The Culver Academies Golf Course will receive more notoriety on February 6 when the book The Finest Nines: The Best Nine-Hole Golf Courses in North America comes out. The book is a detailed list of the Top 25 nine-hole golf courses in North America by author Anthony Pioppi, and Chapter 3 is devoted to the Culver course.
There are more than 8,000 nine-hole courses in the United States and Canada.
This honor comes after the course, which was built in 1924 and restored in 2015, was ranked second by Golfweek magazine on its list of top-rated campus courses in September. The course was restored by architect Bobby Weed and his senior design associate, Chris Monti. It is one of only two nine-holes courses on the list and the only one associated with a secondary school.
In “The Finest Nines,” Pioppi delves into the course’s history with its original layout and construction being done as part of a 27-hole complex. Designed by the Midwestern architecture team of William Langford and Theodore Moreau, the current course is comprised of holes 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, and 18 from the original design. The course includes three par-5s, par-4s, and par-3s. The course plays 3,328 yards from the back tees.
“The Culver layout brims with angles and strategy, as well as the trademark Langford-Moreau large greens that possess bold interior contouring. There are also the severe outside edges of the green fill pads that dispatch poor shots into bunkers, rough, or worse, a style that conjures up the work of Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor, and Charles Banks. What Langford and Moreau created at Culver might be the finest set of green complexes on any nine-hole golf course in North America.”
He also describes each hole and provides comments on how golfers of different skill levels might play that hole. He finishes the Culver chapter with a quote and a comment.
“’The sign of a great nine-hole course is one that can be played twice in a row from the same tees and still be enjoyable.’ Architect Monti said.
“According to those criteria and others, Culver easily meets the standards.
“See for yourself. The distance from the ninth green to the first tee is all of 45 yards. It is an easy walk and one that begs to be made.”