The Best Short Courses In America

The Might Be Small In Stature, But They Leave A Big Impression

An old adage in golf is that you never want to leave yourself “short,’’ whether it’s on an approach shot or a putt. But “short’’ is proving to be a positive these day when it comes to creating golf courses that are alternatives to traditional 18-hole layouts. These short courses – and par 3 courses – give the lie to the belief that golf takes too long to play and are opportunities for everyone from scratch players to entire families to enjoy the game.

Here’s a look at some of the top short and par 3 courses in the U.S.

The Challenge At Monarch Dunes

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Nipomo, California: The 12-hole sister to the “Old Course,’’ each designed by Damian Pascuzzo and Steve Pate, The Challenge presents a “Learn Golf ’’ program to help better players improve their games and beginners to learn it. The Challenge features two cups per green (one regulation and one larger cup), custom scorecards, free seminars and walk paths.

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