Parts of a Golf Course

Every golf course has a different layout, features, and challenges. However, understanding the basic parts of a golf course will help you adapt to each course. We will be breaking down the 5 major parts of any golf course to give you a basic understanding of what to expect. 


Tee- Each hole begins on a close cut area of grass, known as the tee. The majority of courses have several tee boxes that allow players to choose their starting point depending on their skill level. 


Fairway- Finding the fairway is essential to becoming a great golfer. Identifiable based on the short cut grass, the fairway is located between the tee box and the green. Don’t forget to pay attention to the different types of grass, different shots may prove to be more useful. 


Rough- The longer cut area of grass that surrounds the fairway and green should be avoided. The grass on this part of the course is usually longer, requiring you to use more club. 


Green- Players putt once they reach the green where the hole is located. The grass dictates a lot of what level of power to use while putting so make sure to check if it is wet or dry. The conditions largely depend on the conditions of the overall course. 


Hazards- Lakes, creeks, ponds, or any place marked with yellow or red stakes are hazards. If the ball is found there and can be played, go for it. However, if it cannot, you take a one stroke penalty. A note on sand traps, they are also considered to be hazards but they can be hit out of with no penalty. 


Now that you understand a little more about what to look for on a golf course, make sure you have the right golf accessories and driving range equipment to set you up for success.



5 Great Snacks to Eat While Golfing

Keeping your energy up while playing golf is very important. Along with the amount of exercise you are getting by playing, the sun is also there, draining you of energy. Here is a list of 5 great snacks to eat while golfing that will keep you energized. 

  1. Energy Bars- With so many types of bars available now, there is something for everyone. Finding a bar that is made out of natural ingredients helps to keep you full while playing. They are easy to slip into the pocket of your golf bag or to keep on hand in the cart.

  2. Trail mix- Having a healthy mix of different nuts like almonds, walnuts, or cashews is easy to make at home or find in a store. Leave the sugary bits out though, you don’t want to crash while playing and mess up your score. 

  3. Beef Jerky- A classic choice due to being high in protein, beef jerky is a great snack to keep on you. Finding a low sodium option is another way to keep you from getting dehydrated and playing at your best. 

  4. Veggies- Best prepped at home and brought in a cooler, fresh vegetables are a crunchy snack that can be enjoyed by themselves or with a dip like hummus. Carrots, celery, and even broccoli are perfect choices. 

  5. Water- While it may not be as satisfying as the other snacks on this list, staying hydrated is the #1 best thing you can do for yourself while on the golf course, especially when playing during the late morning and afternoon when the sun is at its highest. 

Giving your body the best fuel is how to keep and maintain your spirits as you play. You might even cut a few strokes off, what could be better! For the quality golfing supplies and golf course accessories, we have a range of items for any level golfer.



Choosing the Right Golf Bag

A golf bag is one of the most important tools a golfer can have. They help the clubs not tangle, making the grips last longer, and extracting the right club is easier during play. We will be looking at several different types of golf bags to help you determine which bag might be right for you. 


Staff Bag- If you are lucky enough to have someone carry around your bag while on the course, this heavy duty bag offers a little more club protection but should only be used by professionals who regularly compete in high-level tournaments. 


Cart Bags- These bags were designed to be put on the back of a golf cart and feature a recognizable single strap that offers support as they are carried around. They are generally lightweight yet still have forward facing pockets and storage compartments for your clubs. 


Stand Bags- The name gives it away, these bags have a built in stand that can be pulled out providing security as you play. Stand bags can vary in style and weight but are generally no more than 7-8 pounds making them easy to take around the course. 


Carry Bags- Want to sneak away for a little morning golf? Carry bags are ideal for this because they are the most compact bags that are easy to carry. They are designed to have the bare minimum you need to play but still hold everything together. 

What is the most important regardless of the type of bag is pockets, pockets, pockets. All of these bags have a pocket somewhere and it is always a good idea to have extra space for your keys, wallet etc to keep everything with you on the course. Your golf bag is a representation of your personality as well so have fun with the colors and style as well. For driving range equipment and golf course accessories, we are ready to work with you.

