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Golf for kids in dense cities

New York City Parks and Recreation Dept.

New York City Parks and Recreation Dept.

The New York Times reports on a program in New York City to get more kids golfing. The City Parks Foundation expanded this program to include a new kid-oriented golf course in Brooklyn but the article also offers some insight into how programming ball fields as driving ranges can get kids playing where courses are not nearby. The group’s work started after Tiger Woods won his first masters in 1997.

That summer, Silverman (of the City Parks Foundation) started a program that turned open spaces in the city parks, like the outfield of a baseball diamond, into mini-driving ranges. The foundation paid for instructors, clubs and limited-flight golf balls. About 1,500 children signed up for free training in the first year. Over the years, the program expanded.

The rest of the article describes efforts to create the free kids course and other programs. According to one one young golfer, “These things have helped me with my school studies and in test taking. They’ve made me focus on the other things I want in life. The golf course gives me someplace to go and relax in the middle of the city. It gives me exercise. And I learned to think for myself. It’s like they say, ‘It’s so much more than a game.’ ”

One Response

  1. Well written. I’m a good driver myself.

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