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An official magazine of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association, British Columbia Golf, Idaho Golf Association, Oregon Golf Association, Washington State Golf Association and the Pacific Northwest Section PGA Vol. 25 No. 2 • May 2019 GOLF COLUMBIA BRITISH Troy with his son Jack (in the back), and his friend Ronan. Troy took them to North Shore GC earlier this month with their Youth on Course cards and played nine holes for $5. Both proud WSGA Youth on Course members! Youth on Course Thriving in the Pacific Northwest O NE OF THE MOST INSPIRING THINGS TO WITNESS ON A GOLF COURSE is a foursome of youth walking down the fairway. As a father of two young boys, it is gratifying because that means they are not spending as much time staring at their electronic screens. And from a golf administrator’s standpoint, it means the future of the game is bright. The Oregon Golf Association (OGA), Idaho Golf Association (IGA), and Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) have fully embraced the national Youth on Course program and are investing money, time, and resources to the growth of the program. Within Washington, Idaho, and Oregon, there are now more than 150 courses that Youth on Course members can play for only $5! I hope that by now through the PNGA or your state golf association you have learned about this phenomenal program and what it is doing to get youth out to play more golf, and the future growth of the game. If you have a family member or know someone who is between the ages of 6-18, all they have to do is join Youth on Course. The annual fee varies between states, but in the Pacific Northwest it’s $30 or less and gives them access to play numerous golf courses for only $5 a round. They will receive their own membership card in the mail with their name on it to present at participating golf courses. In addition, they will receive many of the benefits that you get as a member of your state golf association, like receiving this magazine, Pacific Northwest Golfer! And in regards to the growth in the game, Youth on Course is in 29 regions throughout the United States, and consists of more than 48,000 members, 1,000 participating golf courses, over 10 million holes played, 765,000 rounds and has generated over $5 million in tee-time revenue that state golf associations have reimbursed back to the golf courses. And, a couple months ago, Golf Canada embraced the program and is going to start piloting it in a couple Provincial golf associations in Canada. Golf has been criticized as being too expensive, especially for youth. In my opinion, this should help dismiss these beliefs and prove that many of us in the golf industry are trying to provide more affordable access to golf facilities and incentivize people to play more golf. When you combine Youth on Course with some of the other programs for youth that are thriving, like PGA Junior League, First Tee, and state and provincial player development programs, it translates to a very strong case that golf will continue to be a lifetime sport for future generations.