Getting started in golf isn’t that hard

Chilliwack Golf and Country Club's Jennifer Greggain offers some tips for getting into golf.

Jennifer Greggain teaches golf to adults and juniors at the Chilliwack Golf Academy and writes a bi-weekly column in the Chilliwack Progress.

She played professionally on tour for over 10 years, including two years on the LPGA and was also named the 2010 CN Canadian Women’s Tour Low Teaching Pro of the Year.

She can be contacted at 604-798-9805, or at


One of the things I love about the game of golf is that it’s timeless.

Anyone can play golf, from young children to seniors.

If you are looking for a way to get active, meet new people, and spend more time outside, here is a guide to get you on your way to playing this amazing game.

First, you will want to get some professional instruction.

There are a number of facilities in Chilliwack that offer instruction for beginners. Depending on your schedule and budget, you can choose from group programs, or private lessons.

Group lessons are an affordable way to get a good taste of the many different skills of golf. For those who prefer one to one instruction, private lessons are also a great way to start off right.

It is crucial that beginners learn the proper basic fundamental skills of golf in order to avoid developing bad habits.

Choosing the right instructor for you is not always an easy task. Be sure to look for a certified instructor at a location with good practice facilities.

Interview a few instructors in your area, and be sure to choose someone who you feel comfortable with. It’s also important that you develop a good rapport with your instructor to ensure that you get the most out of your investment.

In your lessons, be sure to learn about all aspects of the game of golf, including full swing, chipping, putting, pitching and sand play. Before you head out on the course for the first time, it’s also a good idea to get a ‘playing lesson’ from your instructor.

Because golf is also a game of etiquette, it is equally important to understand what’s expected of you on the golf course.

Next, find yourself some equipment that’s right for you.

Often, when working with beginners, they come to their first lesson with 30 year old clubs from grandpa’s garage.

If you do not use the correct type of clubs, you could create some compensations and bad habits in your golf swing, which is the last thing we want to happen.

Finding the right set of clubs does not mean breaking the bank. There are plenty of entry-level clubs for beginners and juniors that are quite affordable. Specifically, I advise ladies and juniors to look for graphite shafted clubs which are lighter, and therefore much easier to learn on.

Once you have equipped yourself to play with instruction and equipment, you are ready to ‘hit the links.’ To meet more people learning the game, look for a golf course that offers leagues for beginners. Keep your eye out for ‘social’ nights and leagues, as these are designed for connecting people to other golfers, in a fun environment.

Finally, if you are thinking about picking up the game of golf, don’t feel intimidated! Every golfer started somewhere, and every golf course welcomes beginners.