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Women's golf has come a long way in recent years, and we thought it was about time Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club told you all about it!
Inspired by Sport England's campaign #ThisGirlCan, the campaign #ThisGirlGolfs aims to breakthrough stereotypes and show the wider world that golf is a game for all, accessible to all and within reach of any budget.
Why golf is a game for the girls
Is golf a man’s sport? Definitely not – according to BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty (picture above). “Girls should Get into Golf because this is not a man’s sport,” says Naga who describes herself as "a slightly obsessed golfer”. “This is about being strong. This is about being competitive. This is about being the best you can possibly be. For me golf means breathing in fresh air and getting out and meeting new people and challenging myself every day. I just love it!”.
Golf keeps your body and mind active, it is social before and after, you get to look great whilst doing it, you can play with your family, you can measure your progress with the unique handicap system, and it is the only sport we know of that you can enjoy whilst not being any good!
Get Golf Fit - The health benefits
Golf’s unique combination of exercise, sporting skill and social interaction make it the perfect tonic for good health and happiness. But as well as having fun in the fresh air, playing golf brings some impressive health and wellbeing benefits. Golf can help keep you active, burn calories, stay in shape, lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and research shows it may even help you live longer – golfers survive an average of five more years than the rest of the population.
- You can walk around 4-5 miles in the average game of golf
- Burn at least 900 calories
- Will take you more than 10,000 steps
All of which will easily achieve the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week recommended by the NHS to keep healthy
Dispelling the Myths
Myth 1# Golf takes all day to play
Golf can take no longer than any other hobby or pastime, there are quicker ways to play the game that fit in with busy lifestyles in which two hours is now the span for most leisure activities. Just playing 9 holes fits conveniently into a busy schedule or ideal for after work
Myth 2# Golf is a stuffy game
Golf is changing – with a new wave of players and playing formats, however many people still think its stuck in the Victorian age and women could only play on selected days and time and weren’t allowed full access to the Club.
This is not what you’ll find in today’s modern golf clubs. Most are vibrant and welcoming with a range of memberships to meet all lifestyles.
Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club has the largest Ladies section (115 playing members) all enjoying full access to the Club's facilities)
Myth 3# Golf is a game for men
Golf is a game for all. Unlike any other sport, golf’s unique handicap system allows people of different abilities to play and compete together.
With plenty of time for conversation on the course and a great social life in the club house after, it's a great game for women and men alike.
Myth 4# Golf is an expensive game
Golf does not need to be expensive and like any other sport you can spend as little or as much as you like. There are playing options, equipment and clothing to suit every budget.
But you don't need equipment to get started as all Get into golf centres will provide you with clubs. You just need to turn up wearing comfortable, casual clothes and trainers.
Get started with a six-week beginner Get into Golf course at Stanton-on-the-Wolds is just £25, equipment will be provided. (See course dates - picture below right)
Myth 5# You need to be a member of a golf club
This is not essential if you want to learn to play. The Get into golf program is making the game more accessible to beginners through beginner courses that you just book and turn up at on the day.
However, being a member of a golf club can offer many social and playing benefits, such as organised competitions and events.
Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club offers taster memberships to Get into Golf participants which start from £100.
Beginner to golfer
If you’re new to the game or thinking about playing, getting started can seem a little daunting – but it doesn’t have to be. There is a pathway through from your first lessons to playing and then thinking about joining a golf club which you can take at your own pace.
Here’s how you can start out as a beginner and end up as a golfer…
The first step to becoming a golfer is to sign up for a Get into golf taster session or beginner course. Once you’ve booked, you might start worrying about what to wear or take, but be reassured that you just need to wear something comfortable such as tracksuit bottoms or leggings. The only clothing requirement is that you have flat-bottoms shoes. Trainers are ideal because they will help you keep your balance. You won’t need any equipment because this will all be provided.
At your beginner course
You will meet new people and have fun while learning the basics of the game from a PGA professional. They will take you through a step-by-step guide covering everything from grip and posture to how to swing and use the different types of club. It doesn’t matter how good you are or if you prefer to learn slowly or fast, you can simply take it all at your own pace.
After the course
If you’ve enjoyed it, you might want to progress to a follow-on course. The Club will give you details of what is on offer. Players often meet like-minded people on beginner courses who then continue together and meet up for social practise sessions on the golf range. The key is to learn in the best way that suits you and to do it in your own time. Some people take longer and may want to repeat the course several times.
Now that you have learnt the basics of the game, you might want to head out onto the golf course with some friends and start playing a few holes. If you don't have equipment you can hire some from the Club until you have your own. Many clubs have thriving sections for Men, Ladies, Seniors and Juniors who are always willing to help and support new golfers by taking them out of the course and introducing them to other like-minded golfers. The Club will be very happy to put you in contact.