Junior Golf Development Program

Cantigny's Junior Golf Development Program is conducted by the professional teaching staff of the Cantigny Golf Academy. Each pro uses proven techniques that are both effective and fun for the kids. We want our young students to look forward to their next clinic or golf game, and they do!

 

The program has five stages of involvement, each providing students with a framework for further skill development. As the stages advance, key concepts are required that were learned from the previous stage or stages.

 

Custom Clinics:

If the dates of our scheduled programs conflict with your summer plans, juniors may form their own classes or be grouped with others of the same level. Each custom class consists of three to six students and will follow the same curriculum. Custom certification classes may also be arranged.
 

Entry Level Programs


Pee Wee Golfers

Ages 4 & 5 (Boys & Girls)

$115

These classes are designed specifically for the beginning junior golfer using specially designed Pee Wee Golfer training clubs (provided). The clubs feature an oversized face and a molded memory-type grip to promote proper hand positions. Classes meet Saturday mornings at the Golf Academy for four weeks. Each class is 30 minutes. Full swing, chipping and putting will be taught in a fun, game-like setting.

Class PWA - Saturdays

May 22, June 5, 12, 19, 26*

8:30-9:00 AM

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Class PWB - Saturdays

July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7*

8:30-9:00 AM

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Little Linkers

Ages 6 & 7 (Boys & Girls)

$140

This program is a fun introduction to golf while providing juniors with basic knowledge in a safe and game-filled environment. This class is strongly recommended to help prepare youngsters for the other levels Cantigny offers.

Participants will learn basic skills as they build confidence and self-esteem. Creative ideas and techniques are introduced to enhance the learning process.

Little Linkers meet Tuesday mornings at the Youth Links and/or Golf Academy for four weeks. Each class is 45 minutes.

Note: Age 5 golfers may participate in custom classes.

Class LLA - Tuesdays

June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6*

9:00-9:45 AM

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Class LLB - Tuesdays

June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6*

10:00-10:45 AM

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Class LLC - Tuesdays

July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10*

9:00-9:45 AM

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Class LLD - Tuesdays

July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10*

10:00-10:45 AM

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Awareness Stage Programs


Level 1 | Certification

Ages 8-14 Years Old (Boys & Girls)

$180

Beginning golfers in this program must be at least 8 years old by June 1, 2020. Level 1 clinics prepare juniors for certification testing and on-course evaluation for unaccompanied (without adult supervision) play at Cantigny Youth Links. The clinics meet for five 90-minute sessions and introduce the juniors to the basics in putting, chipping and full-swing. Safety and etiquette requirements (where to stand, sportsmanship, etc.) are also introduced. An exam on safety and etiquette and an on-course evaluation will be held on the final meeting of the clinic. Juniors must meet minimum requirements to become certified. No course experience is required for this level.

Clinic 1A
Tuesdays & Thursdays

April 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29*

4:00-5:30 PM

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Clinic 1B
Wednesdays & Fridays

April 14, 16, 21, 23,28, 30*

4:00-5:30 PM

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Clinic 1C
Saturdays

April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22*

9:30-11:00 AM

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Clinic 1D
Tuesdays & Thursdays

May 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20*

4:00-5:30 PM

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Clinic 1E
Tuesdays & Thursdays

May 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20*

5:45-7:15 PM

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Clinic 1F
Wednesdays & Fridays

May 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21*

4:00-5:30 PM

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Clinic 1G
Tuesdays & Thursdays

May 25, 27, June 1, 3, 8, 10*

4:00-5:30 PM

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Clinic 1H
Tuesdays & Thursdays

May 25, 27, June 1, 3, 8, 10*

5:45-7:15 PM

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Clinic 1I
Saturdays

June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 10, 17*

9:30-11:00 AM

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Clinic 1J
Tuesdays & Thursdays

June 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, July 1*

2:30-4:00 PM

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Clinic 1K
Tuesdays & Thursdays

July 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22*

2:30-4:00 PM

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Clinic 1L
Tuesdays & Thursdays

July 24, 31, August 7, 14 21, 28*

9:30-11:00 AM

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Clinic 1M
Tuesdays & Thursdays

September 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23*

4:00-5:30 PM

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Clinic 1N
Tuesdays & Thursdays

September 28, 30, October 5, 7, 12, 14*

4:00-5:30 PM

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Level 2 | Beyond Certification

Ages 8-14 Years Old (Boys & Girls)

$180

Beyond Certification is for juniors who have successfully achieved Level 1 Certification. This clinic is designed to develop the basic putting, chipping and full-swing skills learned in Level 1. The pitch shot is introduced at this level, as are the rules of golf and situations that might occur when playing the golf course. Level 2 clinics meet for five 90-minute sessions and juniors must pass a written rules test to advance to the next level.

