Bakers Hill Golf Club is taking junior golf to a new level in the eastern outskirts of Perth.
An advocate of junior golf for 16 years, MyGolf co-ordinator Suzanne Waters says a welcoming environment is the key to success.
“We encourage the kids to play on the actual course and bring their families along to join in on the fun,” Suzanne said.
And with 41 registered MyGolfers, and as July’s centre of the month, Bakers Hill’s approach is certainly working!
“We cater for all younger ages and skill levels, with participation our focus,” Suzanne said.
Along with additional deliverer David Cockman, parent involvement is important in the program’s success.
“If we didn’t have them walk with the children on course, then we couldn’t provide the program that we do. We need the supervision,” Suzanne said.
The kids even get the chance to visit a city course, with a field trip to Perth’s Marangaroo Golf Course for the day with PGA professional Rob Farley.
Additional trips to Oasis Supa Golf and Adventure Putt Mini Golf are also high on the agenda for Bakers Hill MyGolfers.
“Family involvement is a huge element to our program and we award prizes for the final weeks,” Suzanne said.
And with all equipment, bags and buggies provided, families just need to show up!
“One parent has commented that their child has developed greater patience along with many other positive attributes since taking up golf,” Suzanne said.
“I have seen many positive emotional side-effects among the children who join the program. Golf is a great outlet for kids growing up in a frantic world.
“We get a lot of support from the Bakers Hill seniors’ club and funding from the department of sport and recreation, which is vital to pay for visits from PGA Professionals.”
Congratulations Suzanne and David for your commitment in providing such an encouraging environment for beginner golfers.
To be involved with MyGolf, please visit mygolf.org.au and enter your postcode for similar programs near you.