Junior Golf Program

Contact Jennifer for more information about junior golf at Race Brook.


PGA Sports Academy

2018 Clinic & Camp Schedule:
Month Dates Time Cost per clinic/camp
May Clinics                 Tuesdays: May 1, 8, 15, 22
Wednesdays: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
4:30-5:45pm $20 members, $25 nonmembers
June Clinics Tuesdays: June 5, 12           Wednesdays: June 6, 13 4:30-5:45pm $20 members, $25 nonmembers
June Camp Tuesday-Thursday, June 19-21 8:30-11:30am $175 members, $195 nonmembers
June Camp Tues-Thurs, June 26-28 8:30-11:30am $175 members, $195 nonmembers
July Camp Tues-Thurs, July 17-19 8:30-11:30am $175 members, $195 nonmembers
July Camp Tues-Thurs, July 24-26 8:30-11:30am $175 members, $195 nonmembers
Race Brook Junior League Golf

Race Brook Junior League Golf is an intra-club developmental league designed for 8-14 year old beginners ready for the course, to the intermediate player.  Boys and girls play a 9 hole scramble with a partner in a match play format.  League consists of four teams playing in a round robin.  A game is played between 2 teams.  Each team has 8 players, 4 partners.  Players can be substituted in between 3 hole matches allowing for up to 12 players per team.  Players play a minimum of 6 holes.

Team Placement Day (everyone makes a team) held Saturday, June 16 at 5pm.  Practice is on Wednesday, June 20 from 5-7pm with six games Saturday, June 23, Wednesdays, June 27, July 18, 25, August 1, 8. Games start at 4:30 for warm-up and 5:00pm tee off.

$175 members, $250 non-members includes team shirt, junior golf celebration dinner for family and trophy

League Practice Days are available for an additional fee.  Tuesdays, June 19, 26, July 17, 24, 31, August 7 from 4-5pm.
Six hours for $60 members/$90 for nonmembers.
The PGA Junior Travel Team plays in the  PGA Junior River League against New Haven CC, Tashua Knolls and Great River, set up similar to intra-club.  Games schedule is Sundays: June 24 at Race Brook CC, July 1 at New Haven, July 8 at Great River, July 15 at Tashua, July 22 at New Haven, and August 6 with a 4:15 warm-up and 5pm tee off.  The travel team is selected from the intra-club team. Members and past players have priority.  One to four players have the opportunity to play on the New Haven All-Star team depending on team's end of season ranking.
$175 per player includes 2 team jerseys, bag tag, cap, t-shirt and draw string bag 

Junior League Background
PGA Junior League Golf (PGA JLG) is designed to better socialize the game for boys and girls, ages 13 and under. PGA JLG features team vs. team competitions in structured leagues that provide a two-person scramble, match-play format.  Everyone plays a minimum of 6 holes depending on the number of players.  This is a great way to get kids involved in the game! 

Team versus team competitions consist of four 9-hole matches, four tee times.  The format is two person teams, match play scramble.  Matches are broken into 3 hole segments called Flags.  This allows for substitutions between Flags giving every participant a chance to play.
Press Release - PGA Junior New Haven League 2013
League consists of four teams, Race Brook CC, New Haven CC, Tashua Glen at Tashua Knolls, and Great River GC. “I love this program because kids love to compete.  This gives junior golfers an opportunity to compete without the pressure, because they know they have a partner and a team to back them up.  They don’t want to let their team down so they really try hard,” says Jennifer Barnsley, PGA and LPGA Professional at Race Brook CC team and All-Star coach.  “It also creates greater parent involvement and enthusiasm for their child’s golf develop.”  Parent involvement includes serving as a coach, scorekeeper, team mom, or just driving them to the matches and being a spectator.

All the juniors regularly attend Race Brook’s junior program and most are members of the club.

A New Haven League All-star team is chosen from each team in the regular season league to compete in local championships and hopefully advance to Regional Championship.  

All-star teams have to win two local championships in August to participate in the Regional Championship.  The first round championship match is against the Coastal league (Hopyard, Clinton, Madison, Blackhall) on Sunday, August 14 at Race Brook CC O'Sullivan Course.  The winner of that competition plays the winner of the all-star match between Hartford and Westfield in the CT Championship.

There are six Regional Championships across the country hosting a four team event using a round robin format.  Race Brook Country Club O’Sullivan course hosted one of the the PGA Junior League Golf Regional Championships in 2013.  The Northeast region consist of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey.  Four teams, with eight to ten players on each team, from the Northeast compete to participate in the 2016 Junior League Golf Championship at TBA on October 2016.  

