Windyke Golf Academy
What goes into an impactful junior golf academy?  I believe a new program must becomprehensive in its training of children to adulthood.  It has to have a rich education.
Another goal is to communicate the vision to the students and the parents.  The program must inspire participation. 

Part I: Creating Curriculum:
Comprehensive Training- This term means that children will receive age appropriate instruction beginning from pre-school to college graduate.  Comprehensive training also means that students will be trained physically and mentally.  Physical training includes golf swing technique, practice habits, and strength/flexibility training.  Mental training includes character building, dealing with failure and success properly, etiquette, sportsmanship, goal setting, and a view of development in golf as a bi-product of understanding oneself.
Rich Education- The training at the academy will have four objectives: physical strength/power, mental toughness/purpose, disciplined practice/preparation, and professionalism/sportsmanship.
 
Part II: Generating Participation:
Communicating the Vision- The success of the academy depends upon the quality of the comprehensive training and the communication of the vision to the students and the parents.  If the vision is captured by the student, dedication and development will occur.  If the vision is captured by the parent, commitment and support are ensured.  Student excitement is necessary for the growth of the academy and parental support provides the resources for it to grow. 
Inspired Participation- The rich education must be applied in the fun framework that encourages youth to continue the process.  Although a personal love for the game is essential in every student, the coach must encourage the students with a creative incentive program.
 
Part I: Creating Curriculum- The curriculum I put forth consists of training in four categories: physical strength(Power); mental toughness(Purpose); Sportsmanship(Priniciple); and disciplince practice(Preparation).  These four P’s constitute the academy curriculum.

  1. Power/Physical Strength- This aspect will be age appropriate training as defined by the Titleist Performance Institute.  It includes challenge metrics to inspire youth to reach athletic goals.  For older youth, exercises such as vertical leap, medicine ball toss, tire flip, bench press, sit-ups, weight lifting goals, etc. challenge them to grow athletically.  Younger students will be trained with agility drills to improve athleticism: throwing, Frisbee tosses, changing direction, jumping, running, skipping, etc. 

Students will also be tested physically on their golf swing(this training increases with age).  Categories will include areas like club head/ball speed, relative distance gained, body rotation tests, shaping shots, and of course, all the technical training that fills most golf lessons today.

  1. Purpose/Mental Toughness- This aspect emphasizes the character of the individual.  It heavily tests the attitude of the player in such areas as: gratitude, love of the game, discipline, work ethic, perseverance, self- talk, tenacity, perspective, faith, confidence, identity, and purpose.  It also includes more tangible areas like course management, goal setting, and expectations.
  2. Preparation/Disciplined Practice- The goal of this objective is to instill purposeful habits into each player.  We teach how to practice, what to practice, and when to practice.  Full of challenge games and goal setting for improvement.  Practice training regimens assigned to each student.
  3. Principle/Sportsmanship - This area deals with rules mastery and sportsmanship.  It talks about leadership.  It speaks to individual and team responsibilities and how to show integrity in competition.  This section has a usga rules test associated with its completion.
Curriculum written and taught by:
Brock Shafer
Director of Instruction

Junior Lessons


 

Junior Individual Instruction
 

Junior Lesson Pack
(three 40 min. lessons): $179, 
Add Additional Student: $20 per lesson

Parent/Junior “Combo” Series
(three 40 minute lessons): $239

Junior Training Pack
(ten 40 min. lessons): $499

Golf Team Training
(1 hour/up to eight players): $99

Golf Team Training Pack
(10 hours/up to eight players): $799
- team goes training course which includes: full swing, short game, putting, mental approach, golf fitness, and ‘how-to-practice’ training course
 
Call the Golf Shop to schedule individual instruction, 901.755.3160.

Junior Clinics


 

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The Windyke Junior Golf Program is ramping up for another season of golf activities.  This summer we will be offering 4 levels of group instruction for juniors: introductory(ages 4-7), beginner (ages 6-10), intermediate (ages 9-13), and advanced(12-18).

 

Group Instruction:



 

 1 Hour S.N.A.G. Clinics (Ages 4-7)

These clinics run during the spring to help junior golfers start of the year right.  $25/session or 5/$99
Ages 4-7 S.N.A.G.(Starting New At Golf) program with large plastic clubs and fun games.
Periodic Saturdays in the short game area from 8:30- 9:30 am:  4/1, 4/15, 4/29, 5/13, 6/3, 6/17, 7/8, 7/22, 9/9, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21.  Call the pro shop to sign up.

Find out more about S.N.A.G. here!

 

Summer Junior Clinics

5- Day Beginner/Intermediate Clinics:

Spring Break Clinics: Recommended ages 6-10. March 13-17 Clinic runs   Class runs 12 to 1:30 pm.
 
Summer Clinics: Recommended ages 6-10. May 29- June 2, June 12-16, Jun 26-30, July 3-7, July 10-14, July 17-21.  Classes run Monday- Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. 

Class size limited to 24 per session. Full swing, chipping, and putting training every day.  On-course play, too.  Camp gift at conclusion.  7.5 hours of instruction, $99 for members and $119 for non-members.

