STARTING EARLY: Young Alex Eaves is only four years old but loves to swing a golf club.
STARTING EARLY: Young Alex Eaves is only four years old but loves to swing a golf club. Michael Nolan

Children are never too young to learn how to swing a club

CHILDREN across the region are encouraged to give golf a go with the Warwick Golf Club's junior coaching program due to start in early February.

It is suitable for children aged from five and club professional Sam Eaves is keen to build a cohort of young players.

"They've been a bit on the low side until lately because we didn't have the staff and resources to fulfil the junior program, but that's changed,” he said.

"We have extra staff members and we just put on a new trainee professional.”

Mr Eaves has a selection of free club sets for young players to borrow if they want a game, which takes the financial pressure off parents.

"We supply all the equipment if they need it,” he said.

"We want to make it as easy as possible and we want get as many kids out having a hit.”

The club held a junior MyGolf camp on January 10-11 and about 15 kids, aged as young as four years old, rolled up.

They practised putting, had a swing at the driving range and played a few short games.

Despite being a game of skill, Mr Eaves said it was surprising just how many children will get into golf.

"I think its just about getting out with your mates and having a bit of fun,” he said.

"Once they have that first hit they get sucked in, but they never really know until they try.

"If a kid has a general love for sport they pick golf up easily.”

Warwick Golf Club Junior Coaching

Term One program starts February 5 and runs for nine weeks.

- All girls clinic, 5-13 year olds. Tuesdays from 3.45-4.45pm.

- 6-9years mixed clinic: Wednesdays from 3.45-4.45pm.

- 10-12years mixed clinic: Thursday from 3.45-4.45pm.

- 13+ years mixed clinic: Friday from 3.45-4.45pm.