TGA Premier Sports of Union, Southern Morris & Essex Counties - After School Enrichment Programs - Camps - Leagues - Golf

We believe sports change lives

Teach, Grow and Achieve with TGA Premier Golf

Golf promotes fitness

All programs include physical activity and muscle development

Golf is educational

Many lessons use math and science including scoring, distance and shot making

Golf builds life skills

Our programs promote respect, honesty, perseverance and sportsmanship

Golf is a life-long sport

Play with family, friends, colleagues and clients

Drive, chip, and putt!

Discover how fun and exciting golf can be with TGA

Our Indoor Simulator Programs start in November. Contact nmeltzer@playtga.com for more info!!

TGA of Union and Southern Morris & Essex Counties

Empower Your Child Through Golf

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.

Junior Golf Player Pathway...
Why golf?
HEALTH BENEFITS
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.
TACTICAL THINKING
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.
LIFE-LONG SPORT
Handicaps allow golfers of all ages and abilities to play together.

Enrichment Programs

All TGA Enrichment Programs Feature:

Physical Activity

Students are active throughout class participating in a dynamic warm-up, skill developments drills, and games or performances.

Equipment

TGA provides all equipment making it easy for everyone to participate.

Station-Based Instruction

Students rotate through drills and activities that develop core skills and understanding of the sport rules and etiquette.

STEAM Labs

Students participate in interactive labs to explore academic concepts such as gravity, force, and spin through sports.

Life Lessons

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.
Yellow Level
Learn the fundamentals
  • Golf skills: swing fundamentals and proper setup
  • Rules & etiquette: shaking hands and playing with others
  • Academics: golf vocabulary and introduction to scoring
  • Life skills: sportsmanship and honesty
Orange Level
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
Red Level
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
Blue Level
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
Black Level
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

Please check our schedule for programs at the following locations:

  • Summit
  • New Providence
  • Berkeley Heights
  • Mountainside
  • Springfield
  • Westfield
  • Scotch Plains/Fanwood
  • Clark
  • Millburn/Short Hills
  • Maplewood
  • South Orange
  • Caldwell
  • North Caldwell
  • West Orange
  • Livingston
  • West Orange
  • Montclair
  • Verona
  • Mendham
  • Morristown
  • Randolph
  • Denville
  • Chatham
  • Madison
  • Parsippany
  • Mountain Lakes
  • Florham Park
  • Whippany
  • Montville

Play Days – Put Your Child’s Skills into Play on the Course

TGA Golf Play Days are an opportunity for golfers of all skill levels to experience the social and competitive aspects of golf in a low-pressure setting.  The emphasis is on fun and safety as players get a chance to put their skills and knowledge into play on the golf course.  Parents are often invited to join their child as a caddy, but please check the details page of the event for specific rules at each course.

Play Days are a great next step for children who have participated in TGA Golf Enrichment Programs and any young player who wants to get on-course experience to continue developing their game.

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"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

TGA Golf Camps are all about providing an unforgettable experience for your child by combining expert instruction, course play and exciting activities that keep them active and entertained throughout the camp.  Our dedicated coaching staff and low camper to coach ratios provide ample individual attention and instruction tailored to your child’s skill level.  Campers build friendships and life-long memories as they improve their game through activities such as station-based swing instruction, on-course play with coaches, rules and etiquette lessons, fun games, trivia challenges and academic lessons including STEM.

TGA Golf Camps will foster your child’s skills and passion for the game and are a great next step for anyone who has participated in a TGA Golf Enrichment Program.  TGA Golf Camps are conducted during times that school is not in session including summer, winter and spring break as well as furlough and early-dismissal days.

TGA Premier Junior Golf Camps provide unparalleled experience for your child by combining professional instruction, course instruction (where applicable) and fun activities to keep your children active and engaged all day.  Our low camper to instructor ratio ensures all kids get the individualized instruction and attention they need!

Summer Camps

We are pleased to be able to partner with the Kent Place School, South Mountain YMCA, West Essex YMCA, the Berkeley Heights Rec. Dept., the Golf-Cave, Ash Brook Golf Course, Galloping Hill Golf Course, Mt. Freedom Golf Center and East Orange Golf Course to offer our TGA summer golf camps all summer long                                     

Dates & Locations:

Kent Place School
42 Norwood Ave. Summit, NJ 07901
9:00am – 4:00pm

July 22nd – July 26th
July 29th – August 2nd
August 5th – August 9th
To register:
Click Here or call 908-273-0900 x 297

South Mountain YMCA
13 Jefferson Ave. – Maplewood, 07040
8:30am – 3:30pm

June 24th – June 28th
July 8th – July 12th
July 15th – July 19th
August 5th – August 9th

Campers are taken every day to Mt. Freedom Golf which has a 9-Hole Par 3 course, driving range, and mini-golf.   This is the ideal location for young golfers of all ages to work on all aspects of their games.

To Register visit: Click Here!

West Essex YMCA:
321 S. Livingston Ave., Livingston, NJ, 07039
9:00am – 12:00pm

July 29th – August 2nd
August 12th – August 16th

This half day camp provides young aspiring golfers an unforgettable experience for your child by combining expert instruction, course play and exciting activities that keep students engaged all day.  Each week includes 2 field trips where campers will have access to driving range, mini-golf, and a par 3 golf course.

East Orange Golf Course

440 Parsonage Hill Rd., Short Hills, NJ
9:00am – 12:00pm (1/2 Day)
12:00pm – 3:00pm (1/2 Day)
9:00am – 3:00pm (Full Day)

June 24th June 28th
July 8th – July 12th
July 15th – July 19th
July 22nd – July 26th
July 29th – August 2nd
August 5th – August 9th
August 12th – August 16th
August 19th – August 23rd
August 26th – August 30th

To Register: Click Here!

