A Rare Gem: The Short Course at the Royal Golf Club
A great place to learn the game; the perfect place to relax and just have fun
While everyone thinks about our legendary 18-hole golf course designed by golf royalty, Annika Sörenstam and Arnold Palmer, there’s a little gem hidden within plain sight that a growing number of golfers are starting to appreciate more and more.
It’s called the Short Course.
And whether you’re just learning the game, or you just want to spend a relaxing evening with your spouse, your kids or a couple buddies, the Short Course is simply the perfect choice.
With six holes all under 100 yards, each hole has been inspired by some of the game’s greatest holes and golf courses.
For example, the shortest hole on the course, the Royal Troon, at 34-yards, offers a dynamic uphill shot to the smallest green on the course called The Postage Stamp. It’s inspired by the Royal Troon, a links golf course in Scotland, located in Troon, South Ayrshire, southwest of Glasgow.
The fifth hole, called Augusta National, is a 51-yard par 3 that pays tribute to the towering pines that surround the holes at Augusta National.
Other Short Course holes are inspired by Oakmont, Whistling Straits, Pine Valley, and St. Andrews.
“There’s nothing else like the Short Course,” says Shawn Weisen, head golf pro at the Royal Golf Club. “It’s a totally unique experience that you just don’t see anywhere else – certainly not in the Twin Cities or in Minnesota.”
“The best part about the Short Course is that it makes golfing possible for people who don’t normally have time to play,” says Weisen. “It’s perfect for when you’ve got some time at the end of the day, when you just want to relax and hit the ball without the pressure of completing all 18 holes.”
Not only is the Short Course the ideal spot to relax and have fun, it also provides a great environment for people of all ages and skill levels to improve their technique.
“It’s a perfect place to work on your short game,” says Weisen, “and it’s also perfect for beginners or for people who aren’t comfortable playing on bigger courses.”
With the smaller six-hole course, players are able to take their time and get comfortable. This allows them to focus and improve in a low stress environment. The course is especially great for families that may have people with different skill levels.
“The course is perfect for kids,” says Weisen. “Anyone under 18 plays for free!”
No need to worry about clubs either. Anyone 18 and under can check out a set for free from the Golf Shop. Adults pay $10 per time, or they can pay $75 for a Short Course-only season long membership which lets them play as much as they want.
Overall, the Short Course is the perfect place to get all of the challenge and fun of the full course on a smaller scale. It’s a place to relax, a place to learn and practice in a low stress environment, a place for families and children, and a place to have fun. It’s a great alternative to the full course, and many players will find that for them, it’s the perfect fit.
To find out more about the Short Course, click here.