A Study in Nines
The nine hole golf course. Never enough, yet at times too much.
More often than not many nine hole golf courses are goat paths and almost not worthy of anyone’s hard earned golfing dollar. Believe me, I have seen my fair share of these types of golf courses.
However, this is not to say that all nine hole golf courses are not worthy of our play, after all, golf is golf. One such nine hole course definitely worthy of mentioning is Wyoming Country Club located in Wyoming, Ohio (near Cincinnati.
Wyoming Country Club is neatly tucked into an older, yet upscale and very well established bedroom community. I was recently afforded the opportunity to play a round here and I jumped at the chance. This course is not long by today’s design standards, but I have always felt that length should never be a defining factor in golf course design.
This course dates all the way back to 1897, a year when golf was still in it’s relative infancy in the United States. Wyoming doesn’t quite make the list of the the first 100 courses in America, but it comes pretty darn close.
The course was designed by Tom Bendelow, who also designed a very similar course in Cincinnati, The Ridge Club (formerly Losantiville Country Club). Bendelow utilzed the semi hilly terrain in similar ways and his handiwork is evident at both locations. The greens slope from back to front and were very fast, even in early April. They must be killer fast in the dead of summer. The sand bunkering was nothing short of phenomenal at Wyoming.
Without a doubt, Wyoming Country Club is probably the best nine hole golf course I have ever played. If you ever have the opportunity to play here, be sure to accept as it is not your everyday, run of the mill nine hole course.
Not all nine hole courses here in the Queen City are as upscale as Wyoming. In fact, most don’t hold a candle to Wyoming Country Club. In direct contrast to Wyoming Country Club, Beechcreek Golf Course does not possess the pedigree, history, conditioning or even the upscale neighborhood. However, if you are looking for a cheap round of golf ($12 walking) head on over to Beechcreek Golf Course in Mount Healthy, Ohio.
This nine hole course is also no behemoth in length, but bot par fives are over 550 yards in length with one of them uphill. You’ll need all your clubs here. The course is tucked into the dead end of a very modest street of small, box framed homes and you would never know it was even there.
They made good use of the land with the routing. Some of the holes are tight and you’ll need to be able to hit a straight ball here most of the time. With today’s greens fees at such high levels, it was refreshing to find a decent nine hole course to walk. $12? You just can’t beat it.