• Getting Up to Par


    Anyone who has played a round of golf will tell you it is not an easy game to learn. It takes patience and a lot of hard work. It also helps if you learn the game early.

    By introducing younger District 50 students to the “Starting New at Golf” method of learning, also known as SNAG, Hyland Hills has made that early introduction a priority.

    SNAG utilizes larger club heads and balls, and uses flags with Velcro to substitute for the hole. Everyone from physical educators to golf pros have used SNAG to teach the game to youngsters.

    “SNAG to a new golfer is the same as lowering a basketball hoop or using a baseball tee for younger players to learn on,” said Joe Demers, Recreational Superintendent of Hyland Hills Park & Recreation District.

    Demers has been instrumental in making SNAG available to youngsters.

    He usually takes a team of volunteers with him as he goes to D50 elementary schools to begin three part class. The Insider caught up with him this week at Harris Park.

    Part one involves an introduction to the game and the basics, like how to hold a club and putt.

    Part two teaches students how to use a wedge and part three focuses on driving the ball and playing a full SNAG course.

    Students’ faces lit up as they came outside to see SNAG materials ready to be used. It is easy to see an increasing interest throughout the three stages of learning SNAG. “I can’t wait to learn to hit the ball far,” said Harris Park second grader Elias Rivera.

    Hyland Hills hopes to take the SNAG learning system a step further in the future. Plans are underway to add a SNAG course near the North Par 3 at the Hyland Hills Golf Course.

    Posted September 5, 2013