Have you ever joined a golf club and struggled to initially settle in or feel that you are a part of it?
Here’s ten tips I think will help you settle into your new surroundings.
1- Make an effort- Take time out to have a walk around the club introducing yourself to the more senior members of the club. Ask questions and try and start up some conversations.
2- Join a group- If you’re playing on your own and there’s a group of 2 or 3 behind, ask them if you can join them. Also if you see someone about to tee off on his own, ask them if they want to join you.
3- Etiquette- Early on, make sure that if you’re playing with others, to follow the rules. While on the green make sure to mark your ball and not walk through someone’s line. Be sure to avoid any golfing tantrums too! If you show good etiquette from the start, you’ll settle in quickly.
4- Get your handicap- Play a few rounds with a friend and get them to sign your scorecards. Once you have three signed you can get your official handicap and can work on lowering it after every round.
5- Enter a club competition- There’s no better way to meet people on the course than playing a competition. Now you have your handicap your eligible to play in a club competition and meet some new players.
6- Buy a round- After your game make your way to the clubhouse and get a round in for whoever you’ve been playing with. Might mean you get a few bought for you next time you play and will make a good early impression.
7- Avoid slow play- Slow play is one of the worst things to occur while playing a round. If you’re playing a round, make sure you keep a steady pace and not have people waiting behind you for too long.
8- Get on the putting green- You don’t just have to turn up and get on the course. Take time to go on the practice putting green with other players. Always a good way to start up a conversation, especially when you miss a 2-footer!
9- Appearance- Make sure you look the part. Don’t turn up on the 1st tee with an untucked shirt and trainers. Having a smart appearance will only help you make a good impression, especially if you rip one off the tee too!
10- Finally…play well! – Much easier said than done, but there’s no better way to settle into a new golf club than playing well. If you shoot a good score and knock in a few 20-foot birdie putts you’ll settle in straight away. Everyone will want to play a round or two with you.