If you happened to see two young boys hitting golf balls at the driving range or practicing at the putting green this summer at North Oaks Golf Club, chances are it was 12-year-old Christian Goralski and his 10-year-old brother Ryan. "It's just kind of fun to bike up there," Ryan says. "We don't live far from the course. And it's easier than waiting for my parents to get home."
We all remember summer break from school when we were growing up. The excitement of long, lazy days ahead with nothing on the schedule. Well, that excitement typically turned to boredom after about one day of nothing to do. But, the anticipation and joy grew when we made plans to head to the golf course. It was, and is, an opportunity to get better at something you love while enjoying the weather and time with friends. What better way to spend summer break?
Rory McIlroy was hitting 40-yard drives at age two. Michelle Wie learned to play golf at age 4. At age 3, Phil Mickelson told people he was running away from home to the golf course. Lydia Ko started golfing with her mom when she was five. And Jordan Spieth started playing with Little Tikes plastic golf clubs at 18 months old.