July 2013

Golf & Family

Author: Pete Popovich | Photographer: Photography by Anne

What is it about golf that makes it so endearing to so many people? Is it the fact that you can start the game at almost any age and play for a lifetime? Or could it be that despite gender everyone can play and enjoy the game? Perhaps it is being outdoors in the company of people you enjoy.

Ask anyone who has ever held a golf club to give you his or her top reasons for playing, and you will look long and hard to find anyone who says “to shoot the lowest score.” On the contrary, when we conducted this survey, the most common answers were “to be outdoors” or “to spend time with those I cherish most in a relaxing environment.” With the exception of a few professionals who play the game for a living, people play golf to be with other people they care about while spending time outdoors and relaxing from the rigors of life.

Not only does golf afford this opportunity to all who play, but there are ancillary benefits. For those who walk, a round of golf encompasses the better part of six miles. Quite a bit of exercise, isn’t it?

Golf also teaches something that everyone in today’s techno world could use more of: patience. In a way, golf is a throwback to yesteryear when people were not in such a hurry. Everyone has a desire to succeed and improve, and to do so at the game of golf, players must learn to be patient, handle their emotions and live with the consequences of their decisions. As you know, if you hit a golf ball out of play, you incur a penalty—unlike other sports, e.g. baseball, where if you hit a foul ball, you get another chance.

Without a doubt, the most important part about golf is that the entire family can partake in the activity together. Parents can play with their children, grandparents can play with grandchildren, or an aunt/uncle can play with a niece/nephew.
The duration of a round of golf, often considered a hindrance in today’s fast-paced world, offers adults and children an opportunity to discuss life in a relaxed setting. Here, children often open up to adults since they feel safe in a setting outside of their routine. Adults can often aid in a child’s development by teaching them how to do things and even using golf as a metaphor.

Accomplishing adult/child bonding through golf
One way to accomplish bonding with your child, using golf as the conduit, is through the GPA-HHI Adult/Child Golf Camp. The camp was organized so that adults and children could learn how to improve their games together. Whether it involves full swing, chipping & pitching, putting, sand or course management, this is the ideal way for you and your related child to learn to play better golf.\

We accept all combinations of adults and children. The only criterion is that there is one adult per child. One benefit is that you have a practice partner learning the same things that you are learning. This way, after three days of instruction, you are able to help one another as your games continue to improve. You spend more time together and, more importantly, your bond is strengthened. We invite you to spend three days with someone you cherish at the GPA-HHI Adult/Child 3-Day Golf Camp.

Schedule of events
Thursday, August 3
8:00- 9:00 a.m. Check-in & Registration
9-10 a.m. Breakfast
10 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Full Swing Instruction
1-2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:30-7:00 p.m. Play Golf

Friday, August 4
8:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast & Day 1 Review
9-9:30 a.m. How to Stretch & Warm-Up
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Short Game Instruction (putter fitting included)
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-6:30 p.m. Play Golf

Saturday, August 5
8-9 a.m. Breakfast & Day 2 Review
9 a.m.-Noon Full Swing & Short Game Instruction
Noon-1 p.m. Lunch
1-4 p.m. 9-Hole Tournament
4-5 p.m. Awards

The next GPA-HHI Adult/Child Golf Camp will be held August 3-4, 2013 at the Old South Golf Links. Spaces are limited, and you can save now if you pre-register by July 14.

For more information, please contact the Golf Proformance Academy-HHI at (843)
338-6737 or e-mail pete@golfacademyhiltonhead.com.

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