Many parents encourage their children to play sports because of the many benefits reaped through the participation in either team or individual sports. Golf is a sport that until very recently I didn't think much about. I became aware of a couple programs in the area for youth but was still uncertain as to why golf was a good option for kids. So I do what I always do when I seek to understand something- I ask. I reached out to my good friend Karen Amestoy, a golf athlete and a huge advocate of golf and youth golf, and asked her: What are the benefits of Golf to children that play the sport? It turns out there are many physical, emotional and Social benefits of golf just like other sports: sportsmanship, responsibility, and perseverance. But I really love what Karen said "I think golf teaches honesty, self-confidence, and fairness. And a respect for nature. It's the only sport where you get to explore your surroundings, not just stay in a painted grass box or arena/gym...It has allowed me to some beautiful places in our country." So, wondering if golf could be a good fit for your kiddo? Fortunately for the kiddos in our city, there are some pretty great youth golf programs that currently have open registration for upcoming spring sessions or membership.
The First Tee of San Joaquin
The First Tee of San Joaquin will begin its Spring Tour for boys and girls ages 5-17 on March. Children will learn sportsmanship, respect and other core values while learning the fundamentals of golf. The nine-week sessions are held every Saturday morning and equipment will be provided. The cost is $60 and includes a logo golf cap. "Golferships" or scholarships are available- info on the registration form. For more information and to register CLICK HERE
Swenson Junior Golf League
The Swenson Junior Golf League is dedicated to delivering the best Junior Golf experience in the Valley. PGA Professionals with over 40 years of experience guide every junior to help them reach their playing potential. With matches every Sunday, the juniors are exposed to a competitive round early and often. We have 6 levels of competition, ranging from first time touching the club to ready for high school golf and beyond. Let us help your junior find their love for the game of golf that will last a lifetime. Junior Golf League membership ($50/month) includes for each junior: Free Range balls each month, Free Junior Clinics, Free Executive Coarse Green fees each month, entry fee into Sunday matches, and 1/2 price private lessons. For more info or to register CLICK HERE.