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#1 macklin

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 10:00 AM

my almost 3 year old daughter is wanting to go to the golf course with me. How young is too young to take them out for a late afternoon 9.

Selfishly im wanting to do it to get some more golf in and give the wife a break but want it to be enjoyable for us both. any advice?

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 10:03 AM

You might not get 9 regular holes in but I'd make sure that she has a lot of fun. Let your daughter putt, drive the cart while sitting on your lap, bring snacks, juice boxes, etc. And definitely ice cream after the round.

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 04:49 PM

View PostDavePelz4, on 06 August 2017 - 10:03 AM, said:

You might not get 9 regular holes in but I'd make sure that she has a lot of fun. Let your daughter putt, drive the cart while sitting on your lap, bring snacks, juice boxes, etc. And definitely ice cream after the round.

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 06:05 PM

Don't count on being able to concentrate.

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 09:18 AM

View Postmacklin, on 06 August 2017 - 10:00 AM, said:

my almost 3 year old daughter is wanting to go to the golf course with me. How young is too young to take them out for a late afternoon 9.

Selfishly im wanting to do it to get some more golf in and give the wife a break but want it to be enjoyable for us both. any advice?

Don't count on playing anything that resembles golf.

I bring my 2.5 year old to the course a couple of times a week (she loves it!), but I rarely actually "play" more than 1 or 2 holes. It's mostly a walk to the halfway house for an ice cream sandwich...

I'm also pretty particular about not bringing her out within 48 hours of any pesticide / chemical application - there is some nasty stuff coating the turf.

Edited by raynorfan1, 07 August 2017 - 11:40 AM.


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Posted 07 August 2017 - 02:44 PM

At 3 there probably going to want to watch more then play. I would just let them putt like others have said.  At that age just happy be they will come out with you.  Don't worry if they take 10 putts to get to a hole at this age it doesn't matter.

Also make sure your not too serious about there game or your game for a while and try and only play 9 holes with her. Eventually they will play more and more but it takes time.  I brought my daughter out when she was 3 all the time. It took until she was about 7 too actually begin to play. The big thing to remember to make it fun for them.

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 01:59 PM

I call this "Dad Golf." When my kids were three I'd take them along on a Sunday late afternoon excursion. Mostly, it was an excuse to to practice chipping and putting and buy them a Coke. I'd usually take their putters and let them putt if they wanted. Usually, they just wanted to play with a truck they brought or sit in my lap while I drove, which was fine. At the very least, it gave me a chnace to teach them course etiquette before they ever started playing.

Now they are 10 and 7 and love to go out and play 9 once a week--we have what we call "our standing Sunday 9 hole match."
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 02:04 PM

One thing that I've found is that junk golf balls are the best for bringing young ones out.  My oldest was into it as soon as he could walk.  My youngest...not so much.  Ask him to aim at the green and try to hit the ball to it...no interest.  Ask him to hit in in the water hazard in front of the green and he'll do it until he runs out of balls.
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