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Tips for Fall Golf in Basking Ridge, NJ

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As the days slowly grow shorter and thoughts of beach vacations and swimsuits drift to pumpkin carving and turkey dinners, one thing is certain: It’s almost time for fall golf! Pack your best clubs, check out these fall golf tips, and book your tee time at Basking Ridge Country Club today.

Prepare For Weird Weather

Fall weather straddles the line between summer heat and the chillier temps of winter, and sometimes it ping-pongs back and forth. Whatever conditions you experience as you set out in the morning may well be far different than what you’re feeling as you near the ninth hole.

Prepare for quick weather changes by layering your clothes so you can adjust as necessary. Bring an extra pair of socks, too — that morning dew can make for surprisingly damp greens until the sun rises high enough in the sky to chase away the mist. You may also want a hand warmer or two just in case.

Switch Up Your Ball

You may have a favorite brand or type of golf ball, but fall means reevaluating what you’re hitting — if you want to keep beating your buddies, that is. As temperatures dip, it gets harder to feel your club handle and get into the groove. Using a softer ball will help, though you may want to compensate for the shorter travel distance associate with softer balls by going up a club size.

Expect Extra Debris

Even constant leaf blowing and a team of dedicated landscapers can’t contain the whirlwind of leaves that come with the onset of fall. Ground crews work tirelessly to keep the greens free of leaves, sticks, and other bits that might be swirling about, but you’ll have a much better time if you understand that perfection is impossible. Look at it as an extra challenge rather than an inconvenience and play on!

Stop and Enjoy The View 

Autumn is one of nature’s biggest masterpieces. After you’re done admiring your putt or celebrating that birdie, take a look around. At Basking Ridge Country Club, there are views galore. Whether you’re eating lunch inside overlooking the sprawling panorama, strolling by the pond as the fountains gush, or just reveling in vibrant foliage on the countless trees surrounding the course, there is plenty to appreciate.

Leave the Cart Behind

If you’re up for a nice long walk, considering skipping the golf cart and walking from hole to hole. The average highs in Somerset County are in the mid-70s in September, mid-60s in October, and mid-50s in November, but low temps can be 20 degrees cooler. Walking not only gives you some exercise before snow and ice keep you locked inside until spring, but the movement will help you warm up just in case conditions wind up being closer to those low-end temps.

Work on Your Weak Points

With fewer people challenging you to 18 holes of competitive golf — those long-standing friendly rivalries can wait, right? — it’s a great time to perfect your game. Basking Ridge County Club’s golf academy is open to members and non-members alike. Under the watchful eye of PGA and TPI Certified Professionals, you can work on your swing, tweak your short game, and improve power and accuracy just in time for a new year of play.

Have Patience

The foursome in front of you may not be in the same rush they would be during the summer crush. Dew and leaf debris may slow your play. Maintenance efforts like seeding the greens or trimming greenery could make your play slightly less efficient. All of that is part of the game. Instead of rushing, take pleasure in the journey and the moment.

Schedule Your Fall Golf Outing

Itching to make your fall one of the best ever? Ensure golf plays a big role in your autumn fun by joining the Basking Ridge Country Club family. Contact us online or call our Director of Marketing & Membership at (908) 766-8200 ext. 2 to discuss membership packages or schedule a private tour.

Driving Range Tips

man on a driving range taking a swing

Practice makes perfect in any sport, and golf isn’t an exception. One of the best places to practice golf is at a driving range, which many golf courses provide. Professional golfers spend several hours every day practicing to find potential problems in their swing. Practice like a pro with these driving range tips to fix flaws in your swing that may be hurting your game and lowering your golf score.

Stretch And Warm-Up

Swinging a golf club requires several muscles, which must be loosened before you start to prevent injury. Warm up your muscles with a good stretch of your arms, shoulders, legs, and back, such as:

  • From a standing position, lean over and touch your toes. This simple stretch helps loosen your lower back and hamstrings.
  • Link your hands together and lift your arms above the head to stretch your shoulders and upper back.
  • Slowly swing a club back and forth several times to further loosen your arms and back muscles.

Dedicate about 10 minutes to stretching to ensure all your muscles are warmed up safely and ready to swing those clubs.

