The “Himalayas” at the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland is the world’s oldest and most famous … [+] putting course. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
There is no bigger trend in golf right now than the explosion of putting courses, and while the original debuted more than 150 years ago, it has taken that century and a half for the concept to become popular. Now top resorts are falling over themselves to add this feature.
How hot are putting courses? This year sees the opening of new ones at two of the most Bucket List-worthy golf resorts in this country, Pebble Beach and Destination Kohler (aka The American Club). These were beat to the punch in the last couple of years by new additions at Pinehurst, Bandon Dunes, Sea Island and Streamsong. Name a Top 10 multiple course destination golf resort and they likely have embraced putting courses.
Putting courses are essentially mini golf on real grass without the windmills or volcanoes. They are like a practice putting green, with speed and grain similar to the greens on the golf courses, but unlike a practice green, there is a series of 9 or 18 holes laid out in order, each with starting position (tees) and a par of 2 or 3 for each hole, so you play the round and score, but only with a putter…