Re: Junior GolfersFirst, I'm not even remotely a junior (I'm almost a senior at my course.. lol), so that isn't a factor in my post, but do have something to add here. I play (and work part time) at a pretty nice public facility. We have an 18 hole, par 72 course, a 9 hole par 31 executive course, and a 9 hole par 3 course.
We have a fairly comprehensive junior golf program that includes lessons, junior leagues in the summer, tournaments, etc. Most of the younger kids 912 and under) play the par 3 course for their leagues. But for general golf, there really aren't any restrictions placed on juniors over that age except that they can't drive riding carts (insurance issues). In fact, juniors are given the best price break on green fees of anyone, almost 50% off the regular fee. That's even better than the senior rate, and they get it on the weekend which the seniors don't. They can play any time, they can call ahead for reservations, then can play with their friends, or with family or with other single golfers. a lot of the school golf teams in the area play the 18 hole course regularly.
I usually enjoy playing with the younger golfers on a weekday afternoon... they seem to have fun and generally like to get little tips and advice and information about the rules. Most of them seem to have a good attitude about the game.
I feel for you guys who are having bad experiences... where do these people think that new players come from? They have to learn somewhere, and the only way to learn how to play golf is to play golf. You can develop a playable swing on the range, but you have to take it to the course to learn how to use it. Maybe it's a private club thing... I don't know.