A links golf course is a type of golf course that contains very few, if not any, trees. Links courses are most commonly found in Scotland and Ireland, where golf originated. Because links courses do not have trees, wind becomes a greater factor when selecting what kind of shot to play. Many golfers who have experience playing links courses will elect to hit a shot with a lower trajectory so that the ball stays out of the wind, therefore not affecting its flight, distance or direction.
Links courses often contain deeper bunkers compared to traditional American courses. These bunkers are also called pot bunkers, and they add a different and difficult element to the golf course because they are more difficult to hit out of due to their increased height. The putting surfaces and fairways are also made from a finer, thinner type of grass, giving the course a different feel.
Ultimately, links golf courses possess unique aesthetics and picturesque views. Links courses are often found near large bodies of water or areas where inclement weather can affect the outcome of a player's score.