5 Things You Didn’t Know About Golf…And Neither Did We
By Laura Di Lorenzo
If you didn’t grow up playing golf, then you may have some preconceived ideas about the sport. It’s boring! It’s elitist! AND It’s super expensive! But here’s the thing: there’s so much about golf that you might not know. And don’t worry, you’re not alone. I was guilty of a lot of these myths until I hosted El Late Night Cho and learned more about the sport! Lots of Latinos think there are too many obstacles when it comes to getting into golf. Pero that can’t be farther from the truth! Golf is accessible and fun! Trust me, I’ve been to the tournaments myself and things have changed. For instance, did you know that golf includes drinks AND music? If you’re thinking, “Oh snap! those are two of my favorite things!” then you’re in the right place and I’m gonna need you to read on!
Here are five myths we’ve all – yes all – been guilty of thinking when it comes to golf.
MYTH #1: Golf clubs and playing at a course costs way too much money.
You can hear your Abuela now, telling you to save your money! But don’t stress: like anything, the price of golf clubs ranges from affordable to expensive. A set of clubs can cost you anywhere from $200 to $600. But if you’re just starting out, you can hit up a local thrift store and find used golf clubs for way less! It all comes down to doing a little digging. You can also buy clubs from overstocks and discontinued stock at a much cheaper price than “top of the line” clubs. Also, if you’re a beginner, you can get by with an inexpensive set of 5-7 clubs. You don’t need to have every single club on the market when you’re just dipping your toes into the golfing world. There are plenty of sets geared toward people who are just starting out!
Okay, so now you’ve got your clubs, and your Abuela is super proud of how affordable they were! But how much does it cost to play golf at a course? Well, it depends on if the course is private or public, what time you go, and the day of the week. If you go to a public course on a weekend and play 18 holes, it’ll probably be around $35 (including the golf cart). The newer the course, the more expensive it’ll likely be.
MYTH #2: Attending a PGA Tour Event is super pricey.
So you’re a huge golf fan and want to attend a PGA Tour Event with your primos and primas. It’s totally not as costly as you think! A “Daily Grounds” (single day) ticket starts at just $35. Also, kids up to 18 years of age are free and most PGA TOUR Tournaments also offer complimentary admission for our military! So maybe instead of going to the movies with your family, you can spend the day playing golf with them and make it a family event!
MYTH #3: Golf isn’t a Latino sport.
This couldn’t be farther from the truth! Some of the top golfers out there are Latino. In recent years, Latinos have become more and more involved in the golf scene and they are totally changing the game. Some prominent Latino golfers include Jon Rahm, Jhonattan Vegas, Emiliano Grillo, LPGA stars Lizette Salas and Maria Torres. In fact, back in September the PGATOUR for the first time had two Latino players win back-to-back events. Joaquin Nieman (Chile) won the Military Tribute at the Greenbrier, and Sebastian Muñoz (Colombia) won at Sanderson Farms Championship. There are some seriously talented Latino golfers out there!
MYTH #4: You have to dress a certain way to play golf.
Bet you didn’t know (just like we didn’t!) that you can totally play golf just as you are. Of course, there are definitely golf courses that have dress codes. Here’s a little hint: the more expensive it is to play at a particular golf course, the more likely that there is a dress code. Dress code for golf probably means collared shirts, no denim, and dockers shorts or slacks.
But here’s the good news! If you’re just trying to play golf in whatever you feel like wearing, there’s likely a golf course that doesn’t enforce any sort of dress code. (I literally wore my white converse shoes the first time I went to play golf!) Municipal golf courses (courses owned by a governmental authority like a city) usually don’t enforce any sort of dress code. You can show up in your favorite cute shirt and jeans and do your thing, that’s what I did ;).
MYTH #5: Golfing is boring.
This is probably the most ridiculous myth of all! What other sport allows you to drink alcohol while you play? Yes, that’s right. You can totally sip an alcoholic beverage while you swing your clubs. Of course, you’ve got to behave yourself and you have to purchase the beverage from the golf course (aka, you can’t smuggle in booze). But still – que fun! You can also listen to music while golfing, I personally like to listen to Natalia LaFourcade. In recent years, listening to music on the golf course has grown in popularity. Some golf courses even rent out speakers in the shop, or have DJs on the course to liven things up during tournaments! Who says you can’t bring the party to a golf course? As long as you’re respectful to your golfing neighbors, listening to music is a totally great way to have fun while golfing.
And there you have it. Five myths debunked about golf. Now, get out there and have fun, mi gente!
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