We know it’s not easy to pull together a team for a game of soccer on short notice, especially if it’s just for a weekend. But putting a stick in a kid’s hand and tell them to hit a ball into a hole? Straightforward, simple and fun! Golf is a pretty unique sport, which makes it difficult to find age-appropriate versions for the kids. We definitely can’t have toddlers tearing around pristine golf lawns, no matter how fun those golf carts are, but we can have them teeing off at toddler-sized golf courses. That’s why we’ve found the best non-exclusive golf courses, driving ranges and golfing schools for little putters to practise their strokes. Fore!
PUBLIC GOLF COURSES
Not a member of an exclusive golf course? No problem! There are three public golf courses open to everyone, the old and young alike. They’re more cost effective and perfect for beginners to swing a club around at.
Mandai Executive Golf Course
The Mandai Executive Golf Course is perfect for beginners and golfers who want to practise their short game. Featuring nine-holes with a variety of par 3s and par 4s, this public course is especially beginner-friendly. It also has a Chip and Putt and a Driving Range with 40 bays so kids can hit endless balls into the distance.
Mandai Executive Golf Course, Upper Seletar Reservoir Mandai Road Track 7, Singapore 779384; www.mandaigolf.com
This fam-favourite can hold up to 100 people and is open seven days a week from 7am. With free use of putters and golf balls and two different difficulty levels of golf courses – the Fruit Loop and Dragon – this golf course is our go-to for a good time with the kids. Oh, did we mention Champions has the only outdoor mini golf course in Singapore?
Champions Golf, 60 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286966; www.championsgolf.co
Marina Bay Golf Course
Enjoy the cool sea breeze when you tee off at Marina Bay Golf Course. This 18-hole golf course is the largest public golf course in Singapore, with the longest Par 6 hole on the island. Keep an eye out for special offers during school holidays! This September holiday, kids aged 16 and under play for free when accompanied by a paying adult. If the kids need a little more guidance, Star Golf Academy is on hand to conduct lessons in the sheltered four-tiered driving range and on the practice greens.
Marina Bay Golf Course, 80 Rhu Cross, #02-01, Singapore 437437; www.mbgc.com.sg
How about putting in air-conditioned comfort at Amazonia’s nine-hole indoor putting course? Suitable for kids aged four and up, this indoor play centre has got the mini golf course perfect for birthdays, family days out or even a quick game before dinner. Themed with deep sea creatures, dinosaurs and pirates with 3D glow-in-the-dark artwork and motion props, the kids will get to immerse themselves in a game of golf while you kick back and relax.
Amazonia Singapore, Great World City Mall, #03-08, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994; www.amazoniafun.com
GOLF CLASSES FOR KIDS
Your kids don’t have to go anywhere near the scorching sun at this indoor class. Totts Golf provides all clubs, mats and foam plus plastic balls for kids aged two to seven years for them to learn the basics of golf including putting, chipping and pitching skills. These classes focus on the fun and fitness side of golf to build confidence and interest in the sport.
Totts Golf, Cairnhill Community Club #03-09, 1 Anthony Road, Singapore 229944; Tides Building #05-01, 217 East Coast Road, Singapore 428915; www.tottsgolf.com
Edmund Tan School of Golf, Orchid Country Club
If your little one is ready to get serious with golf, golf coach and scholar athlete Edmund has a programme designed for young athletes. Under the watchful eyes of a team of pro golf coaches, kids will take part in age-appropriate activities to train strength, speed, agility, balance and confidence. Sessions are conducted weekly and include team-building activities, exercises and training to develop movement and sports skills.
Orchid Country Club, 1 Orchid Club Road, Singapore 769162; www.edmundtangolf.com
TMCC Junior Golf Programme
Is your little one aiming to be the next Tiger Woods or Michelle Wie? Tanah Merah Country Club has a Junior Golf Programme to get kids aged eight to 16 years old ‘competition ready’. It takes 20 years on average for golfers to go pro, so there’s no time like the present! Non-member Singapore Citizens and PRs may apply, but acceptance is subject to approval by the Committee. Serious stuff!
Tanah Merah Country Club, 153 Xilin Avenue, Singapore 486799; www.tmcc.org.sg
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