PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. –- PGA and LPGA Professionals nationwide are celebrating Family Golf Month this July by making it easier than ever for families to learn and enjoy the game of golf together. Throughout July and the rest of the summer, participating courses will offer a variety of programs designed for families to learn and play golf together for no cost or for an affordable rate.
A variety of programs are available for families of all sizes and skill levels at nearly 2,200 facilities. Some of the programs being offered include Family Golf Clinics, Family Play Days, Get Golf Ready for Families, Kids Play Free programs, family-friendly and TEE IT FORWARD course setups, free use of junior clubs and Bring Your Kids to the Range, to name a few. During the week of July 9-15, The PGA of America teams up with the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) to promote Take Your Daughter to the Course Week, a program designed to promote overall participation in golf, especially among girls and their families. Participating facilities offer at least one complimentary instructional clinic and free green fees to juniors accompanied by a paying adult.
"This July could be our biggest Family Golf Month ever, based on the number of courses participating and the variety of programs available for golfers of every age and experience level," said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. "Golf is a game that families can play together and we want to make it easy for the entire family to come to the course and enjoy a fun, healthy activity without breaking the bank."
Many of the programs offered are free, but those with a cost are still affordable when compared to other summer activities. A family golf program for a family of four is only slightly more expensive than an afternoon at the movies and considerably less expensive than a trip to an amusement park. When the added benefit of exercise and camaraderie for the whole family is included, a day at the golf course is invaluable and is the perfect summer solution.
"Golf teaches important lessons like discipline, honesty, sportsmanship and etiquette, and having parents on the course with young golfers only increases the chance that those lessons are taken to heart," added Wronowski. "Family Golf Month is a great way to improve the health and fellowship of the whole family, and it hopefully will encourage the next generation of golfers to take up a game they will enjoy for a lifetime."
For more information on Play Golf America and any of the family or junior golf programs, consumers can visit PlayGolfAmerica.com. The site allows users to find and register at participating facilities in their area by searching their city or zip code.
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.