Get Into Golf

From Beginner To Golfer

If you’re new to the game or thinking about playing, getting started can seem a little daunting – but it doesn’t have to be. There is a pathway through from your first lessons to playing and then thinking about joining a golf club which you can take at your own pace.

Here’s how you can start out as a beginner and end up as a golfer…

Getting Started
The first step to becoming a golfer is to sign up for a ‘Get into Golf’ membership at Bude and North Cornwall Golf Club – speak to Nick Cook, the PGA Golf Professional at Bude and get a beginner course.  Once you’ve booked, you might start worrying about what to wear or take, but be reassured that you just need to wear something comfortable such as tracksuit bottoms or leggings. The only clothing requirement is that you have flat-bottoms shoes. Trainers are ideal because they will help you keep your balance.  You won’t need any equipment because this will all be provided. If you do have your own clubs you are welcome to take them along.

At Your Beginners Course
You will meet new people and have fun while learning the basics of the game from Nick.  They will take you through a step-by-step guide covering everything from grip and posture to how to swing and use the different types of club. It doesn’t matter how good you are or if you prefer to learn slowly or fast, you can simply take it all at your own pace.

After The Course
If you’ve enjoyed it, you might want to progress to a follow-on course. Your PGA professional will give you details of what is on offer. Players often meet like-minded people on beginner courses who then continue together and meet up for social practice sessions, such as on the practice area.  The key is to learn in the best way that suits you and to do it in your own time. Some people take longer and may want further lessons.

Start Playing
Now that you have learnt the basics of the game, you might want to head out onto the golf course with some friends and start playing a few holes. Starting with just 9-holes is ideal. If you don’t have equipment you can hire some from the club until you have your own. Many clubs have thriving sections for men, ladies, seniors and juniors who are always willing to help and support new golfers by taking them out of the course and introducing them to other like-minded golfers. Ask the pro-shop for their contact details.

Becoming A Golf Club Member
Now that you are starting to play regularly you may want to start thinking about becoming a golf club member. Joining a golf club will make it easier to meet new people. You can join in with members on their organised days each week. These will have ready-made events, social play and competitions. Very soon you will be gaining your first handicap and entering the monthly competitions.

There are a range of options to fit different lifestyles and budgets. There is also a monthly charging scheme for membership subscriptions.

Continue To Improve
Building on your skills will help you improve and enjoy the game further. You can continue learning with one-to-one lessons with our PGA professional and many golfers, even expert ones, say they gain more from the game by continually improving by taking further tuition.

  • 3 months membership for £99
  • Unlimited use of the course & facilities
  • FREE – 3 x ½ hour golf lessons