Take Your Time

Don’t feel as if you must rush through 100 shots to make the most of your time. Instead, make every ball count, even if that means you only hit half as many balls during your session. Taking your time enables you to concentrate on each swing so you can prevent bad habits from developing. Instead of smashing each ball as far as you can without any thought, treat each shot as if you were playing an actual game with precision. Do your regular pre-shot routine, take practice swings, and focus on where and how far you want the ball to go.

Switch It Up

Some golfers use the driving range just to whack a bunch of balls as hard and as far as possible with the same driver, but this certainly limits your practice goals. Improve your game by using the driving range to learn the scope of each club. Pick different targets on the range and hit several shots with various clubs. Focus on aim, alignment, rhythm, and making solid contact with the ball.

Work your way through your clubs, starting with your sand wedge and then pitching wedge. Move up to your mid-irons, then your fairway woods, and finally, your driver. Don’t move onto the next club until you feel you’ve achieved a smooth routine with the previous club and hitting your primary target each time.

Switching up your clubs is a simple drill that helps add structure to your practice routine, which ultimately improves your game. Repetitive practice enables you to develop muscle memory, which is an essential part of mastering every swing.

Work On Your Grip

Because you get to hit lots of balls while practicing on the driving range, it’s a great time to work on your grip. By using different grips over several swings, you start to feel the difference and learn which one works best for you. Keep your arms relaxed while experimenting with varying pressures of grip on your club. Some golfers practice holding the club with their hands apart to identify better what their optimum grip pressure should feel like. Experimenting with grips helps you find the perfect balance between your swing speed and controlling how the club connects with the ball.

Practice These Driving Range Tips At Basking Ridge

Basking Ridge Country Club in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, has top PGA professionals on staff. They offer golfing and driving range tips to help improve your game. Our 18-hole par-71 golf course is a prime place to play golf. Members enjoy unlimited use of our driving range as well as our short game facility and two practice putting greens.

Whether you’re a new golfer or a pro, playing at Basking Ridge helps you improve your level of play. Learn more about our all-inclusive membership and amenities for golfers and their entire family when you contact us today at 908-766-8200.

Drills To Improve Your Golf Game

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Like any game, golf practice drills are a necessary step to help improve how well you play. When you take professional golf lessons, it’s common for your instructor to assign you drills to perform on your own time. Taking golf lessons is an effective way to improve your game, but there are numerous drills you can do yourself that help you become a better golfer. While someone can tell you or even demonstrate how to improve various aspects of your game, practice makes perfect, and drills help you get physically and mentally involved in improving techniques that may be hampering your game.

Putting Drills

Getting on the green with a hearty swing is important, but getting a hole in one is a relatively rare occurrence. Many games hinge on being able to consistently sink that final putt into the hole. It’s often said that half of par is putting, which makes it a highly desirable skill. Practice putting often and consider these putting drills to improve your game.

Practice Reading The Green: There’s a high side and a low side to every putt, so practice reading the green to learn how to better manage your line and speed. Pick a putt that’s between 10 and 20 feet from the hole that has some break in it. Practice finding the highest and lowest breakpoints that still allow the ball to go into the hole. This teaches you how to control the speed your ball rolls across the green.

Practice Putting Single-handed: Both hands have a job to do during a putt, but if you’re confused about what that job is, try putting with just one hand. Putt from different distances from the hole, first using only your left hand and then only using your right. Your stroke will change based on the hand your using, and you’ll get a better feel for the role each hand has during the putt. This golf practice drill can also tell you which hand should dominate when putting with both hands, which might not be the one you currently use.

Drills To Improve Your Swing

When swinging full out, you must maintain balance throughout the swing. Practice swinging with your driver without actually hitting any golf balls. Get in your regular stance as if you were lining up a shot and get ready to take a normal swing. During this drill, you’re going to stop at different points during your swing to check your balance along the way. After each stop, begin at the start of your swing again. Start your swing, then stop:

  • When the club’s shaft is parallel with the ground.
  • When the club is pointing up at the sky.
  • When the club reaches the top of your backswing.
  • When your club completes the full swing.

Pause after each stop for a couple of seconds and hold your body in place. Take note of your balance in the paused position and evaluate how it feels. If you feel off-balance in any position, you’ve identified a problem area you need practice on.

