When I was thinking of taking up golf, the main question was: 'Will I find time to actually practice it, given our (then mine) travel schedule?'
Luckily, places like the World of Golf (of which there are several in UK, including the Sidcup one) make practice possible as they are open up to 10pm on weekdays and have both the floodlit driving range and short game practice area. You don't need to be a member to use he driving range, as you can just buy ball credits on 'pay as you go' basis. If you are a member, 62 balls will set you back a grand sum of.... 4.75GBP, which is not a huge amount in London. You do need to be a member to use the short game practice area.
There is also a pro shop, golf lessons (including the ones that allow them to video your swing), a grill/bar and a US-style miniature golf facility.
All of this, however, makes the Sidcup World of Golf extremely popular and parking (free on site) can be difficult to find at the end of the day - you may want to consider this when deciding on the time you want to come in.
I am not a big golfer at all, have played only a couple times in my life in South Africa. I have played Adventure Golf quite a few times though and thoroughly enjoy that! (especially when I beat my husband) :)
Wimbledon Common has a beautiful golf course. It belongs to the London Scottish Golf Club.
This course was originally seven holes, but is now eighteen holes, laid out by Tom Dunn in 1871.
What is refreshing about this course is that it is uncommercialised, hazard fee (virtually), and still quite natural.
If I was a keen golfer this is the club I would play at (besides the fact is is across the road from me!).
Equipment: These are photos of the London Scottish Golf Club. Around the corner is the entrance, with a big sign saying 'Dont forget to pay your GREEN FEES'.... what's nice about this course is there are no 'exclusivity' htings to consider.
Anyone can come and play a game of golf, and you dont even need your own golf set, you can hire everything you need from the golf club house shop. They offer coaching for £20 an hour too.
They are quite strict with the rule of every golfer wearing a bright red 'upper garment' (t-shirt/jumper) whilst playing golf. This can also be hired.
(A similar tip appears in my Wimbledon Common page, if you have rated that one, please do not rate this one. Thanks).
The Grove has been chosen as the host for The World Golf Championships in 2006, in association with American Express. This will be the first time the championships have ever been hosted in the UK.
This is set to be the first time the World Golf Championships have been hosted in the UK, and also the first time the Top 64 players in the world will play in London. It will be the only opportunity for many of the British public, outside of the British Open, to see the world's golfing greats such as Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Colin Montgomerie, Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood.
Equipment: 'Kyle Phillips' golf course follows the slopes, ridges and mounds that occur naturally within The Grove's local landscape. Despite this traditional appearance, the course makes a few concessions to modernity:
The Grove Golf Shop isn't a typical pro-shop, stocking the usual golf gear. Instead, their fresh and lively golf shop offers modern leisurewear appealing to all golfers. The Grove's own brand of Italian-made clothing is on show, along with merchandise from the leading international names in golf. Their staff, trained in all aspects of the products, can give expert advice from choosing the right set of clubs to choosing the right (and left) golf shoe.
If you're looking for a golf glove, a gift or a memento from The Grove, visit their golf shop in the clubhouse.