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#1 SammyShaf

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Posted 17 September 2017 - 04:38 AM

I took my daughter to the golf course for her first round today.  She is five, and prior to today we had spent time together putting at the putting green.  I played my tee shots and approaches and she putted out on the holes with me.  Some of the highlights included her using the range finder to give me yardages, riding in the golf cart, and the celebratory ice cream post round.  She thought that the on course water coolers were the greatest things ever.  Her observations were amazing, warning me not to go in the woods because that is where wolves live.  The best thing had to be her attitude, when I was about to take my shot she had great words of encouragement "I think you can make this shot!".  I have never had such a stress free round.  I typically run a little hot when I play, and get a bit frustrated.  I cannot wait for her to come out and join me for the next round!

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Posted 17 September 2017 - 09:16 AM

Sounds like a great time and wonderful memories.  My daughter is a 19 year old college sophomore.  She spent some time with me on the course when she was young but ended up taking up volleyball in late elementary school through her senior year of high school.  She played six years of club, or travel volleyball, and I pretty much gave up golf during that time to support her as any parent would.  I picked back up playing regularly a little over a year ago when she left for college.  She came home at the end of her freshman year for the summer and on a whim asked to go to the course with me.  She is naturally athletic and loved it.  We ended up playing together twice a week for the rest of the summer.  As I mentioned in the beginning, lots of wonderful memories.  Life is good.

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Posted 17 September 2017 - 04:31 PM

Love hearing this.  My daughter will be 3 in November.  When she sees me hitting balls into my net in the backyard she says she wants to play golf, but then it turns into hockey or sword fighting.
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Posted 17 September 2017 - 09:46 PM

Can't imagine anything much cooler than father/daughter golf. Sounds awesome!

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 08:08 AM

Mine started very young riding along and as soon as she could walk and use a putter we played the same game. She would tend flags ( and sometimes brush in my short putts) and when I made she would say "Good shot Daddy". She has never gotten fully into it because of having so many things going on but could always pick up a club and make a good swipe at the ball. My friend has a Father/Child every year and I told her I am getting her a putter to practice with for the next year and we are going to go dominate, nursing school be damned!



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Posted 18 September 2017 - 10:17 AM

View PostSammyShaf, on 17 September 2017 - 04:38 AM, said:

I took my daughter to the golf course for her first round today.  She is five, and prior to today we had spent time together putting at the putting green.  I played my tee shots and approaches and she putted out on the holes with me.  Some of the highlights included her using the range finder to give me yardages, riding in the golf cart, and the celebratory ice cream post round.  She thought that the on course water coolers were the greatest things ever.  Her observations were amazing, warning me not to go in the woods because that is where wolves live.  The best thing had to be her attitude, when I was about to take my shot she had great words of encouragement "I think you can make this shot!".  I have never had such a stress free round.  I typically run a little hot when I play, and get a bit frustrated.  I cannot wait for her to come out and join me for the next round!

It's the greatest, isn't it. My now 3-year-old (4 in November) has been joining me on the course for a couple of years now. We bought our own cart last year for the sole purpose of being able to sneak out late on weekdays and stay out until dark. Great times for us and it give my wife a break after staying at home with her all day.

Often times after hitting a bad shot I will mutter to myself " Oh DZ" and one day she told me "Daddy's its ok if you say "OH daughter" so you don't have to blame yourself for hitting it bad". I laughed and told her no, it was my fault for hitting it bad so I will just blame myself. Now when I hit it bad, she says "Oh Daughter" as I am saying "Oh DZ". And she has pretty high standards, I hit a green from 220 the other day, but was barely on, and she said it. I said geez, what do I have to do to please you!

I don't know that for her these memories will mean much, but I know for me, spending that hour or 2 with her, just visiting about her day, is priceless.

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 10:39 AM

Been taking my son since he was about 5 to the course.  Now, at 13, he kicks my butt.  When he was little, he had more fun playing with the rakes in the sand traps, watching real birdies, and stuff like that.  These days, he's turned into a good player and loves being on the course because I never pressured him about playing or how well he played.  It's our time together and we have such a good time playing together.

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 10:48 AM

Me and my wife are taking our son (just turned 3) on the course since he was 1.
We take a cart and he sits between us, he wants to play some shots but only with our clubs!
he uses an opposite hand grip and can really hit the ball (not aiming, but he's still young..)!
He plays with the rakes in bunkers, pulls the pins etc.
Of course we do it when there's not a lot of people on the course, but it's our club and we know almost everyone.
He loves to play golf (he calls it " ghe") with mommy and dad.

