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5 Reasons to Sign up for Golf Lessons for Kids!

Golf lessons for kids are about having fun while they learn and play what so many deem to be ‘the greatest game known to man’. Junior golf camps held at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club in the Durham Region hope to contribute to not only creating great golfers but also well-rounded individuals. But, what does golf teach kids? Here are 5 reasons to sign kids up for golf lessons: 

1. Golf Lessons for Kids Promote a Healthy and Active Lifestyle 

Encouraging kids to be active from a young age sets good habits early on, and it also develops the skills they need to stay active throughout their lives. It boosts their confidence, improves their posture and flexibility while building strong bones and muscles. 

2. Golf Lessons for Kids Cultivate Integrity and Honesty

Because golf is a sport of honour, kids will learn to be honest and speak the truth. They will also learn that integrity is about making good choices, doing the right things for the right reason and being honest with yourself and others. 

3. Golf Lessons for Kids Foster Patience 

Golf is about concentration and patience. Learning patience will teach kids to stay calm in stressful situations, something they will face their whole lives. They also learn to understand situations that require tolerance and to be more polite.  

4. Golf Lessons for Kids Encourage Sportsmanship 

Kids will learn to win without gloating and to lose gracefully. Sportsmanship through golf will also teach them to respect their opponents, encourage their teammates and end the game on a positive note, with a handshake, win or lose. 

5. Golf Lessons for Kids Will Teach Them a Game They Can Play Their Whole Lives

Golf is a social and enjoyable sport that provides a stimulating mental and physical challenge in pleasant surroundings. You can play it on your own or as part of a team. It is a sport that can be played at any age, and investing in golf lessons for kids will teach them a game they can play their whole lives. 

All instructors at the Royal Ashburn Golf Academy are trained and certified instructors and are PGA of Canada Golf Professionals. Contact us today if you are interested in junior golf camps in the Durham Region and want to know more about golf lessons for kids. 

Valentine’s Day 2020: The Couple That Plays Together, Stays Together!

It’s Valentine’s month again! Have you decided yet what gift you’re going to give to your partner this year? What romantic date have you got planned? It gets hard, as the years go by, to come up with new ideas to make the 14th of February special. Well, if you find yourself unable to think of something, we may have just the thing: join the Royal Ashburn Golf Club Couples League!

Whether you’re both dedicated golfers, both newcomers or 50/50, the Couples League is a great way to improve your game, bond, have fun and get to know other couples in the neighbourhood. It’s more than just golf; played every other Saturday, it runs for ten weeks and each couple league night is a themed occasion with the opportunity to have a wonderful meal, dress up and socialize. 

How Does the Couples League Work?

Each member gets nine holes of golf every second Saturday, together with a power cart and a two-course dinner at Butler’s Pub & Grill. Tee-off is at 3:30 pm. Winning teams receive credits to use in the Pro Shop or at Butler’s. There are also closest-to-the-pin prizes. You will also accumulate participation points for year-end prizes. All you have to do is book 10 days in advance of every League Saturday by contacting the Pro Shop. You can either play against another couple of your choosing or let the Pro Shop pair you at random (a great way to make new friends).

You don’t need to worry about scoring – the staff will take care of this. So, all you need to do is play your game and enjoy. This is a Fun League that is not intended to be too competitive. 

So, give the gift of play this Valentine’s Day – because the couple that plays together stays together. You could also consider a Royal Ashburn Golf Club membership and/or one of our gift certificates. Contact us for more information on how to join the Couples Golf League. 

Foster Young Talent at a Leading Junior Golf Academy

Is your child showing a keen interest in sport? Perhaps he or she spends the afternoon watching The British Open or the PGA Championship with granddad over the weekend? Maybe you are looking for a way in which to encourage him or her to spend more time outdoors rather than perched in front of the gaming console? Either way, there is no better consideration than letting your child join a junior golf academy – just like the one at Royal Ashburn Golf Club!

What is a Junior Golf Academy? 

