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Golf without a handicap?

Does anyone know of a course, within an hours drive of Zurich, that you can play on without a handicap cert? Or if not how do I get one - have played for many years, but never enough in one place to get certified....
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Old 21.07.2011, 16:47
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Re: Golf without a handicap?

Migros (! Yes, the supermarket...) is the biggest golf course operator in Switzerland and one of the few that allows playing without a membership in a club: http://www.golfparks.ch/

They do not require a handicap for the training courses and a simple test to go on the big ones.

If you live in Zurich, Otelfingen is the nearest.
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Re: Golf without a handicap?

there is also a club online which will give you a HC card. dont remember what its called though. you pay something like 140 a year to be a member
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there is also a club online which will give you a HC card. dont remember what its called though. you pay something like 140 a year to be a member
That's migros as well... http://www.golfparks.ch/asg-golfcard-migros/

When i said that the academy courses don't need a handicap - you do need to show that you know the rules and etiquette. I did a beginners course there and was allowed to go afterwards, otherwise I guess it takes one lesson with a pro or something.
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Re: Golf without a handicap?

There's an association for independent golfers (ie not members of a club) that organises "first handicap" competitions:

http://www.asgi.ch/index.php/de/akti...rstes-handicap

Not cheap though... membership of the association costs 300 CHF, and the competition entry fee is another 150. This is why I stopped playing golf when I moved to Switzerland, having been a member of a club in France for years .
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Re: Golf without a handicap?

Stephen there is a very friendly and cheap club at Les Etraches, between Pontarlier and Morteau, just over the border in the French Jura.

www.golfdepontarlier.fr
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Re: Golf without a handicap?

Yes, I've played there two or three times... It has the potential to be a fantastic course, the setting is superb.

Admittedly it's four years since I last went there, but at the time some of the fairways and greens were like ploughed fields - I think they were still very much in the process of setting things up, and had just expanded from 9 to 18 holes.
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Re: Golf without a handicap?

Much better and settled now - and very friendly management. The scenery is beautiful too. Much much cheaper than anything in CH.
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Re: Golf without a handicap?

Good, I'll give it another try. It always was very friendly - not the usual golf clubhouse atmosphere at all.
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Re: Golf without a handicap?

We have never played golf actually - but know many people who play there regularly and have been to the club a few times. If you go, drop us a pm and we can meet up there for a drink and a chat.
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Always best to arrive early.

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