SUN CITY CENTER – Think you are past your prime to learn and play golf? Not even close, says Delia Skye.
A relatively new approach of teaching golf to children has led a local grassroots organizer and golf enthusiast to bring the game – and the fun – to seniors.
Sun City Center resident Skye, executive director of Kids Green Grass Golf Inc. – which helps provide golf equipment to physical education teachers in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties – is teeing up to help seniors learn the game.
Using the SNAG (Starting New At Golf) approach and equipment, she is organizing a SNAG Golf Olympics for seniors at Freedom Fairways from 3 to 5 p.m. on May 10.
Teams of four will compete in a variety of events, including rolling, chipping, pitching, launching and three-hole play on a designated SNAG course. Following the games there will be awards, prizes and light fare from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Freedom Fairways clubhouse. Cost is $15 per person to participate.
“The Golf Olympics event was created by the new committee to bring golf to seniors,” said Skye. “The event will use SNAG coaching equipment and involves a lot of target golf.”
In addition to the fun and games, the event also serves as a fundraiser for a unique, first-of-its-kind golf summer camp – with a twist. It's not just kids who get to have all the fun at golf summer camp. Seniors too can get outdoors and swing a club.
So what's the twist? Local elementary school kids will mentor seniors using the SNAG golf program and coaching system.
Children from Ruskin Elementary School who are knowledgeable in SNAG skills and techniques will join Skye and her committee to mentor local seniors.
“I want it to be intergenerational and multicultural,” Skye said. “And golf is great exercise. Seniors can use golf as part of rehabilitation to move and strengthen muscles, lifting and (for) just being outdoors.”
Currently 8,000 schools across the country and 12,000 schools worldwide use the SNAG golf instruction program. The summer camp program will take place at Freedom Fairways from June 10 to July 3 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for two hours. And the second camp will run July 15 to Aug. 7. Specific times have yet to be scheduled.
To register for the SNAG Olympics as a team or an individual, call Freedom Fairways at (813) 633-4653. For additional information, call Skye at (727) 560-9823.
Elaine Speer is a freelance writer who can be reached at [email protected]