Desert Peaks to put on junior golf camp
The Desert Peaks Golf Course is hosting a youth camp for kids to teach the basics of golf. The camp begins June 19 and runs through July 24, when they will be having an end-of-camp barbecue.
The camp will be held at both the Desert Peaks Golf Course and the Willow Creek Driving Range on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and will cost $25 per kid.
The money goes back into the junior program, for buying clubs, some tournaments and the end-of-year barbecue.
The junior golf camp will be run by Carl Lindgren and several volunteers. Last year the camp, which has been conducted for about 15 years, had around 20 participants. There are no specific age groups for kids who want to participate. Golf clubs will be provided to the kids. The sign-ups are at Desert Peaks, with forms for club sizes and other information.
"This is a great social game," said Lindgren. "This is a game they can play for a long time."
"We are going to try and teach etiquette and behavior, which requires a bit of discipline and a bit of respect," he said. "The coaches are really just wanting to teach the basics, get them exposed to the game, really just make sure they have fun first, learn the rules of the game and how to enjoy it."
"We will be able to teach a couple different drills and when we go to the driving range, the coaches and I will talk about the different kind of shots," said Lindgren. "The camp will have a lot of examples for the kids. Most kids learn by watching, showing them what different clubs look like."
Lindgren is not sure what the future holds for the local golf program. "I would love to see a golf program back at the high school," he said. "I wish I could say this is the path to high school golf, but you really need 20-plus kids to stick with it and be willing to play."
The last year Madras High School had a golf program was in 2013.