ADVICE FOR THE GIRLS
FORE THE BEGINNER GIRLS
Most all golf courses have head teaching pros that do individual lessons and offer group clinics, sometimes just all female clinics too. If you're looking to dip your toes in the water and get started, I recommend joining Facebook groups- specifically for the Phoenix area, AZ Golfers, and Phoenix Women's Golf. Here you will find many other lady golfers asking about female teaching pros, ladies' clinics, nine wines, and other gals to play with!
I recommend a local driving range to practice first before you play your first couple of rounds on the course.
There are so many places now to get cute golf clothes (thank god we have evolved from just knee-length skirts!)
If you're into the “athleisure” style seen in many ladies on the course today, you can find many clothes at all different prices!
- Lululemon has seriously UPPED their golf-style game!
If I'm honest, AMAZON always has golf clothes that look just like all the name brands for a great price! Halara is in the same price range as Amazon as well- I have ordered 4-5 golf dresses off of their site (that I wear off the course too!) that are high quality and flattering, and most have built-in shorts with a golf ball pocket.
Check out stores like T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Target, etc., for cheap tops and skirts too! I've gotten some of my best golf shorts and skirts from these stores.
YES! Just always make sure to ask the golf shop if it's okay (sometimes they charge a small “rider” fee). Totally fine to go enjoy the course and sit in the cart- it's a beautiful way to spend time outdoors, and most golf courses have amazing views.
Keep in mind when it's busy, some golfers joining your group might be a little apprehensive about letting an extra person join, especially when they're not playing. Remember to keep your phone on silent, don't move in someone's backswing, and the occasional offer for a cocktail never hurts. 🙂
Yes, although during the busy season, it's tricky. Most courses pair up random golfers signed up for a tee time to fill out a foursome. Be mindful that unless you pay for all 4 spots in a tee time, most of the time, it will be tricky to luck out into a tee time all by yourself or with just you and a friend. You'll have better luck doing so during twilight tee time hours (usually after 2-4 PM).
As far as being nervous, just like….don't be nervous about being nervous. You're not alone in feeling the pressure, with everyone watching you hit a tee shot, lol! Just talk to any golfer guy with a big ego. I will tell you, as a golfer that has to play golf with all kinds of different skill levels all the time, WE DO NOT CARE - as long as you keep pace, play semi-quickly, pick up, and move on after losing too many balls/having too many strokes on one hole, and following golf etiquette. Just match the vibe of the group. 🙂
Group clinics are a great way to network and connect with other female golfers!
I have joined several Facebook groups – AZ Golfers, Phoenix Women's Golf, Arizona Golf Events, Beginner Golf For Women, AZ Golf Enthusiasts, Arizona Golf Community Chat, and Marketplace, to name a few. Lots of people post about looking for a group to play golf with, where to find the best instructors, and offer invites to tournaments or scrambles they are hosting. Super friendly communities with a lot of helpful people!
Playing in a scramble tournament is a FUN way to get involved! Many organizations, corporations, and charities host these tournaments, usually to fundraise or have a fun day with the company. The Scramble format involves 4 people playing together as a team and picking the best shot for each shot everyone has. It's a group effort and is way less pressure as an individual golfer to perform well. I highly recommend signing up for these whenever you can- I love playing in scrambles, and they usually come with cocktails and gifts too! Make sure to keep an eye out for flyers at golf courses or posts on Facebook groups (usually where most of these are advertised).
BABES GOLF - A women-only golf community with monthly events and social hours held at many courses in Scottsdale! They offer an annual membership and a monthly membership. Cute branding and an energetic group!
GOLF GALS - This group offers weekly clinics and events at Dobson Ranch GC to ladies of all skill levels (even those who don't own golf clubs yet).
You'll hear a lot of people talk about etiquette when starting golf…. It's a set of unspoken rules and manners you're supposed to follow when playing. It stems from golf being one of the oldest sports around (and golf definitely does not stand for Gentleman Only Ladies Forbidden anymore, don't listen to anyone who tells you that). Follow these couple of basic guidelines, and you'll be fine…
A WORD ABOUT BEVERAGE CART JOBS…
Yes, TikTok makes driving around the beverage cart and serving drinks to golfers on the golf course seem lucrative…while it can be, most courses already have a solid and professional beverage cart staff. Keep in mind that drunk and creepy men are literally everywhere, and it's not all $100 cash tips and nice manners.
FOR THE PRO GALS
My golfer girlfriends and I are lucky enough to work at a golf course that has a summer skins league, and we hop into money games all the time with the boys after work.
It's so great that golf is growing, especially for all the females out there!
I recommend networking as much as you can and saying “yes” to 80% of the opportunities you are invited to. You never know who you'll run into on the golf course or off, for that matter.
To be frank, most men have some weird obsession with girls who play golf. I've dealt with all kinds of creepers - from the weirdos watching your range session (literally just standing right behind me, like, sir, can I help you), “Are you the bev cart girl” comments, and the drunken idiots.
There is nothing wrong with saying “no” or “Please give me some space!” The more upfront and b*tchy you are, the more likely they will back off. If you're not interested, definitely don't give away your phone number or Instagram. My favorite is looking to see if they are wearing a wedding ring and asking if their wife is happy!!!!
The best comeback is absolutely waxing these hacks on the golf course and staying classy.