The Ashford Short Course

The Ashford Short Course

The newest golf offering at The Greenbrier, The Ashford Short Course is a 9-hole walking course located on the grounds of The Greenbrier Sporting Club. The course, which will also host new home sites, will be available to both members of The Greenbrier Sporting Club and guests of The Greenbrier. 

Scheduled for an August 2018 opening, The Ashford Short Course features designs from some of the most famous holes in golf. It provides the perfect opportunity for golfers to perfect their short games or create friendly competitions with friends when time for a full round isn't available.

To learn more about this exciting new course, including the history behind the name, read the full press release.

The Ashford Hole Descriptions

Lions Mouth – Plays to a double green shared with the Duel hole. The green is split by a large ridge that dissects the two holes. A “Lions Mouth” bunker, guards the front right of the green. The Lions Mouth is a concept that Seth Raynor and CB Macdonald used on many of their courses. This hole plays approximately 76 yards.
Double – Plays to another shared green with the Press hole. The green is again separated by a large ridge running through the center, giving each hole its own defined putting surface, even though the greens are connected. A long skinny bunker on the front left guards the green. Once on the green, the surface has many subtle breaks. Walter Travis, renowned for his green complexes, inspired the green concept. This hole plays approximately 97 yards.
The Redan – The original Redan hole was built in Scotland at North Berwick. The hole has been duplicated many times by the likes of Seth Raynor, CB Macdonald, Charles Banks, and many others. The Redan allows a player to play on the extreme side of the green, to which the ball will roll to the level part of the putting surface. This hole plays approximately 102 yards.
Papa – Our rendition of HC ‘’Papa’’ Leeds’ 9th hole at Myopia Hunt Club – which some call the most interesting par three in the world. This quirky, but fun, short par 3 has it all –from the surprise bathtub bunkering (deep and skinny), to the dramatic views once on the green. This hole plays approximately 88 yards. 
Punchbowl – A “punchbowl green" is a putting surface that sits inside a hollow or depressed area on a golf hole, so that the putting green appears as a "bowl," with a flat bottom and sides rising up from that bottom. The bottom is the putting surface, the "sides" of the bowl typically consist of mounding around three sides of the putting surface. The front of a punchbowl green is open to the fairway to allow golf balls to run onto the green, and the fairway often runs down to a punchbowl green. The complex is very accepting to most shots as it will play slightly downhill. This hole plays approximately 85 yards. 
Press – Plays to the shared green with Double. This concept was inspired from a Walter Travis green complex from Kennebunkport, Maine.  Mr. Travis thought a player should be able to play most shots around a green with almost any club in his bag.  With the large approach and mounding around this green, a player should be able to use a variety of clubs and imagination if the green was missed. This hole plays approximately 82 yards. 
Duel – Plays to a shared green with Lions Mouth. Inspired by The Duel Hole, a famous par 3 designed by A.W. Tillinghast at The San Francisco Golf and Country Club. This famous hole was built on the actual site of a well-known duel in 1859 between Senator David Broderick and Supreme Court Justice David Terry of the Democratic Party. This duel hole has a large potato chip looking putting surface, a concept ‘’Tilly’’ incorporated in many of his designs. This hole plays approximately 93 yards. 
In case you were wondering, Supreme Court Justice Terry was on the better end of the duel!
Reverse Redan – With two great concepts in one, the reverse Redan will encourage players to play left of their target and use the slope to get closer to the hole and the more level part of the green. A misplaced shot to the right will have to contend with the deep bathtub bunker! This hole plays approximately 100 yards. 
Plateau – This hole plays along Howard’s Creek and to a double shelved putting surface. The green complex features a sloping green from back to front with deep penal bunkers to the left and rear of the green. This hole plays the longest at approximately 112 yards long.