How to Get Kids Involved in The Game!

 

My parents started myself and my older brother, Paul, in golf at an early age. We had Wilson Sam Snead Blue Ridge clubs that were too heavy and too tall for us. We didn’t know it though. They were awesome. There weren’t any “real” junior clubs back then. Cut down clubs were normal back then. Now we have US Kids clubs and many others that help the junior golfers get the ball in the air. Lots of low missiles with those old Sam Snead clubs.
We started at Braemar Golf Course in Edina, Minnesota. That’s right Minnesota! Braemar had a practice range, practice green, 9-hole par 3 course and an 18-hole course. A great public facility that had it all. My parents, Daryl and Diane, put us in a junior program at Braemar. We loved it. The golf pro started us with good fundamentals. Grip, stance, posture etc… Start with the short shots and work back. Like all the kids I just wanted to hit the driver and see how far it could go. We learned to play on the 9-hole course as well. Etiquette…manners on the course. We had to learn how to respect the golf course, respect players in our group and be aware of others on the course. The golf pro didn’t want us to hold anybody up. Imagine that…be aware of others and respect their space.
We graduated junior golf by playing 9 holes on the par 3 course, finishing in 1 ½ hours (wow) and keeping a score. All while having three other players in a group with us and walking. It was hit the ball and go, but don’t get in front of anybody– or else! That was so much fun. We got to hit balls, play golf and hang out with other kids who wanted to do the same thing. We would do that then go to the pool in the afternoon. Baseball and soccer practice would come after that in the evening. Those were the days.

I must have lost to my brother with that smile on his face. Man…I would like to have the cool visor again.

Golf has always been part of my life. I was born in Fargo, ND (Go Bison!). We moved to Edina when I was very young. We moved back to Fargo before I was in 5th grade. In Fargo, we had Edgewood Golf Course. Golf in the summer. Tube the hills in the winter. The clubhouse was the winter warming house for the tubers and cross country skiers. Milkshakes in the summer and then hot chocolate in the winter. We moved to Louisville, KY right before my sophomore year in high school. Long Run Golf Course and Seneca Golf Course became our new golf home. The summer of ’85 we moved to Springfield, MO. Grandview Golf Course is where most of my days were spent with my brother. It is now Bill and Payne Stewart Golf Course. Everywhere we moved the first thing we did was look for a golf course. It was a family activity for us. I remember the first time I beat my dad, my mom and my brother. I think my dad and mom wanted me to beat them, but my brother still won’t admit that I have ever beat him. We had great times on the course as a family.

Big brother Adam congratulating Derek for All State Honors at 2011 Class 4 State Championship.

I have always been grateful to my parents for starting me in golf. Golf has helped me learn many valuable life skills and taught me many lessons over the years. I met my beautiful wife through golf. I have had the opportunity to introduce my three children to golf. They all love it in their own way. Hopefully I will get the chance to show their children the game and get them involved in golf.

Shannon and I at the 1993 Ozark Open. Happy to be smiling after a couple of poor rounds.

I could go on and on about golf and the value of the game to me. Let’s find a way to get your children and grandchildren in the game!
Make no mistake about it, getting your kids involved in golf will be one of the greatest and most valuable gifts

Allison in her first junior tournament.

you will ever give them!

Here is why-

My friend Andrew Wood started this Top Ten list. I modified it a little bit.

