Family Golf: Thinking Outside The Box

Sitting on the bleachers at her son's baseball game at 7:30 a.m. on a rainy Saturday morning, Allison George, General Manager of Toad Valley Golf Course near Des Moines Iowa, looked around at the hundreds of other people who looked wet and miserable just like her. Everyone sat there in the cold to watch their kids play. Many of the parents knew their kids weren’t ever going to play in high school, let alone the majors. But, there they sat grandparents and parents alike. After a while, she ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Friday, April 8, 2011

What's Your Child's Learning Style?

All kids (and adults) don’t learn the same. Just as kids have differing temperaments and personalities, they also have particular ways of learning. Three senses through which children absorb and learn new information are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Let’s look at how these senses apply to learning golf. If your child is a visual learner, then he learns best by watching you (or the pro) make the swing and hit the ball. As I said before, kids are great imitators, and if you demonstrate ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Got Patience - Yet?

Waiting for patience is tough. The more I want it, the longer it takes. Baseball players wait for the right pitch. Quarterbacks wait for their man to get open. Successful golf pros win because they wait for the right opportunity to press for a birdie. Patience is also required when you want to teach your family (or friends) to play golf. Trying to teach your child (or spouse) how to properly grip the club or shift their weight when they're not ready can be like pushing a rope up a ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Friday, April 1, 2011

Family Times: Now Online

In July 2010, we began publishing a newsletter called Family Times. Since then we have mailed it each month to over 900 customers' homes and businesses. The response has been terrific. Customers tell us that they enjoy the informative and entertaining articles. Many read the articles with their families around the dinner table or with business associates at work.  Now, we recognize that some of you don't like getting mail, so we created this blog to share  the articles along with other ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Thank you for stopping by. We are working everyday to bring the wonderful world of golf to "Main Street USA." Play-a-Round Golf (R) provides golf venues that are attractive to golfers and non-golfers alike. Eliminating obstacles to play the game. Incorporating golf into everyday life. Helping families to play together. For Life. We're also home to SNAG-a-Family, a new way of teaching families how to play and learn the game together. Based on SNAG: Starting New at Golf (R), SNAG-a-Family ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Sunday, March 27, 2011