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Golf lessons in English

I would like to learn to play golf - I live in Zug. But the theory classes are all in German (all bar one which is in the middle of the school hols an I am looking after 2 delights) and I don't have any German (yet). Does anyone know where/ who can teach me, in English - needs to be recognised by my local course in Holtzhausen.
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Re: Golf lessons in English

Please keep me posted as well...
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Re: Golf lessons in English

From what i remember when i worked at the Migros club in SG, they had an English test. That means if you get an english version of the rules book (dont get the actual book -much too complicated) and learn the stuff and simply request to take the test in English.
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Re: Golf lessons in English

Just realised you meant lessons as well. Contact me direct through the forum. i know most english pros and could probably recommend someone in your area.

(or you can come and see me (aarau/olten))
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Re: Golf lessons in English

My husband and son are very keen golfers and play every weekend here in Scotland and are members of a local club. We are moving to Switzerland, the Aarau area in June/July and they would love to continue this passion but have heard that golf is only for the elite in Switzerland is this true? Hopefully not my son is only 9 and has a great swing which would be a shame not to keep up.
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My husband and son are very keen golfers and play every weekend here in Scotland and are members of a local club. We are moving to Switzerland, the Aarau area in June/July and they would love to continue this passion but have heard that golf is only for the elite in Switzerland is this true? Hopefully not my son is only 9 and has a great swing which would be a shame not to keep up.
As you might imagine, there are some very expensive golf clubs in Switzerland, but its not just for the elite. I sometimes play at the Winterberg golf club where its very affordable, and where they also offer golf lessons in English (actually some of the pros are there are also Scottish).

The cheapest way to play golf would probably be at a Migros golf course.

Unfortunately neither of the websites that I have linked to are in English, but if you give them a call, there is a high probability that someone there speaks English.
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Re: Golf lessons in English

I'm a professional golfer who recently moved with my wife to Zurich from the United States.

The Migros course in Otelfingen (about 50 minutes from Zug) where I do my training is the only place I've played and practiced thus far...but the prices are reasonable, there is a train stop at the golf course if you don't have a car, the driving range has several heated stalls, and all of the pros that I've met thus far are friendly and speak good English.

If you're interested, I also run a swing speed training and golf instruction website. Send me a private message if you would like the link.
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My husband and son are very keen golfers and play every weekend here in Scotland and are members of a local club. We are moving to Switzerland, the Aarau area in June/July and they would love to continue this passion but have heard that golf is only for the elite in Switzerland is this true? Hopefully not my son is only 9 and has a great swing which would be a shame not to keep up.
Absolutely not. Most courses are pay and play, although the green fees are slightly higher than you will be able to find in the UK. For example, Migros courses (yes the same as the supermarket chain) are c.90chf at the weekend, and my local Nuolen is 110chf.

I suppose you already have a HCP. But I would advise your son trying to get one if not already, even if its 26* or 36* (Swiss HCPs start at 36), because the theory and platzreife (license to play on the course) can be a pain in the butt. As an experienced golfer you will make sure he learns etiquette as he goes and keeps up with play (courses here tend to be very busy and this is important, although you will find 4+ hour rounds somewhat mind numbing)

Good luck.

As to the OP question. Nuolen definitely do english theory at least once a year and I think Holzhäusern too.

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Re: Golf lessons in English

I could also pass on details of a very good pro, whos range is based on the Luzern, Basle, Zürich axis. He's self employed, runs his own driving range and is both very friendly and very experienced.

PM me if interested. He puts people through their platzreife course if necessary - being self-employed is also more reasonable than pros who are linked to golf clubs.
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I am a British PGA Professional coming to Golfpark Otelfingen next month to work, if you need help with anything please pm me.I am also a PGA Referee!RegardsCaroline
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I am a British PGA Professional coming to Golfpark Otelfingen next month to work, if you need help with anything please pm me.I am also a PGA Referee!RegardsCaroline
My wife is an avid golfer and always bemoaning the lack of women teachers, so that's great news. Unfortunately you might be a bit far for her, I will mention it to her anyway.

You'll love Switzerland, they are all obsessed by the rules ;-)

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Re: Golf lessons in English

They may love the rules in this country in general, but they love to ignore them when playing golf here!!
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They may love the rules in this country in general, but they love to ignore them when playing golf here!!
I guess their knowledge can be a bit hazy, but IMHO they stick rigidly to whatever they think the rules are... and get distressed if you dont. Say you dont bother marking your ball every time, or dont putt out in a fun round.

My worst experience ever here was a tournament in Schoenenberg. 6 hour round, under winter rules. I am non-member so got put with 2 duffers who scored like 120+ each, but insisted on marking, cleaning and placing the ball on EVERY shot... mostly pointless as the next shot was OOB or into one of the lakes.

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Re: Golf lessons in English

Taken zee clubben in zee handen and maken zee swinging wit zee balling.

I love when people ask for english speaking golfing coaches and hairdressers...

A) 90% of the Swiss you meet speak better English than the English

B) You don't need language to cut hair or swing a club


Having said all of the above, I know that most of the pros at Holzhäusern speak English.
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Having said all of the above, I know that most of the pros at Holzhäusern speak English.
I think all but one of them is english! In fact most pros in Switzerland seem to be english, along with a few scandinavians, and in the french part north africans. I think a lot of Swiss see it as a language practise combined with golf.

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I would like to learn to play golf - I live in Zug. But the theory classes are all in German (all bar one which is in the middle of the school hols an I am looking after 2 delights) and I don't have any German (yet). Does anyone know where/ who can teach me, in English - needs to be recognised by my local course in Holtzhausen.
Thank-you
All the pros at Holtzhausen speak english. We (a bunch of mums from ISOZ) did the theory in English last fall. If you check they may be running another one. If I hear of one (we start a set of lessons after Easter) will let you know. Also the Intl Women's Club of Zug do organise lessons in English.

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Re: Golf lessons in English Platzreife

Does anyone know if any clubs in the Zurich area have this Platzreife process available in English.
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Migro golf park in Ottelfingen - my husband did his last year all in english
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Re: Golf lessons in English Platzreife

Thanks for the info. Was it very expensive and did it take long?
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Re: Golf lessons in English

Hi,

It cost in the region of 80 - 100chf per 1hr lesson if I remember correctly.. but the website can tell..

http://www.golfotelfingen.ch/

(Course = http://www.golfotelfingen.ch/otelfin...academy/kurse/)

As for length of time; for me - took a while as I had only played twice before (on an 18 holer). If you have some experience; its not difficult. The hardest is the rules test; but then that's not too hard to be honest.

My Pro was Peter Clarke - I found him to be a good guy; helpful and relaxed.

Infact, I've not been for ages; I might need a refresher..... when this sun gets abit more consistent, I'll be down there....

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