Golf courses can be classified in several different ways. Among other things, golf courses can be categorized by ownership, setting and length. Understanding the different categories of golf courses will help you know what to expect when you show up for a tee time.
GOLF COURSES BY OWNERSHIP
* Private courses: Those that are open only to golfers willing to pay amembership fee to join the club. The costs associated with joining a private club vary widely, with the most expensive costing hundreds of thousands of dollars to join. Those ultra-expensive clubs typically cap membership at a few hundred golfers. At most such private clubs, however, non-members are allowed to play as guests of a member.
* Semi-private courses: A semi-private course is one thatboth sells memberships and allows non-members to play. Those purchasing memberships might receive preferential tees times and discounted green fees, or access to other club amenities or perks.
* Public courses: A public golf course is one that is open to the general public. Everyone who plays golf is welcome at a public golf course. Within the public category, there are two main sub-types – themunicipal course and the daily fee course.
* Municipal courses are those owned by cities or counties and run for the benefit of the local citizens (although they are open to all golfers regardless of place of residence).
* Daily fee courses are also open to everyone, but are privately owned and generally more upscale - and, therefore, more expensive - than municipal courses.
* Resortcourses: A resort course is a golf course that is part of a resort property, typically including a large, luxurious hotel, perhaps a spa and multiple restaurants. Some resort courses are open to the public in the same way a daily fee course is, with guests of the resort receiving preferential tee times and discounted green fees. Most resorts are technically public, but many restrict public accessby requiring that you stay at the resort in order to play its golf course(s).
Military (are owned and operated by the military for the military). They can be public or private, but their main purpose is to serve military personnel), Residential (are owned and managed by a community, and they are private or semi-private), Private Estate (are owned by an individual or family andare located on their private estate. They are private courses that you can only gain access to by means of a personal invitation from the owner).and industrial golf courses.( are owed and operated by a private business. The courses are private, and only employees of the company are allowed to use the facilities (Graves).
GOLF COURSES BY SIZE
Another way of grouping golf courses is by size,which refers both to the number of holes(18 being standard) and the types of holes (a mix of par-3, par-4 and par-5 holes, with par-4s being prevalent, is the standard on a "regulation," or full-sized, course). When grouping courses by size, here are how those groups are labeled:
* 18-hole course: There really is no dedicated name, no special label, for a standard, full-sized, regulation,18-hole course. But the 18-hole golf course comprised of mostly par-4 holes with a mix of par-3 holes and par-5 holes is the standard golf course. When the generic term "golf course" is used, this is what most people think of.
* 9-hole course: A 9-hole course is exactly that, a golf course with mostly par-4 holes plus a few par 3s and par 5s but only nine holes, rather than 18 holes, in length.* Pitch and Putt course: Similar to par – 3 course, except the maximum hole length for international competitions is 90 metres with a maximum total course length of 1,200 metres .Players may only use three clubs; one of which must be a putter. The game is played from raised artificial teeing surfaces using a tee and it has its own handicap system.
* Executive course: An executive...