Slow Your Swing

While you’re concentrating on improving your swing, consider slowing it down to better feel what it is you’re doing right and what you might be doing wrong. In this practice drill, you’ll hit golf balls using your standard full swing, but do it at half the speed you normally would. Concentrate on making sure your swing is in sequence, that you’re staying in balance throughout the swing, and really feel your swing from start to finish. Like the previous drill, if you feel off-balance while swinging slower than usual, you’re probably off balance when your swinging at full speed. By slowing down your swing, you can more easily determine where in your swing you’re getting out of balance and work on correcting it.

Practice Your Game At Basking Ridge

Basking Ridge Country Club offers a premier place to play golf in New Jersey, nestled in the beautiful Somerset Hills area. Our private 18-hole, par 71 golf course also offers members numerous opportunities to practice their golf game with unrestricted use of our practice facilities. Members enjoy unlimited use of our two practice putting greens, short game facility, and driving range. We also offer a top-notch golf academy and private and group lessons from our PGA and TPI certified golf professionals. Contact us at 908-766-8200 for more information about our stunning golf course and let’s improve your game today.

The Surprising Ties Between Golf and Stress Relief

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For those who love to golf, stress relief is as easy as booking a tee time and showing up. When the days are long and the worries of the “real world” hang heavily, head to Basking Ridge Country Club and find your inner Zen at one of the prettiest, most hospitable places in New Jersey.

Golf, Stress Relief, And The Overall Benefits Of Exercise

Even though over half of adults say they feel better about themselves after they’ve exercised, only 17% commit to working out daily. Though there are likely a lot of reasons, people today tend to live a more sedentary lifestyle — jobs that require sitting and lack of time being two of the most common — there’s one factor that can scuttle a workout before it even begins: boredom. Lifting weights or signing up for dance aerobics in a windowless gym isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but golf gets you out and about near other people and totally qualifies as exercise.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, exercise not only helps reduce fatigue and increase concentration, alertness, and overall cognitive function, it also produces endorphins that act as natural painkillers and stress reducers. Considering the average golfer takes about 11,948 steps per 18-hole round of golf (1,948 more than the recommended daily goal), hitting the green can be very good exercise indeed.

The Power Of Social Interaction

While numerous studies have linked isolation and depression, just as many scientists have published evidence that social interaction offers a significant boost to health and longevity. People who have a trusted circle of family and friends tend to live longer and feel better while doing it. Regular socialization helps reduce stress by:

  • Encouraging feelings of safety and security
  • Fostering a sense of belonging
  • Increasing oxytocin, a hormone that helps stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, encourages healthy responses to outside stressors
  • Offering an opportunity to vent problems rather than keeping them in

While golf is exercise, it’s also a forum for discussion. From good-natured jokes about your buddy’s questionable swing to more meaningful conversations about life and relationships, you can talk about almost anything as you strut from hole to hole.

The Great Outdoors As A Natural Stress Reliever

There has been a great deal of research into the healing power of Mother Nature, and the results are in: Being outdoors is good for our mental and physical well-being. In fact, soaking up the sun and tiptoeing through the tulips could even reduce your risk of mortality, and that’s nothing to sneeze at. A staggering 95% of participants in one study said they felt less depressed, less stressed, and less anxious after spending time in nature.

The Basking Ridge Country Club golf course is a scenic masterpiece with lush green fairways and an abundance of towering trees, providing visual interest and cover. Whether you’re strolling through the shifting fall foliage on your way to the next tee or looking out over the expertly manicured vista from your perch on the club’s patio, nature’s glory abounds.

An Easy Dose of Vitamin D 

Vitamin D plays an essential role in a healthy immune system, normal bone growth, and even developing a big, bright smile, but it’s also been tapped as a non-pharmaceutical way to fight depression and regulate mood.

There are three common ways to get vitamin D: food, supplements, and sunlight. Get out of the office and away from TV and tablets, and let your skin soak up some powerful UVB rays (they’re strongest around midday). Your body will do the rest.

Book Your Visit

Basking Ridge Country Club is a private establishment that offers a stunning getaway for members and their guests. From the 71-par course to the top-notch training facilities and the on-site restaurant, which is perfect for pre-golf snacks and post-play celebratory feasts, there are myriad ways to find peace and pleasure with friends, colleagues, and even competitors. For more information on membership or to schedule a tour, contact us online or directly at (908) 766-8200.

