Local Links (Weddington Golf Course)
If you blink driving South between Moorpark Avenue and Ventura Blvd. you might have missed it, but Studio City has it’s own par 3 nine hole golf course. It’s been a big part of sporting life in Studio City for more than 50 years. There’s a 24 stall driving range and even on a busy Saturday afternoon I’ve never found it full. It’s a great place to get outside and hit something with a stick. I’ve driven balls there at 9pm in the rain (about half of the stalls are covered). It’s open until 11pm daily so you can put the kids down and come out for a bucket. There’s also a well maintained practice green to keep your short game on par.
This is a great place for smaller golfers to figure out how to swing a club. I love taking my 8 year old daughter to Weddington, whether it’s to hit a big bucket between us or go out and get some time in the tee box and on the fairways. The greens are very forgiving, so they’re not likely to surprise anyone and it’s a good place to teach. There’s even a coffee shop for you to grab a hot chocolate and coffee if there’s a chill in the air. They do burgers and have a counter where it’s fun to talk about the game with your little one after playing.
When it comes to getting a kid into golf, I’d suggest looking for used clubs at first. A new set can be pricey and if your kid doesn’t take to it, you don’t want to have spent a C Note on something that’s just going to take up room in your closet or garage. Trust me, it happens. You might look at the Salvation Army for a set that someone else’s kid grew out of or that just didn’t take to it. Or try the online Classifieds. Hit balls to get them used to being out there. Remember, for the most part this is an adult sport and you want your little human to be comfortable.
When you head out on the course, keep positive and remind them of course etiquette. Teach them to pay attention to their surroundings, golf can be dangerous. Let people play through if they look like fast movers, normally you might be but with your kid you’re not. And grab one of the carts for their clubs unless you want to end up carrying their bag as well as yours, it’s not heavy but it is inconvenient.
4141 Whitsett Ave
Studio City, CA 91604 Golf