Northern California Institute of Golf Junior Programs

The Northern California Institute of Golf is committed to bringing excellence to the long term development of its junior golfers. Our model is based off of the American Development model, which was designed by The United States Olympic Committee. Our goal is to provide a road map for all families who wish to find the correct program for their child, no matter where they are in their development. Whether your child wants to play competitively at the high school and college level or simply wants to play the game for fun, we have a program to fit their needs. The Northern California Institute of Golf is committed to guiding your child through their journey within the game of golf.

The Journey

Have Fun and Enjoy Golf

During the Active Start stage of development, it is essential for participants to begin developing the necessary athletic movements needed for a child to become physically literate (running, jumping, kicking, catching, striking, etc.). Our goal during these five years (approximately) is to provide youth with a fun and safe environment so they can explore different athletic movements as well as being introduced to the game of golf. Children in this stage should move sequentially from Tots on the Tee to Tots on the Course to FUNdamental Momement and so on. Click HERE for more information. Register Now.

Keep it fun! Practice and Play

The focus in the FUNdamental Movement phase is the continuing development of physical literacy. Fundamental movement skills should be mastered and motor development emphasized, while the participation in many sports/activities is encouraged. For optimal skill acquisition, playing golf on our academy holes is introduced along with FUN golf competitions. Children in this step should be involved in our FUNdamental Movement Class, one of the options within the Year Round Program, Summer Camp and/or Little Linkers. Click HERE for more information. Register Now.

Go Play!

This age range is critical for development of coordination and fine motor movements. Players should be able to begin to transfer skills and concepts from practice to the golf course. Group interaction, team building and social activities should be emphasized. A balance of practices and play on a golf course will promote the continued development and mastery of golf skills. Participants in this category should be involved in Little Linkers, Summer Camp, FUNdamental Movement, Play to Your Par and/or a Year Round Program. Click HERE for more information. Register Now.

Building Foundation and Learning to Practice

During this period the majority of the participants are going through physical, mental and emotional changes. Recognizing this, the focus during this stage is to further develop sport specific skills, emphasize the best possible way to practice and begin to introduce meaningful competition. Athletes may want to consider the process of consulting many golf coaches, in order to find the one they are most comfortable with and can see themselves working on the technical side of their game. Participants in this stage should be involved with Play to Your Par, Junior Linkers, Summer Camp and/or PGA Junior Camp. Click HERE for more information. Register Now.

Follow Your Heart, Dream Big, Set Goals

In the Learning to Compete Stage, it is the time to prepare athletes for the competitive environment, continue to refine technical skills, ancillary skills and develop the physical attributes. We are going to take a close look at what the participant’s goals are, and we will create a specific plan to help them achieve their goals. Training will be individualized to the athlete’s particular needs in skill development, mental preparation, fitness and recovery. The training volume will increase as does the training intensity. Athletes should be involved with Play to Your Par and/or our NCIG Academy. Click HERE for more information. Register Now.

Class Programs and Schedules

 
Active Start

Tots on the Tee – Located at the William Land Golf Course: Tots on the Tee is a junior golf program designed for children ages 3 and 4. Participants will be introduced to the basic concepts of the game, athletic movements to enhance hand and eye coordination development and The First Tee Core Values™. This is a six week program, with classes held on Saturdays. Program Dates and Registration.

Tots on the Course – Located at the William Land Golf Course: This class is recommended for children who have taken one session of Tots on the Tee. The coaching staff transforms the Learning Center into a 3-hole loop and children are taught the very basics of how to play more than one golf hole. They learn where to start the hole, where to stand when someone else is hitting and the overall flow of a golf hole. Program Dates and Registration.

FREE Girls Golf Clinics – Located at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex: Our two FREE Girls Golf Clinics are back again in 2019! The goal of the clinic is to introduce new golfers to the game in a fun, relaxed environment, in which all participants are of similar abilities. Clinics give the participants the opportunity to meet coaches, ask questions and become more comfortable at the course. Program Dates and Registration.

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FUNdamental Movements

FUNdamental Movement – located at the William Land Golf Course: The FUNdamental Movement class is designed for children ages 5-12. We offer three sessions throughout the year on Saturday mornings from 9:00 am-10:30 am. Participants will experience The First Tee Nine Core Values™ and Life Skills, the fundamentals of the golf game, as well as develop athletic skills that are not only beneficial to their golf game, but more importantly their overall health. The participant to coach ratio is 5 to 1 or less. Participants will also have the chance to play the holes on the Learning Center. Program Dates and Registration.

Year Round Morning Program – located at Bing Maloney GC: The Year Round Morning Program is very similar to the Year Round After School Program, however the time of this class offers more options for our homeschool and charter school participants. The class is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 AM to 12:00 NOON. It is a station based class that allows children to learn golf and athletic at their own pace, while still enjoying their time at the facility. Program Dates and Registration.

