Getting Started in Golf


Where Should I Begin?  

The Monmouth County Park System offers instructional golf clinics designed to accommodate every level of golfer. From the novice golfer who has never held a club before, to the avid golfer who has been playing for years, all golfers can find instruction to best fit their game. In each of our clinics, golfers work in small groups with experienced, supportive instructors. Low student-to-teacher ratios ensure that students learn at their own speed and are given maximum individual attention.

For the Beginner Golfer  

We recommend starting out with our lower level clinics as they lay the ground work and teach the basic fundamentals of grip, stance, balance and swing. These clinics help students learn and develop the important fundamentals of golf. The beginner golfer can also utilize the 60 minute clinics for a more detailed learning experience.

For the Experienced Golfer  

Our specialty clinics are a great way for the more experienced golfer to gain valuable tips on improving their game. Our higher clinic levels and our Players Clubs offer more advanced players an opportunity to increase their skill level in a group setting. 

Children (6-10)
Juniors (11-14)
High School (14-18)
Parent-Children (6-10)
Parent-Junior (11-14)
Parent-Teen (14-18)
Couples - Adults
Women - Adults
Men - Adults
Adults


TOTS GOLF  

Designed specifically for children ages 4-6, Tots Golf serves as a fun introduction to the game.  This program utilizes the SNAG (Start New at Golf) golf equipment which is a fun and easy way to learn and teach golf fundamentals. SNAG allows for an array of golf shots including full swing, chipping and even putting. We attempt to avoid technical instruction in this program, and instead try to capture the interest of the kids with various noncompetitive games, drills and fun learning exercises. Students will learn in a fun, safe and nurturing environment.

GOLF 101  

This clinic is perfect for players who are brand new to golf. Join this entry level clinic that introduces non-golfers to the game of golf. Explore golf traditions such as basic rules, etiquette, golf vocabulary and course responsibility. The Instructor will review clubhouse and course layout as well as discuss the purpose of the golf bag and clubs. At the conclusion of the class you will have free range time and be evaluated by the professional teaching staff. This is an introductory informational clinic with all skill levels welcome. Golf equipment will be provided.

LEVEL 1 – Learn the Fundamentals   
A clinic tailored to give the beginning golfer an introduction to the game, this class stresses the importance of the fundamentals. It covers the key areas of grip, stance, balance and swing. If you’ve wanted to start learning how to golf and are looking for the best way to go about it, this class is for you! Golf clubs provided if needed.
LEVEL 2 – Learn the Game    
This clinic continues to build on the basic fundamentals of Level 1 - grip, stance, balance and swing. As students become more comfortable, short game and full-swing techniques will be covered. Understanding the full swing, pitching, chipping and putting will get you ready to play golf. Sessions will take place on the practice area. Golf clubs provided if needed.
LEVEL 3 – Golf Course Fundamentals    
Spend time learning the game where it is played – on the golf course. This level of instruction includes time on the practice area and time on the course. Clinic focus will be on mastering the fundamentals of your swing necessary to excel at golf. Build on the previous fundamental levels as you learn the basics of playing on the course including safety and etiquette. Golf clubs provided if needed.
LEVEL 4 – Let’s Play    
Already playing golf and want to improve your game on the course? Take the learning process directly onto the golf course where students will learn under real playing conditions. Players who are looking to lower their score will find this instruction to be both informative and fun. Clinic will focus on maximizing on-course strategy, club selection, pre-shot routines, all directed to maximizing performance. All golf and cart fees included in pricing. Students should have some on course experience or have taken previous levels and should have their own set of golf clubs.

 

Golfers on course

SHORT GAME CLINIC  

One Day, Three Hour Class: 
No matter what your level of play, discover the simple basics of chipping, putting and sand play that all golfers must master. Learn how to lag putt, chip close to the hole, and hit an approach shot. We will give you tips on how to control distance, trajectory and spin, so you can create shots for any situation. The result will be greater consistency, confidence and feel on all shots from around the green. Low student-to-teacher ratios ensure that students learn at their own speed and are given maximum individual attention.

NOTE: Sessions include individual instruction in a group setting so each student learns new skills based on his/her current golf level, whether they're just starting, an accomplished player or somewhere in between.

FULL SWING CLINIC  

One Day, Two Hour Class:  
No matter what your level of play, discover the simple basics of driving and long iron shots that all golfers must master. Learn how be develop a pre-shot routine, learn to aim each shot, and consistently hit fairways. We will give you tips on how to gain distance so you can hit shots for any situation. The result will be greater consistency, confidence and feel whether off the tee or off the fairway. Low student-to-teacher ratios ensure that students learn at their own speed and are given maximum individual attention.

NOTE: Sessions include individual instruction in a group setting so each student learns new skills based on his/her current golf level, whether they're just starting, an accomplished player or somewhere in between.


