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Golf is the skill of hitting a golf ball into a hole in as few shots as possible.

Full sized golf courses have 18 holes but there are shorter nine hole courses all over the UK.

There are also putting greens and crazy golf course to have fun on.

Plus golf driving ranges mean that anyone can practice without causing any damage.

All in all it's a game for all shapes and sizes and for the very young to the very old.

What's in the kit bag?
Don't think you have to buy a full set of clubs to play golf.

To begin with an iron and a putter will be fine. That will allow your child to practice swinging the club and hitting the ball.

Once they take a real interest in the game you can buy more clubs.

Top tip
For infant, primary and junior school aged kids Tri-Golf is a good introduction to the game which can be played inside as well as outside.

The game uses plastic clubs and soft foam balls and develops hand-eye co-ordination.

It's never too early to start. Tiger Woods was putting on TV by the time he was two!

Where can I find out more about golf?
Our Sport Academy site has a golf section with everything from the rules to training challenges. There's advice on equipment and masterclasses on how to drive for miles and putt properly. Perhaps your child can be our star of the week?

Where else can I get more information on golf?
The Professional Golfers' Association have plenty of information on their website about how to get started in the sport.

A PGA qualified coach will have all the skills required, and because they are members of an Association which has high standards of ethical behaviour, there is an assurance of quality and safety.

The Golf Foundation develops and promotes junior golf throughout the British Isles.

It's website has information on Tri-Golf and where to find your local Starter Centre.

You can also reach the Golf Foundation on 01920 876 200.

You can also find your local driving range here:

The English Golf Union website has a section which lists the golf clubs in your area where there are junior vacancies.



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For an introduction to blind golf and features on players, see the golf disability section of our Sport Academy website.

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It's totally unnecessary to buy expensive boots or kit. They'll need another pair in six months when their bodies have grown.
A Shields, cricket coach and father


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