Welcome to the Junior Section of the club's website. The junior pages will inform you about all of the activities that are on offer for its members together with information about competitions, results and playing opportunities that exist both at this club and around the county for junior players.
How the Junior Section works?
The club work to organise competitions and fund raising activities for junior members and work in conjunction with the club manager Mark Evans and The Professional team of Mike Wilson, Ross Daniel and Josh Salmon to provide opportunities for coaching and county representation.
In total there are over 80 junior members at RND and this number is growing rapidly and it's easy to see why, The Junior section has a captain appointed each year, it is currently Ethan Jeffery. . Many juniors compete in weekend competitions at the club and we have many successful players at county and local level.
The relaxed, fun atmosphere, the fantastic practice facilities and coaching available makes RND the best place to play and learn golf whatever your age or ability.
At Royal North Devon Golf Club there are fantastic practice facilities available as well as a Championship golf course that just happens to be the oldest course in England!
- 18 hole Golf Access course set up on The Championship Course.
- Taylors Par 3 Course
- Pimpley Ground short course
- Two indoor nets
- Practice putting green
- Practice chipping green
- Practice bunkers
- Practice ground
JUNIOR COACHING AND COMPETITIONS
For the younger and more inexperianced juniors; group lessons take place on Sundays from 10.00 - 11.00am for the youngest children and 11.00 - 12.00 for the older more advanced children. (please ring in advance if coming for the first time as sessions sometimes vary) After school sessions are available twice a month on a Thursday during the summer months starting at 4:30pm - 5:30pm for begginers and 5:30pm and 6:30pm for older more advanced pupils. These group sessions cost £4.00 per player and are an excellent way of getting into the game at RND.
For the more experianced and older juniors Head Professional Mike WIlson runs a class that currently starts at 1:30 on a Saturday afternoon. This class generally takes place 'on course' to get juniors used to playing the main course, teach them rules and ettiquette as well as course management and playing different golf formats.
The Golf Access scheme which is aimed at getting players of all ages onto the golf course, starting with a reduced length course. Players progress and ultimately finish with them achieving their first club handicap at the end of it. Wherever possible we get juniors to play in men’s team competitions on a Saturday to get them experiencing completion play. We are able to do this as we have a strong friendly men’s section who help and support the juniors along their journey.
We will be hopefully running a Golf Access event after the summer - keep an eye on this page, subscribe to the news and social media.
The Junior Section organises competitions all year round which vary between medal and stableford events . They hold an annual junior open event and an extensive range of competitions in the school summer holidays. ( See junior competition schedule for dates). Juniors have the opportunity to compete in the EGU National Skills Challenge event as well as a range of competitions organised by the Devon County Junior Golf Society.
How juniors go from complete beginner to playing golf regularly:
1) Come to your first lesson at 10am on a Sunday and start to get into the game
2) Improve, get stronger and move up to the 11am lesson on Sundays that are more advanced.
3) Start to play Golf Access on the short course or on the main course
4) Work your way through and complete golf access
5) Move up to the most advanced Saturday coahching group and start Golf access plus
6) Working through Golf Access plus will allow you to get a handicap and start to play in junior and full club competitions
North Devon Junior League
The junior section have a team that plays in the North Devon Junior League . This has been a very successful venture over the years and the team have been League Champions many times in the past. (See NDL page for fixtures and results)
At RND we are always encouraging our juniors to improve and reach their full potential. There are many competition opportunities for our juniors both at the club and in county/national competitions. However, our selectioon criteria for our Junior representative teams in North Devon Junior League and county knockout matches is clear:
Firstly players must be available and committed to playing for the club teams. Next we select the squad in handicap order, with the lowest handicappers being selected for the team. This we believe is the fairest way to encourage our juniors to progress and earn their right to play in the club team. If you work hard and reduce your handicap you will be rewarded with selection for the team. Our younger juniors with higher handicaps will still have opportunities to compete in internal and external competitions.