16 February . 2018
Tips to Getting Children Engaged in Golf
With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, great golfing weather is easy to come by in Arizona, especially in Estrella with the Golf Club of Estrella conveniently located right here in the community. Spending a day on the links may not be your child’s first choice, but golf can be a great way to bond and enjoy the gorgeous Arizona weather. Here are some quick tips to help engage your kids or grandkids in this wonderful and timeless sport.
Manage Your Expectations
First and foremost, it’s important to not set the bar too high when golfing with children. As much as we would all love them to be the next Tiger Woods, it is important to manage your expectations when playing with kids, each and every time. Enjoy the time on the course with your son or daughter and celebrate the gift of golf you’re sharing with them. If your child is just starting out, maybe play only a couple of holes, or try reducing the yardage which will limit the pressure and increase the fun.
Be Mindful of Your Surroundings
Many people may take to the course to get away from the stresses of everyday life, and for some much needed “me time.” Bringing children to the course could disrupt the pace of play and inconvenience other golfers. Consider golfing with children during non-peak times such as during the work week. Not only will this remove any stress of pace, but also allows your children to hone their skills on their timeline. Consider taking advantage of the course driving range and practice areas to teach your children the basics without having to worry about the added pressure of the speed of the game.
Forget About Your Own Game
Golf is a game of managing expectations whether you are playing with a competitive foursome or with children. You will still try and hit good shots, but when playing with kids it’s important to emphasize the enjoyable aspects of the game and set a good example of fun and respect on the course. Another fun option for children is to add twists or unconventional rules and scoring. For example, if your child can’t get out of the bunker after two swings, use a “hand wedge” and allow them to throw the ball out of the hazard. Tweaks like this will keep the game light for you and your group.
Last but not least, keep it light and have fun! Take a moment and realize you’re sharing one of your passions with kids and the love of golf may blossom into a lifelong bonding opportunity. Golf is just a game, treat it as such! One of the most important things you can do is to show the kids you’re having fun and chances are they’ll have fun too.
If your child or grandchild enjoys their time on the course, take advantage of the certified instructors available at the Club to further their skills. The Golf Club of Estrella offers free club and equipment rental for children and discounted rates for rounds of golf and use of its practice facility. All in all, having the opportunity to share the sport with your children is a true blessing. For more information on Golf Club of Estrella, visit EstrellaGolf.com.
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