Extra-Curricular Activities: Golf

When I was pregnant with Gareth, hubby and I used to joke about turning our baby into a professional sportsperson since all it takes is one grand slam and some savvy investment planning and you are pretty much set for life. We chose golf because of all the major sports, it was the least “damaging” and it had the longest life-span. With most other sports injuries are rife and by the time they’re 30, they’re approaching retirement.

Gavin was born and displayed no inclination for the sport other than to smack the balls into the water on Wii sports. Being fairly sedentary and rather bookish, we figured he was probably going to seek an academically inclined career. Nevertheless, I did briefly contemplate Kindergolf when he was little but gave up the idea when he was disinterested in attending classes. Now that he’s older and more open to the idea of extra-curricular activities, I thought it would be nice to revisit the idea of learning golf since it could be a sport that he and Daddy might enjoy playing together.

Since Kindergolf went MIA (the existing contact details on their SE Asia website for Malaysia is incorrect), I had to look elsewhere for classes for children and found two other groups that teach golf for children (if you know of others that are still in operation, please share them in the comments section – thank you!):

Mr Golf

Location: Martyn (A.K.A. Mr Golf) teaches at Impact Golf in Ampang at Kelab Darul Ehsan, Taman Tun Abdul Razak, 68000 Ampang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Telephone: +6012-613 0050
Email: info@mrgolf.com.my
Website: www.mrgolf.com.my
Facebook: www.facebook.com/martynroberts13
Minimum age: 5-6 years old.
Fees:

  • 1 person – RM165 (1 hour)
  • 2 persons – RM195 (1 hour)
  • 5 lesson package (1 person) – RM725
  • 5 lesson package (2 persons) – RM875

True Golf Academy

Addess: Sri Damansara Club, Driving Range, Bandar Sri Damansara.
Contacts: C M Chong (+6012 628 5967); Roger Loo (+6017 879 3100)
Website: www.truegolfshop.com/true-golf-academy
Fees: 3 lesson package – RM200 (junior golf lessons for under 15s)

The general recommendation from Mr Golf, after a quick conversation with him over the phone, is to wait until Gavin is at least 5, perhaps even 6, before considering golf. This is purely because he feels such young children do not have the concentration span. Additionally, since the lessons take place at a driving range, it could potentially be hazardous for a young child without the sense to observe the necessary safety protocols. So it looks like we’ll be postponing Gavin’s trial lesson for golf until he’s a bit older.

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Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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