Family Golf: Strengthening Bonds on and off the Greens
By Beth Brown, Ph.D
The summer/fall season is a magical time when families come together to create memories that will last a lifetime. Amidst the multitude of activities available, there is one that stands out, offering the perfect blend of recreation, relaxation, and cherished moments: golf.
I was lucky to grow up in a family where golf was a shared passion. Our summers were filled with fun and competitive days on the course, and it didn’t take long for this sport to become an integral part of our lives. Golf transcended the realm of a mere game; it became a vehicle that brought us closer as a family and imparted invaluable life lessons.
Reflecting on those formative years,
I often find myself transported back to the days when I played on the University of Oklahoma Women’s Golf Team. It was during those rounds of golf that I learned the immeasurable value of self-management, perseverance, and unwavering determination. The lessons I absorbed on the course have continued to shape my adult life, long after my days of college golf were over.
In my professional endeavors, I strive to inspire children and families to embrace both triumphs and setbacks with grace, nurturing a sense of sportsmanship that extends far beyond the boundaries of the golf course.
Playing golf provides families with a remarkable opportunity to bond, revel in the wonders of the great outdoors, and cultivate a genuine love for the game. In this blog, we will delve into the profound significance of playing golf and explore the multitude of benefits it offers to families.
Bringing Families Closer:
Golf encourages families to come together and participate in an activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels. Golf provides a unique setting for family members to connect and engage in friendly competition.
From grandparents to grandchildren, everyone can partake in the game, fostering camaraderie and strengthening family bonds. Whether it’s a round of golf, a lesson at the driving range, or a putting contest, golf offers an opportunity to create shared experiences and build lasting memories.
Promoting Physical Activity:
In an era where screens dominate our lives, golf serves as a reminder of the importance of physical activity. Golf is an excellent way to engage in low-impact exercise while enjoying the beauty of nature. By participating in this sport, families can improve their cardiovascular health, strengthen muscles, enhance flexibility, and even burn calories. As family members walk the fairways and make their shots, they are engaging in a physical activity that promotes overall well-being.
Instilling Values and Life Skills:
Golf is not just a game; it also instills important values and life skills in individuals of all ages. Golf offers an ideal opportunity for parents to teach their children about integrity, respect, patience, and sportsmanship. The etiquette and rules of golf translate into valuable life lessons that can be applied on and off the course.
Learning to handle success and failure with grace, making ethical decisions, and showing respect for others are all integral parts of the game. By playing golf together, families can intentionally cultivate these qualities in their children while enjoying a fun and challenging activity.
Embracing the Outdoors:
Golf encourages families to embrace the great outdoors and reap the benefits of spending time in nature. Golf courses are often meticulously maintained and provide a serene and picturesque backdrop for family outings. As families walk the course, they can enjoy the beauty of manicured landscapes, vibrant flora, and the melodious sounds of chirping birds. The peaceful environment offers a much-needed respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life and allows families to connect with nature and appreciate its wonders.
Learning Opportunities for All:
Golf presents an excellent opportunity for family members to learn and develop their golfing skills together. Golf courses often offer special programs during the summer, including family lessons, clinics, and junior golf camps. These initiatives enable family members to receive guidance from experienced PGA and LPGA instructors, regardless of their skill level.
Parents can learn alongside their children, providing them with valuable guidance and support. By engaging in this shared learning experience, families can nurture a love for the game and continue playing together for many years to come.
By participating in golf-related activities, families can strengthen their bond, promote physical well-being, instill valuable life skills, and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Grab your clubs, head to the nearest golf course, and embark on a journey of family togetherness and fun on the greens!
About the Author
Beth Brown, Ph.D., is a life-long educator on a mission to inspire families and kids to have fun, become more active and learn life lessons through sports in her children’s book series Adventures with Divot & Swish. After picking up a basketball at age 2 and swinging her first golf club at age 8, Beth was hooked on sports. Her youth sport participation paved the way for her collegiate success as a member of the University of Oklahoma basketball and conference champion women’s golf teams.
She currently serves as Senior Player Development Advisor for the recently launched United States Golf Association’s (USGA) National Development Program.