“ Brand: Early Learning Centre / Type: Kids Sport Equipment / Golf set „
You have got to love a sale, we all love to grab a bargain and with the great weather we are having I snapped up a lot of items in the half price sale for his birthday. This half price bargain was the golf Set it was £8 but now £4 in the sale, which I thought was good value for money.
The golf set is suitable for ages 3 years and up on the label, but there are no small parts so as long as younger children are supervised I cannot see there being a problem. There are two golf clubs and two plastic golf balls, which is great as two people can play at the same time. These clubs and balls are larger than standard clubs but they need to be to allow children to play with them effectively.
They are also plastic so there is no fear that any damage can be caused if the ball hits anything that it shouldn't. I was surprised with the quality of the clubs I thought that they would be quite flimsy for £4, but they were not they are a sturdy plastic which will last the next few summers in the garden.
The golf set is great it can be used in the back garden or they are light enough to take on a day trip such as a picnic and keep the children entertained, whilst having the space they need.
My nephew loves being outside and this golf set keeps him entertained, whilst encouraging his hand and eye coordination. It took him a while to get the club and the ball in line with each other, but once he mastered it there was no stopping him. We now line up buckets and pots and we try and get the golf balls in to the buckets.
The only disadvantage I find with this product is that they do not supply any holes to go with the golf set you have to find something suitable you can use, this is not always ideal as if you are out for the day there are not always items to hand. All you have to use is some small plastic mouldings that act as a hole. But for £4 I can complain too much.
My husband is a keen golfer and he absolutely cannot wait until the day he gets to take our son and daughter to the driving range but considering they are only 1 and 3 for now he has to be content with this golf set from The Early Learning Centre!
The set consists of just two clubs and two balls which is good but I know friends who have sets with a few more clubs and even a plastic golf bag so I would have perhaps liked a few more items but for £8 who can complain. I see now that the set is on half price sale for the summer at only £4 so its well worth it at that price.
The clubs are plastic but quite light and easy for little people to hold and swing. They are quite short obviously so they are at the perfect height for my son and daughter to play with. The clubs are nice and colourful and are so quite inviting and attractive for little people. The balls are golf ball size, I'm pretty sure, and are plastic but are bobbled to make them look like real golf balls which I think is a nice touch. They are light and so if you get a good hit on them they can go quite far. That being said don't let your husband hit them as they may, like mine, hit it into the neighbours garden and have to go round and retrieve it!!
The Early learning centre say, "Playing sports is a great way to be active and keep fit, and golf helps physical development and hand-to-eye coordination skills. " I completely agree, I think this is a great way of keeping my kids active, getting them to start enjoying a sport and playing together as well. Ever since we've had this set they always ask to go out in the garden so they can play golf and they are actually getting quite good at hitting the ball and getting it to go somewhere? Who knows, we may have a Tiger Woods in the making thanks to this Early Learning centre set. The Early Learning Centre say this golf set:
Improves Fine Motor skills
Improves Hand to Eye Coordination
Improves Instils confidence
all great skills as far as I'm concerned and what's more is that we have fun as a family playing together, precious moments!
My sons quite enjoy golf - or whacky ball as the youngest calls it, and we have collected quite a few golf toys, so that we can make an entire crazy golf course in the front garden. My youngest was getting a golf set from Santa this year, while the oldest was getting wii games, but I decided to add a small golf set to the oldest ones pile of loot as well. This was on special from ELC for £10 at the time, but is currently selling for £15. However there are often buy 2 get one free specials on outdoor toys in the spring, so it might be worth waiting for one.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX:
Two very chunky golf clubs.
Two larger than normal golf balls.
Five plastic obstacles: a shed like tunnel, a truck with ramp, a ramp with a small cover and a slide down to catch the ball, a raised ramp with a spinner which the ball just goes right over and another plastic hole with a spinner. Basically, you have 3 holes, and two extra things for the ball to pass through.
This took longer then expected, primarily because one of the obstacles, a small shed type tunnel falls apart if with the slightest touch. So you carefully put it together, set it down and collapse. Once in place, anyone walking near it, a ball touching it. Then there are stickers to apply, spinners to balance, and the clubs to assemble. Initial set up probably took about 20 minutes, with subsequent set ups being perhaps 5 - 10 minutes, depending on how many times we knock the shed down.
Some of the obstacles are pretty fun, my sons like the spinners, even they frequently fall off, they are easy to set back up. The truck is a bit too simple, but at least it doesn't fall apart, and the ramp with slide is well liked by the children. The shed thing though is a nightmare, every time a ball touches it a child walks past it, anything, it collapses. It is meant to have swinging doors, but these should be called falling doors as well, as they fall off with any touch of the ball. I am going to buy some more sticks for my hot glue gun and trying to glue this together, but I really think it was a horribly designed product that never should have made it past the testing stages. I really don't think the door problem can be fixed because if I glue them in place, the ball won't fit through.
THE BOYS OPINION:
My oldest son son really likes three of the obstacles, the ones with spinners and the one with a slide, a regularly takes these out to add to the crazy golf runs we make. My youngest also likes these three items and will sometimes use the truck to drive Hotwheels into, but more often than not, this is left in the box with the other unwanted parts. (Our golf course get used both to play golf as a track for the boys cars). The shed only frustrates both though and thankfully gets left in the box most of the time now. The golf clubs are heavier and stronger than most plastic golf clubs, but also rather unwieldy and awkward. As we have several better putters, these are never used by either child and will be left at the caravan, along with the over sized balls in the spring for spare toys, or any other family members to play with.
At £10, I don't find this too unreasonably priced considering that most children's toy golf sets are a bit dear. A very flimsy set with a plastic golf bag cost us £8 on holiday once. Except for the shed, this is sturdy and well made and should last for quite some time. At £15, I am really finding this a bit too expensive and would rather save up to get a really wonderful set like the Step 2 one reviewed earlier, or even a Gator Golf set. I do think this set would have better without the shed since it is so poorly made. My own sons do like the over sized balls or clumsy putters, but these might be easier for a very young child, ages 1 -2 to use. I can not totally slam this in the ratings, because my sons really do like parts of it. However considering that about half of this set is used, while the rest gets left in the box I will place this half way in my ratings at 3 stars. I also think the age rating, from three years is a bit of a mistake, as I would think this would best suit very much younger children.