b'Foundation for CommunityCrane Creek Country Club has created a culture of fun and achievement for junior golfersby hosting fun events, whether that be an off-season tournament on a golf simulator or the season-ending drive, chip, and putt championship.Having friends who play is always a driving influence in kids playing longer, Sestero said. Getting them active on the course and creating unique opportunities to compete is a huge component in retaining golfers.The junior program grew Junior golfers like Reid Hoppocklast season to more than 120 (pictured) can now sharpen theirparticipants. The second level of game regardless of weather on oneits Young Guns Program doubled of the new indoor simulators. in participation from 2020 to 2021. And Crane Creeks PGA Jr. League all-star team won the section championship two years ago.L uke Sestero takes heart in theThe program is based on a simpleThe program continues to expand, sight of families sharpeningconcept: introduce kids to golf andtoo, including an eight-week U.S. their skills together at the drivingkeep them active in the game. ButKids Pathway to Progress program range at Crane Creek Country ClubSestero, the 2018 and 2020 Rockyin the fall, extending the golf season in Boise, where he has been a PGAMountain Section PGA Assistantat a time when many junior golfers in professional for nearly a decade.Professional of the Year and winnerthe Northwest put away their clubs.If its not the range, its kids hittingof the 2019 Rocky Mountain Sectionballs before heading off to the pool. Youth Player Development Award, andZack Hall There is always a lot of actionKoerner, recently named a U.S. Kids here, Sestero says, before praisingGolf Top 50Coach, take a truly holistic the membership for being soapproach to that concept.supportive of junior golf. Open to members of Crane Creek, The abundance of kids on thethe junior journey begins with a course at Crane Creek is no accident.summer program for beginners as The country clubs membership isyoung as five. Players graduate to composed of many families, manyplay the PGA Jr. LeagueCrane CreekCrane Creek Country Club is a of which live nearby the recentlyfields a full roster of four teams.private, neighborhood club nestled renovated Crane Creek. The most motivated players workin the foothills just minutes from More than that, though,up to the Young Guns Program, adowntown Boise. Crane Creek is Sestero, third-year assistant PGAcomprehensive three-level programwhere lifelong friendships, sporting Professional Aaron Koerner, andin which the top level hone their skillspassions and memories are built.head PGA Professional Ron Rawls,for competition at an elite level.CRANE CREEK COUNTRY CLUBhave created one of the mostThe program isnt just long days500 W Curling Driveproductive junior golf programs inbeating balls at the range. SesteroBoise, ID 83702208-514-4340the Pacific Northwest. and Koerner engage kids on their levelCraneCreekCountryClub.com4GOLF IDAHO|MARCH 2022'