Get into the Swing of Things


It can be challenging for parents to keep their kids occupied during the summer months. While it’s easy to let screens and video games do the babysitting, kids need exercise, mental challenges and continued learning. Why not accomplish all three while developing interest in a lifelong hobby; something that can be achieved at Mirror Lake Golf Course.

While this North Idaho gem can be a challenge to even the most experienced golfers, it also has everything those new to the sport need to get started. The putting green is the perfect place to begin, as all you need is a putter and a few balls. Make a fun game of putting while teaching your youngster how to line up a putt and the proper swing.

When they are ready to move up to swinging a club, the driving range provides the space to practice. Here is where they can develop a short swing and really get the feel for the game. If you don’t feel confident as a teacher, speak with PGA Head Golf Professional Ralph Lotspeich, who is on hand to help out with golfers at all skill levels.

While golf can be outrageously expensive at some regional courses, youth rates at Mirror Lake encourage children to come back time and again to develop a love of the sport. Junior rates are just $5 for 9 holes and $9.50 for 18. A season pass is just $53, about the same as a single day skiing or snowboarding one of the local mountains.

After a fun day on the green, the range or the course, kids will love ending with a snack and a drink at the clubhouse.

Golf provides a great opportunity for kids to mingle with adults, and those who learn the game young tend to make it a big part of their adult lives.

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