If you like to play the game of golf for leisure, then one of the biggest factors that can affect how much fun you have is where you decide to play. Even though there may be plenty of courses for you to play at, perhaps you should take some time to choose a place that you can call home and become a member of.
You need to think about whether or not you want to play at a private or public facility. Public courses are open to anyone regardless of their affiliations and beliefs. They are open year-round and you can go at any time to play as long as you want. Since these are institutions that are managed by the public, many just charge a small membership fee or if you don’t go that much, you can pay a small fee for a daily pass. The membership requirements are less stringent that at a private facility. Private golf courses require memberships for all of their guests. In order to become a member, you have to go through a trial sponsor period where someone who is already a member has to vouch for you. Usually these places charge higher membership fees and also require dues to be paid as well.
Visit the different options in your area so you can make the best decision as to where you will have the best experience. Watch some of the other golfers while they play. Pay attention to how fast or slow the holes are played. Do the players tend to play their turns at the holes quickly or do they tend to straggle along? Keep in mind that if you have to interrupt you game and mess up your rhythm because of slow players, you won’t enjoy your game very much. You may run across slow players no matter where you go, but a good place to play will have staff that will help regulate everyone’s pace at the holes so that there is very little disruption to anyone’s game.
Pay close attention to how the other players treat the clubs that you visit. This is a good indicator of how much the other players value the place that they are playing. If the players help to take care of the course during their turns by filling divots and raking the bunkers, it is a sign that this is a place where the players respect each other, the course, and the game.
Any golf courses that you are considering should be a decent length. This means that you don’t want to play where the game is going to be too short because there aren’t too many holes. You also don’t want to play where the course is too challenging because it is too long. The right place will be a medium sized length. Don’t forget to look at the pin placements. No matter where you ultimately decide to play, you want it to be a place that offers you a peaceful and safe environment.