1. Anyone Can Play: Golfers come in all shapes and sizes. You don’t have to be particularly strong, tall, lean or fast to succeed. Golf champions come in every shape and size imaginable. It’s never too early to start, and unlike most other sports, you can enjoy golf your entire life!
2. Minimal Risk: Unlike many other popular sports like baseball, soccer, and Football, the chances of injury, especially serious injury, are almost non-existent; golf is a non-contact sport.
3. Safe and positive environment: The golf course is a safe place and facilitates mentoring relationships.
4. Lifelong friendships: You never know who you will meet on a golf course, but it’s one of the easiest places in the world to make friends. Success breeds success and people who play golf are by in large more successful than the average bear. Those are the people you want your kids hanging out with! Best of all, golf creates a unique bond so those friendships can be developed all over the world and last a lifetime!
5. Prepare for business: It’s hard to think about it now but kids grow up and the people they meet as children can play a huge part in their success later in life. Golf is a sport that helps prepare kids and teens for careers in business and other professional arenas. Even at 12, I was learning about real life business every day from all the adults I played with.
6. Time Spent Outdoors: In today’s world of video games, smartphones, and child obesity, it can be hard to drag your son or daughter off the couch. Golf is the perfect excuse to spend an entire day enjoying nature and presents the opportunity to develop healthy lifelong exercise habits!
7. Important Life Lessons: Golf closely parallels real life as one experiences the highs and lows of the game. The range of experience, from birdies to bogeys, rewards a young person’s ability to keep each shot in perspective, manage one’s emotions, maintain a positive outlook and focus on the shot at hand. Golf is a sport that will teach your child things like integrity, discipline, and respect. As they learn to conduct themselves on the golf course, these lessons will translate directly into everyday life.
8. College Scholarships: Avid golfers have a lot of opportunities when it comes to college funding. The earlier your child starts, the greater his or her chance is of gaining access to scholarship money.

9. Spend time with family: Golf is a game that encourages family participation. When children are young, they enjoy doing just about anything with you (but it doesn’t long last so start now). Golf is an opportunity for quality bonding time and it’s one that can last a lifetime.
10. It’s FUN: This should probably be at the top of the list, but one of the best reasons to get your son or daughter involved with golf is that they’ll have an absolute blast. They’ll have the chance to learn new skills both physical and mental, make new friends, and discover new opportunities.
There are a million things you can buy your kids or gift your kids in the hope that it helps them learn and grow, only a few make a real impact.
Encouraging them to play golf is one!
I believe golf has made an amazing difference to my life. I made golf a career. I am not suggesting you have to do that. I just hope golf can provide some of the things mentioned above to you, your children and your grandchildren. Give them a chance. They might just like it for a lifetime!

Dad and Bob Murphy having some fun after a Pro-Am.

Thanks Mom and Dad!

Mom and Joanne Carner after a round in Florida.

Mark Peterson, PGA

PGA Professional
Carthage Golf Course

Next Steps:

  • Give yourself a high-five for doing something that will make a real difference in your child’s life!

 

T shirts and golf on Super Bowl Sunday! Walk 18 get then home for a quick nap and then kick off… I think that’s what many of our golfers have dialed in for today. Today was just a start. 67 for the next two days. I would consider playing hooky! Book your tee time online or call the shop at 417 237 7030. Below on the left are the Smith’s putting on 14 and on the right Randy Haas waited for the green to clear to launch this bomb off #1 tee.   

Super Bowl Sunday

Come out and play!

We want you at Carthage Golf Course! We will keep your secret. Book online today or call 417 237 7030.

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Plan out your golf year now. Below are the dates and information for events at all of the area courses. While I would prefer you play at Carthage Golf Course all of the time I know it won’t happen. Golf junkies go everywhere. We know it. We just want our share of your golf!It is amazing how many events a golfer can play in and choose from. How do you determine what events you play in? Competitive or Hit and Giggle? Play with your buddies or in a couples events? Individual…I am going to kick your butt attitude? Work related? They are all in the area schedule.I would like to think the best ones are here at Carthage Golf Course!

