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2017 US Kids Worlds- Opinions and Whose going?

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#1 kekoa

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 04:57 PM

I know it's a bit early, but curious to know who is planning to sign up for Worlds this year.  I personally know 6 kids going for the second time this year.  Each of them highly recommend the experience and could not stop saying how well run the event is.

My son has qualified, but I'm still a bit torn on whether to sign up. A part of me feels that we almost have to go in case he never qualifies again and the other half of me can't get over the money factor.  In speaking with a few parents, they spent upwards to $10,000 for the week last year.


Thanks for sharing any suggestions and also looking forward to seeing who will be attending from the wrx community.


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Posted 20 January 2017 - 09:35 AM

There is some good stuff in this thread. My son will be going this year and has gone several times in the past.

http://www.golfwrx.c...d-championship/

$10,000 seams awfully high unless you are flying cross country.  Even then, I think you can do it for less than that.

Lodging - $150/night at 5 nights = $750 book a hotel now or look on VRBO
Entry fee - $400
Food - $150/day at 6 days = $900
Practice Round = $50
Insert cost of travel here = ???
Miscellaneous = $200 (you are going to want a souvenir or need something)

I am at $2,350 not including cost of travel.

If you can swing...pun intended...I would recommend it.  It is a great experience.  It has turned into a family vacation for us and includes grandparents and aunts, uncles and cousins.  I keep telling them they are crazy for wanting to spend their summer vacation watching a kid play golf but they love it.  It is a beautiful place with a fun atmosphere.

I can only think of 1 negative and that is the level of play is very high.  My son is by no means a short hitter but some of these kids kill it.  Last year on a par 5, my son hit driver, 3W & 8i to the green.  The kids in the lead group all hit driver-3W to the green.  It is hard to compete with that length.  It is more disheartening to me than my son though.

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Posted 20 January 2017 - 12:53 PM

To me it really depends on what age group.  If my kid wasn't playing 18 holes each day, there is no way I would go.  To me, playing 9 holes each day just isn't worth the investment.

With that said, if he were in the 18 hole a day division, I would say go.  We went two years ago and had a blast. It turned into a family vacation for aunts, uncles, grandparents.   Had the opportunity last year, but couldn't swing it.

$10,000 seems really high.  I think it cost us around $3000 traveling from Florida.

Edited by heavy_hitter, 23 January 2017 - 09:51 AM.


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Posted 20 January 2017 - 01:05 PM

Thanks guys.  Very helpful.  I'm going to get a breakdown of all travel and hotel and decide from there.

My son would be 7 by tournament time so they still just do 9 holes.  I think it will also depend where is game is around that time.  Looks like the winner last year shot -7.

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Posted 20 January 2017 - 03:35 PM

heavy_hitter nailed it.  We have friends that have done the 9 hole event that said it wasn't worth it and that they'd wait again until their sons were playing in the 18 hole flight.

I'd also add that you might want to look at what the six year old division posted last year.  Those are the kids that will be in the 7 year old division with you this year.


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 07:41 PM

My daughter played in the 8 year old division and she really had a blast.  We probably spent less than $2,000.  We will be going back next year.  It is a really great experience and she hasn't stopped talking about it.

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 11:07 PM

We will be going back for the 2nd time this year but my son will be playing in the 12 year old division and I would agree with others that I would not go for the 9 hole competition if I had to fly in for the championship. A lot of time and commitment for only 27 holes of competitive golf. I will say that last year was a tremendous experience for my son and he is greatly looking forward to going back this year! It does help that we're only a 2 hour drive from Pinehurst. If you do it right, you can do the whole week for $2,000 to $2,500 depending on the price of plane tickets if you have to fly.
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Posted 08 March 2017 - 01:06 PM

View PostHeelgrad, on 07 March 2017 - 11:07 PM, said:

We will be going back for the 2nd time this year but my son will be playing in the 12 year old division and I would agree with others that I would not go for the 9 hole competition if I had to fly in for the championship. A lot of time and commitment for only 27 holes of competitive golf. I will say that last year was a tremendous experience for my son and he is greatly looking forward to going back this year! It does help that we're only a 2 hour drive from Pinehurst. If you do it right, you can do the whole week for $2,000 to $2,500 depending on the price of plane tickets if you have to fly.

Thanks for the info guys.  I'm signed up, but most likely won't do it again until we get to do 18 holes.  Also trying to experience Pinehurst while he actually has status.

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Posted 10 March 2017 - 10:49 AM

My 11 year old daughter shot a qualifying score this past weekend.  She has to win the local tour to be guaranteed a spot (she is working hard right now).  We are planning to make the trip if all works out.  She's pumped up about it!

I'm estimating a bit under $2,000 for us to make the trip.  We are not staying a the resort this year.

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Posted 10 March 2017 - 11:12 AM

We are making the trip.  Looking forward to it.


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Posted 10 March 2017 - 04:53 PM

For those going, it would be cool to meet some of you and the kids.

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 04:21 PM

I'm playing in the teen world championship, but my brother and 2 sisters will be playing in the kids world championship... definitely something to work towards...

