Introductory Golf Programs & Pathways
Golf SA conducts MYGOLF Schools 1 (Primary Schools) & MYGOLF Schools 2 (Secondary Schools) introduction to golf as part of the national golf program.
Participants are then encouraged to join the MYGolf Skills Challenge which is a framework targeted to boys and girls aged 8 – 16 years to develop and assess their golf skills. The program mantra is designed to develop the six key skills of the game, being:
* Rip It - Long Shots
* Roll It - Putting
* Chip It - Chipping
* Fly It - Pitching
* Blast It - Bunker Shots
* Bend It – Manoeuvre the Ball
These skills are tested across five graded levels in each of three main award categories called: Bronze, Silver and Gold.
Along the way Participants can represent their school by competing in the Primary School (SAPSASA) or Secondary School (SSSSA) Golf Championships and continue to develop and enjoy their golf by joining their local golf club.
Golf SA provides a number of opportunities for adult to experience the game of golf through two specific programs for the beginner or novice golfer:
Try Golf for Women:
An easy paced introduction to the game, the Rules & Etiquette of golf at club level over five or six sessions. Try Golf for Women is ideal for the beginner with little or no golf experience.
A high activity based session for small groups to be taught and refine their golf skills by professional golf coaches. Sessions normally take 4-4 ½ hours including playing 4-6 holes. Rip It is suitable for the beginner as well as the person with some golf and/or sporting background.
Try Golf for Women and Rip It give participants the golf skills and confidence to join their local golf club.
Golf in South Australia
South Australia has over 150 golf courses across the State and 204 golf clubs affiliated with Golf SA with a membership of some 28,000 individual golfers.
The golf courses vary from championship 18 hole courses where the world’s greats have played to modest nine hole sandgreens courses in country towns to a number of public courses and golf driving ranges and facilities.
Whatever an individual’s golfing ability there is a golf club and golf course for them. Links to the full list of golf clubs and golf courses is contained on this website.
Golf in Australia
In Australia, amateur golf is overseen by Golf Australia in partnership with the State Golf Associations.
Golf Australia's goal, and that of the respective State Associations, is to raise the level of interest and participation in the game from grassroots golfers through to the elite levels, spectators, volunteers and associated industry bodies.
The State Associations are responsible for the governance, delivery and direction of Golf in their State.
They promote and market the game through a variety of programs including State Opens, State Championships at different levels and a range of other events to encourage participation.
They promote social golf participation via the “Golf Network” where Social golfers can learn the skills, rules and etiquette and gain a GA handicap.
The State Associations also deliver Rules training and accreditation, course rating and handicapping, elite training and preparation of State Teams, Squads and representatives.
Click on the following links to visit the websites of Australia's various industry bodies.
> Golf Australia
> Golf NSW
> Golf Victoria
> Golf WA
> Golf Queensland
> Golf Tasmania
> Australian Golf Industry Council
> Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association
> PGA of Australia
> Australian Ladies Professional Golf
> Australian Sports Commission
> International Golf Federation
> Golf Management Australia
> The R&A
> United States Golf Association