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Introduction to golf

Hi everybody

My name is Brian Murphy, I am a golf professional from Ireland currently living in Zurich.

I am an instructor in Golf Point Urdorf just outside Zurich and would like to let everybody know of the FREE introduction to golf lessons that i hold at the driving range every weekend. Come along to relax and have fun learning this great game and to enjoy something new in a relaxed friendly fun environment. Learn all about golf and most importantly have ago. Afterwards take time to relax, have some food, have a beer, enjoy the sunshine and just talk golf and sport. All lessons will be given in English.

So come along, bring your friends and family to enjoy Switzerlands great outdoors and let golf suck you in!!!

Contact our friendly staff to book a time that suits on 041 79 416 37 13 or visit our website http://golfpoint-urdorf.ch/cms/index.php?id=187

Look forward to meeting you

Brian
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Re: Introduction to golf

Sounds nice.... but isn't it an extremely expensive sport ? .... at least here in Switzerland ?
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Re: Introduction to golf

Hi Sky

The general outlook is that golf is very costly to play and all that, and for perhaps just retired people, but is certainly not the case. We at GolfPoint Urdorf want to make this great game available to all, men and ladies young and old. Its a great game to come and have ago, relax at your own pace and enjoy the outdoors and try it out.

Our facilities are very chilled out and fun orientated, where we have food and drinks on offer to sit down relax, chat about golf and sport with both german and native English speaking people.

If you, and any friends and family would like to try it out, asi said above, i provide free intro lessons across the weekends, where we provide clubs for you to use and golf balls. Give us a call and we can set up the rest for an enjoyable day. (079 40 57 593 is the number to call to the range!!)

Hope to hear & meet you soon

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Re: Introduction to golf

I would be interested (on behalf of my father) to get the license entering the golf parks. Sometimes the test is really difficult for a beginner, but without license it is not possible to even practice.
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Re: Introduction to golf

Perhaps Brian you'd like to clarify your ability to provide local residents the local licenses/handicaps needed to play golf in Switzerland and neighbouring countries.

Are you a full member of the Swiss PGA?
Are you licensed to train and assess clients for a Swiss Platzerlaubnis?
Are you licensed to train and assess clients for a Swiss Platzreife?
Are you licensed to train and assess clients for a Swiss Handicap?

If a client wants instruction in a local language, are you able to provide this?

Good luck with the venture!
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Sounds nice.... but isn't it an extremely expensive sport ? .... at least here in Switzerland ?
It's expensive to play in the Zurich area if you want to join a club within 30km of the city yes. However if you're happy to play at the Migros network it's more reasonable.

In addition practicing is less expensive and driving ranges like Wettswil and others provide alternatives. If you're prepared to drive 50kms to the German border it also get's a bit cheaper (but you have travel costs and time).

Finally some organizations/companies have Golf societies where you can attend tournaments at reasonable rates without requiring a club membership. Joining the ASGI or getting the Migros card for 250 CHF is an option.

What a lot of us do is maintain a cheaper "non-resident" membership from back home with our old Handicap and present this card when we want to play. It limits how many times a year you can visit certain places, but these days I tend to practice more than I play which is cheaper.

Good luck setting and staying within your golf budget and ski budget
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Re: Introduction to golf

Hi guys

I am a class A British & Irish PGA Qualified golf instructor and sports coach for Athlete managment.

To answer the query above, Yes i am fully qualified to train coach and assess all players of all abilities to bring this great game, and make it more accessable, to the golf and sports enthuiasts of the greater Zurich region.
Currently i am not a member of the Swiss PGA so this does not enable me to carry out the Platzereife assessment at present, If that is needed right away, i work along side a Swiss PGA professional who who is fully qualified to carry out the platzereife certification. Also my college speaks fluent german if any player wishes to take there lessons in german only. As for the Handicap system or handicap attainment, that has nothing to do with PGA professionals and not under our juristiction as it is managed by club officials in conjunction with the Swiss Golf Association (ASG).
Once again all instruction, assessment, and coaching given is of the highest quality, fun, socialable and promoting the benefits and traditions of this great game, all of which trains players young and old, beginner to elite, ladies and gentlemen in learning the game, preparing and succesfully passing the Platzereife certificationand going on to attain a personal handicap with the ASG.

Hope this is of help and hope to meet new golfers who share my passion for the game and whoever wants to learn more about it!!!

Zurp
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Re: Introduction to golf

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Perhaps Brian you'd like to clarify your ability to provide local residents the local licenses/handicaps needed to play golf in Switzerland and neighbouring countries.

Are you a full member of the Swiss PGA?
Are you licensed to train and assess clients for a Swiss Platzerlaubnis?
Are you licensed to train and assess clients for a Swiss Platzreife?
Are you licensed to train and assess clients for a Swiss Handicap?

If a client wants instruction in a local language, are you able to provide this?

Good luck with the venture!
What is the difference between Platzerlaubnis and Platzreife ?

- I thought it was two words for the same.

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What is the difference between Platzerlaubnis and Platzreife ?

- I thought it was two words for the same.

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In Switzerland Platzerlaubnis isn't really an official term we use it for our golf parks just to let people play our pitch and putt courses - no playing test just a rules and etikette test.

Platzreife is playing test to a standard of 36 handicap. (this is why platzreife in Austria or Germany isn't valid in CH as it is handicap 45 and 54 at best it will count as platzerlaubnis.)
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