Introducing golf to a younger generation

Stettler Golf & Country Club wraps up season’s youth programs

A big part of the mission at the Stettler Golf And Country Club is working to attract younger folks to the links, and that’s what a recent round of programs this spring was all about.

Each year, staff plan several programs aimed at introducing young people to the sport, and many return to keep honing their skills as the season unfolds, said manager Mike Fuger.

“We had a junior league – it’s a mini-camp kind of thing,” he explained.

“It’s an eight-week program, and we have two groups – six to nine years of age and also nine to 12,” he said. “We are just trying to get kids involved in the golfing world.

“That was my whole perspective. It’s all about engaging the kids – getting them to participate.”

Many of the kids that take part in the spring programs return throughout the season. Fuger said that this year, about 46 youngsters took part in the youth programs.

“The kids really enjoy it – it’s a camaraderie type of thing,” he added. “And once they get engaged, they want to come back,” he said, adding that volunteer help is essential to the success of the programs.

“I’ve had nothing but positive feedback from the parents.”

Stettler Golf & Country Club, which first opened back in 1923, features a nine-hole golf course.

Fuger said that Discount Golf out of Red Deer provides the stock for the store as well on a consignment basis. “It’s all about working together.”

Meanwhile, some of the course’s special features also include, “Two back-to-back Par 3’s that will challenge every level of player, plus a 610 yard Par 5 that requires three solid hits to reach the green in regulation,” notes the web site.

Fuger said the facility has also hosted everything from weddings to fundraising tournaments, such as the recent one that was put on by Stettler Health Services.

Special events are also held throughout the year, he said.

But ultimately, it’s of course about the golf – and there are all kinds of leagues for folks to sign up for from men’s and ladies’ leagues to seniors’ groups as well.

“What’s not to love about golf,” added Fuger with a laugh. “This is a perfect course for families.”


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