Many of us wish we wish we had started playing golf at a much earlier age, especially knowing it’s more than getting a little white ball in a hole. Golf teaches you many values that can be applied to your everyday life, which is why starting at a young age can be a real life changer.
When you play golf, you can…
- Learn to practice personal responsibility
Sometimes the ball doesn’t always bounce your way, but regardless of the outcome, there’s no blaming your teammates for what happens.
- Practice how to manage your emotions
Golf closely parallels real life as one experiences the highs and lows of the game. This range of experience from birdies to triple bogeys rewards a young person’s ability to keep each shot in perspective, manage emotions, maintain a positive outlook and focus on the shot at hand.
- Learn proper etiquette
Golf is one of the few sports that’s based on characteristics that are sometimes missing in our society. Golf places an emphasis on etiquette. In golf, there is no judge or referee; instead, players govern themselves and their fellow competitors.
- Prepare for your future as an adult in the work force
Golf is a sport that helps prepare kids and teens for careers in business and other professional arenas.
- Develop lifelong friendships
You never know who you’ll meet on a golf course, and interaction with others allows young people to develop social skills in a friendly environment.
- Learn to appreciate diversity
In a world full of diversity, golf can be played for a lifetime by anyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, size or skill level.
- Spend time in a safe environment
The golf course is a safe, secure place for kids to play, and facilitates mentoring relationships in a comfortable environment.
- Enjoy the outdoors
It’s an opportunity to spend a few hours in the fresh air. Out on the golf course, kids and teens can experience all types of fauna and flora, and learn to help take care of it.
- Spend time with family
Golf is a game that encourages family participation. Whether it’s going out to the driving range to practice or playing a round of golf, there is always room for family involvement when it comes to golf.
- Gain physical health and wellness for life
With the youth obesity epidemic in our country, golf is a sport that helps young people get off the couch. When you play golf while walking the golf course and carrying your bag, a 150-pound person burns 1,500 calories and walks more than 10,000 steps.