BUILDING ALTERNATIVE GOLF COURSES
...or do we really need
Our home is
different from the one across the street.
When the new neighbors moved in, they invited my wife and
myself to a party. They
showed me around their house and I soon discovered it had several
more bedrooms, bathrooms and other amenities compared to ours.
Certainly these neighbors have dedicated the money, time
and effort to acquire and care for a house like this.
Ever since that tour I’ve occasionally caught myself even
envying their home because of its greater status.
But my wife
and I still feel satisfied with our own home – despite it is
relatively modest compared to theirs.
We find our house comfortable, warm and inviting, even
though it isn’t the biggest one in the neighborhood.
But ours doesn’t have to provide living space for five
kids, like the house across the street does!
courses can be compared in a similar way.
Home courses should be designed to fit the true interests
of their members or regular players.
Courses should be a good match for the available time and
other conditions of their “residents,” not just be a carbon
copy of every other course in the neighborhood.
standard or regular
golf course is 18 holes, par 70 to 72 and more than 6,000 yards
from its back tees. Newer
courses often play more than 7,000 yards.
These courses are great for golfers who have the time to
play them, the money to pay their fees and the golfing skill that
is demanded to enjoy them. Regular
courses are not necessarily the best choice for starting golfers,
nor are they the best home course for anyone that doesn’t
already possess the time, skill and funds to play them.
executive, par-3 and pitch & putt are some of the courses that
have recently been labeled “Alternative Golf Courses”.
Alternative courses are in fact, more enjoyable to many
golfers than regular courses.
This is because most of us can’t play golf nearly as well
as the pros do. In my career I’ve seen far too many young and beginning
golfers completely demoralized by playing their first few rounds
on a “Championship” golf course.
Right now, golf would most certainly gain even more
popularity if there were additional courses built for the average
or casual golfer.
are some additional reasons for developing more alternative
apartments, condominiums, hotels, motels and even office spaces
are easier to sell and lease when they are adjacent to a golf
alternative golf course can also produce revenue for the developer
of these kinds of real estate investments
governments and institutions can create good feelings within the
local area by developing such a course
and academies can attract beginners and even experienced golfers
without the cost or intimidation of a full-length course
tournaments for juniors, leagues and conventions can be easily
held on alternative courses
alternative course can add to the appeal and revenue of a driving
players can work on their short game and putting without devoting
almost an entire day to a golf outing
of the family, including parents, children, grandparents with
grandchildren and other pairings can play together and encourage
each other on these kinds of courses
of courses encourage the physical and mental health benefits of
walking the course
courses can be added adjacent to regular courses at public,
private, resort, military, school and other types of golf
golf courses require less land, are cheaper and far more enjoyable
to many golfers. They
are also quicker to play compared to regular courses.
Many smart course developers have already realized the
automatic advantages of alternative courses and are benefiting from
their investment. Trust me, these new home courses are loved just as much by
their regular golfers as the ones across the street!