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City program helps youth learn golf
City program helps youth learn golf
Posted on 06/05/2018

In April, news broke that Memphis would host the World Golf Championships – FedEx St. Jude Invitational starting next year. However, Memphis isn’t just a city for professional golfers — more and more youngsters are picking up the sport, thanks to the City’s Junior Golf Program.

Mickey Barker, Administrator of Golf for the City says the program revolves around two things:

  • Introducing kids to golf that have never been exposed to it before
  • Eliminating the cost barrier

Three years ago, the golf department introduced complimentary greens fees for kids and teens 17 years and younger at seven different courses in Memphis. 
City Golf ProgramThe program runs Monday – Friday and after noon on weekends and holidays at Audubon, Crockett, Fox Meadows, Overton, Pine Hill, Riverside and Whitehaven.  Kids can play at Galloway for a reduced rate of $6 per nine holes.  All locations offer free clubs for kids to use if they don’t have their own.  The goal is to make golf possible for any young person in Memphis regardless of financial status.
“Our number one goal is to provide the opportunity for youth to play golf and develop a life-long love of the game,” Barker said.
The City’s golf department also offers free instruction for juniors through clinics and camps and through on-site visits to schools, community centers and parks.
For the past several years, the golf department has worked with Shelby County Schools to host hundreds of kids from all over the city for a half-day golf clinic at Whitehaven.  SCS buses the kids to Whitehaven and they are given three hours of instruction on how to play and the benefits of golf. Whitehaven also hosts free instruction every weekday afternoon for any youth that wants to improve their golf skills or just learn how.  

As many as 40 youth per day participate in this program.

To find a City of Memphis golf course near you click here. 

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