A junior golf academy is essentially a program that is focused on teaching young kids how to play the incredible game of golf. Not only does it introduce them to the basics (like how to swing, the different types of clubs, and so on), but it also encourages a life-long love for this unique sport – as well as for the great outdoors in general. In a day and age where technology and smart devices are everywhere you look and it is difficult to get your kids to make the most of the simplicity of their childhood, this opportunity is every parent’s dream. 

What Are the Benefits of Joining a Junior Golf Academy? 

The benefits of letting your child join a junior golf academy are practically endless. But, we highlight a few of the main ones below: 

It Offers the Opportunity to Make New Friends 

This is especially true for children who really love sports. Joining a junior golf academy provides them with the chance to meet other kids with similar interests and build lasting friendships. What could be better than finding a close friend with whom you can enjoy a game of golf whenever you want to? Who knows? Friendships like these could last a lifetime! 

It Allows Them to Bond with Family 

Most junior golf programs revolve around a child being coached by a professional and playing together with their peers. However, if the rest of the family is also made up of a few other keen golfers, teaching your child to play the game could lead to a number of new opportunities to bond and play together outside of their coaching sessions. Just think of all the hours of refreshing family fun spent out on the golf course working on your swing together!  

It Ensures That Kids Spend More Time Outdoors

The great outdoors is so underrated these days! Fresh air and a good dose of Vitamin D can work wonders for one’s health and mood. Plus, it is an important part of childhood. It encourages healthier habits and gets the kids away from the lure of technology – at least for a couple of hours at a time! 

It Teaches a Host of Skills 

Many people think that junior golf programs will only teach a child how to play golf, but the truth is that these programs do so much more than that. When learning how to play the game, your child is likely to pick up a variety of other useful skills along the way. For example, they will get better at working with numbers and will constantly be employing and improving their problem-solving skills. Never mind the fact that, as they practice and see a noticeable improvement in their game, their confidence and self-esteem are sure to get a hearty boost too!

Everyone Is Welcome 

Many other sports out there come with an air of exclusivity. Golf, on the other hand, is known to be a fun-filled sport that anyone can take part in. It is a top choice for men, women and children alike, and is played in countries all over the globe. Thanks to the diversity that can be seen within the golfing realm, your child is likely to develop a broader and more open-minded view of the world and all its people. It also obviously teaches the important lesson of ‘practice makes perfect’. 

It Encourages Self-Improvement 

Golf is an individual game, not a team sport. Many parents place a lot of emphasis on team sports so that their child can learn to work well together with their peers. While this is indeed important, we often forget just how essential it is to teach our kids to continue on a journey of improving themselves and their own unique skills. When playing golf, children will learn how to analyze their performance, picking out what they have done well and where they can do better. In doing this, they will also gradually develop helpful self-analysis skills, learn how to receive and deal with constructive criticism and ask for help and advice when they feel they need it. 

It Teaches Good Values 

Golf is traditionally a ‘gentleman’s’ sport. In other words, proper etiquette and values are the keys to playing a good game. Because of this fact, allowing your child to join a junior golf academy will open them up to lessons on how to treat others, as well as how to develop good sportsmanship, determination and patience. 

Golf Boosts Health and Wellness

Fresh air, plenty of exercise and lots of sunshine (do not forget the sunscreen!) – there are many reasons as to why golf is such a healthy part of a child’s lifestyle. While it may not be as intense on the body as some other sports, it is certain to improve a child’s core strength, posture and spinal support, as well as their overall flexibility and fitness. 

Golf Teaches Kids How to Handle Their Emotions

There is no denying that golf can be frustrating at times. When you miss that all-important putt despite focusing to the best of your ability, or when you hit an inaccurate shot, it can lead to a massive influx of difficult emotions. However, golfers learn how to cope with these emotions and handle them in a healthy way. In junior golf programs, kids will have the opportunity to learn from their mistakes, deal with their ‘failures’ with grace, and use their challenges to their advantage in an effort to improve their game. All of this builds emotional intelligence and maturity which can be carried forth into their daily lives. 

