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We are looking for a good golf instructor for one-on-one
lessons for a 13 year old girl. She is a
beginner/intermediate player who is very interested in
improving her game. We would prefer someone who is located
in the East Bay. Any recommendations would be greatly
I recommend Trish Hinze up at Tilden Park. She has been
instructing for years and is great at it. They have after
school and summer camps as well.
I would highly recommend Janet Coles. Go to
wwww.janetcolesgolf.com. As a junior herself she had the
best swing I have ever seen. She played for UCLA, went on
to play on the tour and did quite well. She's a great
I would recommend contacting the pro shop at the Tilden Park golf course.
They do provide one-on-one lessons, as I recall, and I was impressed with
their skills and rapport with kids when my daughters did the group lessons
there last year. They also have summer golf camps for serious golfer kids.
my 7 year old girl loves her little plastic baby golf
clubs, but i would like to take her to a kid-friendly place in
contra costa county, where we could rent or buy real clubs (her
size, of course) and hit balls, putt, perhaps have a lesson or
Try Grayson Woods in Pleasant Hill www.golfgraysonwoods.com.
It's only nine holes, with a putting course and they have a lot
of junior activites. It's good for working on your short game,
Tilden Golf Course has an excellent kids' golf program. My two
young daughters enjoyed it very much. They do have a putting
green and driving range as well. It's not the right county, but
I strongly recommend their program
Looking for other public golf courses that can provide
lessons to a beginning pre-teenager. We have tried Tilden
which is great, but looking for something closer to El
Sobrante. Any thoughts are appreciated. Thank you.
Try the Alameda par 3 golf course. The pro there is named
Woody. He is great and works with teens.
Pretty much every golf course will have a teaching ''pro'' who
you can hire for lessons. I've had lessons at both Montclair
and Chabot in Oakland.
The course in Alameda apparently has a well respected golf
program for kids.
You might try Franklin Canyon Golf in Hercules. It's not that
far from El Sobrante, just the opposite direction from
Berkeley. It is located just a little ways out highway 4. Good
There are many options for golf lessons near El Sobrante.
Franklin Canyon in Hercules, Blue Rock Springs in Vallejo,
and Richmond Country Club off of Richmond Parkway (I'm
pretty darned sure you don't need to be a member to take
lessons.) Mira Vista Country Club in El Cerrito now offers a
very low price junior membership and may have lessons.
If you're willing to drive, Alameda Junior Golf Club offers free
Saturday morning lessons at the Chuck Corica complex at
Harbor Bay as well as free equipment, clothing and balls to
Some juniors I've known have taken lessons at Peacock
Gap in San Rafael, and the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
I believe your junior can take lessons just about anywhere,
public or private. However, if you're looking for group
classes it's harder during the school year.
Not sure what you have against Tilden though...
I've never used it, but the Chuck Corica golf course in Alameda offers lessons. The golf
course is as flat as a pancake, but that would be good for a beginner. Their website is:
Our 6 y.o. is very interested in golf and we'd like to get her
in a camp that includes golf this summer, or into golf lessons.
Any suggestions? I know Country Clubs often offer these, but we
are not members. Thanks.
There is alot of support for junior golf in the Bay Area. First of all, Tilden Park
Golf Course offers lessons and camps for children year round. They have a
very nice staff, and a good program. My son took lessons there for years and
he is now a nationally ranked golfer and on the Varsity team at Berkeley High.
In fact the Berkeley High coach, Nik Dang is now a teacher at Tilden. Tilden's
number is 848-7373. Once your daughter learns to play it only costs $5 for
juniors to play the course in the afternoons. The other fantastic place is the
Alameda Jr. Golf Club at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex at Harbor Bay Isle.
They have a junior program with free Saturday clinics, summer tournaments,
and absolutely free equipment, clothing and balls for all juniors. There is an
easy, and extremely cheap (it used to be be $1) par three course there which
is good for kids. Their phone number is 521-4727. Another fun place for kids
just learning to play is the Montclair Golf Course where they have a small Par
3 course, just right for kids, with no pressure from serious adults getting
Golf is a fantastic sport for girls. There's alot of opportunity, great
camaraderie and plenty of scholarships for college.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
Nike Golf school @ Tilden GC in Berkeley! Perfect place and
great teaching, plus golf camps for kids during the summer. I go
there for adult golf lessons too.
Love the game of Golf
The City of Albany just put out their Spring brochure and I
found a wide variety of summer sport camps in there. Golf was
Tilden Park golf course has lessons and camps (through Nike)
but prices seem pretty steep to me.
Any recommendations for a golf class for 8-10 year olds? My son
is interested in trying it out, but I don't think a traditional
golf pro may be the right way until he determines whether or not
it is fun. Before we invest in clubs and greens fees, does
anyone know of a class or group lesson that would cover the
Try the Nike golf school at Tilden Golf Course. We have gone to
a number of different Nike Golf classes (they have Nike golf at
Northstar in Tahoe) for our daughter who is now 10 and they are
fun. Good luck and may the little white ball go in the hole!
For a free introduction to golf check out the Alameda Jr. Golf Club at the
Chuck Corica Golf complex in Alameda on Harbor Bay Isle. They offer free
clubs and balls to all kids, and free lessons on Saturday morning. There is
par 3 course which is only a few dollars to play.
Montclair Golf Course is also a par 3 course which rents clubs for a few
dollars to play the course. This is a great place to try out golf. It is
off of Park
Once your child gets more interested, Tilden Park Golf Course offers group
lessons, camps, and individual lessons. Ron McQueen is a very good teacher
for juniors. It only costs $5 for juniors to play the course in the
Try calling Tilden Park Golf Course, Franklin Canyon in Rodeo or
Marina Bay in San Leandro. They are all AGPA course and have
Nike golf lessons for kids and adults. I believe they have a
summer camp schedule for kids during the summer. The minimum age
is 7. I took the adults lessons and they covered everything,
from etiquitte to long range drives. I really enjoyed taking
the classes 2 years ago and am ready to take the next level of
courses to really fine tune my game. It was a great deal, clubs
are provided if you don't have a set, and you get 5 free rounds
after completing the lessons (I think it was 2 lessons a week
for a month). What I really liked about it was that they have
new golfer night once a week for all ages to come and play with
fellow beginners. It was fun. He should enjoy it.
The Tilden Park Golf Course offers kids'lessons as part of the
Nike Golf Learning Center. They have classes in age groupings
including one for 6-11 year olds. My six-year-old just finished
his first month in the classes. One big plus is that they
provide the clubs, so you don't have to buy any unless your
child really likes it and wants to practice on his/her own. I
thought the instruction was good and there is a serious emphasis
on the character pillars of golf. The cost is $79 per month,
with an introductory rate of $49 for the first month, for up to
8 lessons (see my caution below). There is a 6-month package
rate too. They don't take the kids on the course - just the
range and putting green - at least in the beginning levels.
One big caution, though: They divide instuction by achievement
levels. There is a test to get to the next level, and the
instructor decides when you can take the test. Once you take
it, your instruction is over, even though you have not finished
the month of lessons. I felt ripped-off by this, since they
tested before the end of the month (the 19th) and they charged
an extra $10 for the test. Perhaps this is only an issue for
the first level since it is easy to pass to the second. Just
beware, as this wasn't explained when I signed up.
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