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 04:33 PM

Just Booked out Flights.  So Far:

Flights- $1,500
Room - $1,050
Food- $400
Car Rental- $500
Misc. - $500
Tournament Fee- $400
TOTAL                 $4,350

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 08:22 AM

Fuel for Drive: $200.00
Condo: $987.00
Food: Cooking in Condo $200.00 for the week
Misc: $300.00
Tournament Fee: $400.00
Total: $2087.00

Memories:  Priceless

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Posted 29 May 2017 - 02:11 PM

My son is now 16 and did the US Kids Worlds for 7 years.  For kids under the age of 14 it is essentially the major for that age.  San Diego Junior Worlds are good too but more geared for international juniors.  We were always very impressed for the way the tournaments were run.  Great courses and great competition.  He has also made many friends through the US Kids Worlds that he still competes against to this day and more importantly has built good friendships with.  

Bottom line is that it's the best event for juniors under 14 at least when we were attending it was a must go.


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Posted 07 June 2017 - 05:28 PM

What are the thoughts on the side events? ie. partner scramble, parent / child tournament, etc???

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Posted 08 June 2017 - 09:04 AM

View Postkekoa, on 07 June 2017 - 05:28 PM, said:

What are the thoughts on the side events? ie. partner scramble, parent / child tournament, etc???

I think if you are going there to be competitive in the World Championship, you skip those events.

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 12:55 PM

Can anyone in the area offer their opinions on the following hotels:

Inn at Pine Needles- This is where my son will be playing so thought it would be convenient to stay here.  In reading reviews, it seems like the place is very dated and in need of major renovations.  

Homewood Suites- I understand a lot of the players stay here.  Nice simple rooms, and about 5 miles from Mid Pines GC.  Cheaper than the Inn, but off the premises.


Thanks!!

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 01:39 PM

View Postkekoa, on 14 July 2017 - 12:55 PM, said:

Can anyone in the area offer their opinions on the following hotels:

Inn at Pine Needles- This is where my son will be playing so thought it would be convenient to stay here.  In reading reviews, it seems like the place is very dated and in need of major renovations.  

Homewood Suites- I understand a lot of the players stay here.  Nice simple rooms, and about 5 miles from Mid Pines GC.  Cheaper than the Inn, but off the premises.


Thanks!!

You don't have a place yet?

Homewood Suites is completely booked.  We stayed there two years ago and it was OK.  The problem with hotels is there is too much noise with 1000's of kids running around.

Pine Needles is completely booked as well.

You are going to be hard pressed to find anything within an hours drive at this point.

Edited by heavy_hitter, 14 July 2017 - 01:40 PM.


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Posted 14 July 2017 - 01:45 PM

View Postheavy_hitter, on 14 July 2017 - 01:39 PM, said:

View Postkekoa, on 14 July 2017 - 12:55 PM, said:

Can anyone in the area offer their opinions on the following hotels:

Inn at Pine Needles- This is where my son will be playing so thought it would be convenient to stay here.  In reading reviews, it seems like the place is very dated and in need of major renovations.  

Homewood Suites- I understand a lot of the players stay here.  Nice simple rooms, and about 5 miles from Mid Pines GC.  Cheaper than the Inn, but off the premises.


Thanks!!

You don't have a place yet?

Homewood Suites is completely booked.  We stayed there two years ago and it was OK.  The problem with hotels is there is too much noise with 1000's of kids running around.

Pine Needles is completely booked as well.

You are going to be hard pressed to find anything within an hours drive at this point.

We may just sleep in the car... :swoon:

I have a room at the Homewood, but the guy at Pine Needles just called me about an open room.  Just wondering which is nicer and I'm leaning with the Homewood right now.


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Posted 14 July 2017 - 04:23 PM

View Postkekoa, on 14 July 2017 - 01:45 PM, said:

View Postheavy_hitter, on 14 July 2017 - 01:39 PM, said:

View Postkekoa, on 14 July 2017 - 12:55 PM, said:

Can anyone in the area offer their opinions on the following hotels:

Inn at Pine Needles- This is where my son will be playing so thought it would be convenient to stay here.  In reading reviews, it seems like the place is very dated and in need of major renovations.  

Homewood Suites- I understand a lot of the players stay here.  Nice simple rooms, and about 5 miles from Mid Pines GC.  Cheaper than the Inn, but off the premises.


Thanks!!

You don't have a place yet?

Homewood Suites is completely booked.  We stayed there two years ago and it was OK.  The problem with hotels is there is too much noise with 1000's of kids running around.

Pine Needles is completely booked as well.

You are going to be hard pressed to find anything within an hours drive at this point.

We may just sleep in the car... :swoon:

I have a room at the Homewood, but the guy at Pine Needles just called me about an open room.  Just wondering which is nicer and I'm leaning with the Homewood right now.

Pine Needles isn't bad.  it is dated but that didn't bother me.  It is close to everything so that can be nice.  There is also a putting green there in case your son wanted to get in some practice.

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