Where to go for golf lessons?

Thumbnail image for golf club head in grassDeanna asks:

My five year old daughter has recently taken a huge interest in golf. She insists on watching it on TV, chiding the players with vigorous, "Ah, you almost had it buddy," and, "just get the ball in the hole!" Needless to say, she is inquiring about lessons. I'm quite happy with this, and in classic horse-before-the-cart fashion, we bought some kid-sized clubs for her last year in hopes she would express a desire to chase the little white ball. Does anyone have a suggestion for children's golf lessons? Preferably a group lesson in the Albany or Schenectady area? Thanks AOA readers!

Deanna's asking about kids lessons, and if you have a place to suggest, great. But if you know a good place/person for lessons generally, we're interested in hearing about that, too -- because they might also offer kids lessons, or be able to recommend someone good.

So, have a suggestion? Please share!


Dont know about kid lessons but check out Whispering Pines. Nice par 3 course well maintained. I took the adult 4 week beginner class it was fun and educational. http://www.whisperingpinesgolfclub.info/

I have no direct info on this, but I do know that in the spring the T.U. always has a big magazine-style insert that describes every golf course in the area and what they feature. Keep your eye out for that.

If you don't find anything closer, you might want to check out the Saratoga State Park's golf lessons for kids. Here's their site for more details: www.saratogaspagolf.com

I think 5 might be too young for the program, but Tech Valley Youth Golf has kids lessons.

I took a group lesson at the golf driving range by the Blatnick Park before. Not sure about kid lesson though.

It just so happens that the Empire Golf Expo is at the Empire State Plaza this weekend, March 28-30 and the Northeastern New York Junior Golf Association will most likely have a table/booth there. A good place to gather some info I would think.

Check out Western Turnpike Golf Course in Guilderland, NY off Route 20. Check with pro Herb Moreland for more information. I know they have lessons for young people there.

Thank you for all the wonderful comments and suggestions! I really appreciate it. I'm looking into all of these asap. Thanks again!

Burden Lake CC in Averill Park has a great summer program of kids. I think it last 6 weeks and it's lessons and playing. Great value and kids learn about all aspects of the game. I sent all 3 of my kids there. Might be a little out of the way, depending on where you live. Call them to see if they are still doing this.

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