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The Top 5 Elements that Make a Challenging and Interesting Course

December 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Aside from the financial aspect of the business, the maintenance and design of a course requires precise planning. If you want to know what makes a course challenging and interesting, read on for tips from the pros.

Green Speeds

When a golfer hits a putt, green speeds determine how fast the ball travels. In order to maintain green speeds, special turf equipment is used with blades designed to cut grass closer to the earth.


If a course is in an area that experiences extreme weather, special care must be taken to ensure the soil does not succumb to the elements. Over fertilized fairways may require a rough mower to be trimmed to regulation height.

Skill Level

An interesting course caters to all skill levels with holes designed to test golfers. Courses that encourage a diverse usage of clubs, for instance, can help add some variety to the game. Water holes add challenge, and a bit of frustration for the amateur, but are generally great additions.


The length of a course will challenge golfers to make specific shots. A round should last about four hours, with holes ranging from par-3 to par-5. There are exceptions to the rule, but a great course has a fairway that will take a golfer two to three shots to set up for a two putt finish.


The thirteenth hole in Augusta is flanked by brightly colored azaleas in bloom during the masters, while the third hole of Mauna Kea in Hawaii sits ocean side. Those picturesque venues give credence to the famous phrase from Mark Twain: golf is a good walk ruined.

Author Bio: This post is sponsored by Global Turf Equipment, vendors of turf maintenance equipment for more than 80 countries worldwide. Global Turf sells used and refurbished turf sprayer equipment at an affordable price from its 35,000 square foot show room in San Antonio, Florida.

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