Millions of people love to play golf around the world, and only a handful of them actually make money from playing. These are the professional golfers we see on TV and at expensive pro tournaments. Names like Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, and Zach Johnson come to mind when we think about golfers. However, when you stop to consider how few people actually make any money playing golf, it's easy to see that most golfers are amateurs, and the majority of tournaments that are held are for these amateurs. An amateur golf tournament can be a stage for many golfers who want to show off their golfing prowess and compare their skills with those of others.
While learning the rules and the skills necessary to play a good game of golf is a challenging endeavor, anyone can become an amateur golfer. All you need is a few clubs, some balls, and space to play. No one said you'd be good at first after all. You can practice your putting almost anywhere. Get yourself a portable putting cup, and you can putt in your living room, if your wife will let you. Driving ranges are great for practicing tee shots and long drives, and you can chip whiffle golf balls around your back yard whenever you get a chance. Every little bit of practice is going to help you build the skills you will need to play your first round of golf. You can start at a little par-3 course and then build up to playing 18-hole rounds on any golf course you choose.
Once you've mastered the skills to play an entire round of golf, you can sign up to play in amateur golf tournaments. You will find that people with a large range of skills will be playing, and it won't matter if you don't do very well. The experience will give you a foundation for playing an even better game. Continue to read magazines and watch videos showing you new and better techniques for improving your game, and practice, practice, practice. When you tackle your next amateur golf tournament you'll find that you've come up a bit in the rankings.