Types of Golf Courses

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The vast difference in each of the courses’ characteristic makes it impossible to win a game similarly. However, knowing the different kinds of golf courses can help you prepare in setting up the right equipment. From there, there’s a great chance of improving the game’s outcome.

All golf courses fall into different categories in consideration to the amount of time required to finish the course. It includes landscape characteristics and the individuals who can access it. This article will allow you to have in-depth information about the types of golf courses that golfer like you might encounter.

Link Course – Link courses are quite peculiar than other types. It lies between agricultural land and the sea.  The area has grass and a thin strip of sands and dunes. The “Link” in link courses has a literal meaning because everything is interconnected. Holes are sharing the same rough, the rising ground and ridge having an angulated surface, and red fescue and brown top bents make up the green. It is one of the several challenging courses due to the constant wind, deep bunkers, and undulating ground.

Parkland Course – Parkland Course is a golf course with mature trees, abundant green grass, and thick rough bunkers. It has manicured fairways or known as the golf course area with shorter grass in between tees. These fairways are usually smoother than other courses due to customization. Parkland Course is available inland unlike link courses which are primarily at the coast.

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Desert Course – An oasis of greeneries in the middle of sands is the typical location of a desert course. The course features cacti, palm trees, lakes (not all), and a lot of sand. Most desert courses are flat by nature which supposed to be an easy ground for golfers. However, the heat, wind, and the sand can quite affect the control of a shot.

Resort Course – Resort courses are purposely for pleasure and relaxation rather than catering to a challenging game. Golfers can find it in vacation states and areas with a lot of luxury hotels and resorts. A resort course features wide fairways with shorter rough. It also has a stunning view with flowers, greeneries, and maple trees which enhances relaxing experience.

Heathland course – Heathland courses are advisable for novices to play their first game. It features rolling yet gentle fairways which go through the landscape of bushes, shrubs and some large trees. Though it’s not as relaxing as resort courses, it is one of the most accessible golf courses to finish.


Not every course is open for everyone, and that is quite reasonable. That’s due to the different policies and regulations the owner implements.

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  • Public – Though public courses are free for everyone, it requires a certain amount for entry. It has two sub-categories such as the municipal course and the daily fee course. Municipal courses have cheaper playing fees compared to daily-fee courses. And that’s due to private ownership.
  • Private – Private courses are open to golfers who are willing to pay the membership fee to gain access. The membership fee can vary from club to club which ranges from hundreds to thousands of dollars. However, private courses are accessible to non-members if they happen to be a member’s guest.
  • Semi-private – A semi-private course sells membership fees and is also open for non-members. However, semi-private courses offer more perks to members rather than the latter. Perks may vary from club to club, but will mostly include access to club amenities and facilities, discounts at green fees, and other preferential treatment.

The knowledge to the different golf courses is an essential factor that helps golfers in their golfing career. Not only it does make them develop skills, but it also helps them adapt to the different environment.