It’s never too early to learn how to swing a golf club. The trick to teaching your child how to play golf is to keep it fun, so he or she doesn’t lose interest in the game. Find the right instructors to train your future golf pro at the places that consistently receive two thumbs up from the area’s student golfers.
TGA Premier Junior Golf
390 N. Sepulveda Blvd. 2100
El Segundo, CA 90245
Price: $10 to $20 per hour per child, one hour per week
Hours: Mon to Fri – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
This after-school program is offered seasonally during school in spring, winter and fall. Junior golfers from kindergarten to 8th grade are trained in groups by knowledgeable coaches who understand each child’s attention span and skill level. The lessons are easy to follow, with a focus on fundamentals and rules of golf, and instruction on field etiquette. Coaches are helpful and patient with beginners, making the program a popular choice for young golfers.
Altadena Golf Course
1456 E. Mendocino St.
Altadena, CA 91001
Price: $40 to $45 for 30 minutes of private lessons/$200 to $225 for six-lesson package
Hours: daily – 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
An expansive stretch of natural grass makes this golf course great for beginners. Choose from PGA certified instructors to teach your child at any skill level. They are highly recommended by former students, and the full six-lesson package is one of the best deals in L.A. for a learning experience in golf. Golfers may enjoy breakfast or lunch at the 10th Hole Bar and Grill patio while taking in the greenery.
Westchester Golf Course and Driving Range
6900 W. Manchester Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Price: $40 for 30-minute private lessons/$80 an hour/$99 four-person group rate for one hour
Hours: daily – 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Four instructors, both male and female, with professional backgrounds in golf cater to everyone’s comfort level at Westchester. The course is challenging enough for seasoned pros, but friendly enough for young beginners. Conveniently located near LAX, the range also offers a full snack bar and pro shop. Regulars here come back for the fun course and affordable prices.
Weddingtom Golf and Tennis
4141 Whitsett Ave.
Studio City, CA 91604
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Hours: daily – 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
This is a hidden jewel of the San Fernando Valley with gorgeous, well-tended trees and green lawns. It offers an array of highly recommended, professional instructors who are independently contracted for private lessons. Their history and knowledge of the sport make them excellent for all age groups and skill levels. Weekdays are preferable for smaller crowds, and are more affordable at $10 for a course with $8 replays, as opposed to $11 a course with $9 replays on weekends.
Zack Allen Golf
1500 E. Walnut Ave.
Burbank, CA 91501
Price: $40 for 30 minutes/$65 per hour
Hours: Tues to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Students may learn from a PGA-certified golf instructor with lessons that include a swing-video analysis. Zack Allen’s goal is to equip students with a basic understanding of fundamentals to become their own best teachers. Former students include nationally ranked junior touring pros, celebrities and CEOs. One-on-one special attention is given to everyone from VIPs to beginning novices.
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