With the second annual “Play 9 Day” just around the corner, we took a look at some of the best nine-hole courses in America and cobbled together a list of our favorites. Enjoy this group of mighty mice; it’s true what they say, good things do come in small packages.
And don’t forget to get out there and play some golf tomorrow!
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Sweetens Cove (South Pittsburg, TN)
A brand new track near Chattanooga, TN, that is earning high praise amongst architecture aficionados. Ron Whitten of Golf Digest says this is one of the best nine hole courses in America, and that’s good enough for us. sweetenscovegolfclub.com.
Culver Academies (Culver, IN)
Culver Academies is one of the best preserved Golden Age courses in existence. Bobby Weed, a Pete Dye’s protégé, just completed an austere restoration of this Indiana gem and the nine holes look and play better than ever. culver.org.
Top of the Rock Golf Course (Branson, MO)
Just south of Branson, MO, Top of the Rock Golf Course is Jack Nicklaus’ first design in Missouri. Aim small, miss small on this “Nicklaus Signature” as undulated greens and a variety of distances will test all facets of your game. Also, good luck keeping focus, the breathtaking views are as impressive as the course’s immaculate conditions. topoftherock.com.
The Dunes Club (New Buffalo, MI)
Before Mike Keiser had his hand in Bandon Dunes, Barnbougle and Cabot Cliff, he first built this little track nestled near Lake Michigan. A world class design with multiple course set-up possibilities, this routing dispels any notion that you need 18 holes to be great.
Oakhurst Links (White Sulphur Springs, WV)
Part of The Greenbrier, with roots dating back to 1884, this nine hole layout claims to be the first golf course designed and built in America. The fun twist, you can only play with hickory shafted clubs and gutta-percha golf balls. greenbrier.com/oakhurst.
Signal Point Club (Niles, MI)
Set near the St. Joseph River, Signal Point Club is a tight, tree-lined layout with big bunkers set farther away from greens than one might expect. Designed by Robert Bruce Harris, the putting surfaces at the club are oversized on purpose; each green has two flags corresponding to two different tee markers making for one unique experience. signalpointgolfclub.com.
Double Eagle Golf Club (Eagle Bend, MN)
Nine fairways, 10 greens. We didn’t add that up wrong, that’s just how the reversible layout of Double Eagle Golf Club was designed by architect Joel Goldstrand. Multiple options make for memorable experiences at the course recognized as the first one in America to reverse the direction of play every other day. golfdoubleeagle.com.