A great golf experiance

What constitutes a good golfing experiance? It never hurts to shoot the round of your life but that will only happen once. Every golfer has his or her own criteria and here are some I’ve heard playing around Ontario:

Price is always a big factor. Golfers are always talking about the price. They each have their own criteria for what makes a course “worth it.” Sometimes it’s the course layout. Some times it the course condition. Is there a large clubhouse? Then how does the size of that facilicty impact on the golfer’s image of the course? The larger and more oppulent the clubhouse seems to lead some to believe that the experiance is worth more money.

Is the staff helpful? Personally, I always go back to those courses where the staff makes me feel like a member. Even if I haven’t played at a course before, I sometimes feel treated asthough I’m returning. There’s nothing like feeling like the king for a day. A friendly starter and helpful marshall’s are always appreciated.

A great hamburger, a cold beer and reasonable prices (there’s that price thing again) are all factors that help spread word of mouth about a course.

Great practice facilities are another factor that can sometimes be overlooked. Having clean balls, mats that aren’t worn out and a pro on the range to help point out a swing flaw only add to the experiance.

Golf is more than a game and the responsibilty of the golf course manager is to remeber that. If you take care of the golfer from the moment there car turns onto your driveway to the time they leave 5 hourse later, you’re sure to have them come back. heck, they’ll probably bring their family to the course for dinner too so don’t forget to have your wait staff treat them like members too.

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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