60 MINUTE CLINICS  

Putting 
Improving your putter stroke is one of the fastest ways to lower your score. This intensive clinic focuses on the putting stroke, green reading, and the all important lag putting. This clinic also focuses on putting strategy such as pre-putt routine as well as covers putting etiquette and rules.  This clinic aims to help students develop confidence and become more accurate on the green. Low student-to-teacher ratios ensure that students learn at their own speed and are given maximum individual attention. Players of all skill levels welcome. 


Sand Bunker   
Learn the best strategy to get the ball out of the sand and onto the green or fairway in this interactive bunker clinic. This clinic focuses on the proper techniques and rules of sand play from the greenside and fairway bunkers. This clinic will leave you with a sound understanding of how to play from the beach and aims to help students develop confidence and become more accurate in and out of the bunker. Low student-to-teacher ratios ensure that students learn at their own speed and are given maximum individual attention. Open to all levels and abilities.

Driver  
Develop more consistency and power for all level of golfers and swing types in this full swing clinic. Students will start learning the proper techniques of the full golf swing in order to develop a solid ball strike and tempo. This clinic will focus on what factors into generating more power with less effort in order to enhance your golf swing. Low student-to-teacher ratios ensure that students learn at their own speed and are given maximum individual attention.


Chipping/Pitching   
Learn how to turn three shots into two shots and lower your golf scores. Two-thirds of your golf game is played from 75 yards and in, so this clinic is all about the short game. Improve your chipping and pitching to help lower your scores. We all miss a few greens, so learn how to recover and make more pars on the golf course. If your chipping needs help, let us improve your motion to ensure that you are having fun out on the course. Open to all levels and abilities. Low student-to-teacher ratios ensure that students learn at their own speed and are given maximum individual attention.

 

PLAYERS CLUB/CLINIC 

The Players Club & Clinics are a perfect opportunity for experienced golfers to enjoy organized recreational play. Club members participate in popular forms of competition and receive on-course instruction and coaching in areas such as rules, etiquette, club and shot selection, and pace of play. A one-hour instructional clinic covering swing mechanics and skills is also included. Program fee includes: instructional clinic, reserved starting times, hand carts, on-course observation and coaching, and scoring. Participants must have the ability, maturity and self-discipline to play safely at an appropriate pace.


PRACTICE & PLAY CLINIC  

This one-day, five-hour clinic is designed to give players an overview of golf in a shortened time period. This clinic is ideal for players who are interested in improving their game and prefer an accelerated approach to learning. The clinic covers all aspects of the golf game, including long and short game, putting and bunker play. At the end of the day, students' game fundamentals will be greatly improved. Instruction time is split among the driving range, short game area, and course play. Students will have the opportunity in the second portion of the clinic to play golf with real time instruction. The student-to-teacher ratio is 3:1 to ensure that students are given maximum individual attention.

This program is for golfers looking improving the golfer’s knowledge of the game by improving the full swing, short game, knowledge of the rules and etiquette and course strategy.

GOLF CAMP  

Campers will be involved in lessons on the fundamentals of every aspect of the game of golf. Camps will focus on safety, etiquette, rules, putting, chipping, pitch shots and full swings. Each day student will develop their confidence and ability by participating in fun and creative activities. Activities may include: SNAG Golf, FootGolf, Short Game Practice Equipment, Golfzilla, and play golf. The enthusiasm and positive reinforcement from the instructors is an important part of learning. Camp style clinics provide a fun, low stress introduction to the skills needed to enjoy the game. All camps are taught at a no pressure, relaxed pace. NOTE: Golf camp meets for 3 hours; 4 days in a row, with day 5 as a rain make up day. No previous golf experience is required. Golf center will provide clubs for use.

golfzilla


BREAKING 100 

Looking to break or target the 100 score? Did you know that if you can shoot a 100 you are statistically in the top 20% of golfers? Improve your course management and scoring skills out on the course. Learn how to make the most out of your game by improving your course management and mental skills. You don’t have to have a perfect golf swing, but knowing how to manage your game and playing with your strengths can produce lower scores out on the course. This one day 3 hour clinic combines both on range and on course instruction. The low 4:1 student to instructor ratio allows for individual instruction on a personal level.

MONMOUTH COUNTY PARK SYSTEM HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS TOUR  

 

Boys carrying clubs

 

Are you a junior golfer looking to compete on a weekly basis? The High School Players Tour is for talented golfers who are looking to play under the tutelage of a PGA Professional. Students will participate in weekly tournaments at varying golf courses. Week 1: Charleston Springs Golf Course; Week 2: Howell Park Golf Course; Week 3: Shark River Golf Course; Week 4: Charleston Springs Golf Course.

NOTE: Participants must have an active junior golf card, must have the ability, maturity and self-discipline to play safely at an appropriate pace.

MONMOUTH COUNTY PARK SYSTEM WEEKEND GOLF SCHOOL  

Get golf ready over the weekend! Join us for eight hours of expert instruction over two days at our practice facility at Charleston Springs Learning Center. Get a better understanding of your golf swing, learn drills to help improve your technique, feel more comfortable around the greens, and lower your scores almost immediately!  Let our qualified instructor bring your game to the next level!