You know what they say: the family that plays golf together stays together. OK, maybe no one actually says that, but learning to play a sport is a great way to spend time with your family this summer.
Golf can be a great equalizer across generations -- you can play at any size, shape and age. Whether you take lessons, or learn on your own, plan a trip to the local green, or travel across Canada in search of the perfect course, the World Wide Web has the information you need to get started. To make it even easier, we've compiled a list of some of the most helpful sites, so you can get ready to tee off with your loved ones:
This site offers a good overview of golf courses across Canada. There are in-depth reviews and feature stories about courses to give you a preview of what you'll find when you get there. Also, save with online deals and packages -- a definite must in family vacation-planning.
Freeman River RV and Campground
The website for this Alberta campground also has a golf section, including a helpful article (linked to above) that outlines when, and how, to teach your kids to golf. There are helpful hints about keeping your child happy while they're on the green. Don't miss their page full of golfing tips.
Future Links, a program organized by BMO Financial Group, was created to bring more kids into the game, and to make golf more affordable for them. They've got clinics and instructors in every province. The best part for your budding golfer is the Kids Club Connection, a source of used, refurbished golf equipment for kids. Use the site to point your in the direction of the one nearest you.
Golf for Beginners
This comprehensive site has everything from how improve your swing to how to learn at home, before hitting the links. Get answers to your questions about how to start golfing, here.
Future Links -- Ask a Pro
In this section of the future links site, pro golfers reveal tips including what kind of equipment your child will need when starting out. No need for a full set of clubs, or even golf shoes, but what little ones use is important for improving their game, and not jeopardizing their health. This article helps you know what to look out for, and what "must-haves" you really don't need.
These sites will help you figure out the how, what, where and why of learning to play golf, but don't forget the most important element: who. The time spent with your family is the most valuable reason to take up a family-friendly sport. Happy golfing!