When I was growing up, we couldn’t wait for the sun to come up to play ball or head to the creek. Unfortunately, my grandkids, much like many others, have to be lured into the great outdoors. They would rather stay in the air conditioning and play video games all day than venture outside, too far away from the rewards of a well-stocked refrigerator. Hence the problem, what’s a parent going to do?
Cheer up! Golf just might be the answer. It’s a challenging sport that’s played by boys and girls and men and women from eight to eighty in every civilized country in the world. You can chase the little white ball with friends, family, or by yourself, and have a great time.
Most golfers never break one hundred, unless they use new math; but I’ve observed that often even the worst players have a memorable round just enjoying the sunshine, the beauty of the course, and the camaraderie that inevitably follows.
Golf is also a wonderful way to spend the day with your children. The first time I invited my grandsons to tag along they declared, “It was the best day ever!” I had to agree.
So take a little time this summer and sign your son or daughter or grandchild up for a golf camp or two. You might be surprised. It might be their “best day ever”, and I promise that’s a better feeling than a string of birdies.
Below are golf camp schedules from area links. A few were still working out the details and are marked TBA. Give them a call and ask for the schedule. If you didn’t see your favorite course listed, let them know that you would be interested in a Kids Golf Program in the future.
Mobile County courses: Azalea City Municipal GC-TBA, 251-208-5150; Mill Creek, Citronelle-Jr. Golf Camp TBA, 251-866-7881; Heron Lakes CC-Kids Golf Camp June 5-8,19-22, July 10-13, 24-27, 8:30- Noon, Members $150 per session, Non Members $175, call the Pro shop at 251-706-6370; Magnolia Grove GC Junior Golf Clinics June 18-22 and July 16-20 for ages 7-14, 8:30-11am, cost is $125 per session and includes a Friday Golf Outing, Pro Shop 251-645-3011.
North Baldwin County courses: Holly Hills Municipal GC in Bay Minette,Youth Golf Camp, Beginners June 5-8, 19-21, 26-28, Intermediate June 12-14, July 10-12, Tuesday-Thursday 8-11. Cost is $100 per camp. Phone 251-580-2553 to book.
Central Baldwin County links: Lake Forest CC-TBA 251-626-9324; TimberCreek GC-Clinics and PGA Junior League TBA 251-621-9900; Rock Creek GC-See Craft Farms.
Foley-South Baldwin County courses: Craft Farms-Rae Schuessler Golf Academy Summer Golf Camps, June, 19-22, July 10-13, 17-20, phone 251-978-1625 for more information; Glenlakes GC Camps are 8:30-9:30 Tuesday-Friday June 12-15, July 17-20, cost is $60 per camp, contact David Musial 251-955-1220.