Joined my first club!

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Evening all. Just handed over a cheque to become a fuly fledged member of my very first golf club. I can only explain my feelings as 'nervous but excited'! A bit like a first date oddly....! :eek:

Do any of you old hands (no offence meant!) have any advice on fitting in and general do's and don'ts that aren't in the members pack for life as a first timer at a golf club?

I've only just started playing properly in the last 9 months, i'm no hacker but i did figure the only real way to improve consistently is to practise, get good advice, play as much as possible, get a handicap and carry on enjoying this great game.

Cheers lads,

GA
 

RGuk

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The only thing I can recommend (having been through this a few times) is to play with all-comers and be enthusiastic about their game (and if not....their good shots!) and be not too political/opinionated until you know the lie of the land. Best not to slag off the boring holes or other players....there are huge holes to fall into!!!
Be friendly, play quickly and ask for advice from wannabe scratch players......word soon gets around if you are a great lad or bit of a git!
 

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The only thing I can recommend (having been through this a few times) is to play with all-comers and be enthusiastic about their game (and if not....their good shots!) and be not too political/opinionated until you know the lie of the land. Best not to slag off the boring holes or other players....there are huge holes to fall into!!!
Be friendly, play quickly and ask for advice from wannabe scratch players......word soon gets around if you are a great lad or bit of a git!

That sounds about right to me. I joined a second club this year and I just asked the pro what sweeps were on the go and now I'm in with a good bunch of guys. Oh, have a lesson with the pro, it also helps move things along.
 

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Well done. I joined a club this year and things are going great, here's my words of advice...

- Find out when the 'roll ups' are and turn up, more often than not they need extra players to make the numbers up.

- Be super complimentary about everything to start off with. All members want to know what a great club they belong to, your confirmation of that is just what is needed.

- talk about other clubs you looked at joining, but decided on this one.

Overall, just play with a smile on your face, ask for advice about the club and before long you will be in the clan.

Have fun....
 

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Make yourself known to the pro and the steward as these are great sources for getting a game. Find out about roll up competitions and make it known you are willing to make up a 3/4. Find out about getting your handicap cards in (if you don't have one) and who you can play with to do this.

Once you've got your handicap get into as many comeptitions as possible as this will introduce you to a wide range of members. Be honest about your abilities and be as complimentary as you can about the state of the course, clubhouse, locker room etc.

Try and accept any advice graciously even if you have no intention of using it and be carefule about giving it until you are happy that it will be taken in the correct spirit. Don't be too opinionated. Make sure you observe the correct golfing ettiqutte (raking bunkers, repairing pitch marks, not moving on other players shots, calling players through etc) even if others don't follow suit.

Oh and don't get p****d and snog the lady captain!!!
 
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Great advice as ever chaps - thanks one and all. Intro afternoon is on Tuesday for new members, a quick 9 holes round the course then some food and drinks and general chit chat.

Will let you know how i get on, looking forward to it!

Course is Enfield Golf Course in North London by the way.

Happy golfing this weekend
 
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