Frequently Asked Questions

For Parents / Guardians

Watson Links is for beginners and experienced players alike. We welcome golfers with an understanding of how to swing a golf club in practice settings and driving ranges.

The duration of a round of golf can vary based on player experience, course busyness, and the type of course. Most groups complete their rounds in 1.5 to 2.5 hours.

Nine-hole rounds are typical, but it’s a good idea to check your local program website for exceptions. Some offer alternative formats, such as a par 3 course or a 6-hole course.

Par 3 courses consist of shorter holes where Youth Players have only three shots to make par. They don’t include any of the longer par 4 or par 5 holes and typically have fewer hazards.

Youth Players generally need to play with their own golf clubs. If your child doesn’t have clubs to use, contact your local program administrator as early as possible. In most cases, they can help.

Your child should dress in casual golf attire: comfortable shirt (preferably collared), shorts/pants or skort (avoid jeans, athletic shorts or cargo pants), socks and golf/athletic shoes without cleats (no flip flops).

Generally, you should arrive in the golf shop of the clubhouse with your child 20 minutes before their tee time to meet their Golf Mentor. Check your local program website for more information.

If your child can’t make their tee time, you must contact your local program administrator as soon as possible. In many cases, another child may have the opportunity to play in their place.

Local program administrators closely monitor the weather and will alert you if your child’s tee time will be delayed or canceled. If you’re concerned and haven’t heard anything yet, contact your local program administrator.

Feel free to simply coordinate with the parent / guardian of your child’s friend and sign up for the same time.

Check with your local program administrator.

Your local program determines how many tee times may be reserved by each Youth Player. Generally, when sufficient tee times are available, Youth Players may reserve more than one tee time each week.

All applicants must pass a background check and complete SafeSport training. For specific details, check with your local program.

Yes, check with your local program administrator or your local golf association for information on other worthwhile national programs including First Tee, Youth on Course, PGA Jr. League, U.S. Kids Golf, and other local programs.

Contact your local program administrator.

Golf Mentors

Watson Links combines the joy of golf with the satisfaction of making a difference in a young person’s life. You get to share the golf course with appreciative and fun-loving kids who value the opportunity.

After onboarding, sign up for tee times that fit your schedule. You’ll be paired with a Youth Player for a free outing of nine holes or fewer, alongside another Golf Mentor and Youth Player.

Onboarding is quick and simple. Just complete the registration form, order a background check, and complete a 90-minute SafeSport online training and Watson Links orientation.

While Youth Players know the basics of grip, stance, and swing, it’s up to you to help them navigate the course, understand golf etiquette, maintain a reasonable pace of play, and have fun.

You are not expected to provide formal instruction. You should be comfortable playing golf on a public course and have a basic understanding of golf etiquette and pace of play expectations.

For each tee time, you will be at the golf course for ±3 hours. This includes arriving at the golf shop early, playing time, and returning the Youth Player to their parent/guardian.

No. Watson Links outings do not include range balls, so if Golf Mentors and Youth Players wish to use the driving range, it will be on their own time and at their own expense.

No. For various reasons, Watson Links outings do not involve golf carts. If you have a medical reason that you must use a cart, please contact the local program administrator.

Nine-hole rounds are typical, but it’s a good idea to check your local program website for exceptions. Some offer alternative formats, such as a par 3 course or a 6-hole course.

Generally, you should arrive in the golf shop of the clubhouse 20 minutes before tee time to meet the two Youth Players and the other Golf Mentor. Check your local program website for more information.

If an unexpected emergency occurs and you can’t make your tee time, contact your local program administrator as soon as possible. They may be able to make last-minute arrangements for the Youth Player to play.

Local program administrators closely monitor the weather and will alert you if your tee time will be delayed or canceled. If you’re concerned and haven’t heard anything yet, contact your local program administrator.

Recruit your buddies to become Golf Mentors and then simply coordinate with them to sign up for the same time.

Contact your local program administrator.