Grant Puts Golf Clubs in Kids’ Hands


Jay Barrett/KMXT

You can never start too early in teaching the ancient pastime of golf to eager young minds. Golf teaches patience, after all… right? In any case, the Bear Valley Golf Course is a participant in a program this year that puts golf clubs into the hands of youngsters as young as three years old. It’s called Sticks for Kids. Lisa Reuter is the assistant manager at Bear Valley.

(Golf 1 19 sec "It is a nationwide program … use them on the course.")

The age range for participants is from three to 17, but three-, four-, and five-year-olds are restricted to the driving range. They’ll still have to pay greens fees, which for children is $8, while a bucket of practice balls is $2. There is one set of left-handed clubs for kids about nine-to-11, but they have women’s clubs that are a little longer older lefties can use.

Reuter said she’s gotten good feedback about the program already, and will be having workshops for youngsters, too:

(Golf 2 33 sec "Yeah we have. The schools … Larsen does those for us.")

She said the fees for adult golfers have largely gone unchanged from last year:

(Golf 3 10 sec "Our punch cards have gone up … is eight dollars.")

She said holes one and two, which were so severely damaged in a storm a year and a half go, are back to their former lay out and in good condition. With all the rain we’ve had lately, the course is likely to green up nicely for the summer season to come.


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