Golf Courses can benefit by hosting a local Pre-School to a field trip at their facility. They can be an important part in introducing golf and a course to kids 4-5 years of age, orientating their parents to a facility and thus benefiting the game.
Two Rivers Golf Club, Dakota Dunes, SD schedules two field trip days with the local “Little Scholars Pre-School.” Their school has 4 classes with each making a 1 to 1.5 hour visit, two classes attend per day. Teachers and parents volunteer to assist our staff in all aspects for the 60 total students.
Each trip begins with an enthusiastic welcome and a caravan cart tour of the golf course. The tour stops at a tee, a green and a bunker to show off the grass and sand. There is a lot to "show off" to these young juniors, such as wildlife, trees and friendly patrons. For most students, this is their first exposure to a golf course and a cart ride is always fun.
The tour ends at the practice area where we present putting, chipping and the full swing with our US Kids 39” demo clubs.
Each student has the opportunity to make their 1st putt, their 1st chip and their 1st full swing with a ball. Safety and Fun are the priority as well as each student given a chance to experience these three aspects of the game. The smiles are priceless.
We conclude with snack time in the food and beverage area. We thank everyone and present each student a score card, pencil and logo golf ball. The volunteer parents typically have a lot of questions about golf, the facility, rates and services. It is an invaluable marketing opportunity.
This program is one of our strategies to grow our Junior TEAM golf program and to involve more families at our facility. It is working despite the competition from other activities like baseball, soccer, basketball, etc... Golf has a lot to offer and we find it helpful to expose it at this age.
We believe this can be a long term solution to grow our club and also envision it as a model for other facilities to benefit the game.
We encourage all facilities to consider and try this program. It’s proving to be successful at Two Rivers and the smiles are priceless!
All for a better game,