Golf Merit Badge
Revised January 2023
Requirements for the Golf merit badge:
- Discuss safety on the golf course. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while golfing, including lightning, heat reactions, dehydration, blisters, sprains, and strains.
- Study the USGA Rules of Golf now in use.
- Tell about the three categories of golf etiquette.
- Show that you know about the definitions of golf terms.
- Show that you understand the "Rules of Amateur Status."
- Tell about your understanding of the World Handicap system.
- Do the following:
- Tell about the early history of golf.
- Describe its early years in the United States.
- Tell about the accomplishments of a top golfer of your choice.
- Discuss with your counselor vocational opportunities related to golf.
- Do the following:
- Tell how golf can contribute to a healthy lifestyle, mentally and physically.
- Tell how a golf exercise plan can help you play better. Show two exercises that would improve your game.
- Show the following:
- The proper grip, stance, posture, and key fundamentals of a good swing.
- The full wood shot, played from a tee.
- The fairway wood shot.
- The long iron shot.
- The short iron shot.
- The approach, chip-and-run, and pitch shots.
- A recovery shot from a bunker or heavy rough.
- A sound putting stroke
- Play a minimum of two nine-hole rounds or one 18-hole round of golf with another golfer about your age and with your counselor, or an adult approved by your counselor. Do the following: :
- Follow the "Rules of Golf".
- Practice good golf etiquette.
- Show respect to fellow golfers, committee, sponsor, and gallery.
Apr 08, 2013 - Mark Burke
I am a golf instructor and have been asked to facilitate a couple of workshops for some scouts that would like to earn their merit badges in Golf. I would like more information about this and especially some access to resources such as the proper worksheets, workbooks, etc.
Apr 09, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Mark - The BSA publishes a Golf Merit Badge Pamphlet which can be purchased at a local Scout Shop. A Golf merit badge counselor should have a copy of that booklet. There are no other workbooks, worksheets, etc. needed. Also, to be a merit badge counselor, you need to complete Youth Protection training online and register with the Boy Scouts of America. Whoever asked you to help out should be able to help you with the registration.
May 19, 2013 - Larry V
I am in the process of becoming a Merit Badge counselor for a couple of subjects. For Golf, as I read the Guide for Merit Badge Counseling, a guest expert can assist a registered counselor if it facilitates instructions and the Scout demonstrates the required skills. As long as the Buddy system if followed shouldn't Mark be able to lead a workshop?
Mar 04, 2019 - carl SCOTT
golf club making badge cutting fitting gripping etc. I am first tee golf instructor.i understand golf merit badge.is club fitting and making included?
Mar 04, 2019 - Scouter Paul
@Carl - All the Golf MB requirements are listed above. There is nothing about making clubs.
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