Golf is a really fun game that you can play with your family and friends out in the fresh air.
There is no specific age as to when to start playing golf but it is important that you have good physical fundamentals, such as body coordination, hand-eye coordination. At first you may need to play with your parents or older members of the golf club who can show you the basics of the game and help you around the course. After that you can get your handicap which will allow you play in competitions in the club and in other golf courses around the country. Once you’ve mastered the basics you can play with your friends, a few holes to chat up on the gossip or a challenge match to test your skills – the choice is yours!
When you are ready to learn the game get your parents/guardian to bring you to the local golf centre, where you can get some quality coaching sessions with a PGA professional.
Your parents should check that the environment is safe, the equipment is the appropriate size and weight and the activities are suitable for your age. Your parents should stay and observe a little of the lesson to make sure you are enjoying it.
How Do I Join?
After a series of lessons you may want to join the local club. Your parents should ring the local club and ask about the membership process, you may need to fill in an application form or meet the junior coordinator and you will need to pay a membership fee when you sign up on your first day. In deciding if the club is suitable you should check that:
- There is a junior co-ordinator and/or a junior committee
- There is regular junior coaching, junior activity sessions and junior competition days
- Junior activities are appropriately supervised
- There is an induction night for new members which explains the rules and regulations of the club
It takes time before progress is made in golf, it can take months from being able to play a full hole on the golf course to obtaining a handicap and playing in club competitions. Be patient and don’t be afraid to ask for help; club members are willing to assist you. Most importantly remember it’s your game, so take it at your pace and enjoy!