Hello all. We are in the pre-production stage of a 13 episode documentary on old, historic 9 hole golf courses in America. We will be filming 6 courses of which two have already been chosen but the other four courses are not set in stone. This is where we need your help. We are looking to stay in the Southeast for these 13 episodes but are not limited to that area. So if you know of or play at an old 9 hole course with a rich history, we would love to hear about it and check it out. Our reason for this documentary is the alarming rate at which 9-hole golf courses are falling by the wayside and we want to bring attention to these courses and show that these facilities have value in the golfing food chain so to speak, and to show America the rich, fascinating history and the classic characters that are so often found at these courses. If you know of such a place, shout it out. Who knows we may even see you there one day.
Looking for some old 9 hole golf courses for documentary.
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Out of your geographic area in central IL(Onarga) but Shagbark has been around a while. It used to have sand greens back in the day. My great grandfather, grandfather, parents and others all played it. Fun and casual little course. Its good play when you get spoiled with all the pristine new courses around today. It brings you back to your roots. I guarantee they have as much on the $10 green fee as others pay $100 for. Its about 70 miles from me but I make a point to play it 1-2 times a year.
Here's something to consider.
The old Triple A 9-hole course in Forest Park, St. Louis, MO. was rebuilt a couple of years ago. (This always has been a separate operation from the 27-hole Probstein courses at the other side of the park.)
Prior to rebuild, the Triple A course hosted the annual hickory-shaft tournament with vintage clubs and balls, and attire from the era.
BUT, the rebuild plans sought to recreate a course you would have found in the early 1900s. Renamed the Highlands, it has pot bunkers, gentle run-ups on some holes that allow long chip-and-run or even putting from the fairway, cross bunkers in the fairways.
Possibly you could make this the final episode, and show how "old can be new."
Just a thought.