Pebble Beach Nonprofit Is Turning Kids into Golfers



For those of you concerned about the future of golf, including empty golf courses and millennials rejecting the game, there’s some good news.

youth-on-courseYouth on Course, an 11-year-old nonprofit based in Pebble Beach, California, is making golf more accessible and fun for young people. This year the organization has helped junior golfers play more than 100,000 rounds for $5 (or less) at 700-plus golf courses in 19 states and regions.

The Youth on Course mission is simple: “providing youth with access to life-changing opportunities through golf.” They’re delivering on that mission by offering subsidized golf, caddie programs, paid internships and college scholarships.

“We are on a mission to inspire 2.9 million golfers ages 6-17 who starting the game earlier in life,” said Youth on Course Executive Director Adam Heieck in a news release. “Thanks to our increasing state, association and local partners, we are dedicated to making a significant difference in young people’s lives while strengthening the game.”

The 2017 Youth on Course numbers are very encouraging:

  • 50 percent growth in membership numbers and partnerships since January

  • 10,000 new active junior golfers and six new participating associations

  • $315,000 awarded for college scholarships

  • More than 100,000 subsidized rounds of golf

The goal is to expand the program nationwide.

Youth on Course is currently in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, New Mexico, Kentucky, Texas, Minnesota, North Carolina, South Carolina and Michigan.

Learn more by visiting Youth on Course.

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Neil Sagebiel

Neil Sagebiel is a golf writer and author of two golf books published by St. Martin's Press, THE LONGEST SHOT and DRAW IN THE DUNES. He lives in Floyd, Virginia.

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