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Fore! Golf Lessons for Kids in Los Angeles

What do Tiger Woods, President Obama, and Stephen Curry have in common? They’re all golfers. 

Golf is a sport whose popularity continues to grow. Golf is a competitive sport for High School students in Los Angeles, and is played at many colleges and Universities as well.

Golf is a game you can play at any age, so if you start your kids learning at a young age, they may continue playing for years to come. There are golf courses all over SoCal, and of course they’re found all around the world, too. Usually in beautiful locations. Not a bad way to travel: with a set of clubs and a talent for playing the links.

Whether your child has expressed an interest and wants to try it out, or your child wants to improve their game, there are many opportunities for Golf Lessons for Kids In and Around Los Angeles.

Golf Lessons. Golf instructor giving game lesson to a young boy.
Golf lessons from a professional will help kids learn to play.

Golf Lessons for Kids in SoCal (Alphabetical List)

Altadena Golf Course
1456 E. Mendocino St., Altadena, CA 91001
(626) 797-3821

For over 100 years, Altadena Golf Course has been welcoming golfers. You’ll find a nine-hole course here, perfect for beginners. Also, many golfers speak highly of the grass driving range. Several golf instructors offer instruction for golfers of all ages and skill levels.  

Arcadia Golf Course
620 E. Live Oak Ave., Arcadia, CA 91006
(626) 443-9367

You’ll find Arcadia Golf Course at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. It’s an 18-hole, par 3 course, measuring 1,947 yards. In their Junior Academy, both group lessons and private lessons are available.  

Ayumi Hori Golf
Balboa Golf Course
16821 Burbank Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 91436
(805) 542-4846

Ayumi Hori, a PGA Teaching Professional, has been recognized as one of Golf Digest’s “Best Teachers in California.” Since 2007, she has offered both private and group lessons for children as young as 3. Lesson packages are customized for each student’s specific needs and goals. 

Fast Forward Golf Academy
Los Serranos Country Club
15656 Yorba Ave., Chino Hills, CA 
(909) 438-3405

Fast Forward Golf Academy (FFGA) is led by PGA-certified instructors. Instruction is available for golfers of all ages and abilities. A variety of options are available including private lessons, group lessons, virtual instruction, and more. “Each and every student won’t just learn the game of golf, but the integrity that makes golf ‘The Game of a Lifetime.’”

kid taking golf lessons
Lessons are great for gaining skills in golf

First Tee – Greater Pasadena
Multiple Locations including 
Brookside Golf Club
1133 Rosemont Ave., Pasadena, CA 
(626) 585-3594

First Tee is a nationwide program. “By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with life skills curriculum, we create learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids carry to everything they do.” The program is directed towards kiddos ages 5-17, “with a specific target for 5th through 8th graders.” Golf equipment is provided, if needed. Classes are designed as 8-week sessions. Registration information is available online. 

Golf Performance Lab
2400 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 745-0311

“GP Lab applies technology and science to the art of playing golf.” The coaching experience at GP Lab is available for students at all skill levels. Instruction takes place indoors. Junior lessons (17 and under) are offered in 1-hour increments. 

Jeremy Okawa Golf Academy
Alondra Golf Course
22761 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 489-9507

Jeremy Okawa has been a golf professional for twenty years. He started playing golf at age 3 and has never stopped! Jeremy utilizes technology to track clubhead speed, launch angles, swing path, and more. Video analysis allows the instructor to personalize instruction. Junior lessons are available for 30 or 60 minutes. 

JRL Golf Academy
Angeles National Golf Club
9401 Foothill Blvd., Sunland, CA 91040
(818) 671-4555

Instructors at JRL Golf Academy believe “one swing does not fit all,” meaning different golfers learn through different methods. John Ray Leary (JRL) specializes in one-on-one golf training and “has developed a unique system, which integrates technology and one’s personal feel of the swing while still adhering to the laws of physics.” 

Golfing at Rancho Park
Golf can be fun – and lessons help!

LA Golf Academy
Heroes Golf Course (on the West LA Veterans Administration property)
11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90073
(310) 230-2052

LA Golf Academy offers private instruction for golfers at every stage of their development. Junior lessons are available for kids ages 9-17. Each one-hour lesson is “tailored to the student’s golf experience and covers all aspects of the game.” Junior golfers may also opt to take a lesson with other students they already know – great if two close friends want to learn together. Additionally, Seasonal Golf Camps and an after-school Golf Development Program are also offered. All equipment is provided, including clubs, if you don’t have your own. All lessons are taught by a PGA Teaching Professional Carlos Rodriguez. 

