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Golf Quebec to run First Drive program for children

Golf Quebec now operates the First Drive program for golfer ages seven to 11.
Golf Quebec now operates the First Drive program for golfer ages seven to 11.
courtesy Golf Quebec

Golf Quebec has assumed the management role of the First Drive program for kids that was originally implemented by the Association de terrains de golf du Quebec (ATGQ) in 2009.

Currently, 37 clubs are participating in this initiative to help children from age seven to 11 years old and their parents find golf courses that are set-up for junior players.

The First Drive program is a natural continuation of successful golf introduction initiatives conducted by GQ: Golf in Schools, CN Future Links, and the Golfmobile.

A total of 35 clubs are offering this program in the province and two others are in Ontario.

The courses are inviting juniors to play nine holes on courses using the First Drive tees. As a result, yardage is shortened to approximately 100 yards for par 3 holes, 200 yards for par 4s, and 250 yards for par 5s so children can start playing golf at a more comfortable pace.

A customized scorecard and poster can be printed from the GQ website in the First Drive section. Furthermore, children play for free after 4 p.m. when accompanied by a green fee paying adult.

In order to plan for this coming season and maintain the program, GQ will soon contact all participating clubs to confirm their intentions. In addition, an action plan will be established for 2015 in order to promote participation by more golf courses.

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