Development Programs


Adult Program

Get Golf Ready is designed to teach everything you’ll need to play golf in just a few lessons. PGA and LPGA Professionals will show you that there are lots of ways to play by combining fun, friends and fitness.Each session will focus on the various golf skills you will use while playing. In addition to learning the basics, you will be guided onto the golf course to put your skills into action in a casual, friendly setting.No equipment needed!

Over the course of 5 lessons you’ll discover:

Warm up, stretching and wellness tips The best ways to hold the club and get ready before you take a swing Getting the ball close to the hole — chipping, pitching and other shots from short distances Caring for the course Getting comfortable with the full swing Using your irons to get the ball in the air and onto the green Learning the ‘lingo’, like fairway & rough, tee box & green, divot & bunker, and more Having more fun using ‘It’s Okay’ as the way to play Swinging your driver and other ‘big’ clubs to hit the long shots Starting your play from the correct tee markers — use TEE IT FORWARD to have more fun Helpful shortcuts to save time while you play Linking all that you’ve learned to play a few holes Tips for playing in groups, on teams and other fun ways to play Getting you more comfortable on the course and where to drive the cart Review of the rules and keeping score After the lessons you should have gained the skills and knowledge for you to come back and play golf

Find a program and get started today contact your local golf course or for more information contact GNL at


Junior Program

Learn to Play

Learn to Play is a 4 stage development program for junior golfers, with each stage identified by a colour, that allows you to learn, play and have fun with the game of golf as you make your way through each stage. Online components include a digital progress report and the ability to communicate with your golf instructor. Click here to learn more about Learn to Play.

Junior Skills Challenge

The Junior Skills Challenge is a re-designed program that allows you to track your personal progress through a variety of “skills challenges” throughout the season. The program also allows you to see how you stack up against your fellow golfers of similar ages in four different skills challenges. Online, you will be able to track your progression with a personal scorecard, communicate with your golf instructor and more! Click here to learn more about the Junior Skills Challenge.

Girls Club

The Girls’ Club is a golf program designed for girls 7-18 years of age wishing to participate with girls who share the same interests. As a Girls’ Club member, you will develop the necessary skills and the proper attitude to enjoy golf for life. Girls Rule! Click here to learn more about Girls’ Club.



Junior Program

Golf in Schools – High School Program

The Golf in Schools – Grades 9-12 Program was created by Golf Canada in partnership with PGA of Canada and Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada). This resource will help physical education teachers to plan and deliver quality learning experiences that support the further enhancement and refinement of fundamental movement skills and develop sport-specific skills related to golf, in addition to increasing student knowledge and appreciation for the sport of golf. The Golf in Schools – Grades 9-12 Program will help students to further physical literacy skills that are necessary to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to lead healthy, active lives and enjoy success in all levels of sport participation. The initial element of the program or base program consists of a Learning Resource and high school appropriate golf equipment that is student-friendly, safe (foams balls are used as opposed to real golf balls), and easy to store (comes with storage bag).

Golf in Schools – Elementary Program

The Golf in Schools program has been developed to deliver Physical Education learning outcomes through the sport of golf. The initial element of the program is focused on assisting elementary school teachers (specialists and non-specialists) with and without a background in golf, to plan and deliver quality learning experiences using golf as the vehicle. Developed by Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) in partnership with Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada, the learning resource was designed to meet the learning outcomes of elementary schools curriculum across Canada. The initial element of the program or base program consists of a Learning Resource and hard plastic golf equipment that is child-friendly, safe, and easy to store (comes with storage bag).


Junior Program

What is LTPD?

Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) is a systemic approach designed by Golf Canada in partnership with the PGA of Canada to maximize a participant’s potential and involvement in our sport.

The LTPD framework aims to define optimal training, competition and recovery throughout an athlete’s career to enable him/her to reach his/her full potential in golf and as an athlete. Tailoring a child’s sports development program to suit basic principles of growth and maturation, especially during the ‘critical’ early years of their development, enables him/her to:

  • Reach full potential
  • Increase lifelong participation in golf and other physical activities

The LTPD model is split into stages in which a player will move from simple to more complex skills and from general to golf-related skills. For example, a beginner may start by learning basic swinging actions and then once this has been mastered he/she will progress onto more advanced skills.

This framework will set out recommended training sequences and skills developments for the participant from the Active Start stage (6 and under) to the Golf for Life stage (adult recreational). It will address the physical, mental, emotional and technical needs of the athlete as they pass through each stage of development.

Where has it come from?

A combination of research from a collection of leading coaches (both domestic and international) and sport science experts around the world was utilized to write the LTPD models (Golf Canada released version 2.0 in 2015). The framework is sport-science supported and based on the best data and research available. Our work is also based on the work of Canadian sport scientists such as Dr.Stephen Norris and Dr. Istvan Balyi, who focus on key, common principles of individual development, which many sports organizations consider best practice in long-term planning for athletes.

What will this mean for your child?

During your child’s first few years of golf, the emphasis will be on physical literacy. Time should be spent learning the ABC’s of athleticism (Agility, Balance, Coordination, and Speed) to teach them how to control his/her own bodies. For this reason, your child may take part in exercises that do not look relevant to golf but are supporting their development. Games and other sports will teach your child to throw the ball (basic hitting actions), catch it (hand-eye coordination), and run properly. At each stage, the child will be trained in the optimal systems and programs to maximize his/her potential as a golfer and as a long-term participant in sport.

What has this got to do with golf?

Golf Canada is looking to provide children with all the skills needed to take part in physical activity throughout their lives.

It is thought that taking part in golf-specific training too early can lead to an early dropout rate, create muscle imbalances and also neglect to teach the fundamental skills needed for most sports. In fact, research shows that early specialization in most late-maturing sports results in these outcomes.

