What Experts are Saying About Golf Myths
Golf myths, don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of them. The other day someone asked me, ‘As a golfing expert, what’s your take on these golfing myths?’ and I instinctively whirled around wondering ‘expert, what expert?’ before it dawned on me that I guess being Head PGA Pro makes me an expert. *shrugs*
I guess I don’t think of myself in that way because I’m always learning, whether teaching golf lessons, coordinating charity golf days or putting on major tournaments. But if popular myths are holding you back from getting out onto the green, let’s set the record straight so we can #GiveGolfAGo!
Myth 1: Games take all day
On average, a full game of golf – 18 holes – takes around 4 hours to play. But there’s nothing stopping you from just playing 9 holes, which still aligns with the Rules of Golf and the handicap system.
Myth 2: It’s a Man’s Game
No way! Golf is a game for everyone; it is both ageless and genderless, despite what you may have heard publicised by an incredibly antiquated Scottish golf club in the news recently.
This is our fourth year hosting the Ladies European Tour Access Series (LETAS) and England Golf have used us in the past as a venue to promote their #ThisGirlGolfs and #GetintoGolf campaigns. All in all, our 90-strong ladies’ section would be sure to tell you that golf is definitely not a man’s game!
Myth 3: It’ll ruin your wallet
Like any hobby, golf can be as cheap or as expensive as you make it. Some beginner courses cost as little as £15. Second-hand sets of clubs can be found online for as little as £50! As for green fees and memberships, these vary depending on the times and days of the week that you play, but a beginner-friendly golf course won’t blow your budget.
Myth 4: Golf’s not exercise
It most certainly is! In the average game, you walk approximately 5-6 miles, burn at least 900 calories and walk over 10,000 steps – all of which is helping you smash the NHS’s recommended target of 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week.
So, in the nicest kind of way, I’m saying that if you have an interest in getting out on the courses, don’t be put off by silly myths. #GiveGolfAGo!