Course Month Event Time SH/TT Public
Schifferdecker Golf Course February 18th Shiffy Snowman 2 Person Best Ball (multiple partners) 11:00 AM Tee Times y
Schifferdecker Golf Course March 25th Joplin Golf Club Opening Day 2 Person Shamble 12:00 PM Tee Times y
Twin Hills CC March 30th Joplin High Invitational High School Team & Individual 8:30 AM Shotgun
Carthage Golf Course April 1st CMGA Opening Day 4 Person Scramble 9:00 AM Shotgun y
Twin Hills CC April 1st Opening Day 4 Person Scramble 9:30 AM Shotgun
Schifferdecker Golf Course April 6th Start of Schifferdecker Ladies League
Twin Hills CC April 7th MSSU Green & Gold 4 Person Scramble 9:00 AM Shotgun y
Briarbrook Golf Course April 8th-9th Green and Grow 2 Person Scramble 9:00 AM Shotgun y
Schifferdecker Golf Course April 10th Joplin Golf Foundation – Horton Smith Invitational High School Team & Individual 8:30 AM Shotgun
Carthage Golf Course April 17th Sonic Invitational High School Team & Individual 12:00 AM
Carthage Golf Course April 22nd CMGA 6-6-6 Scramble/Best Ball/Alternate Shot 11:00 AM Tee Times y
Carthage Golf Course April 28th LifeChoices 4 Person Scramble 1:00 PM Shotgun y
Schifferdecker Golf Course April 29th Elks Memorial Tournament 4 Person Scramble 8:00 AM Shotgun
Twin Hills CC April 29th Joplin Golf Foundation Hall of Fame 2 Person Scramble 10:00 AM Tee Times y
Briarbrook Golf Course April 30th Joplin Golf Foundation Hall of Fame 2 Person Scramble 10:00 AM Tee TImes y
Carthage Golf Course May 4th Kiwanis 2 Person Senior Scramble 8:30 AM Shotgun y
Carthage Golf Course May 6th Missouri Sports Charity Golf Tournament 2 Person Scramble 7:30 AM & 1:00 PM Shotgun y
Schifferdecker Golf Course May 6th Ozark Four Ball 2 Person Best Ball 12:00 PM Tee Times y
Schifferdecker Golf Course May 7th Ozark Four Ball 2 Person Best Ball 12:00 PM Tee Times y
Carthage Golf Course May 9th Maple Leaf Ladies Scramble – 2 Player 8:30 AM Shotgun y
Schifferdecker Golf Course May 9th Schifferdecker Senior Best Ball 2 Person Best Ball 8:00 AM Shotgun y
Twin Hills CC May 11th Joplin Rotary/Community Clinic 4 Person Scramble 1:00 PM Shotgun y
Twin Hills CC May 14th MSHAA Class 4 Boys State Championship Practice Round High School Team & Individual 11:00 AM TT
Twin Hills CC May 15th & 16th MSHAA Class 4 Boys State Championship High School Team & Individual 8:30 AM TT
Briarbrook Golf Course May 16th NAIFA – Help the Children 1:00 PM Shotgun y
Carthage Golf Course May 19th Carthage Rotary Club Scholarship Golf Tournament 4 Person Scramble 9:00 AM Shotgun y
Carthage Golf Course May 20th CMGA Alternate Shot Modified Alternate Shot 12:00 PM Tee Times y
Neosho Golf Course May 20th Neosho Golf Course 3 Man TBD TBD y
Schifferdecker Golf Course May 20th Joplin Sports Authority Hall of Fame 4 Person Scramble 8:00 AM Shotgun y
Schifferdecker Golf Course May 20th Family Fun Night Family Fun 4:30 PM Tee Times y
Briarbrook Golf Course May 23rd Nutcracker 8:30 AM Shotgun y
Briarbrook Golf Course May 27th-28th Couples Couples Scramble 8:00 AM Shotgun y
Carthage Golf Course June 3rd CMGA Family Scramble 2 Person Scramble (related) 8:00 AM Shotgun y
Schifferdecker Golf Course June 4th Galena Days 12:00 PM Shotgun y
Carthage Golf Course June 5th CMGA Net Match Play begins Handicap Individual Match Play
Briarbrook Golf Course June 8th-11th Briarbrook Invitational Individual Flighted Event Tee Times y
Carthage Golf Course June 9th Marshall Dean Keller 3 Person scramble 1:00 PM Shotgun y
Schifferdecker Golf Course June 10th Acent Recovery 8:00 AM Shotgun y
Twin Hills CC June 13th Joan Thomas Ladies Invitational 2 Person 8:30 AM Shotgun y
Twin Hills CC June 15th Joplin Boys & Girls Club 4 Person Scramble 1:00 PM Shotgun y
Carthage Golf Course June 16th Dick Mansfield Memorial 2 Person Scramble 1:00 PM Shotgun y
Carthage Golf Course June 17th Flexolaters 4 Person Scramble 8:00 AM Shotgun
Carthage Golf Course June 17th Lowes’s Lifestriders 4 Person Scramble 1:00 PM Shotgun y
Schifferdecker Golf Course June 17th Bud Powers Memorial 4 Person Scramble 8:00 AM Shotgun y
Schifferdecker Golf Course June 17th Family Fun Night Family Fun 4:30 PM Tee Times y
Crestwood CC June 17th -18th Men’s Invitational 2 Man Best Ball y
