Starting To Play Golf In Singapore
Golf, the game of a lifetime everywhere in the world!
The game for all genders and ages
What makes golf so popular and fun?
Many people think that the game of golf is for the rich, 'upperty', corporate executives etc.. Well, this statement was
true 30 years ago. At that time playing tennis was also hard to come by. This is however no longer the case today! There are
many public practice ranges today as compare to the one and only at East Coast of the island 25 years ago. Golf is the 'in-thing'
and talk about at present! There is an enormous demand; for golf ranges. In Singapore, there are approximately 13 practice ranges
open to the public.
Today you can see a complete new generation of golfers enjoying the swing of a lifetime. IT savvy, TV media
stars, civil servants, armed forces personnel, hair stylists, insurance salesmen, car-salesmen are swinging the golf balls
away. The most amazing revolution is the number of ladies and children golfers growing year by year. Many primary and
secondary schools are having golf as part of their Co-Curriculum Activities (C.C.A.)
The scenic design and lush greeneries of the golf course where the game is played
The extravagant highlight of this special game is the enormous beauty of golf courses. Golf is played in the open field we call
the fairway starting from tee and ending on the putting green. You can play in the morning to enjoy the cool and fresh air; in
the afternoon if you like the sunshine; in the evening to experience the tranquility. Every fairway is landscaped and designed
characteristically different. Some of the most beautiful holiday resort in the world has been made more attractive by over
laying with the exquisiteness of a finely manicured golf course. Be it by the ocean, in the mountains, among sparking lakes and
streams, or over rolling plains and farmlands, the beauty of golf is truly breathtaking. The challenge of these varied terrains
is never ending.
The scenic design and the lush greeneries can be so beautiful in some great golf courses that you will long to
go back to play again. No other game provide such an outstanding environment. Every golf course is different and no two golf
courses are alike. Most golfers likes to play on as many courses as they possibly can to enjoy the unique design and architecture,
especially the signature golf holes. Golf enthusiastic will even travel to the neighboring countries to experience the courses
and some will go as far as China and Australia to experience the "air condition-like" weather which you can never experience in
Singapore. Who and where you play with also account for the golf outing satisfaction. The individual crazes and fantasies are
The fun and enjoyment of the game
The golf swing is the most amazing physical expression of a golfer. To some golfers it can be the most recreational but to other
is almost like a very laborious workout. The swing requires a golfer to move the proper group of muscles in the body in perfect
co-ordination. To the advance golfers they will tell you an efficient swing require a good mind-set. To the social golfers they
may tell you that it is easier to get a Bachelor in Science degree than a perfect golf swing. The opinions are endless. The
problem is not just how you swing the golf club on the golf ball but more on how you can swing consistently all the time to
propel the golf ball to your target.
Where can I get started to learn the golf technique?
An experienced and certified golf teacher will start you with the correct golf technique foundation
The sure productive route to attain the essential fundamental of a golf swing is to see a qualified and experienced teaching
professional. Golf teaching professionals are available in most practice ranges. They conduct clinic classes for small and
big group, individual classes as well as special personalized lessons and training programme.
Group classes are beneficial for friends that would like to start up together. Individual lessons and personalized lessons
are one-to-one coaching for those who want undivided personal attention. Choosing the type of class is dependent on individual's
personality preference. It is also wise to find out more details about the lessons and learning outcomes before sign up.
How would I know which is the best Golf Teaching Professional to start with?
A good golf teacher needs to know your learning styles and modalities
First, you need to start with a golf teaching professional that can communicate with you at your level. Therefore you must assess him or her
when meeting up for a brief presentation of the lessons that you will be going through. Some may like the teacher to be more
introvert, other may prefer them to be extrovert. This is very subjective. Do ask about his teaching certification,
methodology and testimonials. Some may ask their golfing friends for their experiences and opinions while others may want to see the
teacher hands-on teaching in a class. Most importantly, the teaching
methodology must meet your learning styles (auditory, visual, kinesthetic and experiential).
Good teaching professionals possess high passion, dedication and commitment in their work.
How much do I have to pay for learning the golf technique?
