Can you remember the first time you held a golf club or
maybe the first time you made contact with the golf ball? That feeling is
electric and exhilarating! For many of us, this is the reason we fell in love
with the game.
Now imagine what it would have been like to get that feeling
in your P.E. class at school and never have to leave. That is where the CGA
Golf in Schools program comes in. Since 2011, the CGA has been working with
local schools to bring golf to the classroom.
Students are exposed to the game with three classroom
sessions (putting, chipping, and full swing) and then attend a field trip at
CommonGround Golf Course.
The CGA was in 10 different schools this year and hosted 15
field trips. Students ranged from 9-18 years old. Since the CGA fully funds
this program, schools do not have to worry about the cost.
For many who attend the field trip, this is the first time
they have been on a golf course. Applying what students learned in the
classroom, students rotate through six stations (Driving range, chipping,
putting, STEM, on-course, and fitness). When students are asked about whether
or not the green is real grass, almost everyone says, “No”. They are shocked to
not only find out that it is real, but then they get to cut a hole!
After everything is done and the students are walking back
to the bus, you can hear the excitement they have for golf. One student even
said, “Can we pay you to come back next week for more golf?” Bringing golf to
more kids is payment enough!