WEST POINT -- It was like a Titleist bouncing down a cart path.
Years before it finally became reality, the idea of a "short course" at Schneiter's Bluff ricocheted around pro shop of the popular Top of Utah golf course.
"We talked about it for years," head pro Jon Schneiter said, referring to the new 5-hole restricted-flight track located just north of the main course.
Featuring yellow foam balls that carry about half the distance of a regular golf ball, The Bluff's newest attraction uses elements of a full-sized course on a much smaller scale. It consists of five par-3 holes ranging in length from 106 to 50 yards.
Only the foamy restricted-flight balls are allowed, otherwise things might get a bit dangerous. But don't let the short set-up fool you. Golfers can tee up and swing away with full force using standard clubs.
Let's say you hit your 8-iron 150 yards, that mostly likely would be your club of choice on the 77-yard first hole.
Golfers who normally blast a 3-wood about 200 yards would probably want to use that club on hole No. 3, a 106-yarder with an elevated green.
Schneiter said the course had been talked about for several years but never got beyond the what-if phase until the property next door finally went up for sale. Before then, all the Schneiter's could do was ask.
Once the land was secured, ground was broken in March of 2012. The course opened for business in March of this year.
Schneiter said the course is becoming popular with a variety of golfers, but is of particular interest to juniors. He said kids who've been taking lessons are able to apply what they've learned on the short course using full swings, chip shots and putts.
The course is also practical for scout troops seeking golf merit badges, church groups and, of course, couples out for date night.
By comparison, The Bluff's 18-hole main course is a par-72, stretching 6,800 yards from the tips.
The scorecard suggests a 9-hole round should take a little more than two hours.
All totaled, the par-15 short course encompasses 388 yards. It takes approximately 45 minutes to play. Greens fees are $5 for adults, $3 for juniors.
Schneiter said the feedback has been positive.
"It's a lot of fun," he said. "People really seem to like it."