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.

Threetops At Treetops Resort

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Gaylord, Michigan: Not many short courses can boast of once hosting one of America’s favorite made-for-TV golf events, but that’s what Rick Smith’s Threetops is best known for: As the site for the ESPN Par 3 Shootout, which attracted Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples and many others over its multi-year run. Hilly and chock with killer northern Michigan views, it’s the perfect complement to Treetops’ five big courses, designed by Palmer, Tom Fazio, Robert Trent Jones II and Smith himself.

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