Clinic 2A
Saturdays

April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22*

2:30-4:00 PM

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Clinic 2B
Wednesdays & Fridays

May 26, 28, June 2, 4, 9, 11*

4:00-5:30 PM

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Clinic 2C
Wednesdays & Fridays

June 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, July 2*

2:30-4:00 PM

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Clinic 2D
Wednesdays & Fridays

July 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23*

2:30-4:00 PM

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Clinic 2E
Wednesdays & Fridays

September 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24*

4:00-5:30 PM

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PGA Junior Camps

Ages 9-13 Years Old (Boys & Girls)

As the golf enthusiasts who run and operate the PGA Junior Golf Camps, our mission is to share our passion for the great game of golf with youths across the country. Our promise--is to support, encourage, and respect each and every one of our campers and authentically inspire them to reach their full potential, both on and off the golf course. Our sports camps and programs include traditional weeklong summer day camps and year-round after-school programs that range from 45 minutes to 6 hours in duration, per day. Find golf camps near Wheaton, IL!

2-Day Weekend Golf Camps

$250

Saturdays

1:00-5:00 PM

2-Day Camps continue skill development in areas of full swing, short game and rules of golf. On-course play with a professional will follow the instruction both days at the Youth Links.

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Half-Day Camps

$395

9:00-12:00 PM

Half-day camps meet for a week and continue skill development in areas of full swing, short game and rules of golf. On-course play with a professional takes place on days three and five at the Youth Links.

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Full-Day Camps

$595

9:00-3:30 PM

Full-day instructional camps begin with a morning lesson. After lunch (provided), the juniors receive on-course professional instruction on days two through five.

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PGA Junior League - 13U

Ages 8-13 Years Old (Boys & Girls)

$350

PGA Junior League Golf brings a fun and spirited “Little League” atmosphere to the game of golf! Boys and girls, ages 8 to 13, enjoy team vs. team competitions at the Cantigny Youth Links in a structured league using a popular, less stressful scramble format as opposed to stroke-play competition. The league plays a five-week season in June–July and includes team shirts, practices with professional staff and awards. Spring and fall leagues are offered as well.

13U Season Schedule:
Friday’s 7-9am @Youth Links

6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/9, 7/16

Championship Match 7/23

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Links & Lunch

Ages 8-13 Years Old (Boys & Girls)

$50

Fridays 9:00-11:00 AM

This option is for golfers who have, at a minimum, completed Level 1. A staff golf professional will instruct on club selection, pace of play and other game management issues on the Youth Links for the first hour. Juniors will then finish their 9 holes, applying what they’ve learned, followed by lunch at the Youth Links clubhouse.

Class LNKS A: June 4
Class LNKS B: June 11
Class LNKS C: June 18

Class LNKS D: June 25
Class LNKS E: July 2
Class LNKS F: July 9

Class LNKS G: July 16
Class LNKS H: July 23
Class LNKS I: July 30

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LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Clinics

Ages 7-15 Years Old (Girls)

$120

This is a fun way for girls ages 7 to 15 to get together before Tuesday Girls’ Club to learn and practice different shots in golf. Each 60-minute clinic focuses on a specific shot and golf rule. This is a two-clinic series (5 sessions per clinic) beginning on June 1 and on July 6. Those certified at the Youth Links are encouraged to participate in the Girls’ Club following each weekly clinic. To enroll or for more information, call 630.260.8199.

LPGA Clinic A

Tuesdays

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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LPGA Clinic B

Tuesdays

July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3

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Development Stage Programs

Level 3 is a motor skill development program designed for certified junior golfers ages 9 to 15. At this stage, boys and girls are ready to acquire the cornerstones of all athletic development. This is also the time when organized athletic programming begins and when emphasis is placed on teaching swing fundamentals and other technical components such as how to achieve optimum balance, posture, flexibility, strength, power and positive attitude. All three programs within Level 3 has a defined purpose. Level 3 programs may be completed in any order of sequence. The program takes fundamental movements and progressively links them together into “healthy” game improvement habits, which in turn develops the ability to play and score better.

The program takes fundamental movements and progressively links them together into healthy game improvement habits, which in turn develops the ability to play and score better. A child may stay at a given level until he or she can demonstrate a proven ability to perform the key concepts of each level. The classes meet for five 60-minute sessions with a minimum of three and a maximum of five students to one instructor ratio.

