Golf is a beautiful game. If you’re considering getting into the sport yourself, I can guarantee you’ll be rewarded if you stick to it. One of the things that often puts people off learning is that they assume that because there’s only one golf course in the nearby areas, it’ll be more of a difficult thing than a fun, easy learning experience.
If you’re in Gold Beach and you’re considering getting into golf, you may be in that position. We’ve got one golf course, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn and improve. Here’s our complete guide to beginner’s golf in Gold Beach, Oregon.
If you’re serious about the sport, you’ll find that putting these tips into practice isn’t as hard as you thought. They’re sustainable and easy, but they do require commitment and dedication. Ready to start learning? Let’s get into it!
Setting Yourself Up to Play the Game
If you want to learn to play golf, the first thing you need is a set of golf clubs. As a beginner, you don’t need the most expensive golf clubs out there. But you do need a set that’s of decent quality—buying secondhand is all good as long as they’re in great nick.
You also don’t need a full set, to begin with. Aim to get a driver, a putter, a pitching wedge, a sand wedge, a 6-iron, an 8-iron, and a fairway wood or hybrid. Of course, you’ll also need a good bag to carry them in.
While you may be able to play in athletic shoes at Cedar Bend—the only golf course in Gold Beach—if you’re planning on playing on other courses out of the area, it’s a good idea to do a bit of research on golfing attire, shoes in particular. Some require proper golf shoes.
How to Start Learning the Sport
Once you’re set up, now you actually need to start learning. Here’s how we recommend doing that as a beginner in Gold Beach.
Invest In a Coach
Now, finding a golf coach in or near Gold Beach is tricky. The closest golfing academy is about 3 hours away, so if you’re serious about learning the game, you’re going to have to opt for either online coaching or using YouTube as your coach.
Online coaching isn’t going to be cheap, but we can guarantee it’s worth it if you find an excellent coach. Guys like Monte Scheinblum offer lesson packages where you can get your swing analyzed and get pro advice on every aspect of your game, no matter where in the world you are.
Others offer online memberships that aren’t personal lessons but that give you access to a large database of video tutorials created by professional coaches. Typically, these will be more affordable than personal coaching, but you don’t get the tailored aspect.
If you don’t have any budget to spend on coaching, you can turn to YouTube. You’ll probably need to wade through a lot of unhelpful stuff until you find some good tutorial videos, or you may be lucky enough to find someone who speaks to you from the start.
It can be a little harder to find great coaches on YouTube because there’s a lot of stuff out there that’s actually just inaccurate. But it’s the way to go if you want to learn without coaching!
Find Somewhere to Practice
Learning the theory of a good swing is one thing. But putting it into practice is another. You’ll need to find somewhere to practice where you can stretch out and work on your game to full capacity. Your choices? The driving range or a home setup.
The Driving Range
Cedar Bend Golf Course has a chipping green, a putting green, and a driving range, which is also covered so you can practice your drives even in poor weather. This is the best place to really work on all aspects of your game, and you should be able to go practice almost any time you wish.
If the driving range isn’t for you, and you have the budget for it, you can always set up a virtual golfing experience in the comfort of your own home. If you’re a little tight in terms of budget, this could mean getting a golf net and a mat and setting it up in your backyard.
If you’ve got a bit of a bigger budget, you could opt for a home simulator. These usually come with built-in swing analysis and other training aids, and some may even come with games to challenge you and add a bit of excitement. All you need is enough space to install it, and you’ll have golf at your fingertips all year round!
Get Out On the Course
Whether you’re training on the range or on a simulator, there’s no substitute for the real thing. Get out on the course as often as you can and play the game in its true setting.
Commit to Playing On a Regular Basis
Becoming a good golfer doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time, but more than anything, it takes consistency. You can’t just hit the driving range once a week and expect your game to improve significantly.
We highly recommend committing to a practice schedule of at least 2 to 3 times a week. If you’re doing coaching, then one coaching session, one driving range/home simulator session, and one round on the golf course are a great combination.
Our complete guide to beginner’s golf in Gold Beach Oregon is designed to give you the information and steps you need to start playing golf and improve quickly. You don’t need a lot of equipment, and you definitely don’t need a lot of fancy golf courses nearby. Don’t let the fact that Gold Beach has only one golf course put you off.
With focused effort, a passion for the game, and consistent practice, you can become a great golfer. It’s all about what you put in!
About the Author
Jordan Fuller is a retired golfer and businessman. When he’s not on the course working on his own game or mentoring young golfers, he writes in-depth articles for his website, Golf Influence.