The Academy at The Georgian Bay Club is widely recognized as a Junior Golf Development Center for young athletes to learn and grow in the game of golf. The athletes coming through the door of The Academy can expect to receive the very best in coaching services, training/competitive opportunities, and peer support as they continue their journey in golf. We place considerable emphasis on “champion traits” in all facets of life and particularly in those that most impact golf development. As such, athletes in our programs receive guidance on themes such as time and self-management, strength and conditioning, sports psychology, nutrition, tactical strategies, and technical development. The coaching staff of The Academy offers tremendous support and guidance for both participating athletes and their families.
All junior programs organized by The Academy at The Georgian Bay Club align with the Long Term Player Development (LTPD) guide for golf in Canada. Long Term Player Development (LTPD) is a systematic approach aiming to increase the lifelong participation in golf and helping each athlete reach their full potential. The framework defines optimal training, competition and recovery based on principles of growth and maturation.
This diagram demonstrates the athlete pathway for a young golfer through our programs.
Active Start (Ages 3-6)
This exciting and educational program has been designed to introduce young children to the basic fundamental movement skills and help build overall motor skills required in sport. Basic key concepts will be introduced including grip, stance, balance and swing in a safe and fun environment.
National Golf in Schools Program (Ages 6-12)
During the school year, The Academy staff at The Georgian Bay Club volunteers at local schools to introduce golf in the community. Our goal is to help grow the game by reaching out to each school in the local area and inspire young people to learn and play golf in their community.
This community based developmental program runs in conjunction with our GBC Junior League. Designed for girls 6 to 12 years of age, participants will develop the skills, attitudes and positive image to encourage both self esteem and a life long love for the game of golf.
Each session is conducted by a female PGA of Canada Coach and supported by female volunteers. Please understand Girls’ Club is much more than just a golf program. Each session is designed to incorporate important life skills involving leadership, mentorship, self-management, social/friendship skills, athleticism and nutrition.
CN Future Links Camps (Ages 6-12)
These fun filled, active 5 half day junior camps focus on providing a safe and enjoyable introduction to the basic fundamentals, rules, etiquette, and history of the game. Each participant is exposed to physical, mental, technical and tactical exercises designed to increase their athletic and golf skills.
Active for Life & Developing Competitor Program (Ages 12-18)
These programs have been revised and combined to offer a more flexible schedule and learning opportunity that is specific to each junior athlete. Whether a junior athlete wants to develop their game to the highest level or is just starting their golfing journey, it is important that they all have the following: a golf environment to make friends and have fun, an opportunity to learn about their game (including technique, tactics and mental aptitude on the golf course) and a relationship with a Coach who will support them along their way.
GBC Junior League (Ages 6-12)
This program is a community based developmental golf program and runs in conjunction with our Girls’ Club. This program offers young athletes an introduction to the world of golf in a fun and friendly team environment. Designed for young athletes new to the game of golf or starting to play more often, this program provides coaching and learning on the golf course and includes all facets of the game.
Members and guests may book in person at The Academy, by email at [email protected], or by calling The Academy at 519.599.9949 extension 234. During the offseason, Members and guests may book by email at [email protected].