My Turn: Meet The Lee Fam­ily . . . and $5 Rounds of Golf

Plays Top U.S. Cour­ses For $5 per Round

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Tak­ing a golf trip to play top-tier golf cour­ses as a sin­gle can carry a hefty price tag. Fi­nanc­ing a fam­ily golf va­ca­tion at these lo­ca­tions is close to im­pos­si­ble for most. Not any­more, thanks to an or­ga­ni­za­tion who’s on a mis­sion to pro­vide ju­niors with ac­cess to life-chang­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties through golf. Liv­ing in Belle­vue, Wash., Mr. and Mrs. Peter Lee have three chil­dren. All five are golfers. They’ve trav­eled to Peb­ble Beach and played Span­ish Bay, en­joyed the stun­ning Pa­cific North­west views of Cham­bers Bay, and dozens other sim­i­lar go-to des­ti­na­tions. Tak­ing a look at their pro shop re­ceipt, you’ll no­tice a $5 charge. It’s not a com­mem­o­ra­tive ball mar­ket, but an in­di­vid­ual greens fee.

Tak­ing a golf trip to play top-tier golf cour­ses as a sin­gle can carry a hefty price tag. Fi­nanc­ing a fam­ily golf va­ca­tion at these lo­ca­tions is close to im­pos­si­ble for most. Not any­more, thanks to an or­ga­ni­za­tion who’s on a mis­sion to pro­vide ju­niors with ac­cess to life-chang­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties through golf. Liv­ing in Belle­vue, Wash., Mr. and Mrs. Peter Lee have three chil­dren. All five are golfers. They’ve trav­eled to Peb­ble Beach and played Span­ish Bay, en­joyed the stun­ning Pa­cific North­west views of Cham­bers Bay, and dozens other sim­i­lar goto des­ti­na­tions. Tak­ing a look at their pro shop re­ceipt, you’ll no­tice a $5 charge. It’s not a com­mem­o­ra­tive ball mar­ket, but an in­di­vid­ual greens fee. The kids (Chris­tian, Grace, Lau­ren) are mem­bers of Youth on Course, which grants them ac­cess to $5 or less rounds of golf at over 650 cour­ses in 23 states. The fam­ily picks a travel des­ti­na­tion and search the data­base to find des­ig­nated golf cour­ses in the area. This qual­ity time on the golf course has brought them closer than they could have ever imag­ined. For the Lee’s, Youth on Course is a travel hack, al­low­ing them to see the coun­try all while play­ing af­ford­able golf to­gether. We re­cently had the op­por­tu­nity to sit down and speak with them. En­joy our Q&A.

How has golf/Youth on Course brought you closer as a fam­ily?

•[Peter] - It’s pro­vided a won­der­ful fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ences. We learn, bond and travel to­gether all while play­ing high-qual­ity cour­ses. The kids have en­cour­aged one an­other and helped each other grow in the game. It’s helped them build their con­fi­dence and ex­pand their learn­ing po­ten­tial in and out­side of golf. •[Chris­tian] - We get a chance to bond and hang out as a fam­ily while trav­el­ing and play­ing golf. •[Grace] - We get to have fun to­gether and talk.

How did you all first get in­volved in golf (how did you start play­ing)?

•[Chris­tian] – My dad started tak­ing me to the range when he went to prac­tice. He started tak­ing me to cour­ses with him when we went on va­ca­tion to play to­gether. •[Grace] – One day my dad was tak­ing Chris­tian to the range and I asked to go along. Af­ter that I got in­ter­ested and started tak­ing lessons. •[Lau­ren] – I saw Chris­tian and Grace play so I wanted to join as well. Plus I like trav­el­ing as a fam­ily to play golf.

How did you all get in­volved with Youth on Course?

•[Peter] – We heard about this pro­gram from our golf as­so­ci­a­tion, Wash­ing­ton State Golf As­so­ci­a­tion. It was ex­cit­ing to hear about all the dif­fer­ent cour­ses we could play na­tion­wide.

