A 'mini' version of golf designed specifically for young children at infant, primary and junior schools.


In November 2000, the Golf Foundation launched a ‘mini’ version of golf specifically for use by young children in primary and junior schools. This involved developing youngster-friendly equipment that has proved to be popular with children, affordable for schools, and easy for teachers to use.

In addition, resources giving ideas for games and activities that can be linked with the PE and educational curriculum were produced, and a 3-hour teacher training workshop was introduced. All of this has led to an explosion in the amount of golf activity taking place in primary and junior schools across the British Isles.

The introduction of Tri-Golf has made it possible for the education sector and golfing community to work closely together for the benefit of the schools, the clubs and the young people in a situation where everybody wins.

· Tri-Golf is now reaching approximately 750,000 young children per year across the British Isles.

· Tri-Golf has broken new ground and has demonstrated how golf can be delivered through fun-based activity sessions involving large groups of youngsters.

· Tri-Golf has changed the way golf is perceived by the education and local authority sectors and the youngsters themselves.

· Tri-Golf has made it possible for golf to be taken into almost any environment.

· Tri-Golf has been used to encourage girls to participate in sport.

· Tri-Golf is helping to encourage responsible social behaviour because of golf’s emphasis on honesty, integrity and good sportsmanship.

· Tri-Golf has reached youngsters who would not normally have considered golf as an option.

· Tri-Golf has been used to provide a focal point for over 300 school and community projects.

· Tri-Golf has been used within schools to teach not only P.E., but also maths, citizenship and other subjects.

· Tri-Golf has helped Police Officers to engage with young people and turn them away from crime.

Tri-Golf equipment

Tri-Golf equipment is the only adapted golf resource developed specifically for use in British schools and is the safest equipment available. Each Tri-Golf pack includes chippers with over-sized clubheads, putters, a variety of over-sized foam balls and other items needed to run the games and activities. The clubs have been specially designed so that they are safe to use in the school environment and make it easy for the children to achieve success. Other accessories are available, including a pop-out target with Velcro balls, which enable teachers to expand the variety of golfing activities they can deliver.

A Tri-Golf pack includes:

* 9 right handed irons     * 1 left handed irons

* 9 right handed putters    * 1 left handed putter

* 10 red super-safe foam balls    * 10 yellow super safe foam balls

* 20 no bounce balls (5 each of red, green, blue and yellow)    * 60 anti-slip marker cones plus stand

* 10 marker flags (various colours)    * 10 putting cups

* 20 all surface tees    * 10 pairs of foot-tees

* 2 make-a-hoops    * Set of 29 resource cards

* Notes for use    * Tri-Golf Wheely Bag

To purchase a Tri-Golf pack contact Davies Sports via their website (click here) or by phoning 08451204515

In addition, new equipment has been developed by one of the Golf Foundation’s development partners, Factory Eleven, which makes it possible for schools to create a more realistic golfing experience on the playing fields or in the school halls. Using the Driving School pack, schools can set up a driving range within their grounds and then use the Course Pack, which includes tee markers, trees, rough, a water hazard and a flag, to make the perfect golf hole!

Games and activities

The Golf Foundation’s Development Team has expertise in creating educational play activities for children and has produced more than thirty different games around Tri-Golf that are presented in the form of activity cards. These make it possible for teachers to introduce golfing concepts and skills through fun games rather than technical instruction. They also enable teachers to use golf as a way of encouraging learning in other areas; for example, maths, from scoring, literacy and citizenship (golf is a game of honesty and self-regulation).

The games include a ‘Simon Says’ style game that introduces basic golf terminology, a ‘Divots’ game which teaches care of the course in a fun way, and ‘Bullseye’ which helps to develop distance control and accuracy. On each game card there is a description of the activity, details of how it runs and options for making it easier or harder. A set of games cards is included in the Tri-Golf pack.

Tri-Golf ‘Activator’ Training

In order to ensure that the equipment is used effectively and safely, a practical 2-hour workshop is available, specially designed to help teachers deliver Tri-Golf successfully within the school setting. By the end of the workshop, teachers should be able to:

- Introduce golf to a large group of children in a fun and safe way.

- Use a variety of game cards and equipment to maximise inclusion and progression of activity.

- Understand and apply simple games to aid learning.

- Enjoy enhanced competence and confidence in delivering Tri-Golf to children.

In addition, as the workshop has been geared towards the needs of teachers, those attending should be able to:

- Link Tri-Golf to the four strands of the PE Curriculum (Key Stages 1 and 2).

- Link Tri-Golf to other areas of the curriculum such as maths, using the Tri-Golf Numeracy Book.

- Understand follow-on opportunities for their pupils within local community coaching programmes and through links to local golf clubs.

Tri-Golf Resources for Teachers

All teachers and coaches on a Tri-Golf workshop receive the new Tri-Golf manual. This contains a scheme of work including 5 lesson plans for delivering golf for a half-term of a standard PE lesson, linked to the Key Stage 2 PE curriculum. With cartoons, the lesson plans show the progression within a lesson and also challenges from the Tri-Golf Skills Award that can be run in conjunction with the lesson. The Tri-Golf manual is very much pupil-centred with participants:

  • developing skills for life such as cooperation, honesty and respect;
  • setting up the challenges using a putter as a unit of measurement and assessing their own performance;
  • designing, demonstrating and playing activities within a skills festival at the end of the coaching block.

Also, as participation in golf requires the use of numbers and mathematical skills, it was felt that a Numeracy Activity Book could help to teach maths through golf and golf through maths. To ensure that this would be used successfully within the classroom, the book was developed by maths specialists and aligns with specific curriculum standards for length, shape, time and weight elements at Key Stages I and II, and each worksheet is marked with the relevant standard at the bottom of the page (e.g. L2, S14, T12, etc.). Copies of the Numeracy Activity Book can be obtained from the Golf Foundation (01992 449830).