I grew up in Springfield, Missouri, and when I picked up the game in 1982 I didn't realize how spoiled I was, but now I do.
We had three decent muni courses and a few semi-private ones you could play, and then we had Oscar Blom, a public, lighted 9-hole, par-3 course (last tee time was around 10pm).
I loved getting in 9 holes of REAL short-game practice in a little over an hour on a summer evening without having to deal with slow play on the "big course" or the heat and humidity of July and August in the Ozarks. Fees were cheap ($10 I think?), tee boxes and greens were well-maintained (by the same guys that take care of what's now Bill & Payne Stewart GC next door) and they were always well-lit. Holes are mostly in the 150 range, but there are a few short ones and one long one near 200 yds.
So now I'm in Phoenix. Actually I've been here for 15 years. I've looked for and asked around about lighted courses here and I often get a "what's that again?". Most people think I'm talking about a practice facility. Well, I'm at least lucky enough to have a multi-level, automated practice facility 5 minutes away (Valley Golf) but still haven't found anything like Oscar Blom out here.
If golf has indeed grown in popularity, particularly since 1982 when I started, why hasn't anyone built a lighted par-3 course out here in the Valley of the Sun (especially since many people AVOID the sun this time of year)?
Do you guys have them in your areas? Is there a secret fraternity I have to join to find out where the night course is here, or do they just not have one in this golf mecca of 1000 courses? Judging from the constant night-time traffic at Valley Golf, I have trouble believing that there isn't enough interest to support a little par-3 course.