A great golf swing, like a great marriage proposal, requires a firm stance, a steady grip, and the possibility for a redo. Get it right the first time with today’s Groupon: for $179, you get a week-long junior golf camp, plus 18 holes of golf for two and 9 holes of pitch and putt for one adult and one youth, at KitchenerGolf Academy at Doon Valley Golf Course (up to a $365.67 value, including HST). Camps are held in the morning (9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.) or afternoon (1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.) during eight available weeks. Choose between the following months to attend camp:
Young golfers ages 6–17 learn course-conquering techniques at KitchenerGolf Academy's junior camps, whose Class A CPGA-certified instructors mentor players determined to make their golf game say uncle. Over one week of half-day sessions (a $259 value), up to 20 players hone technique and quell golf-ball rebellions on the nine-hole pitch-and-putt course. As students tackle the shorter holes and limited hazards, instructors observe and constructively correct their play. Students also garner full access to the academy’s newly minted teaching area, which sports bent-grass tee decks ideal for conveying driving fundamentals and feats of telekinesis. In addition to short-game and full-swing coaching, juniors learn the essentials of game rules, golfing etiquette, and accessorizing for plaid pants. Training culminates in a Friday class barbecue, as well as a tournament pitting pupils against the terrain, their clubs, and each other to win prizes. In the event of inclement weather, students stretch out their nongolfing muscles in gym facilities.
While kids are swinging away, a pair of adults can propose weekday challenges to Doon Valley’s stately 6,200-yard course (up to a $60 value, including HST)—which lies on the banks of the Grand River and enjoys the sensation of ambitiously driven golf balls whipping through its hair. Additionally, the nine-hole pitch and putt welcomes adult-youth duos to carve through its petite links (a $13 value, including HST) any day of the week.
Kitchener Golf Academy/Ryall Golf
Trying to refine your golf game at the driving range alone is often difficult, especially for those who can't resist the urge to blast through an entire bucket of balls with nothing but their driver. At Kitchener Golf Academy/Ryall Golf's Doon Valley location, golfers encounter a variety of training venues to address all elements of the game.
The facility encompasses an 18-hole, championship-length course and a full-length 9-hole course, where golfers can test their mettle against a variety of holes sculpted through wetlands and along the banks of the Grand River. Doon Valley also features a 9-hole, pitch-and-putt course, where a series of short holes helps players zero in on the most critical aspect of golf—the short game—and ignore the sweet siren song crooned by their driver. However, when it is time to test their power off the tee, Doon Valley offers a full-size driving range—the main feature of a practice facility that also includes a putting green and a practice bunker. The grounds at Kitchener Golf also host the 18-hole Rockway course. Built in 1935, the par-70 course measures 5,520 yards from the farthest tees and challenges golfers with trees that line the fairways like spectators at a golf cart drag racing event.