Golf courses are what the game of golf is all about. Yes, hitting the ball straight is great but isn’t it the environment what makes it special? The green grass, sounds of nature, big blue skies and bodies of water all add to the thrill of playing on a golf course.
Before you head out to play a round, make sure you have a good idea of what you’re getting yourself into first. Some courses tend to play tougher than others, and some are designed to play differently than others.
Types Of Golf Courses
Executive Golf Course – This type of course is mainly par 3’s with an occasional par 4 thrown in. It was designed to play fast which allowed executives on a power lunch the time to play a round while making a deal or two during the game.
Playing an executive course is not a bad idea for those starting out. It will give you some much needed iron work and increase your putting skills each time you play. These courses usually cost less than a regular course and can be walked easily for those looking to exercise at the same time.
Now popular in retirement communities these courses challenge a players accuracy instead of their distance.
Public Golf Courses – These courses are where most amateur play. They can be found anywhere there is golf and offer the golfer an average to challenging round. Walkers are welcome but mainly players use a cart. They can be owner by private groups or municipalities and can be played by anyone with the money.
Typically par 72, these courses take on average 4.5 hours to play. Water and sand hazards vary from course to course but this is where the average golfer plays.
TPC Golf Courses – These are the courses the pros play on. They are owned by the PGA and are well maintained. They offer a challenging round with many carefully placed hazards. You won’t want to walk these courses as the carts are loaded with GPS and other goodies to help the golfer.
You’ll need some cash to play these courses or maybe an invite from a member. You might want to bring you A game as the players here usually shoot scratch golf or better.
Country Clubs & Private Courses – Designed to keep the riff raff out these courses charge yearly dues to maintain membership. They offer a nice course but sometimes are forced to go semiprivate and allow nonmembers to play in order to subsidize dues for their members or pay bills when membership numbers are low