This summer our Pacific Northwest PGA decided to give out grants to golf courses to help with Player Development. Each course was sent applications to fill out and then a committee voted on who should receive these limited amounts of grants. One grant was for “Player Development” and the other grant was for “Youth Player Development”. I filled out both applications and our golf course was awarded both grants! The Player Development grant I used to purchase the Family Tees and the Youth Grant I used to purchase some SNAG equipment. I was hoping this would help increase our women and junior rounds at Laurelwood.
I first had to figure out where to put the Family Tees. U.S. Kids Golf has a scorecard template on their website with suggested yardages for the Level 1 player. I made a golf course that was a little over 3000 yards. The industry says only 21% of amateur golfers in the United States are women. There are a variety of reasons they leave the sport with one of them being the game is too difficult. Appropriately placed tees can engage a player with a slower swing speed to partake in the game from yardages more suited to their abilities. A quicker pace of play is also much more appealing when time is a concern.
For the kids we had an LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Day for free. We had many volunteers and had over 60 girls attended. Then I represented Laurelwood in partnering with the local KidSport to provide golf clinics for their juniors for the past 4 summers at a very nominal cost. This year I also partnered with the local YMCA and formed our first Junior Golf Camps at a very affordable rate. Also, this year we participated in the PGA Junior League for the first time ever.
After all of this we increased our women’s rounds by 15% and our junior rounds by 65%!! It just goes to show that a little bit of effort can have a great impact on your golf course!
– Debby King