Do you remember the par 3 courses where you could play a quick round, get a good-for-you score, maybe get a couple of pars, and be at the bar quicker?
Par 3s are great for what they are but for me those courses always felt like, bumpers at bowling, junior size, ladies tee, or senior portions. Well now you can play a PGA type course and beat your best scores, lower your handicap, and feel better about golf.
Today the ribbon was cut on the new Chase Murray Designs (or Murray Chase Designs depending on who you ask) golf courses with the mediocre golf player in mind. Chevy Chase and Bill Murray were both there to cut the ribbon on their new venture. Rivals for years the actors have buried the hatchet for the love of golf and lack of individual funds or credit lines. Antics included Murray driving a number of tulips while Chase demonstrated teeing up blindfolded.
Don't laugh , these courses are beautiful.
- The Kamakani Hills Golf Club is located in Kauai, Hawaii just north of Poipu. Designed by Ben Hogan the first 18 holes are open and ready for play with another 18 under construction.
- The Blue Marin Altes Golf Club is located in Naples, Florida. Designed by Lee Trevino 27 holes are open now.
The secret to the success of these ventures is never mentioned anywhere but we have the inside scoop from a reliable contractor.
The first 18 at Kamakani is labeled on the score card as 6,190 yards but it is really 4,952. You would never know it as the landscaping is spectacular. Greens are smaller but the fringes are huge which means you can put without counting it for skins.
The cup is 20% larger with deceptive coloring o mask the size. Pin placement is always in a flat area. Water hazards have a landscaping incline away from the water to keep the ball from harms way - the ball mysteriously rolls back on the fairway. Bunkers are in unlikely places and look big but they have none of those treacherous ridges.
For a distance example we measured the par 4 number 8 at Kamakani that reads 394 yards on the score card but measures 315 yards.
Special rates apply for those with registered handicaps of 18 or worse - scratch golfers pay full price.