Unusual Golf Rules

male golfer swinging at a golf ball stuck in cactus tree

Golf may seem like a simple game, but the rules may be more complex than you might realize. In the most simplistic terms, players use a variety of golf clubs to hit a small white ball into a hole in the ground located hundreds of yards away from where you take your first stroke. However, there are several unusual golf rules that can warrant penalty strokes and cause you to lose the game. If you’ve ever read the complete rules of golf, you’ll find numerous rules relating to the game and player conduct. Here are some of the more obscure golf rules you might have overlooked.

Avoid The Dew Drop Penalty

Dew is common in many areas of the country, including New Jersey, so if you enjoy playing early in the morning, you’re probably going to have to endure some. If you have a habit of wiping off the dew in any fashion, you’re technically breaking a rule that could cost you a two-stroke penalty.

Hide And Seek Penalty

Golf courses typically have bunkers made of sand, which you’ve probably had a ball land in. You may have even “lost” your ball in the sand trap. While you’re allowed to move the sand around to find your ball, you must cover it back up before taking your next shot. It’s okay to leave a small part of the ball visible to know where to hit, but most of it must be recovered, or it’s a two-stroke penalty.

Hitting A Moving Target

Once you’ve hit your ball, you’re generally not allowed to hit it again until it comes to a complete stop. However, there’s at least one rare situation where you’re allowed to hit a moving ball. Golf courses generally have at least one water hazard, which sometimes has a current. If you’ve identified your ball in the water, you can hit it while it’s moving without a penalty. However, don’t take too long to swing, or you might be accused of waiting until the current puts your ball in a more favorable position. It’s usually better to just take a drop/penalty, instead of trying to hit a moving target.

No Penalty For Falling Off Tees

If another player tries to add a stroke because your ball falls off the tee, call their bluff. Whether the wind blew the ball off the tee or you accidentally knocked it off during a waggle, there’s no penalty stroke counted. It cannot be held against you if you didn’t take a deliberate swing at the ball before it fell off.

Leave It In The Way

An obstacle might end up in your golf ball’s way, and you might not be able to move it without getting a penalty. While it’s an unusual occurrence, balls have landed on top of a banana peel or become embedded in an apple. Although these items would be considered loose impediments, you can normally move them without penalty, and you must be able to do so without also moving your ball. But in both scenarios, you can’t move the item without moving your ball. Therefore, you must either play the ball as it lies or take a penalty stroke. Leaves are a more common hindrance, but best left alone.

Snake Encounters

There are over 20 snake species in New Jersey. Imagine your discomfort if you encounter one of these reptiles while on the links or, worse, if it decided to hang out right next to the golfball you need to hit. Unfortunately, you can’t just move the snake or your ball and continue playing. While a dead snake is considered a loose impediment and can be moved, a live snake is considered an outside agency and can’t be moved before continuing play. The exception to this rule is relief for a dangerous animal condition. If the snake is one of the two poisonous species found in New Jersey, you can take relief from the penalty.

Golf Membership At Basking Ridge

Since 1926, Basking Ridge Country Club in New Jersey has provided a uniquely beautiful golf course nestled in the Somerset Hills area. Our private 6,906-yard golf course is perfectly landscaped and offers a challenging 18-hole, par 71 layout. Golf Membership includes exclusive use of the course and unlimited use of our two practice putting greens, extensive short game facility, and driving range. Contact us today at (908) 766-8200 for more information about joining.

How To Unwind After A Day On The Course

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Basking Ridge Country Club offers private country club membership. Located in Basking Ridge, NJ, our stunning facility is nestled in the beautiful Somerset Hills area and offers premier country club amenities perfect for relaxing after a rousing round of golf on our gorgeous 18-hole course. Because we’re located between Basking Ridge and Bernardsville, you can also take advantage of nearby amenities found in these historic suburbs or head to New York City for some surprisingly relaxing activities.

Grab An Exquisite Meal

Although it’s open to the public, Country Club members also enjoy our exquisite meals at Delicious Heights OUTPOST. The OUTPOST offers tantalizing and diverse menu options and live entertainment at an elegant indoor bar and dining room. When the weather is ideal, opt for our seasonal outdoor bar and patio dining overlooking our pristine 18th Green. If you want to unwind in between your golf play, stop for a snack or refreshments at our Halfway House located after the 9th hole, then continue your game when you’re ready.

