National Youth Golf Programs
We know that finding an entry point into golf for kids and parents can be a challenge. We’re here to help! Let’s face it, kids have tons of options on how to spend their time including screens. Golf has something for every child, interested in golf for socializing in a friendly and fun environment – we’ve got you covered! Focused on its health and wellness benefits for your kids – we’re here for you too! No matter where your family’s golf journey is taking you we’re so excited to welcome you all to our sport! The following list of national youth programs was compiled by the leaders in the golf industry with you, the busy parent, top of mind. Take some time to explore our list and find the program or programs that’s best for you and your family to help Make Golf Your Thing.
Drive, Chip & Putt
Conducted by the USGA, the Masters Tournament and the PGA of America, Drive, Chip and Putt welcomes boys and girls, ages 7-15, of all skill and ability levels. This free youth golf development initiative aims to spark a lifelong interest in the game by focusing on the fundamental skills employed in golf. Three drives. Three chips. Three putts. New and aspiring junior golfers have the opportunity to play in qualifiers around the country. Hundreds of local events are held throughout May, June, July and August. Participants will play in girls’ and boys’ divisions in four age categories. Those who advance through local, subregional and regional qualifying in each age/gender division – 40 girls and 40 boys – earn a place in the National Finals, which is conducted at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the Masters Tournament and is broadcast live by Golf Channel.
Latinx Golf provides more inclusive, diverse and equitable outcomes in golf and STEM for Latinx youth.
Operation 36 Golf Program
Operation 36 is a developmental golf program and technology that provides beginners (adults and juniors) with a motivating plan to go from their first-round to shooting par (36) or better for 9 holes.
PGA Jr. League
PGA Jr. League brings friends, families, and communities together around golf. Join the team. Play with friends. Learn the game with expert PGA Professional coaching.
First Tee is a youth development organization that enables kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges by seamlessly integrating the game of golf with a life skills curriculum.
LPGA/USGA Girls Golf
At LPGA*USGA Girls Golf our mission is to empower and inspire young girls through the game of golf. LPGA*USGA Girls Golf is the only national program of its kind specializing in providing a girl-friendly environment for juniors to learn and play the game of golf. Fun is our hook, and once we have the girls’ attention, we help teach them life skills all girls need like positive self-image, finding their voice, and learning to lead.
Youth on Course
The price of a round of golf shouldn’t be a barrier for a young person who wants to play – that’s where the nonprofit Youth on Course comes in. Youth on Course provides its 100,000+ members with access to play over 1,400 golf courses for $5 or less, giving them opportunities to learn lessons that can be taught in a way only a golf course can. And beyond affordable golf, they provide opportunities for young people to get the support they need to succeed off the course through caddie, internship and scholarship programs.
PGA Junior Golf Camps
PGA Junior Golf Camps are exclusively designed for the development of the junior golfer. Camps welcome boys and girls of all athletic abilities, golf experience, and competitive desire.
U.S. Kids Golf
U.S. Kids Golf serves every aspect of golf for kids, including offering award-winning equipment and products, hosting the most junior golf tournaments worldwide, and training golf professionals globally in best practices for player development. There are currently more than 1500 U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coaches waiting to help your young player develop and fall in love with the game.