Golf Review Writing 101
You think you write great golf course reviews, then read no further. If you want to improve your writing skills. If you want to help your fellow golfer make the proper decision where to play their next round of golf then consider the following:
Write about the Positives of the Golf Course
When writing a golf course review, I always think about the things I enjoyed about the golf course. Essentially things that I think are important. Are the Greens in good shape? Are they small or large greens? Do the greens have a lot of undulations? How are the green complexes? How is the coverage? Are the bunkers stocked well with sand? What is the condition of the sand? How are the fairways? How is the rough? How are the Tee Boxes? Was the Service Good? Did you enjoy playing the course? Did your golf cart break down? Did you see a cart girl/guy? How was the service?
Write about stuff like that. Be as descriptive as you can. Perhaps add a few tips for golfers new to the course.
You don’t have to write a novel about your golf experience. Just give enough information to be helpful to the next golfer. Think of it this way, you want to help your fellow golfer.
Any information would be helpful just keep the information relevant.
Write about the Negatives of the Golf Course
Writing about negatives of a golf course can be just as important as positive features of the golf course. Ranting however is not acceptable.
Let me get this out in the open. We are not a complaint box, but if you are going to complain about course conditions, pace of play, the rudeness of a golf course staff member or the weather, or what have you, you had better have a suggestion on how to improve performance. Complaining for the sake of complaining simply isn’t constructive.
Just remember this, Golf Course Operators who take pride in their facilities which happen to be a majority of golf course operators out there read the golf course reviews on Greenskeeper.Org. That means they are listening. No one wants to listen to a complainer. But everyone will listen to advice. What they do with the advice is their business. The point is they are listening and more importantly our GK Community is listening as well. Take pride in the fact you help shape golfer’s decision where to play their next round.
What other golfers look for in a Golf Course Review
This varies. It’s the honest truth. Our golf course reviews are subjective. They are based on the opinions and life experience of the writer. We have a ranking system in place from 1 to 10; 10 being pristine, unblemished conditions. Our ranking system was approved by Golf Superintendents.
Personally I take both the written golf course reviews AND the ranking system under advisement when making my decision. The written review is the color commentary we need to help qualify the ranking.