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When your kids start going to school, you’ll likely think about getting them involved in extracurricular activities. If sports are in you or your child’s interests, you have plenty of options. Soccer, basketball, baseball, football, hockey, and so much more. One great sport for kids that many people don’t think of is golf. While golf might not strike many as a kid’s sport, it’s actually pretty easy for kids to pick up and it comes with a few surprising benefits that can last a lifetime. Here are a few of those benefits.

It Teaches Social Skills

Golf is an extremely social sport, and with it being a much slower pace sport than many others, it allows for many social interactions during events that might not be possible otherwise for both the child and the parents. Children will be able to meet other children from all backgrounds and allow them to form long-lasting friendships. Golf also involves much more social etiquette than other sports, which will help children learn to mind their manners and be respectful. 

It’s A Workout

While you might not think so when just watching, playing golf is a great low-intensity workout. You’ll be on your feet all day, walking around and likely carrying a bag full of equipment. Playing golf will help kids learn how to carry their bags properly so they don’t overexert themselves, and will build muscle over time as they play. This is a great way to keep kids physically active without as much fear of injuring themselves throughout their lives.

It Teaches Discipline

Like most sports, golf has a lot of rules. To many, golf may not even seem as straightforward as other sports. Having to learn all of these different rules, sub-rules, and then sub-sub-rules can help children become more disciplined. On top of that, golf is a much slower game overall than many sports, so it helps children understand the value and importance of patience. All of the lessons learned while playing golf can easily translate into different aspects of life as a child gets older as well.