WHY PLAY AN 18-HOLE EXECUTIVE GOLF COURSE?
By John Piccolo
Many years ago working on a golf course far, far, away my supervisor mentioned the resort was trying to get permission from the powers that be to add a 9-hole executive golf course to the 27 championship holes they already had. I had been around the game of golf my entire life and this is the first time I had heard the term “executive” golf course. At first I thought it meant it was to be very high end and meticulously maintained for ultra-demanding 1 percenters. Alas that was not the case. Executives you see, are busy or purport to be, so the story is they cannot afford to spend five or six hours playing golf.
These executive courses are shorter versions of the championship layouts that allow players to be done in half the time. Which brings us to the place I have called (work) home for 18 years now at Eagle Valley Golf Club. Eagle Valley is an 18 hole, executive course nestled in an old sand quarry on the northern edge of Niagara Falls Ontario. It maxes out at 3200 yards which many people feel doesn’t constitute enough of a challenge. This is the biggest mistake people make when they judge a course by its yardage. It by no way makes it easy it is just different.
For the big hitters there are more opportunities to score on our short par 4’s and very reachable par 5 but you have to play smart. The green may be very reachable, which brings eagle and birdie into play, but the consequences of missing are equally likely to lead to bogey or worse. For the shorter hitter, senior, or young player, it feels great to be able to hit your driver and reach a par four with a short iron for a change, or reach a par three without having to pull out the “big dog”. The water hazards on the front nine force you to cope with the mental game as well. If you think a 110 yard par three is below your skill set come stand on our ninth tee, stare out at this half an island green, and see how confident you are.
The next time you are heading out for a round of golf but time is tight give an executive course a try. The average golfer can comfortably walk nine holes in an hour. Our back nine stretches a little longer but even a foursome should be done in three hours. Eagle Valley, an executive golf course that’s not just for executives.