Empowering Women Golfers at the Royal Golf Club
The Royal Golf Club offers numerous opportunities for women of all ages, from 8 to 80, to learn the game. Learn to play this year or sharpen your skills.
Whoever said golf was a man’s game was probably a man.
And whoever said it certainly didn’t stop women from playing. According to the 2018 report from the National Golf Foundation, women make up 24 percent up all golfers. The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) in the United States has existed since 1968 and many other ladies golf associations exist across the world.
Women certainly have proven themselves on the golf course, and more opportunities are opening up for them to get involved with local golfing communities. As more and more women get involved with golfing, and hone their skills on the course, golf instructors are eager to provide opportunities to any women looking to improve their game.
Brandon Sigette is one of those instructors.
As Director of Instruction for the Royal Golf Club, Sigette offers lessons for girls as young as four and five years old to start playing golf. He is extremely passionate about getting women involved in the sport, and in his work he creates special opportunities for female golfers.
“In the past, golf was predominantly a men’s game,” says Sigette, “and because of that I think there can be an intimidation factor when it comes to women getting involved with golfing.”
Despite this obstacle, Sigette says that female players are rising to the challenge. And the Royal Golf Club will be there to support their passion for the game.
One important development fueling the growth of women in golf, notes Sigette, is the growing influx of female professional golfers who are steeped in the fundamentals of the game.
“Annika Sörenstam, for example, has the best example of rotary movement,” says Sigette. “She has one of the best swings in all golf — men’s or women’s.”
“Danielle Kang too,” Sigette adds, “won the 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and she has amazing fundamentals.”
“Lydia Ko,” says Sigette, “is so fundamentally solid. It’s amazing to watch the power and consistency that she displays. She is one of the top three in the world to watch.”
The skill and consistency displayed by these and other top female golfers forms the core of Sigette’s teaching method at the Royal Golf Club.
“By focusing on the fundamentals, my goal is help female golfers build the confidence they need to play any course, regardless of the difficulty,” says Sigette. “We want to help golfers overcome the typical frustrations in learning the game so they can enjoy it for a lifetime.”
For girls, ages 4 to 18, the Royal Golf Club offers a number of camps and clinics throughout the summer that allow girls to learn the game. To learn more about these programs or to register, click here.
For adults, Sigette and the Royal Golf Club’s other golf pros offer both private and small group lessons.
Beyond these, Sigette offer two ladies programs that let women learn from, and play with, other women: the Ladies Open Clinic and Ladies, Lessons and Libations.
“The Ladies Open Clinic is more practice oriented,” Sigette says. “We focus on improving your swing, making your fundamentals consistent, controlling the face of the club, and controlling the body. For more advanced players we focus on attacking the golf course and understanding the yardage and the size of the greens.”
“Ladies, Lessons and Libations is much more relaxed and focused on the social element of golf,” Sigette says. “It’s a time to have a good time with your friends and get better in a fun environment.”
So why extend beyond co-ed programs and have lessons for women specifically? Sigette says they are a crucial part of the club.
“It’s really important for women to have the opportunity to play with other women,” says Sigette. “Golf is all about building community and connections, so it’s great to be able to have those social connections with women who enjoy the game as much as you do. It lets you meet others who also are on the journey of discovering golf.”
Whether you are a practiced golfer looking to improve your game, or a new golfer looking to learn the basics, the Royal Golf Club has the right program for any woman interested in joining.
“The important thing to remember is that it is never too late to start,” says Sigette. “Golf is a game for everybody, whether you’re 8 or 80 years old, and for women, especially those who have felt unsure about joining before, now is the perfect time.”