In its 34th year, the Junior Golf Association of Arizona hosts the 2022 Itty Bitty Open on Saturday, Jan. 15, at 22 Valleywide locations.
Available for free to kids ages 3 to 5, the event offers golf clinics at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. when juniors and parents learn basics skills taught by qualified PGA and LPGA professionals.
Kids then participate in noncompetitive golf games and tournaments. Each golfer receives a set of plastic, right-handed golf clubs, balls, a bag and a visor. Participants are asked to leave their own clubs at home. An adult “caddie” must accompany each golfer.
“For 34 years, the Itty Bitty Open is a great way for parents to introduce their children to the game of golf,” said Scott McNevin, JGAA executive director.
“In fact, adults who attended decades ago are now bringing their kids, so the second generation is already here.”
A special contest with prizes will be held at each session for the “Best Dressed Golfer and Caddie Team.” All winners will receive a congratulatory letter, a trophy and two tickets for the R.S. Hoyt Jr. Dream Day Activities at the 2022 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Kids attend at no charge; tickets are for parents or other adults.
Space is limited. The deadline to sign up is Jan. 9 by calling 602-944-6168 or visit jgaa.org.
• Friendship Park,
12325 W. McDowell Road, Avondale
• Espee Park, 450 E. Knox Road, Chandler
• McQueen Park,
510 N. Horne Street, Gilbert
• Legend at Arrowhead Golf Club,
21027 N. 67th Avenue, Glendale
• Falcon Park, 15050 W. Indian School
• Copper Sky Multigenerational Center,
44345 W. Martin Luther King Jr.
• Jefferson Park,
306 S. Jefferson Avenue, Mesa
• Rio Vista Community Center,
8866 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria
• Cashman Park,
22222 N. 44th Place, Phoenix
• Deer Valley Park,
19602 N. 19th Avenue, Phoenix
• Desert West Sports Complex,
6602 W. Encanto Boulevard, Phoenix
• El Reposo Park,
502 E. Alta Vista Road, Phoenix
• Los Olivos Park,
2802 E. Devonshire Avenue, Phoenix
• Margaret T. Hance Park,
67 W. Culver Street, Phoenix
• Paseo Highlands Park,
3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Phoenix
• Pecos Park, 17010 S. 48th Street, Phoenix
• Rose Mofford Sports Complex,
9833 N. 25th Avenue, Phoenix
• University Park,
1002 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix
• Washington Park,
6655 N. 23rd Avenue, Phoenix
• Scottsdale Ranch Park,
10400 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale
• Surprise Stadium,
15930 N. Bullard Avenue, Surprise
• Benedict Park,
490 W. Guadalupe Road, Tempe