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List: Posted: 06/16/11
The first Father’s Day was celebrated in 1910 in Spokane, Washington. In the many years since, people have come up with a variety of ways to commemorate the patriarch of their family. The fact that the day always lands in late June opens up a bevy of options for outdoor recreation and activities. For sons who want to treat their fathers to a day filled with sports and recreation, here are your best options.
18 holes of golf is always an enjoyable experience, and playing a round of golf with your father on his annual day is a great idea. Over the span of the four hours typically spent playing the front and back nine, much time is left to chat and hang out with your father in a one-on-one environment, which can be rare in large and busy families. For the competitive types, bringing a friend and his father out to the course can liven up the afternoon considerably. Just remember to make your reservations early, as golf courses are popular destinations on the third Sunday in June.
For folks with fathers that are still mobile and competitive, a few sets of tennis is a great way to spend Father’s Day. Many parks make at least one tennis court available for public use during normal daytime hours, minimizing the costs of playing tennis with your father to a few sleeves of bright new balls. Make sure to take plenty of time to stretch out in advance, as over 80 percent of tennis related injuries are pulled and strained muscles, according to the website tennismd.com
Invented in London in the 1850s, croquet has been a favorite at cocktail parties and cookouts ever since. If your father is a little more advance in years or decreased in mobility, a gentle game of croquet may be his perfect game. It seems that nearly everyone with a sizable backyard has a croquet set, typically worn down and faded from a few seasons of rain but still plenty usable. The slow paced and strategic game involves a low level of physical exertion, making it accessible to fathers who may be not be getting around so well in their golden years.
While the bowling alley might not be the most glamorous place to take a loved one on a holiday, it provides a can’t-miss environment for some family fun at affordable prices. Bowling lanes sometimes scare off folks who are not familiar with the proper grip or release involved in throwing a bowling ball, but those fears usually melt away once a few balls are splashed into a gathering of pins. Keeping score is always optional and should probably be avoided altogether on Father’s Day.
The local harness or thoroughbred race track is a fabulous place to spend a Father’s Day afternoon. Perfect for an annual family tradition, a Sunday trip to the races is always full of equine excitement. Indeed, very few Father’s Day excursions put you and your dad in a position where you can leave with more money than you walked in the door with - if you're lucky.
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