Whether this is the first exposure to golf or you’re looking to take your child’s game to the next level, we have a program to fit your needs. TGA has developed a Junior Golf Player Pathway to help guide families through the journey of learning and playing this amazing sport.
The pathway consists of four core TGA programs which are progressive in their skill level, knowledge requirements and challenges; yet also complimentary to one another so children can participate in all four programs throughout the year to continue developing and refining their game.
The common entry points for new players are through our instruction-based Golf Enrichment Programs and Golf Camps before moving on to Play Days and Leagues which focus on gaining on-course experience in a low-pressure setting. To learn more about each type of program, click on the icons below.
Playing an 18-hole course you walk around 5 miles and burn around 2000 calories.
LOW INJURY RISK
Being a non-impact sport greatly reduces the risk of injury.
Developing shot strategies and applying concepts from geometry and physics.
ETIQUETTE & MANNERS
Golf promotes these concepts.
SOCIAL & LIFE SKILLS
Build friendships and practice honesty and sportsmanship.
Handicaps allow golfers of all ages and abilities to play together.
TGA brings our acclaimed enrichment programs to the places your children already spend time: schools, community centers, parks & recreation facilities, childcare centers, and more. Classes are before or after the school day and our station-based format keeps students engaged and active as they learn.
All TGA Enrichment Programs Feature:
Students are active throughout class participating in a dynamic warm-up, skill developments drills, and games or performances.
TGA provides all equipment making it easy for everyone to participate.
Students rotate through drills and activities that develop core skills and understanding of the sport rules and etiquette.
Students participate in interactive labs to explore academic concepts such as gravity, force, and spin through sports.
Coaches promote important life lessons including sportsmanship, perseverance, and leadership.
Golf Enrichment Programs
Tee it up at golf class and discover how fun and exciting golf can be with TGA!
Maximum student to coach ratio of 10:1 maintains a safe and fun environment.
Coaches lead students through station-based drills and games that develop the fundamental skills of grip, putting, chipping and full-swing.
Students participate in STEAM labs that allow them to explore academic concepts like gravity, force, and spin through the game.
Golf is an individualistic sport so each player progresses through our five level program at their own pace – click on each color level below for additional details.
Rules & etiquette: shaking hands and playing with others
Academics: golf vocabulary and introduction to scoring
Life skills: sportsmanship and honesty
Practice your skills
Golf skills: understanding ball position and making consistent contact with the ball
Rules & etiquette: navigating the course and learning the parts of the golf club
Academics: understanding yardage and calculating distance
Life skills: respect and responsibility
Prepare for the course
Golf skills: developing a balanced swing and consistently getting the ball airborne
Rules & etiquette: how to treat a ball once in play and player regulations
Academics: history and geography associated with the game and tournaments
Life skills: courtesy and positive attitude
Master your skills
Golf skills: developing ball control and shot-making
Rules & etiquette: the importance of the “honor system” on the course
Academics: understanding force and speed associated with different shots
Life skills: cooperation and perseverance
Play like a pro
Golf skills: advanced concepts like club head acceleration and club selection
Rules & etiquette: understanding markers, drops, penalties and playing formats
Academics: applying math and science to develop shot strategies
Life skills: leading by example for your peers
Golf Enrichment Program Locations:
Armada Krause ElementaryBeverly Hills Our Lady Queen of Martyrs
Bloomfield Hills Academy of Sacred Heart Bloomfield Christian School Roeper School
Birmingham Holy Name Catholic School
Canton All Saints Catholic School Bird Elementary Dodson Elementary Hoben Elementary Achieve Charter Academy Canton Charter Academy South Canton Scholars Workman Elementary
Chesterfield Chesterfield Youth Center Great Oaks Elementary
Clarkston Cedar Crest Academy
Clinton Township Montessori Children’s Academy Parker Elementary Trinity Lutheran School
Commerce Township Country Oaks Elementary
Farmington Hills St. Fabian Catholic School Hillel Day School’
Grosse Pointe Ferry Elementary Grosse Pointe Academy Kerby Elementary Monteith Elementary Richard Elementary Trombly Elementary University Liggett School
Harper Woods Poupard Elementary
Harrison Township Lobbestael Elementary South River Elementary
Highland Heritage Elementary Spring Mills ElementaryIRA Township Immaculate Conception Catholic School
Leonard Leonard Elementary
Livonia American Montessori Lower School St. Michael Catholic School
Mt. Clemens St. Mary School Mt. Clemens Montessori
Macomb Township Atwood Elementary Beck Elementary Immanuel Lutheran School Macomb Township Recreation Center St. Peter Lutheran School
Milford Johnson Elementary Kurtz Elementary
Northville Northville Christian School Northville Parks and Recreation
Novi Novi Christian Academy
Oakland Township Delta Kelly Elementary Eagle Creek Academy
Oxford Clear Lake Elementary Daniel Axford Elementary
Pontiac Notre Dame Marist Lower Devision
Plymouth Smith Elementary
North Hill Elementary
St. John Lutheran
University Hills Elementary
West Middle School
Switzer ElementarySouthfield Southfield Christian School
St. Clair Shores St. Germaine Catholic School
Sterling Heights Messmore Elementary
Troy Barnard Elementary Bemis Elementary Brookfield Academy/Troy Costello Elementary Hamilton Elementary Hill Elementary Leonard Elementary Martell Elementary Morse Elementary Schroeder Elementary Troy Union Elementary Wass Elementary Wattles Elementary
Utica St. Lawrence Catholic School
Washington Township Hevel Elementary Indian Hills Elementary
Parent-Child Events – Join Your Child on the Course
Parent/Child Events provide the perfect opportunity to get out on the course with your junior golfer in a stress-free environment. “Parent” is defined loosely — the adult member of the team can be a parent, step-parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, family friend, older brother or sister, etc. The only rule is that the adult must be at least 18 years old.