Parent Child Tournament (members only)
Sunday, June 17
Tee times are from 12:00-2:00pm. Championship course for children 14 & over, and O'Sullivan course for children 13 & under. Format is better ball of partners with gross and net prizes awarded using 100% handicap. This is a club event so registration is through Foretees staring on June 1.  Entry fee is $20 per player.  Barbecue available from 2:00-7:00pm, not included in entry fee.

Junior Club Championship (members only)

Ages 15 to 18 Division is a 36 hole event played over two days with a girls and boys division played on the Championship Course with tee times starting at 1pm.  First place winners are invited to play in the Jack Kelly CT PGA Tournament of Champions; and they have the opportunity to represent RBCC on the Pryde Cup team against Yale Golf Club held in October.

Ages 13-14 Division play 18 holes from red markers on the O'Sullivan Course.  

Age 11-12 Division play 9 holes from forward yellow tees on PGA Family O'Sullivan Course. 

Age 9-10 Division
 play 9 holes from forward blue tees on PGA Family O'Sullivan Course.

Age 8 and Under Division play 6 holes from forward blue tees on PGA Family O'Sullivan Course.

Trophies will be awarded for first place winners at Junior Celebration on August 8.


Junior Golf Celebration
Wednesday, August 8


This is a thank you for participating in our junior program.  All league, clinic and camp participates are invited.  We also invite past PGA Junior League and All-Star team players to play. If your child has never participated in the League he or she is welcome to participate.  If not, come for the pizza, putting contest and raffle at 5:30pm.

4:15pm Warm up on range and pairings
5:00pm Two-person scramble format, shot gun start, match play

7:00pm Pizza, salad, desert and drinks
7:45pm Trophies awarded 
8:00pm Putting Contest on the Practice Putting Green.


Junior Private Lesson Rates

Private lessons for junior golfers are usually for ages 13-18 years old getting ready to play on their high school team or are in high school and may be looking to play in college.  By 13 years old, juniors wanting to play on their high school team are more serious (or should be more serious) about golf and have chosen golf as their main sport and are motivated to practice regularly.  Taking private lessons is a way to improve faster and perform better in competition.

Paul & Jennifer Barnsley  $100
Assistant Golf Professional  $60

Summer Golf Program for High School Golfers

Private Lesson Package
A half hour private lesson once a week for eight weeks for $400.

Short Game Program
A group with three or more students meeting nine weeks through the summer.  Meets an hour once a week, focus is on short game finesse and distance wedges and bunker shots.  Program develops a short game training plan for success and bench mark/short game handicap to measure success.

Race Brook Junior League Golf
In a league against other clubs in the area usually playing a low pressure two team scramble match.  More information will follow. 

Junior Golf Club Rental Program

As you all know, kids grow, and in order for juniors to play their best and get the most enjoyment out of the game they need properly fit clubs.

The length, weight and grip size of the club is so important for the junior to be able to make the correct motion for a particular shot and not create bad habits that need to be corrected later.  Buying clubs each year, or even some times twice a year if your child grows, can get expensive.

For $60 your child will be able to rent a set of fitted golf clubs for the 2016 season, and if your child has a growth spurt at some point in the season, they will swap the clubs out for the next size up.  USKids Ultralight clubs come in different sizes depending on the juniors age and height.

The smallest sets for 6-9 year olds include 4 clubs (driver, 9 iron, hybrid and putter) and golf bag.  Ten year olds and above include 8 clubs (driver, fairway, hybrid, 6 iron, 8 iron, pitching wedge, sand wedge and putter) and a golf bag. If you child fits into the heavier Tour Series clubs the rental fee is $120.

If you are going to participate in the program and want to get your child fitted for the clubs, please contact Jennifer Barnsley.


Junior Apparel Bundle

This year Barnsley Golf Shop is offering an apparel bundle so your kids will be styling when they come to the club!:) The apparel is this year's fashions from Garb.
The package includes:

2 shorts for boys or 2 skorts for girls
2 polo shirts,
1 outerwear,
1 belt for boys only,
1 pair of golf shoes,
2 pair of socks,
1 hat,
1 glove

The bundle is at a great price, $210 for the boys and $195 for the girls.  Price does not include tax.  If you are interested, let Jennifer know your child’s apparel size and their shoe size. The apparel size chart (bottoms, shirts, and jacket) is below.

Small 5-6 years old,
Medium 7-8 years old,
Large 9-10 years old,
Extra Large 11-12 years old,
Teen 13-14 years old