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Part 1Listen and Read: Listen to the recording about golf, answer the questions, and read along with the audio recording.

I’ve decided to take up the game of golf after playing with a friend recently. However, the sport isn’t as easy as it appears. To improve my game, I’ve been spending a lot of time at the driving range hitting balls with my clubs. I’m starting to hit the ball straighter off the tee, and I’m not slicing the ball as much. I’m able to drive the ball about 275 yards. About twice a week, I reserve a tee time at 6:00 a.m., and I usually play with a colleague from work. I enjoy carrying my own clubs around the golf course rather than renting and riding in a golf cart. It just gives me more exercise. My tee shot is usually pretty straight down the fairway, but I have the tendency to hit the ball in the roughon my second or third shot. I can usually get the ball to the green on my third or fourth shot, but the ball sometimes lands in a bunker or sand trap. That’s when I have a problem because I have a difficult time getting the ball out of the bunker and on to the green. If all goes well, I can put the ball into the hole on the fifth or sixth shot. As you can see, I almost always golf over par, but my game is getting better.

Part 2: Discussion

Like any sport, the game of golf doesn’t interest everyone but what seems to be the attraction for some people to play and/or watch the game? How much does a round of golf cost at a golf course near you?

Part 3: Online Investigation

A friend from overseas is coming to your city for a week, and she is interested in playing a round of golf while she is there. She is looking for course that is friendly to new golfers and that doesn’t have a lot of long, difficult holes. Search the Internet for a golf course that fits the bill (i.e., is exactly what you want).