Please note: Do not view Level 3 as a one-season program. A child must meet the minimum requirements within FULL SWING, PUTTING and CHIPPING to advance to Level 4. Every child is unique, and advancement is only a matter of practice and time. If a child has difficulty completing a program, our system allows every parent to know and understand what their child needs improvement upon. Repeating the class or private instruction will be provided to meet the key concept requirements of each program.

 

 


Level 3 Full Swing - Body Control

(Formerly known as WHITE clinic)

Students must be age 9 at the start of class

$190

Golf Knowledge:

  • Introduction to the etiquette and safety issues involved with the game.
  • Recognize putting green, fringe, fairway, rough, teeing ground.

Equipment:

  • Proper length clubs are available.

Required Skill Set:

  • Level 2 - concepts and proficiency.
  • Differentiate between putting, chipping and full swing.

Key concepts to move to next level

Stroke Development:

  • Grip: Holding the club with two hands close together.
  • A stationary center (head) to pivot around.
  • Balance & Tempo Basics.
  • Importance of ball position.

Physiological Training:

  • Healthy straight spine, balance, exposure to core and lower back strength.

Full Swing A
Saturdays

April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22*

1:00-2:00 PM

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Full Swing B
Wednesdays & Fridays

June 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, July 2*

1:00-2:00 PM

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Full Swing C
Consecutive Days Clinic
Monday-Friday

July 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10*

8:00-9:00 AM

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Full Swing D
Wednesdays & Fridays

July 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30*

11:30 AM-12:30 PM

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Full Swing E
Tuesdays & Thursdays

October 19, 21, 26, 28, November 2, 4*

4:00-5:00 PM

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Level 3 Putting - Direction & Feel

(Formely known as GREEN clinic)

Students must be age 9 at the start of class

$190

Golf Knowledge:

  • Etiquette and safety issues involved with the game.
  • Shows respect and care for maintaining healthy on-course playing conditions.

Equipment:

  • Must have a properly sized putter (clubs are available).

Required Skill Set:

  • Level 2 - concepts and proficiency.
  • Differentiate between putting, chipping and full swing.

Key concepts to move to next level

Stroke Development:

  • Understanding a target line.
  • Minimal putter-face rotation.
  • Swing Plane: Movement of the club down the target line.
  • Rhythm: Clubhead and hands moving at same rate.
  • The ability to demonstrate directional and distance control on the putting green.

Physiological Training:

  • Healthy straight spine, balance, exposure to core and lower back strength.

Mental Development:

  • Learn repetitive routine or procedure for each shot, exposure to positive thinking and basic relaxation skills.
    Note: This clinic level emphasizes putting, the optimal stroke for learning clubface control and swing plane.

Putting A
Wednesdays & Fridays

April 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30*

5:45-6:45 PM

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Putting B
Tuesdays & Thursdays

June 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, July 1*

1:00-2:00 PM

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Putting C
Consecutive Days Clinic
Monday-Friday

July 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10*

11:30 AM-12:30 PM

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Putting D
Tuesdays & Thursdays

July 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29*

1:00-2:00 PM

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Putting E
Wednesdays & Fridays

October 20, 22, 27, 29, November 3, 5*

4:00-5:00 PM

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Level 3 Chipping - Impact Alignments

(Formerly known as BLUE clinic)

Students must be age 9 at the start of class

$190

Golf Knowledge:

  • Basic understanding of loft and proper club selection.

Equipment:

  • Must have a properly sized wedge (clubs are available).

Required Skill Set:

  • Level 2 - concepts and proficiency.
  • Differentiate between putting, chipping and full swing.

Key concepts to move to next level

Stroke Development:

  • Grip: Effective and functioning grip.
  • Posture & Stance: Positioning of feet on either side of the ball.
  • Ball Position: Ball placed left of face.
  • Handle of the club set forward of the clubhead at address and remains in this position through impact.
  • A "flat" left wrist impact alignment.
  • Hit down on the golf ball (create divot after the ball).

Physiological Training:

  • Healthy straight spine, balance, exposure to core and lower back strength.

Mental Development:

  • Learn about creative imagery.

Chipping A
Saturdays

April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22*

11:30 AM-12:30 PM

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Chipping B
Wednesdays & Fridays

May 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21*

5:45-6:45 PM

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Chipping C
Consecutive Days Clinic
Monday-Friday

July 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10*

1:00-2:00 PM

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Chipping D
Wednesdays & Fridays

July 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30*

1:00-2:00 PM

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Chipping E
Saturdays

September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16*

11:30 AM-12:30 PM

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Transition Stage Programs


Players Performance-Level 4

Ages 11 to 15 (Boys and Girls)

Certification | Cantigny Main Course

$220

Level 4 is the highest group level a student can achieve in the Cantigny Junior Golf Development Program. Completion provides the opportunity for unsupervised play on the main golf course at Cantigny (during special time periods and at junior walking rates).

