Golf, like measles, should be caught young.

~P.G. Wodehouse~

Junior Sticks Golf Academy – Golf Lessons for Kids, San Diego

A premier junior golf academy for the development and instruction of young boys and girls who desire the knowledge and skills to become competitive golfers or to play for the true enjoyment of the game. We strive to provide a fun environment but at the same time teaching them the overall skills and knowledge needed to play the game of golf. The game of golf teaches your child to respect others, integrity, sportsmanship, and self-confidence. Important life skills that they can continue to achieve for a lifetime.

We teach a life learning program designed for juniors. Our goal is to teach children the correct fundamentals of the golf swing.

The knowledge, positions and training are the same at any age. Ultimately, the method of delivery varies to accommodate our students. We offer group classes, private lessons, camps, and special programs from beginners to advanced golfers. The student’s ability and age are taken into consideration during his or her first evaluation to determine his or her individual needs. We will use many techniques including video, training aids and drills to illustrate to students the positions necessary to achieve their goals. We will work on all aspects of the game including full swing, pitching, chipping and putting. We will teach them practice drills and more importantly, how to practice. The amount of practice will be a minimum suggestion designed around age and ambition, but more importantly we will teach your child to enjoy the game of golf. Jey Bacani, PGA Junior Sticks Golf Academy coordinator has been teaching juniors of all ages for over 20 years. Jey has helped elementary aged children to become competitive junior golfers as well as high school students to go on to become successful college golfers. Come see Jey at the Hodges Golf Improvement Center in Escondido.

Junior Sticks Golf Academy – Group Golf Lessons for Kids, San Diego

The group golf class is in a group setting with other children. The maximum teacher to student ratio is 8:1, 5:1 for 4-6 year old specific class. Students are taught the basic fundamentals of the full swing, short game, and putting in a fun and relaxed environment. Students will receive tips and proper drills to help them with their skills. Each student will get some 1-on-1 time with the instructor. Duration of 1-on-1 will vary depending on the size of the class. There is no better way then to have your child practice with a PGA teaching professional present. If there is uncertainty if your child is interested in golf or not, maybe a golf class would be the option for your child. This form of lesson would also be sufficient to a child that just enjoys learning the golf swing but does not want to be committed to a longer program.

Also offered is “Sunday Play Day with Jey”. This session is conducted at Welk Resort Golf Course and the kids get to apply what they have learned on the golf course. They will learn basic rules, etiquette, club selection, shot selection, etc. All skill levels welcome. Only prerequisite is that the child take a minimum of 4 group classes with Jey prior to registering. Sessions are on the 3rd Sunday of every month. 4-6 years old are from 2:30pm-3:30pm and 7-12 years old are from 12:45pm-2:15pm.

Clinic cost:

  • Single class – $25.00
  • Package of 6 classes- $110.00 ($10 savings)
  • Lesson Package Special – 3 classes & 1 private lesson for $125.00 ($15 savings)
  • “Sunday Play Day with Jey” (ages 4-6) – $35.00
  • “Sunday Play Day with Jey” (ages 7-12) – $45.00

Range balls not included.

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*All clinic times will alternate every week from full-swing class and short game/putting class.


Junior Private Lesson

This is the best way for your child to learn and progress more quickly. Your child will be provided with the instructors undivided attention in a one-on-one setting. The student and teacher will work together on building a sound golf swing in which he/she can carry for the rest of their golfing career. Jey Bacani, PGA Teaching Professional uses the aid of the most advanced launch monitor technology and video equipment to help analyze the students golf swing. Most people are visual learners and with the aid of the equipment, the student will see themselves swing and be more prone to correct swing flaws more quickly. This option is recommended for juniors who are serious about the game of golf and want to learn in more detail. Typical types of junior golfers who show serious interest are junior high/middle school students who want to try out for the high school team in the future; high school students who want to improve on their game; or high school students who want to become successful college golfers. Ultimately, golfers who take their game seriously will participate in some form of tournament format. Private instruction will help them in preparing for these events.

Private Instruction Rates:

  • 30 Minute Lesson – $65.00
  • Package of (6) 30 minute lessons – $315.00 ($75 savings)
  • Package of (12) 30 minute lessons – $573.00 ($207 savings)

Range balls not included


Junior Lesson Package Special

This special package consists of 3 group classes and 1 private lesson. The group clinic will be in conjunction with the on going classes. The classes cover all the physical aspects of golf; full swing, short game, and putting as well as some rules and etiquette in a group setting. Your child may attend 3 of these classes. Included in this package is 1 private lesson. In the private lesson, your child’s swing can be captured digitally on camera by way of the newest golf video technology on the market. This system will allow me to break down his or her golf swing frame by frame and really pin point the areas that can be improved upon. Not to mention, the kids enjoy seeing their golf swing in slow motion. Lessons, classes or private, may be used in any order you choose.

