Woodlands has a proud history of developing junior golfers. Many of our juniors have moved up into the Professional ranks, notably:
Nathan Holman (2015 Australian PGA Champion)
Steve Allan (2002 Australian Open Champion)
Brad Lamb (2000 Victorian Open Champion)
Margaret Masters is one of Woodlands best known ambassadors winning 5 Victorian Championships and an Australian Championship. Margaret was the first Australian woman to turn professional and compete in America, where she had considerable success.
Junior Development Programs
Members may not be fully aware of the comprehensive Junior Development Program that is being offered here at Woodlands. Designed and conducted by Steve Horstmann, this Program caters for beginners (from age 7) through to State Elite golfers.
- After school programs are held each term for beginners and intermediate children, boys and girls; (involving 25 to 40 participants)
- Holiday programs are run in every school holiday period; (20 to 30 participating each holidays)
- Parkdale Secondary College is now an elite sports school which includes golf in its program. Approximately 12 Parkdale boys and girls are in the golf program, with one boy and one girl having come from Japan and China respectively to participate.
- Junior competitions are held on Monday afternoons and during the holidays, leading on to events at other clubs and State events.
Once Steve assesses that a child has the capacity and knowledge of Rules and Etiquette to play on the course, he/she is invited to take up a Sub-Junior Membership, which allows play after 3.30pm and use of the facilities. The next step is Junior Membership and you will see that there are many young players now taking their place in the competition fields, playing in Junior events all over Melbourne, being selected our Pennant Teams and some in State Junior Teams as well.
In its third year of operation, the Woodlands Program has created a depth of talent in the Club – all to the credit of Steve Horstmann.
Woodlands Sub-Junior Membership
To provide the opportunity for keen young golfers aged 10-17 to improve their golf skills and knowledge of the etiquette and rules of golf.
Once a Sub-Junior reaches the age of 18, if he/she wishes to continue their involvement with the Club they must apply for Full Membership.
If a Sub-Junior wishes to play in competitions they must join the Club as Junior Member.
To become a Sub-Junior member an applicant must participate in a minimum of 5 clinics or lessons at Woodlands for assessment. Once an applicant is deemed ready (by a Woodlands teaching Professional) to become a Sub-Junior member they may submit their application form and initial payment. Once the application is processed the Sub-Junior will be use the practice and playing facilities.
- The cost of Sub-Junior Membership is $275 per annum.
Use of Practice Facilities and Playing Privileges:
- Sub-Junior members may use the practice facilities after 3:30pm from Sunday to Friday (NOT SATURDAYS).
- Sub-Junior members may play on the course after 3:30pm from Sunday to Friday (NOT SATURDAYS).
- Sub-Juniors should check the monthly calendar or with the pro-shop for course availability. There are times when the course is closed due to other competitions or corporate events. The Woodlands monthly calendar is available for viewing by members at the top of this page or at the pro-shop.
- Sub-Juniors should always check in with the pro-shop before they go out onto the course.
- Sub-Juniors can not play in club competitions or invite guests to play with them on the course.
- Sub-Juniors invited to play in competitions by a full member must pay a Junior green fee.
Woodlands Junior Membership
- Junior membership entitles the young person (age 12-17) to full member playing rights (men or ladies) with the following exceptions:
Full playing rights are given to juniors with a handicap of 9 or less. Juniors with a handicap of 10 or more have provisional rights for Saturdays and Thursdays i.e. all day during daylight savings, mornings only at other times. When playing on Saturdays or Thursdays, no more than two juniors per playing group, unless required for pennant practice.
Woodlands Junior Pennant
- Junior pennant provides juniors with interclub competition and an introduction to the match play format. Junior Pennant is individual handicap match play for girls and boys. Teams of six compete against other teams from various clubs within their VGA division. Divisions for teams are decided following pennant results from the previous year (A promotion / relegation system is used).
- Woodlands currently have teams in two divisions of VGA Junior Pennant.
- To be eligible for the junior pennant squad you need to be less than 18 years as at 31st Dec of the year being played. All Woodlands Sub-Junior and Junior members with official handicaps are eligible for junior pennant. NB: A player is ineligible to compete if he/she plays more than three matches in that years VGA metropolitan/colts pennant or WGV pennant.
- Junior Pennant includes 5 consecutive matches played on Sundays in November and December.
Junior Clinics & Competions Dress Guidelines
Neat Golfing attire should be worn at all times.
Shoes: Golf shoes with soft spikes or runners should be worn.
All juniors who participate in clinics and competitions at Woodlands Golf Club should read, demonstrate and understand the rules and etiquette of golf. The following guidelines allow all participants to have fun. Consideration should be shown to others and the course at all times.
- Ensure that no one is standing close or in a position to be hit with a club or stones/sand/ twigs etc when you make a swing.
- Do not play a shot until the players in front are out of your range.
- If a player hits a ball in the direction of other players and there is danger of it hitting someone, a warning should be shouted immediately. The traditional word of warning is “FORE”.
- Always alert green staff nearby or ahead when they are about to play a shot that may endanger them.
Consideration for other players