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Got a question, my son is 9.  He's been taking lessons, he is really showing some improvement.  He however doesn't like to play every hole, he likes to just drop a ball every now and then.  Should I pay full price or expect some sort of junior rate, this isn't offered on Golfnow, etc.   How do you all handle this?  Heading to Tucson in a few weeks..

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The four things I learned about playing with young children (boys or girls): 1) Quit while it is still fun.  You can turn golf into drudgery by trying to finish 9 holes because you paid for 9 holes ev

I don't recall ever going to a course that didn't offer Jr rates. I think your issues is that you're trying to book via golfnow. Instead just call the course and they'll be able to help.

I'm in Tucson and have seen several courses discount (or even free) for jr golfers. With my buddy and his 10 year old, he generally calls the course and books over the phone, or will call after bookin

I'm in Tucson and have seen several courses discount (or even free) for jr golfers. With my buddy and his 10 year old, he generally calls the course and books over the phone, or will call after booking (but not after paying online) and advise he has a junior and checks to see if they will work with him. 

 

Really the worst that can happen is they say no. 

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I take my son (he's 4) to a local course and play 9 with him and a buddy after work.  Try and do it once a week.  The course doesnt charge me anything and the place is wide open. He does the same thing....some rounds he wants to hit a shot every time I do, one round we went he didn't hit a ball I don't think, would just wander around while my friend and I hit.  He loves it.

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On 5/7/2021 at 8:01 AM, Greggap said:

Got a question, my son is 9.  He's been taking lessons, he is really showing some improvement.  He however doesn't like to play every hole, he likes to just drop a ball every now and then.  Should I pay full price or expect some sort of junior rate, this isn't offered on Golfnow, etc.   How do you all handle this?  Heading to Tucson in a few weeks..

 

I thought this might be helpful for you. There are 2 types of junior rate. 

  • YOC. It is nation-wide program. There is a $10 or $20 annual initiation fee. Then you play the course for $5. YOC tee time is usually late in the afternoon, e.g. twilight. Good enough for 9-hole usually. 
  • Junior rate offered by golf courses. These junior rate is discounted but still more expensive than YOC. On the other hand, junior rate usually has less or no restrictions on tee time. 

As someone mentioned, the best thing to do is to call individual course and ask about their junior rate. 

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All Kids Play FREE in Charleston, NO STRINGS ATTACHED.  No paying adult required, no sign up. Just call day of play for tee time.   Gaining lots of traction....”Swing it Forward” , check it out and get it started in your area.

 

https://www.firstteegreatercharleston.org/swing-it-forward/

 

As others have said, call course directly.  Most have junior rates, others don’t officially  

but most will give you a break, especially later in the day. 

 

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