A tennis court is always 78 feet and 36 feet wide; a football field is always 360 feet long and 160 feet wide; a ping pong table is always 9 feet long and 5 feet wide. Golf, however, is one of those few ball games that do not need a standardized playing area. The variety of golf courses provides golfers with a unique experience every time. In this post, we are going to take a look at different types of golf courses around the world.
- Parkland Courses
The most common style in the United States, parkland golf courses are characterized by “lush, well-kept fairways, mature trees, thick rough and bunkers.” They are typically located well inland (Most of the golf courses you see in Pennsylvania are parkland). Some of the most famous parkland courses include Augusta National Country Club in Augusta, Georgia (where one of the most prestigious golf major tournaments is held annually); Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio; and Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.
- Links Courses
The most common style in the United Kingdom, links golf courses are very distinctive from other categories. “Situated in the thin strip of sand, grass, and dunes that lay between the sea and agricultural land,” links courses literally “link” everything together. Each hole “shares” the same rough because the rough are interconnected. Although there is barely any tree or water hazard, links courses are very challenging because of its undulating firm ground, long rescue grass, deep well-like bunkers and constant strong wind. Therefore, players have to learn to control the trajectory of their shots in order to score well. (Professional players can win British Open by paring every hole, while they usually need at least 10 under par to have a chance to win at a parkland courses). The most famous links course in the world is probably Old Course at St Andrews, where the British Open Championship has been held for 29 times.
- Resort Courses
Resort courses are commonly found in vacation states like Florida, where a lot of luxurious hotels and resorts are located. Usually guest-only, resort courses are designed to be a pleasure rather than a challenge. Therefore, their fairways are usually very wide and the rough are cut short. Those courses also provide golfers with stunning surroundings, such as flowery bushes and mature maple trees.
- Desert Courses
Desert courses are very unique. As the name suggest, desert courses are basically oasis of green land in the middle of sands. They are usually located in the Southwestern U.S. Remember the interested iguana and the dangerous cactus from the last post? They are some interesting features of a desert course.
One of the most famous desert courses is the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale, where the Waste Management Phoenix Open is held every year.
“What Are the Different Types of Golf Courses?” Golflink. Web. Sep 19. 2015