We just recently hosted our first “Family Golf Day” here at the Heritage Club in Wake Forest, N.C. The idea for this event came from the large number of parents who come to our practice facility on Sunday afternoons. They sometimes bring their children along and let the kids hit a few balls or putt. So, we decided to hold an event that would allow the children to play with their parents on the golf course.
We held the event on a Sunday afternoon using a 4:30 p.m. shotgun start. This allowed us to accommodate most of our Sunday play and still clear the entire front nine for the tournament. We had a total of thirteen different families join us for our first Family Golf Day event. The teams were composed of threesomes, foursomes and fivesomes playing nine holes of scramble golf. We used eight-inch cups in place of standard-sized cups for the event. The larger holes allowed the children and non-golfer parents to have more success holing some putts.
Rather than keep score and give out prizes for the lowest scoring team, we opted to give out prizes to the longest putt made on each hole by the children. We asked each team to allow the children to putt first on each hole, to give them the opportunity to make the putt first. We also shortened the course for all players by using junior tees for children and creating a shorter version of the ladies’ course for our non-golfer ladies.
At the completion of the nine-hole event, we hosted a cook-out and ice cream sundae bar on the back deck of our clubhouse. As we called the children’s names out to retrieve their prizes for winning the longest putt made on a hole, it was great to see their smiles. Not only did we create a great memory and hopefully a tradition for years to come, but we got the whole family spending nine holes together on the golf course.