Golf can be a challenging and sometimes frustrating game, but that shouldn’t discourage you from having an enjoyable round. That’s why we asked our Canadian Rockies Golf course professionals to lend us a few tips for a fun golf round on the links.
The consensus? Play from the correct tees, golf with the right people and choose a course that inspires. Starting from the forward tees creates a new challenge. Joining a group of strangers leads to lifetime friendships. Tuning in to your surroundings promotes out-of-box thinking, and builds a euphoric connection with nature.
A few more tips for a fun golf round from our pros:
Darren Cooke (Canmore Golf & Curling Club):
• Give yourself abundant time to relish the whole day. Don’t rush.
• Do not beat yourself up, have fun!
Alan Carter (The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge):
• New golfers, not caring about score and just wanting to have some fun, need to always keep from getting frustrated.
• Don’t take the game so serious, it is very difficult.
• Golf doesn’t need to be 18 holes. Play nine, play 12, maybe even just three. Go out as the last group of the day, that way you don’t have to worry about being pressured by the group behind you and you can enjoy yourself.
Mike Epoch (Kananaskis Country Golf Course):
• Play a game within your group
• Play laterals vs. lost balls, allow everyone in group to improve their lie
• Play double par as a max score
• Celebrate the round in the clubhouse afterwards
Chris Schatzmann (Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club):
• Rather than playing stroke play consider playing match play against your playing partners. If you are a twosome play singles, if you are a foursome play two person teams. Match play is a great way to build camaraderie and has the side benefit of being a faster pace than normal stroke play.
Gord Schultz (Golf Canada’s West Packaging):
• Relax, enjoy the scenery and friendship. Don’t worry about your score, just let it happen
• Leave whatever you were practicing on the practice range and keep your mind clear What are your tips for making golf fun?
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