Golf is a sport enjoyed by people of all ages, hosted in some of the most beautiful locations in Australia and around the world.
Golf is great fun - there's no feeling like hitting a great golf shot or holing a putt - and the unique handicapping system enables people of all abilities to compete with each other on an equal footing.
This sport is enjoyed in many forms, including mini golf, at driving ranges and on golf courses. Golf is a club-and-ball sport most commonly played in groups of two, three or four. Players use various clubs to hit their ball into a series of holes in as few strokes as possible.
Every golf course is different, so no two experiences are the same. A standard round consists of 18 holes, but recreational courses and social play can involve fewer holes. Nine-hole golf is a great way to spend two hours.
Each hole has a tee box to start from and a putting green containing the actual hole or cup, where each hole is completed. There are other standard forms of terrain in between, such as the fairway, rough (long grass), bunkers and water hazards to keep you entertained!
- Improved balance and posture
- Strength and fitness
- Improved mental alertness
- Increased patience
What you need
In most cases equipment will be supplied at beginners programs.
Most facilities also have equipment available to hire, so there is no requirement to buy clubs straight away. If you develop a keen interest in the game, you may want to purchase a set of clubs and some golf shoes.
Whilst driving ranges and public facilities have relaxed dress codes, private golf clubs prefer collared shirts and smart shorts, trousers and skirts.
Seasons / typical registration period
Golf can be played any time of the year.
Playing golf is not as expensive as you might think and you don't have to be a member of a golf club. Beginner’s clinics, for example, cost around $20 per session.
Hiring golf clubs at a range or playing a round of mini golf will also generally cost less than $20.
Paying to play rounds of golf at public golf courses can be as cheap as $10, but per round costs do increase according to location and as the quality of the course improves.
Levels of competition
Golf offers competitive and recreational levels for participants of all ages.
Golf Australia is the governing body for the sport of golf in Australia.
MyGolf is Australia's national junior introductory program designed for 5-12 year olds. You can participate in a mixed or a girls-only program.
Swing Fit is the fun, healthy and social way for women to get started in golf.