WHOAH! Where’d That Beach Come From? A Simplistic Breakdown of Golf Terrains

Fox Den Country Club enjoys a thriving golf club membership. Our players never play the same golf game twice. This is one of our course’s universal appeals—this is also true for other well-designed courses. However, just what does that mean, anyway? Today, let’s take a closer look at how golf course terrains add so much to the game.

What is a golf course?

A golf course is generally what you call the land you play golf upon. A golf course can have a different number of holes from one to the other. A course can typically have nine or even eighteen holes upon the expanse of its land.

When a golfer plays on an 18-hole course, each hole is normally played through once. Should the holes number count be lower—9 or so—the course can be played over twice. However, this doesn’t mean that once you’ve played through, the same conditions in terms of weather or wind will apply.

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Golf courses are generally placed within specialized landscapes. Depending on how it is designed, it should prove to be a challenge for even the best players. Not just anyone can design a golf course. It is a separate field of study from most landscape architecture. Fox Den Country Club’s championship course was beautifully and carefully designed by Clyde Johnston. So our course is able to accommodate golf players of varied skill groups.

So what makes a golf course?

Teeing Area

It should generally start with a teeing ground to begin a golfer’s run. There should be markers that show the player where the boundaries of the legal tee area are.  A typical golf course will only have a -3, -4, and even a -5 holes. Although there are courses which have more than those, the usual courses in America have those specifications.

It will all start with the teeing area or what golfers will affectionately call a ‘round’. A golfer will have several options on where to place his ball. Depending on where the golfer places it, it can affect his game. Some spots have different angles of approach toward the hole.

Fairway, Rough and Hazards

When the golfer fires the first shot, the game is afoot. There are a couple of areas wherein the ball can land: fairway, rough, or hazard. Fairways are defined by the normally even cut grass. The rough is where the grass is longer and offers a courser terrain. Hazards are special areas that have their own set of special rules. You can generally find a water hazard like ponds, lakes, or rivers on a course. The other type of hazards is bunkers and sand traps.

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Putting Green

The Green is the last part of the course. This is where the hole usually is. The grass is very closely trimmed and this is where putting occurs.

The different parts of the course completely add to the variety of play a golfer experiences. The different offering of golf courses around the world plays a big part as to why golf is still so popular.

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