in the UK
Golf Courses -
Basically, a driving range is where you purchase a bucket of balls and hit the balls as far as you can. Equipment is usually supplied. Many driving ranges have targets to aim for like huge baskets to catch the balls. This will give you the opportunity to learn how to hold the club, how to swing properly, how hard you need to hit and enable you to practice keeping your shots as straight as possible.
A good place to start for players of all standards whether young or old is the driving range. This is also a popular place for many experienced players as it allows you to practice away from the course and gain a little bit of experience. It is also a good way to find someone who can help you join the golf club.
Many people would like to start playing Golf but don't know where to begin. For many of us the only golf we have ever tried is 'crazy golf' at a holiday camp.
Perhaps the easiest way to learn is to ask a friend who already plays to take you along and introduce you to the sport. Unfortunately, many of us don't have the luxury of knowing someone who can help. So what do you do if you don't have a friend who can help? I have tried to answer a few of the more obvious questions.
If you have been invited along by a friend then you don't have a problem. If you are away from home, on holiday or a friend who plays is unable to play then you need to find alternative arrangements. Try this site to Tee off Buddies
Phone the Golf Club -
Enter a competition -
Pitch and Putt
The next step up from the driving range is the Pitch and Putt. Essentially these are scaled down versions of golf courses. Frequently, the Pitch and Putt only comprises 9 holes instead of 18. The size of the course is usually much smaller and therefore the distance from the Tee (start point) to Hole (finish) is much shorter.