I have talked about this in other threads on countless occasions.
Our US Kids Local is $40.00 for each season. $37.00 for 9 holes and $47.00 for 18 holes.
US Kids State and Regionals are a waste of money. I don't remember what the State costs, but $299.00 for a regional is outrageous for the level event it is. The tee gifts are useless. For $299.00 you should be getting two days of golf and a practice round thrown in. As well, for that price, they should have water and snack stations every several holes and they do not. You can play better events in California, Texas, and Florida with just regional and state kids than you can going to a regional event. This not only holds true for US Kids, but AJGA and other tours as well.
Regionally, we have the SFPGA in South Florida which is $100.00 per event. Kids get a sleeve of balls every event and they supply food at two holes and drinks on several. Two days of golf at nice venues and practice rounds at $25.00. Much better run events than US Kids including Worlds.
State wide we have the FJT which is run by the FSGA. $95.00 if you have a GHIN handicap. Tee gift and balls every tournament. Food and water throughout the course. 2 days of golf and special rates on practice rounds. Much better run events than US Kids including Worlds.
Now let's put into perspective the Price of AJGA. $285 per event and you get 3 tournament rounds and a practice round. You usually get a dozen balls, a towel, and some sort of hat. Food and Water throughout the course. Volunteers and officials all over the course. They also have a medical person in attendance at the event. AJGA events are spectacular in every way and cost less than a US Kids event.
I personally think that US Kids Regional and State events are a waste of time. Mine played in two State events every other year with the Worlds on the off years. The State event was not worth it. The Worlds are worth every bit of the cost for 18 holers. My opinion again, the 9 hole Worlds are useless and they are money makers for them.
If you have no aspiration to take your kid to the World Championship there is no reason to play in any US Kids event. The only reason mine played was to get to go to the World Championship. After they play the 12 year old World Championship there is no reason to ever play in US Kids again. The teen Worlds isn't an event with a great number of good players to help a kids national ranking. Better served playing in other events if they can get into them.
Edited by heavy_hitter, 11 October 2017 - 08:17 AM.