Lew Cooper Golf Instruction
Mile Square Golf Course
10401 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 658-6263

Lew Cooper has over 40 years of professional experience and uses a combination of “today’s latest technologies and old school fundamentals.” Lessons are offered on a one-on-one basis and are tailored to each student’s needs. Half-hour Junior lessons are offered, and clubs are available for use if you don’t have your own. 

Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Golf Instruction
Multiple Locations including
Jesse Owens Community Regional Park
9651 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90047
(323) 241-6704

“The County of Los Angeles owns the largest and busiest public golf course system in the nation, with 20 golf courses at 18 different sites.” Discount programs are available for juniors as well as a junior golf camp program which is very popular. The website has all the information so you can find the location most convenient for your family.

PGA Junior Golf Camps
Multiple Locations including
Knollwood Country Club
12040 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills, CA 91344

All PGA Junior Golf Camps are taught by PGA of America Golf professionals. Camps “welcome boys and girls of all athletic abilities, golf experience, and competitive desire.” Camps have a low student to teacher ratio, about 6 students for each instructor. Camps are either half-day or full-day. Keep in mind, these are summer camps, but registration information is already available online. 

Player and Youth Development (PYD)
SCGA Junior Golf Foundation
Multiple locations including
Maggie Hathaway Golf Course
1921 W. 98th St., Los Angeles, CA 90047

“The mission of SCGA Junior Golf Foundation is to develop an inclusive golf community that enables kids to thrive on and beyond the course.” SCGA Junior Golf Foundation strives to “create gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity in golf.” The Player and Youth Development program is designed for junior golfers ages 5-17 at all skill levels. Additionally, financial assistance is available to all families in need. Details about the program are available online. 

Rancho Park Golf Academy
Rancho Park Golf Course
10460 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 709-6541

Derrick Allen is a Golf Teaching Profession and the director of Rancho Park Golf Academy. He offers private lessons for kids ages 4-9 that “instill solid fundamentals for lifelong success on the links.” (Children 10 and older pay the adult rate.) A variety of lesson packages are available as well as golf camps and an after-school golf program. Over the years as a Master Golf Professional, Derrick has always instructed quite a few notable figures including President Bill Clinton, actor Morgan Freeman, and 6-time NBA champion Scottie Pippen. 

Sean Jeon Golf Academy
Whittier Narrows Golf Course
3600 W. Ramona Blvd., Monterey Park, CA 91754
(213) 503-7140

Sean Jeon is a PGA Apprentice and Lead Instructor at Whittier Narrows Golf Course. Classes for children include lessons in “the proper skills, rules, and etiquette of golf in both indoor and outdoor settings.” 

TGA Golf Academy
6180 Bixby Village Dr., Long Beach, CA 90803
(310) 346-7432

TGA Golf Academy offers instruction for kiddos aged 4-14. “Going beyond the fundamentals, our coaches teach fitness and form, including body mechanics, flexibility, and functional training to help students progress skills, master techniques, and realize their athletic potential.” The facility includes a chipping area, sand bunker, driving range, and 9 holes. 

Tiny Tees Golf
Arroyo Seco Golf Course
1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena, CA 91030

The Tiny Tees Golf program is designed for children (ages 3-7) and juniors (8-13). “The goal at Tiny Tees is to introduce children to the game of golf while having fun.” Children learn putting, a full swing, as well as golf course etiquette. Lessons are 45 minutes long, and generally there are 3-4 children per instructor. Golf clubs are provided, though you may bring your own if you have them. 

Tregnan Golf Academy
4341 Griffith Park Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 906-3858

“The Tregnan Golf Academy is a state-of-the-art training and practice facility designed primarily for youth.” The facility includes three practice holes, a 15-stall 200-yard driving range, putting areas, a practice bunker, and a learning center. Tregnan Golf Academy strives to “introduce the game of golf to youth and provide them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to play the game their whole lives.” Additionally, the Academy reaches out to youngsters in urban areas, that may have little or no exposure to golf, by “making the Academy accessible, affordable and enjoyable.” Multiple programs are offered including Family Golf, classes that are taught to parent and child side-by-side.

Weddington Golf
4141 Whitsett Ave., Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 761-3250

Weddington Golf is described as a great place for beginners. You’ll find a 9-hole, Par 27 course here as well as a 25-stall driving range, and a practice putting green and chipping practice area. Multiple golf instructors offer a range of options in terms of lessons and golf instruction. 

Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).

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