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Scheduling Your 1st Tee Time!

Apr 8, 2008
How to know if you are really ready? If you think you are ready to schedule your first round on the golf course let's take a moment to review what you have done in preparation to play. Have you purchased your golf equipment and if so do you have a checklist of all the items you will need to play? Golf Clubs, Bag, and Golf Balls being the most obvious, but divot repair tool, ball markers, tees and a scorecard and pencil will also be required in order to play. Actually the score card is only necessary as a reference for the distance from each tee location and golf rules for each hole as it is not critical to keep an actual score your first few times out. If you have already acquired some proficiency at the game and you can keep your score within double par or better then by all means mark your score. Although not required by the rules of golf, a golf glove and golf shoes are two pieces of equipment that I would highly recommend. They will add to your stability in gripping and swinging the golf club. Have you taken golf lessons or taught yourself and practiced sufficiently to be able to achieve enough distance and accuracy to keep up with the pace of play required by local rules and course etiquette? Have you learned about the basic rules of golf and associated golf etiquette? Have you asked someone to join you who has already played and is somewhat knowledgeable about how to play, golf rules, and golf etiquette? If you have answered yes to the above then I would say that you are ready to play your first round of golf. One last item that I would like to address is proper golf attire. Most golf courses have a required dress code. I would recommend that you call ahead and find out the requirements so you don't arrive at the course and be turned away or be asked to purchase a collared shirt and proper shorts or pants. Cut offs, jeans, tee shirts , tank tops, etc., are normally not considered proper attire for the golf course especially by Country Club Standards.

A few recommendations I would make for scheduling your first tee time are as follows: 1. As noted previously ask someone to join you that is familiar with the game and who knows the basic rules and golf etiquette. 2. If you know someone who belongs to a Country Club and can take advantage of it then ask them to schedule a time for you when the least crowded so you will fell less pressured and it will allow some additional time for you to play. If not, drop by your local municipal course and check with the starter or local golf professional to see when they would recommend that you play for the first time. Note: During the week and on weekends there ar certain times that the golf course can be very crowded and not a good time to play for the first time. In the afternoon around 2:00pm to 4:00pm the course play is usually less busy and a much better time to schedule your round. 3. As noted in previous writings the average time for a golf round for the average golf foursome is about 4 1/2 hours or 15 minutes per hole. Do your best to keep up with that pace of play. When you first start playing you may have a tendency to lose more balls on wayward shots and thus require more time to look for them, especially if you are playing a course with narrow tree lined fairways. Do not take more than 3 to 5 minutes looking for a lost ball and if you lose two or three in an a row and there is a group behind you, then just drop a ball with the rest of your group and keep the pace of play moving. This is the main reason for suggesting the tee time to be scheduled on off hours so it will be a more enjoyable experience for you and your fellow golfers. You will also be adhering to an important rule of golf etiquette by extending this courtesy to your fellow golfers. Happy Golfing To All!
About the Author
My name is Mike and I grew up in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, New York. I started playing golf when I sustained a severe hamstring injury while playing softball. I have enjoyed playing golf ever since and have never looked back. For valuable golf tips visit http://guideforbeginninggolfers.com
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