Tee-time Online

Written by Donald Sparacin
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Welcome to a source of quality information on tee-times online. Here you will learn what golfers of every level, from the twice-a-year un-handicapped duffer to the PGA Tour Professional call their favorite places to experience their passion - golf. A tee-time online source will offer city specific information on the best golf course, their designers, lengths, slopes, challenges, and much more. The traveling executive will be able to check here before packing and know whether to bring one wedge or all four for that all-important sneak-away time between meetings. The vacationer will know in advance what the greens fees are and better budget how much to spend on lesser activities. After all, to a golfer everything besides golf is a lesser activity.

Tee-Time Online Takes You to the Country's Best Courses

While the grandparents entertain the kids in Disneyland, you and your spouse can enjoy the best courses nearby thanks to tee-time online sources. We have researched the best golf courses in California, including Anaheim. When the mid-week meeting is scheduled to end at noon in Chicago, a tee-time online source will tell you where to spend your afternoon. If you crap-out in Vegas, Tee-Time Online will show you the courses that will make you a winner.

A tee-time online source has reviewed courses from Washington, DC to San Diego, and from Chicago to Houston. Of course we have also reviewed courses everywhere in-between. No matter where you are going, north, south, east, or west, tee-time online sites have been there to help you find just the right course for your interests, budget, and skill level.

Tee-Time Online Terms Defined

Over the next pages we will use terms like slope, handicap, scratch and bogey golfers. While most golfers understand these terms, for those that don't here are a few definitions. Slope is a ratio between scratch golfers (a golfer that is expected to shoot par) and bogey golfers (a golfer that is expected to shoot a bogey, or one over par, on every hole) that lets the golfer know how difficult the course is to play. It is represented as a number between 55 and 155, and the higher the number the more difficult the course is to play. As any golfer can attest, 410 yards from tee to green does not always play like a par four when you consider the terrain, hazards, and other factors. Slope is used to let you know these various considerations in an easy to understand numerical expression.

The United States Golf Association (USGA) is the regulatory body that determines the rules of golf in the United States, and governs everything golfing related. The USGA uses much more specific terminology and calculations when describing slope, scratch, and bogey golfers, but for the average golfer a tee-time online site has simplified the terms for you. We also figured you would rather know the abbreviated explanation rather than knowing each of the ten details of say, the obstacle stroke value that is used in determining the slope of a hole or the entire course.

Handicap is the numerical figure that indicates a player's skill level. It is used so that two players with different abilities can play a round of golf on a more or less even footing. The only way a player can obtain an official handicap rating is through a sanctioned USGA course and specific set of rules as to its determination. Golfers that belong to USGA sanctioned clubs will usually refer to their handicap with either pride if it's low or humor if it's high.

Golf Course Architecture and Design

Did you know that there are colleges in the United States that actually give degrees in Golf Course Architecture? We can't all be Greg Normans and play so much golf that we can simply look at a cow pasture and mentally design a golf course. Many need to learn the specifics of irrigation, grass types, sun orientation with respect to fairways, and green undulations that will be both challenging and fair. Again, this is a very simplistic explanation of a very detailed science, but it serves to say that like not all golfers are alike, neither are all golf courses alike.

A Pete Dye course will be beautiful, challenging and fair, while a Greg Norman course will be harder--as some might say. Here again, much of golf depends on the golfer's skills, abilities, and foibles. A right-handed golfer that just can't fix their slice (having the ball curve in the air in a banana shape direction) will hate a course designed with water all along the right-hand side of the fairway. A poor sand trap player will hate the craters that some designer love to place directly in front of the green. We will give you information on the designs and designers of our featured courses. So, check the pages that apply to your next golfing destination and follow our links to book a tee-time online. Happy golfing!

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