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


Adult Program

GNL with the support of a number of courses in the St. John’s region will be piloting a program specifically directed and delivered to females by Certified Golf Professionals. The goal of this project is to provide new female golfers with exposure, awareness, and knowledge of golf skills in a funny, social environment at one of the participating golf courses in anticipation of increasing female golf participation.

The major objectives of the program will include:

  1. Introduce aspects of the sport
  2. Outline the basic rules of the game
  3. Outline the basic etiquette of the game
  4. Familiarize participates with equipment requirements
  5. Introduce basic skills and knowledge
  6. Provide information on course locations and female programs/activities
  7. Provide a social activity/environment on course following the learning session

It is anticipated that the program would be delivered in late June and early July 2015. If you are interested in participating in this fee golf session please contact GNL at or call the Executive Director at 709.424.3102.


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 CN Future Links 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 Golf League

The Junior Golf League is an organized league for young golfers. The league includes online features that allow you to track your statistics and communicate with your peers as well as your golf instructor. Click here to learn more about the Junior Golf League.

PGA Junior League Delivered by CN Future Links

PGA Junior League Golf (PA JLG) launched in The U.S in 2011. This past year PGA JLG has expanded to include nearly 9,000 junior golfers playing in over 740 teams across North America. Based on the success of these Canadian teams, we are excited to now offer PGA Junior League Golf Delivered by CN Future Links to programs across Canada. PGA JLG is designed to better socialize the game for boys and girls, ages 13 and under featuring team vs. team competitions in structured leagues that provide a popular, less stressful scramble format as opposed to stroke-play competition. This is a great way to get kids involved in the game! Click here to learn more about PGA Junior League For more information please contact GNL at


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 were utilized to write the LTPDmodels (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 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 teaching 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 sport 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 sport 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 firs 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 CN Future Links Field Trip program is an initiative to transition Golf in Schools participants to CN Future Links ‘active’ sites across Canada. Golf in Schools is a program, offered by Golf Canada, to all Elementary and high schools in the country. 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 curriculum and meet the learning outcomes required by their respective Boards of Education.

One of the specific objectives of the Golf in Schools program is to create links between education communities and golf communities so that students have a greater understanding of where they can get access to regular youth golf programs. It is our goal to ensure that all school children have a positive golf course experience (hence directing them to facilities engaged in the CN Future Links Program) – and are aware of their next steps within their community with respect to golf.

All active CN Future Links facilities will be eligible to receive a $500 grant courtesy of CN, 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). A maximum of a maximum of 60 CN Future Links Field Trip grants will be awarded in 2016. Programming delivered 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.

To Apply For The Grant Golf Facility Criteria

  • Facilities must be registered as an ‘active’ CN Future Links site
  • The maximum Grant is set at $500
  • Each facility receiving a grant must supply a report on the CN Field Trip they hosted that includes:
  • An itemized list of expenses
  • Brief highlights of the activities that the group participated in for use on the CN Future Links Website and/or other National Publications
  • Any money not spent and accounted for must be returned to Golf Canada to be put towards future Grants.

Selection of Sites

Only those applications that meet the above conditions and are approved by Golf Canada will receive grants. Grants will be evaluated on a first come first serve basis. In an effort to implement this program across the country there will be a quota system of a maximum of two grants per facility (Please note these quotas will be held until May 1st of each year).

The facility applications must provide

  • The proposed Golf in Schools site they will target
  • A brief paragraph (250 words) describing how the facility plans to use the grant and why it is a worthy recipient
  • List of budget expenses (Pro fees, travel expenses, facility expenses, prizing, etc…)

Recipients will be advised by email within 2 weeks of their application status. Golf Canada will confirm the initial interest of the school in proceeding with a field trip and provide the schools primary contact person to follow up with upon grant approval.


Junior Program

Winnipeg has been named as the location for the 2017 Canada Summer Games and play host to athletes from 10 provinces and three territories competing in 17 sports with the dream of becoming Canada’s next champions. Up to 6,000 volunteers, 1300 officials, media, medical professionals, and thousands of visitors will support and cheer for over 4500 athletes. Winnipeg will be the largest community to ever host the Canada Games; the event is projected to create an economic impact of $160 million. The Canada Summer Games will take place from July 28 to August 13, 2017. The 2017 Games will celebrate their 50th birthday the same year Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary of Confederation. The first Canada Games took place in Quebec City in 1967. While it is estimated that nineteen venues will be upgraded or constructed, the most significant capital legacy project for the 2017 Canada Games will be the construction of the new 124,000square foot training centre at Sport Manitoba’s home on Pacific Avenue. The training centre will feature multi-purpose areas including three fully convertible court spaces, strength and conditioning areas, aerobic training space, plyometric training and testing and an indoor training track. Golf will again be part of the Canada Summer Games and will be comprised of a boys and girls division with three players in each division. The team component will consisit of a three (3) day stroke play competition while the individial competition will be a four(4) day stroke play format. To be eligible for the team a player must be under nineteen (19) years of age as of August 1st, 2017, be a resident of their respective province, a member in good standing with their provincial sport association and meet various selection criteria as set by the Provincial Sport Organization. Golf Newfoundland Labrador is in the process of developing the criteria for the player selection for the 2017 Summer Games and will post the information once it becomes available. In 2021 Newfoundland Labrador will play host to the Canada Summer Games with the location still to be determined. For more information on the 2017 Canada Summer Games visit or contact GNL at


Junior Program

Golf Development Centres provide a clear golf developmental pathway with comprehensive coaching support for golfers between the ages of 5 – 18. These centres create a systematic approach to developing junior golfers which benefits players, families, coaches and golf facilities. The result is a system which provides support to players demonstrating a desire and high level of competency while also fostering the life-long passion for golf as a basic underpinning to the entire programming. The framework looks similar to an inverted pyramid, where the goal is to have a large base of players who “feed” the system, and have age/stage appropriate programming provided with every experience. Ultimately as players’ progress, they will filter through the club, with programs getting more and more specialized as they develop. Players and families will have a choice on whether they want to be involved in programming that is more competitive in nature or if they want to continue their engagement in the sport recreationally. For recreational players, a JGDC is able to provide programming and access to those who will play for life but who aren’t interested in competition. In this stream, the JGDC will be lead and assisted by PGA of Canada instructors and certified Community Golf Coaches. These recreational programs focus on servicing the demands of a sizable and captive group of players who simply want to play the game for life. The competition stream is run by a PGA of Canada Head Coach, who has been certified and trained through the Golf’s NCCP Competition stream. In 2013 PGA Professional Wayne Allen, Blomidon Golf Club and Golf Newfoundland Labrador partnered to create the first provincial Junior Golf Development Center at Blomidon Golf Club in Corner Brook. This program has been such a great success that GNL is working with a course in the eastern region to attain certification status for the course for the 2016 season. If you wish more information on the program visit or contact GNL at or more information.


Junior Program

For the second straight year, the CN Future Links Junior Skills Challenge National Event will be held at Glen Abbey Golf Club—site of the 2016 RBC Canadian Open. The top-24 qualifiers (12 male, 12 female) from the National Leaderboard will look to be crowned a national champion come Jul. 16—the Saturday prior to RBC Canadian Open tournament week. Competing in putting, chipping, driving and iron play, the boys and girls will vie for the title of their respective age group (9–11; 12–14; 15–18). The event will be conducted in the same format as the qualifying events held across the country at CN Future Links facilities. PGA of Canada instructors are encouraged to submit scores by this season’s cut-off date of June 14th. Click here to learn more about the CN Future Links Junior Skills Challenge. Click here to view pictures from last year’s National Event.
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