Kate Tempesta's Urban Golf Academy (UGA) is a unique program that introduces children to the game of golf as early as age four. We use a variety of both traditional and specially designed equipment, (SNAG, Birdie Ball, and Almost Golf ) to focus on skill development while having FUN.
Younger students discover and explore while we introduce the game of golf in an environment that is dynamic and child-centered. Our Early Birdies will cultivate their excitement for the game while developing the necessary physical and golf-specific skills that will enhance their enjoyment of the sport.
We introduce golf fundamentals including:
- how to hold a golf club and grip
- proper swing posture
- proper stance
- accurate foot alignment
For older students, our Birdies and Eagles, we continue to nurture students’ love for golf and delve deeper into key concepts including as pre-shot routine, clubface, scoring, club selection and course management.
Additionally, we include activities and exercises that reinforce and challenge campers’ developing skills. Students are encouraged to internalize their progress and make connections, as well as develop confidence in what they are doing. Of course we do all of this while maintaining our mantra of FUN.
We offer a variety of programs in NYC parks and private schools, all year long – as well as in the Hamptons during the summer.
Visit ktuga.com for more information.
About Kate Tempesta:
Kate Tempesta, Founder, Partner and President of Fun, is a member of the LPGA T&CP and the Director of the Junior Golf Program at Montauk Downs. As the leading junior golf professional in New York City, Kate’s groundbreaking curriculum combines golf basics with activities that extend and enrich learning in an environment that is both fun and challenging for children of all ages. Kate embraces the LPGA’s holistic view of the golfer as well as Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences. She takes into account individual learning styles, group dynamics and ability levels and knows how to make the most of every learning experience. As a leading expert in the golf industry, Kate has spoken on several panels about growing the game of golf, including the Inaugural PGA of America Junior Golf Summit and the National Golf Course Owners Association Annual Conference.
Kate’s education and early career focused on exercise science and fitness. She later transitioned to the educational arena where she created and taught the movement education program at St. Thomas More Play Group. After becoming an LPGA T&CP member, she founded UGA to combine her passion for golf, early childhood education and movement. The last several years she has successfully developed a curriculum and training program to share her gift with hand picked coaches, educators and golf professionals who are part of the UGA team.
Kate is a Starting New at Golf (SNAG) master trainer and a Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Professional. She is a U.S. Kids Golf “Top 50 Kids Teacher” (2012, 2011) and one of Golf Digest’s Best Golf Teachers in New York State (2012, 2011) by her peers as well as Golf Digest's 50 Best Women Teachers in America (2012). In November of 2010, Kate was featured as a “Top Young Instructor” by Golf Digest and one of the “40 Most Influential People in Golf under 40” by Golf Magazine