Schoolhouse Nine, Sperryville, VA - Michael McCartin 2015
Golf can and should be simpler than it often is. So many courses of the last 50 years have been built with too much earth moving, too many artificial features, too much difficulty, too much expense, and too little fun. If golf is to remain strong, it is going to be through more community focused courses like the Schoolhouse Nine. Where many projects preach minimalism, environmentalism, and improved pace of play, The Schoolhouse Nine actually walks the walk. The nine hole par 3 course in the eclectic little mountain town 1.5 hours west of Washington, D.C. was built simply using the native soil and only disturbing the areas near greens and tees. Irrigation was only installed at the greens; mother nature takes care of the rest. Most importantly, the easy walking layout is full of varied and fun greens that provide a great variety of shots and challenges that reflect the amount of fun Mike, myself, and the town had in building the course.