My teens reluctantly golf with me. They rather go to the dentist than the driving range. We recently moved to a gated community with a par 3 golf course for residents and their guests, and something interesting happened. My son and his friends golf all the time now, and some of his friends have NEVER golfed.
Why are they golfing now when they didn’t before? We asked him. First of all, there’s no huge time commitment. He can literally walk out, play any number of holes in a bunch of different sequences for any amount of time he has available. 30 minutes, 1 hour, or whatever. There are no tee times, and no schedule, and few other golfers.
Secondly, there’s no dress code. They wear what they wear to school. Another reason is cost. Here it’s free, but I’d assume if it cost about the same as a subway sandwich, soda, and chips that would work. And finally, we have a bunch of different golf clubs and he and his friends sort through picking the few they want to take on the course. No big bag, no equipment to invest in, just grab a few that are available, and go.
After selecting a couple of golf clubs, my son reaches into the Chinese ceramic bowl, as his mother cringes, to get a few golf balls and tees. Golf balls exclusively found on the golf course, nothing purchased except the ball mark fixer.
They are off to golf. Perhaps my son and his friends are not typical. Maybe the barriers for golfing of time, cost, dress code, and availability don’t apply to most teens. I bet they do.