Golf is one of the most popular individual sports out there. Although there are many professionals golfers, most players play the game for fun. Due to the fact that some people play professionally and others for fun, there is a wide ability gap among players. If you want to enjoy your game, you have to choose a suitable golf course for your playing ability. Some players, especially beginners, may find some courses being too challenging. Below is a useful guide for helping you settle on a suitable golf course.
As a golfing enthusiast, there is a high chance that you know other players who share your passion. There is also a chance that you know players with more experience playing on different golf courses. These are therefore the best people to ask for advice and recommendations. The important thing is that the person you are asking should know your game and also know many courses. Such people will provide you with a few options and you can then choose one using other considerations.
Another way of finding a suitable golf course is by consulting a professional. Most golf courses have some PGA experts who work either as trainers or in other capacities. Provided the professional knows your game first hand, they can give very suitable courses for your playing level. The best person to ask for such recommendations is your trainer.
You can also turn to the internet for suitable recommendations. Most golf courses will have a website where all the important specs will be listed. Since you know your ability, choose a course whose specs are challenging but still within your capability. Read comments posted on other websites about players’ experience playing in the course. You should especially look for comments from players on your level.
Every player should know their drive length or yardage when they reach a certain playing level. Different players will have different drive lengths depending on their natural ability and skill. Knowing this figure, choose a golf course which offers an appropriate length between the holes. You should be able to complete the course within the allowed number of strokes without exceeding too much.
Demo days usually offer an inexpensive way of learning more about a course and gauging your ability. Demo days are days hosted by most golf courses to potential players to give them an opportunity to ‘feel’ it. Most golf courses do not charge playing fees during the demo days. Simply put this is the best way to determine if a certain course is appropriate for your playing level. This method is, however, appropriate for evaluating golf courses that are near your area of residence.