Access to affordable golf introduced for golfers ages 6-18
(PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.) – Youth on Course – the non-profit organization providing young people with access to opportunities through subsidized golf, college scholarships, paid internships and a caddie program – announces its expansion with Golf Ontario and Golf Canada, providing young people ages 6-18 with greater access to play affordable golf.
As a result of a highly successful pilot program launched in Alberta with support from Golf Canada, the Youth on Course expansion will introduce Golf Ontario’s junior members to unlimited $5 greens fees at more than 1,400 participating facilities across Canada and the United States. To sign up, visit www.youthoncourse.ca.
“The expansion of Youth on Course by Golf Canada and Golf Ontario demonstrates their commitment to inspiring and nurturing a new generation of golfers,” says Michael Lowe, VP of Programs for Youth on Course. “With the highest per-capita golf participation in the world, the introduction of affordable and accessible rounds to Ontario’s youth will benefit the sport’s sustainability in a big way.”
Starting in June, Youth on Course will be introduced at participating golf courses in four regions within Ontario:
● Niagara/Hamilton Regions
● Durham Region
● Simcoe/Dufferin Regions
● Ottawa Valley
“We have been working closely with facilities in the key targeted regions and are thrilled with the support we have received from many facilities across the province,” says Kyle McFarlane, senior director at Golf Ontario. “These courses are committed to helping grow the game of golf and will provide very affordable golf options for youth in Ontario.”
“We are in a great position to provide more children with access to our great game,” says Adam Hunter, senior manager of Grow the Game for Golf Canada. “Together with Golf Ontario and our participating partner courses, we are eager to offer communities more opportunities to access junior golf.”
Born out of the Northern California Golf Association in 2006, Youth on Course subsidizes greens fees to remove cost as a barrier to entry for potential lifetime golfers. Operating in 36 states and Canada, more than 71,000 members have played close to one million rounds of golf while the organization has helped generate over $6.8 million in tee-time revenue back to individual golf courses.
More information: 831.625.4653.
About Youth on Course
The core purpose of Youth on Course is to provide youth with access to life-changing opportunities through golf. Members play thousands of courses for $5 or less, benefit from employment through the caddie and internship program, and receive college scholarships. Headquartered in Pebble Beach, Youth on Course is a 501(c)3 organization that began as the charitable arm of the Northern California Golf Association. Since 2006, close to one million rounds have been played by Youth on Course members and nearly $2 million has been raised for college scholarships. In the United States Youth on Course serves Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin with the goal of delivering affordable golf in all 50 states by 2021.
About Golf Canada
Golf Canada is the National Sports Federation and governing body for golf in Canada representing 271,000 golfers and 1,400 member clubs across the country. A proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Golf Canada’s mission is to increase Canadian participation and excellence in golf. For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in your community, visit www.golfcanada.ca.
About Golf Ontario
Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial Sport Organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 450 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the largest golf associations in the world. From rating courses and keeping the integral rules of the game intact, to growing the game at the grassroots level and getting the game of golf into our school systems, to keeping the Ontario golf community aware of all relevant issues and hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to making golf better for everyone in Ontario. We share a love and passion for golf, while preserving its past, fostering its future, and championing golf’s best interests for everyone who enjoys the sport. To learn more, visit www.gao.ca.