So where is your favorite golf course?

The title is an often asked question of me and the simple fact of the matter is that I am not a favorites type person. Every golf course has it’s pluses; some more than others.

So if you do not have a favorite, how do you measure quality of experience.

As hard as it is, the challenge is to isolate yourself from the people you are with as invariably they have an impact on your enjoyment. Pointers I look for in no particular order would include;

Welcome of golf staff – are they trained by the airlines or a premium grocery store

Smoothness of golf operation – do your clubs get onto your cart or to your caddy with no apparent effort? or do you have to look out for yourself

Is there sufficient signage to get you to where you need to be? range, #1 tee, etc?

Is the golf course playable (challenging without wearing you down)?

Are the greens good and generally the playing conditions closer to excellent than average?

Does the golf course move at a steady pace that is enjoyable, i.e. no slow groups which the golf staff do not address

If you could answer all of the above affirmatively you are well on your way to a favorite course. Next time you play be sure to be playing with friends if you did not on your initial round.

About the Author: Gordon Dalgleish is the Co-Founding Director of PerryGolf, the leading provider of international golf vacations. You can find him on Google+