Imagine a summer’s worth of Monday evenings with no phones, tablets, televisions or computers in sight! Projcct Par is a 10-week parent-guided program for junior golfers aged 7 and up.
It takes place in a game-like setting where the object is to score par or better on a 9-hole course layout that increases in length and difficulty as players progress. The goal is to reach “red level 5”, status, at which stage players become certified to play independently on the course. Be forewarned! This program takes a long-term view of learning to play golf and it might take multiple seasons to progress to red tee level 5 status – as the saying goes: “it’s about the journey”! Parents: you play an important role in Project Par, serving as caddies, scorekeepers and cheerleaders! You’re welcome to play along, but must play from the same locations as your juniors!
Project Par works much like a video game, challenging players to achieve new, higher levels each time out. Markers will be placed on each hole to indicate distances of 25, 50, 75, 100, 200 and 325 yards. All players will start by playing a round from the 25 yard markers. Par on each hole is exactly as indicated on the scorecard. If a player scores par or better on a given hole, they will move back to the 50 yard marker on that hole the next time they play. Players continue trying to better their score on each hole over the course of the entire summer.
Once a player scores par or better from 100 yards on all of the par-3 holes, they are granted “red tee level 3” certification, which means they can play from the official red tees on the par 3 holes.
If a player scores par or better from 200 yards on all of the par-4 holes, they are granted “red tee level 4” certification, which means they can play from the official red tees on the par-4 holes.
If a player scores par or better from 325 yards on all of the par-5 holes, they are granted “red tee level 5” certification, which means they can play from the official red tees on the par-5 holes.
Given the nature of the Project Par game play, there will be some long walks from greens to the next tee, particularly in the earlier stages of the game. Participants can expect to be on the course for 2 to 2.5 hours in completing 9 holes. Please use this opportunity to enjoy the walk, converse and appreciate the view! Disconnect from the handheld screen and reconnect with nature’s massive screen – there’s a new movie playing every day, and you get to be in it!
The Project Par program begins with an orientation & rules session on June 24th. Tee times will be available to Project Par participants starting at 5:30pm on program nights throughout July and August. Tee times can be booked by calling the Pro Shop on the Thursday preceding each Monday session. Participants are both welcome and encouraged to use the range and short game areas to practice and warm up prior to their tee times.
Prerequisites: Participants must be at least 7 years of age, willing and able to walk 5km, and have completed at least 1 season of the “Ninjas” program.
What’s next? Participants can graduate to the Team Canmore Program after achieving “red level 5” status.
Program fees: $99.00. Equipment available at no extra charge.