The Beaconhurst Golf Academy takes the golfer from their very first hit of a ball, through the handicap system and beyond. The four-tier system allows each player to learn at their own pace, quantify development, set goals and achieve their true potential.
Tier 1 –‘The Performance Squad’ (H’cp 14 and below) receive a 1:1 lesson per week plus five hours of group sessions either at the golf club or at school, plus strength and conditioning sessions. Grading and testing, data analysis, swing theory, and psychology of gameplay aid in the constant quest for excellence. Goal setting for academics, tournament golf and further education are blended together to maximise potential for all performance golfers. Their Beaconhurst tournament schedule includes the school Order of Merit, ISGA events, district, county and national events and European Team Schools Championships. The Performance Squad are able to analyse and document skill acquisition, set performance targets and plan for the future.
Tier 2 –‘The Handicap Development Squad’ (H’cp 15 – 36) enables golfers with a handicap (15 and above) to work through a grading and testing programme to lower their handicap. Using a variety of coaching techniques, individual pathways are developed for each pupil to reach their goals and achieve their true potential, during three hours of weekly coaching. They receive membership to the Bridge of Allan Golf Club, designed by Tom Morris, and lessons take place either at the golf club or at school. Tier 2 golfers join the Beaconhurst Order of Merit championship, take part in tournaments throughout Scotland and have personal tournament schedules and player profiles created for their needs. An introduction to strength and conditioning is included in the Tier 2 golf programme.
Tier 3 – ‘The Future Legends’ meet for two sessions per week at The Golf Hub and use the university par 3 course. Having passed Level One, they build consistency to their skill set in Level Two. The sessions focus on skill acquisition, technical understanding, basic conditioning, golf course simulation and goal setting. The focus is earning a set of skills that will enable them to get a full handicap. The Future Legends compete in the Beaconhurst par 3 championship and also a tournament at the home of golf, in St Andrews.
Tier 4 – This is an introduction to golf at Beaconhurst to pupils from the age of six. Boys and girls can join either the ‘Mighty Morphin Power Golfer’ or the ‘#Unicorn Golf’ squads. The weekly golf sessions are held at The Golf Hub where pupils work through the PARSYSTEMGOLF Level One course, which focuses on all aspects of the game through fun challenges and games. As an introduction to competition, they play in the Beaconhurst par 3 championship and also a tournament at the home of golf, in St Andrews.