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Published January 4th 2015
Golf for Non-Golfers
Aside from a brief stint in year 10 when my school offered "social sport" and I elected to play golf, I've never really held a club in my hands. Even then, my participation was admittedly more of an excuse to roll down hills in my school uniform and watch the boys fight over my best friend. However, I am now finding myself more inclined to grab a club and hit the mini courses of the Pitch n' Putt field in Oxley on the Southside of Brisbane.
Enjoying my new favourite outdoor sport!
I recently asked my family to join me in a round on the green and have to admit I was met with a round of groans plus my Dad's standard response; "golf only ruins a nice walk." However I convinced them to join me after describing the game as, "golf for non-golfers" and promising to make them lunch.
And weren't they glad they came. Both my Dad and my brother agreed it was a wonderful way to spend an hour and even suggested there would be a repeat game later in the year. Hopefully next time I'll come out as the winner.
I think what attracts us non-golfers to this sport is that it is a simplified and shorted version of the real game. Each hole is between 40 and 60metres from where you tee off (check out my awesome golf terminology). So instead of being disheartened by taking 20 hits to get the ball in the hole as would often happen in regular golf, it took most of us an average of 3 to 6 hits to finish each round. Each hole also has a par (more golf terminology meaning; the expected number of turns it takes to sink the ball) of 3, which again highlights how easy and quick this course can be.
You can choose to do 9 or 18 holes when you arrive and they are easy to follow as the first nine have blue flags, and the second half have red. We paid for 9 holes and hired our clubs, which came to a grand total of $10 each. There aren't very many other activities out there in Brisbane where you can enjoy yourself for a good hour for only $10 but that is what we did. It was the second time I'd done the 9 holes and both turns took about 60mins. The first round I enjoyed was actually played before work one day as the centre opens at 7am. It was such a wonderful way to start the day.
This is how close my non-golfing brother got to the hole after one hit.
The game is also a great place to take kids to them get outside. The group behind us was made up of a father teaching his primary-aged son how to swing a club. The kid was pretty good, and it wasn't long till they had caught up with our slower group. Kids also get a significant discount if they do 18 holes.
After you have enjoyed your round of Pitch n' Putt I would also recommend a trip to the Driving Range around the corner, so you can work on your swing. This too is a wonderful outdoor activity to enjoy with the family.