Exercise Tips for Golfers

Many non-golfers tend to think of the sport as rather sedentary. Nothing can be further from the truth. Golfers, especially those who have not played in a while, know that it can be quite challenging to play an entire 18 hole round of golf. Thus, your entire golf game can be greatly determined by your level of fitness. Here are some tips that will you keep in good physical condition and help you to be a better golfer.
First, you will need to improve your flexibility while at the same time you will also need to improve your strength in order to be in the best condition for the sport. This means that you will want to emphasize exercises that build lean muscle over bulky muscles. You can do this by working with lower weights. This will allow you to improve your muscle strength in order to make those long driving shots. Our best advice: Resist the urge to lift weights that are heavier than 10 pounds. This will usually result in bulky muscles rather than lean ones.
Next, you should be sure that you are in good aerobic condition. Golf may be a rather slow moving sport, but it does typically involve great amounts of walking. The best way to do this is to add walking and/or jogging to your workout routine. If you do not, you may begin to experience back or leg pain while you are playing and become fatigued.
Stretching also helps when it comes to golfing. You should not only add stretching to your at-home (or gym) workout routine, you should also remember to stretch both before, while and after your golf game. This will help you prevent some common injuries related to the sport.
Finally, as you are playing golf it is very important to remember that you are often out in the very hot sun. For this reason, golfers should always keep an ample supply of water with them in order to remain well hydrated during the game. If you become overheated or dehydrated, it will start to hinder your game. This is important no matter what type of exercise you are doing or what kind of sport you are undertaking.
Ultimately, a bit of carefully planned and executed exercise can go a long way towards helping you to improve your golf game. So too can the right equipment. We have a complete line of quality golf course accessories and miniature golf supplies that will ensure you are always properly equipped while you are on the course.

How to Plan a Miniature Golf Fundraising Event

The pros do it to in order to raise money for all kinds of causes. Why can’t you? Why not host a mini golf tournament as a way to raise money for your school club, youth sports team, church group, cheerleading squad, etc? It’s great fun and if done right, it can raise considerable funds for your cause. Below is a step by step guide on how to plan a mini golf fundraising tournament like a pro.

  •          Find a venue: First you’ll need to check with the mini golf courses around you to find out if one is willing to host your group. Once you find one that is convenient to the participants you may wish to ask them if they can temporarily close their facility to the public while the tournament is underway. The great thing about booking this kind of event is that many facilities may be willing to give you a discount or group rate since they know their facility will be booked for that time.
  •          Set the tournament rules: Take some time to set the rules for the tournaments so that there are no misunderstanding and so that everyone can have fun. Know beforehand whether you will allow individual players or if you will allow team play, if children will be allowed to participate, what kinds of which prizes you will award etc.
  •          Publicize it: Once you have chosen the venue and have set the tournament rules, you will need to make as many people aware of the event as possible. Get together flyers, post on social media and write a press release to let other know about your cause. Be sure to include in your package not only who, what, why, where your event will be held but exactly how the proceeds will be used.
  •          Consider concessions: Make sure that the facility you choose will be able to supply refreshments for everyone in attendance. Playing mini golf builds appetites and you do not want attendees to have a negative impression of your event or charity by neglecting to feed them.

Yes, a mini golf fundraiser is a fantastic way to raise money, engage with others and let others know about the charity you are promoting. Be sure to make your event even more fun with the proper driving range equipment and golf course accessories from Range Master. 

5 Secrets for Improving Your Mini-Golf Skills

Although mini-golf may look easy, it is a skill onto itself that is quite unlike regular golf. And by learning a few useful skills you can master it as you would regular golf or any other activity. By following these five tips, it will be possible for you to improve your miniature golf game and perhaps even start out on the road to becoming mini golf ace.

  •          Make use of basic golfing skills: As anyone knows who has done both and as we have already said, regular golf and mini golf are different games. However, there is some carry over. Thus, it is important that you hone your based golf skills before attempting to rule at miniature golf. For example, you should already know how to maintain the right stance, how to develop a firm grip on the putt, and how to utilize your shoulder muscles for your swing.
  •          Analyze each obstacle before devising a strategy: Miniature golf is largely about being able to overcome the myriad obstacles that are placed in your way. To do this, you must concentrate and maintain your focus as you visualize the ball’s desired trajectory. Pros recommend that you even walk the course several times to familiarize yourself with all the crazy obstructions such as windmills, giant clown heads, and even the occasional waterworks.
  •          Take it slow: Since the speed of different surfaces can vary in miniature golf, you should take a few test shots before you begin. Don’t rush as this will give you better overall control of your ball. You do not want to over compensate on a relatively small course.
  •          Pick the right mini-golf putter: Just as in regular golf and every other sport, the right equipment can make all the difference in the world. In particular, make sure that the putter you use is the correct size for you. We sell quality miniature golf course supplies for people who are seeking to improve their game or just have some fun.
  •          Avoid intense hitting: Since miniature golf is played in a much smaller area you need to be precise and somewhat restrained with your shots. Only hit the ball hard enough to direct it to where it needs to go no harder.

Now that you know how to be good at mini golf, why not try it out at a course near you? With these tips, some practice and our driving range equipment you will become an ace in no time. 

5 Traits All Exceptional Golfers Should Possess

For many of us golfers it isn’t just about playing the game; it’s also about being good at it. And for those few of us who are good, we also aspire to be considered great at the sport. But aside from technical proficiency what are some of the traits that make a golfer great? Here is a list of traits that we’ve found separates the exceptional avid golfer from the pack.

