Going into my first golf lesson, I had a lot of hesitation around the game – and especially around my ability to play it. Will I be able to hit the ball? Are other players going to be watching when I miss the ball? How do I keep score? Was I supposed to bring clubs? What should I wear?
All of my questions and hesitations about this mysterious game were answered upon arrival at The Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course. I also gained immediate reassurance from the caddie who kindly transported me from my car to the course.
“Have you ever tried mini-golf?” Alex asked.
“Of course ,” I replied, awkwardly slipping in a golf pun.
“Then you’re ready! Putting is half the game,” he said.
With a sudden boost of confidence and equipped with a new golf jacket from the Pro Shop, I then met up with Andy Mackimmie, the Resort’s very own Head Golf Professional. I could tell immediately that he was both caring and enthusiastic, and that my golf naivety wouldn’t offend him.
During my grand tour and first lesson, I learned a lot from Andy about how to approach the more-complex-than-I-thought game of golf as a newbie.
Here are Andy’s top tips for beginners:
1. All you need to bring to the course is yourself and an open mind.
The Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course provides the full spectrum of service, from clubs to carts to forecaddies. Those new to golf don’t need to bring any equipment; just their beginner’s excitement. Good thing, since I didn’t even know one could be fitted for a set of clubs!
2. Start at the driving range.
I expected to roll up to the course and start playing a full round of 18 holes (without having the skills or stamina required to complete them). It was a huge relief when Andy suggested I start by perfecting my form and swing on the driving range. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced golfer, the driving range is a great way to “practice, practice, practice” – with a beautiful lake view to boot.
3. Read up on golf etiquette.
After witnessing players dodge a couple of long shots, I learned that golfers don’t call out the cliché “FORE!” as a joke, but rather for safety. Like any sport, there are some do’s and don’ts you should know before playing a full round of golf. Be sure to ask your coach to explain the concept of “pace of play” and recommend the best time of day for beginners golf.
4. Make time to visit “the 19th hole.”
I quickly learned that “the 19th hole” is golf speak for the course’s restaurant bar! Make sure to spend some time on the lakeside patio to grab a bite to eat, have a cocktail, and reminisce about your lesson. I met one woman there who said she only came to play the 19th hole. That’s always an option at The Floating Green Restaurant.
Whether you’re brand new to golf or a long-time devotee, every tee time is an opportunity to enjoy America’s Most Beautiful Resort Golf Course, as named in Golf Digest. With exceptional service, unbelievable views, and patient coaches, this is the perfect place to start your golf journey.
If you’re a beginner, call the Pro Shop to book a lesson.
If you’re a seasoned golfer, don’t miss the Stay & Play golf package.
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