PGA Junior League Golf is growing in popularity

With the nationwide program exploding in the past few years, 20 facilities in the greater San Diego area will be hosting multiple PGA Junior League Golf teams this season, including Encinitas Ranch, Rancho Santa Fe Golf Course, The Farms and Lomas Santa Fe Country Club.

PGA Junior League Golf is designed as a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls ages 13 and under to learn and enjoy the game of golf under the direction of PGA and LPGA Professionals who serve as team captains. In all, a record 30,000 kids around the country participated on 2,500 Junior League teams last year, a 233 percent increase since 2013.

Kids wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with their friends, utilizing the two-person scramble format for competition, in order to reinforce the team concept and create a nurturing environment for learning the game, according to a news release. The program has also gained the support of several PGA and LPGA Tour players, including Rory McIlroy, Michelle Wie, Rickie Fowler and Lexi Thompson, who are Official Ambassadors for PGA Junior League Golf.

“Golf is a great sport for parents to consider for their kids, and PGA Junior League Golf brings a fun, team concept to a game that can be played for a lifetime,” said Scott Kmiec, senior director, PGA REACH. “Through PGA Junior League Golf, PGA and LPGA Professionals are providing golf instruction to boys and girls along with teaching them the character skills and values of the game that they can carry into their adult lives.”

PGA Junior League Golf is the key youth program of PGA REACH, the charitable arm of the PGA of America. For more information, visit