Sixtyone Golf Academy programs are designed to help connect young people with the positive aspects of playing golf. Arnold Palmer said that “Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.” Sixtyone believes he is right. And, he left something out. Golf is a multi-billion dollar industry. There are careers available in golf in a number of different fields.
The reason ICTM exists is to produce complete and independent young golfers. These are young people who know how to play, have the skills to play and understand how to separate the purpose from the goal when they are on the golf course. The purpose is to have fun. The goal is to be our best. We are using golf to help students learn that to be their best they only need to improve a little bit each day.
Sixtyone borrows from Sugata Mitra’s SOLE program. It is minimally invasive strategy. Golf can not be taught. It has to be learned. Students, once they have the courage to try and the confidence to continue, will learn the game themselves. We simply help them by a) demystifying golf so they recognize that they belong; b) provide tools, resources and opportunities so they can develop and c) keep them safe while they do their work. When they do the work, they earn stuff. The more stuff they get, the more they will continue to play. The more they continue to play, the more impact the positive aspects of golf will have on them. It is really that simple.