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Youth Development

youth classesReady to learn and have fun? The objective of the Cantigny Golf Junior Development Program is to provide every parent and junior with the best learning opportunity for golf. Our Program has five stages of involvement, and each stage is a framework for further development and skills. As the stages evolve, key skill concepts are required which most likely were learned from the previous stages.

JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT CLINICS

REGISTRATION FOR 2017 CLINICS BEGINS FEBRUARY 27 at 9:00AM
 
Entry Stage Little Linkers
Awareness Stage
Introductory Clinics-Levels 1 & 2
Links & Lunch
PGA Junior Golf Camp
Developmental Stage
Skill Progression-Levels 3
Mastering the 90%
Transition Stage
Players Performance Development-Level 4
High School Golf Preparaton
Excel Stage Individual Performance Components

To enroll your child in Cantigny Golf's Junior Development Program, please review the available clinics to determine which program best meets your child's level of experience. 

If you have any questions, please call 630 260 8199.

We offer three convenient options for registration:

Online: Click links below to register online.
Phone: 630 260 8199
In-person: Cantigny Golf Academy and Golf Shop, 27w270 Mack Road, Wheaton, IL
Custom Junior Clinics  

If the dates of our scheduled programs conflict with your summer plans, Cantigny offers custom clinics for juniors of the same level. Each custom class consists of three to six juniors, and will follow the same curriculum. Enrollment in a custom certification class is prepared by contacting the Golf Academy at 630.260.8199.

 Cost: $185-200 ($145 for little linkers)


Youth Links Certification - Get certified to play!

Junior golfers at least 8 years old who want to play the Cantigny Youth Links without adult supervision need to be certified. The certification process is easy, and no previous course experience is required! Simply enroll in the Clinic Level 1 Certification Clinic. This is the first clinic in our series of Awareness Stage: Introductory Clinics.


Certification Testing/Unsupervised Play

Junior golfers with previous clinic or private instruction experience from a PGA Professional are eligible to bypass the Level 1 clinic. Students who select this option will need a signed letter from their previous instructor --Certification Letter from Previous Instructor . To gain unsupervised playing privileges, the junior must successfully complete the Certification Testing.

For juniors testing dates please call 630 260 8270. Testing involves a written quiz and a two-hole on-course evaluation, focusing on safety and course etiquette.

  • The junior must be at least 8 years old
  • A note must be obtained from the PGA Professional who has provided the instruction
  • Advance sign-up for one of the testing dates
  • $50 fee on the testing date

2017 Entry Stage: Little Linkers

Ages 6 to 7 years (boys & girls)

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 many other levels Cantigny has to offer.

Designed for the beginning golfer, the juniors will learn basic skills, build confidence and positive self-esteem.

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

Cost: $120  NOTE: If you register online, you must pay online at time of registration. Parents – please make sure you are enrolling your STUDENT (not YOURSELF) in the clinic. The sign-up form requests: STUDENT'S name - mailing address - PARENT'S e-mail address - contact phone number - STUDENT'S birth date. Thank you!

Class LLA Tuesdays, 9:00–9:45 am June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 5*

Class LLB Tuesdays, 10:00–10:45 am June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 5*

Class LLC Tuesdays, 9:00–9:45 am July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8*

Class LLD Tuesdays, 10:00–10:45 am July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8*

*Indicates rain date


2017 Awareness Stage: Introductory Clinics– Levels 1, 2 & PGA Junior Camps

Ages 8 to 14 years (boys & girls)

There are two advancing clinics. Successful completion of Level 1 provides juniors with the competency to play Cantigny Youth Links unsupervised.

2017 Clinic Level 1—Certification  

This program is designed for a beginning golfer at least 8 years old. Level 1 clinics prepare juniors for certification testing and on-course evaluation for unaccompanied (without adult supervision) play at the 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 fifth and final meeting of the clinic. Juniors must meet minimum requirements to become certified. No course experience is required for this level.

Cost: $170 NOTE: If you register online, you must pay online at time of registration. Parents – please make sure you are enrolling your STUDENT (not YOURSELF) in the clinic. The sign-up form requests: STUDENT'S name - mailing address - PARENT'S e-mail address - contact phone number - STUDENT'S birth date. Thank you!

