These camps are not only for the newbies, but the elite and advanced that have had experience in the game. New friendships are made by kids from all ages in the Summer Junior Camps. Juniors receive instruction at their own speed and interest. The age breakdowns are 5-7, 8-11, and 12-15. Within each age group the juniors are divided into groups of four with one instructor to work on similar skills. To reduce anxiety and increase focus, the beginners train with beginners and the more experienced students train with their more experienced peers. At the end of each day, all juniors play together so the experienced players have the opportunity to mentor the beginners.
Each camp ends with a golf tournament in which parents are challenged to be their children's coach and caddie for a specially set-up course on the beautiful fairways.
The academy has been teaching these programs for over 10 years now and still continues to grow today. Juniors start in a similar age and ability. They graduate with ability not only in golf skills, but athletic ability as well. As they enhance there golf and athletic ability, they work their way up in a step by step program that is similar to colored belt system used in Martial Arts.
We are excited to bring this 9 hole junior tour to Bay County. Designed to be a simple, fun, and a safe entry level tournament style event to get the juniors introduced to competitive golf. There are three age groups divided into boy and girl divisions, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, and ages 12-14. The entry fee of $30 includes green fee, cart, hot dog, chips, drink, as well as the trophy to take home.
The philosophy that the Adam and his staff take when working with junior golf participants is one of posture, setup, grip, and a balanced swing with a properly fit club. If the club is too long, short, heavy, light, or insufficient loft, then the golfer is forced to try to make a motion that is fundamentally incorrect. This swing can be detrimental as it can effect balance, ball flight, and length which can discourage any young golfer to potentially quitting the game. U.S. Kids Golf is based out of Atlanta and offers junior equipment from the youngest to the oldest in ultralight series as well as tour series for the more advanced golfer. Henry Griffitts has a great approach to junior equipment. Buy one set of clubs and HG will refit your juniors shafts and grips two more times as they near adulthood.
This program is to create an athlete as well as the golfer. If you can run fast and throw far, you hit the ball further, if your hand eye coodination is good, then you hit the sweet spot more often, if you have touch, you will work magic with your wedges and putter. This program is instilled into everyone of our junior coaching programs and promises to improve everyone of our juniors. With this Kindergarten - 9th Grade program, this is an investment that ensures an athletic golfer with a high school/ collegiate/ tour player goal in mind!
Adam and his staff are certified / trained at Starting New At Golf (SNAG). SNAG is a coaching system in which students of all ages learn the game. By it's design, it is able to articulate the simplicity of the game and visually instructs the player to strike the ball with a consistent and repeatable swing. SNAG is an over sized club with a velcro ball/ target system to get rid of any anxiety that might start with the newbies.
One of Adam's passions in the game is to coach high school golf teams. The coaching doesn't stop with the high schoolers, but continues with how to help the coaches keep an eye on what to look for in his or her junior golfers. Adam goes over curriculums that are proven to produce lower scores that takes schools all the way to state matches. He then helps individuals all the way to college scholarships. He has been blessed to work with kids that have full scholarships to division 1A schools.College scholarships
Adam continues to see his junior players play college golf with scholarships all over the country. When they return for summer break they help teach our summer camp programs and work on their games.Internships
Adam's academy offers two internships every year at the academy. Social media, technology, teaching, fitting, and the everyday operation that take place with an academy that continues to grow every year.
The First Tees' mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf and the Nine Core Values.
Junior Golf TestimonialsWhat people have said about our programs
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