Clayton, Nicky, Paige and Cooper Cherry participated in the Futures Canterbury golf experience

Golf for families

by Ann van Engelen

Encouraging families and junior golfers to the sport, the Futures Canterbury Selwyn Golf Hub saw more than 100 people attend the golfing event at Tai Tapu Golf Club on Sunday.

“We had lots of fun activities, a BBQ and team golf challenge where 58 parents and children played a six-hole ambrose. We will be providing fun golf events for young people and their families within the Selwyn area. This is a pilot scheme through Canterbury Golf, and we have seven partner clubs in the district,” says play golf coordinator Pip Denes.

“We are providing regular coaching lessons for children under 19 years of age and make it possible for them to play on all the courses that are participating. Parent membership is also available to make it possible for families to be involved.

“Lamb and Hayward funeral directors have come on board as our main sponsor, and we have Kevin Hughes, as our professional coach.”

Golf clubs involved in the programme are Charteris Bay, Ellesmere, Greendale, Hororata, Lincoln, Mcleans Island and Tai Tapu.

“Programmes are run by term with coaching generally on a Sunday and after school in term one. We are excited for this to have kicked off. Golf is a sport people don’t normally try but it is great as it is not too physical so anyone can have a go. You don’t need good skills as you build into the sport. If you don’t enjoy team sports golf is an option and develops hand-eye coordination. It is a lifetime sport, and we encourage families to come along and enjoy playing together.

For more information go to or the Futures Canterbury Selwyn Hub Facebook page.