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About mashie courses

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Not everyone has enough time to play 18 holes on a full-sized golf course every time they are keen to play, but at the same time the driving range won’t cut it if you want to get some on-course practice. That’s where mashie courses come in.

Why would you want to play a mashie course?

Firstly if you are pushed for time then it is far quicker playing a mashie than your average course as a mashie is usually only 9 holes and they only go up to a par three. Secondly it is a great way to practice your short game on a par three pitch and putt for experienced golfers while also being a great place for beginners to learn golf. Finally it is the ideal place to practice your iron shots or concentrate on improving your chip shots and making those up and downs so that you can play your best golf ever.

So why call it a mashie course?

Well a mashie was a pre-20th century golf club with a loft of about 33-degrees, wooden shafted and used for approach shots. It most closely resembled the modern 5-iron or 6-iron but in loft and use only. A 6-iron or 7-iron, sharing characteristics with the mashie, would be the typical club of choice on a short course which subsequently became known as a “mashie course.”

 

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