Summer 2016 Junior Golf Program Information
Sign up the kids to Join Us this Summer for Junior Golf programs at EagleVail Golf Club
The EagleVail Golf Club Junior Golf programming for the 2016 summer will be offered in three parts, the First Tee of Eagle County instructional camps, PGA Jr. League and the First Tee Player’s Series. Please see the rest of this packet for information on all three and get ready for the best summer of golf ever at EagleVail!
The First Tee of Eagle CountyJunior Golf Camps
EagleVail Golf Club will be offering the same 4-day camps as we have the past two years in June, July & August. Juniors will come from 9a-Noon, M-Th. Groups will be divided by age for registration purposes but adjustments are made for siblings or based on ability level. Camps will focus on golf skills, life skills and other games and fitness activities to engage the kids and encourage safety, fun and learning in a golf setting.
9:00 a.m. - Noon $129 per child
Please visit www.thefirstteeofeaglecounty.com to see schedules and register.
PGA Junior League
For the last nine years, the First Tee of Eagle County has offered a Monday afternoon Player’s League. This was a program that offered junior golfers the opportunity to be on a team coached by golf professional and to play some of the beautiful courses in our valley. The PGA Golf Professionals in Eagle County, who have administered The First Tee Player’s League in the past, decided to transition to the PGA Junior League in 2015.
In 2011, the PGA of America launched a national program called PGA Junior League. The concept was to create something like baseball’s Little League, but for golf. This program has seen tremendous growth throughout the country and in Colorado.
Many of the parameters are the same. Junior golfers, ages 13 and under, will participate on a team of 10-12 players, receive weekly instruction from a PGA Golf Professional and will have the opportunity to play other courses in weekly matches here in Eagle County. The price for the PGA Junior League has been set at $200 for the 2017 season.
We believe that the PGA Junior League will help us to create a positive, encouraging, and more inclusive experience. The nine hole format will now be scored in a scramble format. Eight kids travel as a team where then two kids from our team will play against two kids from the other team on each hole. They earn a point for each hole that they win. Every three holes, players have the option to sub in a teammate. Those who are waiting to play their three holes are coaching, encouraging, reading putts, tending the flagstick, etc. The parents and coaches stay on the cart path and are mostly quiet, only there if the need arises.
There is an opportunity for some of the kids to move on to compete at a larger regional level and even potentially play in a National Championship. We see the benefits of the PGA Junior League to be that more kids will be able to participate each week and believe the format of the competition will be more fun.
For a 30 sec commercial spot: https://vimeo.com/139583208
For a 10 min parental informational video: https://vimeo.com/154789845
Here is the direct link to register for the EagleVail Golf Club team:
EagleVail Golf Club Earns Audobon Society Certification for Environmental Excellence
EagleVail Achieves National Recognition with Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Status
January 21, 2015 – Avon, CO - The EagleVail Golf Course announced this morning that it has been designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary from Audubon International. The two-year certification process requires demonstration of a high degree of environmental quality in seven specific areas including Environmental Planning, Wildlife and Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.
"Our team has worked hard towards achieving a self-imposed high set of operational standards focused specifically on environmental stewardship and conservation, and have embraced the opportunity to enhance and protect the local wildlife and its habitats," stated Brent Barnum, EagleVail Golf Course Superintendent. "We have achieved this monumental task by implementing environmental sensitive maintenance practices, a high standard in water management and by having a strong commitment to environmental quality. Being recognized for this hard work is wonderful and we are very proud to be a part of such elite company."
Barnum championed EagleVail's effort to obtain this sanctuary designation, and is being individually recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. A member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary since 2005, the EagleVail Golf Course is the 44th golf course in Colorado and the 914th in the world to be designated as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
"The EagleVail Golf Course Maintenance Department has worked hard to blend environmental responsible maintenance practices into our daily operations," according to Steven Barber, Director of EagleVail Parks and Golf Course Maintenance. "This certification plays a key role in our community's focus on improving environmental performance, building community relations, reducing liability, and contributing to the conservation of our environmental resources in the community we all love."
Doug Bechtel, Executive Director at Audubon International, stated "The EagleVail Golf Course has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property."
The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat and protect natural resources. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program.
About Audubon International
Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Troy, NY. In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities, and new developments with the purpose of delivering high-quality environmental education and facilitating the sustainable management of natural resources. For more information, call Audubon International at (518) 767-9051 or visit www.auduboninternational.org.
Footgolf at Willow Creek Par 3
The EagleVail Golf Club's Willow Creek Par 3 Course introduces the newest sport to hit the Vail Valley, FootGolf. A combination of soccer and golf, EagleVail is only the fifth golf course to introduce the sport in Colorado. Organized in 2009 in the Netherlands, FootGolf is played throughout the world on five continents.
FootGolf is offered daily at the EagleVail Golf Club's Willow Creek Par 3 course. The Willow Creek Par 3 course is open May 27 through the 1st week of September each summer.
8 am - 8 pm daily.
- $15.00 adults
- $10.00 child under the age of 17
- $3 Soccer ball rental
For information or to book a tee time, please contact us at (970) 845-PAR3.
According to the American FootGolf League, the combination soccer and golf sport called FootGolf is played with a regulation #5 soccer ball on shortened holes, such as a par 3 course, with 21-inch diameter cups. The rules largely correspond to the rules of golf, playing in groups of four, players compete to kick the soccer ball from the tee box into the cup with the least number of kicks. Each kick is considered a "stroke", much like golf.
The first World Cup was held in 2012 in Budapest, Hungary with teams participating from Hungary, Argentina, Belgium, Greece, Netherlands, Italy, Mexico, United States. The sport is regulated by the Federation for International FootGolf (FIFG). The American FootGolf League (AFGL) is the exclusive member of the FIFG and governing body for the sport of FootGolf in the United States.