We are headed to Copper Point in Invermere for our annual July vacation soon. I’m excited about the resort because they allow for kids to golf – for free. Zacharie is only 6, but already one of his favorite activities is joining me at the driving range. He’s no Junior Tiger or Junior Rory – he’s thrilled just to make contact – but he’s showing an interest in the game.

So when Daddy comes around the back 9, I’ll have my wife meet me at the turn and have Zacharie join me for the rest of the round. He’s so excited.

And that, apparently, will be just the beginning of his golfing summer.

The National Golf Course Owners Association of Canada‘s Take a Kid to the Course Week returns this year from from July 8-14, allowing children under 16 to golf for free when accompanied by a paying adult.

It is exactly what it sounds like: Kids Golf Free! To grow the game, kids are invited on the course for free.

All courses will offer a minimum of one round of complimentary golf for a child, under the age of 16 who is accompanied by a paying adult. However, some restrictions may apply and therefore it is strongly recommended that you call your participating course to book a tee time and get further information on the programs they are offering.

Some people are asking on the Facebook page about taking children as young as 3 on the course this week. While I’m excited to grab Zacharie and have him practice some of his big boy swings on the course, I can’t imagine Charlie doing it. You have to remember pace of play, and respect for the other players. Think of the type of course you want to play, and perhaps have your child stick to a tee shot, a chip, and a putt.

Many courses will also have junior clinics, free range balls, free junior club rentals, or parent/child tournaments.

Here’s a map of courses in the Calgary area involved in Take a Kid to the Course Week:

Kids golf free courses in Calgary

According to the map above, Valley Ridge, The Links of GlenEagles, Elbow Springs, River Spirit, Richmond Green, Eaglequest, HeatherGlen, Blue Devil, McKenzie Meadows, Elks, Inglewood, and more are involved in the program.dadcamp fire

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