For those new to the sport of golf and looking to take on a round of 18 for the first time, properly stocking a golf bag is an important and enjoyable process. It can also be one filled with oversight, as a bag requires a number of items that don't directly classify as golf equipment. Make a list of some standard necessities before you take to the links.
Visit a sporting good stores or golf-specific retailer and consult a sales associate. These sales professionals will be equipped to make sure a golf bag is properly stocked with everything from clubs to vital on-course accessories.
Secure the basics--golf clubs, balls and shoes. Many courses don't require soft-spiked golf shoes, but some do. Before getting clubs, allow a sales professional to match you up with a set appropriate for your size and skill level.
Procure the necessary accessories. Tees, a glove, a divot-repair tool and head covers. Tees are vital to any golfer's game, and come in a variety of lengths. It's best to stock a bag with both long and short tees, as weather and course conditions often call for different types. Try on golf gloves to find the proper fit. Right-handed golfers wear gloves on their left hands. Divot-repair tools allow golfers to fix ball marks on greens, while adding head covers to any golf bag will help keep woods and drivers safe from weather and sun damage.
Stock a bag with accessories that aren't necessarily vital to a golf game, but those that will serve a golfer well on the course. These include an umbrella, a water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, a first-aid kit, two towels (particularly during the hot and sweaty summer months) and ball markers (though coins will often suffice).