Phoenix has good news for beginning duffers

Low-cost lessons…

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is offering low cost group golf lessons for kids at the city’s five courses. Parents can choose from three sessions during the summer — one each in June, July and August — all at prices that make learning how to play golf possible for all.

Beginner classes are available for 5- to-7-year-olds; 8- to 17-year-olds can choose from beginner through advanced classes. Beginner classes and intermediate classes both meet for six, one-hour sessions. Beginner classes cost $25; intermediate classes cost $58 and also include a 30-day Junior Golf Pass for unlimited weekday play. Advanced classes cost $100 per session which includes six, two-hour classes. Class times vary between 7 and 9 a.m., depending on the course.

Register at phoenix.gov/golf. You can download, fill out and bring a registration form and waiver with you to the course to speed up the registration process. For more information, call 602-262-5088.

…and free rounds of golf for kids

Junior golfers ages 17 and under can play for free — every day, all day — at any of the three city of Phoenix nine-hole courses this summer, when accompanied by a paid adult.

The “Kids Play Free” Program is being offered at:

Aguila Par 3, 8440 S. 35th Ave., 602-237-9601
Encanto Short 9, 2300 N. 17th Ave., 602- 262-6870
Palo Verde 9, 6215 N. 15th Ave., 602-249-9930

The program runs June 1 through Aug. 31 and is designed to encourage families to enjoy golf together and to promote junior golf in Phoenix. The special is good for one youth per adult. If only one adult is present, additional kids’ rounds are only $5 each. Junior participants will also receive a free PING hat while supplies last.

This program is an extension of the Phoenix Youth Golf Program, which offers affordable golf lessons year-round to young golfers between the ages of 5 and 17 and a $30 Junior Play Pass good for 30 days at all Phoenix golf courses on a space available basis.

Learn more at 602-262-5088 or phoenix.gov/golf. Tee times can be booked online or at 1-866-865-GOLF (4653).

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