The Westfield GC Junior Golf Program is designed for junior golfers of all ages and abilities, but primary focus is on juniors who are new to the game of golf. During the program, we will start out with a few instruction days at the Westfield Driving range. These instruction days are run by PGA Professional, Brian Paulson, and some volunteer assistants. To properly learn golf, we will work from the hole, back towards the tee box, during the instruction days. We start with putting, then possibly chipping, then short Irons, middle Irons, longer Irons-Hybrids-and Fairways, and ending with Drivers and some general golf Rules. Focus is to have the kids understand that there is one basic swing for all clubs in the bag. We stress grip, stance, posture, and alignment for everyone, but especially beginning golfers. We will then take the kids onto a Hole at Westfield to show them what the basics are of a golf Hole (Tee ground, fairway, rough, hazards, and green.) We stress proper fundamentals, but also proper etiquette and good sportsmanship. We will have little contests during the instruction days do have some fun and measure how the kids are progressing.
Instruction days have two waves: 9:00am to 10am and 10:30am to 11:30am. (We can handle around 30-35 kids in each session. If I have to add another session, I will consider that later, but only if we over-fill with kids.) I try to take younger ones in the first session and older ones in the second session, but I also understand that there are some scheduling conflicts and issues with the kids other activities. We try to do our best to accommodate.
Between the instruction days of July 1st and July 5th, we will take a small break for the 4th of July Holiday. We will have a couple of refresher sessions on Monday, July 8th on the range and Wednesday July 10th, and then have the kids assemble at the golf course starting at 8:00am on Wednesday, July 15th. During this time, the kids will be able to play golf in groups of their own making. I am opening up the tee sheet from 8:00am through 9:15am each Monday and Wednesday Morning until Monday, July 31st. (Wednesday, July 31st will be the final day for the program for 2024. In the past seasons, we have had a pizza party for the kids to end the season. With Westfield GC having a new tenant taking over the restaurant operations in 2024, we will see if this can continue. We hope so, but that still needs to be worked out. This will be announced at a later date, closer to that time.)
During the course time, we will have volunteer supervisors with those groups that need it. We will have a modified set of Junior Tees marked to keep play moving, others from the 200yd markers, other kids from the 150yd markers. There is no competition, this is just fun golf time where the juniors have their own space in the morning to get acclimated and accustomed to the golf course. (For those who remember, it will be more like the old Park Rec golf time of years ago.)
As in previous seasons, we will be getting t-shirts for the kids in the program. I will need t-shirt sizes for the kids so we can get those completed in a timely manner to get to the kids. The Online Sign-Up for the program will ask for this information. PLEASE SIGN-UP FOR THIS PROGRAM ONLINE USING ONE OF THE TWO TABS ABOVE. This way we can get all the information we need from the kids ahead of time.
PDF covering 2024 Junior Program information… Westfield GC Summer Junior Golf Program 2024 PDF