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 12:26 PM

My daughter just turned one and I have to say it's been amazing reading these personal accounts.  I think it's time I take her out for her first trip.  Thanks for cheering me up on a Monday guys.
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Posted 18 September 2017 - 02:02 PM

I have two little golfers in my family.  My wife always hated golf but now is slowly turning the corner because she must go with my son (10 years old) during tournaments because my daughter (7 years old) told me this year she wants to start playing in tournaments.  They both were playing with me since 4 years old.    When she first started I told my wife she does not have the competitive push like my son but she enjoys golf for fun but she proved me wrong with that statement.  She is playing in the 8 and under bracket and she is the only girl in a group of 12-15 boys but I will tell you that she wants to beat the boys and i mean in driving distance, greens hit, number of putts and final score.   She does have that attitude but only shows it when she has to.   I love it!!!  

It is amazing to watch both of them grow up with golf and now watching them in tournament golf.  My son is doing really good in the 10-12 year bracket winning several events this past summer with my wife who knows nothing about golf (which shows me that he knows what to do without me being their as his crutch which is gratifying) and now watching my daughter claim a few 2nd and 3rd place finishes this year is a freaking blast.  

Definitely very good memories and I am currently building a scrap book for both of them to ensure the memories last forever.

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 02:43 PM

Awesome.  Hopefully she will continue with it as she gets older.  Both of my daughters played when they were younger.  My 18 year old gave it up after her freshman year on the golf team.  My 14 1/2 year old is still playing and finishing up her freshman year on the team.  There's nothing better than when she asks me if we can go practice or play.  But competitive dance is her real passion and golf runs third behind that and school.  She swears that even if she doesn't play all 4 years of high school that she still will play with me on Sundays.  Only time will tell.  But I'll certainly enjoy it while her interest and participation lasts.  It's a hard game and it's not for everybody.
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Posted 18 September 2017 - 09:11 PM

My 4 year old loves to encourage me when golfing as well. She says stuff like "you're the best daddy!" or "you can do it!"

She loves riding the cart, filling the water at the cooler, coloring on the scorecard, and putting on the green. She has a bad habit of picking up my golf ball and giving me the putt (I swear I didn't teach her this!)


My almost 2 year old boy likes it even more. He will bring me a golf club and golf balls and insist we go chip in the backyard. He used to be OK with short chips, now he wants me to hit half wedges every time (it's 55 to 70 yards to the end of the fence I think) He also loves the cart and water cooler. He also likes the grab my ball. But then he tries to take my golf clubs too...


The best rounds of my life were with my two little ones and my wife. I don't think I scored well, but they make it so much fun I don't care. Enjoy it!
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Posted 18 September 2017 - 09:24 PM

I took my 7 year old son out for a round this year with two friends of mine. He rode the cart, putted out like you did with your daughter. He had a blast. After it was all done, he announced to my buddies that he would see them next time. He then subsequently asked me on the way home if he could go golfing with me every time.

So awesome. We've gone a couple rounds and to the range several times. I'll sign him up next summer for a you program I'm sure.
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Posted 19 September 2017 - 09:32 AM

View Postcvvorst, on 18 September 2017 - 09:11 PM, said:

My 4 year old loves to encourage me when golfing as well. She says stuff like "you're the best daddy!" or "you can do it!"

She loves riding the cart, filling the water at the cooler, coloring on the scorecard, and putting on the green. She has a bad habit of picking up my golf ball and giving me the putt (I swear I didn't teach her this!)


My almost 2 year old boy likes it even more. He will bring me a golf club and golf balls and insist we go chip in the backyard. He used to be OK with short chips, now he wants me to hit half wedges every time (it's 55 to 70 yards to the end of the fence I think) He also loves the cart and water cooler. He also likes the grab my ball. But then he tries to take my golf clubs too...


The best rounds of my life were with my two little ones and my wife. I don't think I scored well, but they make it so much fun I don't care. Enjoy it!

As they get older, their eyes starts to wonder into your bag.  I trust him not to do something crazy.  Golf balls are a different story and can get expensive but my son now understands the Project A is a much better ball for him than TP5x balls.  :)
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Posted 19 September 2017 - 10:00 AM

My daughter doesn't like golf, but she likes putting. See, she's already figured out that putting and golf are two completely different things!

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 10:48 AM

My daughter is 5 and has come to the range a few times. I will chip or hit whiffle balls in the yard and she plays range picker in her power wheels Barbie jeep.

