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.

Palm Beach Par 3

Palm Beach Par 3
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Palm Beach, Florida: With Paspalum-grassed fairways that sit on 35 acres of land estimated to be worth more than $200 million, this course is popular with everyone from neighbor Rush Limbaugh to the common man wanting to catch of glimpse of Palm Beach life. Nine of the holes run along the Atlantic Ocean and six along the Intracoastal Waterway. Don’t let the “Par 3’’ name fool you, this can be a great test of short game skills, particularly when the wind blows off the ocean. If you can play the final four holes in par and better, consider it a good day.

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