One of the reasons golf is such a great game is that it can be a social activity or individualistic. You can play it by yourself as a solitary being walking through the early morning dew with the smell of freshly cut grass wafting across the grounds. Or maybe one prefers strolling the beautiful fairways late in the evening while the warm air stills and the sky turns a brilliant combination of red and orange as the sun begins to set.
Golf is also a great way to socialize with your friends and a place to make new contacts as well. It might be heading to the practice range to hit a few balls with a friend or grabbing some lunch with three buddies then heading out for a competitive round on the links. Or maybe it's the ultimate social golf outing; playing in a fundraiser golf tournament. A mix of a hundred or so golfers wearing outrageous outfits, maybe partaking in a libation or two, but everyone having a great time ready to spend the day with friends and the excitement for what the day may bring. Looking forward to the possibility of the perfectly stuck golf shot or the hole out from far off the green or just knowing that you have the day off from work in a beautiful setting.
However, getting started playing golf is not always the easiest thing in the world. It seems to be much more enjoyable when doing it with a friend or a group. The golf course can be an intimidating place to those not used to being there. Where is one supposed to go first? Who is in charge? It often feels as though everyone else knows what is going on and it can be an embarrassing or uncomfortable prospect to be the only one cluelessly walking about. But on the whole golfers are very helpful and inclusive people. They want to share their knowledge and feel that they are helping. Remember, that everyone started in the same place and we all remember very vividly our first days on and around the golf course as a novice. And helping someone else through that initial process is actually very satisfying.
There is definitely a different language and culture around the golf course so it's important to have help from someone that has been there before like a PGA professional. When getting started it is very important to have good fundamentals that will carry you through your golf life. So get started the right way and join a group or take some friends and sign up for a few starter lessons with a PGA Pro. Forming and/or deepening friendships around a common activity can keep you motivated and engaged and make the entire process much more enjoyable.
Golf is truly a game of a lifetime. A game where a beginner can play with an expert, where young and old can walk the fairways together. A game where pure enjoyment can be felt playing alone, with family and friends or with a complete stranger.