Lounge By The Pool 

If you enjoy aquatic activities, swimming in our 25-meter, a full-size swimming pool might sound like a great way to relax and unwind. You can also sit and lounge at poolside under a shaded table and enjoy a treat from snack shack run by Delicious Heights. Our friendly and helpful staff members make sure you have everything you might need. If you’re still keyed up and want a little more activity, strike up a game of table tennis with one of the other club members or join a game on the basketball court.

Unwind In Nearby Communities 

While you’ll find lots of ways to unwind at Basking Ridge Country Club if you’d like to venture out and find other relaxing activities, explore the nearby communities that offer suburban tranquility. Both Basking Ridge and Bernardsville offer plenty of historical sites, nature trails, and other points of interest.

In Basking Ridge, visit the Farmstead Arts Center, a historical farm building that offers various arts events. Throughout the year, you’ll find art shows, music concerts, and historical reenactments. Visit Back to Nature Home & Garden for a stunning array of outdoor flowers and plants in a rural setting. Take an easy stroll through the Environmental Education Center at Lord Stirling Park and visit the various habitats, including forests, marshes, meadows, and swamps.

Head over to Bernardsville for a walk in the woods and communing with nature at the Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary. It’s a terrific place for bird and butterfly watching or checking out the art and photo gallery. Pop over to the Cross Estate Gardens, which has a rich history and soothing environment, to spend some time unwinding. There are numerous hiking trails beside the gardens, including access to nearby Jockey Hollow National Park.

Sports fans might want to head just a bit further up the road and take in a ballgame at TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots. The stadium is located just down the road in Bridgewater. From April through September, you can watch the professional minor league baseball team hit it out of the park.

Head To The Big Apple

If you’d like a few more options, head to New York City, which is just 45 minutes away next to 287. While you may imagine a crowded city with busy streets and plenty of the hustle and bustle, NYC offers tons of relaxing things to do after you’ve spent the day on the links.

Head to the famous Central Park, where you can stroll along the lake’s perimeter to watch the little model sailboats floating by. Visit the Shakespeare Garden in New York’s 843-acre backyard and behold nature’s beauty. Soothe your aches and pains with a nice, relaxing soak and/or massage at Aire Ancient Baths. Drop-in at the Museum of Modern Art for a breath of fresh air and free admission to the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden.

Join The Club And Relax

With private membership in the Basking Ridge Country Club, you’ll enjoy one of the best golf courses in the area, plus plenty of ways to unwind after your golf game. Membership also includes a full calendar of social events throughout the year. Contact us to at 908-766-8200 extension 2 to request more information today.

How To Encourage Your Young Golfer

Tiger Woods’s father, Earl Woods, first introduced his son to golf at the young age of two. At age three, he shot a 48 over 9 holes at the Navy Golf Course. These memorable events marked the beginning of a long and successful career for Woods, eventually leading him down the path of turning pro at age 20.

While many golf parents would love nothing more than their child becoming the next Tiger Woods, that kind of natural talent is rare to find. However, what you can do is encourage your young golfer, who already loves the game, to succeed and grow within the sport.

  1. Focus On Keeping Practice Time Age-Appropriate

As a parent, you know that convincing your child to practice is not without its challenges. And while you want to encourage and motivate them without it being overwhelming, you also want to make sure the money you may be investing in their lessons and time on the course is reinforced with regular practice.

A child in grade school, for instance, should learn that practicing is a continuation of the fun things they did during their golf lesson, and as your child grows, practicing becomes more about fine-tuning skills and game development.

  1. Make A Schedule — And Stick To It

Just as with time for homework or bedtime, practice time should be scheduled each week and adhered to as much as possible. By setting aside time for practicing, it helps make it less likely it’ll get postponed. Try to be specific with scheduled times, too — don’t just say Saturday afternoon or this weekend; instead, try Saturday at 2 pm.

  1. Allow Your Son Or Daughter To Give Their Input

If they’re old enough, allow your young golfer to decide what might be useful to incorporate into their practice routine. If they feel as though they have a role in decision-making, they may be more likely to follow through on sticking to scheduled practice times.

  1. Have Clear Objectives

When you have clear objectives in mind for each practice session, it makes those goals that much more achievable. Whether you’re working on improving your junior golfer’s stance, swing, or their short or long game, having defined goals gives young golfers something they can strive for.

