Forbes India 15th Anniversary Special

From tee to bond: Embracing family connections through the joy of Golf

Understanding the shared joy, life lessons, and unforgettable moments created on the green fairways when golf becomes a catalyst for building meaningful connections within families

Published: Dec 23, 2023 12:44:28 PM IST
Updated: Dec 23, 2023 03:16:48 PM IST

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Finding quality time to connect with your children can sometimes be challenging in today’s fast-paced world. Juggling work, school, and extracurricular activities often leaves little room for meaningful family moments. But there’s a beacon of hope:Golf!

Golf becomes a bridge, connecting generations and weaving enduring memories.

It is interesting to note that the sport of golf is experiencing a dynamic resurgence, notably fueled by the increasing interest of the younger generation. Recent statistics from 6Wresearch underscore this trend, revealing a projected growth in the India Golf Clubs Market during 2022-2028. The increasing popularity of the sport, coupled with a rising number of golf courses in the country, is expected to drive market expansion.

Forbes India and HSBC recognize golf's profound impact. Their collaboration on 'HSBC Golf League' exemplifies the sport's multifaceted significance– from fostering family bonds to a means of networking among corporate and high-net-worth circles.

Young Talents Shaping Golf in India

Impact Beyond Personal Achievements

This surge in interest aligns with the inspiring stories of young golf prodigies who have made significant strides in the sport. Take, for instance, the remarkable journey of Aadil Bedi from Chandigarh, who not only became the youngest golfer to represent India in golf at the Asian Games in 2018 but also turned pro in the same year, earning his Asian Tour card.

Joining the ranks of accomplished golfers is Aditi Ashok, a trailblazing Indian female golfer who, at the tender age of five, embarked on her golfing journey. She has participated in prestigious events like the Asian Youth Games, Youth Olympic Games, and Asian Games, earning accolades, including the esteemed Arjuna Award, marking not only personal achievements but also a testament to the transformative power of golf.

The experiences of golf prodigy Aditi exemplify the transformative influence of familial involvement in the sport. For her, golf started as a weekend family activity when she was five and a half years old. Golf soon became her future career dream. Thus, family dynamics on the golf course can foster not just a love for the sport but also a profound sense of connection among family members.

Your bonding with children on the greens is not just about golf; it's about creating opportunities for meaningful interactions, passing on your passion to them, and imparting essential life lessons and values. This article explores how golf can serve as the perfect avenue for family connection, offering a range of benefits for both parents and their kids.

Forbes India and HSBC recognize golf's profound impact. Their collaboration on 'HSBC Golf League' exemplifies the sport's multifaceted significance– from fostering family bonds to a means of networking among corporate and high-net-worth circles.

A Game for Every Generation

Welcoming All Ages and Levels to the Fairways

Golf is renowned for being an all-inclusive sport, making it a perfect choice for family activities. What sets it apart is its flexibility and ability to accommodate participants of all ages and skill levels. Unlike some sports that may have stringent age or skill restrictions, golf welcomes all generations to the course.

For parents with children at different stages of golfing proficiency, golf courses provide a range of options. These can include different tee boxes, yardages, and course layouts to cater to various skill levels. This inclusivity means that whether your child is a budding golf prodigy or a complete novice, there's a space for them on the fairways.

It's a game where everyone can join in without the pressure of competition. Parents and children can share the joy of the game, enjoying themselves, regardless of their level of expertise.

Beyond the Swing

Golf's Lessons in Patience, Focus, and Perseverance

Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots – but you have to play the ball where it lies.

 - Bobby Jones

Beyond the physical aspects of the game, golf offers a unique platform for teaching important life skills to your children. Patience, focus, perseverance, and sportsmanship are some of the values that can be instilled through the game. Golf is an excellent teacher of discipline, responsibility, and the significance of setting and achieving goals.

As parents guide their children through their golfing journey, they are not just imparting knowledge about the sport but also providing them with invaluable life lessons. These lessons go beyond the greens, becoming a part of their character development, which they can carry with them into adulthood.

For example, the patience required to perfect a golf swing can translate into patience in other aspects of life, and the discipline learned on the course can be applied to their studies and future careers.

Outdoor Symphony

Reconnect with Nature

Amidst the screen-dominated era of digital devices and constant modern distractions, the significance of spending time outdoors has never been more paramount.

A study published in the Frontiers in Psychology revealed that spending just 20 minutes in nature can significantly boost mood and energy levels. Golf offers a compelling excuse to unplug from the digital world and immerse yourself in nature.

Picture a sunny day on the fairways, the gentle rustling of leaves in the breeze, and the clear blue sky above. Or imagine a serene afternoon on the putting green, surrounded by well-manicured landscapes. The golf course is a sanctuary for parents and their children to reconnect with the great outdoors.

It's an opportunity to breathe in fresh air, appreciate the beauty of natural surroundings, and escape the constant digital buzz. A perfect scenario for screens to fade away, and the simple sight of nature takes center stage.

Unhurried Conversations

Quality Moments Beyond the Scorecard

Outside the swings, golf offers a serene backdrop for unhurried family moments, escaping the hustle and bustle of daily life. Imagine a quiet afternoon on the course, where family laughter coincides with fun golf matches.

Whether you're playing a full round of golf or simply spending time at the practice range, the golf course provides a unique setting for quality conversations.

In the peaceful backdrop of the golf course, you can engage in unhurried discussions, free from the distractions of everyday life. It's an opportunity for parents to genuinely listen to their children, understand their thoughts, and share experiences.

Take moments between swings to share personal achievements or challenges. Discuss the importance of planning in life or amidst the natural beauty of the golf course, engage in conversations about appreciating nature.

These meaningful and unhurried conversations contribute to forging stronger family bonds and connections. The golf course becomes a canvas for creating cherished memories with your children.

More Than a Sport

Golf's Path to a Healthier Lifestyle

In an era when physical activity is often neglected due to sedentary lifestyles, golf stands apart. Walking the course, carrying clubs, and making swings are all ways to stay active and maintain physical fitness.

Golf exemplifies a positive lifestyle choice. This positive influence can have a lasting impact on children, motivating them to prioritize their well-being and overall health throughout their lives.

HSBC, in collaboration with Forbes India, is promoting a healthy lifestyle in the form of Golf, which also aligns with the holistic approach to life upheld by Forbes India and HSBC.

Exploring Opportunities

Golf Scholarships Today

Notably, golf offers a range of opportunities for aspiring students, particularly those with a passion for the sport. The landscape of golf scholarships has evolved, with outside organizations increasingly contributing to the funding pool.

While prominent organizations like the NCAA, NJCAA, and NAIA provide substantial support, lesser-known sources can be equally generous and less competitive. As the golf scholarship landscape evolves, you can explore various options for your child, ensuring that a love for the sport can translate into educational opportunities


Amidst the hustle and bustle of contemporary life, discovering those invaluable moments to connect with your family is truly priceless. Golf offers a unique and enjoyable way to strengthen your family bonds while imparting essential life skills.

As family bonds intertwine with the love for golf, we celebrate the impactful collaboration of Forbes India and HSBC. This collaboration reinforces that golf's impact transcends generations and echoes the values celebrated by both organizations.

With HSBC Premier, the opportunities are aplenty to help your child explore the sport with free access to premium golf courses, complimentary guest lessons, access to a driving range, free cart, and much more! Explore the world of golf with HSBC Premier: Know more!

Download The Golf League app today and begin your golfing journey.

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