To meet the demand of Desert Mountain families with school age children, the Club has established a new Junior Sports Academy for our rising golf and tennis enthusiasts. Our exclusive new Junior Sports Academy will have a unique focus that centers around providing experiences that inspire curiosity, immersive play, and exploration into the game of golf and/or tennis.
Training sessions encompass team-based challenges with high levels of player interaction, goal quests, games and activities that bring out each child's creativity, problem solving skills, engineering capabilities, communication/team management, and skill development. As an alternative or goal-focused step, a second offering speaks to students that have potential tournament aspirations as this program offers a more technique-driven roadmap. Juniors in this group can expect more intensive instruction, more drills than games, and specialized on-course.
Richard Franklin joins us as Head of Junior Golf Development. Richard is a junior golf coach, published game designer, and educator passionate about using golf as a medium to inspire and enrich human lives. As a published game designer and youth golf instructor, he has developed a national following with summer camps that are among the most attended youth golf camps in the United States. Richard is the founder of an exclusive play-based teaching platform and company called DiscoverGolf, which is currently in use by thousands of junior golfers and integrated within more than 200 facilities worldwide.
Richard joins us from Deerpath Golf Course in Lake Forest, IL, where he worked with more than 7,000 junior golfers over the course of his 12-year tenure. Richard brings his vision for student-centric interaction with fun and inspiring game-based methodologies to Desert Mountain families.
Ryan Johnson is enjoying his first winter season as Desert Mountain’s new Director of Racquet Sports. His newly launched series of clinics focusses on fostering a positive association with the sport of tennis. Kids are learning the game in a fun and inclusive environment, where they can build a solid foundation regardless of what their future goals may hold with respect to tennis. This developmental program utilizes the USTA’s “ROGY” pathways, which tailor the equipment and size of the court to the age and size of the kids. Using lower compression balls and shorter racquets provide the kids the opportunity to experience early success.