Those of you taking your young kids for ride alongs, is this at private clubs or public or what? We have taken my 8 year old niece out to play early mornings but she is in a youth program and plays most of the round. Any course give you problems about just taking your kid as a passenger and occasional putter? I don't belong to a club but would like to try this maybe next summer.
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Posted 19 September 2017 - 11:43 AM

My daughter (7 this Friday) and son (turned 4 in August) both love when they are able to go golfing with me! Like many have said, there is no greater feeling! I have yet to really put together a great round or play a better than my average round when they're with me, but having them out has made each round the best and most enjoyable I have had in these first 4 years!
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Posted 19 September 2017 - 10:53 PM

View Postwkndhack, on 19 September 2017 - 10:48 AM, said:

My daughter is 5 and has come to the range a few times. I will chip or hit whiffle balls in the yard and she plays range picker in her power wheels Barbie jeep.

Those of you taking your young kids for ride alongs, is this at private clubs or public or what? We have taken my 8 year old niece out to play early mornings but she is in a youth program and plays most of the round. Any course give you problems about just taking your kid as a passenger and occasional putter? I don't belong to a club but would like to try this maybe next summer.

I went to a semi private course that has a large junior program.  I have seen tons of younger players at this course.  It is a short 9 hole layout which was good since I was worried about holding her interest for the time it took to play.

Edited by SammyShaf, 19 September 2017 - 10:53 PM.

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 06:50 AM

That is so awesome!!!  I can't wait to be able to share moments like that with my Daughter.  She just turned one back on the 8th, so I've got a few years before I'll take her out there, but I do hope that she enjoys it as much as I do
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Posted 20 September 2017 - 10:39 AM

Nice!! I use to get my son to chip and putt for me. Even when we both played together, he would still chip and putt for me. I thought it was a great way to sharpen up his short game.

"Hey, don't miss that, it's not every day Daddy gets a chance at birdie" :-)

Now he looks at me and says "Dad, did you always hit it that low and short?" :-(

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 10:47 AM

My younger daughter is 9.  She started going to the course with me regularly at age 6.  It was a similar routine as you at first with me playing to the green and she would putt and chip around the green.  

That quickly evolved to her playing from the 150 yard stake on most holes for about 2 years.  Now, our home club has placed discs in the fairways to represent the "kids tees".  They range in distance from 80 to about 175 yards with no fewer than 8 kids her age enjoying themselves from their own set of tees.  It has turned into a nice little group.

Enjoy it while you can, they grow up fast!

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 10:57 AM

View Postwkndhack, on 19 September 2017 - 10:48 AM, said:

My daughter is 5 and has come to the range a few times. I will chip or hit whiffle balls in the yard and she plays range picker in her power wheels Barbie jeep.

Those of you taking your young kids for ride alongs, is this at private clubs or public or what? We have taken my 8 year old niece out to play early mornings but she is in a youth program and plays most of the round. Any course give you problems about just taking your kid as a passenger and occasional putter? I don't belong to a club but would like to try this maybe next summer.

My home course is semi-private but has a large youth program that has been cultivated over about a 30 year period.  For $150 per year, a kid under the age of 16 can become a non-voting member of the club.  The club does summer programs for them at no additional cost so, mom and dad can drop a kid off on the way to work and the kid can fish, golf, watch tv, swim or bike until mom and dad return in the afternoon.  My club and the membership base have bought into the concept and it has thrived.  As a result, our local high school has won 6 state championships, had another 8 state runner-up finishes and had a handful of individual state champions in that time.  With better than a 90% retention rate on those kids becoming full members of the club, it's worth the investment.

Ask around your area.  Clubs won't be bashful in expressing their respective opinions on kids using the club facilities.

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 05:19 PM

View PostSixcat, on 20 September 2017 - 10:57 AM, said:

View Postwkndhack, on 19 September 2017 - 10:48 AM, said:

My daughter is 5 and has come to the range a few times. I will chip or hit whiffle balls in the yard and she plays range picker in her power wheels Barbie jeep.

Those of you taking your young kids for ride alongs, is this at private clubs or public or what? We have taken my 8 year old niece out to play early mornings but she is in a youth program and plays most of the round. Any course give you problems about just taking your kid as a passenger and occasional putter? I don't belong to a club but would like to try this maybe next summer.

My home course is semi-private but has a large youth program that has been cultivated over about a 30 year period.  For $150 per year, a kid under the age of 16 can become a non-voting member of the club.  The club does summer programs for them at no additional cost so, mom and dad can drop a kid off on the way to work and the kid can fish, golf, watch tv, swim or bike until mom and dad return in the afternoon.  My club and the membership base have bought into the concept and it has thrived.  As a result, our local high school has won 6 state championships, had another 8 state runner-up finishes and had a handful of individual state champions in that time.  With better than a 90% retention rate on those kids becoming full members of the club, it's worth the investment.

Ask around your area.  Clubs won't be bashful in expressing their respective opinions on kids using the club facilities.

