Want to take up golf?
There's never been a better time for juniors to get started. There are lots of opportunities for
you – including free GOLF lessons to set you off at the 1st tee.
Golf’s a great game and a very special one.
There is no other sport where an amateur has the chance to play on some of the same courses
as the top professionals.
Just imagine, that’s the equivalent of you playing football at the hallowed grounds of Anfield,
Old Trafford - or even Wembley!.
Golf is a game that can be played by all ages.
Tiger Woods took up the sport at the age of 3, while many people in their 80’s still enjoy the
It’s the only sport where you can compete on equal terms with someone who is much better
than you, because of the handicapping system.
Golf is now a huge participation sport, with 4 million people playing in this country, according to
the Daily Telegraph’s T2 section for teenagers. Millions more around the world play and more
than 30 countries take part in international golf competitions.
HOW TO GET STARTED
The best thing to do is to go along to your nearest golf club and ask to speak to the professional
(known as ‘the pro’). Tell him or her that you want to learn to play and they’ll tell you just what
your club can offer to juniors.
Where to Go
Most clubs have Junior Organisers who will look after you and make you feel very welcome.
If you can persuade a friend or two to go along with you and learn together, great. If not, don’t
worry. You’ll be introduced to other juniors and will soon make a lot of new friends.
You can also contact the Golf Foundation or the English Golf Union. Both these organisations
work with clubs and driving ranges to offer lots of help to juniors who want to start playing golf.
More details later in this section.
What Equipment Do You Need?
To begin with you don’t need any special equipment or clothing at all. Most clubs and driving
ranges that offer special beginners lessons to juniors will provide clubs and balls for you.
In fact, it’s not a good idea to go off buying equipment before you have had lessons. You could
end up wasting a lot of money. After you’ve had a few lessons the pro will be able to talk to you
about what equipment is right for you. You can also look at the equipment section on this site
There are some schemes that are even offering free clothing for beginners, so rookiegolf’s
advice is don’t spend your money until you’ve had your starter lessons and talked to the pro.
Although you don’t need any special clothing to begin with, most clubs have a smart dress code
and do not like you to wear jeans or trainers. You need shoes that will give good support.
Check with the pro or Junior Organiser what it’s best to wear, before you have your lessons.
What will it cost?
Some people think golf is an expensive game that is only for rich people.
Most clubs have very special rates for juniors. For beginners there are low-cost lessons to get
you started. Many clubs and driving ranges are even offering free starter lessons.
Check with your local clubs for details.
FREE GOLF COACHING FOR BEGINNERS ALL YEAR ROUND - WITH THE ENGLISH GOLF
The English Golf Union is launching a scheme throughout the country which offers free golf
coaching to beginners. The coaching sessions, will be given by fully qualified professional
coaches and will be on offer all year round. There will be group lessons lasting for one hour,
with five beginners per session. Golf clubs and balls will be provided, so you won’t even need
your own equipment.
The special scheme is for people of any age.
To find out your nearest venue, and the dates of coaching sessions contact:
Mr. Richard Flint
English Golf Union
The National Golf Centre
GOLF FOUNDATION STARTER CENTRES
The Golf Foundations have Starter Centres at clubs and driving ranges throughout the country.
The Starter Centres offer lessons either free or at a reduced price to juniors.
For details of your nearest Starter Centre contact:
The Golf Foundation
Tel: 01920 876200
Fax: 01920 876211
SPECIAL DEALS FOR JUNIORS AT CLUBS
More and more clubs are providing very special deals to encourage juniors to take up golf.
These deals are often organised by the clubs themselves, sometimes with help from golf’s
organising bodies or with lottery funding. Some clubs are organising their own fund raising to
make sure all juniors can afford to take up the game.
Clubs and golfing organisations are doing all they can to help juniors get started and are
particularly keen to see more girls taking up the game. Fewer than 20% of juniors playing golf
So, go along to your local club and speak to the Pro, meet the Junior Organiser and you’re
ready to tee off.
You’ve taken the plunge and fixed up your first lessons. GREAT.
Before you can go out on the golf course there are some things you need to know about Golf
Etiquette and the Rules of Golf