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Steakhouse slogan, “No rules. Just right,”
Tupelo Country Club features a short
course where golf can be anything its
members want it to be.
Nathan Crace, an architect based in
Mississippi, created the free-form venue
on unused property near the club’s driving
range. It consists of a single green, a double
green, a triple green and several bunkers.
That’s all. There are no tees. A member
simply drops a ball and starts playing. The
longest hole is about 175 yards.
“It’s totally up to your imagination,”
A Free-Form Short
Crace explains. “You have the freedom to
do what you want.”
Tom Doak designed a similar layout
— 12 holes with no tees — on the Sheep
Ranch property adjacent to Bandon Dunes
Curley, of Schmidt-Curley Design, con-
ceived the course for the Mission Hills
resort complex on Hainan Island, though
it’ll most likely be built elsewhere in China.
Ken Chu, the chairman of Mission Hills
Group, expects it to be “a fun alternative
for families, novices and children on holi-
Likewise, Curley thinks the track would
be a big hit in the proper setting. “If you
built a course like this in a place like Myrtle
Beach,” he contends, “people would be all
Tupelo Country Club,
Following in the spirit of the Outback