With golf season just around the corner, it's time to dust off the clubs and start preparing for the best time of year. If you're new to golf and have decided that this is the year you're going to learn how to play, congrats!! We're so excited for you!
Here is a basic list of everything you'll need to be prepared for your round. Don't worry, there's no fancy golf paraphernalia required!
Book a Tee Time
Call the course you'll be playing at and book a tee time. If you're uncomfortable with people playing behind you, book the last tee time of the day.
You don't need to invest in a full set right away. Borrow some from a friend, or call the club house in advance and rent a set. Check out these tips on getting clubs from guest blogger Matthew from www.hittingthegolfball.com.
Ask the course if they have power cart and any additional cost. If you're walking the course, be sure to rent a pull cart if you don't want to carry your bag.
Balls & Tees
Golf courses will not provide you with golf balls, although you can likely buy some there (at a premium) if you forget to bring some. You may also want to grab some golf tees while you're at the store. Some courses provide a few, but that's not guaranteed.
For most public courses, cotton shorts and a t-shirt are acceptable. If you're playing at a private or more formal club, they may have a stricter dress code. Call ahead and ask. Generally, avoid wearing denim, anything too short, too low cut, tank tops, and anything else you would wear to the beach.
You don't need golf shoes, unless it's been raining and the grass will be slick. That's when golf shoes with cleats would be a bit safer. However, tennis shoes are perfectly acceptable. Don't wear flip flops or sandals.
Hat & Sunscreen
You'll be outside for a while. Be sun smart!
You can certainly play without a glove, but you may find it easier to hold the club with one. If you're a right-handed golfer, you'll wear the glove on your left hand and vice-versa. Tip: When trying one on for size, it should fit snugly and have a smooth stretch when your hand is fully open. If you can't fasten the glove closed, it's too small. If it's baggy, go down a size. All golf stores will sell gloves, and many golf courses will as well (again, at a premium).
That's it! Golf doesn't have to be intimidating or expensive. In fact, it should be fun above anything else! Don't let the unknown scare you. Get out there and play!
For more tips and tricks check out our posts about The Unwritten Rules of Golf and The Basic Rules of Golf.
Are you playing golf for the first time this year?
Do you have any tips for the beginner golfer? Share them in the comments below!