It’s Springtime. The perfect time to break out the golf clubs and spend some quality time with the kids, just like this fella Michael O’Connell and his sons Aiden and Colton who I met at the Eisenhower Park golf driving range in East Meadow, Long Island.
My father taught me the game… and boy, was I bad!
My Dad took up the game of golf after spending almost 40 years as a New York City Fireman.
I also took up the game to spend time with him. He was so patient with my awful play, but it was also the most rewarding time we spent together. We would play the courses in Queens where I grew up, like Forest Park, Douglaston and Kissena. We would walk the course and talk about anything. Like how the Mets were going to win the World Series that year, how great it was to grow up in Queens, his job with the Fire Dept and my job on the radio. Moments I spent with my Dad that I wouldn’t trade for anything.
It’s never to late to learn!
Go to your local golf course or driving range and inquire about some lessons. At the range you’ll see a wide demographic of people playing the game, from the very young to the not-so-young, girls, boys, men, women, the game is exploding with new people every year learning to play.
You’ll also need to learn the basic rules and most importantly, the etiquette!
If you’d like to get your kids involved, check out The First Tee program in your area. It provides young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop life-enhancing values such as confidence, perseverance and judgment through golf and character education.
Go have fun and FORE!