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1 thing golfers should do when they receive an invitation to an elegant club

by archysport

So you have the call you’ve always hoped for. You have an invitation to a fancy club you’ve always wanted to play. What should you do next? Enter the low handicap GOLF residents who are here to offer some useful advice, from golfer to golfer, to make sure your next invitation isn’t the last.

1. Be yourself!

Dylan Dethier (+3.3 handicap): Remember, above all, to be yourself. There is no such elegant club that you should change who you need to conform! Definitely, listen to my colleagues and ask for advice on dress code, stupid rules, etc. But don’t think you have to be someone different just because you’re on a swanky golf course. We like you the way you are, and remember, you received this invitation because you are already a fun gaming partner. Don’t act differently because you think you have to do it.

2. Stop worrying about “playing well”

Luke Kerr-Dineen (1.8 handicap): It breaks my heart when I play with someone in a fantasy course who wants to play so well that they are really stressed out.

Yes, it’s a nice course, but you don’t have to play well to have fun. And the harder you try to play well, the worse you’ll likely play. So when you get that invitation, throw the scorecard away (mentally, if not literally). Keep your head up high and immerse yourself in everything around you. Note the small details. Do those things you remember, not the number on the scorecard.

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3. Send a post-round thank you gift

Josh Sens (2.5 handicap): If that person is like me, ask the spouse to inspect their dress to make sure all the mustard stains have disappeared. Ask about any club policies, dress codes, etc.

And then, send a nice note to your host and maybe, if it seems right, a modest thank you note. Wine. Whiskey. It doesn’t matter what it is, but it’s the thought that counts, and it goes a long way.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask many questions

Ashley Mayo (3.1 handicap): There is nothing like asking the member who invited you too many questions. What is the dress code? What is mobile phone policy? Should you remove the hat in the club house? Ask your host tons of questions so you won’t be surprised by too many surprises when it’s time to play – and don’t worry, your host expects it. This will help make the round more fun for everyone.

5. Nail the dress code

Zephyr Melton (6.7 handicap): Always be clear about the dress code before arriving at the course. There is nothing more embarrassing than showing up just to violate their dress code. It is inconvenient for the member, inconvenient for the guest and uncomfortable for the staff member who has to guide you to the pro shop to buy new pants. All you need is a simple text message to your friend to make sure you know what’s acceptable in their club.

Luke Kerr-Dineen

Golf.com contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is an English-American who supervises the brand’s service journalistic content on all GOLF multimedia platforms. Alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and of the University of South Carolina – Beaufort golf team, where he helped them reach the top spot in the NAIA national rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue a Masters degree in journalism at Columbia University. After graduation, he spent two years as a digital editor at Golf Digest before spending three years as Senior Editor at USA today.

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