  1. Teach Them The Importance of Mental Toughness

Golf is just as much, if not more, a mental game than it is a physical one. No golfer can succeed without the proper mindset. It’s been said that Earl Woods would do his very best to distract his son while he was trying to focus on hitting his shot, whether that was throwing clubs, yelling, or generally making a ruckus. Whatever he did, it seemed to work, as Tiger’s now well-known for his unique abilities to focus intently during every shot.

While you don’t have to go to such extremes, teaching your young golfer about staying mentally focused is important — there is much to evaluate during every shot, after all. The wind direction, speed, distance to the hole, and what the layout of the hole looks like are just a few things golfers have to keep in mind during every shot, and some of these things, such as mental toughness, will come naturally with time as your child grows.

  1. Let Them Know You’re Proud

All children want to please their parents, and sometimes just letting your young golfer know how proud you are of them is enough to keep them motivated and encouraged. When they make mistakes, show them what they can do differently next time, and share in the joys of their successes when they get that shot just right.

Contact Basking Ridge Country Club

Interested in learning more about our golf academy and what it has to offer young, enthusiastic golfers? Contact Basking Ridge Country Club at 908-766-8200 for more information.

Keeping Healthy with Golf

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From the scenic views to enjoying the great outdoors, it’s hard to find somebody who doesn’t enjoy the game of golf. And believe it or not, many studies have suggested another added benefit to spending a day on the golf course – positive impacts on your physical and mental health. Here, discover the top health benefits of golf that you can experience at Basking Ridge Country Club.

Low-Impact Exercise

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or stay active, golfing is an excellent way to achieve low-impact cardiovascular exercise. Combined with how much you walk and the motion of your swing, the full-body workout you’ll get is one of the greatest health benefits of golf. Plus, after completing our gorgeous 18-hole course, you will have walked approximately six miles, which can burn up to 1,500 calories!

Studies have shown that high-impact exercise can result in long-term damage to joints and muscles. Golf offers an activity with reduced stress and strain on the body when compared to other forms of exercise like running or playing basketball. So go ahead and skip the gym and come out to the course instead.

Enhanced Heart Health

In addition to helping you stay in shape, golfing regularly also provides benefits to your heart health. From walking to swinging to carrying your clubs, you’ll enhance the blood flow to your heart during your outing, as well as elevate your heart rate. The average golfer will experience a heart rate of around 100 beats per minute over the span of a morning or afternoon. And in the process, you can even decrease your risk of diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and dangerous cholesterol levels.

Mental Health Benefits

In a detail-oriented sport like golf, getting in regular practice is a great way to keep your mind sharp. Playing golf has even been shown to reduce anxiety and stress. It’s also linked to improved moods, as the physical activity you’ll get on the course elevates levels of endorphins and serotonin. Plus, on our private and luxurious course, you won’t have to deal with the stress of long lines at the pro shop and can feel more relaxed and at ease simply by enjoying our beautiful surroundings. After a day on the course you’ll likely enjoy a better night’s sleep, where you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake feeling completely refreshed.

Stay Healthy at Basking Ridge Country Club

From basking in nature to challenging your friends or colleagues to some friendly competition, you can take advantage of the health benefits of golf by committing to hitting the course regularly. Basking Ridge Country Club provides a golfing experience to our members unlike any others, from our pristine landscaping and newly renovated clubhouse to one of the best restaurants around. For more information or to explore membership options, contact us today.

Golf – A Sport for Life

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Since the sport’s earliest days, golfing has been enjoyed by people of all ages. And it’s easy to see why – from a fun opportunity to socialize to learning valuable life lessons, the positive effects that golfing has on anyone who plays is enough reason to keep them coming back for more. After all, arguably one of the most famous golfers of all time, Tiger Woods, got his start when he was just two years old, and one of the oldest known golfers ever was still playing at the age of 103! Here’s a deeper look at why golfing is truly a sport for everybody.

Safe Activity for Any Age

Compared to other activities like flag football, soccer, and tennis, golf is a sport of relatively low risk, with low-impact exercise that is safe for all ages. The handicap system levels the playing field, so golfers of all ages, skill levels, and physical abilities can enjoy a challenging day on the course.

