Golf camp is all about learning how to properly play a round of golf, but there's more to the sport than just swinging your clubs. When you run a golf camp, you'll devote some time to teaching your students about attire and proper etiquette, but you should also plan to talk to them about golf carts. While it's true that junior golfers often walk and carry their clubs, some will get the opportunity to ride in golf carts and drive them, too, provided that they're playing with older golfers. Your lessons will help them with this transition. Here are some golf cart tips that you can introduce during your junior golf camps.
Loading It Up
Long before a golfer pulls his or her golf cart out of the parking area and toward the first tee box, he or she will need to load up the vehicle. It's important to spend some time showing your golf camp students how to properly secure their golf bag in the designated area, how to clip their scorecard on the bracket in the center of the steering wheel, and how to otherwise prepare the vehicle. No golfer wants his or her bag to fall to the fairway while driving, and some quick lessons on securing the clubs will be beneficial.
Where To Drive
Once behind the wheel, a golfer cannot take his or her golf cart wherever he or she pleases. Different golf courses have different rules about where carts can travel, but there are some consistent rules to follow regardless of where your students are playing. For example, driving a golf cart onto a green is a strict no-no, and often enough to get a player removed from the course. Players should also understand the dangers of getting too close to a water hazard in a golf cart or driving on a sloped terrain. When in doubt, it's best to park the cart and walk to the ball.
Just as playing golf has a lot of etiquette rules, the same is true for operating a golf cart. Golf course employees will especially be vigilant about watching the actions of younger golf cart operators, so it's important to teach your golf camp students how to properly drive their carts. Keeping to the paved or gravel paths as much as possible, slowing when passing other players, and stopping when a fellow competitor is poised to take his or her shot are all important lessons that can benefit your students.