Lets dissect the words Golf Course Management.
Golf Course - A golf course comprises a series of holes, each consisting of a teeing ground, a fairway, the rough and other hazards, and a green with a flagstick ("pin") and hole ("cup"), all designed for the game of golf.
Management - Management in all business and organizational activities is the act of coordinating the efforts of people to accomplish desired goals and objectives using available resources efficiently and effectively.
With the two definitions above you have to take a look at Managing your round at the golf course. You have to establish goals of your round with objectives to accomplish what you are seeking your outcome to become.
Below are tips on how to better course manage and get your score lower.
- Final Score
- Plan of attack
- Hole by hole objective
- Evaluate the Course
- course layout
- elevation differences
- Wind direction and speed
- Plan each shot per hole (work from pin back)
- Is green sloped, flat, undulating
- determine spot you need to hit green with approach shot allowing position needed for optimal chance at 1 putting.
- Determine yardage you desire to hit to spot determined on green
- Distance from Tee area to determined yardage of approach shot (this will determine club you will want to hit from Tee area
- Be Accurate
- Avoid the common mistake of trying to hit the ball as far as you can every time off of the tee on par fours and fives at the expense of accuracy. The benefit of having a shorter approach shot to a green is more often than not lost one the ball rolls out of bounds or into a hazard because you have tried to hit the ball as far as physically possible Novices will typically struggle to hit their driver with any degree of accuracy ad until the club is mastered the lower-numbered woods should be used off the tee to keep the ball in the fairway and give the player a realistic shot at hitting the green.
- Have Targets
- Try to have a tangible target for every shot you take on the golf course. Rather than hitting the ball towards the green and hoping it lands somewhere that gives you a decent chance at an approach, you need to plan for the hole. Once you have become acquainted with the course and have a good concept of where it is advantageous to be on each of its holes, pick out targets n the background to aim for. Know where the hazards are, especially the "blind" ones that cannot be seen from the fairway, and have targets chosen that can keep you clear of them One of the key aspects of golf course management is hitting shots that make your next shot less difficult. Rather than try to hit at a flagstick on a green, it is sometimes advisable to hit to a spot that gives you an uphill putt at the hold or keeps the ball away from a bunker. Having a target in mind during a shot can help you to achieve these goals.
- Play Intelligently
- Playing smart and controlling your emotions are a large part of good golf course management. By not abandoning a game plan and focusing on each shot, you can become a consistent player. Many golfers make the error of thinking about upcoming shots and lose their concentration on the shot about to be played, causing a poor result The mistake then gets compounded when he tries to recover with a shot that is well beyond his ability It is important to realize your limitations, understand which clubs you have a good feel for and which you need to work on, and then use this knowledge on the course. Realize that you cannot duplicate the shots that you have seen professionals make on television and don't let your ego dictate your next move on the course.
By using the above information you should be able to better understand not only your game and limitations but be able to manage the course to allow you to score better than you ever have.
Until next time, by learning your limitations, staying within yourself, and checking your ego at the door you will have a lot of fun on the course....