Minneapolis Junior Golf Academies & Leagues
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board offers affordable and accessible programs at all of our golf courses with a strong emphasis on serving area youth of all races and economic backgrounds who may not have access or exposure to the game of golf.
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Minneapolis First Tee Junior Golf Academies
Minneapolis Junior Golf Academies offer extensive golf skill instruction and a low teacher-to-student ratio. All Minneapolis junior golf academies are provided by PGA Pros through the First Tee of Minneapolis, a
national program that serves area youth by teaching nine core values inherent in the game of golf, and incorporating those values into the instructional program.
Honesty • Integrity • Sportsmanship • Respect • Confidence• Responsibility • Perseverance • Courtesy • Judgment
The World Golf Foundation has designated the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board as an official First Tee Chapter.
The First Tee Certification process is designed to move juniors through progressive programs of golf and life development skills. Each Certification Level has minimum requirements of golf instruction, playing time, and oral and written practical tests that will increase their knowledge of golf and life development skills.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board offers the following First Tee lessons:
- Little Chippers Academy Player Level (Ages 5-7)
Students learn proper stance, grip, basic fundamentals of the golf swing using irons and woods, and proper putting techniques.
- Par Level Academy (recommended minimum age 8)
Beginners and youth with some golf experience will learn proper stance, grip, basic fundamentals of the golf swing using irons and woods, proper putting techniques, and First Tee Life Skills instruction.
- Birdie Level Academy (recommended minimum age 10)
Students who have achieved Par Level certification will learn advanced golf instruction, including course management. Life skill instruction including goal setting, goal ladders, and proper nutrition also included.
- Eagle Level Academy (recommended minimum age 12)
Students who have achieved Birdie Level certification are introduced to the rules of the game, receive video swing analysis, advanced First Tee Life Skill instruction including individual health and wellness assessment, preparing them for more competitive high school golf.
- Girls Adademy (girls ages 7-17)
Girls who want to play golf for fun with friends or family, or compete at the high school, college, local, state or national level will learn to play golf, build lasting friendships and experience competition in a fun, supportive environment. Students will learn proper stance, grip, putting, chipping, half and full swing with irons and full swing with woods. View Girls Golf Video
- All-Day Academy (recommended minimum age 11)
Advanced instruction in all aspects of the game from putting to
course management will help take participants to the next level
of competition. Kids will play at least nine holes per day and
carry their own bag.
- Ace (recommended minimum age 14)
Ace provides reinforcement of skills applied in earlier levels and
additional support in pursuing competitive golf opportunities if
desired. Ace focuses on setting goals for golf, career and
education, and giving back to the community.
Programs are offered at Columbia Learning Center, Gross, Hiawatha Learning Center, and Meadowbrook. Program offerings vary by location. Equipment is provided, and Minneapolis residents and non-residents are welcome to participate.
Three Ways to Register for Junior Golf Academies
1. Register and pay in full at any of our golf courses.
2. Print and complete a junior academy registration form and return with full payment to Columbia Learning Center.
3. Click the button below to select your preferred golf course to register online.
The First Tee Card
All participants graduating through the initial Certification Level (Par) will receive a First Tee Card that entitles the holder to discounted rates at each of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's Golf Facilities and Learning Centers. Please call each golf facility for reservations and First Tee Card Rules and Time Restrictions.
Students that successfully complete the First Tee Program receive their First Tee Card and:
- Discounted junior golf rates
- Free golf club rentals
- Discounted golf balls at our three learning centers
- Discounted green fees at other area golf courses for students that receive their First Tee Card
First Tee Scholarships
Full or partial junior academy scholarships are offered to those who cannot afford the registration fee. Contact your neighborhood Recreation Center for details.
Minneapolis Junior Golf Leagues
The MPRB offers Junior Golf Leagues for area youth 7-17 years of age, and provide a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends, exercise, enjoy the outdoors and learn a game that lasts a lifetime. Leagues are non-competitive and intended for the sole purpose of enjoyment. Juniors are offered a guaranteed weekly tee time at substantially discounted rates.
Minneapolis Junior Golf Leagues Locations:
- Columbia Golf Club/Gross National Golf Club
- Hiawatha Golf Club
- Meadowbrook Golf Club
- Wirth Golf Club
Register for Junior Golf Leagues
1. Contact the golf courses for information and registration forms.
2. Click the link below to download and print a registration form for Hiawatha and Meadowbrook.
3. Click the button below to select your preferred golf course and to register online. Online registration is currently available for Hiawatha, Meadowbrook, and Columbia/Gross.
Please Note: Junior Golf Leagues do not offer golf instruction. Participants should have received some form of instruction prior to joining the league. Supervision is provided on the courses, but our leagues are designed for playing, not teaching.
All City Junior Golf Championship Tournament - August 18-19, 2014
Kids from all of the city golf courses are invited to play in the First Tee All City Junior Golf Championship! Trophies and prizes will be given to boys and girls in each age division.
First Tee Family Tees & Weekend Specials
Play the First Tee Family Tees at any of our five 18-hole golf courses. Mom and dad can tee off from the regular tees while juniors ages 17 and younger can play a shorter hole within the regulation hole.
After 3pm on Saturday and Sundays, juniors 17 and younger play free with each paid adult. Additional juniors playing with mom and dad pay only the First Tee rate of $10. It doesn't get much better than that - so bring the entire family!