We have a growing Junior Section with a strong tradition of providing a friendly, relaxed and welcoming environment for girls and boys to learn and play golf. Our aim is that Juniors enjoy their golf, but most of all enjoy being a part of Harrogate Golf Club. We truly value the Junior membership; they are after all the future of our club!
Harrogate Golf Club welcomes Juniors of all abilities; from absolute beginners to more accomplished players. Both the Junior Section and the PGA Professionals are on hand, informally and through structured lessons and events, to help each Junior Member to develop toward their goals.
Our approach is simple: making golf fun and relaxed. We appreciate that individuals want different things from the game but we will provide a friendly, inclusive and informal environment where girls and boys can learn to love the game and enjoy being a member of a thriving and friendly golf club.
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Clubmark is Sport England's standard for high quality community sports clubs.
Harrogate was the first Club in the area to be awarded the "Golfmark" accreditation, meaning that the Club is:
"Recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages as well as helping parents and carers know that they're choosing the right club for their young people."
Harrogate Golf Club recognises the importance of Junior Members to the lifecycle of the club. We therefore place a great deal of importance in the structure, development and the organisation of the Junior Section. The Junior Section is led by the Junior Coordinator: a parent member of the club with children in the Junior Section. Overseeing the Junior Section is the Honorary President John Parry, a former Junior Member and current Professional Tour Golfer. Embedded in the Junior's development is the Professional PGA input of Gary, Sam and Lewis; always on hand to provide professional guidance and coaching.
The Harrogate GC Junior Section has a long heritage and will celebrate 50 years of formal existence in 2023. Many key members and staff at the club started out in the Junior Section; it is therefore a section of the club that is highly valued and cherished.
The Junior Section meets once a month, whilst dates vary, typically on a sunday afternoon. The event is hosted by our Junior Coordinator and takes place at Harrogate Golf Club. After a brief hello and warm up on the putting green, the event will consist of an involved talk or demonstration from a golfing expert to wider Junior's experience of and love for golf. We then head out onto the course for a game of golf or possibly a competition. Afterwards we retire to the club house. The event should last approximately 2.5 hours.
The Junior Section meet socially twice a year: Launch Event held in late February and the End of Year Dinner which is traditionally held in November. When the sun shines we'll aim to have a mid-season BBQ.
The Junior Section values the views and interest of each of its members and therefore has an AGM and Council drawn from the members.
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Sam Everson and Gary Stothard are Class AA PGA Qualified Professionals at Harrogate Golf Club since January 2007. Both previous Juniors at Harrogate GC; they have devised a progressive Junior development programme taking girls and boys from complete amateur to an accomplished player.
The next programme will start in March 2020. Cost will be £80, this includes:
- 13 weekly sessions lasting an hour on a Saturday (timings dependent on ability level).
- Full access to all practice facilities: driving range, short game area and putting green.
- Access to our shorter Junior Academy copurse layout on the main course. Unescorted use granted once a proficient level of play is achieved; determined by the PGA Professionals.
- Four different structured attainment levels; awards given on progression through each level.
We welcome new members to the Junior Section throughout the year but traditionally membership runs from 01 April. Please contact the Club Manager, Jason Thornton, on 01423 862999 for details.
Membership is free to Under 16* (as of 01 April 2019); Thereafter £99 for 16 and 17 year olds. Juniors will receive a welcome pack and induction chat on joining.
*This is for Junior Academy Membership. Where an U16 player exceeds the criteria to be a Junior Academy member, then England Golf Affiliation Fees and Insurance apply; full details are availble from the Club Manager.
Harrogate GC Juniors follow the England Golf Children and Young People Safeguarding Policy and Procedures and Sun Safeguarding Policy; details of which are provided to parents/carers of all joining Junior Members.
Everyone should be able to enjoy golf in a safe environment. We all have a responsibility to protect and safeguard children and adults at risk. One of the most important ways to do this is to report any concerns. Harrogate Golf Club have appointed a Welfare Officer and if Members have any concerns, they should report this to the Club's Welfare Officer: