I am due to play a mini tournament next Friday playing a course I haven't played before. I normally play with this group on a familiar course and rely on my history of the course to really help me out ( I play it a lot), and would have like to practise this new course, but I don't think I'll get the chance.
Of course, I can use a course plan and also satellite , but other than highlight hazards I don't find they help much. They can't tell you how long the grass is.
So, i'm after tips for how people to play a course you haven't played before, what to look for to give you cues.
A few of my own :
- Look for yardage markers to guage distance
- Check stroke index, if hole is a difficult hole but looks easy, proceed with caution.
- Don't gamble on landing in rough until you've got a feel for its length/playability
- Give extra time to get to the green to assess slope when playing short pitch shots
Any other thoughts?
We have a couple of penalty guys on our course. Other than that I only see "that guy" when I play other courses.
The guy I ran into the most is exaggerater guy, this guy is always looking for his drive 75-100 yards further up the fairway than it goes.
Second most run into guy, who is similar to the exaggerater guy, is the short hitting guy that has a son that hits 350 yard drives but doesn't regularly play.