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Golf Basics: Understanding the Golf Course

Feb 2, 2015 2:04 PM
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The elite sporting activity of golf has become one of the world’s most popular sports in the past few decades. Unlike many outdoor games, golf is not confined to a pre-decided pitch; rather, it is played on a wide, open grassy expanse of land – better known as the golf course.
Professional golfers learn every single detail about the various aspects of a golf course over time. However, for a beginner; many golf-oriented terminologies might be meaningless. To help such amateur players, we have started a series of blog posts called golf basics. In these posts, we discuss the basics of the game that might sound insignificant to skillful golfers; but are of great help for a new player.
In our first guide, we discussed different types of golf shots played on the course. Today, we are going to talk about the structure and design of a golf course.
The Tee- It is the pre-defined area on the course, from where the golf ball is first hit. It is named so, because here, golfers use a tee to hold the ball in place before making the shot. The tee is a small plastic or wooden peg. In most of the courses, the tee for each hole is categorized as per the age, skills or sex of the players.
The Fairway and Rough- It is the area of the golf course between the tee and the putting green, with short or long grassy areas. If, after teeing off, the ball drops within the fairway or the rough, then the golfer has to hit the ball from its rest position towards the green.
It is much easier to play a ball from the fairway, because the rough has comparatively taller grass, which acts as an additional obstacle.
Hazards- With each hole on the course, there are usually some hazards that have to be overcome. Generally, there are two types of hazards: water hazards, such as ponds, rivers, and lakes; and land-based hazards, such as bunkers, sand traps, and trees. Following particular rules and playing specific type of shots, players have to hit the ball over these hazards, or aim to get the ball of out these hurdles if it has landed in them.
The Green- With finely mown grass, the green is the region around the holes. The reason for trimming this grass  so short; is to allow the golfers to play a precise stroke; rolling the ball directly into the hole. To make the track even more challenging for professional players, the topography of the greens varies- from smooth and straight,  to undulating, and inclining surfaces.
Studying the basics of the golf course might not be very interesting; but this information helps greatly to help you decide which shot to play for a hole in one!

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