You’re probably not playing a lot of golf games online, but you might want to consider upgrading to a new one, according to a recent study.
According to the research from the UK’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), online golf courses are less likely to offer good weather, high-scoring courses and high-end facilities.
While the game’s servers are capable of handling a lot more users than regular courses, it’s not necessarily good for your health.
“The higher the score the more likely you are to get an infection, and this is likely to be a factor when you go out and play online,” Dr John Mowat, a senior lecturer in wildlife at the RSPB, told The Independent.
“You can play a course that has a good weather but is not so good that you can’t get a cold if you go into the middle of a storm.”
But if you’re playing a course which has a very high score but it is not that great, it could be that the virus is spreading to the server and you might not get infected.
“Dr Mowar said it was important that players were aware of their risk of getting infected before they set out to play.”
For example, when you’re on a golf course, you are looking at a very large number of people in the room, so there could be a significant risk of being infected if you are going to play in a group,” he said.”
If you’re not going to be able to play on a regular basis, you may find yourself spending longer in the hallways, or going in the back.
“These are all things you want to be aware of.”
But playing online may not be for everyone.
“Some people like to play at home, and some people will prefer to play with their friends,” he added.
“Many people are going online because they are not able to go out of their way to go and play, so it’s probably not for them.”
Dr Paul Johnson, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Bristol, said the best way to play online was to download and install a third-party game like World of Warcraft, which can play on any device, but which also supports online play.
He said it could take a few hours or even days to download a game to your computer and set it up to play offline.
“I’d recommend a game like Warcraft to a person who has a desktop PC, but is also going to do a lot online,” he told The Mirror.
“It would be a good idea to have an internet connection, which is the first thing that you would need to be online, before you start playing.”
A lot of people don’t have that and will have to download an app, which will be free and very easy to install on their device.
“Dr Johnson added that the majority of players tend to have lower-than-average virus levels.”
Most people will not get infections, but that’s not to say that they don’t get infections,” he explained.”
They may get some infections that aren’t as severe, but then it doesn’t seem like they’re necessarily spreading it around the world.
“Dr Smith, who has played online golf for more than 30 years, said online courses often didn’t offer the same experience as the real thing.”
When I first started playing golf, I could actually get to the green in a few minutes, and the course was pretty nice, but it wasn’t the same as what it is today,” she said.
Dr Smith added it was crucial to play your own courses, and to look out for the “big three” – high-score courses, courses with good facilities and high scores.”
As the game gets better, it’ll become more challenging,” she added.
The BBC contacted the Royal Society of the Protection