rkangrah, on 27 April 2012 - 07:41 AM, said:
What kind of golf courses do you like the most ? There a few kinds:
- Golf courses with a lot of woods on the sides.
- Golf courses with lots of water hazards.
- Golf Courses on the side of the ocean.
- Golf courses on the mountains.
- Other kind.
The "kind" of golf course I like is more dependent on the design and little to do with its location.
I like courses with the following features:
- Offer a variety of hole configurations that sequence themselves in a manner that is not repetitive and encourages the use of different types of shots. (varied lengths, elevation changes, shapes, wind direction, etc)
- Blends into the surrounding and makes use of the natural terrain and features of the site.
- Designs that invoke thought and allow options and alternatives for playing the hole. Hazards that are strategic in nature rather than purely penal. Challenging for the good golfer but playable for those with average skills.
- Firm and fast conditioning that allow the ball to bounce and use the ground to direct the ball toward the hole.
- A core routing is preferred that is walking friendly.
I dislike courses that are:
- Repetitive in nature, lots of holes with similar configurations or lengths where one hits the same shots.
- Courses that seem forced onto the land with shapes mostly created by a bulldozer.
- Designs that force a singular shot or style of play. No strategy is requried, just "hit this shot or pay the price." "Do or Die" types of shots. Playing corridors narrowed by trees, high rough or parallel hazards. Overuse of water. Island greens.
- Soft, lush conditions that that dictate a linear, point-to-point aerial game.
- Cart-ball Real estate routings where the course is surrounded by houses and OB and have long distances between greens and tees that make them difficult to walk.
The best golf courses are fun to play
and make you want to walk right back to the 1st tee after you finished the 18th.
The "kind" of course I like for the most part reflects "links" values, but can be found in the parkland, prairie, lowland, mountain or oceanside setting. All a matter of design.