It's Ok to Play for Fun

(Guiltless ways to make golf more fun while learning)

Here are some things that very new golfers can do to take away some of the stress of learning the game.  But if you choose to use these tricks, be sure that you do not post your scores to be included in your handicap.  You will need a handicap to participate in most tournaments, including LPGA – Women Who Play, RDGA and NYSGA.  Also, remember that you could be playing with people who follow the rules very carefully, so please be considerate of them while you are playing.

  1. It’s ok not to keep score.
  2. It’s ok to play from the shortest tees or start at the 150-yard marker.
  3. It’s ok to give yourself a better lie by rolling the ball around a little.
  4. It’s ok to only count swings when you make contact with the ball.
  5. It’s ok to throw the ball out of a bunker after one try.
  6. It’s ok to forget about a ball that may be lost or out of bounds. It’s ok to drop a ball where you think it might be… or where you wanted it to be.
  7. It’s ok to use fun team formats to play with your foursome or group … scrambles are very popular.
  8. It’s ok to just chip and putt on a hole when you feel like it.
  9. It’s ok to pick up in the middle of a hole and start again on the next hole.
  10. It’s ok to skip a hole if you need a break.
  11. It’s ok to play less than 9 or 18 holes.
  12. It’s ok to move your ball away from trees, rocks or very hilly lies.
  13. It’s ok to hit the same club for the entire round except for putting on the greens.
  14. It’s ok to play golf in your sneakers. Be comfortable!
  15. It’s ok to get enthusiastic (high fives, fist pumps and big smiles are encouraged).
  16. It’s ok to talk on the golf course …enjoy a nice conversation or tell a few jokes.
  17. It’s ok to PLAY GOLF JUST FOR FUN!