Golf for the whole family!

Story by Shauna Quinn

Summer 2024

Airdrie is gearing up for an unforgettable summer on the greens. And the secret sauce? Youth golf! Gone are the days when golf was considered just your boomer’s pastime. Now, it’s all about inclusivity, fun and making memories with the whole family. Airdrie makes family golf vacations ace faster than you can say “birdie.”

Golf courses are rolling out the red-carpet offering family-friendly tee times, junior clinics, youth-centric tournaments and special rates for kiddos. There’s also an upswing in adaptive golf programs tailored to empower youth, paving the way for inclusivity on and off the greens.

Disc golf is also worth noting having low-cost entry, an easy learning curve and outdoor appeal to many young people looking for an affordable and active pastime. Airdrie’s Fletcher Park is listed as one of the top 15 disc golf courses in Alberta with a beginner-friendly, free, first-come/first-served basis.

Locally owned Woodside Golf offers a junior academy filled with lessons, leagues and tournaments. Neighbouring courses less than a ten-minute drive from Airdrie include Apple Creek Golf Course and Collicutt Siding Golf Club in Crossfield. Both courses offer the Take a Kid to the Course program developed by the National Golf Course Owners Association. Running July 1-7, it offers a free round of golf for kids under 16, when accompanied by a paying adult.

But hold your putters, folks, because the summer Alberta weather can be as unpredictable as your swing. Airdrie’s Golf It and Golf Park are indoor simulators offering gameplay options for all ages and skill levels, private rooms, lessons, food and drink – rainout parties welcome!

No cap, youth are shaking things up and flexing drip on the greens like never before. Young golfers have style with locally designed swaggy polos and hoodies by JQ Golf Clothing. Its collection is available online nationwide and in selective pro shops across Western Canada. Look fly while sinking putts like a boss.

Photo Courtesy JQ Golf Clothing

Don’t miss the 19th hole. Rack up serious parent points by hitting up Over The Top Pop Shop in Airdrie’s downtown for its killer selection of customizable soda drinks, milkshakes, ice cream and snacks. Slay.

Lock in for a GOAT summer and keep it lit on the course, fam!