What’s the Junior Development Programme?
Our Junior Development Programme runs in 8 week semesters. During each semester we cover functional movement & skill development warm ups, swing technique, short game technique, swing & short game skill development, performance testing and on course playing lessons.
Our age range runs from age 3-5 (kindergarten) 6-8 (Emerald) 9-12 (Sapphire) 13-17 (Black Pearl)
We also have Troon Advanced classes in place for the most advanced players in each group creating a special learning environment for the highly motivated players.
An exciting part of our Junior Development Programme is the competition structure. For our juniors we have regular OOM competitions with a weekly par 3, 9-hole competition and 9-hole OOM running on the championship course. We also host a junior matchplay championship on the par 3 and championship course which brings a lot of excitement each season.
Giving the opportunity for juniors to compete in these events, in team matches and many of the other events help the juniors develop onto higher levels of play but also have a great time playing the game with their peers.
At the Montgomerie Golf Club Dubai, becoming a member of the club has become enticing with great support from the club and membership. We offer various options that combine golf lessons and club membership allowing juniors to develop their game, play regularly on the course and compete in member events.
A new concept brought in by the membership is our mentorship program where members who take an active role in the club are mentoring juniors and playing alongside them in club events.
How many kids are in the programme?
During the peak season our Junior Development Programme has around 240 participants ranging from age 3-17 learning to play each week. Our regular par 3 course competition has 30 – 40 juniors who play weekly on a Friday evening. Having a regular group of players competing each week creates a great social yet competitive environment.
What makes the program special? What sets you apart from other golf courses and their junior program?
Our junior program gives a balance of opportunity for all students. That may be those who are discovering the game, enjoying the social side and creating friendships. We also have plenty of opportunity for juniors who are looking to compete.
As a coaching team we are really proud of the atmosphere created at the academy by the many families who are learning together. We have many families and friends who socialize, play and learn together creating an environment that is a pleasure to work within as a coaching team.
What’s the youngest participant you have had in the programme?
We run a kindergarten class from age 3-5 which is always full of energy and excitement. Most recently, during Troon Family Golf Month, one of our 5-year-old golfers that loves the game introduced his 2-year-old sister to his lessons and she is having a great time playing and creating challenges.
Have you had any long time Junior participants that have really excelled over the years?
We are fortunate to have many juniors that have been loyal students of the academy over several years. Many have excelled within academy and club level events.
Our junior team matches along with, UAEPGA series and US Kids series have been superb for gaining experience out with the comfort zone of the home club.
The constant opportunity to play competitions has lead us to have junior players playing international in the South African, European and world US Kids Championships.
It is all very exciting to see how far we can help the juniors of the Montgomerie take their games in the future.
How do you make golf fun for the juniors that come to Montgomerie Golf Club Dubai?
When coaching junior classes, it is important that we are relatable to the juniors, although that might just be our excuse to have as much fun as the kids do! As a collective effort from the 6 coaches in the team we all contribute our own themes, games and challenges to keep our group lessons fresh with captivating content.
A nice touch for the juniors in the academy is the academy golf shirt we give to all the participants and in the coming season we will be adding Troon Golf Academy cap also.