March Break Edition

Goals for Geared to Golf

When Ryan and I started the process of creating Geared to Golf, the overall goal was to grow junior golf in the Durham Region. We wanted to create a program that had the ability to expose kids to this awesome game. Since those initial meetings in early January, we could not be happier with what we have been able to produce for structuring that caters to every age and ability level in junior golf. We would like to share some of our specific goals for Geared to Golf in this Coach’s Corner edition.


We have tried to create the most competitive pricing structure for Junior Golf development programs in Ontario. Simply put, we do not want price to be the reason why your kids don’t take up the game, or pursue their dreams in golf.


We wanted programs where kids had zero restriction on when they could use our facilities. Ownership has been more than supportive of this vision, and granted us all access to run our clinics, camps, and high performance programs. The product we can deliver with this kind of freedom will be off the charts!


 Ryan and I are both very passionate about exposing youth to the game. As some of our clinics and camps begin to fill up, I get more anxious every day for the snow to clear, and for that first Learn to Play program in May where I get to see 5 year olds (that’s right, we already have five year olds enrolled) rip at the ball! My favourite part with young athletes is the massive high five that ensues. If you are looking to get your son or daughter into golf, one of our Geared to Golf clinics or camps would be the perfect fit!


With our ability to grow golf at a grassroots level through facility access, programming, and PGA of Canada coaching, we love the Geared to Golf pathway that we can create. We have five Gears based on age and ability, and can find the right fit for every player. The hope is that kids will then aspire to develop each season so that they graduate to the next gear level the following year. This is very similar to the successful Canada Hockey pathway.


With our high performance programming, we wanted to create a Team Golf atmosphere. Geared to Golf Team members will have an all access membership to our facilities, and a coaching structure with maximum contact time on the practice tee and golf course. We will have weekly practices, and structured rounds together, with emphasis on learning and a tonne of fun. Team members will all get a team clothing package and Team Geared to Golf bag. Ryan and I are so excited to start working with our Geared to Golf Team members!


With support from ownership to build a 2, 000 square foot training center, we now have the ability to coach year round, run winter golf programs, and be the leader in club fitting in the Durham region. Construction on the building will begin this summer, and we can hardly wait to showcase our new home!

Ryan and I are so proud of Geared to Golf and what it represents. We think with commitment to our vision, we are going to expose countless numbers of kids to golf around the Durham region, and begin to see our pathway take effect as we have kids competing for Provincial and National titles. Who knows maybe several years down the road we will even have the next Graham Delaet come out of Geared to golf. . . . that’s the goal anyway =)

If you’re heading south for March Break, may the weather be warm and your golf games be magnificent!


The luckiest golf coach in the world,

Jake Patte



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