Making the most of your golf lessons

The stigma that golf is a game for retired men is long gone.  According to research* done in April 2022, 27% of new golfers are aged between 18-34 (Gen Z), and 25% of female golfers tried golf for the first time because of the pandemic.

No matter your age or gender, if you are interested in golf lessons, private or in a group, there are a few things that you should know before you start.

There are many reasons why you would want to take golf lessons: you may want to compete, learn to play for social enjoyment or take up a new hobby.

Setting a goal for yourself and knowing what you hope to achieve from the lessons will ensure you make the right decisions and have an overall pleasant experience.  This will also help you narrow down your search for a golf instructor, and assist them to tailor the lessons to your goals.

Finding the right golf coach may take some time. Booking a test lesson with a potential coach will give you a good sense of the instructor’s personality. It also allows you to ask questions about scheduling, cost, group, and private lessons. We highly recommend contacting a PGA-qualified coach in your area who has access to top facilities and will teach you best practices right from the start.


How to Prepare for Your First Lesson

  • Arrive at your first lesson early. Wear comfortable clothes and have your visor, glove, and water bottle.
  • Take time to stretch and loosen up. Hit a few balls to warm up.
  • You may want to come up with a few questions or topics you wish to address.
  • Make sure to bring your whole set of clubs if you own a set. If not, provide advance notice to your instructor so they can provide the equipment you’ll need.
  • Bring a golf journal to keep track of what you learned, key takeaways and your action plan for moving forward.

Remember, golf is meant to be recreational. If you are stressed about your golf lessons, you miss the most significant element of golf – having fun.

With some quality instruction, you can improve your skills and get even more enjoyment out of the game.

At Olivewood Golf Academy, we offer professional PGA qualified coaching for beginners to experienced golfers at our superb outdoor facilities, including a driving range, short game practice area and practice putting green.

The main objective of the Golf Academy is to develop athletes into players that can participate and compete with confidence, and reach their true potential.

Starting Them Off Young

For our younger learners, the main emphasis is on fun and principled skill development. Whether this is the introduction to your child’s golfing journey or an opportunity to further their current skill sets, we offer programs designed for their specific needs.

With holiday packages available, as well as clinics split over a few weeks, your child will be able to learn more about the game in a fun and exciting way. Clinics will include, but not be limited to, coaching juniors on the fundamentals of:

  • Putting
  • Chipping
  • Pitching
  • Bunker play
  • Full swing
  • Rules and Etiquette


For more information on private and group golf lessons at Olivewood Golf Club, please get in touch with our Golf Manager and PGA Professional:

Dylan Reid

Cell: 072 363 8373