Little League Golf
This scheme is organized like a baseball league. The parents of the children are volunteer coaches. The league is complete with team names like Hogan's Heroes, etc. The Little League Golf initiative gets the whole family involved. Moms want to know how to play, so she can bring out her kids and help them. Pretty soon, mom is signing up for our Ladies Night Out. Dads dust off their clubs and hone their skills, so they can coach their children too. To promote the Little League Golf, not much work is necessary. The scheme is advertised in schools; it's cheap and parents talk.
Ideas to organize the initiative:
- Shorten the course
- Make team t-shirts
- Hire a photographer; so everybody get an individual and a team picture
- At the end of the season every child gets a golf trophy
- Pick a time and let the children play
- A sign up for the coaches
- Take all the lost clubs from the previous year and cut them down to make clubs for the kids. That way the parents don't have to spend $100 on a new set of clubs just to find out that little Johnny hates golf. You can provide every child with one wood, one iron and a putter. On average you will sell about 20 sets of junior clubs every year because little Johnny thinks he needs a new set after he uses my cut down clubs a few times.
- Create a board, so volunteers help to run the golf program
The initiative came from Allison George of Toad Vally Golf Course in Pleasant Hill, IA (USA).
The initiative has been around for 6 years now and around 700 new golfers have been introduced to the game in this time.
Level of Success
|1) Low cost and easy to organize on the golf course|
2) 'Free' parent volunteer coaches
3) Shorten the course to make golf more easy
|1) With more time spend on advertising and|
promotion, you can introduce many more
new golfers to the game
How we shorten the course for the kids:
• The kindergarten - 2nd grade play from 150 yards out.
• The 3rd - 4th grade play from 200 yard out.
• During the meets, I set up cones in the middle of the fairway to symbolize a "tee."
• The 5th - 6th grade play from our hot pink tees.