5 Tips for New Golfers

I wish someone would have given me these 5 tips when I was a new golfer. Or even before I stepped foot on a golf course. These tips are just downright sensible. If you have been reluctant to take up golf, these 5 tips for new golfers should give you some comfort.

  1. Don’t feel like you have to keep score. There’s plenty of time to do that after you’ve become more comfortable playing golf. It’s not important that you know how many times you swung at the ball. Just expect that it’s a LOT and it doesn’t matter. But if you are counting, and you get to something approaching 9 on any hole, pick up your ball and let the rest of your team finish the hole. No harm, no foul.
  2. Remember nobody cares how well or how poorly you play. They were new golfers once, too, and I’m sure they remember being at the point you are at right now. They don’t care how well you play, but they do care how fast you play. That’s really all they care about. So watch your pace, keep up with the rest of your team, and you’ll be fine.
  3. Buy a couple dozen cheap balls or recycled balls. You are bound to lose many, many balls as a new golfer. And one way to keep up the pace of play is to not spend too much time in the rough looking for your lost ball. They’re cheap, they’re almost disposable, so don’t fret over lost balls. Just know you’ll lose many balls at first.
  4. This may sound rude, but don’t talk too much. Too much talking on the course slows down play, and your partners will appreciate silence when they are setting up to the ball and taking their shot. Judge your chattiness by watching your partners and let that be your guide to your talkativeness.
  5. The rules of golf are important, and you can learn those later, so don’t worry about the rules just yet. But do read up on golf etiquette before you play golf. Included in golf etiquette is knowing how to dress for the course you are playing, keeping your cell phone on mute, avoiding walking on your partners’ putting lines on the green, and more. Do your internet research. There are many good articles on golf etiquette. Arnold Palmer’s Golf Etiquette Tips is an excellent one.

Many of the husbands at Sierra View Country Club have non-golfing wives. It is our hope that all of the women partners at Sierra View feel comfortable taking up the game. It’s a sport husbands and wives can play into their golden years!

Can Joining a Country Club Extend Life?

Parade Magazine Living to 100
Cheater’s Guide to Living to 100

According to Parade Magazine’s article in their Sunday, April 5, 2015 issue, finding a “tribe” such as is found in a country club, can extend life, in some cases up to 14 years. Maybe I’m reading something into the article that’s not there, but I don’t think so. I think it’s a fact. Read the article for yourself and you decide.

Here’s what the Parade Magazine article says: Among the four lifestyle changes that give you the possibility of living to the ripe old age of 100, finding a tribe is the most important and weighs more than the other three, more than what you eat, more than having a purpose, more than physical activity. Your tribe, the people you hang out with, trumps all three for lengthening your lifespan in the most positive ways.

Country Clubs attract like-minded, healthy, fun-loving people, the perfect kind of tribe. And when I look around at the super seniors at Sierra View Country Club, I see a vital, sharp, funny, classy bunch of men and women. And another common element among this group is this: they have been hanging out with their country club tribe for a long time. They didn’t just join yesterday.

The article was written by Ginny Graves, based on over 10 years of research by journalist Dan Buettner. Dan spent the past several years studying the lifestyles of the healthiest, longest-living people all over the world. What he found in these pockets of longevity are not the frail oldsters, but vital, active people enjoying life. Some are still working! And to his surprise, these centenarians all have a tribe, some sort of social group from within their extended family or from good friends.

The tribes at a country club might be the men’s group, or the women golfers, or simply the natural coming-together of groups of club members who resonate with each other’s personalities or professions.

I don’t know about you, but I found this research to be fascinating. I am glad I found my tribe early!