Golf has been around for hundreds of years, with early ball and stick games being played in Scotland in the 13th century. While the sport has changed dramatically over the years, particularly over the past century, there are some constants that won’t change. At the heart of a good game of golf is always the course and the kind of challenge it is able to exact on players.
Of course, not all golf courses have been created equal in this regard. If you are looking to find a golf course to put your ability to the test, then this article is for you. Here, we will provide a brief guide to choosing the best golf course for your next round.
Every course has a tee box and a cup—beyond those two certainties golf courses can look very different from each other. Before you settle on a specific course, you first need to choose the type, of course, you want to play.
Perhaps the most famous type of golf course is Links, which are generally found in Ireland, Scotland, and England. They are sandy courses close to the coast, where the main defense is usually the weather conditions. Moray Golf Club in Scotland is a wonderful example.
If you are looking to play a course along the same lines as Augusta National, that would be a parkland course. Other options include a sandbelt course, a heathland course, a stadium course, and a par 3 course.
A good golf course is one that will provide a fair test of your abilities. If you’re an occasional weekend golfer, it may not be the best idea to tackle an 8,000-yard course—unless you enjoy swearing at your golf ball.
Look for courses that match your handicap. You’ll have a lot more fun, which is what golfing is all about at the end of the day.
One big complaint of PGA TOUR courses these days is that they all look exactly alike and most players only need a handful of clubs. A hitting driver, wedge, and a putter are all well and good, but it takes the true skill out of the game.
Find a course that has a variety of holes and demands a variety of different shots and clubs—it’s far more of a fun challenge.
If you are going golfing, then finding a suitable course is one of the golfing essentials. Whether you are an expert golfer or new to the game, try to match your skill level to the course difficulty. After that, all you need to do is swing fast and have fun.
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