A “public golf course” is a golf course that is simply open to the general public.
Different from private golf courses which are generally open only to those golfers who pay to join the club, public course can be played by anyone willing to pay the green fees. A select group of public golf courses do have a minimum handicap requirement.
Public golf courses usually fall into one of two categories:
Municipal or City Golf Courses – which are public golf courses that are owned by government (usually cities).
Daily Fee Golf Courses – these are public golf courses that are open to the public yet privately owned, traditionally these types of courses are more upscale and more expensive than municipal golf courses.
Some golf courses that aren’t termed “public” can be usually be played by most golfers. Resort courses and semi-private golf courses are generally open to the public as well, but typically with higher green fees.