We’re still under construction, but I would like to officially welcome you to our new website, and give you an idea of what we’re all about.
I’m a lover of 9-hole courses, and seek them out when I travel. Most are old architecture, which I love. Many have a second set of tees so you’ll see a hole from a different angle on the “back 9”. And, of course, most have a unique character (and cast of characters) you don’t find at the typical 18 holer. Continue reading
One look at the Plymouth Country Club’s website and I knew I had to get there to play:
“Philadelphia golfers who have played at Plymouth C.C. say it is like playing a home course because Flynn designed many of the courses in that area…”
Yes, I really have enjoyed most of William Flynn’s work in the Philly region, so when the opportunity arose during a trip to the Carolinas I was excited to head east and play this 9 hole example of the architect’s work. It did not disappoint. Continue reading
Golf architecture buff Joe Bausch a few weeks ago added a new photo album to his impressive archives, and it followed his visit to a 9 holer that many consider the best in the country — the Dunes Club in New Buffalo, Michigan.
If Pine Valley had a baby, it would look like this. The course is just magnificent. You can see a few samples of Joe’s work here… Continue reading
Two stories crossed the desk in the last few days:
South Park Golf Course in Buffalo is in danger of going away. An update here on plans … which could include a new 9 holer instead.
And Hawk Valley in south-central Pennsylvania is about to go from 18 to 9 holes, although its days appear numbered anyway.
My wife and I had time for a quick nine yesterday, so I decided to visit a 9 holer that I hadn’t played before — Twin Woods Golf Course in Hatfield, Pennsylvania.
I’m not going to pretend that Twin Woods is anything more than a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. But so many of our country’s 9 holers are like that — they’ll never host a State Open or Amateur Championship, but there is just something fun and pure about their simplicity. What they lack in amenities, they more than make up for with charm. Continue reading
The website Always Time For 9 has added a new course feature: Lake Lackawanna Golf Course in Stanhope, New Jersey. This 9 hole course is just off of i80 about 45 miles west of New York City.