What is Golf?
The game is steeped in tradition. The rules are uniform the world over and the unique handicapping system allows people of different abilities to play with and against each other. The game is a stimulating challenge combined with getting out in the fresh air in pleasant surroundings. Golf is not only enjoyable, it is an excellent way of exercising, as an average 18 holes usually involves walking between six and seven kilometres!
Friendship, fresh air and exercise, golf has is all
Get into Golf is the national campaign to inspire adults to take up golf and to play more often. Run by England Golf through is network of County Golf Partnership and supported by Sport England National Lottery funding.
It doesn't matter whether you've never played golf or if you haven't picked up a club since your school days or an almost-forgotten holiday. You can get started by taking advantage of the low cost golf taster sessions and beginner courses on offer.
You'll receive a basic introduction to golf from PGA professionals, together with information about club membership and follow-on coaching opportunities. Equipment will be provided so all you have to do is turn up on the day in comfortable clothing.
There's no better sport for bringing people together and with its winning combination of exercise, sporting skill and social interaction, golf is the perfect tonic for good health and happiness.
It's good to play golf because:
- Game for all
- Keeps you active
- Connects you with people (for women use support and friendship)
- Learn something new
- Reduces stress levels (for women use Gives you a natural feel-good factor
- Learn something new
- Improve work-life balance
- Helps you live longer, healthier life
Taster sessions and beginner courses are not as expensive as you might think, and there are driving ranges available across the country. The majority of beginner courses will provide equipment, and clubs are available to rent at most golf courses.
If you have never played golf before, or are just a bit rusty, Get into golf is the best starting point for you. The sessions are fun and sociable and held in a relaxed atmosphere where you'll learn the basics and find out about follow-on opportunities. They can help you find an activity near you, as well as guiding you on what to wear, the etiquette and rules of game.
Once you are experienced enough to go out on the golf course you will need a golf bag:
- Spare golf balls
- Spare tees
- Pencil for scoring
- Pen for marking golf balls
- Golf ball marker
- Towel for cleaning clubs
- Waterproofs - possibly!
- Pitch mark repairer
- Snack bar(s)
- Golf Rule Book
- The Ryder Cup is made out of gold and stands 17 inches tall, 9 inches wide and weighs 4 pounds. That makes it slightly taller and heavier than the trophy awarded to the winners of the FIFA World Cup.