Research has also shown that it is during childhood that people are best at learning physical skills. For this reason, we are advising coaches and parents to teach transferable skills first that will allow your child to become proficient in a number of different sports and therefore increase their chances of being physically active throughout their lifetime.

Who else is using LTPD?

The Council of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers responsible for Sport have endorsed and established the goal of the implementation of a Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) program throughout the sports community in Canada. Sport Canada has been working with National Sport Organizations to development sport-specific programs according to an overall framework established by an expert group of sports scientists. To date, over 60 sports in Canada are engaged in the process of designing and putting into place LTAD programs.

Where did golf’s LTPD model come from?

Golf Canada commenced work on the first LTPD model and framework for golf in March 2006 when a project workgroup was appointed. Since that time, we have measured the model against the most current development principles, leading to the release of an updated model in 2015—version 2.0. The new model coincides with the ever-changing environment of sport and how it applies to golf. In developing this model, Golf Canada has reassured that all LTPDprinciples are evident in Golf Canada programming.

For more information view the attached LTAD 2.0 Version for Golf or visit


Junior Program

The Junior Development program has been introduced to nearly 3,500 elementary schools since its inception in 2009, and over 300 high schools since 2012. The program continues to grow, with more and more new young Canadians being introduced to the sport in their physical education classes each school year. The next step to growing youth participation in the game of gold in Canada is to connect kids introfuced to the game through the in-school program with ‘green grass facilities’ engaged in developing a passion for golf.

Through the development of the Junior development program initiatives, Golf Canada is strengthening the link between schools running the Golf in Schools program and facilities engaged in delivering programs. Under this umbrella, there are two initial concepts that will assist in bringing us closer to this vision

In-School Visits

Local PGA of Canada professionals and Community Golf Coaches visit schools in their area to build on the existing GIS programming being delivered. IN order to assist with the costs involved with visiting a school, Golf Canada will provide grants to PGA of Canadian members

The $150.00 grant helps to offset any costs to the professional for his/her time in the classroom. Money can be spent on initiatives such as transportation, cost of professionl’s teaching time, prizes for the students, in addition to any other facets that the professional would believe to be beneficial for his/her time at the school. I order to receive the grant, PGA members must be at an active site and the school visited must be a registered GIS site.

Field Trips

The Junior program Field Trip program is an initiaive to transsition Golf in Schools participants to ‘active’ sites across Canada. By registering for the program, schools are provided with the necessary resources (equipment, curriculum and training) which enables teachers to integrate golf into their ongoing, day to day teaching ciriculum and meet the learning outcomes required by their respective Boards of Education.

All active junior program facilities will be eligible to receive a $500.00 grant through this program. The grant’s objective is to assist in off-setting costs involved in hosting a school at their facility (does not have to be the whole school – numbers dependent on programming availability). Programming delievered by the facility will be dependent on their capacity and capabilities and up to the facility to determine the best-case scenario. Programming will range from a tour of the clubhouse and course to a putting lesson, to time on the driving range.


Junior Program

The National Junior Golf Development Centre (NJGDC) initiative was established to recognize facilities that are offering a first-class experience for children aged 5-18.  NJGDC’s run nationally endorsed golf programs, have trained and certified PGA of Canada golf coaches and are linked to schools in their communities.  Golf Canada markets these centres to the public by positioning them as having met national standards for the delivery of junior golf programs, coaching and instruction. 2018 was a very successful year for the NJGDC initiative across Canada, with 32 site locations established in 7 different provinces – all of which were supported by PGA of Canada coaches, certified in either the CNC or CDC context.  With the 2019 golf season fast approaching, we fully anticipate that you have started to plan for the upcoming season, assisting you with your registration as a NJGDC is a top priority.


Junior Program

The Junior Skills Challenge National Event is comprised of participants that achieved the highest cumulative Skills Challenge score from events that take place across Canada throughout the season, in four different age categories. The event will take place on Sunday, August 18th, 2019 at Magna Golf Club, in conjunction with the CP Women’s Open held in Aurora, Ont. (the Sunday before tournament week).

By participating in a local Junior Skills Challenge, players scores are entered into the National Leaderboard by the site coordinators. Once the events are completed and scores have been uploaded, players can track their results to see how they measure up to other players their age category across their own province or across Canada.

The top ranked players on the Junior Skills Challenge National Leaderboard in each of the identified age categories below will qualify for the National Event:

  • Girls 8 and under (4 players)
  • Boys 8 and under (4 players)
  • Girls 9 to 11 (4 players)
  • Boys 9 to 11 (4 players)
  • Girls 12 to 14 (4 players)
  • Boys 12 to 14 (4 players)
  • Girls 15 to 18 (3 players)
  • Boys 15 to 18 (3 players)

Junior Scholarship Program

The Junior Scholarship Program provides two scholarships to student golfers entering or continuing a full-time course of study at a Canadian secondary or post-secondary educational institution. One scholarship will be awarded to a junior male and the other to a junior female from year to year, based upon the funds available for distribution. Scholarships will be awarded to individuals who have participated in the Newfoundland Labrador golf community and who have demonstrated scholastic excellence.

Scholarships will be paid directly to the individual’s parent/guardian.


Golf Newfoundland and Labrador

1296A Kenmount Road

Paradise, NL

A1L 1N3

Your application must include the following:


  1. Verification of membership at a Golf Newfoundland Labrador Member Golf Club (copy of Golf Canada membership card).
  2. Transcript of marks for two most recently completed years.
  3. Outline of recent (including competitive) golf experience (past 3 years).
  4. Letter from the applicant outlining goals and career objectives (must be typed, maximum 300 words).
  5. Two (2) letters of recommendation.
  6. High-quality color photograph (digital copy no photocopies) (head and shoulders only).



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