The U.S. Kids Golf Foundation has impacted more than 1,000,000 players and families across the globe in its mission to make golf fun and creating lasting memories. Through our in-depth research and constant innovation, golf is in a better place for kids, parents, and coaches alike.
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The U.S. Kids Golf Foundation funded, researched, and developed a data-driven method to scale golf courses to be fair, challenging, and enjoyable tests for all players of all ability levels. This eye-opening idea, brought to life at our “Living Lab” at Longleaf Golf & Family Club, shows a simple method for players to learn how far they actually carry a driver, and then shows how that dictates all the other clubs in their bag. This concept created a way to transform all golf courses into welcoming venues for seniors, women, kids, all the way up to professionals. The results in retaining and growing players were so impressive that the American Society of Golf Course Architects partnered with the Foundation to implement this system into as many future designs as possible.
When the Foundation first considered the idea of opening a U.S. Kids Golf Academy in Southern Pines, there were many skeptics – and for good reason. A program with, at the time, no building, and in a hotbed of golf facilities within a 20-mile radius, just seemed like a far-fetched dream. Within two years, just as a state-of-the-art building was being raised, the Academy had over 500 students and other nearby facilities had just started referring their young players to our program. Why? Because it works. The Academy was able to convert all of the learnings from U.S. Kids Golf and created best practices in all aspects of youth player development. Today, while still evolving, our Academy leads the way in making learning, practicing, and playing golf a fun and lifetime activity for kids of all ages.
In 2012, the Foundation created the U.S. Kids Golf Coaches Institute, our “university” of top junior golf researchers and instructors, dedicated to providing best practices and resources to golf professionals around the world. Since its inception, the Institute has conducted more than 200 seminars, training over 5,000 coaches in more than 60 countries. Generations of young players have now been introduced and progressed through proper development due to coaches who have gone through our training seminars.
Since the first U.S. Kids Golf World Championship in 2001, our Tournaments have become the premier competition for youth across the United States and the world. The Foundation helps put on more than 1,600 tournaments each year, where more than 20,000 players compete, develop friendships, and grow closer to their families. Our Tournaments division is not only the largest in the world, but it has been cited for the innovative encouragement of parent-caddies in all events, the implementation of Positive Coaching Alliance training and testing, and the professional and welcoming atmosphere that has become a hallmark of U.S. Kids Golf events. Over 1500 Local Tour events are conducted each year, with State, Regional, and International competitions as well, all culminating in the World Championships now at Pinehurst.
Golf has a global reach and the Foundation is designed to impact players and families from around the world. Thankfully, in large part due to generous contributions to the Foundation. U.S. Kids Golf has been able to make a significant difference on young players and programs worldwide. The Tournament Division hosts over 300 International events, the Coaches Institute has trained 200 coaches in 59 countries, and now governing golf organizations are asking for partnerships with the Foundation to grow the sport within their jurisdiction. As a recent example, click below for a press release regarding our efforts with the Kenyan Golf Foundation.