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Developing a junior golf program at my course


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#1 crammbino

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 07:35 PM

Hi there,

I would like to develop a junior program for all the kids at my local course but would like some suggestions from you guys or ideas that you have. Right now I have nothing really, and would like any formats or games that will keep the juniors interested yet competitve enough so that they can have fun while developing! If you can draw on any past experiences that you liked or know of that would greatly help out! thanks in advance!

daryl


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#2 jlong1234

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 08:53 PM

PM me your e-mail and I'll pass it along to the pro at my course.  He runs a great jr program that both of my sons love.

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 09:07 PM

believe it or not a good Junior program for kids 8  to 17 starts with the parents mostly the moms.

I used to break the kids down by age brackets   older kids first.  I would give them a clinic and a lesson then watch them each hit some shots then send them out to play

15 to 17  eighteen holes by themselves

12 to 14  nine holes


9 to 10    six holes

and the eight year olds   (and a couple that were seven)  three holes the last few groups needed the moms to keep them straight and score for them  when these kids could shoot 24 or less for three holes they got to play six

Then I would stand on the final green and brag about their scores  we would also have contest including   long drive closest to the pin chipping and putting contest for each age group during the summer


The only thing I missed when I left the business was junior golf.

The big thing about a junior program is trying (and its not easy ) to show a special interest in every kid.

My last junior program was about ninety kids.

You know your getting there when they can not wait to tell you about a shot or what they scored.

Its all about the kids but you have to have the parental support.

goodluck to you

Ken

Edited by kenk7us2002, 27 March 2008 - 09:10 PM.


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Posted 27 March 2008 - 09:13 PM

the only thing that bothered me when i did the programs when i was younger was when they divided by age... thats perfectly fine to start out with but if a couple kids seem like they're more advanced then but them with the older group... otherwise they loose interest fast if they're learning things they already know...

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 10:38 PM

is this for a camp? or for junior members at your course?


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Posted 27 March 2008 - 11:37 PM

I had a good experiance having a two day week

first day maybe a tuesday was practice the 3 usual suspects (chip putt strike) with the pros helping them out
the second day Thursday for instance play a tournament

Put this on for 3, 4 or 5 week and the kids will get into it

Andrew

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 10:13 PM

we have are once a week, in age groups... lesson part (1/2 hr) first then league where they play. each week the focus on the lesson and when they play is something different.... for example, lessons on short game, then the focus when they play is on short game. They dont keep normal score, rather the number of stroke to get 'up and down' on each green. Set out proximity markers for closest chip, fewest putts, etc, etc... and then the last day is a skills competition... and they love it.

best of luck!

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 07:38 AM

We have tournaments every friday. It's not much but it's a lot of fun and there's money!

BTW I play at a 9 hole dump

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