Much to my suprise and total amazement I am really enjoying the game of golf. I started a couple of summers ago when our kids were getting older and our summers were freer. As a couple we have always enjoyed sports together.
First there was tennis. I had barely ever played until I met my husband (then my boyfriend) at age 23. He bought me a racket and we would meet after work and travel to some pretty urban public courts in Weehawken and Jersey City. The more direction Michael gave, the worse I played. He is a highly competitive athlete without much patience for teaching. But we kept at it and over time I learned to play.
Next came skiing; something I had mastered during my college years. We skied all over Vermont, Aspen, Colorado and NY State. Michael was not a great skier, but could pretty much make it down any mountain. Overall, my form was better than his- but we were very compatible skiing together.
So when he broached the subject of taking up golf, my interest was peaked. Like skiing it is a sport that requires lots of equipment, makes use of the great outdoors, a game in which one only competes against themselves and opened up a whole new clothing category to shop for. Of course Micheal had a natural swing and advanced very quickly. I was terrible and had absolutely no clue of what to do.
Five years later we played today and were actually able to enjoy the game as a couple. I worked at my game in the last few summers. While I took lessons and practiced sporadically at the range, I never really enjoyed it until I joined a women’s league through the NJ Women’s Golf Association. By playing with other women with similar skills the pressure was lifted. Our insturctor taught us how to pace the game, pick up the ball when it isn’t going anywhere and most of all how to just have fun with it.
If you are considering taking up the sport I strongly suggest finding out about the Women’s Golf Assocaition in your area. If you reside in NJ you can follow this link to the chapter here http://www.wganj.com/learn-golf. If you are a working woman you may also want to check out the local chapter of the Executive Women’s Golf Assocaition atwww.ewgannj.org/.
Until you are sure you like the game joining an expensive club is too risky. Because so many more people enjoy the sport today, public courses have grown in popularity and sprung up all over the place. In NJ each county has at least 3-4 courses. To become a resident member of your county’s courses go to the Parks and Recreation tab on any county’s website to find out how to join.
Today we played at Black Bear Conutry Club in Sparta, NJ and it was an amazingly beautiful course set up in the mountains near Vernon. Because I made our tee times on line, we received a 20% discount. It was still $71 per person but that’s a lot better than $89 per person.