  •          The disciple to practice: There is no way around it - practice makes perfect. There is simply no substitute for working on every aspect of your game. However, practicing alone is not always enough. Golfers who go on to be truly exceptional learn from people who are much better than them at the game. So, put your ego aside and seek out professional coaching if you truly want to fly with the eagles.
  •          Patience: There are no short cuts to becoming great at any skill. A great golfer must be patient as he/he develops his/her stills but a great golfer must also be patient when out on the course. Sometimes the breaks come slowly if at all.
  •          Emotional control: Mental approach is everything when it comes to golf. It is just as important as dexterity, endurance or any other trait. A golfer must excel in controlling himself when he/she hits bad shots, is caught in a sand trap, faces some sort of distraction, etc. In other words, staying focused pays off greatly in this game that is 90% psychological.
  •          Natural talent: We are sorry to say it but true greats also have natural talent for the game. They are why some people who have practiced just as much simply aren’t as good as the pros and probably never will be. This reality may seem unfair to people who devote time and money to the game but it is quite simply reality.
  •          A creative mind’s eye: Think about some of the most memorable shots you’ve ever seen the pros make. These shots were probably ones most of us didn’t think were possible. Thus, great golfers must be able to see opportunities at making a shot where others do not. This takes creativity and the ability to think on one’s feet.

So, how many of these traits for great golf do you have? Perhaps you will become the next PGA champion. However, ultimately what matters is that you have fun at this wonderful sport. And although our driving range equipment and golf course accessories won’t guarantee that you will be on par with the professionals, we do guarantee that you will have fun.

5 Driving-range Rules you Should Always Follow

Practicing at a driving range is an excellent way to improve your game. It is also a lot of fun. However, one thing that can take away from the enjoyment of this activity is when people forget that there are others around who are trying to improve/enjoy themselves. To this end, everyone should always follow the rules and be courteous of the facility and others who will be using the range. Here are a few rules of thumb for the driving range that you should know and follow so that everyone can have fun.

  •          Respect the facility: Every driving range has a different set of rules set out for the people who will be using the facility. For example, some facilities will allow you to hit from the mat, while others will restrict this and allow you to only hit the ball off the grass. Learn and follow these rules in order to ensure that everyone has good time.
  •          Do not offer tips or advice to other golfers: There are few things more annoying than unsolicited advice when you are trying to improve your game. Therefore, even if you see someone using improper form, don’t say anything. Keep your eyes and mind on your own game. If someone asks you for advice and you can help them then that is another thing entirely. Above all else, always be courteous and respectful.
  •          Use caution when swinging your club: Be aware of your surroundings at all time. Try to maintain at least a two driver club-lengths distance away from other golfers. Moreover, look before you swing to make sure that no one is behind you or about to walk around you. Finally, never retrieve balls on the range while others are striking their balls. You may be hit by a ball and sustain a serious injury.
  •          Stay off the cell phone: Spare people your pointless conversation and stay off the cell phone while you are at the driving range. It is rude, distracting and can cause arguments. Besides, many people come to driving ranges to escape such distractions and you aren’t doing anyone a favor by talking on your mobile device.
  •          Don’t take what doesn’t belong to you: Some people abscond with golf balls while they are on the range. This is wrong. There is a cost to the owner of replacing pilfered driving range equipment and golf course accessories as this cost impacts everyone who uses the facility.

In short, it’s all about remembering why you and others are at the driving range in the first place. You and they there are to have a good time and to hopefully improve your game. You can do so by being courteous and respectful of others and the facility.   

5 Super Easy (and Practical) Tips for Improving Your Golf Game

As much as we love it, we do confess that golf can be a truly frustrating game at times. This is particularly the case when you discover that you don’t seem to be making any progress with your game. In most cases poor instruction, not enough practice or some other cause may be the culprit. Regardless of why you are stuck in a sand trap, we would like to offer you some help in digging your way out. Follow these tips and you’ll find yourself displaying new skill on the links in no time!

  •          Analyze your game: It may be the case that only part of your game is off and that you do not necessarily need improvement in all aspects. Look to your statistics and observe players who are better than you to see where you may be lacking and then seek additional instruction/aid to improve the specific deficits in your game.
  •          Hit the ball straighter, not further: Many amateurs make the mistake of trying to match the world’s leading players by focusing on how far they can hit the golf ball. Rather, you should concentrate on accuracy rather than power to begin with. Your high scores will eventually improve if you hit the ball with greater precision.
  •          Don’t neglect your grip: Place your fingers around the club with your thumbs staying on the top. Then, hold the club mostly in your fingers (as opposed to your palm) as you grip it. Next, take apart your stance. You should keep your head still and turn your shoulder and hips away from the target before swinging. 
  •          Irons: Instead of using3-, 4- or 5-irons, consider user hybrid irons. They are much easier to hit with.
  •          Practice your put: Many amateurs ignore this part of their game and that is really unfortunate. You can take strokes off your scores if you spend more time becoming an effective putter. You can best accomplish this by working on your speed control and by learning to square the putter face as you hit the ball.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the list of golf tips and that we have caused you to thinking differently about your golf game. Please feel free to check out the driving range equipment and golf course accessories on our site. We have everything the experienced or novice golfer could ever need.   

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