Recently my son took part in the Little Linksters program at a local golf club.
There, with other children his age, he received lessons from a golf pro, and plenty of practice time with help from the instructor. I’d highly recommend checking it out, and my son loved it!
Naturally, it wet his appetite for more of the game, and so we braved the insane wind as a family, and spent some time at the driving range. He’s excited to play even more, and so I’ve been putting together some creative golf ideas that we can use in our family time.
With a six and a four-year-old, we might be hard pressed to actually get through nine holes on a golf course, but if we do, I think we should dress up in fun golf outfits to do it. Argyle vests, high socks and funny hats should do the trick.
For an activity that will take up less time and attention, I find the driving range is a great alternative. Buy a couple of buckets of balls and set up at your stations. At times, when I know that our children will need some instruction, I try to warn them beforehand so they know what to expect, that the learning is a good thing, and we’re not just trying to spoil their fun.
You can include some positive reinforcements for things like a great follow through, contact with the ball, and correct feet placement. To add a bit of silliness, challenge them to have a partner set them up and drive the ball with their eyes closed, or to attempt a “Happy Gilmore Drive.”
Lots of fun can also be had on the putting green. Start by placing small markers at varying distances outside the green, and compete to see who can chip the ball onto the green. On the green, you could line up a row of balls and “speed putt” them into the hole.
Give them one minute to sink as many shots as possible, but remember no running and no divots.