One of the obstacles golfers face during their lives is their balancing time with their children and the game, and although this may sound nasty, it is a fact of life that children take up most of our free time.
For those parents that love to golf, this is an issue, especially if they want to play together. What’s worse is when the child is too young or has no interest in playing the game.
But there is a way around the issue, as I found out with a little bit of trial and error with my own children.
Make Use of Nature
My eldest daughter who is seven, was only four when I first took her onto the golf course with me and she loved it. Now the golf that was too boring for her, but she certainly enjoyed the challenge of searching for the rarest animal that was to be found on the golf course, a pelican, especially with the reward for spotting one being ice-cream. It got her interested in nature.
I got her to start counting the number of squirrels she saw and draw them playing in the trees when we got home. You can do the same with all the creatures that you spot. Just find your child’s favorite creature and you’ll be in a good place.
We stood in the middle of the fairway as she was perplexed by how mushrooms were growing there. She later asked in the supermarket if the mushrooms were from the golf course!
I would not recommend taking your kids to the golf course during the busiest time of the day, as the occasional delay and the possible shriek of excitement as they spot another animal running across the fairway could distract and annoy other golfers on the course.
Include Them in Your Round
Another possibility is asking them to act as your caddy, carrying your spare club, cleaning the ball after you finish the hole, replacing the flag. Depending on their age, this will seem like a fantastic task to be charged with and joy my daughters get when they get to rake a bunker is surprising.
For both of my daughters, the game of golf is nowhere near as fun as dancing or going down the beach, but they do like to come and sit in the buggy with me whilst I get in a quick, or sometimes not so quick nine holes.
But without doubt the greatest fun for the girls is searching for a lost ball, especially deep into the woods. They love squeezing through the smallest gaps in the branches in an attempt, to locate the wayward ball, they even like getting dirty doing it, although their mom isn´t so impressed when we arrive home covered in dirt.
You Actually Benefit Too
Entertaining your children whilst on the golf course also has a surprising effect on your game, as it teaches you how to switch on and off, in the long run this can make your tournament play more precise and yield better results.
If you have children that are not interested in playing golf there is absolutely no reason why you can´t take them with you and keep them entertained in other ways. All it requires is a little bit of imagination.