Frequently Asked Questions
I’m interested in playing golf but have never even held a golf club, what should I do?
It would be useful for you to have a discussion with someone to get some information about the best way forward for you. It is always advisable to speak with a golf professional in the first instance to seek advice and guidance. Our professional Alan Norwood is very helpful and provides lessons for beginners and more experienced golfers.
We are also able to offer taster sessions with some of our ladies who would be more than happy to give you an insight into life at Bidston Golf Club (BGC).
I’ve been having some lessons but don’t yet have a handicap, can I still join BGC?
Yes, absolutely. You can obtain your handicap by submitting three cards which members of the ladies section would mark for you. This will enable our handicap secretary to determine your average score over those three rounds and provide you with your handicap. Please see the link below for further information about handicaps.
I don’t have any equipment or golf wear, where can I get it?
Golf isn’t exactly an inexpensive sport to play but once you have your equipment it tends to last a long time. Budget will of course play a big part in what you purchase but for example, our golf professional and a lot of the ladies will have clubs, putters, bags and even golf shoes that they don’t currently use so even if you have nothing to start with, between us we could probably kit you out! Until you have some lessons and know what equipment to buy it’s best to keep your outlay as low as possible. There is a lot of clothing that can double up as golf wear, however, we will happily advise you about what you can and can’t wear on and off the course.
As with golf equipment, some clothing can be very expensive so it will come down to personal preference and budget.
Who will I be able to play golf with?
Any of us. We don’t leave anyone out. Although we tend to arrange games with each other, you can arrive at the club in the safe knowledge that you’ll always get a game. Once you get to know more people, you’ll get into the habit of texting people or putting your name up with the last people out. It’s a great way to get to know everyone.
I’m not very good and feel nervous about playing with new people, do I have to play with other people?
Golf is a tough game, just look at the professionals! All we can say is that all amateur golfers have started in the same way. It’s always quite daunting when you first start out but once you play with more people, you quickly find that all amateur golfers experience the same issues, even when they’ve been playing for many, many years 😊
What is Stableford?
It is a method of scoring that doesn’t require you to keep playing each hole if you can’t ‘score’ on it. It’s linked to your handicap and how you play each hole and until you get to grips with it, it can seem a bit complicated. The link below provides more of a detailed explanation. Don’t worry though, there will always be someone with you to assist with scoring until you become more familiar with it.
In my previous club, I played for the team in the West Cheshire Shield would I be picked at BGC?
Absolutely! We’re always looking for eager team players. We play in handicap order, so the lowest 7 players that are available are usually asked and wherever possible we need reserve players.
Who should I contact if I’m interested in joining BGC?
If you’re interested in joining or just want to find out a bit more about what BGC can offer then please contact Caroline (Reed-Clayton) on 07756 915931 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to hearing from you!