A trip to the beach in Queensland’s far north is a chance to play golf with some of Australia’s wealthiest people.
But you’ll need to be willing to take some risk.
There’s no such thing as the perfect pebbled beach.
There are some places, such as the Beryl Beach golf course in South Australia, that are considered particularly challenging, but they’re usually a bit pricey, says Tim Williams, a golf writer who runs the online golf guide Pebble Beach.
You’ll need a little patience, he says.
If you’ve never played a game on the Bessel Beach in Southport, South Australia’s second largest city, it’s unlikely to be the same.
You won’t be able to play in the sunshine, either, so a full-on golf outing can be a lot more difficult.
Williams says you should have a good idea of the kind of golf you’ll be playing.
He’ll suggest a round with about 50-60 holes, and a round or two with shorter courses.
Once you’ve settled on the type of hole you’re playing, you need to make sure you’ve got a plan for when to start.
You can start with a short game like a 5-6-6 or a 6-8-8, depending on your skill level.
Then, you can build your game up, like a 3-6, or a 4-7, or maybe even a 5 or 6-10.
It’s also worth taking a break, because if you’re not enjoying yourself in a long game, you’ll get bored and start looking for a shorter game.
And if you want to play a longer game, Williams recommends a round of 25-40 holes, which is the standard round for most golfers.
“The best golfers are usually the ones who play more than 20 holes a day,” he says, adding that you should play every other day, especially if you play a bit of a shorter round.
Williams doesn’t recommend trying to play an entire round in a day, because that’ll just get in the way of your day-to-day golfing.
The key, he suggests, is to find a game that suits you.
“You’ll probably find that you’ll find that the game you’re doing is better suited to the area you’re living in,” he adds.
If you want a full game, he advises, find a course you like and try to find someone to play with, if possible.
“And then you just have to keep playing.
You can play a round every other weekend, and you can try to do it every day if you can,” Williams says.
If playing on a budget isn’t your cup of tea, Williams says it’s possible to play as long as you like, but don’t expect to be rewarded with a large profit.
“If you’re going to play for a long time, then you’ve probably got to pay the bills and it’ll be a bit more stressful,” he explains.
“But it’s worth it.
It’s not a bad way to spend your money, and if you keep doing it, you might end up earning a lot of money.”
You’ll also have to be careful about where you put your money.
Williams recommends putting your money at least 50 per cent of the way towards a good local business.
And for a longer course, Williams suggests playing in an area that you know well, because you’ll want to be in a place where your golfing buddies are, and are likely to be a good source of information.
You might also want to think about how many golf courses you’ll have access to, and how many holes you’ll likely have to play.
“In a short course, you’re better off going to a golf course you can play regularly than a golf club where you might be out of practice,” Williams explains.
“But if you have a couple of short courses, it’ll just be a bonus to be playing there regularly.”
He suggests you play as many holes as you can, but you should always check the conditions of the courses you’re trying to hit.
“They’re a bit tougher than a short or a medium course, so you’re probably better off taking a longer round,” he advises.
If all else fails, Williams will offer some advice on how to deal with disappointment.
“One of the best things you can do is just get on with it,” he suggests.
“It’s not going to make you a great golfer, but it can help you out a bit.”
If you have any questions, or need help finding a golf venue near you, you should reach out to your local golf course, or get in touch with a golfing buddy from around the country.