If you are new to golf or thinking of taking up the game of golf then this article all about golf will help you along the way to either taking it up full time or just every now and again, either way I am sure some of these pointers will help you make a decision about taking up the game of golf.
When you first start out into the world of golf no doubt you will have plenty of questions like doesn’t it take a long time to play golf? Does it cost a lot of money to play golf? Isn’t golf just played by retired people? The list can be endless but I will keep it short and hopefully informative.
How long does it take to play a round of Golf?
The norm across the board is approx. 3.5 hours to 4 hours per round, these times could vary dependent on day of the week, weather conditions and time that you choose to play. However, if you are restricted by time because of work or family commitments you can always do just 9 holes of golf instead of the full round of 18 holes. Many golf courses offer a 9 Hole visitor rate and this can also change if you are going to play ‘twilight’ hours because of the longer hours in the day, 9 holes will take you approx. 1.5 to 2 hours to play.
Isn’t golf an expensive game to play?
Of course golf can be expensive as other sports can be as well, if you set your standards high and want to play for one of the top golf clubs in the country then expensive green fees can be expected, they also want to keep the public players off of their course however if you are willing to pay a premium rate to play say The Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland then, of course, it will be expensive.
But on the hole golf can be found at around the £20 or $30 mark for 18 holes all dependent on time of day and day of the week, but nowadays a lot of golf courses are feeling the pinch because of the lack of golfers playing their course, so a lot of them are offering special deals to attract new golfers to their golf courses, so have a look around and find a course that suits you and your budget.
Isn’t golf just for retired people?
This is very much not the case, going back over 100 years it was very much a ‘Gentleman’s’ game but time has moved on and the game of golf is very much for all ages and for men and women, in today’s world of golf there are many top women golfers in the game and apart from off the tee when they would be a lot shorter in distance, but put a club in the hand of a top woman touring professional and they can be as deadly from 150 yards into the green as much as the top men golfers in the world – so don’t be fooled into thinking that the game of golf is for the older generation and men – it couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Will I need to join a golf club to get into the game?
The need to join a golf club will not be necessary when first starting out, however when you do get into the game the social life within a golf club off of the golf course can be as much fun as playing golf. Nearly 75% of golfers in the UK are not members of a golf club, the majority choose to become a member of say a golf society who play many courses throughout the golfing season, doing it this way will give you a golfing handicap that suits the golf society standard of play and standard of the golfers who are members of that society.
However, if you do decide to join a golf club as a member down the track then you will get an official golf union handicap, by doing this you will then be able to play at other courses because you have an official golf union handicap.
In conclusion, golf is an enjoyable game and enjoyed by millions of golfers around the world, if you are making the first serious steps of getting into golf then I hope that I have covered off some of your concerns regarding the game of golf.
If you want to get into the game of golf then this article on selecting the right clubs for you might be of interest – CLICK HERE to read the article.
I hope that this article About Golf was useful and if you have any questions regarding this article please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below, I will be glad to respond to any comments left.
Happy Golfing as Always.
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