Cost: $125.00 ($15 savings)


PGA Junior League Golf 


PGA Jr. League is a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls to learn and enjoy the game of golf. Much like other recreational league sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with their friends.

Each team is captained by a PGA or LPGA Professional, who serves as the coach and is at the forefront of creating a welcoming environment for all to enjoy the game. PGA Jr. League utilizes a popular scramble format that creates a nurturing environment for learning and development – both on and off course.

With over 42,000 participants in 2018 – and Ambassadors including Rory McIlroy, Michelle Wie, Rickie Fowler, Lexi Thompson, Stephen Curry, and Alex Morgan – PGA Jr. League has wide-ranging appeal for both youth and their parents.

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2019 Junior Sticks Golf Academy

PGA Junior League Golf Information and Timeline:

Registration opens on February 1. You must register through the PGA Junior League website. If you are interested in having your child participate, the deadline for registration is March 31st.

Here is a little more information of what to expect regarding the PGA Junior League program that might help you decide if it is something you want your child to participate in with us. For additional information,

Check out this two-minute video, where you’ll hear from parents, players, Captains and some of our Ambassadors!


PGA Junior League Golf (PGA JLG) is designed to better socialize the game of golf for children 13 and under. The program features a team-vs-team format in a structured league providing a popular, less stressful, scramble format. PGA JLG is a great way to get the entire family involved in golf, with parents as spectators, team-parents, and even coaches.

Fun Not Stressful

In PGA JLG the focus is to have fun playing golf with your friends. PGA JLG teams want to win, but the stress often associated with individual medal play tournaments is eliminated by the low-pressure format and the camaraderie of playing on a team with your friends. Our goal is to foster an enjoyment of the game that will last a lifetime.

Team Not Individual

There is no individual scoring in PGA JLG. The two-player scramble format allows for all participants to feel connected with the team. Strong play is rewarded, while a poor shot does not lose the hole. Players of all skill levels are welcome and will contribute to the team’s success. Every player gets to play…in every competition.


Each team-vs-team competition in PGA JLG consists of four 9-hole matches. Each 9-hole match is broken down into three 3-hole segments that we call “Flags”. Actual “Flag” stickers are awarded to participants upon capturing a 3-hole point for their team. The stickers are collected by the players throughout the season, and proudly displayed on their PGA JLG bag-tags as a sign of accomplishment.


In PGA JLG matches, coaches have the opportunity to alternate players at the beginning of each new “Flag”. Each player is guaranteed to play at least one “Flag” in each competition. Alternates allow coaches to create pairs that maximize the team’s chance for success, while still preserving the most enjoyable overall experience for each player.

Uniforms with Numbers

One of PGA JLG’s most popular innovations is our numbered team jerseys. Introduced as part of the uniform for the inaugural JLG World Series in 2011, numbered jerseys will be supplied to all players and teams. Kids are accustomed to wearing numbered uniforms in other youth sports, so why not golf!!! This helps build a sense of identity for each participant on their PGA JLG team.


After the regular-season Junior Sticks Golf Champions are crowned, All-Star Teams are formed to compete in the advancement phase of PGA JLG. Advancement will take place through Regional competitions which will produce Regional Champions. These Regional Champions will compete in the PGA JLG Championship.

Fees and what’s included

Fee: $300. No other fees will be required in the the regular season. If your child advances into All-Stars, a minimal additional fee will required.

> 2 Numbered jerseys (Home and Away)

> PGA JLG hat with logo

> Performance material t-shirt

> Draw string bag

> PGA JLG Bag tag

> 6 Regular season matches and 5 practices

> Jey Bacani, PGA & Jeanette Gilliand, LPGA coaching

> Range balls and greens fees

> Welk Resort GC exclusive greens fee price when playing at your leisure. (Only $10/Oaks course and $12/Fountains course)

> End of season awards

> End of season team party

> and more

Timeline and schedule



Jey Bacani thanks Welk Resort Golf Course for their sponsorship
Please visit this wonderful golf course in north Escondido just minutes north of Hwy 78.
It’s the perfect golf course for the whole family to go out and enjoy the day together

8860 Lawrence Welk Drive
Escondido, CA 92026
(760) 749-3225 for tee times