I’m a junior golfer and I already have an official golf handicap.
Well done! You’ve done the hard part and you have managed to get yourself a handicap. From here the opportunities are endless and it’s up to you how far you want to take this game and how good you want to become. As a season ticket holder of Carnoustie Golf Links, you will have the opportunity to do the following:
- Play for the junior team in matches across the country at renowned courses such as Gleneagles, St. Andrews and Gullane.
- Receive expert individual and group tuition from our experienced PGA Professionals.
- Be kitted out in our official Adidas team crested clothing.
- Have unique access to the brand new Carnoustie Indoor Performance Centre.
- Compete against your peers in tournaments at Carnoustie.
- Be supported when you travel to tournaments further afield such as the Scottish Boys and Girls Championships.
- Develop your skills as a volunteer and young leader by assisting the PGA Professionals during the Pathway To The Fairways coaching sessions.
If you are a season ticket holder of Carnoustie Golf Links, you will always be supported by our PGA Professionals to help you improve your game and become as good as you want to be. At this stage of your journey as a golfer, it is important to have some individual tuition as this will give you the attention you require to develop your golf skills more effectively. Individual sessions can be organised directly with the PGA Professionals at any time throughout the season. Please contact the PGA Professionals by emailing email@example.com.
Scottish Golf Development Academy
The Scottish Golf Development Academy at Carnoustie is a 50-hour winter coaching programme (October – April) that includes additional non-technical coaching and education modules which are key to improving, not only as a golfer but as an individual. The Scottish Golf Development Academy aims to meet the needs of young golfers in Scotland striving to reach their personal golfing potential and is ideal for any golfer between the age of 11 and 20 with an official golf handicap who aspires to improve their game. Led by PGA Professional Keir McNicoll, junior golfers involved in the Development Academy at Carnoustie can improve their golf skills as well as developing and learning about the following skill-sets;
- Course Management
- Strength & Conditioning
- Goal Setting
- Equipment Technology
To get involved or to know more about the Development Academy at Carnoustie, please email Keir McNicoll (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit Scottish Golf’s website. (Note: Registration for 2018/19 Academy will close on September 1st)
Each year there will be several junior tournaments available to play in. Competitions to note are the following:
- Nicoll Cup (under 14) & Junior Links Championship (under 18)
- Carnoustie Junior Open
- Matchplay Championship – Scratch and Handicap
- Foursomes Championship – Handicap
Local and County Tournaments
Playing courses around the local area is a great way to improve your game, gain new experiences and meet new friends. Throughout the summer there are numerous local Junior Opens to participate in and if you do well, there is a chance to pick up a few prizes! They cost very little to participate in (usually £5-10) and are often held during the summer holidays. Our tournament page has a list of some local Junior Opens but the Scottish Golf’s website will give you more information of competitions and how to enter.
The Angus County Golf Association (ACGA) are our area representatives within Scottish Golf and also host tournaments for junior golfers throughout the season. We have a list of the ACGA competitions on our tournaments page but if you would like to know more about ACGA please click here head to their website.
As your handicap gets lower and lower, you will have the opportunity to play in renowned competitions such as the Scottish Boys and Scottish Girls Championships. Carnoustie Golf Links will assist you when travelling to these events and provide tournament support. To view the national schedule for tournaments head to our tournaments page or visit the Scottish Golf’s website.
There will be various team matches held throughout the year and having the opportunity to represent Carnoustie Golf Links and compete as a team will be something we hope you will strive for. Golf is an individual sport but, as I’m sure you’ve seen in the Ryder Cup, it means so much more to compete as a team. The PGA Professionals will select players for team events based on several key factors, not just on handicap/performance. You can view the Team Carnoustie schedule here.
Indoor Performance Centre
The new state of the art Indoor Performance Centre opened its doors in April 2018 and allowed all golfers in Carnoustie a unique opportunity to improve their golf in very comfortable surroundings. As a junior member, you will have access to this facility during training sessions and at specific times throughout the year.
As a playing member of Team Carnoustie you will receive Carnoustie Golf Links crested clothing to wear during team matches and while representing Carnoustie in tournaments. Your PGA Professionals will contact you regarding sizing of the clothing in the early months of the season.