Year Round After School Program – Classes held at William Land GC on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Bing Maloney GC on Wednesdays: The Year Round After School Program is a class in which not only participants work on all facets of their golf game, learn the life skills of The First Tee, but also develop many athletic skills and movements which are critical in becoming an athlete and a more coordinated golfer. This program is special, in that children can come to the course and participate in class for up to three days a week! Whether a child is a beginner or intermediate golfer, stations are set up in a manner in which all skill levels can practice at their ability. Program Dates and Registration.

Little Linkers and Junior Linkers Development Tour – Alternates between Bing Maloney and William Land golf courses: Little Linkers and Junior Linkers are the original junior golf programs for The First Tee of Greater Sacramento. This is a once a week, 9 hole playing program for participants ages 7 to 12 (Junior Linkers is similar; however the program is for those participants ages 13 to 17). Participants have the opportunity to play weekly throughout the summer, as well as the opportunity to participate in the Club Championship (green fees are included). Participants will alternate locations every week between William Land and Bing Maloney Golf Courses. When you sign up please look for a copy of the Little Linker Developmental Tour schedule.Program Dates and Registration.

Summer Camp – Summer Camps held at the William Land GC on Mondays and Tuesdays and are held at the Bing Maloney GC on Wednesdays and Thursdays: Summer Camps at Bing Maloney and William Land Golf Course offer more flexibility and fun than ever! Children ages 5 to 17 are encouraged to participate all summer Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM (we skip July 1-4). New for 2019, families no longer choose a specific week of participation, simply choose the number of days the athlete will participate (options include one day, four days, sixteen days or all summer). Multiple learning stations, activities, games and competitions will be played and participants will be grouped with others of similar ability and age to help challenge players in all areas of the game. Monday and Tuesdays summer camp will take place at William Land Golf Course and on Wednesday and Thursday class will be at Bing Maloney Golf Course. Both William Land and Bing Maloney offer unique and fun practice areas for the children to experience all facets of the game. We do ask families to pack a lunch for their child. Program Dates and Registration.

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Learning to Golf

FUNdamental Movement – located at William Land GC: The FUNdamental Movement class is designed for children ages 5-12. We offer three sessions throughout the year on Saturday mornings from 9:00 am-10:30 am. Participants will experience The First Tee Nine Core Values™ and Life Skills, the fundamentals of the golf game, as well as develop athletic skills that are not only beneficial to their golf game, but more importantly their overall health. The participant to coach ratio is 5 to 1 or less. Participants will also have the chance to play the holes on the Learning Center. Program Dates and Registration.

Year-Round Morning Program – located at Bing Maloney GC: The Year Round Morning Program is very similar to the Year Round After School Program, however the time of this class offers more options for our homeschool and charter school participants. The class is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 AM to 12:00 NOON. It is a station based class that allows children to learn golf and athletic skills at their own pace, while still enjoying their time at the facility. Program Dates and Registration.

Year Round After School Program – classes held at the William Land GC on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the Bing Maloney GC on Wednesdays: The Year Round After School Program is a class in which not only participants work on all facets of their golf game, learn the life skills of The First Tee, but also develop many athletic skills and movements which are critical in becoming an athlete and a more coordinated golfer. This program is special, in that children can come to the course and participate in class for up to three days a week! Whether a child is a beginner or intermediate golfer, stations are set up in a manner in which all skill levels can practice at their ability. Program Dates and Registration.

Play to Your Par – classes located at Bing Maloney GC: This class is a combination of specific practice and scheduled playing times. The goal of this program it to introduce participants ages 10+ to the concept of keeping their stats, understanding their stats, developing a plan for improvement and applying that plan during the on course sessions. Program Dates and Registration.

Little Linker and Junior Linkers Development Tour – Alternates between William Land and Bing Maloney golf courses: Little Linkers and Junior Linkers are the original junior golf programs for The First Tee of Greater Sacramento. This is a once a week, 9 hole playing program for participants ages 7 to 12 (Junior Linkers is similar; however the program is for those participants ages 13 to 17). Participants have the opportunity to play weekly throughout the summer, as well as the opportunity to participate in the Club Championship (green fees are included). Participants will alternate locations every week between William Land and Bing Maloney Golf Courses. When you sign up please look for a copy of the Little Linker Developmental Tour schedule. Program Dates and Registration.

Summer Camp – Camps held at William Land GC on Mondays and Tuesdays and at the Bing Maloney GC on Wednesdays and Thursdays: Summer Camps at Bing Maloney and William Land Golf Course offer more flexibility and fun than ever! Children ages 5 to 17 are encouraged to participate all summer Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM (we skip July 1-4). New for 2019, families no longer choose a specific week of participation, simply choose the number of days the athlete will participate (options include one day, four days, sixteen days or all summer). Multiple learning stations, activities, games and competitions will be played and participants will be grouped with others of similar ability and age to help challenge players in all areas of the game. Monday and Tuesdays summer camp will take place at William Land Golf Course and on Wednesday and Thursday class will be at Bing Maloney Golf Course. Both William Land and Bing Maloney offer unique and fun practice areas for the children to experience all facets of the game. We do ask families to pack a lunch for their child. Program Dates and Registration.

