’s a course that can have a lasting impact on the sport forever. Grab your irons and wedges, it’s time to play.

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