Sure, Alice Cooper (who religiously plays the celebrity golf circuit) was right- “School’s out for the Summer”. But in Hilton Head Island’s golf community, school’s always in session, and summer school might be the best semester of all. If you have a youngster who already loves the game, one who’s just starting out, or one who just wants to find out if there’s a desire to pursue the game beyond the great mini-golf places on the Island, there are a myriad of choices to improve their game, and their attitude around a vacation to the Golf Island, all within a phone call or a couple of computer clicks.
If you just want to get introduced to the game, and the form of torment that’s captured the hearts of so many of us, Old South and the Island Rec Center sponsor a terrific FREE Family Golf Night at Chaplin Park on the Island every Monday night from 4-8 pm. The SNAG (Starting New at Golf) program they use is very out-of-the-box and a great entry-level opportunity for the family, and you obviously can’t beat the price. The Island Golf School and Junior Player’s Golf Academy also conducts a Family Fun program every weekday at 3pm at Shipyard for a nominal cost.
Another great family opportunity is the FREE clinic at Palmetto Dunes’ Jones course (my daughters still remember Doug Weaver’s tip to “hold the club like a hot dog in a bun”) every Monday afternoon at 4pm that have been going on seemingly forever and have helped thousands of golfers at all skill levels.
If your kids are just learning the game, there’s everything from 60-90 minute clinics available every weekday at Shipyard and Port Royal at 9am or 1pm for as little as $20 a session through the Island Golf School and the Junior Player’s Golf Academy. Or you can step up to half-day and full-day camps, or even a week-long Junior Camp that will really immerse your youngster in the game of a lifetime.
Old South’s camps are for ages 7 and up. The Junior Clinic is Wednesdays from 10:30am-Noon, the “Full Day” camp is Tuesdays for four hours including instruction and course play. The “Half Day” camp is Thursday’s from 1-5pm. And they even throw in snacks and drinks!
Another option is at the Sea Pines Golf Learning Center at the Plantation Golf Club, which offers everything from “Future Stars” clincs for those as young as 4 years-old at 2pm weekdays, to a 3-day “FUNdamentals” camp for golfers ages 6-12 Mondays-Wednesdays that’ll hook them on the game while still leaving them the rest of the week to impress you with what they learned, to week-long camps for competitive young players.
For those of us not-so-young, just about every golf location has specialized half-day, full-day and multi-day opportunities to improve your game—think of it as graduate school for your game! Most of the family clinics and junior camps will even provide clubs, though you should ask when you make a reservation.
Ready to learn the game, like the game, or maybe love the game all over again? Take the advice of Alice Cooper, who reminds us that we’re “out till fall, and we might not go back at all.”