Getting Into Golf Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive
While you’re a beginner on the golf course, it’s best not to make too many major financial investments in your game. Golf clubs will be your biggest expense at a couple hundred dollars a set. Be careful not to choose clubs that are too heavy – clubs made for women usually have graphite shafts and are shorter than men’s clubs. Rent your clubs from a local golf store or pro shop while you’re taking lessons so you can get a feel for them and have your instructor look them over. Once you’ve determined the right kind of clubs for your needs, you can confidently purchase your own set – as well as a golf bag to compliment your wardrobe.
Consider purchasing a less-expensive set to begin with, and as you feel more comfortable with your game, treat yourself to something a little more high-end, if your budget allows. Always make your purchases based on your own personal needs, and don’t think twice about choosing a less-expensive set of golf balls or gloves.
A simple starter outfit will help you feel confident on the links. You’ll need a polo shirt, pants or shorts, a pair of golf shoes, a visor if it’s sunny and a golf glove. From boutique designers to well-known sporting wear companies, golf fashion is what you make it. Your new golf clothes should fit you properly and feel comfortable, giving you more time to focus on your swing. Visit online shops, local boutiques, big name sporting stores, or your club’s pro shop for the latest in high performance golf apparel – and accessories that offer style as well as performance.
Once you’ve saved some money on your golfing gear, it’s time to hit the links – and it doesn’t need to cost a fortune. The cost of a game of golf depends on how many courses are in your area and if you live in a tourist-heavy region. Public golf courses charge as little as $10 for a 9-hole course. Daily-fee courses, which are public courses operated by private companies, charge as little as $30 for an 18-hole course. The budget-conscious should avoid private courses, which require thousands of dollars in initiation fees up front.
The fastest way to improve your golf game? A private lesson from a golf pro. The pro will analyze your swing and teach you how to avoid bad golf habits. Lessons typically cost $50 for 30 to 45 minutes of instruction, although you can get a discount if you sign up for longer or multiple sessions. Or, sign up for a women-focused golf instruction clinic such as one through the Executive Women’s Golf Association. This national group has local chapters that offer women-centric golf courses taught by local LPGA instructors. As you learn the fundamentals of golf through lessons, visit your golf course’s driving range to fine tune your game.
When it’s time to become a member at a course, do your research. Visit several local clubs, and choose the one that’s best for you in terms of size, location, ambiance, and amenities. Ask for a tour, and find out what the fees include – a cheaper price might not be worth it if you’re receiving a fraction of the services.
A surprisingly affordable way to learn the game is to head to a resort that includes golfing. Make the most of your vacation time by indulging in a weekend away – and take advantage of included golf – which in some cases even includes instruction! You can also save money by teeing off on “off-days,” low season, or during special clinics.
Check out the PGA playgolfamerica.com, and review their wonderful Get Ready for Golf program, which includes festivals that are absolutely free and include lessons, clinics, and special events.
Years from now, when you’re relaxing in the clubhouse after a rewarding day of golf, you might look back on your novice days with a smile and wonder, “Where would I be right now if I never picked up a club?” So go ahead – pick one up!
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BY TASHA KATES | https://19thholemag.com | PHOTO BY SHERINE EMARA