These events include warmup, clinic, nine holes of golf with cart, then dinner and awards. Teams have the option of keeping score — or writing “Had fun” on their scorecard. We have prizes for the top three teams, plus closest-to-hole and long-drive contests for both parents and children.
TGA of Southeast Michigan holds these events every spring and fall — Saturdays in Macomb County and Sundays in Oakland County.
"My son has thoroughly enjoyed the TGA Junior Golf Program, he was a true beginner and now has a real love of the sport. The after school program is very well run and the coaches are excellent. This year we tried the summer camp and he had his first go on a real course and he is truly hooked. All around a great experience."
Aldan Moore, TGA Customer
Camps – Build Skills and Friendships
There is nothing like the magic of summer camp on a real golf course. At our all-day camps, students have morning instruction on full swing, chipping and putting, then lunch, then 9 holes of golf every afternoon, with an instructor accompanying each foursome.
TGA of Southeast Michigan holds summer camps at the following golf courses:
"The entire TGA professional staff has been very friendly and encouraging. My son received excellent golf training and progressed rapidly. He has participated in many sports programs, and we rate this the best one of all."
Michael Williams, TGA Customer
Leagues – Friendly Competition Fosters Growth
TGA Golf Leagues offer the perfect opportunity for beginning and established junior golfers to practice and play in a low-pressure setting that is local and convenient. Our inclusive format allows each player to contribute to the team on every hole so golfers of all abilities can develop their skills and prepare for competitive junior tours or high school teams.
Co-ed teams formed after a skill-based tryout.
Teams meet for practice before matches begin.
Weekly matches are either match play or stroke play depending on the division.*
Players develop friendships and valuable skills including teamwork and sportsmanship.
Parent volunteer opportunities available, please the contact page for details!
TGA Junior Golf Leagues are a great next step for players who have developed the fundamentals of their game through TGA Golf Enrichment Programs or TGA Golf Camps and want to apply those skills on the course in a friendly competition setting.
"The instructors really tailored the program to young kids. There was a whole lot of instruction and technique, but they made it so fun! My daughter learned so much. Some kids' programs are either too fun/not enough learning or too strict/no enough fun. This program struck the balance exactly right."
Mary Thompson, TGA Customer
Other Ways to Play Golf with TGA
Private Golf Lessons – perfect for juniors looking to take their game to the next level through 1-on-1 coaching.
Youth Golf Clinics – a great opportunity for players to get additional instruction and practice time in a group setting.
Adult Golf Clinics – designed for adults of all skills levels to improve their golf skills and knowledge in a group setting.
Tournaments/Family Events – a chance for the whole family to get involved and hit the course together.
Golf-themed Parties – perfect for birthdays, graduations or any other celebratory event for the junior golfer in your life.
Frequently Asked Questions About Golf Enrichment Class
Does my child need golf experience to take a TGA afterschool golf class?
No previous golf experience is necessary. This youth development program is designed to introduce PK-8th grade students to golf on their school campuses with age appropriate instruction that is dynamic and retainable. The curriculum was designed by golf professionals and education experts to include lesson plans that are fun, safe and effective.
Does my child need his/her own golf clubs to participate in a TGA afterschool golf class?
No, TGA will provide all necessary equipment including appropriately sized clubs, reduced-flight safe golf balls, mats, props and any additional materials.
What will my child learn in a TGA class?
The TGA curriculum has been honed by leading golf and education specialists to include a mix of educational components, physical fitness and golf skills, character development initiatives and life lessons. Each member of the coaching staff is screened and certified to help guide your child through the five levels of the TGA program. For more information on each level, visit the After School Enrichment section above.
Where are classes held?
Classes are conducted year-round, indoors and out, on concrete or grass, depending on the space available at each location. Specific class details can be found when you click the "Sign Up Today" button.
Does my child need to bring/wear anything specific to TGA golf class?
Each week students are encouraged to bring their TGA student handbook and TGA hat, both of which are provided as a part of the Yellow Level.
Frequently Asked Questions About Golf Leagues
What are the age ranges for the league?
Most TGA Golf leagues are open to students between 6 and 15 years of age. In some cases, the golf courses we partner with impose additional age restrictions. Check out the specific age requirements for the league you're interested in by clicking "Sign Up Today" to view the event details.
Can my child play with his/her friend?
We will do our best to accommodate requests. Please contact the Chapter Director with any pairing requests once you complete your registration.
My child has not attended a TGA after school program, are they able to participate?
Absolutely! We do ask that each child has learned the fundamentals including grip, stance and swing and have a general understanding of the golf course before signing up for a league. Please contact your Chapter Director if you have any questions or would like to find out how your child can become ready to participate in the league.
Will my child play in every event?
Yes, and they have the opportunity to contribute with nearly every shot.
How long will an event take?
Each match is 9 holes, and should take between two and three hours. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled tee time.
Will I be able to spectate?
Most facilities allow spectators. Please be aware of play occurring around you.
Can I caddie for my child?
Yes. We encourage parents to caddy for their children.
Can I assist with the league administration?
Yes, each team will have a parent volunteer coach who is responsible for a four-player team. Please contact your Chapter Director for more information.