Successful completion of Level 4 means the junior golfer is proficient in all concepts and prepared to advance to a course yardage that fits his or her skill set. Level 4 clinics meet for five 90-minute sessions (typically later in the afternoon for course availability) and require an understanding of golf swing power sources, bunker play and proper club selection for outcome and scoring. Level 4 participants must be Level 3 (Skills Progression) graduates and have a set of properly sized golf clubs.

Certification is achieved by meeting the scoring parameters set forth in all tests. It may be necessary to repeat the class and/or private instruction will be recommended if the student cannot pass the key testing requirements. Level 4 completion includes a complimentary certificate redeemable for 9 holes (walking) on Cantigny’s Hillside, Woodside or Lakeside course.

Clinic 4A
Saturdays

April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22*

4:30-6:00 PM

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Clinic 4B
Wednesdays & Fridays

May 26, 28, June 2, 4, 9, 11*

5:45-7:15 PM

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Clinic 4C
Wednesdays & Fridays

June 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, July 2*

4:30-6:00 PM

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Clinic 4D
Wednesdays & Fridays

July 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23*

4:30-6:00 PM

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Clinic 4E
Wednesdays & Fridays

September 29, October 1, 6, 8, 13, 15*

4:00-5:30 PM

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High School Prep - Making a Game Plan Clinics

For current 8th, 9th & 10th grade students

$135

Each preparation clinic meets for three 90-minute sessions. This weekly class will help students learn strategies for course management, develop successful pre-shot routines, and learn techniques for increasing confidence. Making smart decisions before and during your round will help you lower your scores and allow you to perform your best in competition.

Clinic HSGP-A
Mondays

April 12, 19, 26, May 3*

4:00-5:30 PM

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Clinic HSGP-B
Mondays

May 10, 17, 24, June 7*

4:00-5:30 PM

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Clinic HSGP-C
Mondays

June 14, 21, 28, July 5*

4:00-5:30 PM

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High School Prep- Performance Clinics

For current 8th, 9th & 10th grade students

$220

Each preparation clinic meets for five 90-minute sessions. Designed as a continuous learning opportunity for the junior golfer, clinics can be repeated throughout the summer season. Develop a swing that is consistent and powerful for driver and irons and build creativity and precision through drills and games. On course playing opportunities challenge your ability to perform under pressure.

Clinic HS-A
Tuesdays & Thursdays

June 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, July 1*

4:30-6:00 PM

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Clinic HS-B
Tuesdays & Thursdays

July 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22*

4:30-6:00 PM

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Clinic HS-C
Consecutive Days Clinic
Monday-Friday

July 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31*

4:30-6:00 PM

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High School Prep- Short Game Clinics

For current 8th, 9th & 10th grade students

$180

These clinics will meet for four 90-minute sessions at the golf academy concentrating on distance, control and accuracy for shots of 100 yards and in. Techniques for putting, chipping, pitching and bunker play will be developed through games and challenges.

Clinic HSSG-A
Wednesdays

June 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7*

8:00-9:30 PM

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Clinic HSSG-B
Wednesdays

July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11*

8:00-9:30 PM

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Clinic HSSG-C
Consecutive Days Clinic
Monday-Friday

August 2, 3, 4, 5, 6*

4:30-6:00 PM

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PGA Junior League - 16U

Ages 14-16 Years Old (Boys & Girls)

$350

16u provides a continuation program for the PGA Jr. League players who turn 14 before August 1, while also offering a starting point for beginning and recreational players ages 16 and under. This is designed to be an "in house" recreational league for players who want to enjoy the game with their friends while competing on the golf course in a low-pressure format.

Program Format

PGA Jr. League 16u mirrors the 13u program by maintaining the team environment, scramble format and match play scoring. All 9-hole, 2 hour matches will be played on the main golf course at Cantigny. Players will be divided into foursomes each match, with a league maximum of 20 players. Players will receive a Cantigny golf shirt, Four (4) practices and Five (5) matches.

Registration deadline: the first 20 players or 4/15/2021, whichever occurs first.

 

16U Season Schedule:

Monday Tee Times from

5:00-7:00pm @ Main Course

5/24, 6/14, 6/21, 7/12, 7/19