Try a Tourney
We all have our own reasons for playing golf and competition might not be on everyone’s list. But if you’re looking to test your golfing mettle, tournament play is the ultimate proving ground. In fact, it’s one of the best things you can do to improve your overall game.
Visit the websites of local courses and look up the dates of their open tournaments – typically, these events include meals, prizes and the chance to play a round or two with some new folks on a course you may not have tried before. Most courses will require that you enter with a valid handicap. If you’re not a member of a club, visit albertagolf.org and check out “Public Players Club” under the membership tab. There, you can get started on establishing your handicap, among other benefits.
Don’t over-analyze this one – do some web surfing, find a tourney in or around town and sign up. Drag a buddy along and support each other’s efforts. And if you’ve already taken that deep breath and signed up for an event, congratulations and good luck! Be yourself, commit fully to every shot and enjoy the experience.
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