Welcome to Equinelle’s Junior Club & Play!
The Equinelle Junior Club & Play is a non-profit program established in 2015 with the goal of offering golf to local children, ages 8-15, who wouldn’t ordinarily get out on the golf course to play due to limited financial resources or a medical or social challenge. With support from the community, this program is able to provide youth with full junior playing privileges at the Equinelle Golf Course, golf clubs, as required, and teaching clinics. The program is about providing the opportunity of getting out and playing golf and having fun while at the same time contributing to learning some basic rules of golf etiquette, speed of play and enhancing golf skills. The number of children offered this opportunity each year is dependent on funds raised and the number of qualified applicants.
Depending on the skill level and/or age, the junior may be assigned their own volunteer “Buddy” with whom they can play golf or just ask golf- related advice and/or questions.
How are juniors selected for the program? Every spring applicants who are interested in the program will be asked to complete an application form describing their interest in golf and confirm that they:
- Are 8-15 years old as of May 1stthat year;
- reside in North Grenville, On;
- can come out to the course at least 1-2 times a week; and
- have their own transportation to and from the golf course.
Note that Junior Club and Play participants from prior years must reapply and are not given any preference over other applicants.
Each program application must be accompanied by a sealed nomination from a non-family member that explains why this junior would benefit from the opportunity to try golf or why they may need support to continue developing their golf skills. The selection committee reviews these applications and associated nominations and looks for juniors that would most likely benefit from the program. The parent(s) or guardian(s) of each of the selected juniors are also contacted to confirm their level of commitment and transportation arrangements. The individual nominating the junior will also be contacted.
Although it is not required that the junior be able to play golf, we do want to ensure they are ready and comfortable, being left with a golf instructor and can follow some basic golf instruction. To assess, this all selected juniors will be invited to a clinic at the golf course before they are officially accepted as a Junior Club and Play participant for that season.
What should each junior member expect? Junior golfers who are ultimately accepted into the program and their parent(s) or guardian(s) will be asked to meet with committee members to sign a yearly membership contract, a privacy form and an equipment loan form (if required). The juniors will then attend an orientation clinic to learn all the rules and regulations for the program. As part of the orientation they will be provided a set of golf clubs and bag, if they do not already have a set, and may be paired with a designated Junior Club and Play “Buddy”, depending on the skill level and/or age. We have found that for some juniors it is important to have someone from the golf course the junior, and parent(s) or guardian(s), can reach out to. This makes the junior feels more comfortable coming out to the course and over time, with the help of their Buddy, the junior is more confident in playing with other juniors.
This year Equinelle Golf Club is establishing a more formal junior program in which the Junior Club and Play Program will be integrated. This will allow the juniors in our program more opportunities for meeting and playing with other junior members of the golf course.
What happens at the end of the season? Juniors who have borrowed golf clubs, will be asked to return them and bag in the same shape and condition as received, they can be reused next season. Juniors and their parent(s) or guardian(s) will also be asked to complete a feedback form to outline what worked and didn’t work for them over the season.
Community Support Makes a Difference! The Equinelle Junior Club & Play program is funded through community sponsors and events. It is supported 100% by volunteers so all our donations and funds raised go directly to the program. Golf is the game of a lifetime and every child should have the opportunity to participate in the sport without the high cost of initial investments in equipment and golf fees. Feedback has shown that the program has fostered a love for golf contributing to a more active lifestyle and positive self-esteem for the local children who have participated in the program.
For more information, if you would like to nominate a junior, become a sponsor, or if you would like to volunteer please contact us by Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equinelle’s 2018 Junior Club and Play Application (Word version)
Equinelle’s 2018 Junior Club and Play Application (PDF version)
NOMINATE A JUNIOR:Equinelle’s 2018 Junior Nomination Form (Word Version)
Equinelle’s 2018 Junior Nomination Form (PDF Version)