The 27-hole facility in Comstock Park, Mich., will build upon three existing holes that were underutilized at the practice center, adding three more holes to provide a quicker and less expensive golf option. The new course is expected to open by late summer 2016.
Scott Lake Golf & Practice Center, a 27-hole facility in Comstock Park, Mich., has begun construction on an innovative six-hole short course aimed at attracting new golfers by providing a quicker and less expensive option to enjoying the game, GolfAdvisor reported.
The idea is to build upon three existing holes that were underutilized at the facility’s expansive seven-year-old practice center, and add three more holes to provide an option for golfers who don’t want to spend all day or even a half day on the course, GolfAdvisor reported.
“We talked with staff and wanted to come up with an answer for golfers who enjoyed the social aspect of golf, but didn’t necessarily always want to play nine holes in a league, so we came up with what we called the Sangria League,” said Jeff Hoag, who co-owns the course with his brother Paul. “They would play four holes and come in for a pitcher of Sangria. It evolved from there to five holes and stayed a very social, fun league.”
With three holes already in place, Hoag said the construction can be completed at a modest cost and then provided to the customer at a great rate. It also keeps in theme with the facility’s logo and slogan, “Scott Lake—Where Golf is Fun.” Already in place at Scott Lake are family programs, very affordable lesson rates and attractive membership rates, GolfAdvisor reported.
“The infrastructure, the irrigation, the room for the holes is there, and we will do most of the work ourselves as we always have,” Hoag said.
The brothers, who purchased the 52-year-old course from their parents Oliver and Annette Hoag in 1975, have consulted with golf course architect Jeff Gorney, who previously designed the third set of nine holes and the practice center to the original 18 by Bruce Matthews. The new holes will be designed in the style of the existing golf courses at the facility. All six will be par-3 holes that range from 120 to 220 yards with multiple tee options, GolfAdvisor reported.
The Hoags are hoping to open the new course by late summer 2016, GolfAdvisor reported.