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Tips and Information on Golf for Kids

What is Golf?

Golf is a sport where players use several types of clubs to hit a ball into each hole on the golf course in the lowest number of strokes possible. Playing golf is a great way to stay healthy, get exercise, and have fun all at the same time. The best part of golfing is that you get to enjoy the outdoors.  It is a great way to spend a family outing.  Today, more children are learning to play golf than ever before.  This new craze is being attributed to Tiger Woods, who has taken this sport and popularized it among children of all ages.

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Rules of Golf

When going out on the course, it is important to understand the Rules of Golf. The United States Golf Association, in conjunction with The R&A in St. Andrews, Scotland, writes, interprets and maintains the Rules of Golf to guard the tradition and integrity of the game. The United States Golf Association Web site offers interactive quizzes, instructional videos, and an electronic version of the Rules of Golf booklet.  To learn more, visit "Rules and Handicapping" at

How old do children have to be to play golf?

Golf is a difficult sport to master and the later you begin the harder it is so children are never too young to start.  If a child starts to play golf at a young age there is a better chance that they won’t develop many bad habits, because they are not handicapped by all the thoughts that adults have while playing the game.

It is suggested that children have the best golf “learning ability” at 6 years old. Prior to the age of 6 they have a difficult time grasping the concepts of the game, let alone rules and regulations.  However, they can hit balls as early as you like, but do not begin formal instruction until at least 6 years old.


Commitment Level and Cost to Play Golf?

The cost to play golf varies, depending on the caliber of the course, time of year, day of week and time of day.  You will find that Municipal courses typically will cost less to play than private or semi-private courses.  To play a traditional 18 holes of golf, it generally takes four to five hours.  

Golfing takes dedication and practice to continue to improve the game.  It is important to practice as often as possible.  Be sure to make your practice session worthwhile.  Go with a task to complete instead of just buying a bucket of balls to hit.  It is very important to take your time.  Think about your targets; imagine the ball flight you want to produce. Once you have accomplished your goal for that practice session, leave.

Golf Tips

  • The first game of golf was played at Bruntsfield links, in Edinburgh, Scotland in A.D. 1456.

  • Today golf has become a worldwide sport.

  • Players usually carry many types of clubs during the game. In this game, there are three types of club that is irons, woods and putters.

  • Golf is played with in the area of land that is designated by a golf course. The course is between 5000 to 7000 yards in the length.

  • Each hole has a guideline for how many times it should take a golfer to hit the ball (known as stroke) to get it in the hole. This is called par. At the end of the course, golfers compare their scores on each hole.

  • Each game of golf is based on a number of holes and each hole is classified by its par, which is the guideline for how many times it should take a golfer to hit the ball to get it in the hole.  Each hit is called a stroke. 

  • At the end of the game the golfer who has the least number of strokes or is the closest to or under par overall wins.

  • A round  basically consists of 18 holes that are played in the order which is determined by the course layout.

  • Each hole is divided into three primary areas like A putting green area, Flat starting point and A fairway.