Variety is the spice of life… and the lifeblood of a golf course

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I’m sure you’re familiar with the phrase, “variety is the spice of life.” Loosely, it means that trying a lot of different things, leaving yourself open to a range of experiences, brings a greater level of excitement and enjoyment to your life. Now, that’s not to say our routines and our favorites are to be shunned, but rather that we require new and different experiences to live life to the fullest.

While that may seem like fortune-cookie wisdom, and a weird intro for an article about golf, I think we all recognize a kernel of truth in there. We don’t want to do the same thing the same way over and over again, and that impulse carries over (maybe especially so) into our recreational pursuits.

Enter the golf course.

If you’re an avid golfer, chances are you either belong to a country club or play a rotation of public courses in your area. Some areas are better endowed with affordable courses than other areas, but one way or another, you probably have a handful of courses you play all the time. And in that situation, what prevents those courses from becoming, well, boring?

One thing is obviously the company you keep on the course. If you play with different people each time, or if the people you play with are particularly compelling and interesting people, you’ll end up talking about different stuff every round. Great conversation can make or break a round, and keeping great company can keep your rounds interesting, even if played on the same course every time.

The weather also plays a role — as weather changes so too do the course conditions. Rain will slow down the greens and kill your roll on the fairway. Wind will push every shot that hangs in the air for any amount of time. Drought will speed everything up…

Course maintenance and upkeep can also affect the variety of your game — if the first and second cuts of rough are left to grow longer, you’re more likely to lose balls (and strokes) therein. If they’re cut super tight, you’re more likely to get favorable lies for approach shots.

When it comes down to it, though, there are really only a few things the superintendent and greenskeepers can do to spice up their course for repeat customers. The biggest (and easiest) way to change the look, feel and entire scope of play on a course is to change the hole location. Based on the character, location and approach to your greens, the hole location can completely change the course for your players. Optimal drives change sides of the fairway, approach distance dictates club choice, proximity to danger tests a player’s appetite for risk and aggression, etc.

A superintendent can immediately change the complexion of a course just by changing the pin placement. But, where to move them to? How do you remember what locations have been used and how recently? How do you make sure you’re not damaging the green by moving pins too often? How do you ensure variability and that you’re moving the pins often enough?

Well, that’s where we come in. ezLocator is specifically designed to help superintendents provide the spice of life for their golfers in a way that maximizes greens’ space, improves round variability, preserves greens health and so much more. We won’t give you the hard sell here, but if you agree that keeping your course fresh and new matters to your golfers, then you should check us out. You might like what you find.