Golf is an exciting game played in pleasant surroundings that is enjoyed by people of all ages and ability. It’s also a fantastic platform for social engagement and an excellent way to meet new friends.
Every year many people, both young and old, discover the sport’s appeal and forge a connection to the game that lasts a lifetime.
These days, it’s easier than ever to get into golf, even if you've never played before. There is a well-structured network of clubs across the state that are happy to welcome new members and visitors alike. There’s also a network of coaches able to provide tuition and a growing number of programs on offer for individuals to learn the skills involved in playing the game.
Golf is a fun sport that also reflects life’s fundamental values including honesty, integrity, self-respect, sportsmanship and consideration for others
Step 1: Find a club
145 golf clubs are affiliated with Golf SA. They offer a range of programs and playing opportunities for beginners, social and more competitive amateur golfers. Find a club near you and ask about their on-course programs.
Step 2: Join a Program/Clinic
The below two national programs are on offer at clubs all around SA:
> MyGolf – Australia’s national junior introductory program to develop and promote participation in golf. The program is designed to introduce 5 to 12-year-olds to the sport and is a major driver of junior golf participation in Australia.
Supported by MyGolf ambassadors Jason Day and Minjee Lee, the emphasis of the MyGolf program is to provide a fun, safe, accessible and satisfying introduction to golf for children by promoting skills development as well as the social and fun aspect of the sport, to them and their families. Visit the MyGolf website for more information.
> Swing Fit – The fun, healthy and social way for women to get started in golf. You don’t need any golf knowledge or equipment; simply turn up in your active wear and get started. You’ll learn the basics of the golf swing and how to putt, whilst also getting your whole body moving through conditioning and movement exercises including yoga and Pilates.
You’ll be surrounded by like-minded people and receive constant support throughout each 75 minute session. So get outdoors, meet new friends and learn a sport you can play for the rest of your life! Visit Swing Fit for more information.
Step 3: Playing Opportunities
Golf Clubs around South Australia have developed specialised offerings tailored to all ranges and skill levels of various types of golfers. Golf SA also offers programs and opportunities for golfers looking to play more.
Step 4: Club Membership
Many South Australian Golf Clubs now offer flexible and tailored membership and packages to suit the desires and lifestyles of all golfers. Find a club near you and ask about their membership options.
Social play accounts for almost two-thirds of all golf participation in Australia.
More and more players are choosing to participate in formats outside of the traditional structured club environment. All golf clubs and courses in South Australian accept 'pay for play' (green fee) paying players and green fee bookings and social groups have become an integral source of revenue for South Australian clubs.
There are over 70 Social Golf Clubs affiliated with Golf SA. Some clubs are closed groups, while some are open for membership. Social Golf Club details here