Golf is a great game for all the family – and you’re never too young to start! Here’s five reasons why you should get your kids into golf:
- It’s the perfect generation game, the sport that all the family can play together
- It’s great for sporty kids, but it’s equally good and a real confidence-booster for children who dislike more physical sports
- It’s an ideal way of getting youngsters outdoors in the fresh air and off their digital devices
- It’s an easy way to get good exercise without it feeling like a chore
- It teaches personal skills which will last a lifetime
How to get started?
Visit our Club Finder to learn about clubs and opportunities close to where you live.
Many clubs run special junior sessions at weekends and in schools holidays. Just call up your local club and find out what’s on offer and how they welcome children and families.
Check out the Golf Foundation charity, which takes the game into schools and has HSBC Golf Roots Centres, teaching golf and Skills for Life at hundreds of clubs across the country. Even more clubs use their Junior Passport learning programme which is endorsed by the Professional Golfers’ Association.
Warning! Your children may well get hooked on the sport. So also ask local clubs about junior memberships. There are great offers around, with some clubs providing additional attractions, like adventure golf.
And if your youngster shows talent they’ll find lots of encouragement. There are club, county, regional and England coaching schemes for promising players. They could be following in the footsteps of Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood, Georgia Hall and Charley Hull! Take a look at what a great 2018 they had here.
Keeping your children safe
Our top priority is making sure that clubs safeguard children and young people in golf.
Every club should have a welfare officer to deal with any concerns and to liaise with us – whether this is about bullying, unrealistic expectations of children or poor planning.
We’ve just launched our SafeGolf accreditation for clubs with high standards of safeguarding. All our GolfMark clubs meet this standard and they’re easy to find. Simply look out for the logo on our club finder! It’s the sign of a junior and beginner friendly club.
Girls Golf Rocks
This year, 112 facilities across England signed up to make Girls Golf Rocks a runaway success.
In 2020, there is scope for up to 200 facilities across all 36 counties to get involved in the biggest girls’ coaching programme in the country.
We have joined forces once again with the Golf Foundation to set up the initiative and will provide marketing tools, resources and coach-funding for clubs eager to take part.
For more information or to find out how you can get involved, please click here.
Information for clubs
We’ve got masses of resources for clubs to help them get children and young people involved in golf.