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Seen one tennis court

Much of what makes golf a great game to play is the variances in course setup and design.

by Bob Madsen, PGAPublished: April, 2012

Travel ... the word alone feels good. It feels good envisioning a change of scenery, a break from the norm. A getaway. I can’t wait for my next trip. My son’s going to snowboard for the first time!

Take a sport like tennis - when you’ve seen one court, you’ve seen them all. Same is true with bowling alleys. Ever heard anyone say, “A bowling trip!” when asked where they were going? I play a little tennis, I like it a lot. Occasionally I even get a serve in. And I bowl, but it would never occur to me to go on a bowling or tennis vacation.

For golfers it’s different. We want to see those magnificent courses in special places. No two the same. Never the same shot twice.

Want one tip that’ll improve your golf travel more than anything? Study golf course architecture. This is one of the most valuable lessons I can give any golfer. Here a great place to start: “The Anatomy of a Golf Course” by Tom Doak.

Now, I know what you are thinking and I know you want to turn the page and get to the next swing tip. That would be a big mistake. Whatever you do, take my advice on this.

There are other fantastic and entertaining golf architecture books  I can recommend, but start with this one. During your next golf trip you’ll be able to appreciate the features of the courses you visit.

The other thing you can do is use Google Earth to explore your destinations, get to know them a bit and therefore be able to anticipate what the architect is going to throw at you.
Improved course management will be yours not just on the road but when you get home as well. Throw in a little short game practice and you might shoot the round of your life. Let me know how it goes.


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