I had the pleasure of playing a 9 holer yesterday which played like an 18 as different tee boxes on the back nine made you feel like you were playing a full 18.
Immaculate fairways and true, evenly paced greens made for a fun experience. Got me to thinking, in this age of real estate values and the cost of course maintenance where a lot of smaller member based and social clubs are considering closing; why can't more courses use a better 9 hole design ?
Helensvale on the Gold Coast is a great example of a course that can be rejigged and a lot of cost saving made by only needing to maintain 9 greens and fairways.
The course I played yesterday was Harrington Waters (near Taree). As Molly would say... "Do yourself a favour!"