Don’t Be the Odd Man Out in the Golf Club – Tips to Help You Settle in Fast
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Published by TOP4 Team
If you have just joined the local golf club or if you are in the process of getting a membership, you might find yourself feeling like the odd one out. Here are a few tips that will help you get settled in faster.
Don't go home immediately
After finishing a good game of golf, do not pack your things and go home immediately. Instead, go around the club and introduce yourself to the other members in the clubhouse. Start a conversation and ask questions. If you're up for it, you can even buy everyone a round of drinks. These will allow you to make a good impression on your fellow golf club members.
Dress for the occasion
Impressions do count, especially in the golf club. Your goal is to make a good one by looking sharp. Make sure to enquire about the policies regarding how to dress up appropriately within the premises.
Head to the putting green first
Before heading off to the golf course, it is a good idea to log in some hours on the putting green. This will give you the perfect opportunity to practice, warm up and even engage in small talk with other members of the golf club.
Don't hesitate to join others out on the course
If you find yourself playing alone and you chance upon a group of players, walk over to them, introduce yourself, and ask whether you can join them. You will be surprised that these players will welcome you. And on the other side of the coin, if you are playing with a group and you find a lone player in the course, invite him to join your group.
Brush up on your golfing etiquette
If you happen to make new friends on the course and you are playing with them, make sure that you remember the etiquette for golfers. Be a good sport at all times, especially when you are having an off game, mark your ball, and stay clear of other player's lines.
Another surefire way to make friends and easily get settled in at the golf club is to join competitions. You can either sign your name up to a start sheet or join competitions which are randomly drawn. If you find yourself in the company of people you actually like, do not hesitate to exchange phone numbers and schedule a friendly match on another date.
Bring your A-game
More often than not, settling into a new environment is all about confidence. In the golf club, one way to boost your confidence is play a good game.