Golf Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Golf can be a great sport for elementary-age students to play, even without a golf course. This lesson plan gives you ideas for games and activities that strengthen basic golf skills in your gym or playground.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the basic rules of golf
  • demonstrate the proper grip on a golf club
  • choose and use golf clubs according to task


45-60 minute lessons


  • Golf clubs
  • Golf balls
  • Plastic cups
  • Tape
  • Shoe boxes
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Ping-Pong balls

Key Vocabulary

  • Golf
  • Put
  • Green
  • Hole
  • Flag
  • Iron
  • Driver
  • Putter

Curriculum Standards

Please note that each state has different standards for Physical Education. Please consult your state's standards to ensure proper alignment.

Direct Instruction

  • Gather students together and show them a collection of golf clubs, including a driver, putter and iron.
  • Allow students to look closely at the clubs and make predictions for what each is used for. Which ones are used to move the ball a far distance? Which are used to move a short distance? Why?
  • Tell students the names of the clubs and explain the purpose of each.
  • Now choose a putter and demonstrate proper grip.
  • Give each student a putter and have them practice the proper grip. Circulate the room to help students move their fingers and hands accordingly.
  • Now demonstrate how to swing the club properly to putt a ball. Have students practice.
  • Instruct students to line up on one side of the gym or field and give each a golf ball. On your go, have students practice making small strokes to move their ball to the other side.
  • When all students reach the other side, have them repeat and return to the first side.

Putt Practice

  • Tape plastic cups to the ground to create a 'hole.' Spread out around your playing surface.
  • Mark a spot about five feet from the hole with tape.
  • Send each student to a hole to practice putting. Have them stand on the tape line and place their ball on the ground, then attempt to putt into the cup.
  • Challenge students by moving the tape further away from the cup.

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