Golf is a Family Affair

By local contributor
Scott McGinty

Golf is a great activity for the whole family and a number of Scottsdale’s most popular courses offer programs and junior golf academies designed specifically for young athletes. Most offer full instruction for beginners to advanced players, including swing analysis, rules and etiquette, sportsmanship, on-the-course training, and games and prizes. Here are just a few area courses that cater to young golfers:

  • Eagle Mountain Golf Club – Summer Junior Golf Camps

    Eagle Mountain’s three-day Junior Golf Camps include four hours of instruction per day and are geared toward kids 8 and older. Participants receive a Jr. Mountain Club Card, enabling them to play an hour after twilight all summer long for only $10 ($18 for an accompanying adult).

  • Grayhawk Golf Club – Junior Golf Camp

    From full swing to putting and chipping to bunkers, Grayhawk’s golf instruction is communicated using fun games and competition. Students learn all the basic mechanics of the golf swing as well as the proper etiquette of the game. The program is open to kids from 8 to 16 years old.

  • Camelback Golf Club – Summer Junior Camp

    All juniors work with Titleist Performance Institute Certified Instructors to improve their game through balance, stability, coordination, power and speed. Programs for kids ages 5 to 9 and 10 to 17 are available. All kids receive before and after videos documenting their progress.

  • McCormick Ranch Golf Club – Summer Junior Golf Academy

    Golfers age 6 to 17 receive individualized instruction in swing techniques and course strategy, as well as the rules and etiquette of the game. Junior golfers involved in the Golf Academy also receive reduced green fees and range rates to perfect their skills.

  • McDowell Mountain Golf Club – Junior Golf Program

    McDowell Mountain Golf Club’s beginner and intermediate clinics include games, drills and instruction that focus on the full swing, short game and putting. Clinics take place once weekly for four weeks and are offered for kids in two age groups: 5 to 8 and 9 to 12.

  • Troon North Golf Club – Troon Family Golf Program

    This exciting program is available every day of the year! Golfers 15 years of age and younger receive complimentary instruction when taking a lesson with a paying adult, golf for free after 3 p.m. when playing with a paying adult, and enjoy complimentary Callaway rental clubs all day.

  • Gainey Ranch Golf Club – Junior Tees Program

    For families that love to golf, Gainey Ranch Golf Club offers “Junior Tees,” special tee locations that are designed to provide children 12 and younger the opportunity to play a yardage-friendly round on a par-72 course. Plus, when playing with a paid adult, children 15 and younger can play the course for free! And for guests at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa, all rounds after your first (at full price) can be enjoyed for 50 percent off!