Although golf has a reputation as a sport played by grown ups, it can be enjoyed by sportspeople of all ages.
Players compete to hit a ball into a series of holes with a golf club in the lowest number of shots. Golf can be played all year round in South Africa although in some countries the season is limited due to the weather. Because golf is played on a specially-designed course, it can be more expensive than ther sports. Competitors play either as individuals or as teams, and they have handicaps based on their previous performance and scores.
Information on golf for kids in South Africa
Is golf right for your kids?
Golf is a sport suited both to boys and girls, and lessons can start at any age. If your kids can pick up a club, they can learn to take a swing! For an easy, cheap, and non-committal way to introduce your kids to golf, try organising a trip to your local driving range.
Golf may have a number of benefits for your children, including:
- Improving fitness
- Providing an opportunity for family interaction
- Exercising math skills
- Helping with logical reasoning and problem solving skills
- Improving co-ordination
Get your kids started!
There are a number of options available for kids who want to learn golf. These include:
An easy way to start is to contact one of your local golf clubs and find out what kids activities they offer. Often there will be the choice of individual tuition with a qualified golf teacher, group sessions or holiday programmes. Children are usually not expected to pay full club membership, but they will need to pay tuition fees which are usually around R225 per lesson. Private golf lessons usually cost upwards of R400 per half hour.
To play golf, your child will need:
- A set of clubs (these can usually be hired)
- Golf balls
- Golf shoes
- A hat
- Loose, comfortable clothing
- Wet weather gear, if needed
Golf lessons run all year round, but are particularly popular during school holidays so it is best to book well before the end of term to avoid disappointment. Parents can get involved by volunteering to help with coaching, which can be a good opportunity for interacting and bonding with your child.
Don't miss these golf stars and events!
The main event for men's golf in South Africa is the South African Open Championship, which has been going for more than one hundred years. South African golfers Gary Player and Ernie Els have won 24 and 19 PGA Tour Titles, respectively.
If your kids are interested in golf, and you think they're outgrowing miniature golf courses and driving ranges, try the ActiveActivities directory for kid-friendly golf clubs and lesson near you!