What’s the best present you could get on Father’s Day? For me it would be a morning with my kids on the driving range. I know of several dads who would also like this in theory…the reality is that not everyone in the family always shares daddy’s favourite sport.
Fortunately for me, my children (especially my eldest Finley) do enjoy playing golf – on their terms! That’s when the driving range comes into it’s own. Unlike going out on the course where the difference between our abilities can become an issue, the driving range can be fun whatever your age. Finley says,
“I like playing on the range because there`s automatic tees and manual tees and I can see how far the ball goes with every club (except the putter obviously).”
Games To Play On The Driving Range or Green
One way to keep things fun, and also teach your children some golf skills, is to play some games. Below are some of our favourites, if you’ve got any you can add please leave a comment at the end of the post:
First To 10 Points: Start off by letting you child choose a target on the range and then each take a shot at it. Whoever gets closest scores 1 point, and the loser gets to choose the next target. The winner is the first to 10 points.
Golf Hangman: A variation on this game is to first choose a word like ‘caddy’ and then get your child to pick a target and choose a club. If they make the shot, the other person has to too (using the same club). If they don’t that person gets the first letter of ‘caddy’. The loser chooses the next target and club. The aim of the game is to not spell out the word. Children can also play this by themselves with the goal to get through a bucket of balls without spelling out ‘caddy’.
Two Putt: Moving onto the green and practising some putting skills. This game / drill aims to teach your child to get down to two putts. Grab a putter each, a golf ball and pick a hole.
- One putt = 1 point
- Two putts = 0 points
- Three putts = 2 points
You can either play this on different holes or play until someone gets to seven points. The aim is to keep to zero points by learning to control the speed on the first putt, and then tap to finish off.
Chipping Ladder: Luke shared his chipping tips in a post recently; perhaps he should have also shared this game. The aim of this one is to improve the short game by controlling distance on your chipping shots. With a wedge each and a bucket of balls get your child to chip the ball anywhere on the green but short of the hole. Now your turn, chip your ball past theirs but also short of the hole. Repeat until someone either chips short of the target ball, or past the hole.
We’re always pleased to see children at Park Golf here in North Wales; after all they’re our future golfers and customers! However, some golf courses (and golfers) are not so tolerant, so it’s always a good idea to check first whether it’s going to be an issue or not.
That’s why practising on the driving range is a great idea, you’re not holding up anyone out on the course; and once they’ve got some good skills they can take on the adult golfers too!
Finally, my daughter Freya says that she likes going to the range because she likes doing things with her Daddy and she likes it when he helps her to hit the ball far. Great stuff!