The official rules of golf include very specific standards for the size and weight of clubs and balls, but don't say anything about what constitutes a course. The design is left up to the individual architect, which means you can find a lot of variety in courses. They can consist of 9 or 18 holes. Fairways can be wide or narrow. Par is usually 72, but can be 70. You can even find pitch and putt courses consisting entirely of par-3 holes. Some will have lots of water hazards, while others feature sand bunkers. So-called 'regular' courses will have lots of trees, while Links-type courses have more challenging roughs. The golf course you use regularly can make a big impact on your enjoyment of the game and the overall cost of your golfing hobby. Choose one that will challenge your level of playing ability but not overly frustrate you. Just as golf courses vary in difficulty, they vary in fee charges. Some private courses will require you to purchase a membership before playing. Public and 'daily fee' courses are available to anyone desiring to play. Country club courses are generally restricted to members and their guests. For more information about choosing a course, contact a golf professional or course near you.