Children’s golf game in parks hits a snag

Joshua Mamootil (9) tried out SNAG golf using tennis balls. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d397053
Joshua Mamootil (9) tried out SNAG golf using tennis balls. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d397053

Par 3 Indoor Golf Canning Vale director Justine Mamootil said she met the mayor and City executives about conducting Starting New at Golf (SNAG) lessons in parks.

She said they decided to ban SNAG golf in City spaces, even though she had showed them a children’s game that used launching pads and tennis balls, not tees or golf balls, and was safe to play in public.

She said she could not understand why a council would ban such a game when it allowed sports played with hard balls, such as baseball and cricket.

It was designed for children to use and a natural progression for people to flow into the ‘real thing’.

City of Gosnells chief executive Ian Cowie said the City was concerned that if it allowed SNAG golf this would encourage other people to practise traditional golf.

He said local law stated that people could not play or practise golf on local government property, though the City could make exemptions if it chose.

‘While council can determine that certain areas are set aside for the playing of golf this would only be areas that are specifically constructed for that purpose ‘