If you are looking for a new, exciting sports activity, why not choose golf? The Bluegreen golf course in Saint-Aubin is a great place for beginners. I went to Saint-Aubin to test my swing on a 2-hour introductory session. Here’s what I thought of the experience…
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"Just like me, you can learn the basics of golf for free in just two hours"
Clélia and Damien came with me for this experience. We were lucky to have chosen a sunny day early autumn. We joined a small group of beginners. Our instructor, Tristan, is a golfer with 15 years' experience and he has a great sense of humour.
He gave us a warm welcome and taught us the basics. For him, golf is just like the French McDonald's campaign, "Come as you are". He showed us the right position we needed to be in for holding the club, where our feet, hands and body were supposed to be. Thanks to his personalised advice, we understood very quickly how to use our body to hit the ball accurately.
There are 3 courses at the Bluegreen golf course in Saint-Aubin (18-hole, 9-hole and 6-hole) adapted to all levels of ability.
There is also a crazy golf course, on a real miniature 18-hole course!
We went to the driving range to practice hitting the ball long distances. Tristan told us about the different types of clubs and gave us an 'iron'* that was suited to this exercise. Our training began.
I started hitting the ball... well at least I tried to because as it happened, it was more difficult and more sporty that I had expected. Little by little, and thanks to the instructor's advice, I managed to hit the ball further away. I hit the ball in all directions, even those I didn't think were possible.
The driving range* is a place where beginners can try hitting the ball for the first time without breaking a neighbour's window or scaring the sheep in a nearby field.
The 'green'* is the area nearest to the hole where the grass is very short and perfectly maintained.
The 'driving range'* is a training ground for golfers looking to work on their swing and their technique.
An 'iron'* is a type of golf club used when playing out on the course.
Then we headed to the green*, and our introductory session continued with a putting introduction. The grass on the green is cut down to the millimetre. The goal of putting is to get the golf ball as close as possible to the hole, before then getting it in the hole. I concentrated, my gaze fixed on the little white ball. With one precise yet small movement, the ball began rolling straight towards the hole. My pulse quickened as it got closer, and I jumped with joy when I heard the sound of the ball landing in the hole.
The last step was an important one, as it was our very first hole as beginner golfers. Each of us tried to get the ball in the hole in the least number of strokes possible. We laughed as some balls disappeared into the bushes. But despite this, some participants (me, included) did a great job and made the hole in just 2 or 3 strokes. Now that's what I call beginner's luck.
To summarise, if you are looking to try a new sports activity, the introduction to golf at the Bluegreen golf course in Saint-Aubin is a great idea. There’s a great, laid-back atmosphere. With experienced and passionate instructors such as Tristan, you’ll be learning the basics of golf in a superb, relaxing setting. Thanks to his expertise, we grasped the basics very quickly. Golf is a sport that is accessible to everyone. Don’t hesitate to book your free introductory session and try out this unforgettable experience yourself!