Clinic 1A Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00–5:30 pm   April 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27*

Clinic 1B Wednesdays & Fridays, 4:00–5:30 pm   April 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28*

Clinic 1C Saturdays 9:30–11:00 am   April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20*

Clinic 1D Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00–5:30 pm   May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18*

Clinic 1E Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:45–7:15 pm   May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18*

Clinic 1F Wednesdays & Fridays, 4:00–5:30 pm   May 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19*

Clinic 1G Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00–5:30 pm   May 23, 25, 30, June 1, 6, 8*

Clinic 1H Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:45–7:15 pm   May 23, 25, 30, June 1, 6, 8*

Clinic 1I Saturdays 9:30–11:00 am   June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 8, 15*

Clinic 1J Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:30–4:00 pm   June 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29*

Clinic 1K Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:30–4:00 pm   July 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27*

Clinic 1L Saturdays 9:30–11:00 am   July 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26*

Clinic 1M Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00–5:30 pm   Sept. 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21*

Clinic 1N Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00–5:30 pm   Sept. 26, 28, October 3, 5, 10, 12*

*Indicates rain date

2017 Clinic Level 2—Beyond Certification  

Beyond Certification is for juniors who have been certified. 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. Also introduced at this level are rules questions and situations that might occur while playing out on 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.

Cost: $170 NOTE: If you register online, you must pay online at time of registration. Parents – please make sure you are enrolling your STUDENT (not YOURSELF) in the clinic. The sign-up form requests: STUDENT'S name - mailing address - PARENT'S e-mail address - contact phone number - STUDENT'S birth date. Thank you!

Clinic 2A Saturdays, 2:30–4:00 pm   April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20*

Clinic 2B Wednesdays & Fridays, 4:00–5:30 pm   May 24, 26, 31, June 2, 7, 9*

Clinic 2C Wednesdays & Fridays, 2:30–4:00 pm   June 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30*

Clinic 2D Wednesdays & Fridays, 2:30–4:00 pm   July 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28*

Clinic 2E Wednesdays & Fridays, 4:00–5:30 pm   September 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22*

*Indicates rain date

NEW IN 2017 - Links & Lunch

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.

Cost: $40 NOTE: If you register online, you must pay online at time of registration. Parents – please make sure you are enrolling your STUDENT (not YOURSELF) in the clinic. The sign-up form requests: STUDENT'S name - mailing address - PARENT'S e-mail address - contact phone number - STUDENT'S birth date. Thank you!

Clinic LLA Friday, June 9, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Clinic LLB Friday, June 16, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Clinic LLC Friday, June 23, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Clinic LLD Friday, July 7, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Clinic LLE Friday, July 14, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Clinic LLF Friday, July 21, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Clinic LLG Friday, July 28, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

2017 PGA Junior Golf Camps  

PGA Junior Golf Camps are officially returning for another summer of fun at Cantigny Golf! We’re excited to announce that our Summer 2017 schedule is now posted online and open for registration. Hosted at Cantigny, PGA Junior Golf Camps are Advanced Classes for 9 to 14 year olds.

Plus, when you register early, you can save 10% on any Summer 2017 camp by using code ‘PC2017’ at checkout. But be sure to act fast, as this offer expires March 3rd, 2017

Hosted at Cantigny, PGA Junior Golf Camps are Advanced Classes for 9 to 14 year olds.

Half-day camps (9am to 12pm) 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: $365 half day camp

Full-day instructional camps (9am to 3:30pm) begin with a morning lesson. After lunch (provided), the juniors receive on-course professional instruction on days two through five.

Cost: $575 Full Day Camp (camps 2, 5 & 8), indicated by (*).  

PGA Camp 1: Half Day - Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm June 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

PGA Camp 2: *Full Day - Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm June 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

PGA Camp 3: *Full Day - Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm June 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

PGA Camp 4: Half Day - Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm June 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

PGA Camp 5: Half Day - Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

PGA Camp 6: *Full Day - Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm July 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

PGA Camp 7: Half Day - Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm July 31, August 1, 2, 3, 4

PGA Camp 8: Half Day - Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Aug 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

* Full day camp Monday through Friday, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm. Days 1 and 2 extend professional instruction into afternoon. Days 2 through 5 include afternoon golf (9-holes @ Youth Links) with professional and staff!


2017 Developmental Stage: Skills Progression - Level 3

Ages 10 to 15 years (boys & girls)

Level 3 is a motor skill development program designed for certified junior golfers ages 10 to 15. At this stage, boys and girls are developmentally ready to acquire the cornerstones of all athletic development. This is also the time where recognizable athletic programming begins and where 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.

