Al Hamra Golf Club in Ras Al Khaimah has joined forces with the Emirates Golf Federation to make golf accessible to female junior golfers. We spoke to Damien Scott, Teaching Professional at Al Hamra Golf Club to find out about the initiative, get his take on what parents can do to support their child’s journey into golf and find out about his own golf experiences.
Tell us about the girl’s introduction to golf program?
This is a great collaboration between Emirates Golf federation and Al Hamra Golf Club to provide an opportunity to local schools where the girls can come and try Golf for the first time. The program itself is 8 weeks and its main aim is to grow the game by focusing on the fundamental skills needed to play golf.
Why is this program important?
Golf is a game that can be for everyone, from all walks of life and I feel it’s important that everyone should try it! As an individual sport it can promote independence, it can contribute to an active and healthy lifestyle and obviously growing the game in the region is important for its future.
Tell us a bit about the Golf Academy at Al Hamra Golf Club.
The golf Academy has like most a men’s ladies and junior section. We have partnerships with other schools and our own classes for juniors. Tiger cubs allows kids from ages 5-9 to participate while older kids (8-16) can attend the Young Master’s program.
What are you doing to #GrowTheGame and what is key to getting more juniors to try the sport?
This year I have visited 4 schools and introduced the game to approx. 350 kids. ½ of these kids didn’t know what golf was. That’s the first step introducing the game and then by making the game accessible and affordable with school partnerships I believe this is a big step in growing the game.
Within the academy I have fun with the juniors while they improve and that keeps the retention high for each season