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Starting golf at 3….

by Clare Mansell
Starting golf at 3….

First time on the golf course...

Last week I mentioned our plan to get Theo involved with our local sailing club and this week I’m posting about his first trip to the local golf course, which I realise makes us both sound like sport obsessed helicopter parents.

But we’re not! Both Jim and I were never particularly good at sport at school (or err… after!) but at a time when children are spending increasing amounts of their leisure time indoors we wanted to expose Theo from a young age to a couple of things that he may (or may not) want to pursue as he grows up. The key for both these sports is that you have to go out in the fresh air to enjoy them and that you can do them (at a certain point) on your own.

Apparently the sport of golf is going through a tough time at the moment because it has a image problem, but we are lucky having an excellent, very unstuffy club near us which has quite accessible pricing. So yesterday we decided to take Theo down for his first session and I’m pleased to say it was a success.

The driving range was deserted and the sun was shining. We each had a bay to ourselves and Theo happily hacked away with his minature irons. Wrong stance, wrong swing, wrong everything, but he was having fun! Then all three of us had a mini competition on the putting green and finally we asked about kids lessons.

Luckily for us on Saturday mornings they run a children’s academy for 3-6 year-olds so we’re going to give it a try. It’s too soon to say if he’ll enjoy it, but it would be lovely if one day I get to spend time being thrashed on the course by my precocious eight year-old son and if in the meantime we get to spend some time as a family hacking balls around then that’ll be great too…

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Cerys November 17, 2014 - 11:34 am

That face! Gorgeous! My father in law tried his very best to get our bois to like golf…it’s all about football in ours though! Poor Taid!

thesoupdragon44 November 17, 2014 - 11:39 am

sounds like you are starting him young, and hopefully he will find a sport that he loves as much as my boy loves his. I don’t do anything remotely sporty but its fun to watch!

Carie November 17, 2014 - 3:24 pm

That sounds like a brilliant introduction to golf! H plays and I know how to play even if I can’t quite convert technical knowledge into practical skill so we’re looking forward to teaching the children one day – so far Kitty’s exposure has been trailing her Grandad around a putting green on holiday with a miniature set of iron and putter that appeared as if by magic from his golf bag – I think she liked it, and not just because her golf bag is pink!!

lifeasourlittlefamily.com November 17, 2014 - 4:33 pm

He looks very impressed with himself there! Beautiful smile

Donna November 17, 2014 - 10:04 pm

I don’t think you’re ever too young to start a hobby and if they enjoy it, why not?! 🙂 x

Sara Carvosso November 17, 2014 - 10:31 pm

aww I hope he enjoys it. Used to spend alot of time at golf clubs as a teenager me and my sisters would have great fun driving the buggys round the course!

Vintage Folly November 17, 2014 - 10:42 pm

My hubster is quite a talented golfer but only really took it up in his teens. I bet he sometimes wonders where his talent might’ve taken him had it been spotted sooner? You’re never too young x

Natalie LittleJamPotLife November 18, 2014 - 11:35 am

Aw thats cute he’s starting a little hobby of his own! lovely photo x

Coombe Mill November 18, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Mine used to go to a golf accadamy on a Sunday morning, I wish they had kept it up as Daddy is such a keen golfer. I think it is great to try these things and you never know, one of these sports just might be the one they take too. My eldest now loves sailing. Thank you for sharing your mini golf lesson for Theo on Country Kids

Hannah November 18, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Aww! What a lovely photo!

I’m so sorry that we have just discovered each other and now I’m leaving Sussex! xx

Sandra February 19, 2016 - 1:48 pm

Your son is so adorable:) I want my son to start playing sports soon, he’s just only 2 so I think I’ll have to wait more lol I hope your son is enjoying playing golf 🙂


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