There are many of us here at the Refuge, Twitter, Barstool comment sections and other places on the internet who are new to the concept of Golf Course Architecture. I can sympathize with this. Just a few short months ago I couldn’t tell the difference between a Redan and a not-a-Redan. But now, after skimming through a couple of blog posts and listening to a few podcasts, I’m an expert.
Perhaps the most frustrating thing about not being a GCA expert is having no clue whether or not you are playing a good course. I mean, imagine how embarrassing it would be to say that you had fun playing golf on a course that got a 0 on the Doak scale?
Avoid that embarrassment with the helpful chart below, put together by myself and @endangeredspiethies. You may have never designed a golf course, or even read a book on architecture, but now you can happily enjoy golf knowing your course is sound. Further, you can now #engage online, and tell others that the courses that they have played are, in fact, very bad.