Marc Haddad, Founder of PGA Junior Golf Camps, designed and implemented this program with the intention of getting the interest of juniors, ages 7-17, back into the game of golf. It took off in January of this year, and already, PGA Junior Golf Camps are in 25 locations across the country. What makes this program so popular? “It is fun,” remarks Haddad, and adds it is a “great camaraderie sport.”
PGA Junior Golf Camps are affiliated with PGA of America, and hires only the best instructors, who follow the curriculum set forth by PGA of America. For the parents reading, know your child will be in the most qualified hands.
Specifically, PGA Junior Golf Camps are geared towards “honesty, integrity, and sportsmanship.” Per Haddad, these characteristics transcend past the course into everyday life. In this program, new golfers have the opportunity to learn the traditions of golf, such as etiquette and technique, but they also honor a moral code – against the course – keeping the golfer honest and accountable while simultaneously demonstrating respect of other players.
Haddad believes that in order to keep the game going for years to come, he must “plant the seeds” of enthusiasm in our youth. “Golf is cool,” says Haddad, and albeit traditional, golf has room to be unique as well. As many know, there is a large mental piece to the game of golf. When asked how the mental aspect of the game is handled with the younger demographic, Haddad remarks, “[we] make it fun.” He reminds the juniors that they can’t let a bad shot “ruin [their] round.”
PGA Junior Golf Camps do not have a skill level requisite; in fact, 30-40% of the young golfers are beginners. The instructors accommodate beginning to advanced levels, and as the weeks continue, golfers are able to transition from one group level to another. The closest camp is located at Teal Bend, near Garden Highway, and Haddad describes it as “junior friendly.” One reason Haddad has such a “deep passion for youth sports” is because he can be a participant in a program that “can help a kid positively, in a quick time frame, because they are so willing to learn.”
Haddad has over a decade of experience with junior camps. His passion for this golf program has kept him working tirelessly to keep – what some call a declining sport – alive. See the website for specifics on the upcoming golf camp! http://pgajuniorgolfcamps.com/