TGA Premier Youth Golf Programs Expand

TGA Premier Sports was founded by Joshua Jacobs in 2003, and TGA Premier Junior Golf was the first scalable and replicable business model for introductory and recreational junior golf programs that combines athletics with academics.

DELRAY BEACH, Florida – TGA Premier Sports, a brand that introduces children to sports, and a provider of in-school and community-based youth golf enrichment programs, is beginning to roll out its traditional, in-person summer golf camps in markets all across the country.

With some team sports programs still being sidelined in markets, individual sports, such as golf, are positioned for growth. And with social distancing naturally built into it, the sport of golf can be at the forefront as parents look for new sports activities for their kids.

That’s where TGA comes in.

TGA’s nationwide team of owners, coaches, and professional staff have been working at implementing best practices for all camps, including social distancing, sanitizing stations, no sharing of equipment, smaller groups, replacing handshakes with tip of the cap, no contact with flagsticks or other course equipment, as well as other ways to ensure a fun, safe environment for kids to learn golf’s core basics.

“The unprecedented events over the past few months have affected everyone, including drastically reducing physical activities for kids and the opportunity to experience sports,” said Joshua Jacobs, TGA’s founder and CEO. “Golf has a unique opportunity to grow coming out of this pandemic and we are excited to be one of the few sports offering opportunities right now for kids to participate in. I credit our staff, franchise owners, coaches, and golf course partners, who have all been committed to working together on new best practices and creating safe environments at the golf courses for families and kids.”

In every franchise market, Jacobs said TGA develops partnerships with local golf courses to create its “Player Pathway’’ program that includes participating in fun and competitive events, including summer camps, parent-child clinics, junior programs, and leagues. Students have the opportunity to take what they learned in the enrichment programs and apply their new skills on the golf course. The camp programs include a similar curriculum as the after-school enrichment combining golf skill progression with academics (STEAM), life skills, and physical activity, as well as on-course activities and games.

When schools shut down across the country earlier this spring, Jacobs said more than 3,000 schools nationwide were unable to participate in TGA’s golf enrichment programs, so TGA developed online “at home” content and now, a live virtual camp experience called “Summer Sessions At Home.’’ Jacobs said the virtual programs will be unveiled this month for camps and the upcoming fall school sessions.

TGA has introductory and recreational youth sports programming specializing in Golf, Tennis and Team Sports (Cheerleading, Flag Football, Floor Hockey, Lacrosse, Ultimate, and Volleyball).

TGA franchises can be found in more than 77 markets across 28 states, as well as in Canada. Jacobs said Its continued growth has impacted more than 825,000 youth and made these sports available to 1.75 million families through its education-based programs and the TGA Sports Foundation, which provides access for all children and promotes the physical, educational, social, and character-building elements of these sports.

Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career includes covering Major League Baseball, the NFL and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the web site for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California. He lives in Delray Beach, Fla, and can be reached at

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