Playing Golf in the UK

There has never been a better time to take up Golf in the UK. While Golf is still far from cheap, it is far more affordable that it once was and club fees and equipment costs are now within the means of many more people. Wherever you live, there is bound to be a club or course (although not necessarily an eighteen hole course) within travelling distance. Obviously, those living in cities are likely to have to travel further, but taking up Golf as a hobby ought to be feasible for everyone living in the United Kingdom.

Finding a club

Your first step ought to be to find your local club. Make a list of all of the Golf clubs in travelling distance and call to ask about what each offers. If you’re not yet sure whether or not Golf is really for you, you ought to find that most clubs are willing to offer prospective members a trial period. Make sure you ask whether this is possible before making a commitment or handing over any money.

Another way to keep costs down is to borrow a set of clubs until you have decided that Golf is definitely for you. As a beginner’s set is likely to cost you something in the region of £200, it is worth asking your local club if they rent out clubs until you commit to buying your own set.

If you are having problems locating your nearest Golf club, there are a number of internet search engines which can help. The UK-Golf website is amongst the best. The site allows you to search by postcode, town or region and produces a list of clubs in your vicinity. By selecting one of the clubs from this list, you can view a map showing its exact location, and its full address and contact details. The website also provides you with an approximation of the green fees for each club and any deals offered.

Getting Started

If you are a complete beginner, it might be worth investing in lessons before you begin playing properly. Even if your budget will only stretch to a couple of lessons, learning the basics from someone who knows what they are doing can prevent you from developing bad habits which might be difficult to break later on. Local clubs will be able to provide you with advice about lessons in your area.

It is also important to practice as much as possible in order to master the basics. You might want to find your local driving range in order to get in as much practice as possible; try the Yellow Pages or ask your local club if you are not sure where the nearest to your home is. You can also practice putting in your back garden, or even inside your house. Gadgets which return the ball to you are readily available online and in sport shops, but beginners will probably be well served by a mug turned on its side.

Playing Golf in England

Amateur male players might be interested in reading the information on the English Golf Union (EGU) website. The EGU was established in 1924 as the governing body for amateur Golf in England. The organisation now oversees nearly 2000 clubs across the country and organises a number of competitions.

Playing Golf in Wales

Amateur players in Wales will find the Golf Union of Wales to be an excellent resource. The organisation was established in January 2007 when the Welsh Ladies Golf Union and the Welsh Golf Union finally decided to merge after almost one hundred years as separate entities. The new organisation is the governing body for amateur Golf in Wales and is responsible for organisting the National Championships. The Welsh Golf Union is also affiliated to almost 160 clubs across Wales and oversees the handicapping system used in Wales.

Playing Golf in Scotland

The Scottish Golf Union (SGU) is the governing body for amateur Golf in Scotland. Like its English and Welsh equivalents, the SGU oversees amateur Golf across the country, organises competitions and plays a role in the handicapping system. More information can be found on the SGU website.