Sport for All & Development
Golf is played by more than 60 million people worldwide in more than 130 countries on six continents.
To date numerous activities and projects are taking place around the world in order to grow and develop the game.
All these programmes are producing tangible and measurable results in attracting people of all ages to the game and providing pathways for them to progress and stay involved in golf for life.
The IGF appreciates the importance of these development programmes and, as the International Federation of the sport, is encouraging the continuation and expansion of such projects.
You will find below a brief description of some of the current development initiatives taking place around the world by the IGF membership:
The R&A is committed to encouraging the playing of golf globally. Two factors make this possible: one is the annual surplus from The Open Championship and the other is the position of influence held globally by The R&A. These two combined give scope for the worldwide advancement of golf.
Using an annual budget of around £5million, generated by the continued success of golf’s oldest Major, The R&A distributes funding to support coaching programmes and junior golf, which is channelled through various grassroots organisations. Support is also given to national organisations running international championships and bodies such as the Ladies’ Golf Union.
Projects all over the world, from Brazil to Bulgaria and Venezuela to Vietnam, benefit from R&A assistance, whether in the form of coaching visits from the PGAs of Europe, junior golf equipment or capital to help build and develop golf facilities. The aim is simple: to encourage more people to play golf in more places, more often.
Learn more about R&A Golf Development.
The PGA Sports Academy is designed to bring the next generation of golfers to the sport in a fun and interactive program.
The PGA Sports Academy is focused on developing junior golfers using five key areas:
- Fitness and Nutrition
- Golf Skills
- Sportsmanship, Rules and Etiquette
- Golf and “Near Golf” Experiences
- Golf and Physical Assessments
These five areas are delivered by PGA and LPGA Professionals in a fun and engaging way. This gives every junior the opportunity to enjoy golf either socially or competitively, based on his or her individual desire.
The PGA Sports Academy has also produced a “Fit for Golf” booklet that features exercises, nutritional information and encourages youth to participate in fitness activities.
Clck here to download the PGA Sports Academy “FIT FOR GOLF”
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LPGA-USGA Girls Golf provides an opportunity for girls, ages 7 to 17, to learn to play golf, build lasting friendships and experience competition in a fun, supportive environment, preparing them for a lifetime of enjoyment with the game. Girls are learning values inherent to the game of golf, such as practice, respect, perseverance, and honesty, preparing them to meet the challenges of today’s world with confidence.
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The LPGA Foundation currently administers three scholarships for young women who enjoy the game of golf, and plan to attend college in the US. The Dinah Shore Scholarship will be given to a female high school senior who played golf during high school, but will not be playing collegiate golf. The Marilynn Smith Scholarship will be awarded to 10 high school seniors who will be playing golf at the collegiate level; and The Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship will be a need-based award to a high school senior from a minority background who will be playing golf at the collegiate level. Qualifications for all scholarships include strong academic programs, community service and recommendations.
Find out more about the LPGA foundation scholarships
The First Tee is an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through after school and in school programs, the First Tee help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf. And it’s making a difference. The First Tee’s research-proven programs are having a positive impact on participants, their families and their communities
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GOLF 20/20 was launched in 2000. The golf industry was not growing as it had in the 1990s even though interest in the game had never been greater. Industry leaders approached PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem about having the World Golf Foundation oversee an initiative to focus on the future vitality of the game. GOLF 20/20 was created for that purpose, and the first annual 20/20 conference was held in November of 2000, in conjunction with the annual Hall of Fame Induction.
Learn more about Golf 20/20.
The MYGolf Skills Challenge 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 – Manoeuvring the Ball
These skills are tested across five graded levels in each of three main award categories called: Bronze, Silver and Gold
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To help golfers have more fun on the course and enhance their overall experience by playing from a set of tees best suited to their abilities, the “TEE IT FORWARD,” was introduced.
With TEE IT FORWARD, golfers can speed up play and have more fun by using tees that provide the greatest playability and enjoyment TEE IT FORWARD encourages all golfers to play the course at a length that is aligned with their average driving distance. Golfers can speed up play by utilizing tees that provide the greatest playability and enjoyment.
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Get Golf Ready is designed to teach everything you’ll need to play golf in just a few lessons. PGA of America and LPGA Professionals are demonstrating that there are lots of ways to play by combining fun, friends and fitness. Each session will focus on the various golf skills you will use while playing. In addition to learning the basics, you will be guided onto the golf course to put your skills into action in a casual, friendly setting.
Find out more about Get Golf Ready
The PGA Fitness Trail was created by The PGA of America to help adults feel better and enhance their performance while playing golf, plus improve the health, fitness and nutrition for men and women of all ages. The booklet features exercises that can be done before or during a round of golf to help improve each individual’s performance. Nutritional information is also included in the booklet to encourage adults to have a good diet to go along with their exercise program.
Click here to download the PGA Fitness Trail
The aim of ClubGolf is to create a development pathway from entry level through to the highest levels of achievement, enabling increased access to golf, higher participation levels, improved standards of performance, and sustained growth in the future. Part of Scotland’s successful Ryder Cup bid, ClubGolf was born out of the Scottish Government’s pledge to introduce every child in Scotland to golf by age nine. Since its launch in 2003 ClubGolf has seen over 140,000 children introduced to golf at school. Over 15% of those children then transition through to stage one coaching at one of 303 ClubGolf delivery centres across Scotland.
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Get into golf is a national campaign to inspire people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to take up the game. Run by the England Golf Partnership to grow the game and to make England the world’s leading golf nation by 2020.
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Play Golf America, an innovative growth-of-the-game initiative that was launched in 2004, continues to play a vital role in helping the industry increase participation among new and existing golfers, and attract former golfers back to the game. The industry-wide comprehensive marketing campaign directs consumers to use PlayGolfAmerica.com, where golfers are linked with PGA and LPGA Professionals to find fun and affordable programs in their area. Since its inception, Play Golf America has exploded in terms of programs, resources and participation among host facilities and consumers. Millions of people nationwide continue to take advantage of free and low-cost Play Golf America programs as they gain a greater appreciation for golf as a fun sport to play with friends and the entire family.
Find out more about Play Golf America.
Grow the Game of Golf Website is partnered by an influential team of Golf organisations which include the PGAs of Europe, European Tour, the PGA of Australia, European Golf Industry Association (EGIA), European Golf Course Owners Association (EGCOA), European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGA), Federation of European Golf Greenkeepers Associations (FEGGA), Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE) and Golf Environment Organization (GEO). Its main goal is to encourage and inspire golf clubs and other golf organisations to help develop the game, particularly at grass roots level.
Various projects and initiatives are organized to grow the game of golf. Some of them are focused on golf course owners, managers, families, women and junior golfers.
Find out more about Grow the Game of Golf.
The Golf Foundation believes that golf is a wholesome activity that enriches the lives of those who participate in the sport. Through its work, it aims to give all young people a positive experience through the medium of golf regardless of their background or circumstances.
‘Skills for Life’ is a principle that underpins the Golf Foundation’s work and links directly to the organisation’s mission statement. It is based on the belief that children and young people are able to develop playing skills and personal skills through the Foundation’s development initiatives, which will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
Encouraging children and young people to learn and practice the basic playing skills – putting, short game, long game, course play and the golfer’s code – will lead to the psychological and physical benefits associated with improvement, personal achievement and life-long participation in sport.
Find out more about the Golf Foundation.