Golf News for Friday, July 29, 2011 | Daily Golf Blogs

Mike Bailey: Troon Golf trots out new junior lesson incentive

You’ve probably heard of golf courses that give complimentary green fees to juniors with paying adults. Now Troon Golf has put another twist on the concept: complimentary golf instruction for kids who take lessons with a paying adult.

“Making golf instruction more accessible to junior golfers is a key component to both growing the game and ensuring that young players are developing their skills and having fun,” said John Easterbrook, executive vice president, operations for Troon. “The golf course is an ideal setting for families, and Troon Family Golf makes it easier for people to gather and enjoy quality time as a family.”

This novel concept might have a side benefit as well. If a parent or guardian can get a free lesson for a child, perhaps it’s enough incentive for the adult to take a lesson in the first place.

Not all lessons are created equal, of course, and some pros are better than others at teaching. But part of the problem in growing the game is that it’s just so darn difficult, and many golfers make it harder by spending money on new equipment rather than getting instruction. Knowing their kids can benefit could be the carrot to get a few more people to the lesson tee in general.

But at the very least, it can help get a youngster out on the right foot, and that’s important. While there are plenty of success stories of golfers who are self-taught, it’s really not the formula for success. Starting a kid out early with good fundamentals enhances the chances of proficiency and enjoying the game.

The offer is good at participating Troon-managed facilities around the world. In addition to free junior golf instruction, Troon Family Golf still allows juniors to play for free after 3 p.m. when playing with a paying adult. That includes complimentary junior rental clubs at more than 90 participating facilities – 365 days a year.

Guests can book their next round as a family by contacting their favorite Troon facility and mentioning the Troon Family Golf program. The offer is based on availability, golf lessons must be taken together with the same instructor, and juniors are defined as golfers 15 years of age and under. For more information on the program, visit