What are some of your fa­vorite places you have trav­eled to play golf?

•[Chris­tian] – Maui (Kaana­pali and Mak­ena, Wailea), Palm Springs, Scotts­dale. •[Grace and Lau­ren] – Scotts­dale, Palm Springs, Utah.

What’s your fa­vorite trip you have all went on and played golf at?

•[Peter] – Long­bow Golf Club (Mesa, Ariz.) and the Links at Span­ish Bay in Mon­terey. •[Chris­tian and Grace] – Span­ish Bay and Cham­bers Bay. •[Lau­ren] – Cham­bers Bay.

How do you choose which places to travel to? Do you de­cide to­gether? Do you look for YOC cour­ses be­fore you go?

•[Chris­tian, Grace Lau­ren] – Our par­ents de­cide on the gen­eral area of where we will go (na­tional park ar­eas). We then turn to YOC and iden­tify cour­ses near that area and choose the ones we’d like to play.

What has the game of golf taught you?

•[Chris­tian] – Pa­tience and how to be calm in pres­sure sit­u­a­tions. •[Grace] – Pa­tience. •[Lau­ren]- Don’t let in­ter­fer­ence or bad things get into your mind.

How has Youth on Course helped your con­fi­dence on and off the course?

•[Chris­tian and Grace] – Al­low­ing me to play golf at dif­fer­ent places helped my con­fi­dence in un­der­stand­ing dif­fer­ent course setup and strat­egy of how to play a cer­tain course. Off the course, we’ve been able to travel to dif­fer­ent states and ex­pand our ex­pe­ri­ences. •[Lau­ren] – Even though some cour­ses are hard, it makes me con­fi­dent to play dif­fer­ent cour­ses.

Why do you en­joy the game of golf?

•[Chris­tian] – It teaches me life lessons that can be ap­plied out­side of golf such as sports­man­ship and in­tegrity. •[Grace] – I en­joy the com­pe­ti­tion and mak­ing new friends. •[Lau­ren] – Be­cause I get to laugh with my fam­ily.

How do you all work to­gether to make each other bet­ter on and off the course?/ How have you sup­ported each other on and off the course? / How do you en­cour­age each other to reach your goals?

•[Chris­tian] – An­a­lyze each other’s weak­nesses and re­ceive help­ful tips on how we can im­prove. •[Grace] – We have con­tests (putting, tar­get, etc.) to push each other to im­prove. •[Lau­ren] – Pro­vide pos­i­tive en­cour­age­ment while help­ing each per­son reach their goals.

How has trav­el­ing and play­ing golf to­gether strength­ened your sup­port team (your fam­ily)?

•[All] – We all have some­thing in com­mon that we share. Even though we ar­gue and fight at times, we have a bond through golf that we will al­ways share. Golf is a life long

game and we can al­ways en­joy a round to­gether as a fam­ily for many years to come.

What does be­ing a mem­ber of Youth on Course mean to each of you?

•[Chris­tian, Grace, Lau­ren] – It means a lot. It’s helped us play to­gether and en­joy the time we spend on the golf course. It also gives us an op­por­tu­nity to play cour­ses that we would not nor­mally be able to play.

What has been your fa­vorite memor y to­gether?

•[Chris­tian, Grace Lau­ren] – Last year when we trav­eled to Palm Springs to play golf and pick­ing up a puppy along the way. We’ve been bug­ging our par­ents for a puppy and my dad found a yel­low lab that we had a chance to adopt on our way to Palm Springs. On our way back home, we also got a chance to play Span­ish Bay.

Do you have any ad­vice for other fam­i­lies or sib­lings who are in­ter­ested in play­ing golf?

•[Chris­tian] – Start with lessons. You’ll en­joy the game much more if you are able to hit the ball con­sis­tently. Also join YOC so you can see where you can play. •[Grace] – Golf is like life. Have fun and en­joy the jour­ney. •[Lau­ren] - Get started with fam­ily. It’s fun to play to­gether as a fam­ily.

Lee chil­dren while play­ing at Span­ish Bay

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