So, you want to start golfing at a country club. You’ve spent time harnessing your power at the driving range and countless hours honing your precision on the local putt-putt circuit. The only problem is that you’re as green as the fairway.
Fear not! Here at Northampton Valley Country Club, we’ve seen many beginners turn into seasoned veterans, so your lofty goals aren’t unattainable at all. This list of tips is for all of the aspiring country club legends out there who need a little help putting that first foot forward.
Since you’re new to country club golf life, you probably aren’t sure as to whether or not this is something you’ll want to pursue for years to come. Even if that’s not the case, as a new golfer, you’ll want to stock your golf bag with a minimal amount of clubs. Stick to the essentials and build your bag up as you go. Keep in mind that there are clubs available for beginners that you might want to look into, but for the most part here is what you’ll need:
– A driver (or another type of wood) to get off the tee
– A set of lower irons like a 6-iron and an 8-iron for shots that need to be accurate (they are designed to go shorter, but give the ball loft and help it stop quickly once it lands)
– A hybrid is a cross between a fairway wood and an iron. It’s forgiving like a wood, but gets the loft and accuracy of an iron
– A pitching wedge for when you’re closer to the hole
– A sand wedge to loft yourself out of the sand
– A putter for putting
You’ll want to invest in a lot of balls. You can find them for about $20 a dozen, but since you’re new, you may lose a lot of them. The last thing you want to do is have no balls left on the golf course, so investing in come second hand balls is always good for beginners.
Now that you’ve got your clubs and balls, you’ll need someone to show you how to use them. Everyone wants to just jump right in and play. You can, by all means – but you’ll struggle mightily if you have no experience playing on a course. If you’re an absolute neophyte, consider taking some lessons to avoid developing bad habits. Learn the best way to play the game from a professional, and then continue to practice what is learned to give yourself the best chance out there.
We hope you’ve found this useful. If you’d like some more tips or information about places to play in and around Bucks County, PA, give us a call!