Although golf tends to be thought of as an older person’s sport, it is in fact a game for all ages. Its complexity, etiquette and demanding self-control makes it an ideal sport for everyone, even the smallest members of the family. Experts point out that children as young as five can be initiated in the game and kids of any age stand to benefit from playing. Read on to discover eight benefits of golf for kids.
Quality time with family
In today’s busy world, it’s often hard to find the time for the family. A round of golf provides the ideal opportunity to be together and for a few hours. Whether you play with one of your children or together as a family, you all have a morning or afternoon of guaranteed time with each other.
Quality time outdoors
Mobile phones and video games mean that many of us spend much of free time indoors looking at a screen. Another benefit of golf for kids is that it gets them outside and into the fresh air. Golf courses on the Costa del Sol also have the advantage of providing big open spaces and in the sunshine. Perfect for getting you all out of the house and away from those screens!
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Golf ranks as one of the most demanding sports around – even the pros make mistakes. This means it’s an ideal sport for self-improvement for children. By playing golf, kids learn to improve and manage their expectations.
One of the most difficult things about golf is learning to manage your frustration and disappointments. Self-control is always easier for adults than children so another of the benefits of golf for kids comes in knowing how to control your emotions. Golf also teaches children the importance of patience, another valuable life skill.
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Healthy golf for kids
As well as being out in the fresh air for several hours, children will also reap health benefits from golf. The sport improves key muscles in the body, especially those in the core and spine that leads to better posture. Golf also helps with balance and hand-eye coordination, both vital in everyday life.
Another benefit of golf for kids comes in how the game teaches them strategic thinking. Golf is all about thinking ahead and solving problems along the way. Get your children playing golf from early on and they will learn these vital skills that will be useful in everyday life and in business.
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As all golfers know, the game comes with a long list of rules, all of which must be followed when you’re out on the course. Golf etiquette is also vitally important. By playing golf your children have to learn these rules and etiquette, and as a result, they also learn some vital life lessons. Research shows that children who play golf tend to be more respectful towards others and have a higher regard for playing fair on and off the course.
Our last benefit of golf for kids also ranks as one of the most important: golf is fun! Getting out on the course for a few hours with your kids gives you quality time together and the chance to do something you both love.
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