We have an active Junior section at Skipton and run a number of competitions throughout the season. Roll Up evenings are held on alternate Thursdays during the summer, these are open to members and non-members alike and serve as an introduction to youngsters who benefit from playing on the course and also from some coaching from a Professional. Order of merit competitions are held monthly for juniors with handicaps of 21-45 over 9 holes. In addition, there are a number of junior trophies to be competed for.

We take part in Bradford Union Junior League matches against other clubs in the area and in 2015 finished runners up in League 1.

Further details of our activities can be obtained from the current Junior Organiser Sylvia Eastwood (01756 793767) or Committee member Peter Akers (01756 792851).

Golf Mark

The English Golf Union and English Women’s Golf Association launched the Junior Golf Mark Award in 2003 as an accreditation scheme for junior friendly facilities, assessing clubs on the following three areas:

Golf Mark Award Logo– Coaching and playing
– Club environment
– Child protection and duty of care

300 golf clubs have now received this prestigious award in recognition of their commitment to junior golf.

The Golf Mark Award is for the provision of high quality services to junior golfers in terms of coaching, child protection and equality of opportunity, enabling boys and girls of any age and ability to participate in golf.

The EGU/ELGA are pleased to advise that Skipton Golf Club has reached the required level.

In order for Skipton Golf Club to receive this award we had to identify our positive elements in the three areas:

All juniors have full access to professional coaching and there is unlimited ‘on-course’ time for them. The English Golf Union were very impressed that we have no selected ‘junior tee times’. At Skipton Golf Club, all juniors with official CONGU handicaps have access to the course whenever they want. Girls with a handicap of 36 or less can take part in any Ladies section competitions. Boys with a handicap of 28 or less can take part in all weekend Men’s competitions and enter almost all the club matchplay competitions. And yes, if they win they receive the pro-shop vouchers and the trophies!
We actively encourage our juniors to come into the clubhouse and have a drink and something to eat after their round of golf. By encouraging this they get to meet lots of different people, socialise and make friends with other members of the club. Through this some juniors have played friendly matches for the Rabbits section and take part in other inter-club competitions. Junior girls also represent Skipton Ladies regularly in inter-club matches.

We continuously organise events that both juniors and adults take part in, such as the ‘Adult Junior Foursomes competition, as we feel this encourages interaction and mutual respect.

Behind the scenes there has been a lot of time and effort put into producing our Child Protection policy. Adult members that are involved with the juniors have all been on a Child Protection and Safeguarding Children course, with the majority also being on other courses such as ‘Club for All’. As a result of introducing the Child Protection Policy we instigated a male and female Child Welfare Officer, who are available for the juniors to talk to at any time, both have been through Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

As you can see, we have great respect for our junior golfers and we want them to feel part of the club rather than isolating them to their own tee times and their own junior days. This way we feel both the adult and junior members benefit.