STARTING EARLY: Mia Carroll and Matt Allan check out the new mini-greens. Photo: Gemima Harvey
STARTING EARLY: Mia Carroll and Matt Allan check out the new mini-greens. Photo: Gemima Harvey

Juniors can have a have a hole lot of fun with mini-course

AT THE end of the day there's nothing more satisfying in golf than seeing that white ball fall into the cup.

A new initiative at Coffs Harbour Golf Club means beginners to the game will be able to enjoy that feeling of holing out.

Three greens have been added to the club's practise fairway, meaning kids can not only learn how to swing a club on the range but also enjoy putting the ball in the hole.

Club professional Matt Allan said the three holes would allow youngsters to enjoy a short par-3, par-4 and par-5.

While swinging at a bucket of balls on the practise fairway is fun, he said the initiative would allow kids to gain even more enjoyment from their first tentative steps in the game.

"We've built a mini golf course to encourage them to play golf and teach them how to play," Allan said.

"On Saturday mornings we normally do a kids club from 8.30 through to 9.30 which is normally just hitting on the range. Myself and a couple of members asked the club a while back to build a couple of holes on the practise fairway so the kids can be taught all of the etiquette as well as how to play golf."

The idea has been 12 months in the making.

For Allan he believes the earlier kids can start playing golf, even if it's only for a short while, the more beneficial it will be later in life.

"If we can teach kids how to play golf early enough, it's a bit like swimming, it's a basic skill that they can kind of have for the rest of their life," he said.

"Kids that I've started at a young age in the past have gone away to play other sports but they already know some of the basics so they come back at 18 or 19 and they don't need much tuition, they pick it up straight away."

The opening of the new facility is going to be this morning with Allan saying there's already 15 young golfers booked in with ages ranging from four to 12.

Allan said parents of interested golfers should phone the Coffs City Golf Centre on 6652 3266 to book for the program, which runs for the rest of this school term as well as the first term of 2015. Inquiries can also be made via admin@coffscity golfcentre.com.



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