Golf May Encourage Kids to Take Part in Other Healthy Activities

If your child starts to show potential on the golf course, they will undoubtedly grow into active intermediate golfers. This often includes adding a number of other healthy activities to their daily routine in an effort to further improve their golfing skills. These activities may include flexibility-enhancing Yoga, core-strengthening Pilates, general fitness and endurance in the form of walking, swimming or running, and strength training in the form of weightlifting.

It Helps with Weight Management

If your child is overweight and you are looking for a way in which to boost weight loss without putting a strain on his or her joints, then golf may be the answer. It offers a low-intensity workout and is so enjoyable it definitely will not even feel like a workout in the first place! Furthermore, golf is also known to teach kids about the importance of proper nutrition and this could lead to them making healthier meal and snack choices, especially as they get older and become more serious about their game. 

Golf is Safe 

Many parents flinch at the thought of their child getting a concussion when playing a rowdy football match, or breaking an arm or a leg in another type of rough-and-tumble sport. Much to their relief, golf is a non-contact sport that will hopefully never lead to a nasty injury. 

Golf is Fun 

Probably most importantly of all is the fact that your child is sure to have the time of their life when learning how to play golf! Our instructors really go the extra mile to make sure that all teaching sessions are fun, relaxed and memorable. 

Why the Royal Ashburn Golf Club Junior Golf Academy? 

The Royal Ashburn Golf Club junior golf academy is a great choice for kids of various ages. We offer junior camps, a junior league, as well as a junior intermediate program.

Junior Camps 

The junior camps are suitable for kids between the ages of 6 and 14 years. They cost $299 +HST and take place from Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 12:00 pm over a three-week period. 

Junior League Golfing Program

The junior league is our ‘learn to play’ program and is reserved for children between 7 and 12 years old. It costs $299 +HST and takes place on Saturdays at 9:00 am and Thursdays at 5:30 pm. The program encompasses skill development around the game of golf as well as skills to develop the entire athlete including flexibility, hand-eye-coordination and nutrition. The 4 stage program allows juniors to learn, play and have fun with the game as they make their way through each stage. The program lasts six weeks and includes:

      • a weekly one-hour practice every Saturday at the Royal Ashburn Academy starting at 9 am
      • a weekly one-hour game night every Thursday at Royal Ashburn Golf Club starting at 5:30 pm

Junior Intermediate Golfing Program

Lastly, we also offer access to a junior intermediate golfing program. This program also lasts six weeks and has been specially designed for young golfers from 13 to 15 years old who already have experience on the golf course and want to further improve their game. It also costs $299 +HST and is designed and conducted by Dave Castellan, Director of Instruction, to provide structured coaching with a focus on core fundamentals. The six-week program includes:

      • Three 2-hour sessions on our range and short game area
      • Three 2-hour sessions on course instruction 
      • Full swing technique
      • Short game – putting, pitching, chipping and sand work
      • Video swing analysis
      • Fitness and nutrition
      • Golf course management and strategy
      • Illustrated teaching manual

There is a junior golf academy program at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club for everyone, whether your child is a total beginner or whether he or she has been playing for a while. Our goal is to transform passionate and dedicated young boys and girls into well-rounded golfers. 

Another reason to join the Royal Ashburn Golf Club junior golf academy programs is the fact that all instructors at the RA Golf Academy are trained and certified instructors and are PGA of Canada Golf Professionals.

Here at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club, we are passionate about golf. We believe that golf is a game that your children can play and enjoy for the rest of their lives – it certainly is not reserved for adults!  Not only does it promote a healthy and active lifestyle, but it also teaches core values such as honesty, integrity, patience, sportsmanship and more.

If you would like more information about the junior golf academy at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club or about junior golf camps in the Durham region, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team. Here is to healthier, happier children and growing gregarious little golfers! 

Everything You Need to Know About Ladies’ Golf Leagues at Royal Ashburn

Looking for a new way to get active, improve your golf game and socialize in 2020? Joining a Royal Ashburn league is a great place to start. In particular, we host an excellent ladies’ golf league. Here’s what you need to know to get involved in this league this year.

