Young golfers get to grips with the game
The game of golf is increasing in popularity, even amongst the under fives.
‘‘While some other sports struggle in Kaiko¯ura because they need a team of seven or more, being an individual sport, golf is proving popular,’’ said golf professional Toni Batey.
At a Give Golf a Go day last Tuesday at the Kaiko¯ura Golf Club, 29 children turned up to see how much fun the game could be.
While the younger children were refining their drive and putting their putting skills to the test the older ones enjoyed a round on the 18-hole course.
‘‘The course now has a small three-hole course for children aged 3 to 8,’’ said Batey.
‘‘The shorter length fairways with bigger holes means that it’s not only easier for the kids to play, it’s short and easier for the adults to support their children.’’
Nicky Matthews who brought her children, 3-year-old Aiden and 5-year-old Maddison Dobbs, had travelled from Greta Valley. Matthews was hitting golf balls around the garden at three.
‘‘The kids are eager - real keen,’’ she said. ‘‘Maddison is sports-mad. ‘‘She found my clubs a month
‘‘The shorter length fairways with bigger holes means that it's not only easier for the kids to play, it's short and easier for the adults to support their children.’’
ago, but they were far too big for her.’’
Aiden was also keen but before the lesson he wouldn’t have been able to work what to do, but after today he’ll work it out, she said.
After the November earthquake a record number of 52 children aged from four to 17 enrolled in the Kids Golf after school programme.
Children enrolled in the Monday night, Kids Golf after school programme, which starts again on November 6, get their own set of clubs to play with over the seven-week programme.
The children are taught every aspect of the game from rules, etiquette, putting and driving before they put their skills to the test at a tournament.
Nicky Matthews helps her son three-year-old Aiden Dobbs tee off.