So You Want to Play Golf? A Beginner’s Guide to the Game

Ready to learn how to play golf? Read Florida’s First Coast of Golf’s blog for a beginner’s guide with tips on how to begin learning the game.

Ready to learn how to play golf? From great exercise to relieving stress and being a great activity on vacation, there’s no better reasons to play golf. It is something the entire family can do together and if you’re a businessperson, it is a great networking tool.

Here’s a beginner’s guide with tips on how to begin learning the game of golf -


Start on the Driving Range

Start with the basics and learn the feel of holding the clubs and how to hit the ball. Spend time at the course’s driving range or putting green areas to warm up and really take your time to work on your stance, swing and become accustomed to the game.

While you’re there, talk to the course pro as they are extremely knowledgeable about the course and ready to give pointers on how to excel along the fairways. And when you feel comfortable enough with your swing, move on over to the course.


Make Use of Practice Facilities

The practice facilities at Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club give players of all levels the chance to work on their game. And the Prestwick practice range (<--video) at Plantation Bay features one of the region’s only aqua ranges.

The new DWA Practice Grounds at The Golf Club of South Hampton feature a double-ended practice area, a multi-purpose short game practice area, a dual-purpose green that is used for putting and chipping, and much more. If you’re curious, take a look at the before and after video of the renovations.


Play the Shorter Courses

In the beginning, concentrate on playing shorter golf courses to work on your skills and techniques. Avoid frustration in trying to play the bigger named courses with longer fairways and higher difficulty, they are not typically meant for beginners.

Playing on shorter courses can help you master putting and chipping the ball. You’ll gain confidence and have time to get acquainted with your clubs and rules of the game.


Learn from the Pros

From innovative technology to some of the highest-ranked instructors on the course, Florida’s First Coast is home to some of the highest ranked golf schools in the country. Take time to learn from the pros, learning how to improve your swing and make better contact with the ball and even take part in on-course instruction.

Golf Made Simple school features hands-on instruction with a three-day program encompassing more than six hours of instruction each day with a small class size for beginners.

The PGA Tour Golf Academy at World Golf Village offers a full game experience from club fitting, short game techniques, on-course instruction and more to enhance every aspect of a golfer’s game. From one-day to four-day sessions, their new golfer sessions are popular with guests looking to learn the basics of the game.


Let Us Help Plan Your Golf Getaway

Ready to take your golf game to the next level? Contact us to learn about tee times and golf packages across Florida’s First Coast. We are ready to help you, call (800) 530-5248.