Pictured: Michael Lowe of Youth On Course, left, explains
the program to a family at the Michigan Golf Show.
NOVI – Youth golfers,
from age six through 18, will be able to play golf at courses across the state
this summer for $5 per round.
Yes, just $5 as the
newly established Golf Association of Michigan Foundation, a (501 (c) (3)
tax-deductible non-profit organization, collects charitable donations from the
golf community to subsidize the golf courses for their real pricing on green
“Youth On Course” is
in Michigan, and Youth On Course Representative Michael Lowe was in the house
at the Golf Association of Michigan booth during the Michigan Golf Show at
Suburban Collection Showplace through the weekend.
“We want to spread
awareness of Youth On Course to families and courses in the area,” Lowe said
Saturday at the popular show. “As far as we are concerned if a kid is going to
play golf once a year or one hundred times a year, if they are a member of
youth on course they are going to save their family some money.”
Lowe helped explain to families and golf
course representatives and owners the successful program that is helping to
grow the game of golf across the nation.
The GAM is one of 14
state golf associations currently working with Youth On Course, which was
started 10 years about by the Northern California Golf Association and has over
400 golf courses involved allowing 20,000 youth members to play affordable
Several youth signed
on as members at the GAM booth over the weekend for just $5. That membership
will allow them to play this summer for $5 per round at participating golf
courses. The GAM has already recruited 25 golf courses across the state, and is
working toward a goal of 50 or more involved as the golf season progresses.
“We’re excited about
the launching in Michigan this year,” Lowe said. “It is $5 to join for the
year, which is certainly one of the lowest membership rates in the country.
We’re excited about the number of courses in Michigan already involved. We set
up agreements with each course and subsidize the course so they are not taking
a hit financially so it is really a win, win, win for everyone.”
Lowe said it makes
sense for courses that are already committed to juniors and already have strong
junior programs, and it makes sense for any course that wants to build their clientele
through youth and families.
“Clubs like Forest
Akers (in East Lansing) are taking it a step further so that the kids you get
involved through Youth On Course also get access to all their other great
junior programs,” he said.
Information on how
to get your young golfer involved in Youth On Course is available at www.youthoncourse.org.
making a donation to the GAM Foundation’s work with Youth On Course is
available at www.gam.org under the Foundation
courses interested in getting involved should contact the GAM membership staff
Lowe said that Youth
On Course has provided a way to transition young golfers from other junior
programs to playing the game.
“Other programs like
First Tee do a great job of introducing the kids to the game, but there is
still that financial barrier of actually going out and being able to play,” he
said. “This helps with that barrier.”
Lowe said the goal
of Youth On Course is to be in all 50 states by the year 2020.
“So wherever a kid
grows up, they can have a better chance of getting on a golf course,” he said.
The GAM would like
its members and others who support golf to consider a donation for Youth On
“Youth On Course
works,” David Graham, executive director of the GAM said. “Through it the GAM
Foundation is helping to build the next generation of golfers.”