Seven Top Tips for Teaching Your Kids How to Golf


Golf can be an engaging, challenging activity for all experience levels – so why limit it to adults?

In fact, it’s a game that can be fun for all the family, as long as it’s introduced the right way.

A friend of mine, Keith Morgan, was recently appointed Hawick Golf Club’s first qualified PGA Golf professional, but he’s also experienced at coaching kids. I’m pretty confident he’s got the right idea – at least, the kids seem to think so!

With that in mind, I’m going to highlight some of the best tips for first teaching your kids how to golf.

Keith can help you achieve your true golfing potential.

Keith can help you achieve your true golfing potential. 

1. Get only what you need

Let’s face it, kids go through phases. One week they might be interested in basketball, the next, snowboarding. If your child is interested in playing golf for the first time, I’d recommend investing in a partial set of clubs first, and see where that interest takes them. To get started, you’re probably only going to need:

  • A 5-iron, 7-iron and 9-iron
  • A 3- or 4-wood
  • A putter

If your child’s interest only continues to grow, and they start playing a lot or attending classes, you can splash out on a full junior set that you know they’re going to use.

2. Let them try it their way first

Of course you’re going to want them to learn golf the correct way, but particularly for young children, learning the right grip and stance may make golf seem like the dullest thing in the world. A good piece of advice is to let them get to grips with the game on their own terms first. Be on-hand to explain the very basics and answer any questions they might have, but don’t get bogged down in the little details that might take all the fun out of it for them. Once they’ve learned a little more about what the game entails, you can start focusing on the complexities of the game.

3. Get in plenty of practice time

The best time to take your kids to the course is when it’s not going to be too busy. Try evenings to start with – so if your child wants to take his or her time practicing their putting technique or just hitting the ball wherever they like, you won’t have to worry about holding up whoever’s behind you. Check to see if any of the courses near you reserve times or specific areas for children.

4. Keep it fun

One of the best rules of junior golf is not to let your game drag on too long. You never want to make it seem like a chore, so if they start to get bored, know when to move on. This way, they’ll keep wanting to come back and improve their game. Each time you go, give them fun little challenges – not too difficult – that will not only be engaging but also help them get better. For instance, you can start with short putting challenges, before moving onto longer ones the better they get.

5. Don’t be overly critical

By criticising them at every turn, they’re going to feel like giving up and never playing again. It also saps all the fun out of the game for them. Instead, try to encourage them as much as possible, and acknowledge those little breakthroughs that mean they’re improving their game.

6. Give them rewards

Give them opportunities to earn rewards if they do well – such as a milkshake or sweet treat – and make sure you always follow through on it. It’s never fun when you earn something and then have to wait a week or two for it – plus, you’ll eventually lose interest. Sometimes it can be fun to make bets to see if they can beat you, but don’t forget to be a good sport if they do!

7. Enrol them in a junior golf programme

If your child decides they are really serious about learning golf, a junior golf programme or coaching classes can be a fantastic way for them to get on top of their game. Look for classes near you that are run by experienced golfing professionals – it’ll be worth it.


If you love golf and think your kids could love it, too, why not give them a chance to try it out? Teaching your kids how to golf can be a fun and rewarding game for all the family, as long as you remember that fun should come first. Only invest in the clubs your child needs to get started, and let them find their own way around the course. They’ll probably be curious, so answer their questions and play along while they get to grips with the game. Try to play in the evenings when it’s less busy, or look for courses that have areas especially for kids. Don’t be overly critical, and be sure to reward them when they get it right. Finally, if you think it could be beneficial for your child to learn from an expert, enrol them in a junior golf programme or coaching.

Nine of the Best Golfing Destinations in the Scottish Borders

Do you love a spot of golf?

It’s no secret that the Scottish Borders hold some of the most mesmerising, challenging and enjoyable golf courses in the world. But where to start?



If you’ve never experienced golfing in the Scottish Borders before, I’ve put together a list of the top nine best golf courses that’ll really put your skills to the test.

Let’s get started, shall we?

First hole: Roxburghe

We’re teeing off at the well-loved Roxburghe golf course, set in the very heart of the Scottish Borders. You’ll find it within the 50,000 acre Roxburghe estate, also home to Floors Castle. Roxburghe is located in what’s known as “The Gateway to Scottish Golf”, and the stunning championship course itself makes great use of the land’s natural features. The 14th is its signature hole, an incredible par five named ‘Viaduct’ – due to the fact that the river and steep bank run along the left, with the “imposing” viaduct in the background.

Ready to try your luck at Roxburghe? Visitors can book here.

Second hole: Peebles

Originally established in 1892, Peebles is still one of the Borders’ top golf courses for a reason. This challenging upland course spreads over 6,160 yards across the rolling hills and scenic Tweed Valley countryside the Borders is famous for. Although the opening four holes are particularly tough – especially ‘Sunny Acres’ – I recommend you stick it out, as you’ll find the course balances out with some great holes towards the end of the outward stretch.

You can check out the stunning Peebles golf course right here.

