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Golf Courses: Private vs Public, Expensive vs Inexpensive

  Do you love golf? Did you know that more than 24 million people play golf? Are you wondering what golf courses you should check out? From private to public, you have options. In this article, you'll get to explore the different types of golf courses, and how to choose the right one for you. Read on to explore the top ways to pick out your dream course, and you'll be getting a birdie in no time. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Public vs Private Golf Courses ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ If you decide to go with a private golf course, you'll enjoy the benefits of a golf membership. There are plenty of amenities, social activities, services, dining, and uncrowded courses to choose from. Since you're paying a higher price when you find a golf course that's private, you'll enjoy the pristine and green golf courses. Public golf courses are great for beginners just starting out and gaining experience. Since they're affordable you might experience more crowded courses and fewer amenities. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Budget ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Before choosing between the best golf courses near you, it's a good idea to come up with a budget. Choose the maximum amount you're willing to pay, and ensure that the golf courses you consider are within that range. If your budget is lower, you'll want to stick with a public course. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Amenities ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Some golf courses are part of resorts with plenty of amenities such as restaurants and spas. If you're going on vacation with your family, it's a good idea to choose a resort with a golf course. If you're looking for a local golf course, find out what amenities are included. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Layout ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Whether you're an experienced golfer or not, you'll want to check out the layout of the course. If you're a beginner, you'll want to find a course that's not as challenging and complex as others. Before you choose a course, try to imagine yourself there, and ask yourself questions. Some questions to ask are if the course is the right amount of difficulty, is the terrain too rocky or flat, or is the course everything you're looking for? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Read Reviews ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Read reviews of the golf course before you choose it. While the amenities might seem stunning, it's a good idea to read what others say about the location. This can help you narrow down the golf courses in your area. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Conditions ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Choose a location where it's well-maintained. Find out about any renovations that happen at the course. Ensure that the course goes well with the climate of your area as well. If you live in a rainy area, you might want to avoid a course with lots of dirt. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Choosing the Right Golf Club ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ If you're a total beginner, you might not be sure what factors to look into for the right club, such as grip thickness and the shaft. When you pick out a golf club you'll want to ensure that the shaft is the right length for you. Take into account your physical strength, body type, and height for the shaft. For taller players, you'll need a longer shaft. Ensure that the shaft isn't too soft or stiff, it needs to be a happy medium. A shaft that's soft can cause ballooning, and too stiff of a shaft can cause a loss of distance. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Should You Buy Used Clubs? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ If you're just starting out, you might want to consider trying out used clubs and see how you do before investing in brand new clubs. Once you're ready to buy brand new clubs, they're normally bought slowly, and not all at once. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Different Types of Golf Clubs ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ There are different types of golf clubs such as irons, wood, and drivers. You'll want to take a look at the different shapes, models, and loft. For example, for a loft, many players will choose a loft that falls between 9-11 degrees. For wood, keep in mind that the higher the golf number, the higher the loft. At the same time, a higher number also means a shorter club shaft. When choosing an iron, they're numbered the same as woods. You can choose offset and draw weighted irons, or perimeter-weighted irons. For a putter, you'll want to be careful about choosing this as well. The 3 types of putters are a mallet, blade, and half-mallet. The common length of a putter is 33-35". ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Golfing for Beginners Tips ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ When golfing, you'll want to ensure that you keep a solid stance. This means you'll keep a wide stance in order to build a golf swing. Tilt at your hips in this stance. When you go to swing, you'll want to have the movement coming from your hips and not your upper body. Think of how your body moves when you throw a baseball. Before you hit the ball, it's a good idea to become comfortable with your grip. Practice holding your club while you're in the house. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ As you practice perfect form, make sure your aim is dead-on. Ensure that your shoulders, knees, and hips are in perfect alignment. Pay attention to your alignment, and make changes as necessary. To ensure you have proper posture during your swing, begin with the club pressed against your thighs. Bend forward with your hips and flex your knees. Without slouching, your arms will hang straight. After doing this, grip the handle with your glove hand, and ensure that it's at a 45-degree angle to your forearm. Now add your other hand. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Exploring Different Golf Courses ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Now that you've explored the different ways to pick out the perfect golf courses for you, you should be ready to get golfing! Would you like more sports content? For everything from soccer to athletes, check out our other articles today.  

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