Return to Developmental Stage Descriptions

Emerging Competition

Year-Round Morning Program – located at Bing Maloney GC: The Year Round Morning Program is very similar to the Year Round After School Program, however the time of this class offers more options for our homeschool and charter school participants. The class is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 AM to 12:00 NOON. It is a station based class that allows children to learn golf and athletic skills at their own pace, while still enjoying their time at the facility. Program Dates and Registration.

Year-Round After School Program – Classes held at William Land GC on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Bing Maloney GC on Wednesdays: The Year Round After School Program is a class in which not only participants work on all facets of their golf game, learn the life skills of The First Tee, but also develop many athletic skills and movements which are critical in becoming an athlete and a more coordinated golfer. This program is special, in that children can come to the course and participate in class for up to three days a week! Whether a child is a beginner or intermediate golfer, stations are set up in a manner in which all skill levels can practice at their ability. Program Dates and Registration.

Play to Your Par – located at Bing Maloney GC: This class is a combination of specific practice and scheduled playing times. The goal of this program it to introduce participants ages 10+ to the concept of keeping their stats, understanding their stats, developing a plan for improvement and applying that plan during the on course sessions. Program Dates and Registration.

NCIG Academy: The NCIG Academy at Bing Maloney Golf Course is conducted by PGA Professional Joe Storbakken. The academy provides select, high-performance desired golfers (ages 12-18) with a comprehensive and systematic approach to training, competing, skill acquisition and personal development. This elite training team will be limited to the first eight participants each month. This training program is about developing and nurturing aspiring young golfers to improve as players and as individuals. This specialized program focuses on both the technical skills of the game as well as the human skills of the game. It is an athlete and parent-centered approach steered by the players themselves which have been extremely successful, yielding impressive results. Program Dates and Registration.

Junior Tour: The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Junior Tour is a year round competitive golf tournament program for boys and girls ages 12-18. Juniors are able to play and compete on over 24 different area golf courses. The tournament season goes from March through November. The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Junior Tour allows juniors to play until their 19th birthday, or their first day of college; whichever comes first. Program Dates and Registration.

Little Linker and Junior Linkers Development Tour – Alternates between William Land and Bing Maloney golf courses: Little Linkers and Junior Linkers are the original junior golf programs for The First Tee of Greater Sacramento. This is a once a week, 9 hole playing program for participants ages 7 to 12 (Junior Linkers is similar; however the program is for those participants ages 13 to 17). Participants have the opportunity to play weekly throughout the summer, as well as the opportunity to participate in the Club Championship (green fees are included). Participants will alternate locations every week between William Land and Bing Maloney Golf Courses. When you sign up please look for a copy of the Little Linker Developmental Tour schedule.Program Dates and Registration.

PGA Junior Camp – located at Bing Maloney GC: The PGA Junior Camps provide an excellent opportunity for junior golfers to improve their technical skills as well as develop strong course management skills. Participants are segmented into smaller groups based on their experience level in order to create the most favorable learning environment possible. Two nine hole rounds, one eighteen hole round and lunch every day is included. Program Dates and Registration.

Return to Developmental Stage Descriptions

Learning to Compete

NCIG Academy: The NCIG Academy at Bing Maloney Golf Course is conducted by PGA Professional Joe Storbakken. The academy provides select, high-performance desired golfers (ages 12-18) with a comprehensive and systematic approach to training, competing, skill acquisition and personal development. This elite training team will be limited to the first eight participants each month. This training program is about developing and nurturing aspiring young golfers to improve as players and as individuals. This specialized program focuses on both the technical skills of the game as well as the human skills of the game. It is an athlete and parent-centered approach steered by the players themselves which have been extremely successful, yielding impressive results. Program Dates and Registration.

Junior Tour: The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Junior Tour is a year round competitive golf tournament program for boys and girls ages 12-18. Juniors are able to play and compete on over 24 different area golf courses. The tournament season goes from March through November. The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Junior Tour allows juniors to play until their 19th birthday, or their first day of college; whichever comes first. Program Dates and Registration.

Little Linker and Junior Linkers Development Tour – Alternates between William Land and Bing Maloney Golf Courses: Little Linkers and Junior Linkers are the original junior golf programs for The First Tee of Greater Sacramento. This is a once a week, 9 hole playing program for participants ages 7 to 12 (Junior Linkers is similar; however the program is for those participants ages 13 to 17). Participants have the opportunity to play weekly throughout the summer, as well as the opportunity to participate in the Club Championship (green fees are included). Participants will alternate locations every week between William Land and Bing Maloney Golf Courses. When you sign up please look for a copy of the Little Linker Developmental Tour schedule. Program Dates and Registration.

PGA Junior Camp – located at Bing Maloney GC: The PGA Junior Camps provide an excellent opportunity for junior golfers to improve their technical skills as well as develop strong course management skills. Participants are segmented into smaller groups based on their experience level in order to create the most favorable learning environment possible. Two nine hole rounds, one eighteen hole round and lunch every day is included. Program Dates and Registration.

Return to Developmental Stage Descriptions