Parents often asked how old a child should
be to start with golf lessons. There is no
standard age to start, but this is often determined
by the maturity and coordination of the child, and
a lot depends on the type of instruction. I want to
share with you a junior golf program I developed
and teach for a private pre-school and afterschool
program in Portland, Texas. The program
consists of classes for ages 4, 5-7 and 8-10 years.
The name of the program is known as Little
Pin-Seeker. It is an enrichment program and is
an extracurricular activity of the school program.
The parents pay an additional enrollment fee for
the golf activity. Little Pin-Seeker is designed to
introduce youths to the game of golf in a fun manner. They learn golf skills with
focus on muscular coordination, teamwork, social skills, etiquette, and knowledge of the game.
The Little Pin-Seeker program consists of three levels of achievement (Levels II, II and III), in which
students progressively advance, with each level having a series of weekly classes for three weeks. The classes
are 45 minutes in length, and a student-teacher ratio of 5:1 is maintained. The students must complete each
level before advancing to the next level. At each level of the program, the instruction continues to enhance the
youths’ knowledge of golf and improve their skills. At the end of each level, the youths are presented with a certificate of achievement.
For the younger age classes (4, 5-7 years old) some of the class work is accomplished inside the center,
using golf learning books on the market for spelling and numbers, and golf-related coloring sheets. Each youth
maintains a personal class folder with work accomplished and to store any handouts provided. This folder is
To accommodate golf classes outside, a grassy area is used adjacent to the center. There is plenty of room
to accommodate fi ve teaching stations using wiffle balls. As the students progress to hitting real golf balls, a
portable driving net system and putting carpet are used. Age- and size-appropriate golf clubs are provided by
the center. All classes start off with group golf warm-up exercises and end with a cool-down period used to
discuss the daily activity accomplished. At Level III, the youths are bused to a local golf course for a tour and
to compete in a putting competition.