Our Juniors - Our Community - Our Future!
Gorge Vale Golf Club has gradually built a junior program which now compares to any on the island in value, teaching support and results – both on and off the course. Our juniors learn golf technique and personal character. We teach children how to find the middle of the fairway and life’s path for success. The nine core values of our program; honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment will guide each young person in school, friendships and eventually in the workforce and their own families.
Our junior program includes several free tournaments, (including lunch) and up to ten free CPGA professional group lessons each Monday from July to Labor Day.
Juniors have a three-day advanced booking privilege. Based on their skill levels, they have access to the tee after 11:00 am during the week. Juniors also have the same weekend tee access as adult (restricted play) members after 12:00 noon and after the member draw.
Our best club golfers are strong supporters of our junior program. We have a wide range of best ball and scramble tournaments most of which juniors are paired with more advanced players to provide both guidance and mentorship.
Though we have many gifted junior players, our goal is to develop young men and women not necessarily to create champion athletes. The goal of all our tournaments is first and foremost to have fun!
Developing enthusiasm for golf among our young girls is a focus of our program. We have doubled the number of young women and offer many free junior girls golf clinics throughout the summer.
We are please to have several Corporate sponsors who provide funding for fees, equipment, instruction and prizes. GV members also donate equipment for those in need. We are especially proud that ten First Nations juniors receive full program funding through donations by Seaspan and the Songhees Sports Association.
Financial assistance is available for our elite junior golfers who compete at the Provincial and National level.
We also have ‘Fore the Kids’ days to introduce children, (ages 5 – 11) to golf with simplified rules and terminology.
At Gorge Vale we are building on the success of our Junior Program and we value intergenerational membership and mentorship. We support family golf through initiation incentives for adult children with credits towards entrance fees for their years as a junior or intermediate member.