Grandfathers for Golf (GfG) is starting up its free golf program for children in the Hemet/San Jacinto area at the end of August. Valley News/Courtesy photo

After closing for months because of the pandemic, Grandfathers for Golf (GfG) is starting up its free golf program for children in the Hemet/San Jacinto area at the end of August. The call is out for parents to sign up their children and for volunteer instructors of any golf ability to join this immensely popular local program.

Signups are open now for the fall/winter session. Classes will start Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 3:30 p.m. at Echo Hills Golf Course, 545 E. Thornton Avenue, Hemet or Thursday, Aug. 26, at 3:30 p.m. at Hemet Golf Course Driving Range, 7575 World Cup Ave., Hemet. Strict COVID-19 protocols are in place whenever there is a group setting.

For volunteer instructors, teaching children the game of golf is an extremely rewarding activity. You can give a helping hand to children and make friends with other like-minded individuals. Volunteers commit to as few as two to four hours a week. GfG volunteers are a good-natured, caring group of men and women, who like nothing better than to teach today’s young people how to play golf. GfG volunteers come with all types of golf skills. You do not have to be a great golfer; you just need to convey your love of the game to a child.

Grandfathers for Golf Inc. has been a part of the San Jacinto Valley and surrounding communities for over 25 years and is now teaching the children of early participants in its program. GfG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to teaching children how to play golf. In addition to learning the game of golf, children learn valuable life skills, such as courtesy, etiquette, sportsmanship, perseverance, self-confidence, and patience to name a few.

As the result of the program, a parent recently wrote GfG to thank them because, for the first time, her child requested some “golf equipment” rather than their usual request for a “game card” for their computer.

Enrollment in GfG is simple. Go to www.grandfathersforgolf.org/signup and follow the steps. Signups are also available by calling (909) 754-4148. Signing up and participation in GfG is completely free. Every child is supplied with a golf shirt, hat, golf clubs and bag of their very own as well as 8 to 10 lessons per session.