Mt. Freedom Golf:
1275 Sussex Turnpike, Randolph, NJ, 07869
9:00am – 12:00pm (1/2 Day)
9:00pm – 3:00pm (Full Day)

June 24th – June 28th
July 8th – July 12th
July 15th – July 19th
August 5th – August 9th

To Register: Click Here!

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"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.

TGA of Union, Southern Morris & Essex County Recreational Golf Leagues
Rec League at Ash Brook Golf Course in Scotch Plains:

TGA’s Recreational Golf League is based out the Ash Brook Golf Course in Scotch Plains for all junior golfers ages 6 -12.  Golfers of all levels are welcome as we want to encourage and provide even our newest golfers with the opportunity to take what they have learned in our after-school programs, clinics, and camps to the course. Nobody gets cut.

The Recreational Golf League will take place on Saturdays at the Ash Brook Golf Course (9 hole Pitch & Putt) in Scotch Plains.  There will be 6 dates in the Spring this season.  Tee times will be between 11:00am and 12:00pm.  Program runs from 9/14 – 10/19.

Rec League at East Orange Golf Course in Short Hills:

TGA’s Recreational Golf League is based out the East Orange Golf Course in Short Hills for all junior golfers ages 8 -15.  Golfers of all levels are welcome as we want to encourage and provide even our newest golfers with the opportunity to take what they have learned in our after-school programs, clinics, and camps to the course. Nobody gets cut.

The Recreational Golf League will take place on Wednesdays at the East Orange Golf Course in Short Hills.  There will be 6 dates in the Spring this season.  Tee times will be between 4:00pm and 4:30pm. Program runs from 9/11 – 10/16.

Schedule will be as follows:

Week 1: Assessment

Week 2: Practice round

Weeks 3-6: Matches

TGA of Union County Travel Golf League

TGA of Union County is putting together another golf travel team for the fall season. Any child ages 7-15 can tryout for the TGA of Union County Spring Golf Travel Team.  The TGA Junior Team Golf League gives young golfers the opportunity to be part of a team with an introduction to competition.  The TGA of Union County will compete against teams from Bergen, Morris, and Essex counties in NJ, and Rockland county in NY. Tryouts will take place the weeks of 8/19 and 8/26.  Please contact Nick Meltzer at (732) 835-8842 or nmeltzer@playtga.com

The teams will be selected based on a combination of factors, including but not limited to:

  • The score of each player on the day of the tryouts
  • TGA staff’s knowledge of each player’s skill level
  • Etiquette displayed on and off the course

League Structure

  • There will be 2 age divisions, 7-11 and 12-15 (golfers will be placed on their age as of August 1, 2019)
  • The 12-15 age division will play a 2 person best ball format from a golf course approximately 2,500 yards.
  • The 7-11 age division will play a 3-4 person scramble format from a golf course approximately 1,700 yards.
  • The team will be capped at 20 players.  Players who do not make the travel team will have the option in playing in our Recreational League.

Travel Team Schedule

There will be 4 matches played on Sunday afternoons.

  • 9/15 vs Morris/Essex (Galloping Hill)
  • 9/22 at Bergen (Rivervale Country Club)
  • 10/6 vs Rockland (Galloping Hill)
  • 10/20 at Morris/Essex (Knoll East Golf Course)

The fee to join the team is $349 which includes the following:

  • Team shirt
  • 4 matches (2 home, 2 away).  Home matches are played at Galloping Hill.  All matches are played on Sunday afternoons.
  • 4 practices.  All practices are held the Thursday prior to a match from 5:30-6:30 pm at Galloping Hill.
  • Awards Banquet for player + 1 adult guest (PAR 440 at East Orange Golf Course on 10/27)

TGA of Morris/Essex County Travel Golf Team

TGA of Morris/Essex County is putting together another golf travel team for the fall season. Any child ages 7-15 can tryout for the TGA of Morris/Essex County Spring Golf Travel Team.  The TGA Junior Team Golf League gives young golfers the opportunity to be part of a team with an introduction to competition.  The TGA of Morris/Essex County team will compete against teams from Bergen and Union counties in NJ and Rockland County in NY. Tryouts will take place the weeks of 8/19 and 8/26.  Please contact Nick Meltzer at (732) 835-8842 or nmeltzer@playtga.com

The teams will be selected based on a combination of factors, including but not limited to:

  • The score of each player on the day of the tryouts
  • TGA staff’s knowledge of each player’s skill level
  • Etiquette displayed on and off the course

League Structure

  • There will be 2 age divisions, 7-11 and 12-15 (golfers will be placed on their age as of August 1, 2018)
  • The 12-15 age division will play a 2 person best ball format from a golf course approximately 2,500 yards.
  • The 7-11 age division will play a 3-4 person scramble format from a golf course approximately 1,700 yards.
  • The team will be capped at 20 players.  Players who do not make the travel team will have the option in playing in our Recreational League.

Travel Team Schedule

There will be 4 matches played on Sunday afternoons.

  • 9/15 at Union (Galloping Hill)
  • 9/22 at Rockland (Spook Rock Golf Course)
  • 10/6 vs Bergen (Knoll East Golf Course)
  • 10/20 vs Union (Knoll East Golf Course)

The fee to join the team is $349 which includes the following:

  • Team shirt
  • 4 matches (2 home, 2 away).  Home matches are played at Knoll East Golf Course.  All matches are played on Sunday afternoons.
  • 4 practices.  All practices are held the Wednesday prior to a match from 5:30-6:30 pm at East Orange Golf Course in Short Hills.
  • Awards Banquet for player + 1 adult guest (PAR 440 at the East Orange Golf Course on 10/27)
"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.