Chris Larson recently spent some time at the PGA Merchandise Show in Florida.
When he explained the 12-hole layout that Osgood offers, it got people interested to hear more.
“Everybody that’s involved in golf looks to this 12-hole format because some are popping up more and they are seeing that the layout is the coolest thing ever,” said Larson, Osgood’s PGA Head Professional.
“So, it’s pretty neat that this 12-hole course in Fargo, N.D., is so unique yet setting a trend.”
This 9-hole, par 33 golf course offers golfers rolling hills, native grasses and rough-faced bunkers that are offset by wide fairways and accessible greens.
Five tee box options gives experienced golfers a challenge from the black tees but allows intermediate players to enjoy a round from the red and white tees.
Developed in 2005 by Kevin Atkinson of Phelps Golf Design, Osgood was designed to be a 12-hole golf course.
The original idea was for Osgood to be more of a golfing grounds than a golf course.
Osgood is laid out like a four-leaf clover, and the original intent was for it to be a walking only golf course.
“It’s a fun design,” said Ryan Stalboerger, who was named Osgood’s superintended in January 2022. “From beginners to people that have low handicaps, it offers something for everybody.”
Atkinson said Osgood’s design was before its time. Within the last five years, golf courses like Pinehurst and Colorado Golf Club built courses with an unorthodox amount of holes. Osgood did that 15 years ago.
Osgood is a par-33 golf course and the 3-hole loop features two par threes and a par four. A golfer can quickly get a few swings in over their lunch break at the 3-hole loop for $6 and can play from any of the five tee boxes.
“The 3-hole loop is cool because it has the same feel as the rest of the golf course, however, it has its own personality,” said Larson. “What separates the loop is just the ability to implement what you’re trying to do on the practice tee.”
Larson added that what makes Osgood so special is the ability to plug and play a different set of holes each time out.
“Osgood was a well thought out and well designed piece of golf course,” he added. “What it’s meant to be is a training facility. It’s meant to be a place people can learn and be welcomed and golf is meant to be enjoyed and Osgood really allows it to be an enjoyable round of golf.”
“It gives you options and in this day and age, options and customization is key and Osgood’s your ticket. You can play it from anywhere and however you like.”
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