The sport has historically been male dominated and therefore quite intimidating to women. But, I was a decent athlete and thought it might be a fun activity to do with my husband. Unfortunately, athleticism has nothing to do with it. After many, many mis-hits, shots going into sand traps and digging up many a fairway my frustration soared and his patience waned. It was not working out at all as I had hoped.
So I signed up for a series of one on one lessons from a male teacher at Golftech (a franchise of indoor teaching facilities). I learned a lot about the mechanics of the swing, but was still not able to enjoy a round with my husband. I was really about to give it up when a friend of mine told me about the Women’s Golf Association of New Jersey. She said it is the ideal place where women can learn to play golf.
Where Women Can Learn to Play Golf in a Supportive Environment
And boy was she right. The Women’s Golf Association of New Jersey is a non-profit organization founded in 2003 by women for women Their mission is to provide “the best golfing opportunities in New Jersey to women at all levels of play. WGANJ is committed to continually enhancing member golfing opportunities and benefits…”
They are doing a great job of attracting women to the game. Women need to learn in a supportive environment with other women. The more nervous you are about hitting the ball, the less likely you will be to hit it. It is very affirming to have women teaching women to learn and play golf. A woman’s swing, and the overall pacing of the game is very different than a man’s.
A female instructor is much more relatable as a woman learning to play golf. The organization offers programs where the instructors actually get on the course with you and teach how to approach the game from the very beginning. The instructor demonstrates the proper etiquette to use on the course, offers advice to minimize frustration, and tricks to lessen the distance on holes. All of these pointers are essential to build the beginner’s confidence and to get you out there. It should be fun – it’s a game.
The WGANJ organizes leagues throughout the state playing on public courses. Some leagues are geared to non-competitive play (my favorite kind) and some are more advanced. Personally, my league is geared to working women and plays every Thursday from May-September at 5:00PM. It’s so convenient for me in time and location–we play at Pinchbrook – a Morris County course. They also organize outings and benefits etc. If you go to their website you can learn more and get started.
Next time someone ask you “where can women learn to play golf? spread the word to other women about the WGANJ. Hopefully I’ll see you soon on the fairways.