"A kid grows up a lot faster on the golf course. Golf teaches you how to behave."
"Sport is a wonderful metaphor for life. Of all the sports that I played - skiing, baseball, fishing - there is no greater example than golf, because you're playing against yourself and nature."
"People ask me the question. I would never discourage my son from playing football or baseball or anything else, but I would probably say, 'Hey, listen, you ought to try golf,'"
David has been involved with golf, either directly or indirectly, for over 40 years. He is a former PGA professional and has worked at several golf courses, including two here in Las Vegas (Angel Park and Desert Pines). He has played competitively on both the Ben Hogan Tour (now known as the Korn Ferry Tour) and the Gateway Tour of Arizona. In 1998, David went to work for Callaway Golf Company as a Club Specialist after being selected from over 500 applicants. Here he performed club fittings for tour players and celebrities including John Daly, David Graham, Shannon Sharpe, and Celine Dion. In 2011, David was also a spokesperson for the Hexcaliber Golf Ball Tester.
David is no stranger to working with kids. He is the proud father of his own five children - Jonathan, Alexandra, Nathaniel, Kristopher and Jadore.
Hi. My name is David Ross, founder of Kids Golf Association. I believe golf is one of the greatest games ever conceived! I started KGA to expose as many kids as possible to this wonderful sport. Please allow me to tell you a little bit about my childhood so you can understand why...
My father died when I was only four years old. My mother, unable to cope with his death, turned to alcohol and drugs. Fortunately I had the influence of two men with exceptional character to help me through my formative years. The first was my grandfather, Elmer. He introduced me to the game of golf and, through the etiquette of the game, showed me how to behave like a gentleman. He taught me the importance of a firm handshake, to respect others, and that your word was a promise you should always keep. The second, my uncle Jim, owned a par 3 golf course in Southern California and instructed me on the fundamentals of the golf swing. As he coached me, I discovered through discipline and perseverance, I could gain confidence in my abilities.
So one of them taught me how the game was played, the other how to play the game. The lessons I learned, during our times together on the golf course, were priceless. I know that without the guidance of these two men, my life would have turned out for the worse. That's why I am so passionate about introducing the game of golf to as many children as possible.
Golf is so much more than a sport or a game. Consider the following:
Golf Is Unique Among Sports
One of the reasons golf is such a unique and special game is that "Golf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players, care for the course and to abide by the Rules. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be" (United States Golf Association).
This is the spirit of the game of golf.
Golf Is Healthy
Playing 18 holes of golf covers approximately 5 miles walking and burns up to 2000 calories. Golf engages many muscle groups including your feet, legs, back, stomach, shoulders, arms, hands, heart and lungs. Golf develops balance and hand-eye coordination. Golf is relatively injury free. Being a non-impact sport, parents don't have to worry about concussions, muscle sprains and tears, or broken bones. Ben Roethlisberger, Mike Ditka, and Rashean Mathis are among the many athletes that have encouraged their own children to play golf over contact sports.
Golf Develops Creativity
During a typical round of golf, or even during a practice session, there are many situations that will stimulate creativity. For example, does a shot need to be hit low, high, curve right, curve left, land soft or roll out? In many cases, a combination of the above is required and your child will need to creatively visualize the shot in their mind before they attempt it.
Golf Brings Your Child Closer To Nature
Many courses are carved out of the natural environment around them. Many consist of abundant wildlife, trees, wandering streams, tranquil lakes and rolling hills covered by abundant green grass. Some are located by the sea, surrounded by the soft breezes and rolling waves of the ocean. All of them provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Golf Builds and Fosters Character Building Traits
In many ways playing a round of golf is similar to the challenges we face in our daily lives. Just as in life, things don't always go as planned or desired on the golf course. By learning how to deal with setbacks and failures as well as accomplishments and successes during practice or a round of golf, your child will be better prepared to handle themselves in real life situations.
ABOUT OUR CURRICULUM
First and foremost, we believe golf should be fun! With that in mind, all of our programs blend technique, knowledge, character building, AND FUN together. Each program consists of five areas of development:
FUNdamentals - Skills development using unique and fun activities.
Know the Rules - Teaching the rules of golf with examples and illustrations.
Golf Etiquette and Manners (GEMs) - The hows and whys to conducting yourself on the golf course.
Golf IQ - Golf Terms, History, Shot Strategy, Course Management and Applied Geometry, Mathematics, and Physics (STEM).
Character Builders - By using stories and examples we introduce and encourage the following character building traits: Acceptance, Confidence, Courtesy, Discipline, Honesty, Humility, Integrity, Judgement, Perseverance, Respect, Responsibility, and Sportsmanship.
"At the end of the day, there are a million ways to raise money, but if you can actually have fun and play golf at the same time, it's like, why wouldn't you do that?"
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