Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Links Golf Courses

Links golf courses amount to less than 1% of the overall total, and most of them are in Britain. The 2013 U.K. Open was played at the links golf course of Muirfield. But how exactly is that golf course any different from other alternatives?

A links golf course is one in which the natural landscape has shaped the overall layout more than the architects. They are more expansive wide-open golf courses that have various geographic elements. For example, you shouldn't find any man-made lakes on them.

Links golf courses are typically built along the coast. Their holes tend to have plenty of surrounding dunes and sandy soil. The sandy soil gives the links golf courses plenty of drainage and a firmer playing surface than other alternatives.

Nor do links golf courses include lots of trees or woodland. Their landscapes tend to be somewhat more open. However, they should still have plenty of gorse bushes and shrubs along their holes.
The Pebble Beach Links golf course. It has only a few trees,
is located on the coast and includes no lakes on its holes.
Sand is prevalent on the links. The links golf courses also have plenty of sand bunkers around greens and fairways. They include expansive pothole bunkers which balls can land in.

Some of the more famous golf courses are links. As mentioned Muirfield is one of them, and others include St Andrews and the Royal County Down which has a unique landscape that combines the Mourne Mountains with Dundram Bay's coastline. Pebble Beach Golf Links, on the coast of Monterey Bay, is one in the United States. They are golf courses which have little in the way of woodland, coastal settings and undulating holes with variable elevations.

Check out Golf Digest's In Celebration of Link's Golf page which ranks the top 50 links golf courses. The page also includes a photo slideshow of the various golf courses. They are a few great links golf courses that you can play at.

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