Each color tier has a defined purpose. 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. Level 3 begins with WHITE and ends with the passing of BLUE. 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 at each color tier to advance to the next tier, or they will remain at that color tier. Every child is unique and a child’s advancement is only a matter of practice and time. If a child has difficulty completing a color tier, 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 color tier.

Cost per color tier class: $185 (NOTE: If you register online, you must pay online at time of registration.)

Color Tiers: White, Green, Blue

2017 WHITE: Body Control

Golf Knowledge: Introduction to etiquette and safety; Recognize putting green, fringe, fairway, rough, teeing ground

Equipment: Proper length clubs are available

Required Skill Set: 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

Cost: $185 NOTE: If you register online, you must pay online at time of registration. Parents – please make sure you are enrolling your STUDENT (not YOURSELF) in the clinic. The sign-up form requests: STUDENT'S name - mailing address - PARENT'S e-mail address - contact phone number - STUDENT'S birth date. Thank you!

White A - Level 3 Saturdays 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm   April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20*

White B - Level 3 Wednesdays & Fridays, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm   June 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30*

CONSECUTIVE DAY: White C - Level 3 Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am - 9:00 am   July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15*

White D - Level 3 Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm   July 19, 21, 26, 28, August 2, 4*

White E - Level 3 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00–5:00 pm   October 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, November 2*

*Indicates rain date

2017 GREEN: Direction & Feel

Golf Knowledge: All Level 1 & 2 Introductory Clinics 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. Required Skill Set: Level 3–WHITE concepts and proficiency. 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, core and lower back strength.

Mental Development: Learn repetitive routine or procedure for each shot, and exposure to positive thinking and basic relaxation skills.

Cost: $185 NOTE: If you register online, you must pay online at time of registration. Parents – please make sure you are enrolling your STUDENT (not YOURSELF) in the clinic. The sign-up form requests: STUDENT'S name - mailing address - PARENT'S e-mail address - contact phone number - STUDENT'S birth date. Thank you!

Green A - Level 3 Wednesdays & Fridays, 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm   April 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28*

Green B - Level 3 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm   June 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29*

CONSECUTIVE DAY: Green C - Level 3 Monday thru Friday, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm   July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15*

Green D - Level 3 Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm   July 18, 20, 25, 27, August 1, 3*

Green E - Level 3 Wednesdays & Fridays, 4:00–5:00 pm   October 18, 20, 25, 27, november 1, 3*

*Indicates rain date

2017 BLUE: Impact Alignments

Golf Knowledge: Basic understanding of loft and proper club selection.

Equipment: Must have a properly sized wedge.

Required Skill Set: Level 3–WHITE & GREEN concepts and proficiency.

Key concepts to move to next level:  Stroke Development; Effective and functioning grip; Posture & Stance: Positioning of feet 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, core and lower back strength.

Mental Development: Learn about creative imagery.

Cost: $185 NOTE: If you register online, you must pay online at time of registration. Parents – please make sure you are enrolling your STUDENT (not YOURSELF) in the clinic. The sign-up form requests: STUDENT'S name - mailing address - PARENT'S e-mail address - contact phone number - STUDENT'S birth date. Thank you!

Blue A - Level 3 Saturdays, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm  April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20*

Blue B - Level 3 Wednesdays & Fridays, 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm  May 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19*

CONSECUTIVE DAY: Blue C - Level 3 Monday thru Friday, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm  July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15*

Blue D - Level 3 Wednesday thru Friday, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm  July 19, 21, 26, 28, August 2, 4*

Blue E - Level 3 Saturdays, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm  September 9, 16, 23, 30, october 7, 14*

*Indicates rain date

NEW IN 2017 - Mastering the 90%

The saying that "golf is 90% between the ears" speaks to the importance of the game's mental side. This class, based on the principles of VISION54, aims to improve confidence and focus, and help juniors better manage their emotions on the golf course. Students will participate in a combination of class learning, driving rance instruction and on-course play.

Cost: $150 NOTE: If you register online, you must pay online at time of registration. Parents – please make sure you are enrolling your STUDENT (not YOURSELF) in the clinic. The sign-up form requests: STUDENT'S name - mailing address - PARENT'S e-mail address - contact phone number - STUDENT'S birth date. Thank you!

