New To Golf

Why do People Play Golf?

Unlike most sports, golf can be played by all ages and is a great way to mix with like minded people while at the same time as enjoying excercise in lovely surroundings with plenty of fresh air and sunshine. Whether you want to play competitive or social golf, there golf is for everyone and with the  handicapping system, people of all abiities can play the game together whilst challenging them all.

Getting Started

Sign up for individual lessons or for a beginners course where you will meet new people and be taken through a step-by-step guide by a PGA professional covering everything from grip and posture to how to swing and use of the different types of club. Courses are available at the majority of golf facilities and equipment can generally be provided.

Onto the Golf Course

Once you have learnt the basics of the game, it’s time to head out onto the golf course with some friends and start playing a few holes. Before you know it you will be playing 9 and then the full 18 holes. Club members are always willing to help and support new golfers. Ask a golf club near you for information about green fees and the rates for 9 holes.

Join a club

Now that you are playing you might want to consider becoming a member of a golf club.This will make it easier to meet new people you can play with at a time and level that suites you. Soon you will get your first handicap. Women generally start with a 36 handicap and men 28. This will decrease as you improve. Some golf clubs offer special memberships for beginners that will help you through all the stages of 'getting into golf'. For a full list of and contactdetails for golf clubs affiliated to BCLGA, click here.


Build on the skills from your beginner course to help you improve and enjoy the game. This can either be in further group-coaching courses or one-to-one lessons with a PGA professional. Many golfers, even expert ones, say they gain more from the game by continually improving through further lessons.

Become a regular golfer

Many golf clubs have thriving sections of men, ladies, seniors and juniors who organise and run competitions, teams and social golf. On a set day each week they hold ready-made events and competitions that you can join. You will meet people and soon make new friends and become part of a regular group of golfers. As an affiliated golf club member you will also be a member of BCLGA and eligible to play in our County Competitions.

BCLGA Affiliated Golf Clubs