If you’re a long-time golfer or you want to learn the links, take advantage of the opportunities during August’s National Golf Month. Of course, there’s no better way to celebrate golf than to play, so head out to the driving range and hit a bucket of balls. If it’s too hot to play, you can play indoor Minigolf or watch premier golf events like the PGA Championship. No matter what your handicap, check out all the ways you can party like you made a hole in one.
- Take golf lessons. Learn to play or improve your game by letting a pro coach you. Almost all golfers will admit to needing help with their swing and lessons can improve it dramatically. People who have played golf for years swear by taking a block of lessons every 2 or 3 years to keep their skills sharp. You can find private lessons or group classes in most areas, so check your local listings. Remember, even Jack Nicklaus said “Don’t be too proud to take lessons. I’m not.”
- Plan a trip to a major tournament. Check the PGA schedule and select the best time and place to go to your first big golfing event. Want to catch the wild coast beauty of 17-Mile Drive at Pebble Beach? Stroll along paths of spring azaleas at The Masters? You could even trace golf’s roots back to Scotland at The Open.
- Buy new clubs. If you’ve had your eye on a set of Callaway Epic Irons or TaylorMade M4 Fairways Woods, August is a great time to find sales. Beginners who are ready to invest in their first full set of clubs can find a 16-piece with a driver, irons, a hybrid, a wood, and a putter in a stand bag for less than $300.
- Try a great new golfing video game. Even on a rainy day, you can still play 18 holes by adding golf to your video game console. If you want a realistic golfing experience, try The Golf Club 2 or John Daly’s ProStroke Golf. If you prefer sports games with an arcade feel, check out Tiger Woods PGA Tour. Improve your putting skills and have fun with the kids when you play Infinite Minigolf™.
- Get the best PGA live tournament experience. With DIRECTV, you get expanded live coverage of every major golf championship and top PGA tour events that you can’t get anywhere else, all in HD. You’ll also get exclusive access to special features like real-time leader boards and player scorecards at the press of a button, included at no extra charge.
- Teach your kids to play. Summer is a great time to play golf with your kids. Start with a few beginner’s lessons or take them to practice on the driving range. Whether they become serious players, or they just enjoy mini-golf, you’ll make a lifetime of memories.
- Experience a new course. Playing in a different environment can help improve your golf game, so accept an invitation from a friend to a private country club. Or check out a new public course that’s been getting rave reviews on Yelp. You can even volunteer to play in a company-sponsored charity tournament.
- Load up on the extras. It seems like you can never have too many golf balls and tees, so now’s the time to stock up. Look for a new pair of golf shoes and a fancy bag to carry them in. Or get a whole new golfing outfit, complete with shirt, pants, hat, and a new golf glove.
- Play 36 holes. Meet up with friends, get to the course early, and make a day of it. Challenge yourself by walking the first 18 holes and then break for lunch. Walk or ride during your second 18 holes, then finish up at the 19th hole café for a snack before heading home.
- Spend the day watching the Golf Channel. If you’re tired after your 36 holes, relax and enjoy shows like Best Lessons Ever, Chronicles of a Champion Golfer, or Inside the PGA Tour. You’ll get tips to improve your own game or learn more about the pro golfing circuit.
When you love the game of golf, National Golf Month is a wonderful excuse to celebrate it. Whether you’re up early to get the first tee time or you watch the sun set over the 18th green, you can always find new ways to enjoy your favorite pastime.
This article was written by an AT&T employee. The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent the positions, strategies, or opinions of AT&T.