M90 Clinic A Mondays, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm  April 10, 17, 24, May 1*

M90 Clinic B Mondays, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm  May 8, 15, 22, June 5*

M90 Clinic C Mondays, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm  June 3, 10, 17, 24*

M90 Clinic D Mondays, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm  July 22, 29, August 5, 12*

 


2017 Transition Stage: Players Perfomance - Level 4

Level 4 CERTIFICATION - Cantigny Main Course

Ages 11 to 15 years (boys & girls)

Completion of Level 4 provides juniors the opportunity for unsupervised play on the main course at Cantigny (during special time periods with a junior walking rate). Level 4 is the highest group program level a child can achieve in the Cantigny Junior Golf Development Program. By passing the required tests,  the junior golfer has a proven proficiency of understanding all our concepts, the necessary essentials and imperatives for playing well, and a  proven ability to advance to a course yardage that fits his/her skill set.

Level 4 has combined the curriculum of our previous Level 3 classes, RED, BROWN & BLACK. The clinics meet for five 90 minute sessions (typically later in the afternoon for course availability) and require the junior golfer to understand; golf swing power sources, bunker ability, and a basic understanding of loft and proper club selection for outcome and scoring.

The following is needed for enrollment: Equipment: properly sized golf clubs which include a wood, several irons, wedge and putter.

Required Skill Set: Level 3-WHITE, GREEN & BLUE concepts and proficiency.

Certification: A certification card is only provided by passing the scoring parameters set forth in all the tests. 

Please note that it may be necessary for the junior golfer to repeat the class and/or private instruction will be recommended if the junior golfer cannot meet the key testing requirements.

Cost: $200 NOTE: If you register online, you must pay online at time of registration. Parents – please make sure you are enrolling your STUDENT (not YOURSELF) in the clinic. The sign-up form requests: STUDENT'S name - mailing address - PARENT'S e-mail address - contact phone number - STUDENT'S birth date. Thank you!

Clinic 4-A -  Saturdays, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm - April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20*

Clinic 4-B -  Wednesdays and Fridays, 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm - May 24, 26, 31, June 2, 7, 9*

Clinic 4-C -  Wednesdays and Fridays, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm - June 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30*

Clinic 4-D -  Wednesdays and Fridays, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm - July 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28*

Clinic 4-E -  Wednesdays and Fridays, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm - September 27, 29, October 4, 6, 11, 13*

* - indicates rain date


2017 High School Golf Preparation Clinics

For current 7th, 8th & 9th Grade Students

Each preparation clinic meets for five 90-minutes 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. Progress will be evaluated from distance measurement, accuracy and scoring. A practice plan will be established based on each student’s evaluation. Instructors also will advise students on the appropriate tournaments to prepare them for high school team tryouts.

Cost: $220 NOTE: If you register online, you must pay online at time of registration. Parents – please make sure you are enrolling your STUDENT (not YOURSELF) in the clinic. The sign-up form requests: STUDENT'S name - mailing address - PARENT'S e-mail address - contact phone number - STUDENT'S birth date. Thank you!

HS Clinic-A -  Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm  -  June 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29*

HS Clinic-B -  Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm  -  July 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27*

HS Clinic-C -  Monday - Friday, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm  -  July 31, August 1, 2, 3, 4, 5*

* - indicates rain date


LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Clinic

This is a fun way for girls ages 7-15 to get together before Girls’ Club to learn and practice different shots in golf.  Each clinic will focus on a specific shot and golf rule. Meet at the Youth Links at 10 am. Those certified at the Youth Links are encouraged to participate in the Girls’ Club following the clinic. To enroll or for more information, call 630 260 8199.

Cost: $125 (includes membership kit from LPGA-USGA Girls Golf)


PGA Junior League 

Cantigny Golf is assembling teams of boys and girls, ages 8 to 13, for structured team vs. team competition on the Youth Links. 

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 4- to 6-week season in June and July with one match and one team practice per week. Register by April 1.

Cost: $275 NOTE: Registration must be done through the offical PGA Jr. League website. To register click here. Search for Cantigny, click sumbit, and then click register under Cantigny.    

PGA Junior League -  Fridays, 7:00 am - 9:00 am  -  June 9, 16, 23, July 7, 14, Championship on July 21