Who Can Play?

Our ladies’ golf league is open to all ladies who are members of the club, regardless of which membership package they choose. 

How Does It Work?

The league is played every Wednesday from 2 PM onward. It is a 9-hole league, although you can choose to play 14 holes if 9 is too few and 18 is too many. All you have to do is pay your registration fee of $99.95 and then call the Pro Shop to book your tee time. You may book for a group or a single.

As a member, you will automatically get a Golf Canada Gold membership, which will track your handicap and give you incident protection on golf equipment and power carts.

This league is intended as a fun and social event, meaning you don’t need to worry too much about scoring. Simply fill in your numbers as you play and the Pro Shop will do the rest for you. Once you step off the course, a glass of wine and cheese plates will be waiting for you at the clubhouse.

The league works on a two-person blind best ball basis, in which each player is randomly paired with another and the lowest net score on each hole makes up your team score. The random pairing makes the league a great social occasion that enables you to form and develop new friendships each Wednesday.

It isn’t mandatory to play every week. However, the more you participate, the more you will be in the running for our version of the Fed-Ex Cup point race. High participation could make you eligible for a prize at the year-end banquet.

Join our ladies’ golf league and meet new people, get the most out of your membership and improve your game. Contact us for more information.

6 Reasons to Get a Golf Membership As Your New Year’s Resolution

Happy New Year from everyone at Royal Ashburn Golf Club. Whatever your resolutions we hope they last beyond the month! To help you tee the year off we present you with six reasons why getting a golf membership should be on your list of resolutions – if it isn’t already.

Maintain Healthy Living

The top resolution worldwide is to get healthy (or stay healthy) and playing golf regularly is right on track to doing so. It offers plenty of physical and mental health benefits. Swing into this year with one of our memberships to build muscle and strengthen your core, while also improving your handicap and learning to master a sport.

Socialize and Network

Both on the course and at one of our many celebrations and events you will be sure to interact with like-minded people. Whether you simply want to add more friends to your circle or widen your business network, the golf club is the perfect place to do either – both on the course and at the clubhouse. Joining one of our leagues is another way to bring lasting relationships and more fun into your year.

Learn New Skills

This is a pretty common item on that resolution list. And, what better skill to acquire than a game that not only improves conditioning and coordination, but that also adds years to your life? Our memberships help seasoned golfers improve their game by offering access to coaches and pros. It also enables newcomers to get started and fast-track their learning of this beautiful sport.

Relaxation

There is nothing more calming than being outdoors, and golf is a wonderful way to do that. The game itself is also highly conducive to a meditative experience: by focusing on the ball, hole-by-hole and stroke-by-stroke, you may put your mind at ease, and calm and centre yourself, making way for the answer to that problem you’re having at home or the office…

Get Access to Amenities

As a member of the club, you get priority access to our amenities – exclusive access in some cases. For instance, you have:

  • Unlimited access to practice facilities, 
  • Unlimited access to the Pro Shop, 
  • Priority tee times, 
  • A Golf Canada Gold Membership, 
  • Three guest passes, which allow your friends to play at VIP rates, and 
  • A variety of exclusive perks.

Save Money

Membership comes with a range of great savings, including the following: 

  • 20 % off all regular priced soft goods at the Pro Shop, 
  • 10 % discount on food and drink,
  • 10 % discount at Butlers Pub and Grill, and 
  • 10 % discount on the members’ playing rates.

This means you pay far less to play the game than you would as a visiting non-member.

A membership at Royal Ashburn is a worthwhile investment. Contact us today to find out more about our cheap golf memberships and the value they offer.

Why Golf Lessons Are the Perfect Christmas Present for Mom and Dad

What to buy the people who have everything? Christmas is coming and you’re struggling to think of ideas for what to get Mom and Dad. Why not consider a gift certificate for golf lessons?

Whether your parents are already golf enthusiasts who would love to improve their game or have never swung a club in their lives, getting them involved in the golf scene and helping them to learn the game can be a gift that will keep on giving. 