The individual and group lessons
Group classes can cost as much as S$400 to S$1,000 per person depending on group size, lesson contents and which golf teaching
professional you choose to start with. The difference in the cost for the group package will also depend on the number of
lessons (there can be 6 lessons to 20 lessons per programme). The duration for each lesson can be a 30-minute, 45-minute or 60-minute.
Individual and personalised lessons can cost from S$90 to S$150 per lesson. Most golf teaching professional will encourage the
potential golfer to sign up for 6 to 10 lessons for starters or/and beginners of individual lessons to acquire to full knowledge
of the golf swing technique. Choose one that you feel is value for money. It is not necessary that more lessons in a programme
and package is better – it is the teaching methodology and instructional quality of the lesson that counts!
When can I start playing on the golf course?
Attain your golf technique proficiency and game knowledge before you start the game
A golf course designed for competition is approximately 6,000 to 7000 meters and a flight of 4 golfers will take approximately 4
to 5 hours to complete a social game. In order to play a game of golf on the golf course for the first time, the golfer would be
required to achieve a certain skill level for the golf swing technique. The primary skill the golfer must possess is to be
able to hit and airborne the ball toward the target. The distance of the golf ball traveled is secondary. This primary
skill requirement is known as swing 'Proficiency'.
A golfer needs to attain a 'Proficiency Certificate' in order to play on
the golf course. As many golfers are playing on the course, and in order to ensure that all golfers are enjoying their game, it
is therefore imperative that each and every golfer possess this swing proficiency. This is to ensure that no one golfer will be
likely to slow down the game, thereby causing other golfers not
being able to finish their game on the course in time. Moreover, if a golfer is hitting the ball everywhere, it may endanger
other golfers on the course. In some golf courses producing a Proficiency Certificate and Handicap Index Card (official golf
playing skill level) is mandatory prior to playing.
Where can I take a golf Proficiency Certificate Test?
Your golf proficiency will help you to enjoy the game challenges
In Singapore, there are practice ranges and golf courses that conducts the golf 'Proficiency Certificate Test' for the golf beginners. Upon
passing this test, a Proficiency Certificate (PC) Card will be issued to the individual. The Proficiency Certificate Test would also require
the golfer to know the etiquette and rules of the game. Etiquette is the long established procedures and customs about the game
is played. Other aspects of the game's etiquette are courtesy, safety, responsibilities, consideration for other golfers and
care for the golf course. A golfer must exhibit the swing consistency, know how to behave and conduct oneself orderly on the
golf course. The test requires the golfer to play a few holes on the golf course to prove their golf technique competency.
The Proficiency Certificate (PC) Card can usually be used where it issued.
The Executive Golf Course, a public golf driving ranges conducts this golf Proficiency Certificate Test. Some golf courses require
golfers to produce PC Card before playing on the golf course. On the contrary there are also many resorts with golf courses in
the world and especially in the neighboring countries that are open to walk-in public for them to enjoy a game of golf. These
golf courses may not require golfers to produce a PC Card or the Handicap Index Card.
Is there a golf attire required for playing golf?
The golf attire
It is mandatory that all golfers are properly dressed for their game in all golf courses. The basic attires are, collared
T-shirt with pants or shorts within 3 inches of the knee, and golf shoes with socking. Ladies may allow skirts within 3
inches of the knee.
Always dress well, look good and feel good for your practice and play.
At Asian Golf Centre we provide: golf lessons and special personalised training for starters/beginners to acquire the proficient
golf swing technique and game requirement; for golfers who are seeking for skills and game improvement; and preparing golfers
who are looking forward to take their Proficiency Certificate (PC) and Handicap Index Card tests.
Asian Golf Centre
Certified & Licensed USGTF Master Golf Teaching Professional - USA
Certified Professional Teacher and Trainer - University of Cambridge, UK
Singapore Sport Council - NCAP Level 1, 2 & 3
Singapore WDA-WSQ ACTA Certified Trainer & Assessor
Certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP™) Practitioner - USA
Certified Professional Clubmaker by GCA (USA)
GCA Winner International Clubmaker of the Year - USA
"The fun and enjoyment of golf is more than just the game"
from Philip Ang
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