What’s the Best Age to Start Playing Golf?

Having children is one of the most exciting and life-changing events a person can experience.

As parents, we teach our children from the moment they are born. There are some things, like golf, that we just cannot wait to teach them. We all want to share our love of golf with our children, but it may be several years before they are ready truly take up the game.

Introduction at a young age

Thanks to technology and all PGA Tour events being televised these days, it is far easier to get your kids into golf at an early age.

This is completely different than 20 to 30 years ago, when the Internet and Golf Channel were in their infancy. Parents have the ability to watch golf in a variety of ways, and children can be exposed to the game early on. This doesn’t mean they are picking up clubs and playing nine holes. It simply means there is an exposure to the sport.

With the advancement of video games, kids can be introduced to golf simulation games. Once children are old enough to be mobile and their attention span lasts more than a matter of seconds, kids could take part in simulations.

Games that allow players to go through golf swing motions provide kids with practice. They can also learn the basic techniques used in golf. This not only introduces the raw basics of a golf swing but does it in a fun way in which children are learning.

Rule #1: Have fun

According to, the most important rule for teaching children to play golf is for them to have fun. There is nothing worse than an overbearing parent frustrating their son or daughter during a lesson. This can turn the child off from playing the game.

Your child may not find golf to be fun, but over time, this could change as they grow older. Therefore, it is important not to push them too hard early on.

Parents need to remember all children advance at different ages. Sure, Tiger Woods was just two years old when he appeared on the Michael Douglas Show in 1978. Woods was a prodigy when it came to golf, but not all children can be at the same level within three years of being born.

What Age Should Kids Start Learning Golf?

Parents can typically enter their children into formal golf lessons at five years old. Your child may begin showing a strong interest in playing sports at this age, especially once they make friends at school and want to partake in activities similar to their peers. In addition, children are learning at school, and their attention spans will be more capable of lasting through a golf lesson.

Though most golf instructors require children to be at least five years old to start lessons, children can progress and develop at different rates. Some could be like Woods and have the ability to grip a club, stand properly, and swing at an early age. However, other children may take years to get this down.

One school of thought is a child needs to be at a good level of maturity to play the game. Due to the equipment involved in the sport, golf can be dangerous for those who are not mature enough to play the sport. A child getting hit with a golf club or hitting someone is a real possibility. Therefore, your child needs to know what is and isn’t expected of them while playing.

The PGA’s website recommends that before a child even picks up a club, they should learn the etiquette of the game. This is also a great chance to begin teaching your child the complex rules associated with golf. Again, a child needs to be of a certain maturity level to learn these items, so don’t expect every two-year-old to comprehend the ins and outs of golf.

When your son or daughter is ready to move on to golf college for more professional instruction, contact Keiser University College of Golf.


  1. Hi There ,

    My name is Yahye Adam, I live in Leeds UK .

    I am wondering if I can start a golf professional career. I am 32 years now .



  2. I like how you mentioned that you should teach your child how to have fun when playing it. My husband loves golfing and is wanting to have my 6-year-old play golf just like him. we’ve been thinking about having him play mini-golf to prepare him a little bit. Thank you for these tips on how to introduce golf at a young age.

  3. Yaya I think you have the right attitude. If you start now you can probably make the European or PGA Tour for a few years before moving to the senior Tours and making millions for many years. Get on Ebay and buy a 1 Iron, a ball and a golf glove. This club goes the furthest and with a bit of practice it’s the only club you’ll need until you’re ready to turn pro. You can even putt with it. I will look out for your name. Best of luck. Angus.

  4. I had lesson when I was 11 years old… now 72 and still playing , this year has been one of my best….love the game…my dad gave me the gift…he’s passed away but every time I play I know he is with me…thank you dad….

  5. I thought it was very important that you explained that the attention of children can last longer if they are receiving golf lessons.

  6. I’m a first time dad and loves golf. Our daughter is only 18months. where is a good starting point for them to learn the game?

  7. I agree that kids can start at any age . Just make it fun & let them hit . I gave my grandson who will be 2 in October a plastic golf club & balls . Now everyday taking the stick & hitting balls “bubble”— has overtaken swings & slides .
    He has become a showman —-& waits for people in the park to watch …before he hits 30 yards. Took him to my club in Stanmore & he surprised a few .
    Bunkers & small slopes attract kids … & lifting flag sticks !
    When he sees me , he starts swinging his shoulders & arms . Instead of cartoons , he seems to enjoy watching TV games .
    So guys … have fun at any stage .

  8. Comprehensive enough!

    Giving it a thought, it’s good to start earlier on the game to to make it professionally.

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