When we think of putt-putts, we typically think of windmills, artificial turf, and colored golf balls. However, a trend of real-grass putting courses is popping up all across the country. Let’s take a look at some of the best real-grass putting courses and what makes them so special.
Thistle Dhu at Pinehurst
Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina is a destination for almost any golfer. In addition to the 10 courses, they have on property, the Thistle Dhu 18-hole putting course is perfect for any age and level of golfer. In 1916, James Barber of Pinehurst designed Thistle Dhu, the first miniature golf course. Word has it that after having seen his finished course, Barber declared to his designer, ‘This’ll do!’ An American icon was born.
The Punchbowl at Bandon Dunes
Bandon Dunes is a premier golf resort on the West Coast in Oregon. The resort boasts 6 courses and The Punchbowl is a 100,000 square foot putting course designed by Jim Doak and Jim Urbina. Tom Doak was quoted saying, “You will find every kind of putt you can imagine out there, and probably a few you’ve never dreamed of. ”
This is a unique one. If your travels take you to Southwest Michigan, you will be surprised to find this 18 hole putting course at one of the favorite distilleries in the area. Welter’s Folly is a 30,000 square foot putting course located at Journeyman’s Distillery in Three Oaks, Michigan. Come for a nice brunch with the family, and stay for a friendly putting game afterward.
Keeping with our Michigan theme, Hawk Hollow Golf Club in Bath, MI (just outside of Lansing) boasts an 18 hole natural grass putting course. Little Hawk, a par 54 bentgrass putting course features bentgrass undulated greens in a picturesque setting. Families, couples, seniors, juniors – a fun spot for everyone!
Whitewater Course at Horseshoe Bay Resort
Our next stop is out in Texas at Horseshoe Bay Resort. The Whitewater Course is an 18 hole par 72 miniature course with Zoysia greens. The course is filled with bunkers and water hazards that putters must avoid. Considering the course is lighted, players can even enjoy the fun even after the sun sets!
Devine Nine at Angel Park
Our final stop takes us out to Las Vegas and Angel Park Golf Club. The Devine Nine is the world’s first 9 hole lighted real grass putting course. Dogleg fairways, rough, bunkers and water hazards all have to be avoided while navigating this putting course.
Know of any other real grass putting courses/greens in the U.S.? Please email me Chris@highschoolgolf.org for us to showcase as well. Happy putting!