Our junior camps and other programs feature a teaching and coaching staff comprised of PGA professionals as well as local college team golf coaches and college players. The junior programs at the Golf Academy are about learning golf in a fun, supportive and positive environment. Our Level Achievement* advancement program evaluates students and places them based on their age, experience, goals and ability level. Each level consists of a structured program of evaluation, instruction, practice and course play that leads to individual player development. Specific instruction is developed and implemented to ensure a quality golf experience while promoting progression through the various levels at the same time.
The development of future stars and working with top amateurs and golf professionals has always been a priority at the Academy. For years I have enjoyed developing young players into successful junior, college, and professional players. I am proud that these programs have produced students, both men and women, who have qualified and/or competed in The US Open, US Amateur, US Pub Links, PGA and LPGA Tour events.
Don’t delay – These programs sell out every year! For more information on the Academy’s Junior Golf Programs at Great River, call (203) 876-8051 today!
Junior Clinic Programs
Our Junior Clinic Programs are designed for beginner to intermediate junior golfers from ages 6-10. Clinic sessions run for 1-1 ½ hours in length, depending on the series. Students’ skills are evaluated prior to beginning instruction through our unique Level Achievement Program. Our youngest golfers begin in our “Pre-Swing” Level. This utilizes the SNAG© (Starting New At Golf) Program, a unique and fun interactive golf system combining mini-golf with full swing components.
Students who graduate from our “Pre-Swing” Level or begin our program with an understanding of basic fundamentals will start at Level 1. Here they learn an introduction to the main components of the game including putting, chipping, full swing basics and basic golf terminology. At the end of each clinic series students can test their skills and knowledge to move into higher levels of our Level Achievement Program.
Our Junior Clinics are geared towards those students looking to start learning the game of golf. After meeting with the student, if our Professional Staff feels they have the knowledge and skills strong enough for more in depth instruction, he or she will be recommended to attend our Half-Day or Full Day Golf Camp Programs.
The Level 1 workbook includes putting, chipping and full swing basics. Your child will also learn golf terminology and basic golf rules. Additionally, they will learn to identify and label parts of the golf club and golf course components. They will have the opportunity to take a ride on the course in our infamous “White Shuttle Cart”, but they will not be playing on the course in the “Junior Clinic” Program. For any junior that previously attended our clinics and passed Level 1, they will move on to Level 2 after a brief review. Any junior golfer needing to start Level 3 or higher (and over age 10) is recommended to attend one of our Day Camp Programs.
Half Day Camps
We’re excited about adding a half day camp for our intermediate players ages 8-14 yrs old. This is a great opportunity for the kids from our clinic programs to learn more and move up in our Level Achievement Program. Our half day camp starts at 8:30am and goes to 12:00pm. Our curriculum will be very similar to our intermediate full day camp with the exception of course play. We will get on the course to learn etiquette and rules but play will be limited. The majority of the time will be spent in our 5 teaching stations learning all areas of the game of golf.
Full Day Camps
Our “Day Camp” Program is for students from the ages of 10-17. The day starts at 9:00 and ends at 4:00pm Monday-Friday. Lunch is provided each day.
It is required that the junior golfer has prior experience with an advanced-beginner to intermediate skill level. The “Day Camp” program covers all areas of the game of golf. Each student will work closely with their instructor (4 to 1 ratio) to improve all aspects of their game in our Learning Center using Video Analysis software and also having plenty of practice range time. Additionally, they will be expected to; learn and be tested on their skills, the Rules of Golf, golf etiquette and course play as determined by their current workbook level. There will be games and challenges throughout the week for a fun, enjoyable learning experience.
Additionally, another bonus to Great River’s “Day Camp” program is that every student will get an opportunity to play every day (weather & course availability permitting). Instructors will work closely with their students for up close and personal instruction with course management, sportsmanship and rules help.
Typical Day For all our Full Day Camps:
8:45am-9:00am :: Check-in & review day’s activities.
9:00am :: Campers rotate stations working on putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play, long and short iron shots, tee shots as well as course management. Technology will be utilized to maximize effectiveness of instruction.
12:00pm :: Lunch
12:45pm :: Group work focusing on rules of golf, course management, etiquette and mental preparation.
2:00pm-4:00pm :: On-course play with Staff
Elite Players Program
(For junior golfers ages 10 – 17 with a handicap of 12 and under)
A summer long golfing experience geared towards improving the accomplished junior golfer. This advanced players program will combine on course experience with individualized swing analysis by CT PGA Teacher of the Year and Director of Instruction, Tom Rosati. The program includes 12 hours of instruction in six weeks of lessons meeting once a week on Thursday. Also included in this program is use of Great River Golf Club’s practice facility after each session. This Elite Program is limited to 6 students in each group (10:00am – 12:00pm and 2:00pm – 4:00pm).