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.

Pee Wee Golfers

Ages 4 & 5 (boys & girls)

Cost: $110

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.

Note: Students must be 4 at the start of class. Pee Wee Golfer training clubs may be purchased at the Youth Links.

Pee Wee

Class PWA

Saturdays | 8:30-9 am May 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27*

Class PWB

Saturdays | 8:30-9 am July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8*

*Rain Date


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Little Linkers

Ages 6 & 7 (boys & girls)

Cost: $130

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.

Little Linkers

Class LLA

Tuesdays | 9-9:45 am

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

Class LLB

Tuesdays | 10-10:45 am

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

Class LLC

Tuesdays | 9-9:45 am
July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11*

Class LLD

Tuesdays | 10-10:45 am

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

*Rain Date

 

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Level 1 | Certification

Ages 8 to 14 years (boys & girls)

Cost: $175

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.

 

 


 
 
 

Level 1 - Certification

Clinic 1A

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 4-5:30 pm

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

Clinic 1B

Wednesdays & Fridays | 4-5:30 pm

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

Clinic 1C

Saturdays | 9:30-11 am

April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16*

Clinic 1D

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 4-5:30 pm

April 28, 30, May 5, 7, 12, 14*

Clinic 1E

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 5:45-7:15 pm

April 28, 30, May 5, 7, 12, 14*

Clinic 1F

Wednesdays & Fridays | 4-5:30 pm

April 29, May 1, 6, 8, 13, 15*

Clinic 1G

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 4-5:30 pm

May 19, 21, 26, 28, June 2, 4*

*Rain Date

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Level 2 | Beyond Certification

Ages 8 to 14 years (boys & girls)

Cost: $175

Beyond Certification is for juniors who have suc- cessfully 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 in- troduced at this level, as are the rules of golf and situ- ations 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.

 

Level 2 - Beyond Certification

Clinic 2A

Saturdays | 2:30-4 pm

April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16*

Clinic 2B

Wednesdays & Fridays | 4-5:30 pm

May 20, 22, 27, 29, June 3, 5*

Clinic 2C

Wednesdays & Fridays | 2:30-4 pm

June 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26*

Clinic 2D

Wednesdays & Fridays | 2:30-4 pm

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

Clinic 2E

Wednesdays & Fridays | 4-5:30 pm

September 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25*

*Rain Date

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Level 3

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.

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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. 

Programs: Full Swing, Putting, Chipping 

Cost per program class: $185.
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Full Swing | Formally White Class

Cost: $185
Students must be age 9 at the start of class

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.

 

Level 3 - Full Swing

Full Swing A – Level 3

Saturdays | 1-2 pm
April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16*

Full Swing B – Level 3

Wednesdays & Fridays | 1-2 pm

June 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26*

Full Swing C – Level 3

Consecutive Days Clinic Monday-Friday | 8-9 am

July 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11*

Full Swing D – Level 3

Wednesdays & Fridays | 11:30 am-12:30 pm

July 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31*

Full Swing E – Level 3

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 4 pm-5 pm

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

*Rain Date


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Putting | Formally Green Class

Cost: $185
Students must be age 9 at the start of class

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.

Level 3 - Putting

Putting A – Level 3

Wednesdays & Fridays | 5:45-6:45 pm

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

Putting B – Level 3

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 1-2 pm

June 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25*

Putting C – Level 3

Consecutive Days Clinic Monday-Friday | 11:30 am-12:30 pm July 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11*

Putting D – Level 3

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 1-2 pm

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

Putting E – Level 3

Wednesdays & Fridays | 4-5 pm

October 21, 23, 28, 30, November 4, 6* 

*Rain Date

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Chipping | Formally Blue Class 

Cost: $185
Students must be age 9 at the start of class

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.

Level 3 - Chipping

Chipping A – Level 3

Saturdays | 11:30 am-12:30 pm

April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16*

Chipping B – Level 3

Wednesdays & Fridays | 5:45-6:45 pm

April 29, May 1, 6, 8, 13, 15*

Chipping C – Level 3

Consecutive Days Clinic Monday-Friday | 1-2 pm

July 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11*

Chipping D – Level 3

Wednesdays & Fridays | 1-2 pm

July 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31*

Chipping E – Level 3

Saturdays | 11:30 am-12:30 pm

September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17* *Rain Date

 


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Players Performance-Level 4

Ages 11 to 15 (boys & girls)

Certification | Cantigny Main Course Cost: $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.

 

Level 4 

Clinic 4A

Saturdays | 4:30-6 pm

April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16*

Clinic 4B

Wednesdays & Fridays | 5:45-7:15 pm

May 20, 22, 27, 29, June 3, 5*

Clinic 4C

Wednesdays & Fridays | 4:30-6 pm

June 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26*

Clinic 4D

Wednesdays & Fridays | 4:30-6 pm J

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

Clinic 4E

Wednesdays & Fridays | 4-5:30 pm

September 30, October 2, 7, 9, 14, 16*


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PGA Junior Camps

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!


 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

PGA Junior Camps

 

Half-Day Camps, 9:00 am to 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.

Cost: $395

 

Full-Day Camps, 9:00 am to 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.

Cost: $595


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PGA Junior League - 13U

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.

PGA Junior League - 13U

13U Season Schedule:

Friday’s 7-9am @Youth Links

6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17

Championship Match 7/24

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Links & Lunch

Fridays | 9-11 am 

Cost: $50

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Links & Lunch 

Fridays, 9:00 am – 11:00

Class LNKS A: 

June 5

Class LNKS B: 

June 12

Class LNKS C: 

June 19

Class LNKS D: 

June 26

Class LNKS E: 

July 10

Class LNKS F: 

July 17

Class LNKS G: 

July 24

Class LNKS H: 

July 31

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LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Clinics

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 2 and on July 7. 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. 

Cost: $100 per clinic

 

LPGA-USGA Girls Golf

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Mastering The Mental Game

Ages 12 to 18 (boys & girls)

Train your mind the same way you train your body. This weekly class introduces junior golfers to concepts and strategies designed to improve confidence and focus. Students participate in a combination of specific games and routines to help them better manage their emotions while practicing and playing on the golf course.

 

Mastering the Mental Game 

MMG A

Mondays | 4:30-5:45 pm

April 6, 13, 20, 27*

MMG B
Mondays | 4:30-5:45 pm

May 4, 11, 18, 26*

MMG C

Mondays | 4:00-5:15 pm J

une 8, 15, 22, 29*
MMG D
Mondays | 4:00-5:15 pm

July 6, 13, 20, 27*

Cost: $125

*Rain Date

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High School Prep

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

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. Learn practice games and drills that build creativity and precision and develop routines and strategies to help handle the pressure of competitive high school golf.

High School Prep

Clinic HS-A

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 4:30-6 pm J

une 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25*

Clinic HS-B

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 4:30–6 pm

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

Clinic HS-C

Consecutive Days Clinic Monday-Friday | 4:30-6 pm

July 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, August 1*

Cost: $220

*Rain Date

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High School Prep - Short Game Clinic

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

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.

High School Prep - Short Came Clinic

Clinic HSSG-A

Wednesdays | 8-9:30 am June 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8*

Clinic HSSG-B

Wednesdays | 8-9:30 am July 15, 22, 29, August 5, 6*

Cost: $180

*Rain Date

 

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