Essendon Country Club

Juniors are a huge part of club life at Essendon

Junior Academy

We understand the importance of encouraging young people to participate in the wonderful game of golf, that's why Juniors are a huge part of club life at Essendon and why each student receives the following when enrolling into the Junior Academy:

  • A complimentary embroidered FootJoy golf shirt
  • A membership card which provides 10% discount off of food and drinks
  • Full use of the facilities to practise between lesson times
  • A bag tag showing they are a member of the academy

Come and join the popular Essendon Junior Academy. Whether you’re brand new to golf or you’ve had some previous experience, our Junior Academy at Essendon provides the perfect platform for your child to develop. 

Our structured FIVE tiered pathway starts with the Bronze, Silver & Gold levels, followed by the Graduate Squad and full Junior Membership. This structure allows young golfers of any level to participate, play and progress through our program, which is designed to encourage all participants to become course competent.

Once each junior has reached the playing requirements to progress through the Bronze, Silver & Gold levels, they become eligible to join the Graduate Squad.

There are three academy terms throughout the year which include coaching sessions as well as fun and social playing opportunities. You can view the Dates & Details for each term by clicking the links below, which will also provide you with more details about the sessions as well as the scoring requirements for each level of the program.

Click HERE for the Junior Academy Term 1 dates (February-April).

Click HERE for the Junior Academy Term 2 dates (May-July).

Click HERE for the Junior Academy Term 3 dates (September-November).

Thinking about joining our Junior Academy? Click HERE for our Junior Academy Brochure.

For more information on the Junior Academy please contact Matt Spencer

The Graduate Squad

Once a player has completed the Gold Academy they are invited to join the Graduate Squad. This is an entirely course-based programme consisting of 5 Order of Merit events per term, 15 in total. Events are 9-hole competitive rounds with a mixture of team and individual formats with scores going towards an annual Order of Merit. Each term is supplemented with various clinics and camps to encourage the players to continue their development.

The main golf course is a big step up and can often seem daunting. To help with this every new player starts from our Level 1 tees, which are roughly 50% of the full hole. Once they’ve reached a certain handicap they can begin their progression back to the main competitive tees. This progressive pathway allows players to all compete in the same competition, whilst playing the course at a length suitable for their age and ability.

Once they have reached a 36 handicap from the main red tees, they will be invited to join our main Hawks section where they can begin competing against other clubs across the county. 

Click HERE for the Graduate Squad dates.


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