At junior golf camp your kids will:
Participate in physical activity that is fun
Make new friends
Develop social skills
Learn to take on new challenges
Learn a game they can play and enjoy for a lifetime
Here are some things to consider when researching a golf camp:
Find a program that fits your schedule and your needs. Most camps I have run have been from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Most public golf courses will run camp for the entire week. Private courses may only run camp for 3 or 4 days per week. Private courses are often closed on Mondays and may not run camp that day. Some courses may allow older kids to stay and play once camp has ended. Many programs will offer discounts if you have more than one child attending.
Make sure a PGA Professional is associated with the facility. He or she may not be the one doing most of the instruction (although some will), but they provide the necessary knowledge and experience to ensure a safe, structured, and fun learning environment.
Visit the golf facility before camp to make sure it is a place you feel comfortable sending your child.
Once you have found a camp you are interested in, here is a list of questions you may want to ask:
- Who will be doing the teaching?
- Do we need our own golf clubs?
- Can you give me an overview of the program and how the day is structured?
- What will my child learn?
- How long is camp?
- Do you provide drinks and snacks?
- Do you provide lunch?
- How often do the kids take a break?
- What happens if we have inclement weather?
- How do you handle a day with excessive heat?
- What is the student to instructor ratio?
- How are students paired up into groups? Are they grouped by ability? (i.e. – beginner, intermediate, advanced players)
- What safety measures are taken?
- Is there constant supervision by adult instructors?
- Is the main focus of the program to be competitive or to have fun?
Junior golf camp is a great way to introduce your child to golf. Golf is a game that is fun, yet challenging. It teaches focus, patience, honesty and integrity. It is also a great way to get kids outside in a beautiful environment, instead of being on the couch playing video games or watching TV.
Golf camp is not about becoming the next Tiger Woods. But it will give your kids the opportunity to learn a great game, make new friends and create fun summer memories to last a lifetime.