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Junior Policy Statement

Horsforth Golf Club are committed to ensure that all children have a fun, safe and positive experience when playing golf.

The aim of our junior policy is to give junior golfers the opportunity to progress to their potential and to equip them with golfing skills that can be used and enjoyed for the rest of their lives.

The policy describes the conditions placed on junior golfers, to ensure their safety on the course.

Who is allowed on the course?

For their own safety: -

  • Only children who are playing golf, and have received the appropriate permission slip from the professional, are allowed on the course.
  • Children under the age of 6 years old are not allowed on the course, under any circumstances.

Age Categories

In order to ensure the safety of junior golfers, but also to recognise their developing maturity and experience on the course, junior members are considered in 3 distinct age groups: -

  • Under 10s: Children aged 6 to 9
  • Under 12s: Children aged 10 to 11
  • Under 16s: Children aged 12 to 15

Whilst members aged 16 to 18 are still classified as juniors, it is assumed that they are mature enough to be treated as adult members and that the conditions described below should not need to be applied.

Experience

The conditions described below are based on the assumption that junior members continually develop as they progress through the age categories.

The gradual relaxing of conditions, particularly between ages 9 and 10 is in recognition of the progress junior golfers make.

However, the Junior Organiser should always have the option to impose additional conditions, should they consider a need. For example, a new junior who falls within the under 12 category may, for a period of time, be expected to adhere to the conditions placed upon under 10s, until they can demonstrate sufficient experience and knowledge of playing the game.

Accompanying Adults

Accompanying adults are required to walk around the course with junior golfers in the under 10 category. They are NOT permitted to play golf. Their sole responsibility is to supervise and care for the junior golfers.

Accompanying adults may not be golfers. Therefore, a pack is provided containing key points regarding golfing rules, etiquette and safety considerations. 

Conditions To Be Applied To All Junior Golf

All Age Groups

  • All junior golfers must present a permission slip form the Club Professional.
  • The maximum group size, under all circumstances is 4.
    A group is defined as the number of people walking around the course together. This will include junior golfers, adult golfers and accompanying adults.
  • Any group must adhere to the conditions set out for the youngest golfer in the group.
  • The Junior Organiser retains the option to impose additional conditions, based on the experience and behaviour of individual junior golfers.

Under 10s

  • There must be at least one accompanying adult in every group.
  • The ratio of juniors to adults must not exceed 2:1

Under 12's

  • There must be at least one accompanying adult in every group.
  • The ratio of juniors to adults must not exceed 2:1

Foursomes Competitions

The only exception to the above conditions is in the event of a Foursomes competition, where teams comprise of one adult and one junior golfer. In this circumstance each junior will be in the company of an adult golfer throughout the round. There is therefore no need for accompanying adults.


The Conditions defined above were a result of the following considerations.

Condition

Reasoning


All Age Groups

The maximum group size, under all circumstances is 4

  • Groups exceeding 4 people would be less safe, due to overcrowding on and around tees.
  • Larger groups are likely to be more audible and less aware of shouts of "Fore!” from other golfers.
  • Smaller groups will ensure that play is kept to speed.

Any group must adhere to the conditions set out for the youngest golfer.

  • Specific conditions placed upon any group should clearly cater for the youngest and least experienced members.


Under 10s

There must be at least one accompanying adult in every group

  • We must ensure that there is one adult who is solely focussed on the supervision younger golfers.

The ratio of juniors to adults must not exceed 2:1

  • On review of the current policy and the incorporation of the conditions described above, it was considered reasonable to relax the ratio from 1:1 to 2:1.
  • The situation of 2 junior golfers playing, under the supervision of one accompanying adult is reasonable.
  • The combined conditions means that there can not be more than 2 junior golfers in any group, which will ensure that speed of play is maintained.


Under 12s

There must be at least one adult in every group.

  • We must ensure that there is one adult to supervise junior golfers, under the age of 12.
  • However, given their maturity and experience on the course, the specific need for an accompanying adult is considered unnecessary.
  • Under the original policy, junior golfers jump from 1:1 supervision to unsupervised in a single step, at age 12. It is considered preferable to introduce an intermediate condition, to recognise and reward progression made by junior golfers, as they mature.

The ratio of juniors to adults must not exceed 3:1

  • On review of the current policy and the incorporation of the conditions described above, it was considered reasonable to allow for a situation of 3 experienced junior golfers playing under the supervision of one adult.
  • The combined conditions means that there can not be more than 3 junior golfers in any group, which will ensure that speed of play is maintained.
  • Retaining the option for the Junior Organiser to impose additional conditions, means that any inexperienced golfers in this age group can effectively be treat as Under 10s, reducing the ratio back to 2:1.
 

Horsforth Golf Club
Layton Rise Horsforth Leeds LS18 5EX
Tel: 0113 258 6819

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