Carthage Golf Course June 21st Carthage Junior Championship Junior Individual 7:30 AM Tee Times y
Briarbrook June 22nd Senior 2 Person Scramble 8:30 AM Shotgun y
Carthage Golf Course June 23rd Tri State Contractors 4 Person Scramble 1:00 PM Shotgun
Twin Hills CC June 23rd-25th Show Me Classic 2 Person 7:30 AM TT
Neosho June 24th Hooked on Life Scramble 4 Person Scramble TBD Shotgun y
Carthage Golf Course July 4th Red, White, & Boom 3 Person Scramble 8:00 AM Shotgun y
Briarbrook Golf Course July 4th Fourth of July 4 Person Scramble 12:00 PM Shotgun y
Briarbrook Golf Course July 8th Carl Junction Football Fundraiser 12:00 PM Shotgun y
Schifferdecker Golf Course July 8th-9th Ozark Amateur Individual Tee Times y
Schifferdecker Golf Course July 11th Joplin Golf Foundation Harold Kirk Junior Tournament Junior Individual Tee Times y
Carthage Golf Course July 14th Carthage Tiger Football Scramble 4 Person Scramble 1:00 PM Shotgun y
Briarbrook Golf Course July 15th-16th Beauty and the Beast 4 Person Couples y
Briarbrook Golf Course July 21st Webb City Chamber of Commerce 12:00 PM Shotgun
Carthage Golf Course July 22nd Webb City Booster Club 3 Man Scramble 8:00 AM Shotgun y
Carthage Golf Course July 22nd CMGA Three Club 3 clubs only 1:00 PM Shotgun y
TBD July 29th Joplin Area Championship Individual and Team 10:00 AM Tee Times y
TBD July 30th Joplin Area Championship Individual and Team 10:00 AM Tee Times y
Twin Hills CC July 31st MWGA Four State Championship Practice Round Team Competition 1:00 PM Shotgun
Twin Hills CC August 1st & 2nd MWGA Four State Championship Team Competition 8:00 AM & 1:00 PM TT
Crestwood CC August 4th-6th Bonnie & Clyde Couples y
Carthage Golf Course August 5th CMGA 1 Man scramble Individual Scramble 8:00 AM Shotgun y
Twin Hills CC August 10th Ronald McDonald House of the Four States 4 Person Scramble 1:00 PM Shotgun y
Briarbrook Golf Course August 12th-13th Donnybrook 8:00 AM Tee Times
Twin Hills CC August 17th-20th Twin Hills Invitational Individual Tee Times y
TBD in Springfield August 19th-20th Horton Smith/Ky Laffoon Matches hosted by Springfield Team Competition
Schifferdecker Golf Course August 19th Family Fun Night Family Fun 4:30 PM Tee Times y
Carthage Golf Course August 26th United Way 4 Person Scramble 7:30 AM & 1:30 PM Shotgun y
Twin Hills CC August 31st MSSU Basketball Golf Tournament 4 Person Scramble 1:00 PM Shotgun y
Carthage Golf Course September 10th Knights of Columbus 3 Person Scramble 1:00 PM Shotgun y
Schifferdecker Golf Course September 12th NAMI 8:00 AM Shotgun y
Twin Hills CC September 13th Ditto/Sapp Memorial Pro-Am Team Pro Am 12:30 PM Shotgun y
Carthage Golf Course September 14th ServPro 4 Person Scramble 9:00 AM Shotgun
Carthage Golf Course September 15th Carthage Chamber of Commerce 4 Person Scramble 12:30 PM Shotgun y
Carthage Golf Course September 16th-17th CMGA Championship Individual 11:00 AM Tee Times
Briarbrook Golf Course September 16th-17th Briarbrook Club Championship Individual Tee Times
Carthage Golf Course September 18th CWEP Carthage High School Girls Invitational High School Team & Individual 8:30 AM Shotgun
Carthage Golf Course September 18th CMGA Match Play begins Individual Match Play
Carthage Golf Course September 21st Masonic Lodge of Alba/Carthage 3 Person Scramble 8:30 AM Shotgun y
Twin Hills CC September 23rd-24th Harvest Moon 2 Person Couples Scramble 8:15 AM & 1:30 PM Shotgun y
Schifferdecker Golf Course September 23rd-24th Joplin Golf Club – Club Championship Individual 12:00 PM Tee Times
Schifferdecker Golf Course September 30th MSSU Baseball 12:00 PM Shotgun y
Twin Hills CC October 7th Closing Event Team Competition 9:30 AM Shotgun
Carthage Golf Course October 7th-8th CMGA Net Championship Individual 11:00 AM Tee Times
Briarbrook Golf Course October 7th Jeff Wagner Memorial 12:00 PM Shotgun y
Neosho Golf Course October 14th-15th Fall Festival 2 Man Best Ball/Scramble Tee Times y
Schifferdecker Golf Course October 21st Joplin Golf Club 6-6-6 2 Person 12:00 PM Tee Times y
Carthage Golf Course October 28th-29th CarBrook Matches Carthage vs. Briarbrook Team Competition 10:00 AM Tee Times
Briarbrook Golf Course November 4th Briarbrook Skins Individual Skins Game y

