Who says junior can’t join you on Saturday mornings down on the greens? Youth golfers get all the breaks; cheaper golf clubs ($60-$100 a set, bag included), cheaper lesson rates (50-75% off the adult price), and cheap green fees (free to half price). For anyone who hasn’t played a round, golf is a challenge to mentally control your physical skills, not just hit the ball as hard as you can. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t take an abundance of strength to drive a ball. That’s what the club is for.
Golf is a smart sport alternative for kids with varying schedules, like children with divorced parents and a visitation schedule that would make them miss a league sport’s games. Golf can be played anytime, anywhere. Tournaments are held on weekends, but not every weekend. Depending on where you live, golf can also be a year-round sport. If green fees are too expensive for your family’s budget, look into a family pass at a public golf course. Or, you and your child can always hit the driving range for a few dollars per bucket of golf balls. One national organization committed to affordable golf lessons for children is First Tee (firsttee.gov).