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The Short course at Shady Oaks c. 2,000 yards has some excellent greensites , lovely land and tiny greens. I believe RTJ sr was the architect of this Fort Worth 9 holer.I believe Langford's gem at Culver and Maxwell's 9 holer Coffeyville, KS. are both worthy of study
Sam Morrow:Starr Hollow is a working ranch with a 9 hole course about 45 miles west of Fort Worth. Marvin Leonard built it around 1969; Joe Finger out of Houston was the architect (I think). It's short with two sets of tees and the 9th green is shaped like the State of Texas. Built around a stocked man-made fishing tank, it attracts some PGA touring professionals every year when they come into town for the Colonial. The course architecture is pretty basic, but the setting is lovely, with lots of wildlife and rolling hills. The greens are a common bermuda grass that is very grainy and slick/slow depending on whether you are putting with/against the grain. The pros don't really tear it up because it's hard to make any putts. Nothing has changed much since it was built. The clubhouse has family photos of Ben Hogan, Bing Crosby, etc. It's a lot of fun to play--you might see cowboys playing in boots with fishing poles and belly putters in their bags.