Regardless of how old your parents are – middle-aged and still working or retired seniors – golf would be an excellent activity for them to get involved in. It has proven benefits for mental and physical health. It’s also a great social activity and can introduce them to new friends, as well as being a great stress reliever. 

Golf is a unique activity in that it is relatively easy to learn but virtually impossible to master. This means that you can acquire the basics in a few lessons and then spend the rest of your life trying to master the game’s intricacies and challenges, tweak your technique, correct your swing and lower your handicap. That’s the fun of it – the constant improving and exploration, the revelations of your strengths and weaknesses. This may frustrate some people but if you just relax into it, it’s the source of the game’s true joy.

If your parents are already dabbling in the golfing world, then a few golf lessons will help them focus and improve their game and bring major improvements in a relatively short time.

Golf is fun and healthy, and lessons would make a great gift for your parents. Royal Ashburn Golf Club offers lessons. Buy a gift certificate for them to start learning from one of our certified instructors – your parents will definitely thank you for it.

How to Win a Golf Match

You’ve had your golf swing analyzed. You’ve taken lessons. You’ve invested in good golf clubs. You try to get out on the course regularly. But, no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to figure out how to win a golf match.

First, there’s a greater difference between match play competitions and regular stroke play than many golfers realize. But, fortunately or not, like everything else relating to golf, the differences are largely in your mental approach to the game and the strategies you use on each hole.

5 Tips for Winning a Golf Match

The following tips should help you make the adjustment to match play tournaments and improve your chances of actually winning them.

  1. Practice Properly – Match play is more about consistency and winning each hole. On the driving range, work on the accuracy of your drives. On the practice green, take mostly long or short putts, they are the ones that can make you lose, or gain, the most strokes. While conceded putts might be part of match play, always assume you’ll have to hole out on every green.
  2. Don’t Try to Impress on the First Hole – Even if you’re a low-handicap golfer, save the intimidation factor for later. The risk of going for the jugular off the first tee is that, if you at all misplay it, it could affect your game for many holes to come.
  3. Be Ready to Change Your Strategy Quickly – The more aggressively you play, the higher the chance of misplaying a shot. If your opponent is playing well, you’ll have to stay aggressive. But, even if you start a hole in aggressive mode, be ready switch gears if your opponent gets into trouble. Continuing to be aggressive when you don’t have to can backfire.
  4. Treat it Like It’s a Normal Round – While you play the course with your match-play strategies in mind, over-thinking it and getting too involved in the ‘match’ thing can destabilize your game.
  5. Get to Know the Golf Course – If you’ve never played the course on which your match will take place, try to get in a round before the match. And if you’re looking for an excellent Durham Region golf course to set up a match-play tournament, look no further than Royal Ashburn.

If you liked this post, check out our recent article on how to swing a golf club: the stance.

How to Hold a Golf Club

If the overall mission in golf is to get the ball into the hole using a club, then the only thing between you and that club are your hands on the grip. So learning more about how to hold a golf club is crucial, even for seasoned golfers.

The Basic Grip

There are a number of ways to grip the club, including the baseball grip and interlocking grip. But mastering the basic golf grip first gives you a ‘baseline’ from where you can learn other grips and determine which one helps your golf swing the most.

How to Do a Basic Club Grip

You can try this at home, but its best to be in a space where you can swing the club to get a better feel for the grip.

  1. Place the Club Head on the Ground in Front of You – The face of the head should be perpendicular to the path of the ball or a line to the target. Rest the club grip on your forward leg.
  2. Grab the Club Shaft with Your Non-Dominant Hand – That’s your left-hand if you are right-handed, and vice versa if your swing is left-handed. Raise up the shaft so that it is at a 45% angle to the ground. With your palm facing up, lay the top of the grip across your dominant hand along the joints between your palm and fingers. The top of the grip should extend a few centimetres past the knuckle on your little finger.
  3. Grip the Club – Curl your fingers around the club while simultaneously bringing your thumb across the top of the grip to the other side of the grip. In its final position, your thumb should not be over your index finger, and it should be pointing slightly behind the club.
  4. Grab the Grip With Your Dominant Hand – Place it just below the upper hand with the grip going across the joints between your palm and fingers. The padding on your palm below your thumb should fit in the space between your forefinger and thumb of your upper hand. Your little finger should lie in the space between the index and middle fingers of the upper hand.

