Building Character,
Confidence & Integrity,
One Swing At A Time.

The Junior Golf Academy of Bakersfield

About Us

Developed in 2005, The Junior Golf Academy at Riverlakes Ranch is an award winning year-round program recognized in the top 50 in the world by US Kids Golf! Your child will be provided with professional golf instruction in a safe and fun learning environment. We balance instruction with positive incentives in order to encourage young golfers to reach their full potential in the game of golf, and in the challenges of life. Equip your child with the skills they need to compete in golf.


Our unique curriculum combines fundamental golf skills with professional golf instruction and character development. The program is designed for young golfers of all skill levels ages 6-18. The golfer is placed in his/her appropriate skill level and are able to advance through the 6 levels of comprehensive instruction. This program is intertwined with skill challenges, par 3 competitions, course play, and tournament play.

Our Program Is Designed For Young Golfers Ages 6 to 18

Equip Your Child With The Skills They Need To Compete

High School Tournament Preparatory Classes Available

What JGA Parents Are Saying

"Junior Golf Academy provides a great opportunity for inspiring young golfers in the Bakersfield area. The academy starts with basic fundamentals, while allowing students to advance in levels. Coaches, Mike and Shelly, engage with each individual professionally and personally. JGA also provides a family friendly atmosphere, while also providing golf lessons and life lessons. As members of JGA for the past ten years, and seeing our children thrive both on and off the golf course, we would highly recommend this experience for any child interested in golf."

-Tom and Amber James

"I cannot say enough good things about the Summer Camp at the Junior Golf Academy.  Not only was the organization run exceptionally well, the staff was so welcoming, and my son had the best week at camp while also learning a tremendous amount about the game of golf.  The format was very organized and kept the kids focused and engaged the entire day.  My son had such a great time and couldn't wait to go back again the next day.  He also couldn't wait to get home and practice the new skills he had learned that day.  The amount of improvement and knowledge of the game he learned in just one week was amazing.  We can't wait to enroll him in the Golf Academy this fall."

- Stephanie Ritchey

"Coach Mike and Coach Shelly not only help enhance a young players golf skills  but their life skills as well. They truly are special coaches who possess the unique ability to present techniques in a fun and understandable way with the goal of helping kids become their own coach on the course. They place an emphasis on learning through a growth mindset, embracing a world class attitude, and carrying oneself as a champion on and off the course."

- Darcie Jolliff

Golf Course & Training Facility

The Links at RiverLakes Ranch has a strong association with the Junior Golf Academy and truly believes in the growth of golf through our junior golfers. RiverLakes Ranch provides the community with a rated #1 golf course and training facility in Kern County.