First Time Playing Golf? Here's What to Expect

It’s no secret that we love golfing here at GGblue. At this point, we can definitely consider ourselves experts in both fashion-forward golf activewear and within the golf game itself. If it’s your first time playing golf, check out our blog to learn our top tips for new golfers. 

Take it Easy

You’re clearly reading this blog because you want to work on getting your golf game up. That’s a great idea! But, if it’s your first time playing golf, don’t overthink it. While keeping basic golf etiquette on your mind, take it easy and relax to ensure you actually enjoy your very first game.

Slow and Simple

During your first match, your swing may be a bit awkward. Take it slow and keep it simple — perfection isn’t made overnight. Make your tempo your primary focus and keep things steady. Never rush yourself to make a swing, because what’s most important is that your swing is completely under your control at all times.

photo of person standing on golf course getting ready to make a swing

Golf Clubs 101

Whether you decide to rent, buy, or borrow a club during your first time playing golf is completely up to you. However, we’ll give you a quick guideline on which each may require of you:

  • Renting — If you’re not planning to become an avid golfer, renting a golf club is a great tip for new golfers. Most public and private courses will have golf club rentals available at your disposal. Depending on the course, rentals usually range from $50-$100. If you decide to rent, it’s important to note that sometimes rental clubs are not in the best condition.
  • Buying — Whether it’s your first game or you’re a seasoned professional, the feeling of playing with a brand new set of clubs is unbeatable. Because this option is more costly, we only recommend it if you’re planning to take golf seriously and enjoy the sport often. 
  • Borrowing — Borrowing golf clubs is the most cost-effective option by far. If you know a fellow golf lover, ask them to borrow their clubs as a free alternative. Best of all, borrowed clubs will usually be in much better condition than rented clubs, making your first time playing golf more enjoyable.

First Time Playing Golf

Your Golf Bag

If you’ve ever seen a golf bag on TV, you’ve probably seen a spunky person walking past the camera with a bag and a few golf clubs sticking out. However, you’ll need much more than that. Let’s take a look at some of the items you should pack in your golf bag:

  • Clubs
  • Gloves
  • Tees
  • Golf Towel
  • Balls and Ball Markers
  • Bug Spray and Sunscreen
  • Cold Refreshments and Snacks


We hope that our tips for new golfers will help you make the most of your first time playing golf. Golf is a classy and thrilling sport that is easy for anyone to enjoy. Cheers to a very happy first golfing day!

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