Youth golf is taking the country by storm and for good reason – it’s a win-win for the game of golf as well as the kids who play it! Golf courses everywhere are adopting the trend by implementing youth programs. Headquartered here in St. Augustine, The First Tee is a national organization that makes golf accessible to youth in a unique way, by incorporating life skills and values into golf instruction. Here’s a list of some available youth golf offerings in our area; those that are host sites for The First Tee are noted.
Golf Club at South Hampton – A unique Youth Membership is offered at South Hampton for golfers 24 and under that are not part of a family membership. Other offerings for Junior golfers include clinics, camps and free golf after 1:00 pm on Sunday with a paying adult. Several summer camp dates are available for Pee Wees (ages 5-8) and Juniors (ages 9-14). The course is located at 315 South Hampton Club Way in St. Augustine. Call (904) 287-7529 to register or for more information. www.golfsouthhampton.com
Golf Club at South Hampton is a host site for The First Tee North Florida classes. www.thefirstteenorthflorida.org
Palencia Club – Offerings from Palencia Club include Saturday morning clinics, seasonal camps, private and group lessons, a PGA Junior League team and junior tournaments. Saturday morning clinics run during the school year only, and are available to Pee Wees (ages 4-7) and Junior Elites (ages 8-14.) Seasonal camps are for ages 4 and older, and include Spring Break Camp, Summer Camps, Thanksgiving Break Camp and Winter Holiday Camp. Clinics, lessons and camps are open to the public. The course is located at 600 Palencia Club Drive in St. Augustine. Call (904) 599-9030 for further detail. www.palenciaclub.com
Palm Valley Golf Club – Palm Valley has a variety of youth golf offerings including Summer camps for Tiny Tots (ages 4-6) and Juniors (ages 7-12), lessons for Juniors (12 and under), and the “Little Linkers” program, which consists of 4-week clinics for ages 8-15. The course is located at 1075 Palm Valley Road in Ponte Vedra. For more information, call (904) 651-8585 or visit www.palmvalleygolfing.com.
Palm Valley Golf Club is a host site for The First Tee North Florida classes and summer camps.www.thefirstteenorthflorida.org
St. Johns Golf Club – Not to be confused with St. Johns Golf & Country Club (see below), St. Johns Golf Club is often referred to as “the county course,” but don’t let the nickname throw you off…this course has been awarded 4 starts by Golf Digest and voted a Best of St. Augustine. The course itself offers individual and group classes to students (grade school through college), and is also a host site for The First Tee North Florida. The course is located at 4900 Cypress Links Blvd. in Elkton, just 5 minutes west of St. Augustine. Call (904) 209-0351 or visit www.sjgc.com for more information.
St. Johns Golf Club is a host site for The First Tee North Florida classes and summer camps.www.thefirstteenorthflorida.org
St. Johns Golf & Country Club – This golf club offers junior memberships for children not part of a family membership, a PGA Junior League team, summer tournaments for their junior members, clinics for Pee-Wees (ages 5-9) and Intermediates (ages 10-14), and seasonal (Spring Break and Summer) camps for both age groups. The country club at St. Johns Golf & Country Club is semi-private, so clinics and camps are open to the public. The club is located at 205 St. Johns Golf Drive in St. Augustine. Call (904) 940-3206 or visit www.stjohnsgolf.comfor more information.
St. Augustine Shores Golf Course – This golf course allows children aged 16 and under to play for free! Lessons taught by their resident golf pro are also available. The course is located at 707 Shores Blvd. in St. Augustine. Call (904) 794-4653 to schedule a tee time. www.capstonegolf.net/-st-augustine-shores
World Golf Village: King & Bear / Slammer & Squire – Both courses located at World Golf Village offer the Juniors Play Free program. Parents can bring up to three children (17 and under) to play for free during twilight hours (approximately 4 hours prior to sunset). An extensive Junior Golf Program through the PGA Tour Academy is housed at World Golf Village’s two golf courses, which includes after school instructional programs, Team Camps and seasonal (Summer, Winter and Spring Break) camps. The courses are located at 2 World Golf Place in St. Augustine. Call (904) 940-6088 or visit www.golfwgv.com and www.pgatourexperiences.com/tour-academies/junior-golf-camps/ for more information.