The Benefits of Playing Golf by Yourself

Playing golf alone has many advantages that are not available to the golfer who plays with company. Some people may think that they will be bored while playing by themselves, but in reality, it can actually be fun to focus solely on your own game without worrying about other players around you. You can take as much time as needed between shots and try new things without feeling self-conscious or worried about what others will think. Golfing by yourself is also a great way to relieve stress and relax after a long day at work or school.

When it comes to the game of golf, there are a lot of different opinions out there. Some people think that playing golf by yourself is the best way to improve your game, while others believe that playing with others is the only way to go. I personally enjoy playing with others but there is nothing better than hitting the golf course on your own from time to time. Being able to put into practice what you have just learned is an invaluable experience and one that should not be taken for granted.

It’s a Great Way to Improve Your Game

Think about it, If you have a golf match ahead and need to work on your approach shots or your driving for example (just like myself) this is the best way to do it.

The great thing about playing solo is that you can try out different things without worrying about embarrassment or judgment from others. If you fancy practicing your putting for a while, jump on to putting green and take it in without having to worry about anyone else.

If you love golf then you know that sharpening up your skills is the name of the game, so why would you not take advantage of playing by yourself?

You Have Complete Freedom on the Course

As long as you are not affecting anyone else’s game when you play golf by yourself, you can do whatever you want. I enjoy the freedom I have during my solo round and it never gets boring.

Going out and hitting the golf ball is a great way to escape reality and just relax without anything holding you back or worrying about hitting bad shots, searching for the ball out in the rough, or other things that normally ruin your game.

When I play golf by myself, I let my mind wander and enjoy everything about the game. Sometimes when you play in a group, your partner’s golfing abilities can be distracting and may take away from the experience you are supposed to get from playing.

You Can Take Your Time and Play at Your Own Pace

I find that I play better golf when playing alone compared to playing with other people. When I play by myself, I feel like it forces me to take my time and make every shot count instead of rushing out there.

Playing in a competition or with others can sometimes become frustrating as the slowest player on the course usually is responsible for holding everyone else up. If you are out there playing by yourself, however, you can move at your own pace and not let the game go by too quickly.

When you play by yourself, there’s absolutely no pressure or time constraints. You can take all the time in the world to hit your shots and there’s nobody to complain about slow play.

It Can Be Fun and Relaxing

As I mentioned before, playing golf by yourself is a great way to relax and just have fun. You can work on your golf management and enjoy different aspects of the game that you might not have considered before.

I quite often meet new people when playing solo and I love that aspect of the game as well. If you are a golfer and you live in a small community, it can be difficult to make friends or meet new people. Therefore hitting the course by yourself is a great way to meet new people and make friends.

Driving Range vs Golf Course

Don’t take me wrong I love going to the driving range but that feeling on the golf course, taking your first tee shot is amazing, especially when you nail it. Most golf courses will allow you to play on your own.

And this is great as you can work on your game, uninterrupted. And if you get stuck behind another group who is slow like I have the other day, no stress just pick up another ball and play on.

Being on the golf course is an entirely different experience than hitting balls at the driving range. On the course, you get to visualize, practice the hard shots and focus on those long par 5’s or scary par 3’s. There are no limits on what you can try and experiment with.

You also have a chance to meet new people who may play at your level or maybe more experienced than you, and you can learn from them, and ask for their help with your game.

The only downside to playing solo is that you may end up putting too much pressure on yourself to perform well.

The Downsides of Playing Golf Solo

Some of the golf courses don’t allow playing solo, so make sure that you check the rules before you book your tee time. The availability could be a challenge as golf clubs are often busy during the weekends and peak times.

Another downside of playing golf solo:

  • You might end up playing with a stranger.
  • Playing alone means that there’s no one to share the praise when you do well and
  • It’s easier to cheat
  • You have to play with yourself which can get quite boring after a while
  • Other groups playing the same course but different tee times would mean that you might end up being in their way
  • Unable to play as fast as you might like, because there’s no one to speed you up
  • You could be missing out on socializing and networking with your


If you want to enjoy golf more, the benefits of playing alone are numerous. For starters, there are no pressure or time constraints when you play by yourself and this can make for a much more relaxing experience than if you played with other people.

You also have an increased chance to meet new people who may be at your level or even better experienced in order to learn from them and ask for their help on improving your game.

The downside is that it might put too much pressure on yourself as there’s nobody to share the praise with when good things happen!

The Golf Bandit
The Golf Bandit

Hi, I'm Jan. I love golf and I have been playing for a while now. I really enjoy trying out new golf clubs and equipment, and like to review them on my blog. I consider myself lucky as I have access to the latest clubs and gadgets, so I can get a feel for how they perform on the golf course. I also like to share my tips and tricks on how to improve your game, so if you're looking for help with that then look no further! Thanks for visiting, and I hope you find something useful here.

Articles: 164

Newsletter Updates

Enter your email address below to subscribe to our newsletter