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Junior Golf: 3 Tips For Summer Golf Success

In this Friday Flop Shot we’ll look at 3 simple ways for your junior golfer to have a successful summer of golf.

Ok, school is out for just about everybody so let’s get after some fun summer golf planning!

1. Start with getting the whole family together to go over summer calendars. Prep for this by having dates of tournaments and golf camps on hand. If you’re planning a major vacation for the family, be sure to include the golf clubs.

2. Mom and Dad, review the summer budget. Then decide how much discretionary money can go towards golf. Know costs of tournaments, golf camps, clubs and lessons. Remember that summer is a time when major advances in skill levels can occur.

3. Be aware that your non-golfing kids need attention too. Balance your time and money as best it’s possible, among the youngsters.

There you go, quick and easy. If college golf is a goal, I encourage you to spend as much time and money as you can, in a prudent way, to immerse your kiddo in summer golf. Amazing things happen with immersion!

S3 took this photo of my shot on this par 3 at the beautiful Nicklaus Ocean Course at the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida. This was during his college graduation trip in 2016.

The summer between his junior and senior years of high school, S3 had 23 days of tournaments. Yes, this is a lot of golf but we had budgeted for it and he played some of the best golf of his life. It was fun!

See you on #1 tee with a better game… Sam

Junior Golf: 3 Benefits Of Summer Golf Camp

In this Wednesday Waggle we will examine why it’s a good thing for your daughter to attend a summer golf camp and how her golf game will improve as a result.

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Photocredit:Golf Digest

Summer vacation is great, at least I always looked forward to it. But then there is the dilemma of how in the world are we parents going to keep our kids busy during all this free time? Summer athletic camps are the answer and golf camps are readily available all over the U.S.

Contact the golf venues in your area, the public courses, the private courses, the driving ranges and the golf training academies. Most, if not all, will be offering week-long summer camps. Hours will be from 8:00 or 8:30am until 12:00noon or until 5:00 or 5:30pm. Costs may be from $150.00 to $275.00 for the week, usually depending on which time option is offered, half-day or full-day.

We always booked S3 in the first week available, so if our budget allowed we could enter him in a 2nd or even 3rd camp. Also if your daughter did not click with the coaches at her 1st camp, you will have time to enter her in a 2nd camp at a different location. All this calendar work depends of course, on the tournaments that are booked over the summer break and the good ole budget.

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Photocredit: Camarillo Springs Golf Club

Dad and Mom, here are 3 big reasons why summer golf camp is important:

  • Your girl is immersed in golf, everything golf, for 20-40 hours during a 1-week time period.
  • It is healthy outdoor exercise.
  • She will learn to become comfortable around people she had not previously known. This is important to help with some of the tournament jitters.

Please get those calendars out, take a look at the family budget and book your daughter today in a summer golf camp. It has the opportunity to greatly advance her golf skills and she’ll love it!

See you on #1 tee ready to show me what you learned in golf camp… Sam

Junior Golf: Special Moments At Pro Events

In this Friday Flop Shot we are going to suggest some ideas for exciting trips you can plan for your junior golfer and the rest of the family too. (image offcoursegolf.com)img_0106-1

What type of trip would get everybody fired up? There are 2 major categories. 1st is to attend a pro tournament. With the choices available of the PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour and the Web.com Tour, there are quite a few options. The event locations kind of follow the nicer weather, so right now the tournaments are in more of the Southern or warmer states and as the temperature heats up, events will move northward.

See if you can find an event within your geography and budget and book a hotel and buy some tickets. Just do it! Don’t overthink it! Professional golf tournaments are a lot of fun. It really is different being there in person as compared to watching on the TV.

Couple of FYI’s. Depending on your scheduling flexibility you might consider attending during the pro-am days or on Thursday or Friday, when the crowds are smaller. Fewer people means easier parking, easier movement around the course, shorter lines for vendors and restrooms and you and your junior golfer can get closer to the players and actually hear them talk.

Perfect example. A few years ago Rory was playing in the Valero Texas Open, which was uncommon for hm. S3 wanted to see him so we noted Rory’s tee time, this was on a Saturday, was 11:15am. So we went and got to #1 tee on The Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio and man were there a ton of people. So Rory and his group teed off and about 99% of the gallery went with them.

There were 2 more groups to tee off so S3 and I moved right up against the ropes about 10 feet from the tee markers. The next group was Billy Horschel, Charley Hoffman and Retief Goosen.

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Here’s a classic conversation: Charley and Billy showed each other the markings on their golf balls just like you are taught in day 1 of junior golf. Great to see this! Then Billy says to Charley, “Our balls are marked pretty similarly, don’t hit my ball.” And Charley replied, “If I do, I’ll hit it in the water!” They both laughed so hard and after they teed off, they were still chatting their way down #1 fairway. A classic moment and a teachable moment at a professional event. (Hoffman image GolfLink.com)

These special one-of-a-kind moments are happening at these big tournaments, but if you don’t go, you won’t experience them.

See you on #1 tee at a pro event… Sam

Junior Golf: Holiday Golf Getaways

In today’s Monday Mulligan we are going to offer some holiday golf getaways, places you can take your junior golfer and the rest of your family and have a great time.image

Exotic Locales: these would include places involving airfare and resort-type scenarios. There are always bargains on travel. It takes patience and knowing what you are seeking. Here’s a real-life example. Linda and I recently spent some time at the Jewel Runaway Bay Resort in Jamaica. We bought the golf package and upgraded to a junior suite with private pool. The folks at this resort were all wonderful with a smile on their face and nothing was ever an issue. I really don’t know how we could have had a more enjoyable time! The golf course was middle to upper-middle caliber, not TPC quality but had full grass coverage and the greens rolled true and the scenery was beautiful. And no crowds on the golf course, excellent pace of play! The food was great, the accommodations were great, the people were great and the golf was great, what more is there to say? Another advantage to this Jamaican resort is our total time in the air was 3 hours and 35 minutes. San Antonio to Houston Hobby and Hobby to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Physically, it’s an easy trip. And it’s not all that costly. Watch for deals on airfare and sign up for the Jewel Resorts email alerts, which offer very inexpensive packages.

Driveable Resorts: these would put drive time in the equation instead of airfare. There are offers coming in every day from various resorts including TPCs from California to Florida. Prices are all over the place with the TPC Resorts usually being at the high end, but you get PGA Tour quality golf courses. The hotel chains have some amazing golf resorts as well. SPG, now owned by Marriott, has some beautiful golf resorts and of course Marriott has hotels at the TPC sites. Then Salamander Resorts has Hammock Beach and a couple of additional Florida/Southeast US golf venues. Plenty of great options, how far are you willing to drive? (image ship sticks TPC)image

And weekend/day trip outings: if time and budget are limited, find the best or most unique golf options within a day’s driving distance a make a reservation. Choices might include highly-rated golf courses that your kiddo has never played. New, as in not having previously played courses, are always exciting! Or find your closest Top Golf and spend some time there. It is a different and fun experience, a nice break from the playing/hitting balls regimen.

So take a look at your schedule and budget and see what makes sense. These suggestions are ways to keep your young golfer involved and excited about the sport during a time when it’s easy to slack off. And the whole family can find something to do at every one of these locations.

See you on #1 tee looking resort-refreshed… Sam

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