YOU’RE NEVER TOO YOUNG FOR GOLF

JuniorGolfPageGetting your child involved in a sport at a young age keeps them active, social, and confident.  Golf is the perfect sport for young children, adolescents, and teenagers.  It is gaining in popularity as a fun and exciting sport for youngsters for several reasons.  They are able to be outside among nature in beautiful surroundings, and the sport requires concentration with little intimidation. It is also a sport where children can develop and improve in their ability.

It is never too early to expose your child to golf.  If your child has an interest in golf already, encourage that interest and make golf available to him or her.  If your child isn’t familiar with the sport, talk to your child about golf and try motivating them onto the green.  Practice together at home and have fun hitting balls and enjoying the exercise.  You can also take them and some of their friends to a miniature golf course or take them to a driving range where a professional can teach them everything there is to know about the game.  You can also expose your child to the game by watching tournaments together on television.

To get your child started in this unique sport, locate a local golf course that offers a junior program for them with an emphasis on fun and one that nurtures their interest.

Many local golf courses offer affordable junior programs for beginners that will teach them everything from what equipment and dress they need to how to actually play the game, complete with rules of conduct.  Some programs even provide free golf equipment.  These programs usually run through the summer months, and one of the advantages of these programs is the social interaction with peers to which your child will be exposed.

The important thing to remember when teaching youngsters the name of the game is to keep it fun and simple.  When children start learning the game around the age of five, it’s easier for them to gradually evolve with the sport.

Showing your child that golf is a fun sport begins at home, so bond with your children over the game first and then introduce him or her to a golf professional who will broaden their horizons and further their interest in the game.  So get out on the green and have fun this spring with the classic game of golf!

 

TIPS FOR GETTING YOUR HOME READY FOR SUMMER

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These harsh NEPA winters can take a toll on your home, which can result in significant damage over time.  Here are some tips to help your home recover from the cold and get it ready for summer!

Check the roof

When your roof is doing its job, it’s easy to forget about it.  Now that the snow is gone, it’s a great time to check your roof for any signs of damage!  Get a pair of binoculars, and walk around your house looking at the roof from different angles.  Do you see any missing, cracking, or curled shingles?  Are there any signs of damage to flashing around chimneys, skylights, or vent pipes?  Contact a qualified roofer to address any damage immediately to prevent moisture intrusion.

Clean out the gutters

If you have trees anywhere near your home, it’s likely that your gutters are full of leaves and dirt.  These remnants of fall have spent the last several months packed under heavy snow, potentially clogging your gutters and downspouts.  Heavy rains, if not provided a place to go, can come into your home through your roof or foundation.  Take advantage of the nice weather to clean out your gutters and avoid these issues.

Redo / reseal the driveway

Winter can be especially harsh on blacktop and concrete driveways.  Sweep and / or powerwash your driveways and, once dry, seal any cracks that you find.  Blacktop / asphalt driveways should be sealed every two or three years to protect them from weather damage and wear.  Concrete driveways should be sealed every four or five years to prolong their life.

Tidy up landscaping

One of the best parts of summer is seeing the green yards and colorful flowers.  Start off right, by clearing weeds and cleaning up any fallen twigs.  You can fill in any bald patches in your yard by sprinkling some grass seed.  If flowers are your thing, now’s the time to get your new plants established so you can enjoy them throughout the summer.  If you have plans to add any trees to your yard this season, it’s important to start early so they can be well established before fall, so take some time to pick the perfect spot and get your tree planted right away.

Clean up outside

Your walkways, decks, and even siding, may require some TLC now that winter is over.  Take some time to powerwash these areas and assess any parts that may need some additional work.  Decks are commonly forgotten, but they require annual staining / sealing to protect the surfaces from the elements.  Siding, likewise, may require touchups (for wood siding), or replacement of a section or two (for vinyl siding that may be cracked or damaged).  Take a walk around your property, looking for any issues that need to be addressed, and check them off one at a time.

We hope everyone has a wonderful summer, full of sun and fun!  Hopefully with these tips, your home will be just as prepared for the change of seasons as you are!

About Disaster Blaster

Disaster Blaster is an indoor environmental firm serving the Northeastern PA area.  Having provided our local area with unparalleled water damage mitigation, mold remediation, asbestos abatement, and radon mitigation services for decades, we are proud to have been recently named The World’s Greatest company providing such services.  For more about Disaster Blaster, as well as more helpful tips, please visit our website at: www.disasterblaster.com or call our office at (570) 963-1123.

IT’S NOT JUST FOR THE PROS… GOLF FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

It’s a typical weekend in spring, and you’re wracking your brain for something different to do with the kids that won’t break the bank.  Miniature golf is a fun and inexpensive activity the entire family can enjoy.  It’s even cheaper than an afternoon or evening at the movies.

If you’re not an avid golfer but still have an interest in the sport, then mini golf is the next best thing.  As we all know, miniature golf is the smaller version and is designed for people who don’t want to take it too seriously but want just enough of a challenge to keep the game interesting.  Plus, the kids love it.  There’s something about hitting those shiny colored balls through windmills, crocodile mouths, tunnels, ramps, waterfalls, and elevated greens that gives the game a fantasy-like appeal.

The continued popularity of miniature golf probably has something to do with the fact that anyone, regardless of age or ability, can play and with a little perseverance and luck, maybe even win.

Now that the weather is warm, outdoor mini golf is probably preferred over indoor miniature golf, but both provide a complete fun family experience.  Also, indoor mini golf courses are perfect for those rainy days when you still want to play but the weather isn’t cooperating or if you live in a climate with a limited outdoor activity season.

Places to Play Mini Golf

RedCircleWithNumberCosta’s Family Fun Park
Route 6, Hawley

Costa’s is three miles east of Lake Wallenpaupack and offers many things for the young and young at heart to do all day long.  Some of the fun includes a 1,200 foot go-kart course, water slides, 18-hole miniature golf course and the 19-tee golf driving range, bumper boats, and batting cages complete with an open field, a home run fence, dugouts, and hardball and softball arm-action machines. Costa’s also has a Kiddie Land area where kids can go through tunnels, swim in a sea of balls, climb web ladders, and more. There is also an arcade with numerous video games and a restaurant.  The restaurant features seating inside and outside on the wraparound deck with fantastic views of the park.  For more information, call (570) 226-8585 or visit www.costasfamilyfunpark.com.

RedCircleWithNumberCarousel Water and Fun Park
Route 652, Beach Lake

Spending an afternoon at the Carousel Water and Fun Park is a great way for the entire family to have fun on a summer day.  Carousel has large water slides, bumper boats, go-karts, kiddie kars, a landscaped 18-hole mini golf course, game room, and snack bar.  The game room offers skeeball, basketball, air hockey, skill cranes, and video games.  In addition, there are two waterslides for the adults and older children and a frog slide, Mother Goose slide and wading pool for the younger children.  For more details, call (570) 729-7532 or visit www.carousel-park.com.