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Bobs Farm Public School kids hit the golf green at Pacific Dunes

Port Stephens Examiner, 7th July 2016

WHO said golf was an old man’s game?

A bunch of students from Bobs Farm Public School have been putting, chipping and driving down the fairways of Pacific Dunes’ newly built kids’ course.

It’s all part of the government’s “Sporting Schools” participation program aimed at kids developing a lifelong interest in sport.

The four-week golf program was conducted at the school, offering 16 students from year 3 to year 6 the chance to be introduced to the sport.

The program, which was a partnership of My Golf and coach Amanda Burns, focused on all elements of the game before the students battled the windy conditions to play three holes and spend some time on the putting green at Pacific Dunes.

General manager Kurt Linde said the newly built kids course at Pacific Dunes, located on Championship Drive at Medowie, featured a 3800 metre golf course with a par 72.

“The brand new kids course offers junior golfers the opportunity to play alongside their parents and coaches to experience the course, tailored to their ability and strengths,” Mr Linde said.

PGA Professional Jamie Hook is hosting weekly kids golf clinics and a school holiday program on July 13 and 14 and the club has a special membership price for under-18s.

With any luck the increase in participation might lead to the Hunter unearthing Australia’s next golfing prodigy.