How to Raise a Young Golfer
Responsibility equals privileges
Would you like for your child to become a golfer? This is what you should do first.
Help your child create their own golf-space, and make sure to get them connected with our online chat sessions. These are their first steps toward becoming golfers.
The Sixtyone Academy takes students from newbie to complete and independent young golfer.
Academy students join the Golf Squad and attend virtual chat sessions, our form of team practice.
Sessions have four main themes: Self-awareness & Self-improvement, Strategy & Managing Obstacles, Citizenship & Etiquette, and Enjoyment & Fitness. Each week we focus on a different one.
Students earn buckets by attending the chat sessions, and completing drills and challenges.
Once they gather enough buckets, they can then take their newly acquired skills to Shandin Hills Golf Club where, at no cost, they continue to develop their golf skills.
Here's a short list of things you should know and simple work you can do to help your young golfer.
- Help your child set up an area they can use to participate in the online chat sessions and work on golf drills designed for to safely do at home. We call this their golf-space.
- Help your child learn and understand the Golf Academy Code. This is another step to becoming a golfer. The sooner they take it, the better.
- Download the Google Chat app. That’s how Golf Squad members communicate and stay connected. If you don’t have a Google account, you should think about getting one. They’re free.
- Join our Golf Talks chat sessions. We get together with parents and others on the second Wednesday of every month to talk golf. It’s a great way to stay informed about the program, meet other parents, and share ideas. Check the calendar for the next session.
- Get engaged. Parents can learn to play golf too. Play golf in the yard. Play golf at the park. Play golf with your child at the golf course. Just play golf with them.
- Here are a couple of videos to watch. Here’s one about golf basics. Here’s another one with a bit more detail. You don’t need to know it all. You don’t really need to know any of it. But, if you just start asking golf questions and using golf language, it will help.
What is the Sixtyone Golf Academy?
The Academy is a golf introduction, development, and integration program designed to help eliminate misconceptions and barriers so that we can connect more youngsters to the positive aspects of playing golf.
Can my child participate?
In a word, yes. The Academy is open to all students. Participation, generally, starts at 10 years old, but there are exceptions. Additionally, high school students and recent graduates can participate through our Instructors, Caddies, Tutors, and Monitors (“ICTM”) program.
What is the Golf Scholarship?
Currently, all San Bernardino City Unified School District middle school students and 4th through 6th grade elementary students are eligible for program golf scholarships. Younger SBCUSD students, students outside of the SBCUSD, and ICTM members may also be eligible. Please contact us if you have questions about eligibility.
Do we have to buy golf clubs?
No. Golf clubs are provided thanks to support from the SBCUSD, and generous donations from others members of the community. We use a golf club exchange system that makes sure everyone has what they need. Students without clubs get clubs. Students that outgrow clubs can exchange their clubs. And, when students stop using their clubs, they return them so others can use them.
When does it start, when do you meet and How do we sign-up?
Program introductory sessions start at various times during the school year. Online sessions meet several times each week. To get started, use the form above to check availability and complete scheduling.
What is The Game?
The Pursuit Game is a series of challenges. Some challenge the students above-the-neck, and some challenge their golf skills. Students that do the work and complete the challenges earn buckets. Buckets demonstrate commitment, discipline, and responsibility. Responsibility equals prizes and privileges.
That is the game.