I’m a TGC addict (if you haven’t noticed). I think about the game quite a bit, love interacting with the community (heck, I’m even writing this blog post while my students are working on a project I’m about to tell you about!). If I can find a way to incorporate golf, golf courses and TGC into my work life, I’m going to do it.
As some of you know, I teach high school math and science up in Canada. Last year, I was trying to come up with a unique project for my ninth grade math class. It’s tough coming up with projects for math. I’m aware, math isn’t everyone’s favorite subject…far from it for some. We were finishing up a unit on scale and making scale drawings. I had a project ready to go, one that I do every year, which was just a bit “meh”. I needed something fresh. I sat at my computer, searching for ideas. Then I happened to glance at my Golf Club icon on my desktop. BINGO!
I came up with a project that incorporates one of my favorite things to do when I’m not working, designing golf courses for TGC. Now I wanted to get the students to design a course. Nine holes, realistic or fantasy style, with accurate measurements, creating their own scale factor. I tried it last year and the students really enjoyed it. Other teachers took notice too, and now almost every ninth grader at the school I teach at, has to design a golf course!
This year, I tweaked the project a bit, and today they are working on their final drafts. Many of them have never stepped foot on a golf course, but have been able to create some courses that are creative, interesting and fun! So much so, that I’m taking notice of a few holes for some ideas!
A couple finished products from last year!