In today’s current climate it is getting harder and harder to enjoy time with the family without rupturing the ever tightening purse strings. Yet, contrary to popular belief, golf can actually be a very cheap sport and an enjoyable form of family entertainment that is a well-recommended form of bonding for parents and grandparents alike.
Once the golf equipment has been bought (at relatively cheap prices, some junior golf kits can be picked up off of the internet for as little as £70), the prices incurred at golfing can be relatively cheap.
Although popular myth dictates that only the enriched few can partake in the sport, there are various ways of enjoying golf without paying high prices. For example, community golf courses are widely available throughout the United Kingdom where you do not have to pay annual fees of thousands of pounds in order to play. Green fees can often be found on the golf course website and most offer very competitive prices.
However, if your young Tiger Woods or Annika Sörenstam aren’t ready to test themselves on the green as yet, most golf courses offer driving ranges that are perfect for beginners getting a grasp of their swing and learning just out to handle their golf equipment. Fees for practise ranges are relatively low as you pay by the amount of golf balls you use rather than by how long you play. This means that you are offered an unlimited amount of time to teach your child the joys of golf without having to consider monetary restrictions. To add to this, most golf courses or ranges offer lessons for both junior players and adults alike, meaning that if you yourself are unfamiliar with the sport you can pick it up at the same time as your child.
As well as getting them out of the house and off of the internet, teaching your child golf also offers them skills and experiences that will last them a lifetime. Often, when children are exposed to sports at a young age, they will grow up with a greater appreciation of sports, giving them that extra curricula edge during school. Also, golf and the introduction of new people also offers the child valuable social skills that will guide the child through school and life beyond, with golf being a favourite sport of business colleagues and customers alike.
Another popular myth among circles is that golf is only a sport for men. This is simply not true as more and more women are learning and appreciating the sport than during any previous age of its history. Golf courses are offering more and more days for women who have a passion for the sport and as a mother or grandmother, there is absolutely no reason why you yourself cannot pick up the golf equipment and teach the children yourself.
The most important aspect of spending quality time with your family during golf is that it is fun for everyone, making the sport memorable and enjoyable for a potential lifetime of benefits and memories.
I have to be honest and say that it has never occurred to me to try and play golf with my children but after reading this and knowing how much some of my friends enjoy it, I may just have a go. We do have a golf course within 5 minutes walk of our house after all.
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