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Senior Golfers – Come and play – the game is not so hard!

Senior Golfers – Come and play – the game is not so hard!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Some older golfers have left the game, and some are reluctant to take it up.  Why?  Mainly affordability and degree of difficulty.

I’m here to change your mind on both issues, plus two more!

Senior Golfers - Come and play - the game is not so hard!

Golf is played in such a beautiful environment.

Affordability :

The current economy is on an upswing, but green fees, etc., are still reflecting the recession process.  Many clubs have opened their doors to non-members with special playing privileges.  Most public courses and ranges offer significant discounts regularly.  Some USA clubs offer “Golf-by-the-Hour,” where you can play on a 4 or 5 hole loop for just $20.

Degree of Difficulty :

New ways of playing the game are being encouraged by the golf industry and embraced by recreational golfers.  “Tee it Forward” means men can shrink the golf course by at least 500 yards and women by as much as 1000 yards.  Check out the new U.S. Recreational Golfers Association (, where these 3 rules, along with many others, make the game easier to play.

1. You can move your ball out of a divot, un-raked sand in a bunker or bare turf, and suffer no penalty.

2. You can carry up to 20 clubs and use any clubs that are for sale in stores (including long putters)

3. Out-of-bounds shots incur 1 penalty shot, not 2.

Senior Golfers - Come and play - the game is not so hard!

Winning never gets “old.”


A great new year for senior golfers includes lightweight drivers, graphite shafts in senior flex, and softer compression balls for players with moderate clubhead speed.  And don’t forget hybrids, indeed a great invention that’s made the game a lot easier.

Golf Instruction:

Last but not least, golf instruction is more affordable now. Get a package of lessons or take a 3-day “Senior Program” at a reputable golf academy, and you’ll love that you took that jump!

Other benefits for senior golfers include getting out in the fresh air, plenty of exercises, You play golf in a beautiful place, camaraderie with your fellow golfers. All adds up for me to conclude – GO PLAY GOLF!

Source: Mel Sole

Pictures: Neville Wootton  Ken Mattison

Thanks for reading – Senior Golfers – Come and play – the game is not so hard!

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