FAQs

Q. What is the Golf in Schools program?

A. The Golf in Schools program is a program designed by Golf Canada, the Professional Golfers’ Association of Canada (PGA of Canada) and in partnership with Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) to get the sport of golf into schools across Canada. It’s a great alternative to traditional core school sports such as volleyball, basketball and soccer.

Q. How much does GIS cost to run at my school?

A. We offer two options for each level of programming:

Elementary:

  • The GIS learning resource by itself for $25.00
  • The GIS learning resource with the set of safety-first equipment for $175.00*

Intermediate:

  • The GIS learning resource by itself for $25.00
  • The GIS learning resource with the set of safety-first equipment for $335.00*

High School

  • The GIS learning resource by itself for $25.00
  • The GIS learning resource with the set of safety-first equipment for $495.00*

*Note:  This significantly reduced pricing on the equipment is a special offer that will be available to a finite number of schools each year based on a first come first serve basis.  Full pricing on the equipment is $475.00 (elementary), $635.00 (Intermediate) and $795.00 (high school).

Q. Can I buy just the equipment without the resource?

A. No. The equipment is only available to teachers who will be running the program and therefore using the learning resource.

Q. Am I required to buy the equipment?

A. No, you do not have to purchase the equipment. There are many schools that will be able to run the GIS program with gym equipment they have on hand. If you do buy the equipment, it will help to enhance your program and facilitate the learning resource.

Q. I’m a parent or a member of the public. Can I run GIS without being a teacher and can I buy the equipment?

A. No. The Golf In Schools program is designed for teachers and fulfills certain educational curriculum and learning outcomes. As a result, neither the equipment or the learning resource is available for the general public. We offer the CN Future Links Learn to Play program as a substitute for the general public wishing to run a golf-related activity.

Q. I have no golf experience but I want to introduce my students to this new sport – does this program apply?

A. Absolutely no previous golf experience is necessary to run GIS as it is a curriculum-based program developed to be delivered by elementary school teachers. The resource is written in an easy-to-understand manner that is also very easy to facilitate.  Once ordered you will also have access to online video’s which will help demonstrate the program in action.

Q. What grades can participate?

A. Golf In Schools is currently targeting grades 1 to 12.  There is a specific program for elementary schools (grades 1-5), intermediate schools (grades 6-8) and high schools (grades 9-12). Each program has a specific learning resource catered to the appropriate grade level, with a developmentally appropriate equipment package.

Q. How long should the golf unit be?

A. It’s up to you, the teacher.  You can run it over one day, one week, one month or one year, as long as it works for your programming.

Q. How long do I need to teach each golf lesson?

A. Each lesson is designed to run 30-40 minutes, however, the lessons are adaptable and can be modified to decrease or increase in time.

Q. How long will it take to receive the resource and the equipment?

A. Once ordered, you should receive your order via Canada Post in approximately 7 to 10 business days. Please leave enough time before your unit to order the materials.

Q. HOW DO I SIGN-UP?

A. Visit the “Sign up Now” section of the website.

Q. Is there anyone that I can contact to help me facilitate the first lesson or to make the GIS program more fun for my students?

A. Yes – You can contact your provincial golf association to schedule a special visit from a PGA of Canada-certified professional or a field trip to a local golf course. Please contact your provincial association to find out what they offer.

Q. After the unit is over, how can I keep my students interested in golf?

A. You can direct them to the CN Future Links website where they can sign up to become a member for free and find junior-friendly facilities in their area that will be running beginner golf clinics throughout the summer.

Q. What do I do if a piece of equipment breaks?

A. The equipment is designed to withstand daily use in a gym and outdoor field setting with a variety of school-aged children. However, should something break, please contact us.

Q. Who should I contact if I have any questions, comments or concerns?

A. Please contact us at ngis@golfcanada.ca or at 1-800-263-0009 ext. 475. We will also be providing a survey to get your feedback on your experience with Golf In Schools, it’s equipment, and the learning resource.

Q. Is there any information available that I can hand out for the parents?

A. Yes.  Once registered you’ll have access to the ‘teachers lounge’ online resource area where there is a template letter to send to parents.