Kids can golf for free

The Ladysmith Golf Club is hosting free golf for children this week.

The Ladysmith Golf Club (LGC) is hosting its annual free golf for kids program this week.

This year, the club is limiting the program to 18 kids to allow for more one-on-one instruction for participants.

“The whole purpose of it is to give youth a constructive thing to do and learn a sport that will carry them for the rest of their lives,” said Rob Johnson, program organizer.

The program will be held July 10, 12, 17 and 19 from 2-4 p.m. At press time Monday, there were still six spaces open.

During the lessons, students will learn the basics of the game — holding the club and the dynamics of the swing — as well as important life lessons in course etiquette and respect.

Johnson noted that many of the young juniors that have played at LGC are having success on larger courses such as Mount Brenton Golf Course.

“We’re proud of a lot of the kids that have come through here,” he said.

Johnson said he would like to see more youth out on the Ladysmith Golf Course, which is a nine-hole, par-three course suited to all ages and level of players.

The course’s junior golf program allows young players aged eight to 18 unlimited rounds of golf at an annual rate of $100.

“Where else as a parent can you invest $100 and keep your kids occupied in something constructive and learning life lessons?” Johnson asked. “It’s not like hockey or basketball — when you get to a certain age, you don’t play as much, but golf will stay with you for the rest of your life.”

For those unable to take advantage of the free golf lessons, there will be an open juniors golf tournament at the course Aug. 11. Entrance is $5, but there are plenty of prizes to be given out. To register for the free golf lessons or tournament, call 250-245-7313.