Golf Courses

Written by Kevin Little
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Golf courses can be among the most relaxing and the most frustrating places on earth--sometimes all on the same day! Golf is well known for bringing out the best and the worst in people. Sometimes such changes can be witnessed even before one sets foot on the course, so exciting and agonizing can the course selection process be.

You'll quickly find, though, that in this era of free-flowing information, selecting among the many golf courses that proudly spot this great land is quite a lot less stressful than it once was. No longer are you limited only to the courses found in brochures or frequented by your friends. Choosing a golf course based on detailed information about design, price and environment has far outstripped chance now that data on the nation's courses is so widely available. Just follow a few simple steps, and you'll be well on your way to golfing nirvana.

Know the Golf Courses in Your Given Area

Whether you're scrounging around for a new course in your area or looking to complete your vacation plans, you'll want to have a good grasp of the local options. Many places, especially in warm-weather climates such as Texas, Florida, and everyone's favorite travel locale, Las Vegas, are littered with courses thanks to the year-round opportunities to hit the links. With such a multitude of golf courses, some of the less prominent gems can be easily overlooked.

So how to you locate the hidden treasures that are available in the sunny climes that breed great golf? A good website can get you started in the right direction by providing a list of local courses, large and small alike. You never know what you might stumble upon--and in this case, that's definitely a good thing!

Know Your Price Range

There's nothing worse than getting to a course and being surprised by the high cost of green fees. Worse yet is the feeling that there just aren't any cost-efficient golf courses around. Luckily, both of these feelings can be easily brushed aside with the slightest of effort.

You might want to try purchasing your green fees in advance in the form of coupons from an online distributor. These coupons can be redeemed for a round of golf at the sponsoring course. Better yet, these coupons are often even cheaper than standard green fees at a given course. Just reserve your coupon and call the course to schedule a tee time--that's all there is to it.

Have Fun at a Variety of Golf Courses

You'll also want to keep in mind the theories promoted by Austin's late great golf sage, Harvey Penick. Mr. Penick would agree that the more relaxed you are, the better you'll play. And it goes without saying that the better you play, the more fun you will have.

So make it a point to minimize the pressure that comes with getting a tee time. Play on a lot of different golf courses in your area--you'll have the options right in front of you, after all! Beautiful, challenging, and most of all easy to find golf courses can bring your game--and your enjoyment of the game--to a whole new level.

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