youth golf program



The mission of Hook A Kid On Golf is to provide communities with a comprehensive youth golf program that eliminates all the obstacles that discourage youngsters from learning and continuing to play golf while instilling in them an understanding of golf's rules, etiquette and history.

Hook A Kid On Golf provides communities with three levels of curriculum and all the tools necessary to accomplish an organized youth golf program.  These tools include providing quality equipment, affordable instruction, a structured system to learn how to play the game on the course and finally, a format for play that includes competition but stresses fun and learning.

Tee Level Clinic

Green Level Training

Challenge Golf League

Facts and History

  • Hook A Kid On Golf was piloted in 1990 at Emerald Dunes Golf Course in West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Bob Murphy, former Champions Tour player and NBC Golf Analyst, has been the Hook A Kid On Golf National Spokesperson since its inaugural year.
  • Hook A Kid On Golf is generously supported by the United States Golf Association and the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois
  • Since its inception, Hook A Kid On Golf Programs have been conducted in more than 250 communities and have introduced more than 75,000 kids to the game of golf

National Awards

  • 1994 PGA Tour’s Card Walker Award
  • 1993 Golf Digest Youth Development Award

Don Springer Award - Site of the Year

2018 - City of Tempe Recreation Department, Tempe, Arizona

2017 - Grand Rapids/Sparta Moose Lodge #50, Sparta, Michigan

2016 - MCCS Cherry Point, Cherry Point, North Carolina

2015 - Atlanta Pro Duffers, Atlanta, Georgia

2014 - Fon du Lac Park District, Washington, Illinois 

2013 - Wichita Parks and Recreation, Wichita, Kansas 

2012 - Birch Ridge Golf Association, Soldotna, Alaska

2011 - Gulfport PAL, Gulfport, Mississippi

2010 - Peoria Park District, Peoria, Illinois 

2009 - Lake Arbor Golf Academy, Mitchellville, Maryland

2008 - Essex Parks and Recreation, Essex Jct., Vermont

2007 - Heritage YMCA, Aurora, Illinois 

2006 - Aiken Junior Sports Association, Aiken, South Carolina

2005 - Wadsworth Recreation, Wadsworth, Ohio

2004 - Town of Hamburg, Hamburg, New York

2003 - Harrison Moose Lodge, Harrison, Michigan

2002 - Sundance Golf Course, New Braunfels, Texas 

2001 - Marc Heidkamp, Prospect Heights, Illinois 

2000 - Donald Coleman, Richmond, Virginia

1999 - Vince Gray, Glendale, Arizona

1998 - Leanne Crawley, Tulsa, Oklahoma

1997 - Scott Whitaker, Leawood, Kansas 

1996 - Frank Seitz, Derby, Kansas 

1995 - Joe Rosselli, Brunswick County, North Carolina

1994 - Sam Abrams, Detroit, Michigan

1993 - Gene McNabb, Scarborough, Maine

1992 - Mick Renneisen, Bloomington, Indiana

National New Site of the Year

2016 - City of Little Falls, Little Falls, Minnesota

2015 - Medinah School District #11, Medinah, Illinoi

2014 - Kiwanis and CYI Hook A Kid On Golf, Dillon, Montana

2013 - Fon du Lac Park District, Washington, Illinois 

2012 - Loudoun County Juvenile Court Service Unit, Leesburg, Virginia

2011 - Childer’s Family YMCA, Waycross, Georgia

2010 - Palm Beach Par 3, Palm Beach, Florida

2009 - South Shore Junior Golf Association, Chicago, Illinois 

2008 - Schenectady Municipal Junior Program, Schenectady, New York

2007 - Fort Kent Golf Club, Fort Kent, Maine

2005 - City of Palm Bay, Palm Bay, Florida

2004 - Pottstown P.A.L., Pottstown, Pennsylvania

2003 - Lexington P.A.L., Lexington, Kentucky

2002 - Generacion 2000, Cuernavaca, Mexico

2002 - Egg Harbor Township PAL, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey