During the 1960’s, I was one of the fortunate kids that fell in love with golf because of a caddie program at a local private club. From the 1930’s through the 1980’s, organized caddie programs brought many boys and girls to the game but because of current the reliance on the golf cart, caddie programs are few and far between. So, how do we encourage our young people, the future of the game, to play?
Have mom or dad bring them along!
Think about it: when you introduce your child to the game at the course, they get the true feel and sense of what golf is about. Just bringing your child with you for nine holes in the evening can help develop a new golfer and a lifetime twosome between the parent and child. While at the golf course, introduce your child to the PGA or LPGA Professional. Learn more about their junior clinic offerings. Consider programming designed for kids of all abilities, including PGA Junior League Golf, a fun, social and inclusive introduction to the game for kids 13 and under, or PGA Junior Golf Camps, which offer a full immersion to the game in an encouraging environment. A few visits to the club with you and one of their friends might help your child decide if he or she wants to learn the game.
Being a lifetime sport, golf not only keeps you active, but it can also enhance and strengthen relationships by building the game into your family activities. Working with your local PGA or LPGA Professional will make the game more enjoyable for each of you. Introducing your kids to the game just might improve even more than your handicap.