Whether you're hoping to become part of our Local Golf Advisor Program, or just want to share your thoughts on your latest round, we want to help you write the best course review possible.
On Golf Advisor, the reviews are authentic, from paying customers and often written shortly after the golfer's round when the experience is still vivid. I read a lot of them, and some are more helpful than others.
We like to share great reviews on social media and our homepage. Here are a few tips for writing a great review:
- Provide a glimpse into what the design is like and what type of player it may suit. Some golfers like swinging for the fences while others prefer more finesse. Some are fans of classic design while others like showier, modern stuff.
- Compare the course to others in the area to give you an idea of why it stands out. This review from Andyglad1 on Gold Canyon's Dinasaur Mountain course is a great example of telling readers exactly which courses he played on his trip and how this course stacked up.
- If you're playing a course on a vacation or business trip, did the course feel like a true destination golf experience? Or could you plop this course into any ubiquitous U.S. suburb?
- Conversely, if you're playing a course you've played before, has the experience gotten markedly better or worse?
- How long should the review be? Some courses will inspire words more than others. Feel free to write as much or as little as you'd like, but at least 100-200 words should paint a pretty good picture for readers.
A few other suggestions:
- It's always great to give golfers a heads up to any newsy events. Has the course redone anything since your last visit? Did someone in the shop tell you about any events coming to the course, like a renovation or new equipment?
- The "value" category is an excellent indicator of how you felt the round stacked up to the money you paid to play the course.
- We love when photos accompany a review. Be sure to upload a pic or two. You can even upload a brief video of the course.
- There is helpful and unhelpful criticism. If the course has recently suffered from excessive rains, or drought, or recently performed a lot of maintenance, or is coming out of over-seed or off-season, be fair about it. I've also never been a fan of basing the subject of your review on one marginal customer service encounter. If it's a trend, then it's worth mentioning.
You can read our staff course reviews from Mike Bailey and Jason Deegan, Matt Ginella as well as myself. I've also included a few links to some recent reviews that I've found to be helpful in describing the experience.
Is there anything you look for in particular when reading a golf course review? Let us know in the comments below. I look forward to reading your reviews and thank you for your contributions to Golf Advisor!
More helpful reviews from Golf Advisor raters
-Top 1000 contributor Chuck905 reviews Whirlpool Golf Course in Ontario.
-This review of RedTail Mountain highlights the scenery with six photos from the round.
-This reviewer compares Maderas to another local top shelf course, Torrey Pines South, and warns it may be better for some handicaps than others.
- This reviewer, Steve1Iron, is smitten by Donald Ross designs so much so he compares it to other top Boston area plays.