Getting started when you’ve joined

You may want to settle in for a while before you think about competitive golf, but when you feel ready there are plenty of members willing to help you on your way.

If you are relatively new to the game of golf, then you will probably want to play when the course is reasonably quiet. Best time in that case is most afternoons, other than a Friday, and early evenings will also suit you well.

If you don’t arrive with a handicap, then in order to enter competitions your first step will be to get a handicap. It’s not as daunting as you may have been led to believe!

You will need to enter at least 3 cards having played with a full member scoring your card. Don’t worry if you have a nightmare on a few holes – we’ve all been there! For handicap purposes such holes will be reduced in the overall assessment of your final handicap.

If you don’t know an existing member to ask to mark your card, then enquire of our professional who will be able to point you in the direction of a friendly face. Alternatively, contact one of our membership committee – their contact details are in the back of the club diary.

There are a number of regular “roll ups” at the club. For the lady members, Tuesday mornings is the normal time for ladies events and competitions. Alternatively, weekend ladies tend to tee off around 11.30am on a Sunday.

For the gents, there are regular gatherings on Monday and Wednesday mornings, and Tuesday and Friday lunchtimes for social golf. More competitive golf is then played at the weekend on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Remember on weekend mornings, which are probably the busiest times on the course, the first tee is closed between 10am and 11.30am in order to allow players to continue smoothly through from the 9th to the 10th hole. Again, our professional can point you in the direction of that friendly face for any specific “roll up”.

The beauty of Whiteleaf is that if you arrive to play on your own, it’s most likely you will be invited to join some fellow members for a game, other than if they are in a match or competition.

Above all – have fun, and we trust you will have many enjoyable years at Whiteleaf. If you have any queries about the club or procedures, then just ask the nearest member.
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