Every parent wishes the best for their children. That they will grow up to be caring, honest, and responsible adults. One way to ensure that outcome is to invest time with your family and focus them …
Every parent wishes the best for their children. That they will grow up to be caring, honest, and responsible adults. One way to ensure that outcome is to invest time with your family and focus them on activities that promote good values. Golf, often described as a pastime for ladies and gentlemen, is a great way to develop those traits. It teaches manners, dedication, hard work, honesty, respect, and discipline, all important values to success in life. It’s also a lot of fun for everyone regardless of age or gender and makes for wonderful family memories.
In today’s world, most moms and dads spend their days rushing around trying to earn a living and often the kids are lost in the shuffle. It’s a tragedy, but one that can be corrected. Here’s an idea: if you’re reading this article, you probably are a golfer; so the next time the greens beckon, invite your child to tag along and find out what golf is all about. It’s an investment that bears great dividends and you don’t need Wall Street to make the call.
Many youngsters begin playing in a summer program offered by local courses or associations. Parents and grandparents drop them off to practice where they learn the fundamentals and develop a love for the game. Once they learn the basics, they move into more complex programs and competition.
If you are interested in a junior golf program for your son or daughter this year, here is a list of programs offered by many area courses. If you don’t see your favorite links listed give them a call anyway, most courses offer professional instruction.
Mobile County Courses
Azalea City GC offers clinics for juniors, ages 6-13, May 10, 24 at 4pm. June clinics begin the 5th and continue every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8am. The cost is $20 per session. They also offer teen clinics for ages 13-17. For more information contact Michael Brisbane - 251-490-3812 or visit his website at MichaelBrisbanegolf.com
Heron Lakes CC has Summer Golf Camps set for June 17-20 and July 15-18, Monday thru Thursday from 8:30 till noon. They teach swing fundamentals, short game tips, and guarantee fun for all ages. The cost is $125 non-member, $95 member per camp. Contact the Pro Shop - 251-706-6370.
Mill Creek GC in Citronelle has a Youth Golf Camp June 25-27 for youths ages 6-16. Cost is $25. Contact the Pro Shop at 251-866-7881.
Magnolia Grove’s Jr clinics are still in the planning stage. Call the Pro shop for more details - 251-645-0075.
SpringHill GC junior program is still under construction. Contact the Pro Shop for details. 251-380-4655.
Baldwin County Courses
Craft Farms in Gulf Shores has instruction by Kristi Jenkins Golf Academy June 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, and July 8-12, daily from 9-1. The class features lessons taught by PGA and LPGA professionals, snacks and drinks, on-course play, Snag Golf, drills, etiquette and swimming. Cost is $175 per week. To learn more contact Jenkinsgolf@yahoo.com or call 251-504-4694.
Glenlakes GC in Foley offers a clinic June 11-14 and July 16-19 at 8:30 am for ages 7-14. The cost is $60 per session. To learn more visit their website at GlenlakesGolf.com or Contact David Musial, PGA Professional at 251-1220 or email to: Musialgolf@yahoo.com.
Lake Forest Yacht & CC in Daphne has a four-day Junior Golf Camp for kids with combined ages 5-7, 8-10, 11-and-up. It features instruction Tuesday thru Thursday from 8:30– 11 a.m., plus on-course play on Friday from 7:30-10:00 a.m. with parents invited to caddy for their golfer. Class includes driving range, on-course skill training, targeting development, proper swing and fundamentals, fitness and games. Camps run June 11-14, 18-21, 25-28, and July 9-12, 16-19, 23-26. Cost is $145 per camp. Contact Brian Barker Head Golf Professional at 251-626-9324 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peninsula GC’s on Fort Morgan Road Junior Camps include: daily golf lessons by USGA Certified Professionals, daily tennis lessons, swimming, lunch, a swag bag, and prizes and awards. Dates are June 3-7, 17-21, and 24-28, from 9:15-3:00pm. The cost is $225 for one week, $400 for two and $550 for three. Call the golf shop to register at 251-968-8009.
Quail Creek in Fairhope has a junior golf program for young golfers ages 5-17, for beginners and advanced players. It covers all topics. The sessions run June 24-July1, and July 8-15, from 11-noon. Instruction is by PGA Teaching Professional Jeff Mark, and Scott Spieman. The cost is $99 for each session. Contact the Pro Shop for more information at 251-990-0240.
Rock Creek GC in Fairhope has summer camps for kids ages 7-12, on June 3-7, 17-21, and July 8-12, 22-26, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. daily. It includes golf lessons by PGA Professionals, a golf tournament, snacks, on course play, water balloons, popsicles, prizes and awards. The fee per session is $135 for members, $150 non-members. Visit the website - RockCreekGolf.com or call 251-928-4223.
TimberCreek GC in Daphne runs a summer golf camp every Wednesday and Thursday from June 19-July 25. Sessions are from 9 a.m.- noon and include: pre-shot alignment, grip, posture, stance, full swing fundamentals, chipping and putting, on course instruction, rules and etiquette, and a match against another course. The $300 fee covers all sessions for ages 7-14. You may register at the Pro Shop 251-621-9900.
Another fun alternative is the Jimmy Green Junior Golf Tour. It’s for golfers from 8-18, and allows advanced players to compete in tournaments at many area courses. Over the years the JGJGT has turned out some of the areas best players.
For more information email Jay Stubbs at email@example.com or call 251-604-7024.