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Golf is an adaptable game that it suits everyone, whatever their age, fitness level or ability. Whether you want to keep healthy, burn calories or spend time with friends, golf is for you.

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An Overview of Golf

The game is steeped in tradition. The rules are uniform the world over and the unique handicapping system allows people of different abilities to play with and against each other. The game is a stimulating challenge combined with getting out in the fresh air in pleasant surroundings. Golf is not only enjoyable, it is an excellent way of exercising, as an average 18 holes usually involves walking between six and seven kilometres!

Friendship, fresh air and exercise, golf has is all

Get into Golf is the national campaign to inspire adults to take up golf and to play more often. Run by England Golf through is network of County Golf Partnership and supported by Sport England National Lottery funding.

It doesn't matter whether you've never played golf or if you haven't picked up a club since your school days or an almost-forgotten holiday. You can get started by taking advantage of the low cost golf taster sessions and beginner courses on offer.

You'll receive a basic introduction to golf from PGA professionals, together with information about club membership and follow-on coaching opportunities. Equipment will be provided so all you have to do is turn up on the day in comfortable clothing.

There's no better sport for bringing people together and with its winning combination of exercise, sporting skill and social interaction, golf is the perfect tonic for good health and happiness.


It's good to play golf because:

  • Game for all
  • Keeps you active
  • Connects you with people (for women use support and friendship)
  • Learn something new
  • Reduces stress levels (for women use Gives you a natural feel-good factor
  • Learn something new
  • Improve work-life balance
  • Helps you live longer, healthier life


Taster sessions and beginner courses are not as expensive as you might think, and there are driving ranges available across the country. The majority of beginner courses will provide equipment, and clubs are available to rent at most golf courses.


If you have never played golf before, or are just a bit rusty, Get into golf is the best starting point for you. The sessions are fun and sociable and held in a relaxed atmosphere where you'll learn the basics and find out about follow-on opportunities. They can help you find an activity near you, as well as guiding you on what to wear, the etiquette and rules of game.

Adaptations and Equipment

Once you are experienced enough to go out on the golf course you will need a golf bag:

  • Spare golf balls
  • Spare tees
  • Pencil for scoring
  • Pen for marking golf balls
  • Golf ball marker
  • Umbrella
  • Towel for cleaning clubs
  • Waterproofs - possibly!
  • Pitch mark repairer
  • Drink
  • Snack bar(s)
  • Golf Rule Book


  • The Ryder Cup is made out of gold and stands 17 inches tall, 9 inches wide and weighs 4 pounds. That makes it slightly taller and heavier than the trophy awarded to the winners of the FIFA World Cup.

Find Golf Clubs/Groups Near You

Use the search below to find local organisations near you.

National Governing Bodies

England Golf

Contact Email
Contact Telephone
01526 354500

The Golf Swing Company

golf coaching on a 1-2-1 or small groups from a purpose built all weather golf studio at The Parley Golf Centre

Playgolf Bournemouth

Our learning programmes are aimed at entry level through to elite at affordable prices. Our facilities consist of
two tiered 50 bay undercover driving range.
state of the art fully equipped swing studios
18 hole golf course
9 hole par 3 golf course

Wessex Coach Education

UK Coaching Partner Centre - delivering UK Coaching workshops including, Safeguarding & Protecting Children.
FA Centre - delivering FA Safeguarding Children Workshops

Lifeline Training

Lifeline Training

Proving First Aid training and Qualifications to all industries, specialising in Sports and Education sector.

Broadstone Golf Club

Private Members Golf Club and coaching academy

Ferndown Forest Golf Course

We are a friendly Golf Facility in Dorset. We have an 18 hole course, 20 bay floodlit driving range, 5 hole floodlit short course, floodlit practice green and shop. We are a perfect venue to learn to play golf. We have regular offers and lesson courses

Dorset Indian Tigers Ltd

Dorset Indian Tigers Ltd is registered to play for summer leagues, summer evening leagues and winter indoor cricket leagues.

Dorset County Golf Development Group

Dorset County Golf Development Group

Increase participation in golf within Dorset in line with England Golf initiatives. We use the Get into Golf Centre to deliver this objective - click on the Google icon on the right hand side of this page to find golf activities,.

Dorset Mental Health Forum Sports and Social

Dorset Mental Health Forum Sports and Social

Our Sports and Social Programme is delivered by peers with their own mental health lived experience. Whether you want to meet someone 1-2-1, play football or get out in nature at our walking or gardening groups, we will help you find somewhere you fit in

England Golf Trust - Angela Uzielli fund

England Golf Trust - Angela Uzielli fund

The Bursaries will be awarded to promising girl golfers who wish to further their education at University or College, within the British Isles, after school academic year 12, and at the same time continue to develop their golfing skills. They should be of English nationality by birth or have either parent of English nationality, or have been resident in England for the last two years. The Bursaries are to provide financial assistance for educational expenses of girls in further education.

England Golf Trust

England Golf Trust

The England Golf Trust (previously known as the EWGA Trust) is a charitable organisation, helping young people in financial need who, without its support, would not be able to play golf.

HSBC Golf Roots Plus

HSBC Golf Roots Plus

The purpose of an HSBC Golf Roots Plus project is to support local groups and organisations working with young people where involvement in
golf may provide an alternative and positive focus.

Community Golf Instructor Training Programme

Community Golf Instructor Training Programme

Following the collaboration of England Golf and partners across Great Britain and Ireland to pioneer a Community Golf Instructor programme, members of the public can now register their interest for training courses to become instructors from 2024.

Elaine Barrow

County Development Officer

02380 843670 - 07765 791082