Last January I wrote a column on the importance of golf courses, and the golf industry in general, in marketing nine-hole playing rounds. “If golf courses have a New Year’s resolution for 2015, it should be to attract new golfers by telling them that they do have time to play golf – nine holes,” I wrote.
I recently received an email from Dale Wesselman, the project manager and grow-in superintendent for KemperSports’ new nine-hole Skyway Golf Course at Lincoln Park West in Jersey City, New Jersey.
“I would like to let you know that we have just completed and opened a new nine-hole public course, which is part of the Hudson County Parks in Hudson County, the sixth-most densely populated county in America with 13,731 residents per square mile,” Wesselman said in the email. “It takes about 25 minutes to get from a desk on Wall St. to the first tee. The county-owned property was formerly a landfill. Roy Case and Jeff Grossman were the architects for this project. Ron Whitten from Golf Digest commented that he would rate Skyway Golf Course in his top 15 of the best nine-holers in the U.S.”
Wesselman also sent some photographs of the course, which are included here.