2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson to design kid-friendly golf course

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Tom Watson, 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain, is designing a nine-hole course in his home state of Missouri for children and those learning the game.
By T.J. Auclair
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Published: Tuesday, October 08, 2013 | 12:53 p.m.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson is helping design a nine-hole golf course being tailored to children and others just learning the game.

The course, which will be alongside the 18-hole Mozingo Lake Golf Course in Maryville, Mo., is described as, "challenging, but not discouraging."

The newspaper reports that Watson paid a recent visit to the cleared land with a rangefinder in hand and began sketching out holes on paper.

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"This golf course is short by normal standards," said Watson in the report. "This course is designed for beginners, for kids or anybody, really, to play the game where you aren't forced to play 400-yard par 4's or 500-yard par 5's or 180-yard par 3's.

"That's the whole idea for this, to make it fun for them and not too long, where they can hit a shot and get rewarded for it."

The course is expected to cost $550,000 to build and donations and commitments of $125,000 have already been raised.

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.