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How To Choose The Right Golf Course For You

Choosing a golf course can be intimidating, especially for a beginner golfer. With this article, you will be able to figure out which courses are worth your time and money so you can enjoy yourself and move up from that beginner status in no time!

Private Vs. Public

When choosing a golf course, be sure to find out whether or not the course is private or public. There are advantages and disadvantages to both private and public golf courses.

Advantages of private golf courses:

  • Tee times are not always necessary
  • You have access to other amenities such as tennis courts and pools
  • People know your name and will know your “usual” golf cart preference or drink at the bar
  • You can put everything on your account 

Disadvantages of private golf courses:

  • Expensive
  • Very cliquey
  • You feel obligated to play that course throughout the season, so even though you may do well on your “home course,” your game suffers at other courses

Advantages of public golf courses:

  • Not as expensive as private courses
  • You can play at a variety of courses
  • You have access to online discounts

Disadvantages to public golf courses:

  • Public golf courses are often not as well kept as private courses because they get so much playing time
  • Tee times are necessary

Size Matters!

Another factor to take into consideration when choosing a golf course is its size. Is the course a Par-3, Regulation, or Executive golf course?

According to the October 2014 Golf Construction Report from National Golf Foundation, a Par-3 course is a golf course that is made up of only par-3 holes, meaning it takes the least amount of time. If you are hoping to keep your golf game short, then a par-3 is the way to go.

A Regulation course is a golf course that is a traditional length and includes a variety of par-3, par-4, and par-5 holes. This type of course will take the longest but will have the most variety, so you get more practice at different types of shots.

The Executive golf course is a shorter version of the Regulation course, so it typically takes less time than the Regulation course but more time than a Par-3 course, because it still has a variety of par-3, par-4, and par-5 holes.

Although choosing a golf course can be intimidating for beginning golfers, with these helpful tips you will be able to figure out which courses are worth your time and money so you can have a good time and achieve your golf goals, such as at The Pointe Golf Club!