Frequently Asked Questions by Beginners

  1. How much does it cost to play a round of golf?
  2. How long does it take to play a round of golf? 
  3. Do golf courses have a dress code?
  4. Should I take golf lessons?
  5. How much do golf clubs cost?
  6. How long will it take to become good?
  7. How many clubs can I have in my bag?
  8. What is golf etiquette?

How much does it cost to play a round of golf?
Golf can be as expensive as you make it. Greens fees vary depending on the type of facility and the golf market where you live. The golf market, like everything else in a capitalist economy, is driven by supply-and-demand. In cities with fewer public golf courses, or cities that cater to resort tourists, the fee will naturally be higher.

How long does it take to play a round of golf?
Four hours is the estimate most people give for 18 holes. The actual time depends on how busy the course is, how many people you are playing with and how many strokes everyone takes (a round of 72 will obviously be faster than a round of 112). A golfer playing alone on a course that is not crowded should be able to finish in 2 and a half hours or less. A foursome playing a very crowded course might wind up spending 5 or 6 hours on the golf course.

Do golf courses have a dress code?
Many golf courses do have dress codes. Dress codes vary in strictness depending on the course to which you are going. In general, a collared shirt and Dockers-style shorts will get you onto 95-percent of golf courses.

Should I take golf lessons?
Should you? Absolutely, positively! Do you have to? Of course not. Can you pick up golf and improve on your own? Of course, however, beginners should always look into lessons. First, you'll simply pick up the game much more quickly. Golf is not easy to master, and if you want to get good at it, you'll show improvement much more quickly if you are taught the correct way to play from the get-go. Second, there's really no reason not to take lessons. If you're willing to spend money on golf, then spending a little bit more on lessons is no big deal. Just about every golf course, no matter what kind it is (public, private, resort, municipal), will have several golf professionals on staff who give lessons. Individual lessons usually range from 30 minutes to an hour. A typical price range might be from $25-$35 per session. Discounts are frequently available for people who sign up for a package of lessons (say, a series of six).

How much do golf clubs cost?
Golf can be an expensive game. How expensive depends largely on how expensive you're willing to make it. As a beginner, do you need top-of-the-line equipment? Absolutely not. In fact, even many very good players play with less-expensive equipment. You can find brand new drivers for $35 that will work just fine for beginners. Bargain iron sets can be had for $100-$200. Putters are easiest to find cheap, many for as little as $15-$20. And balls? Plenty are on the market for $8-$10 per dozen. If you're unsure of your dedication to golf, or if you have a history of taking up a hobby only to drop it later, used clubs might be a good choice. They'll be much cheaper, of course, than new. And because they'll be so much cheaper, they can be easily replaced later.

How long will it take to become good?
A good idea is to set goals in stages. Break 100 first, and then concentrate on breaking 90 and so on. Or just set a goal to reach a level of competence at which you can enjoy a round of golf with your friends. You'll know it when you reach it. For those who really want to become great golfers the most important factor is a willingness to work hard on becoming better. Golf is learned through repetition (and the repetition of the right things). That means practice, practice and more practice.

How many clubs can I have in my bag?
According to the Rules of Golf, golfers may carry a maximum of 14 golf clubs in their golf bag during a round of golf. However, you are not required to carry 14 clubs. In fact until you start getting better, start learning your yardages, until you've gotten to the point where you will actually see some difference in ball flight and distance between hitting a 4-iron and a 5-iron there is really no need for a full set. Most beginners can get started, and get by just fine, with a 3-wood, 3-hybrid, 5-iron, 7-iron, 9-iron and putter.

What is golf etiquette?
Golf etiquette is a set of rules, both written and unwritten, that govern behavior on a golf course. Simply put, golf etiquette is good manners. The rules of golf etiquette are designed to keep golf enjoyable for everyone on the course by making sure that golfers keep moving and that everyone remains safe and has fun.




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