Want to find a local Whitby golf club to try out your new grip? Get in touch with us here Royal Ashburn Golf Club. And if you liked this post, make sure to check out our last article on 5 steps to great bunker raking.

How to Swing a Golf Club: The Stance

One of the great pleasures of golf is that it isn’t easy. That can make it a challenge for beginners and experts alike. But the more you learn about the game, the better you will be able to meet that challenge, regardless of your level of play. The most basic skill of all? How to swing a golf club!

The Importance of Learning How to Swing a Golf Club

The basic challenge in golf is learning how to swing to hit the ball consistently well. Without a good swing, no other part of the game, from club selection to the equipment you choose, will really matter.

The Basic Stance

Every golfer develops their own stances as their experience and knowledge expand. The following cover some of the basic starting points for developing a stance that works for you.

  1. The Placement of Your Feet – Keep your feet a little more than shoulder width apart, with your front foot slightly ahead of the ball. The ball should be at or close to the mid-point between your feet.
  2. The positioning of the Club and Ball – Align the ball with the middle of the club head. For the club to be in the right position, arms should be straight out, but elbows shouldn’t be locked. Your upper body should be bent slightly forward at the waist.
  3. Knees Slightly Bent – For a better understanding of the importance of bending your knees, and how much they should be bent, try a swing with your knees straight. Keep your weight balanced somewhat towards the balls of your feet and evenly distributed between your feet.
  4. Alignment to the Target – Your feet and shoulders should be aligned with the target for your shot, whether that’s a point on the fairway or the hole. For proper alignment, an imaginary line between your shoulders, and the toes of your shoes should point to your target. That way you’ll achieve ultimate precision when swinging the club.

To learn more about how to swing a golf club from a professional instructor at a premier Whitby golf club, get in touch with us here at Royal Ashburn Golf Club. If you liked this post, check out our last blog post on improving your confidence on the golf course.

3 Ways Golf Lessons Can Improve Your Game

Whether you’re a beginner or you golf every week, when you have a difficult round, the thought of taking golf lessons can pop into your mind. But that’s usually all it does. Pop into your mind and right back out.

One of the reasons many golfers don’t take lessons, even if they’ve benefited from them before, is the idea that the lessons are all about improving your swing.

Of course, developing a great swing is one of the main benefits of golf lessons. But it is just one of many that golfers of all abilities can enjoy.

How Golf Lessons Can Help Every Golfer

Needless to say, lessons are especially helpful for beginners. That’s because they have more to learn. But every golfer can learn something by taking lessons from a golf pro.

1. Reveals The Nuances of the Game

To think that golf lessons are just about a better swing is really cheating yourself out of learning so much more about the game. And getting the added enjoyment that comes from it. From the different approaches to the long and short games, to learning how to get back on track after a bad swing, hole or round, all will help lower your scores.

2. Immerses You in a Golf Conversation

Yes, you can visit the driving range and practice green to work on your swing on your own. But when you take lessons from a professional instructor, you engage in a conversation about golf. One that’s centered on your game. And one that can reveal parts of your game you might never think about on your own.

3. Reinvigorates Your Love of the Golf

Regardless of if you’ve ever had a lesson or ever will, you love golf. But imagine what happens if, after just one lesson, you learn something new. Something that injects a new level of enthusiasm for your game. And imagine if that happened after every lesson. Just the boost to your activity in and enthusiasm for the sport and how you play it can improve your game immensely.

The Royal Ashburn Golf Club offers private and semi-private lessons from CPGA professionals Dave Castellan and Justin Hawe. Contact us today to find out more about how golf lessons can improve your game.  

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