Golf has a reputation as a sport for wealthy middle aged men – luckily this is no longer true. Men, women, children and seniors are now all enjoying golf – a healthy hobby which involves long walks, fresh air and a fun, competitive edge. The par system evens out the playing field, which means that family members who usually feel disadvantaged during competitive sports can feel more included and therefore have more fun. However, 18 holes might be too much for little feet, so have a look for 9 hole golf courses, which in any case tend to be more relaxed about family golfers and more likely to offer hire equipment. You can generally hire golf clubs at the clubhouse or pro-shop, with lighter options for women and seniors and small golf clubs for children. You could also hire a golf buggy to accommodate a frail or less mobile relative.
Anti-social habits like swearing, smoking and drinking are usually forbidden on golf courses, helping to create a family friendly atmosphere. Remember to take along water and sunscreen to prevent overheating or burns, but many courses do not allow you to bring your own food. Clubhouses serve food and drink, with children welcome – but don’t try to bring Rover! However if you plan to eat in the clubhouse, it’s worth checking ahead for dress code rules – these are usually to dress in smart casual clothing, for example no tracksuits, combats, shorts above the knee or t-shirts on men.
With young children, keep an extra eye on them if there are water hazards on the course. While these are shallow, you can never be too careful. If you’re on a budget, ask about Twilight Golfing – taking the kids after work can mean a great discount on green fees and club hire – although a sunny Saturday morning might be more pleasant!
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Helen Gallagher writes for GolfBuyItOnline.
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