 

Cleo kept looking at me with a funny stare today. I could see it in here eyes…lets go to the golf course. She stared me into it. Off we went. My back seat driver couldn’t wait to get there.

On our way.

Golf course slobber slobber…

Off to the bunker again. Dont tell Kurt I forgot to rake this time.

Cleo in the bunnker.

Cleo bunker running again!

We didn’t find too much damage. A few small limbs but nothing major.

Cleo checing out the tree damage

Cleo checking out the tree damage.

I am trying to teach her to find Titleist Pro V1 balls.

Cleo searching for V1s.

Cleo searching for V1s.

I see that V1 but better not cross the lateral hazard.

I see that V1 but better not cross the lateral hazard.

A little water and back home.

What a day.

Cant wait to get back. I can find more golf balls than Sqarehead and Gumby combined.

We should be open tomorrow 1/15 without any issues except a little soggy.

 

 

 

 

18 green thawing out.

We will be back up and running tomorrow. The snow and ice are primarily gone. There will be some in the north facing shady areas. A little left on #1 and #10 greens. Not bad though. 60’s on Wednesday!

I brought Cleo back out today to check on the course again. Check out the pictures from today. A lot more clear than yesterday. Cleo was having a blast again. She doesn’t understand that we don’t run in the bunkers. I cleaned up after her at #18 left green side bunker.  I better not get her out around the bunkers. She will quickly realize running in them will keep me busy with the rake. I think she would enjoy making me rake bunkers behind her.

18 fairway on January 8th

18 fairway clearing up on January 8th.

 

Cleo

Cleo laughing at me as she exits the bunker at 18 green.

18 green thawing out.

18 green clearing up enough to play on.

Practice green finally thawed out.

The practice green looking good after the snow and ice.

I love Cleo.

Cleo, my chocolate lab, came to the course with me this afternoon to check on the possibility of opening tomorrow.  She had a blast. I love her. I wanted to check the coverage of snow and ice on the greens. She wanted to slide on them. So much fun! 

We will still be closed tomorrow as we had significant snow and ice coverage on the greens still. Tomorrows temps should allow for us to open on Monday and definitely for the golf temps coming mid-week. Get a jump start and book your time on the website or call us Monday at the pro shop. 417 237 7030

I love Cleo.

My chocolate lab, Cleo,enjoying the ice on the practice green today.