I really wish that my club would buy into that mentality, even if they wanted to charge a little more for them. As of right now, kids can either be on the membership under the "family" category which is around $2k extra from the single or they can play the 5 maximum times as a guest. Public course with 27 holes down the road has a deal that for $500 (if I'm remember correctly) the kids get all the golf they want to play and can use the par 3 course too. Apparently looking forward to when these kids grow up is a little too much to ask.

Of course they also wonder why they don't have huge participation numbers or support from the members in terms of $$ for the PGAJr. League we have too.
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Posted 24 September 2017 - 09:39 PM

View PostSammyShaf, on 17 September 2017 - 04:38 AM, said:

I took my daughter to the golf course for her first round today.  She is five, and prior to today we had spent time together putting at the putting green.  I played my tee shots and approaches and she putted out on the holes with me.  Some of the highlights included her using the range finder to give me yardages, riding in the golf cart, and the celebratory ice cream post round.  She thought that the on course water coolers were the greatest things ever.  Her observations were amazing, warning me not to go in the woods because that is where wolves live.  The best thing had to be her attitude, when I was about to take my shot she had great words of encouragement "I think you can make this shot!".  I have never had such a stress free round.  I typically run a little hot when I play, and get a bit frustrated.  I cannot wait for her to come out and join me for the next round!
Thanks for this post, it reminded me of taking my daughter out when she was the same age. Although it seems like yesterday, five weeks ago we sent her off to college four hours away where she is playing D2 golf. Riding in the golf cart, looking into the lake, and the post round ice cream injected golf into her veins and now she is as golf crazed as the rest of us. I have considered myself the luckiest dad on the planet because most Friday nights my teenaged daughter would ask me what time we were going to the course in the morning. The amount of time I spent with my daughter because of golf is incredible and irreplaceable. I miss her terribly but I know she is off living her dream. I hope that you and all the other dads out there with young daughters are as lucky as I was.
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#25 Short Bucket

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 08:22 AM

View Postjas904, on 24 September 2017 - 09:39 PM, said:

View PostSammyShaf, on 17 September 2017 - 04:38 AM, said:

I took my daughter to the golf course for her first round today.  She is five, and prior to today we had spent time together putting at the putting green.  I played my tee shots and approaches and she putted out on the holes with me.  Some of the highlights included her using the range finder to give me yardages, riding in the golf cart, and the celebratory ice cream post round.  She thought that the on course water coolers were the greatest things ever.  Her observations were amazing, warning me not to go in the woods because that is where wolves live.  The best thing had to be her attitude, when I was about to take my shot she had great words of encouragement "I think you can make this shot!".  I have never had such a stress free round.  I typically run a little hot when I play, and get a bit frustrated.  I cannot wait for her to come out and join me for the next round!
Thanks for this post, it reminded me of taking my daughter out when she was the same age. Although it seems like yesterday, five weeks ago we sent her off to college four hours away where she is playing D2 golf. Riding in the golf cart, looking into the lake, and the post round ice cream injected golf into her veins and now she is as golf crazed as the rest of us. I have considered myself the luckiest dad on the planet because most Friday nights my teenaged daughter would ask me what time we were going to the course in the morning. The amount of time I spent with my daughter because of golf is incredible and irreplaceable. I miss her terribly but I know she is off living her dream. I hope that you and all the other dads out there with young daughters are as lucky as I was.

Similar story here.  Some of the things I remember: her steering the cart and me working the pedals when she was 5 or 6, then watching her smack a cut down 5 wood about 25-30 yards, but getting it airborne.  Me caddying for her at some junior events. Her college offer letter.  And now, some 30 years after it started and separated by 1500 miles, getting a text from her on a Wednesday about who I like at the upcoming Masters or U.S Open and our subsequent bet.   That we both play and love golf is one of our true points of connection.


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Posted 28 September 2017 - 09:50 AM

Great to read this-- my daughter is 4 and we have just started the father-daughter trips to the putting green.  I absolutely can't wait to get her out on the course in the next few years.  Life indeed is good.  Thanks for sharing!
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#27 Hawkeye77

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 11:12 PM

Awesome, takes me back 20 years!

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Posted 30 September 2017 - 06:33 AM

View PostConrad1953, on 17 September 2017 - 09:46 PM, said:

Can't imagine anything much cooler than father/daughter golf. Sounds awesome!

No kidding!

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 12:15 AM

All of you parents are awesome. My dad introduced me to the game of golf when I was a kid and I didn't realize it until recently but it was the greatest gift he ever gave me. Besides, you know, life

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Posted 15 October 2017 - 06:57 PM

Awesome to hear!  My daughter is 3 and I bought her a putter to play with around the house to hopefully gain interest.  If she wants to play someday I will be a happy Dad!


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