There's really only one word to describe the qualities of The Hickory -- bravo! Plenty of facilities have seen fit in recent years to add some sort of short course version to the main regulation golf offerings and I have had the opportunity to play quite a few of them. The one found at Bandon Dunes in Oregon (called The Preserve) is very good given the handiwork of Crenshaw & Coore, but that layout tops out at 13 holes.
The Hickory is blessed with rolling terrain and credit to architects Hurdzan and Fry for a wider variety of holes than usually found on short courses. Just keep firmly in mind that this is not some sort of chip'n putt garden-variety of holes. Long irons and even hybrids may be faced when circumstances warrant. You also face a plenty of twists and turns and the bunkering and green dimensions are all weaved well and quite varied.
How many short courses will you find people say they enjoyed more than the main layout? That's not a stretch of thought when coming here. Golf needs to provide "fun" elements that can inspire more people to play. Although access to The Hickory is strictly for members and guests it bodes well that other such comparable developments are happening with a number of them now in the public realm.
M. James Ward
Date: March 18, 2019