Course conditions top list of what golfers want

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Anytime you play a course, you’re sure to have some feedback on the conditions. Like a restaurant critic sampling the newest grub in town, you likely break down the good, the bad and everything in between from your experience on the links.

Everyone has their own preferences on what they look for in a course. Some want pristine lies in the fairways, and others look for true greens. Sometimes it’s the practice facilities that are the most important quality, and for others, as long as the beer is cold, they have no complaints.

While we know everyone has opinions on what they want in a course, it’s usually a hard thing to quantify — until now. Thanks to a report from the American Society of Golf Course Architects, we now have hard data that tells us exactly what golfers look for in a course.

According the report, the single most important offering for customers of a golf facility is the condition of the greens with 97 percent of responses indicating that quality was among the top three things they look for in a golf course. Overall course condition was second-most important with 94 percent of responses while consistency of greens lagged just behind at 93 percent.

Courtesy of the golf staff and condition of the fairways rounded out the top five at 81 and 77 percent, respectively. You can see the entire breakdown in the image below.


It’s unsurprising that conditions of the course dominate the top three in these rankings. There’s nothing worse than showing up to an unfamiliar course only to discover the greens are bumpier than an unpaved roadway.

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