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The Junior Golf Passport is the national structured learning programme for children aged 6-10 years, endorsed by the PGA. The multi-layered programme progresses a complete novice golfer into a junior golfer ready for membership at a golf club.

The programme has 3 key levels: START, LEARN and PLAY. The START level is all about fun and an elementary introduction to golf. The LEARN level is a move towards technical instruction through games based learning, always with the emphasis on fun. The PLAY level teaches the child to apply their learning to the golf course, preparing them for potential club membership and competition. However, access to the golf course and playing golf on a course are important features of the Junior Golf Passport from the START in order to develop a real connection to golf.


• Putting
  - Short putting        
  - Long putting
  - Lag putting
  - Green reading

• Fit for golf
  - Power
  - Stability
  - Flexibility
  - Fundamental

• Short game   
 - Lofted chip   
 - Chip and run  
 - Pitching  
​ - Bunker play

• Skills for life
   - Honesty
   - Resect
   - Cooperation
   - Perseverance

• Swing
   - Grip
   - Stance
   - Ball position
   - Swing technique movement

• Ready for Golf
   - Preparation
   - Warm up
   - Rules and Etiquette

• On the course
   - Rules of play
   - Course management
   - Awkward lies

The programme is presented as both a physical and web based resource using both formats to track performance and progression. The programme is delivered in 6-week blocks covering a subject each week with a festival in week 6 to allow the child to play competition-based games in a fun environment.


Fit for Golf incorporates some key fundamental movements skills that will allow the child to become better physically prepared to take on the challenge of golf. The aim is to raise the awareness of the child about the importance of fitness and movement to their lives and golf.

Ready for Golf is designed to prepare the children for playing golf on a golf course and the wider golf club environment. The children are on the golf course from day one of the programme; this section prepares them for the challenges of on-course golf and competitions.

The website for the Junior Golf Passport plays a huge role in the strength and success of the programme. The website offers a comprehensive support tool for child and coach allowing both parties to track progression and performance. The website also includes: player profile, messaging, player locker room, online shop, games, quizzes and much more.

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Junior Golf Passport lessons at City of Dery Golf Club
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