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Escape From the Screen, and Re-Connect With Family on the Golf Course

PGA of America
Golf activities create connections
Monte Koch, PGA Certified Golf Professional/Player Development

Series: New Golfer

Published: Friday, April 11, 2014 | 11:02 p.m.

These days, we’re growing family units often distracted by “the screen.”  According to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s report in 2010, “The average 8- to 18-year-old now spends 7-1/2 hours every day with media, from playing video games, to watching TV, to surfing the internet.”  I’m not here to say the TV, the internet, the iPad, the smartphone or any other “screen” is the worst thing ever, but I am here to say the truly beautiful things in our lives are still those things that are real, touchable and natural.  In other words, virtual is not the real thing…it’s only a synthetic copy.  


If you want family time, friend time or even just personal time that is real, golf is a great option.  To enjoy golf, you don’t have to be a great player, you just need to be willing to try it and try to enjoy the journey of getting better at the game.   Sure, touring professionals and very skilled amateurs play for traditionally accepted reasons that are tied to their score, but you, your friends or your family, can play for fun!


There’s a program designed for you to do just that called "It's Okay" program.  It’s Okay examples include: it's okay not to play by the rules, it's okay to tee up your ball in the fairway, it's okay to take your ball out of the bunker, it’s okay to move your ball away from a tree.  In fact, it’s okay to pick up and go to the next hole if you’ve had enough “fun” for that hole and it's okay to not even keep score.  Let’s play “golf” as we define it…it’s okay to play, your way.