Provisional Ball and Second Ball

Pace of play in kids golf tournaments is very important.  I talk about pace in another post but I want to reiterate here.  Two rules help with pace of play; 3-3 and 27-2.   Continue reading

Pace of Play for Kids Golf Tournaments

Long before we got into kids golf, I remember a friend declaring golf is like watching paint dry. Now that we are a golf family, nothing is further from the truth. This is especially true when you are caddying for your child golfer. EXCEPT when pace of play is slow.

Pace of play is Continue reading

Golf Score — Stroke Play

Let’s go over how to score. There are a lot of rules in golf, so how to score could be a very large topic. I’ll break scoring down as simply as possible. You will have a nice introduction on how to score here so that at a minimum, Continue reading

What is a Golf Tournament?

A tournament is an organized event where golfers are organized into groups, or flights.  Flights are usually by age, for example Under 6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, etc.  However, Continue reading

At the First Tee of a Kids Golf Tournament

At the first tee, you will sign in with the starting official.  He will introduce you to your playing partners and hand out score cards.  Each player must have unique markings on their ball. Continue reading

The Child Golfer’s First Golf Tournament – Start the Day

How exciting!  You’re all signed up for your golfer’s first tournament.  Let’s take a look at what the day might look like ..

Plan to be at the golf course the day of a tournament at least an hour prior to your tee time.  When you arrive, Continue reading

Welcome to The Child Golfer!


First, welcome!

Second, let me start by telling you this is not another blog all about junior golf instruction, raising a winning junior golfer, or the next Tiger Woods. This blog is about child golf for kids of all talent levels and parents of all types. I have seen a number of sites out there about junior golf equipment, instruction, and “success”, but I have not run across any help specifically for us parents, to teach us how to get started in child golf, and get into competitive kids golf.

Success will mean something different to different folks. Golf is a gift from you to your child and from your child to you. I also believe it is nearly impossible to predict what golf will become for any child as they grow into adults, but I can predict it is a gift they can enjoy forever. If through this site, you learn how to give the gift of golf to your child, and at the very least they become a golfer for life, and learn the sport, and enjoy the sport, then we will both have been successful. More than that is absolutely possible, and I believe you’ll set up a good chance for more here, but that will be icing on the cake far into the future!

You will find some good instruction on these pages, but it will be very practical for this age and from the perspective of a parent.

So, this blog is a forum to help you learn what to do as the parent of a child golfer. Most parents really don’t know what to do, especially when it comes to tournaments and such. Continue reading