It is Take A Kid To The Course week where The National Golf Course Owners Association is trying to grow the game by encouraging people to bring their kids.
Golf is an expensive, tempermental sport. Usually people bringing kids to the golf course would be frowned upon, it’s slow enough as it is on the weekends already. But, during this week, kids are encouraged to come with their parents to learn about the game and have the seeds planted that could turn them into the next Rory McIlroy or Michelle Wie.
Last week we vacationed at a resort that doesn’t just let kids golf for free one week of the year, they encourage them to come all the time. Kids always golf free at Copper Point, and so I took advantage by bringing my 6 yr old to play a round with me. Now that’s a little young to be hitting the ball down a 400 yd par 4, and I was a little nervous about bringing him with me. He’d only been to the driving range with me twice and, while he is attracted to the game, he is still only 6 and I was worried about his attention span.
Bringing kids to the course is something that is usually met with displeasure, but with the encouragement of the course, I brought him along and we had a blast. Whether it’s Take A Kid To The Course Week, or any week, here’s what you should know when you bring your kids to play golf with you, and why you should make it a habit.
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