how to draw a golf course

How to Draw a Golf Course | Step-By-Step Guide

In this lesson, we’re going to be covering all you need to know in order to draw your very own golf course in 6 easy-to-follow steps!

A golf course is a well-maintained area of land specifically designed for playing the sport of golf. It usually consists of 18 holes, each with different challenges and obstacles such as bunkers, water hazards, and trees.

Golf courses are used by players to hit golf balls towards small holes in as few strokes as possible. The goal is to complete the course with the lowest score possible by using various clubs to navigate different distances and terrains.

Golf courses often provide a natural and scenic setting for recreational play, tournaments, social gatherings, and exercise.

If you’re interested in the sport of golf, or perhaps looking for a new drawing challenge that differs from what you have done before, this is the perfect tutorial for you.

StepsComplexity Level
The Field1
The Outline Under The Field1
The Hole2
The Flag2
Design Overview

What You Will Need 

  • A4 sheet of paper
  • Pencils (2b, 3b or 5b)
  • An eraser
  • A ruler (optional)
  • Color Supplies
  • 15-20 Minutes

How to Draw a Golf Course

Make sure you have all the required drawing materials handy and that you glance over the outline before you begin. If necessary, take breaks after each step to compare your progress with that of the images we provide.

Outline of all the steps

Step 1: Draw the field

Flip your paper in a landscape orientation and begin sketching along the center of your page. Draw a big oval shape with rounded curves, similar to a cloud or a puddle of water, for the outline of the field.

  • Flip your paper in a landscape orientation
  • Draw a big oval shape with rounded curves in the center of your paper
  • This shape will represent the outline of your golf course
Draw the Field

Step 2: Outline Under the field

Start by drawing a small vertical line on each side of the field. Then, beginning from one end, draw a line which curves in a similar pattern as the bottom of the field until it connects to the other vertical line.

  • Draw a small vertical line on each side of the field
  • Draw a line that curves in a similar pattern as the bottom of the field
  • Start from one end and connect it to the other to complete the underside
Outline under the Field

Step 3: Draw the hole

Now that the field is ready, add the hole within the left circumference of the upper field. Start by drawing a small oval, and then add a curved line within the upper side of the oval.

  • Add the hole within the left circumference of the upper field
  • Draw a small oval shape to represent the hole
  • Add a curved line within the upper side of the oval
Draw the Hole

Step 4: draw the flag

Polish off your drawing by adding a flag next to the hole. If necessary, use a ruler to draw a thin vertical rectangle on top of the field. for the flagpole. Once complete, add a wavy rectangular shape on the upper right side of the rectangle, indicating a flag blowing in the wind.

  • Draw a thin vertical rectangle on top of the field for the flagpole
  • Add a wavy rectangular shape on the upper right side of the rectangle
  • The lines should be wavy to depict a flag blowing in the wind
Draw the Flag

Congratulations! Your Golf Course Drawing is Complete

Take a step back and analyse the outcome of your drawing. Are you happy with the results? If not, use this time to buff up any inaccuracies. When you’re comfortable with the way your golf course looks, continue on with the rest of the tutorial.

Complete Drawing

Taking your drawing to the next level

Here at Edits101, we always encourage our students to create authentic, dynamic and visually appealing designs. This is why we often include drawing a background and adding color in our drawing tutorials. Be sure to implement these steps to give your drawing some flavor.

Step 5: Adding a background

To enhance your golf course drawing, consider adding details such as a picturesque clubhouse with a putting green nearby, golf carts on the sidelines or more flags waving in the wind off in the distance.

You can also add a few golfers teeing off or lining up their putts, trees and bushes strategically placed around the course for aesthetics and challenge.

Environmental scenery that may improve your sketch includes water hazards like ponds or streams, sand traps near bunkers with rakes next to them, and maybe even some wildlife like birds or deer for added visual interest. These elements can bring life and vibrancy to your illustration of a golf course.

Step 6: adding color

Set down your black pencils and select your favorite coloring tools, whether it’s pencils, crayons, markers or pens. Use a vibrant green for the fairway and a slightly darker shade for the outline underneath.

Use yellow for the flag to make it stand out. If you want, you can choose different colors for other parts too – maybe a sandy color for a bunker or a light blue for a little pond.

Bonus Tips

Watch a few YouTube videos to understand the perspective and proportions needed to draw a golf course.

Experiment with textures in your coloring, like using short strokes to mimic grass and a smoother style for water hazards or the sky, should you add them.

Consider adding a little flag pattern, perhaps stripes or checks to give it your own flair.

Play with shadows by adding a darker side to the flagpole and shapes on the green to show the sun’s direction.

Interact with other budding artists on visual learning platforms to gain a sense of community and share your experience drawing a golf course.


From reading about the functionality behind golf courses to drawing a field, elongating the field, a hole and flag, you completed a great deal of work.

While adding a background and coloring your sketch, you pushed yourself to continue with your drawing, which is commendable in and of itself.

Congratulations and job well done! There are many other tutorials that await you, so from Edits101 to you, see you next time!

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This tutorial is for beginner artists looking to expand their drawing skills by drawing a golf course and enhancing it with a background and color in 6 easy steps.

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