Welcome New Golfers or Welcome Back to Golf

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started playing golf?
The best way to get started is to attend a Get Golf Ready series, and if you want, invite a friend or family member to also attend.  This series will give you an overview of golf with little financial investment.  All the equipment is supplied and the series consists of one hour class once a week for four weeks.  The series is designed to make new golfers feel comfortable and have fun when they go to the course to play golf.  Look under Group Programs for more information about the series.  

When do I need to buy clubs?
You don’t need clubs right away.  The Get Golf Ready series provides clubs and everything you need to get started in golf.  When you are ready to buy clubs, Barnsley Golf recommends you buy three clubs to start and build your set over time.

My clubs are over 10 years old, do I need to buy new ones?
The nice thing about the Get Golf Ready series is the golf equipment is all supplied, so you don’t have to decide to buy new clubs right away.  Attend a series and bring your clubs.

I have the impression that golf is expense to play, is that true?
The good thing about starting golf now is that golf is affordable for everyone.  There is little initial investment, only the price of the Get Golf Ready series.  

How do I learn the rules and norms so I feel comfortable going out to play with others?
The Get Golf Ready series is designed precisely for that, to get you to feel comfortable at any golf course and know what to do when you play.

I heard golf takes much time to learn and I don’t have much time to spend.  Is that true?
Golf doesn’t have to take much time.  It is true, playing 18 holes can take four hours to play but there are many options to learning and having fun with the game other than 18 holes.  Practicing on the range or around the green or playing three holes on the course takes less than an hour. 

My spouse doesn’t play, how can I get her/him involved?
The Get Golf Ready series is designed to learn golf in a fun and no pressure environment.  It is something you both can do together and at very little cost.
I’ve heard golf is not welcoming to beginners?  Is that true?
That has been true in the past and still can be true at some golf course, but times are changing.   Today, most golf organizations’ and golf courses’ business models have changed and they see the value in all golfers.   By attending a Get Golf Ready series you will be guaranteed to be welcome and have also have much fun!

Custom Club Fitting for You

Name brand quality equipment fitted to your body type and golf swing will help you play better golf.  Did you know custom fit equipment, equipment fitted for you and ordered from the manufacturer doesn’t have to cost anymore than buying it off the rack.

As a new golfer or high handicap golfer the more variables you can eliminate, the better you can play, and obtaining fitted quality equipment is an easy variable to overcome.  If you want to learn to play golf or are getting back into game, you’re probably not sure how much you are going to play or if you are going to even like golf.  It is hard to justify investing much money in golf equipment.  
The latest technology and the quality of equipment is usually more expensive, i.e., hotels Motel 6 and Hilton, cars Nissan Verso 1.6S and Jaguar XJ, or airline seats first class and coach.  It is no different in golf equipment.  Better quality equipment means better materials and better quality control, a consistent performance throughout the set.  How can you get the benefits of quality equipment without a huge investment? 

First, you don’t need all 14 clubs to play golf.  Some golf club manufacturers allow you to buy individual clubs so you can piece sets together over time.  As you improve, your set can grow with your game.
  • We recommend the first clubs to buy are the 6 iron, sand wedge and putter. You can play any golf course with the three clubs.
  • We provide you with the three clubs during the Get Golf Ready series and they are available for you when you practice and play at the club.  There is no need to buy clubs until you are ready.  
  • When you are ready, the next club we recommend is the 7 wood.  Tee off with a 7 wood, hit down the fairway with the 7 wood, near the green hit your 6 iron and sand wedge, and putter when you’re on the green.
  • Finally, when you are comfortable with the four clubs, we recommended you buy an 8 iron, then a driver, then pitching wedge, and last 4 hybrid.

Tee It Forward

Golf can be intimidating.  Standing on the first tee looking down the long fairway to the green in the far distance with everyone watching can be uncomfortable and scary for an experienced golfer, let alone a new golfer.  PGA and USGA want to help golfers have more fun with Tee It Forward.  Golfers are encouraged to play from the set of tees that best fits their game and ability. The objective is for golfers to have a more enjoyable experience on the course and to play faster. They want to encourage golfers to Tee It Forward anytime, anywhere and on any golf course.

The PGA and USGA believe most golfers are playing from tee markers too long for them to really enjoy the game. They would rather see golfers hitting mid-irons for approach shots into greens as opposed to hybrids, 3-woods or not even being able to reach greens. To make this happen, golfers are encouraged to move up and play the proper set of tees for their ability.  The idea is for golfers to hit approach shots into greens using more lofted clubs, similar to the clubs PGA or LPGA Tour Players would use over the course of a round.  By hitting more lofted irons and be able to hit greens in regulation, you should play faster and have more fun!

To find the tees best suited for you is based on your ability and comfort level on the course.  Perhaps move up a set of tees from those tees you normally play and see if they are more enjoyable.  Use the PGA Family Course with modified tees placed in the fairway.  You can use a PGA Family Course score card especially designed for the O’Sullivan course.  The most accurate way to find out how far you carry your driver on the fly is to golf through a club fitting with your PGA Professional.

A rule of thumb is if you carry (without roll) your driver:
  • 215 yards or more play from the white tees
  • 200 yards play from the red tee
  • 150 yards play from the forward gold tees
  • 100 yards play from the forward blue tees

You can go to PlayGolfAmerica.com to find more information.

It’s Okay to Play

While the rules of golf are important for competition like a business outing, when playing a casual fun round of golf it is okay not to go strictly by the rules, especially for golfers learning the game.  As you start playing, you won’t know all the rules and etiquette of golf and it’s okay.  Rules and etiquette of the game are learned gradually throughout your life as a golfer.  The PGA and LPGA Tour Professionals don’t know all the rules, some have to ask a rules official.  To play your best and hit your best shots you need to play in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.  Going through a Get Golf Ready series will help you feel at ease when coming to the course to play.  Here are some hints for a casual fun round of golf:
  • It's Okay to start each hole from the shortest tees, or make up your own length. It's Okay to start at the 150 yard marker if you like.
  • It's Okay to make the ball easier to hit by rolling it around and setting it up on a little tuft of grass. In fact, it's okay to 'tee the ball up' anywhere when you are first learning to play.
  • It's Okay to throw the ball out of a bunker if you try to hit it but miss, we recommend giving at least one try, but it's okay to do what you like. Be sure to rake your footprints, too.
  • It's Okay to move your ball away from trees, rocks or very hilly lies. It's okay to give yourself an easier shot.
  • It's Okay to play any number of holes and call it a round of golf. You can play 3 holes, 6 holes, 9 holes, 12 holes, etc.
  • It’s Okay to play in sneakers.
  • It’s Okay not to keep score.
  • It’s Okay not to hit over water.
  • It’s Okay not to finish a hole.