Played The European Club last Saturday 1st October , and I had forgotten how magnificent the experience was. I last played it about 15 years ago and it is definitely one of the most spectacular and challenging layouts you will ever encounter. Make sure it is on your itinery when you plan your visit to Ireland.
I cant remember the name of the course, but there was one in Ohio that I played that had a "warmup" hole. You left the proshop and teed off and played the hole without counting score. A great warmup without the stress of First hole jittersIt is getting so slow on the courses anymore that I would rather play a 14 hole course and go home in less than 4 hours instead of having to sit and wait while some plumb bobbing nitwit to take 5 1/2 hours to mangle a course and waste a perfectly good day.Too old to dedicate an entire day for a round of golf
Just a point of reference. The last four holes at Prestwick were the original holes. The extra 6 they added are in the middle of the round and are the long par 4s.
Black Bear Golf Club in Vanderbilt, Michigan has 19 holes. The first hole is about a 160 yard par 3 that is intended to be a warm up hole.
Barnbougle Lost Farm (the 2nd course at Barnbougle in North East Tasmania, Australia) has 20 holes, with 13a and 18a both excellent Par 3's for a Par 78 layout. Any of the 6 Par 3 holes in the courses full configuration would make brilliant signature holes at many top flight courses around Australia, such is the quality of this course.
Bear Mountain Golf course in Victoria on Vancouver Island (designed by Jack and Steve Nicklaus) has a 19th hole that overlooks the Olympic Mountains. It is between the 14th and 15th holes and the spot is so awesome that Stevie thought they should put a golf hole there. They call it the "betting hole" because lots of matches that are tied end up going to the score on that hole to determine who wins. It was also the site where the Telus Skins Game 2010 had the million dollar "Hole in One" hole that Mike Weir put it the closest. One of the most beautiful courses we have ever played.
Oak Hill in Charlotte has only 15 holes, the rest taken by an interstate highway
About 40 miles from Buenos Aires City, Argentina, there is a pretty good public golf course, LA ORQUIDEA.It has 19 holes... and when the owner plays, 16th hole is a dogleg right par 4, which green is besides his own house.When he is not at home, 16th is a par 3, obviously with another green and far away from where he lives...
In Toledo, Bayview Retirees Golf Course has 12. As the name implies, it's open only to those 55 and older - otherwise public.
Vermilion Country Club (despite the name, totally public, has been for years) in Ohio has 12 -- but it's set up for nine, with the other three apparently coming into play only when the course is partially flooded!
Erin Hills had 19 holes until 2008 I think when the redesign removed the "Dell" hole (modeled after Lahinch #5) that Ron Whitten built and fought so hard to keep. Prior to it being removed it was hole #7 and there was a skip hole at the end of the front 9, a great Par 3 that is now #9. Erin Hills' Dell was only similar to Lahinch's Dell in that is was a blind Par 3, otherwise the holes were pretty dissimilar. I don't think the experience at Erin Hills was diminsihed at all by the removal of the Dell.