The Benefits of Golf For Kids
As a parent, one of the best things you can do is introduce your kids to the game of golf. Not only does it boost their physical and mental development, but it provides a social outlet that can be enjoyed for years to come.
“The great thing is that once you get to the first hole and tee off, you’re in a wide open space where it’s easy to stay safe and physically distanced,” says Don VanDeusen, assistant general manager at Fairway Hills Golf Club. “It’s a sport that makes it easy to get some fresh air, exercise and much-needed fun during these challenging times.”
The benefits kids gain from spending time on the green are tremendous. First, just the fact that they’re getting a break from screen time and soaking up the stress-relieving effects of a green, serene setting is a huge plus.
In addition, golf provides a great low-intensity workout for your child’s growing body. Your little one will build muscle, core strength, coordination and body awareness, while you feel more at peace knowing golf is less injury-prone than rough and tumble contact sports.
Mental & emotional benefits
It’s undeniable that golf is a complex game with a language of its own and lots of rules. Children are sponges, so your kids are likely to adapt and pick up these nuances more quickly than an adult beginner. Since golf is a popular way to network and build connections in the business world, an early familiarity for the game sets them up for success down the road.
It also teaches them mental discipline and how to respect rules, which benefits them in every aspect of “the real world.” From strategy to decision-making, there’s no shortage of life skills nurtured on the golf course.
Emotionally, too, children learn how to handle the inevitable disappointments that arise in a round of golf. Learning how to bounce back from a poor shot teaches resilience and self-regulation under stress (and we all know it’s never too early to learn stress management!).
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Valuable social skills
In these isolating times more than ever, your child will thrive from the social outlet golf offers. Kids will build a powerful association between physical activity, fun and friends, one that can make all the difference in keeping them healthy and active for years to come.
The beauty of golf is that there’s opportunities to compete as an individual and a team, so they reap the best of both worlds. Your little golfer will develop self-confidence and responsibility as well as teamwork and good sportsmanship.
Plus, it’s also a sport that’s uniquely conducive to building strong, lifelong friendships. How often do you get the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversation playing lacrosse or football, after all?
It’s not just new friendships that are forged on the green, either. Thanks to the low-impact nature of the game, the whole family can play together — a shared love of the game can keep your crew connected and making memories for decades to come.
Introduce your kids to golf At CA
Now is the time to get your child out on the driving range!
At CA, our PGA- and LPGA- certified professionals are passionate about teaching young people the fundamentals of golf to inspire a lifetime love for the game. Hobbit’s Glen and Fairway Hills Golf Clubs both offer a variety of different player development programs, as well as private and group lessons. Check out our website to learn more!