How to Play a Lake Golf Course

By Steve Silverman

Playing a lake golf course has some subtle differences between playing a course near other natural resources. A course off a lake has several interesting characteristics, the most notable is probably wind. The wind will have an impact on most of your shots, including putts.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Step 1
Make a concerted effort to keep the ball low whenever you can. The wind can have a devastating impact on your shots, either knocking balls down or giving them more distance than you want. By playing your shots low, you can cut through the wind and get a truer shot than you would have if you had hit the ball high.
Step 2
Tee the ball lower than you would normally. Instead of using the 1 1/2 inch tee for your driver or one of your other woods, use a 3/4 inch tee. This will keep the ball at a reasonable height and keep it from soaring.
Step 3
Adjust your stance in the fairway. Play the ball midway between your front and back foot on all fairway and short rough shots. When you are more than 120 yards away, the tendency is to play the ball closer to your front foot in order to get more height to your shot. Don't do that when playing a lake golf course.
Step 4
Play your pitching wedge and lob wedge the way you normally would, but adjust for the wind. When using a pitching wedge, you want to hit the ball high so it lands softly on the green. You can still do that on a lake course, but you must adjust to the wind. If the breeze is blowing strongly from the west, you must play into it so the ball will land on the green in the spot you wanted it to go.
Step 5
Check the wind when you are putting. The breeze will likely come from the lake and push your putt away from the hole. As a result, on any uphill or sidehill putt that appears straight, you will have to hit your putt a few degrees harder than normal.

Tips & Warnings

Keep the ball as low as possible when playing a lake golf course because your shot will be impacted by the wind.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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