Designed as a tribute to Harry Colt, who designed Hamilton Golf and Country Club's original 18 holes, the Short Course uses many of the legendary designer's ideas and concepts.
Opened in 2011, the nine-hole course was created on Hamilton's old practice grounds. The first six holes are modelled after holes Colt designed, renovated or consulted on, including examples from Royal Liverpool, Royal Portrush's "Calamity," Pine Valley's short 10th hole, and the 14th at Wentworth. The eighth hole is named after Charles Alison, Colt's design partner, who made a visit to Hamilton in 1920, while the final hole is simply named after Colt himself.
"What I love most about the Colt Short Course is what its possibilities are for the Hamilton membership," says SCOREGolf's Rick Young. "The project has participation applications at all levels of the game—that includes entry-level juniors and beginners. It's an outstanding short game practice area and also allows members who might not have four to five hours to play another option to enjoy and have fun with the game."