Golf Essentials for the Course

two golfers walking the course and carrying their golf bags

Golfing is a great recreational sport to enjoy alone or with your friends and family. However, if you’re just starting to learn golf or heading to the golf course for the first time, you may be wondering which golf essentials you’ll need for the course. Our Experts break down some of the main golf essentials you’ll need as well as some tips to keep in mind on the golf course. With these golf essentials and course tips, you’ll feel more than prepared for your next round on the green. 

Golf Clubs

There are many different types of golf clubs you need in your bag in order to make it from the tee to the green. When you’re just learning how to golf or are looking for entry-level golf clubs, many beginner golfers start by purchasing a complete golf club set. Golf club sets include all the necessary golf clubs to make it from the tee box to the green. Many sets include a driver, a fairway wood, a hybrid club, a few irons, a pitching wedge, and a putter.

Golf Bag

Most complete golf club sets do include a golf bag to carry your clubs and store your small golfing essentials for easy access during your round; however, if your golf set doesn’t include a golf bag, it’s important to pick the one that matches your playing style. You’ll see golf bags classified as stand bags and cart bags.

  • Stand bags are ideal for those who plan on walking the golf course. These are designed with more padding, comfortable shoulder straps, and kick-out legs.
  • Cart bags are ideal for players who plan to use a push cart or drive a golf cart. These are designed with forward-facing pockets to make accessing your gear easier and a cart strap for secure attachment.

These are our Golf Expert's favorite golf bags.

Golf Course Tip: When approaching the putting green, place your golf bag to the side closest to the next set of tee boxes and bring only your putter and ball marker. You never want to place your bag on the green as this can cause damage.

Golf Bag Accessories

In addition to your golf clubs and golf bag, there are several different golf accessories to add to your bag including golf balls, tees, a ball marker, a towel, and more. Our Golf Experts share what must-have golf accessories to include in your bag this season.

Golf Shoes

If it’s your first time, wearing a pair of clean, comfortable tennis shoes or sandals will work well, but wearing a pair of golf shoes provides extra grip to provide stability and prevent slipping during your golf swing. Depending on your preference, you can wear spiked or spikeless golf shoes. Our Experts share their list of the best men’s golf shoes to help narrow down your options.

Golf Course Tip: Before heading to the course, it’s important to clean your golf shoes using a wet cloth or shoe brush to remove dirt, mud, and grass.

Golf Clothing

Many new golfers are often nervous about what to wear. Although many golf courses don’t have a particular dress code, it’s a good idea to stick to your golf clothing basics—casual bottoms and a golf polo. Most golf-specific clothing is made with performance fabrics to wick away sweat, provide sun protection, and offer maximum breathability and mobility. Wearing the proper golf clothing on the course will keep you feeling comfortable and give you confidence.

Golf Course Tip: Depending on the weather, you may need to bring a rain jacket or poncho to protect your golf clothing from the rain.

Golf Glove

Wearing a golf glove isn’t a must-have golfing essential, but many beginner golfers enjoy wearing one to prevent blisters and improve their grip, especially in hot and humid conditions. If you’re wondering how to choose a golf glove, our Experts break down all you need to know.

Golf Course Tip: Golfers usually take their glove off when using their putter.

Golf Rangefinder or GPS

Using a golf rangefinder can help you identify yardage to the pin and any water hazards, bunkers, or trees that are on the hole. These devices are a great way to practice your course management and help you identify which club to use on each shot. Not every golfer uses technology on the course, so it’s not a must-have, especially if you're just starting. If you're looking to invest in a golf rangefinder or GPS, our Golf Experts share the Best Golf Rangefinders & GPS devices for the season!

Being equipped with the right golfing essentials when you go to the course will ensure you have a more enjoyable experience! If you still have questions about what golfing essentials you need or if you need more golf tips, feel free to call or stop into your nearest SCHEELS location to speak with one of our Golf Experts.