Fernie Golf & Country Club are offering great deals for youth interested in golfing.

Fernie Golf & Country Club are offering great deals for youth interested in golfing.

Encouraging youth to take a swing at golfing

Fernie Golf & Country Club is swinging in the new year with some great deals for youth interested in golfing at their picturesque course.

Fernie Golf & Country Club is swinging in the new year with some great deals for youth interested in golfing at their picturesque course.

This season, junior memberships will be free of charge with the purchase of an adult pass. The offer also applies to the couple adult memberships, which will include two junior memberships.

“It’s one of the things we’re doing that we wanted to promote in the community,” Mel Dies General Manager/Executive Professional Fernie Golf & Country Club said. “We’ve been trying to do everything we could do to encourage them to get out [onto the course].”

Although the golf club provides Fernie students from Isabella Dicken Elementary, Fernie Secondary School and Fernie Academy, between 500 and 600 per season, with the opportunity to golf through their summer camps, Dies noted that children rarely come to play outside of those camps.

“Our concern with this is that it’s not developing a lot of juniors into coming and playing on their own,” he noted. “We’re trying to find ways of making it attractive for the juniors not just to come for three or four times with the school but to actually come out and play golf.”

For children who want to pursue golfing but may not have a chance to get a free membership, junior packages are available for $199 a season.

Previously, junior memberships were restricted to golfing on the 18-hole course and a range membership had to be purchased separately.

“A lot of kids would just buy range memberships and practice,” Dies said, noting that this year, prices include both the 18-hole course memberships and the range membership.

“It makes it pretty affordable when you compare it to other sports,” he said of the golfing memberships.

The current discounted prices are available until March 1 and the course hopes to open at the beginning of May, depending on conditions.