Many Different Formats

Your golfing experience is essentially customizable to suit the individual needs of you and your group. For instance, you can play standard 18- or nine-hole games, or choose from a wide variety of playing styles:

  • Medal
  • Stableford
  • Texas-scramble
  • Foursomes
  • Greensomes
  • Match play
  • Stroke play
  • Fourball
  • Kid-friendly variations

Social Affair

Whether you’re serious about your golfing game or are hitting the course for the first time, your experience can turn into quite the social affair. If you’re heading out with your friends or family, you’re in for a memorable few hours. Or, you can capitalize on a great networking opportunity by bringing your business partners and prospective clients out for a morning or afternoon on the greens. And as an added bonus, golfing is a food- and beverage-friendly activity!

Valuable Life Lessons

You’re never too young or old to learn something new, especially when it comes to experiencing the valuable life lessons behind the game of golf. Not only does the sport promote good sportsmanship, but it also teaches golfers to treat their competitors with the utmost respect. Unwritten rules like shaking the hands of your playing partners after every round and never walking on others’ putting lines are just some of the aspects that make golf appropriate for all ages.

Golf is a solo game, and it helps teach you to rely on yourself to get the best score possible. Plus, golfing also teaches you to never take life’s simple pleasures for granted. From enjoying the serene beauty of our private golf course to exclusive opportunities to socialize with fellow members, golfing at Basking Ridge Country Club will instill lifelong memories you’d be hard-pressed to find at other courses.

Welcoming Golfers of All Ages

Golfing isn’t just for the professionals. At Basking Ridge Country Club, golfers of all ages are welcome. We offer child memberships for any member’s children under age 13, as well as junior memberships for ages 14-22 and many options for those over the age of 23. For more information on our memberships or about our exclusive, private golf course, contact us today.

7 Life Lessons Golf Teaches You

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Bobby Jones, the amateur golfer who helped design the Augusta National Golf Club and cofounded the Masters Tournament, is credited with this appropriate quote that reflects the parallels of golf and life:

“Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots — but you have to play the ball where it lies.”

Golf can teach its players many life lessons, including those listed below.

  1. Don’t sweat the small stuff or dwell on a bad shot

We all make mistakes. This sport teaches us that one or two bad shots aren’t going to ruin an entire round of golf. Learn to forgive yourself and move on. The best approach is to laugh at your bad shots and try again.

  1. Concentration and focus are important

Golf isn’t a game where you can multitask. It requires an immense amount of focus and concentration in order to improve your skills. Maintaining your attentiveness for 18 holes is something that’s also useful for life in general, as focusing on any task at hand until it’s complete can help you be a more productive person.

  1. Learn to accept things out of your control

If you play golf a lot, you can probably count a myriad of times when a situation did not go your way. A shot you hit that you felt was perfect ended up in the sand trap or the water, or the ball didn’t carry as far down the fairway as you had planned. Just as you shouldn’t dwell on the result of a bad shot in golf, you have to accept things in life that are out of your control.

  1. Use problem-solving techniques

Succeeding at golf is often about strategy. You find yourself in a certain spot, and you know where you want to end up. The question is, how do you get there? This can manifest itself in many ways. Maybe you need to learn to navigate the course on a windy day, or you need to plan your attack for a series of shots. Whatever it may be, golf teaches you how to solve problems effectively, and this skill is applicable to life in general.

  1. Patience is necessary

Golf teaches its players how to have patience, and if you’re not a patient person, you can learn how to be through playing golf. You can’t win by getting ahead of yourself — you have to take one shot at a time. Patience is a virtue when it comes to both life and golf.

  1. Quiet environments can be beneficial

In order to be productive, most people need a certain level of quiet, just like on the golf course, where there is a certain level of respect players and spectators have for the people around them since the game requires such a high level of focus.

  1. Be honest

Maintaining honesty and integrity is important in our relationships or work tasks, and golf is also a game of honesty. You are your own rules official on the golf course — no one is watching your every shot. Sometimes you may be forced to apply a penalty to yourself, and this can be hard to do, but in the end, those are the rules and you have to follow them. Just as you can’t get ahead in life by cheating, you can’t be the best golf player by being dishonest.

Matthew Southgate, an English professional golfer who plays on the European tour, believes that golf is analogous to life. He says:

“Golf is so like life in general. You rarely get what you want. You have to work hard for everything. And you have to believe in yourself and what you are doing.”

Interested in improving your golf game? Check out Basking Ridge Country Club’s Golf Academy, which offers individual, group and family lessons. Contact Basking Ridge Country Club for more information at 908-766-8200.