Activities For Golfers With Dogs

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Introduction

We’ve got some activities for you and your dogs, golfers! And they’re ones that will make you want to do more than softly golf-clap. We know you enjoy the challenges of mastering those eighteen holes, but we also understand that you’re crazy about your pooch and looking for ways to combine your two loves of golf and canines. We hope you’ll get some ideas and discover an activity that is totally a hole in one for both you and your fur child.

Pup-Pup Golf

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Any Day
Free
Normal
2 hrs
Items needed
Plastic or paper cups
Toy golf balls
Putter
Doggie treats
Activity description
This activity comes with a warning right off: Golf balls (even some of the toy ones) can sometimes be quite small. If there’s any chance of your pup attempting to swallow such a ball, then opt for something larger. You know your dog, and you know what they can handle. That said, building your own pup-pup golf course can be a lot of fun, and we hope you’ll give it a try the next time you’re sitting around and wondering about ways to engage your fluffy pal. This is super easy and requires minimal setup. If you’re doggo is especially a quick learner, you’ll have a good time together in the yard. You can even play indoors if it’s rainy or cold out.
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Supply options
For your “holes” you may use plastic or paper cups, bowls, or pails. Basically, anything hollow that you can lay on its side will work. To make a proper course, we recommend at least nine cups or bowls. You can even use a mix of things if that works best for you. To make the "holes" stationery, use tape, or wedge the cup or bowl between two sturdy items.
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Set your course
You can set your course up in your backyard, the park, or even in your living room, hallway, and bedroom. Whatever space you have is pawfect! You might even choose to make obstacles. For example, you may use your club to send the ball under a chair and through a tipi of pillows. Get the kids involved; let them be responsible for setting up certain sections of the course.
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Pup-pup time
Everyone should play, and that includes your dog. Teach them the object of moving the ball into the cups. You can let them guide the golf ball with their snout instead of using a putter like everyone else. Have some treats on hand to encourage good behavior and proper play. Your pooch may need to play several rounds of pup-pup before they get the idea.
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Doggie Golf Date

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Normal
1 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Dog-friendly course or driving range
Doggie waste bags
Water and food
Harness and leash
Activity description
Take your doggo to the driving range, open field, or to a dog-friendly golf course with you. Whether you’re practicing your swing or playing a round, it’s great if you can take your furry sidekick right along with you. Those floppy ears, sloppy tongue, wagging tail, and special pooch smiles may be just what you need to be encouraged and relaxed during your golf game. Aside from all that, though, you’ll get to hang out with your best buddy while playing your best, too! Does this sound like a win-win or what? You’ll never want to play golf without them again!
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Find a dog-friendly course
For some golf courses, you may have to look for special dog event days on the calendar. But we’re serious: more and more golf courses are beginning to allow our canine family members to tag (and Wag!) along. A few that allow your four-legged friend now are in Newport, OR; San Geronimo, CA; Stevenson, WA; and Belgrade Lakes, ME. We hope that more and more golf courses get the memo soon!
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Take along a friend, spouse, child, significant other
Another person might enjoy driving the cart, walking the dog as you play, and hanging out on the beautiful grounds. The author and her Snorkie actually pick up golf balls in the woods and other parts of the golf course while their family plays. Just be sure your dog has a flea and tick medication applied ahead of time, and watch out for flying golf balls. FORE!
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Organize a golf tourney for a dog charity
If you absolutely can’t take your pup onto a nearby course, then you might organize a golf tournament for charity. And make this a dog-centered charity. You might even raise awareness about why dogs could be so great on the green! Make a difference in your community. And by all means, if your pooch can tag along, bring them to be the face of your charity event.
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Golf Cap Fashion Show

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
3 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Participants (human and canine)
Custom golf caps for dogs
Music
A "dog walk"
Event space (optional)
Charity (optional)
Activity description
We know, we know. You’ve read the title of this activity and you love it already. How could you not ooh and aww over canines in golf caps? First of all, the golf cap look is just classy, clever, and adorable. Put a doggo’s ears through some custom holes, and you’ve got yourself a fashion show that will absolutely melt your heart. This can be a low-key, fun-filled activity or a huge, event-style (and fun-filled still) kind of activity. It’s up to you. Just know that this is certainly something people will pay to see. Bring on the dogs, and bring on the golf caps!
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For fun or for a cause
We suggest getting your community or local group or club involved. Have sign-ups, and raise funds for a good cause. The cause may be dog-centered or not. There are plenty of amazing charities out there waiting for your assistance. So, think about how this can be fun and helpful at the same time. On the other hand, you can simply invite friends over, along with their dogs, and host the show in your own home or yard just for fun.
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Plan the fashion show
You’ll need a “dog walk” instead of a catwalk. Let all participants know that their golf caps should be homemade. (When we say homemade, hats can be purchased, but owners should cut slits for pup ears!) This makes for a better show! Otherwise, you’ll have a series of the same ordered, doggie golf caps. They should not hide their dog’s ears. Everyone should make provisions for those floppy or pointy ears to show. It’s often one of your pup’s best features! Get music and hold a rehearsal.
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Let the pooch parade begin
You can have owners simply walk with their golf capped dogs, or maybe invite the owners to dress like their dogs. It could be a matching duo assignment! They say pets begin to look like their owners, so why not be sure of that fact? This fashion parade is sure to bring many smiles and laughter.
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More Fun Ideas...

Watch Televised Golf

Watch golf on TV while also snuggling with your pup. They’ll love spending time with you. You don’t have to be out and about in order to bond with them. A low-key activity is sometimes just what a tired dog needs. Put your feet (and paws) up. Relax with an Arnold Palmer (or a John Daly) and a dog bowl of water.

Golf Ball Fetch

Pick up a toy golf set, and use the plastic clubs to whack those large plastic golf balls out into the yard or the park. Your doggo will have a great time running and fetching the ball. This is also fun for kids! They’ll love using their-size clubs to send the family pooch running!

Conclusion

It’s tee time! No matter where you are, let your golf-crazy flag fly. You've got a love for the game and for your fur child, so let them collide once in a while. We hope some of these ideas inspire you to get out there and live it up in the golf world with your little champ!