Getting to the golf course can be almost impossible once you have kids. What parent has time to waste playing 18 holes?
You may think your golfing days are over once you become a parent but that does not have to be the case. What if I told you that you can play your round with your baby!
As a recent father of two and an avid golf, I know how hard it can be to get out on the course. It’s not all bad though.
Enthusiastic golfers with a baby do have options to keep playing the game they love. Many courses do allow children, and even babies, on the course depending on their age and the time of day.
The bigger question here is if its practical to bring your baby to the course. With two young kids at home, I have some hands-on experience in this area.
If you are in the same shoes, I have some great insight on conquering the golf course with your baby.
For parents thinking about taking their baby to the course, you will need to work through the details of playing prior to heading to play 18.
In the article below, I will outline all you need to know about bringing your baby to the golf course.
For new parents, not ready for the course, the driving range can be a great alternative. Check out our article “Can You Take a Baby to a Driving Range?” for all you need to know about taking a newborn to the driving range.
1.) Come Prepared
Taking a baby to the golf course is no small feat. You will need to think through the logistics of taking a baby along for the ride.
Do you plan on walking or riding? Are you going solo, or will you have an extra set of hands to help? These are questions you will need to address prior to going to the course.
If you plan on using a golf cart, you will need to find a baby seat that can attach to the cart. If you plan on walking, you have a couple options.
For flatter courses, bringing the stroller along can be a great option. Using a baby carrier can be another option for walking.
Strap your kiddo to your back and use a pushcart to carry your clubs. In this scenario, you will need to place your baby down for each shot which may become difficult if you plan on playing all 18 holes.
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Beyond figuring out how you plan on navigating the golf course, you will also need to be prepared with everything you need.
Pack snacks, bring plenty of water to stay hydrated, and make sure that you have plenty of bottles and formula.
Coming prepared with everything you need is the best way to ensure longevity on the course.
2.) Safety Is Key
A golf course can be a dangerous place for baby if not approached properly. The main concern of any parent bringing their baby to the golf course is safety.
One may think of swinging clubs and flying golf balls as the main hazards, but there are other equally dangerous factors to plan for.
Weathering the elements on the golf course can be more of a threat than you may imagine.
Excess sun and heat, stray thunderstorms, and dangerous terrain can all pose a serious threat to your baby’s safety on the course. These are real risks that need to be taken seriously.
The most effective way to avoid this danger is to prepare ahead of time. Apply baby safe sunscreen or use long sleeve clothes to avoid prolonged sun exposure.
If you plan on using your stroller, attach a canopy to protect your little one from the elements while offering a space to store your extra gear.
If it is a new course, check out the terrain and know where safety areas are located as well as bathrooms and snack stands.
3.) Be Considerate of Surrounding Golfers
Besides you and your baby’s needs, it is also important to be considerate of other golfers at the course. Golfers go to the course to have fun and relax.
Having a screaming infant or slowing down the course due to your play is a no-no. Make sure to play at times when the course is not busy and let other groups play through.
Stay conscious of your baby’s needs to ensure longevity on the course. Playing golf with your baby will be an adjustment at first but remember this is a new adventure for your child as well as for you.
Take your time and slowly you will find out what works best for you and your little one.
4.) Plan Your Tee Time Wisely
This may be apparent, but the time you go to the golf course is everything when taking your baby to the golf course. Pick a time of the day or week when you know the course is not going to be busy.
Being able to isolate yourself from other golfers will allow you to focus on your baby and not worry about other golfers playing their round.
5.) Enjoy The Experience
Most importantly, make sure you and your kids have fun! Golfing and family are two of the best parts of life so don’t let the stress or anxiety of going to the range distract you from why you went there in the first place.
Enjoy the time with your little one and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Introducing your children to golf, even at very at a very young age, gets them acclimated to the sport and can serve as a great bonding experience.
Having a new baby can be a bit of an adjustment but you can always find ways to fit in the activities you love.
Enjoy the time on the golf course with your little one and make memories that will last a lifetime.
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