 

5 - Day Intermediate Clinics:

Spring Break Clinics: Recommended ages 9-13.  March 13-17   Class runs 2 to 3:45 pm.  

Summer Clinics: May 29- June 2, June 12-16, June 26-30, July 3-7, July 10-14, July 17-21.  Classes run Monday- Friday from 10:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

This slightly longer camp has smaller class sizes (18 students per session).  Full swing, chipping, and putting training every day.  On-course play, too!  Detailed online evaluation video included. Nice camp gift at conclusion.   8.75 hours of instruction, $129 for members and $149 for non-members. 
 

5 - Day Advanced Clinics:

Recommended ages 12-17. June 5-9(will spectate at the St. Jude on the 9th!- ticket included); July 31- August 4.  Classes run Monday- Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

This longer camp with our smallest class size (12 students per session) allows for more intense training that includes practice regimen that can shape habits for a lifetime.  Detailed online swing evaluation video. Detailed how to practice training course that covers putting, short game, and full swing.  Practice fun and games.  Nice camp gift.  On-course play. 17.5 hours of instruction, $249 for members and $279 for non-members.  
 

 

Windyke Junior League   

Windyke Junior League Fall Series


The WJGL will continue in the Fall with a slightly different format.  The two person scramble teams and 6 hole matches will stay the same, with the following changes:
1) No uniforms or formal teams.  Matches will be formed each Saturday at 2 pm.  Match dates are Sept. 16th, 23rd, 30th; Oct. 7th and 14th, and 21st.
2) The fall program is $100 whereas the summer program was $175.         
3) No awards party to conclude the season.

The goal is to keep our kids having fun and improving their skills.

- Coach Brock         

 

Overnight Camps

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Overnight Golf Camps- The fun really begins!  Stay on site at Windyke Par 3 house.  Glow ball golf, fishing, swimming, pizza party, camp fire and more!!  Check in at 2 pm and check out at 10 am the following morning. Dinner and breakfast included $149M $169NM. Great for golf teams or groups of friends. Golf experience not necessary. Teams/parents can also pick their own Fri-Sat overnight date with 6+ players.  See typical schedule below. 
Session Dates
Friday May 26th- Saturday May 27th(Schools out!)
Monday  June 30th- Tuesday July 1st
Friday August 4th - Saturday August 5th(Last chance!)

                         Click here for the overnight schedule.
 

Golf Team Training (1 hour/up to eight players): $99
Golf Team Training Pack (10 hours/up to eight players): $799
- team goes training course which includes: full swing, short game, putting, mental approach, golf fitness, and ‘how-to-practice’ training course

Call the Golf Shop at 901.755.3160 to register.
 

Click here for further information about how to help your junior develop!

Playdays

The junior on-course program has fun playing opportunities for all ages and abilities.  Playing golf is crucial to a players development and keeps them excited about the game.  Great fun and friendly tournaments every Wednesday from late May to early August.  Ages 6-13 at the par three course at noon.  Ages 12-18 on the championship courses at 3 pm.  These tournaments provide an outlet for juniors to apply their training with on-course event with kids of similar age and ability.  Even more fun is the opportunity to win 'Brock's Bucks' for the participation and performance.  This play money is legal tender in our pro shop.  Check out the kids section for fun golf merchandise.

 If you are looking for a team experience similar to that of youth soccer or baseball, try the Windyke Junior League!(see 'Windyke Junior League' tab)  Juniors are assigned to a team with a Windyke golf pro as a coach.  Players receive a team polo and compete against other Windyke teams.  The two-person scramble format makes it easy and fun to participate. 

As you can see, junior ages 5-18 have the opportunity to get on the golf course at Windyke, and this is not always the case at some country clubs.  Get involved today!

Playdays

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High Noon Junior Play-Days:
Now on Wednesdays!~

Wednesdays, May 31 – August 2(no event on July 26)  Noon- 2 pm.  9-hole shotgun with multiple formats of play.  Registration will be limited to the first 50 competitors.  Juniors in three age brackets will have the chance to compete for golf shop 'Brock' Bucks'.  All players receive at least three Brock's Bucks certificates.  Top five players in each age division are invited to a season ending Shoot-Out in early August where they can receive more Brock's Bucks.  The shoot-out takes place during our Junior Club Championship weekend.  Ages 6 – 13. $109 for members and $139 for non-members. 

 High School/Prep Play-Days:
Now on Wednesdays!~

Wednesday, May 31 - Aug. 2(no event on July 26).  3:00 p.m. start. 9-holes on championship course with multiple formats of play.  Registration will be limited to the first 40 competitors.  Juniors in two age/gender brackets will compete for golf shop certificates.  Summer long points race for participation and performance. Top five players in each division are invited to a season ending shoot-out where they receive a nice shop certicate for as much as $60.  Shoot-out is held in the first week of August during our Junior Club Championship weekend.  Ages 13 – 18. $149 for members and $229 for non-members.


Sign up online above($3.95 fee) or just call the pro shop 755-3160.