The main aim of the coaching programme is to teach the skills and etiquette required in becoming a member of the club and to become competent enough to enjoy the course to its full advantage.
All the coaching takes place on the practice ground area situated adjacent to the Uphill junction and opposite Broadoak School playing fields. If you drive down Uphill Road North from the golf club's main entrance and turn into the village of Uphill, the practice ground is immediately on the right. There is room for a few cars to park, but parking is also available on the public highway.
The coaching takes the form of 1 hour sessions, which in the summer are on a Wednesday, 4.30pm to 6.30pm. When the clocks change at the end of October the sessions move to a Saturday morning. The earlier session is for the younger and newer golfers and the later session is for the older juniors. Please contact the Professional to register in advance. We are unable to accommodate juniors without prior arrangement.
If you are new to golf you don't need to buy clubs to get started. The junior section has clubs in different sizes for the coaching sessions, and if you become a junior member we may be able to provide you with cheap clubs to get started.
Mike La Band, the club's Head Professional, with the help of qualified "Golf Leaders", runs the sessions. The "Golf Leaders" are members of the club and parents who have been through Golf Foundation training courses and passed all the necessary checks to make sure our young golfers have fun and stay safe.
The Golf Foundation is an organisation that promotes junior golf across the country. We operate a scheme called the "Golf Passport", focussing on basic skills and etiquette.
We also have a 4-hole Academy Course situated on the Practice area. It's while playing around this course that many of the other skills and etiquette of the game are learnt. How to score; whose turn next; where to stand safely; some basic rules; etc.
How to take part?
For safety reasons there is a limit to the number of juniors we can have on the practice ground at the same time. Due to this limit and the popularity of the coaching, youngsters wishing to attend will need to register by calling Mike LaBand on 07809 243839 or email email@example.com (Please don't just turn up). We will make every effort to get everyone taking part in the sessions as soon as possible.