Third hole: Torwoodlee

Already, you may be noticing a theme here, which continues with the picture-postcard views of Torwoodlee golf course. At a modest 6,000 yards, this course originally started out as a 9-hole, but has since been upgraded to the full 18-hole complement. Torwoodlee welcomes and caters to all levels of player. You might be surprised to find five par threes on your card with just two par fives. However, you’ve got to remember that a lot of the holes are uphill, so it can still be quite the challenge.

Fancy your chances at Torwoodlee? You can find out more at the official club website.

Fourth hole: Kelso

Kelso golf course has the added attraction of the famous Kelso race course surrounding it.

Kelso golf course has the added attraction of the famous Kelso race course surrounding it. 

No. 4 on our list has got to be Kelso. With a beautifully kept course, and 18 holes set in gorgeous countryside, you’ll find this course ticks all the right boxes. Originally designed by Ben Sayers and then later re-designed by James Braid, the newest layout opened to the public in 1980. It’s a par 71 course, designed to set a challenge to all players, regardless of your current level.

Find out more by checking out the website here.

Fifth hole: Cardrona

Dave Thomas designed the fairly new Cardona course, which spans 6,856 yards and opened its fairways for the first time in 2001. I also want to note here that the village of Cardrona was actually the first new community development in the Borders since the 18th century. With some fine holes surrounded by gorgeous scenery, you can easily spend the day getting your game on in this fantastic resort course.

Curious about Cardrona? Find out more by visiting the official website.

Sixth hole: Hawick

Hawick Golf Club’s elevated position means you’ll be in for some absolutely astonishing views of the surrounding countryside, which is one of the reasons I love it. Established in 1877, this 18-hole course was actually extended in 1894 and has become a firm favourite ever since. One of its most difficult holes is the 6th, known as ‘Hunter’, although the 15th hole (‘Gallery’) is where you’ll find the most stunning views.

Want to hit a round of golf at Hawick? Find out more here.

Seventh hole: Eyemouth

This list wouldn’t be complete without Eyemouth – particularly its 6th hole, famously entitled ‘A Still No Ken’ which was recently included in the ‘Top 18 Holes in Scottish Golf 2015’. It’s also been voted ‘Britain’s No.1 Most Extraordinary Golf Hole’. It’s also worth mentioning here that Eyemouth was the first golf course in the Scottish Borders, and is known for being friendly and welcoming to all who go to play there. Despite that, it’s still a challenging 18-hole championship golf course that’ll really test your skills to the limit. It’s also one of the very few courses that happen to be open for a full round of golf 365 days a year.

To learn more about Eyemouth, visit the official website.

Eighth hole: Jedburgh


Jedburgh is a par 69, 18-hole golf course (extended in 2006) with plenty to offer. It’s a nicely matured golf course that makes the most of the surrounding natural beauty and landscapes, whilst still offering a challenge to players of all levels. Founded in 1893, the course is one of the older picks on my list, and has some great weekend deals to check out.

To find out more, visit the Jedburgh Golf Club website.

Ninth hole: Melrose



I love a trip to the historic town of Melrose, and so do many golfers! This gorgeous 9-hole course is situated right at the foot of the rolling Eildon Hills, with lovely countryside views. This is a par 70 course was recently described as “one of the hidden gems of Scottish golf” by the Stephen Gallacher Foundation, and it’s easy to see why. The tree-lined course stretches out 5, 545 yards, and most of the holes are par 4s. The most difficult – and only par 5 – of Melrose is 2nd hole ‘The Brae’.

Book a round of golf at Melrose here.

Pick up Scotland’s Bestselling Golf Pass

If you like to get the most out of your golfing experience, ‘Freedom of the Fairways’ is a pass that will help you do just that. Take your pick from 21 courses with this great value pass, including ALL of the courses mentioned on my list! What more could you ask for?


If you’ve always had a soft spot for a game of golf, the Scottish Borders hold plenty of opportunity to get your game on in idyllic surroundings (weather withstanding!). These courses can be challenging, frustrating, engaging and utterly mesmerising, so why not give one a shot? If you’ve never golfed in the Scottish Borders, my top picks above should give you a good idea of where you’d like to try first – just click on the links provided for further details about each course. Happy golfing!

Hawick Golf Club appoints its first PGA qualified golf professional – Keith Morgan.

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The hard work put in by this year’s Captain Roddy McIntyre, & his vice Ryan Lyle along with the committee, have effectively helped raise the clubs profile with a number of new initiatives.

Firstly the club rooms and Bar have had a complete makeover, where Roddy and several members gave their own time to create an environment where you can now relax and enjoy after round food and drinks, from the new superb catering now on offer, or equally be at home at any of the clubs functions, or just bring the family up for a meal. [Read more…]

Freedom of the fairways – your pass to 21 Courses in the Scottish Borders

The game of golf can be traced back over 500 years to its origins in Scotland. The Scottish Borders covering some 1800 square miles of rolling hills, lush valleys and rugged coastline is a golfer’s paradise boasting no less than 21 courses from parkland to moorland to spectacular cliff top links courses.

Each course in the Scottish Borders varies in character with features to stretch even the best golfers amongst us. They all however have a few common elements, stunning backdrops, an amazing welcome and great value for money. [Read more…]