Kids interested in golf can register for the PGA Jr. League and get access to several public and private golf courses in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Boys and girls ages 13 and younger play in teams of eight beginning in mid-April through July. Team members play against golfers from other courses, typically in weekly nine-hole competitions. Some facilities offer 16-and-younger programs. Players are coached by PGA professionals, says Kaitlin Sabbagh, player development manager for the metropolitan area, which includes Long Island.
Joining costs a minimum of $75, which includes league registration plus a team kit that includes two jerseys, a hat, a T-shirt and more. The overall league cost may be higher depending on whether the PGA coach captaining the team charges an additional fee.
“Average in our area is $200 a player,” says Sabbagh.
Long Island facilities offering a PGA Jr. League open to any child include Pine Ridge Golf Club in Coram; Bethpage State Park Golf Course in Farmingdale; Timber Point Golf Course in Great River; Port Jefferson Country Club in Port Jefferson; Spring Lake Golf Club in Middle Island; Lawrence Yacht & Country Club in Lawrence and The First Tee of Nassau County in East Meadow, Sabbagh says. Other courses accept children by invitation only, she says.
Last year, PGA Jr. League reported 42,000 boys and girls playing on 3,400 teams nationwide. Visit PGAJrLeague.com to search for a team by ZIP code or facility, and register online.