Pathway to Golf

In line with the national ‘Get into Golf’ campaign, Minchinhampton Golf Club offers a comprehensive Pathway to Golf programme, taking individuals from complete beginner to full playing member with an official handicap. Our programme, now in its 6th year, is fully endorsed by England Golf and is used as a model for clubs nationwide embarking upon similar initiatives.

Our Pathway to Golf is fronted by PGA Head of Coaching Rob Ralph, who has extensive experience in coaching golfers of all levels, and whose positive and encouraging approach allows all golfers to progress at their own pace according to their own ability.

Please read below to find out more about our Pathway to Golf. Tasters lessons start again in the Spring of 2020 and anyone wishing to take part should contact  Coordinator Tom Sheffield ( / 01453 833866) for more information and to reserve your space.


"Having never picked up a golf club before, I initially felt very apprehensive about the prospect of taking up golf. I didn’t think I would know anyone or that I would even be any good at it. Now, having been through the taster and improver sessions, all those worries have drifted away. Yes, it's challenging; yes, there will be days when you wonder why you ever thought you could play and yes, sometimes it rains...but, it is great exercise, sociable and fun and I wish I had started years ago."

Course Outline

Free Taster Lessons 

4 x 1-hour lessons, in groups of 6 covering the most rudimentary aspects of the game of golf – long game; short game; putting and bunker play. Participants also receive a free range practice card, a free 7 iron, and a temporary membership card for discounted drinks behind the bar. 

Improver Stage – £100

10 x 1-hour lessons in groups of 6, expanding upon the skills learnt in the Taster lessons. The package of 10 lessons includes 2 on-course lessons where you will learn some basic etiquette, terminology and course management. Participants receive a further range practice card, along with a free putter and sand wedge.

The Academy - £400 (5 months duration)

Academy Membership is the perfect stepping stone to full membership for those who have passed through the Tasters and Improvers. Members receive full playing rights on both courses after 12 noon each day and ten individual lessons in the Golf Performance Studio or on the course itself.

Furthermore, players will be introduced to and paired up with existing members who can provide invaluable ‘non-judgmental’ on course advice and support, guidance on the expected rules and etiquette and a friendly introduction to the Club’s wider membership. Academy membership truly bridges the gap between 'golfing beginner' and a golfer confident of holding their own on the course.