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Short game course to open at Desert Hills Par 3

Beginners at golf – and experienced players looking to refine finer points of their game – will both enjoy a new short game course, opening 4 p.m. Jan. 24 at Desert Hills Par 3, 1301 W. 32nd St. in Yuma.

Similar to a practice putting green, the short game course will be free to play without charge. Once a practice round is complete, players are invited to test their skills on Desert Hills championship course or Desert Hills Par 3 course.

“The short game course is designed for maximum fun, and is geared toward new players, junior golfers and skilled players seeking to dial in their short game,” said Drew Smith, operations manager at Desert Hills.

The course features holes with varying yardage, slope and contours plus colorful flags and tee markers.

“And since hole in ones are really fun, the cups are eight inches wide rather than the standard four and one quarter inches,” Smith said.

The short game course replaces the former driving range at the par-3 course, which closed due to failing poles holding up the surrounding fence. The City found the estimated replacement cost to be between $80,000 and $100,000. Revenues taken in by that driving range did not justify the cost of replacement, the City noted last summer.

For more information, call Desert Hills Golf Course at 928-726-8350 or 928-373-5220.