5 ways to get more involved in golf
There is no sport to match the rewards of golf. Yes, it can be frustrating, but the combination of competition, exercise, stunning scenery and shared love of a sport with other enthusiasts can be hard to beat. Golf is a test of patience, skill and mental fortitude that is enjoyed by millions all over the world.
Sometimes, though, playing a round at your local club and watching a few holes of the Masters isn’t quite enough. Many golfers find themselves wanting more of a connection with other golf fans, players and spectators around the world.
Fortunately, there are many different ways to get involved with the wider golf community that can boost your wellbeing and deepen your affection for the game.
Golf betting is not for everyone. The number one rule with all betting is only to bet with money that you can afford to lose. That means you should never bet with money that you intended to use to pay bills, rent and so on.
It is also a fact that almost all golf bettors will lose money in the long term, so golf betting should never be viewed as a potential income source or a way to get rich.
Providing you take a sensible approach, however, golf betting can add to your enjoyment of the sport. These days, there are more betting opportunities than ever, thanks to the ongoing liberalization of the US sports betting sector.
You can bet on every tournament, from minor European Tour events to the Majors, and there are hundreds of markets to bet on, ranging from tournament winner to individual markets.
New betting customers can benefit from a variety of bonuses and special offers, particularly around the time of the big tournaments. Betting on golf can be a great way to put your golf knowledge to the test and to add a little extra enjoyment to watching a top-notch tournament.
Go to tournaments
While modern televised golf coverage is excellent – there is nothing quite like going to a top-class event and watching the very best in person.
And while getting tickets for the Majors can be tricky and fairly expensive, the beauty of modern golf is that there are so many tournaments on the various tours that you will always be able to find one to suit your location and your budget.
If you’re really committed, you may even buy tickets for all four days of a PGA event and follow the action from start to finish – just don’t forget to check the weather forecast!
If the weather is too rough to get on the course and there are no tournaments on television, you could always try playing one of the many golf simulations available for games consoles and PC.
Modern golf games are highly sophisticated pieces of technology that can provide a realistic and in-depth simulation of the great game, including accurate depictions of the top players, most famous courses and most prestigious events.
The available games range from fun, family-orientated versions of golf to highly detailed reproductions of top-class golf, including some in which you can create a virtual career, win the Masters and the British Open and hone your shot-making ability.
Best of all, you can experience all of this in the comfort of your own home. Who knows, if you develop your skills enough, you might even be able to compete in some of the eGolf tournaments that are becoming increasingly popular, and become an esports hero!
Follow golfers on social media
You may not be a big social media user but judicious use of resources like Twitter and Instagram can be a good way to keep up to date with what is happening in the world of golf.
Some golf fans follow their favorite players, but there is also the option of following the various golf organizations, tournament accounts, golf pundits and journalists, so that your social media feed can be full of interesting features, statistics, interviews and highlights.
Of course, it pays to be selective on social media, and some players will offer more insight and interest than others, but players and organizations that genuinely view social media as a way to keep their fans engaged can often provide some insightful and interesting information.
Social media can also be a great way to keep in touch with other golf fans from around the world.
Volunteer at your local club
Modern golf may be a global industry, but it still relies on the support and hard work of volunteers. No golf tournament could function without the army of volunteers who provide the logistical support necessary to ensure that every event runs smoothly and that players and fans are well looked after.
There are long waiting lists for the opportunity to volunteer at some of the bigger events, but the less high-profile PGA events are not as difficult to join up with and there are always smaller local tournaments in need of support.
Volunteering enables you to make an active contribution to the sport you love – and gives you the chance to get closer to the game and meet other golf enthusiasts.