We have our own Cornish Links golf course on the school grounds and our Golf Program is led by a passionate team of coaches, who are committed to developing a world leading golf program:
We have a great balance of coaches and deliver many facets of golf.
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You will need your child’s unique student identification number – if you need to confirm your child’s number, please contact the school office on 9781 9000.
Our course is specifically designed for children and we are very grateful for all the help and generosity we have received along the journey. We commenced our course by developing 7 holes and in 2015 we developed two further holes (nine holes in total now). Our two new holes are 200 metres long and provide some challenges for our students.
Tom Humphrey (Cornish Grounds staff) is responsible for course design and construction. Tom has incorporated a creek, bridges, seating, tee signs and native plantings. Phil Kingston is a school parent who has also donated valuable time to developing the two new holes. We have also had help from many parents and local businesses, including Anco Turf who donated the turf for our tees.
Although some of our holes are only short they can be quite challenging. Our golf course uses ‘big holes’, which allows the use of golf balls or tennis balls. Tennis balls are suitable for our younger ELC Students.
Students can learn many great life skills from golf. Golf encourages students to practice, learn etiquette and develop persistence. Golf rewards integrity and is also a ‘game for life’ that has many social, mental and physical benefits. Golf handicaps allow children to compete with adults or beginners to compete with professionals. Golf also allows children to indulge with the environment and be amongst the great outdoors. Having fun is critical to the success of our golf program.
In the future we plan on potentially implementing a committee made up of students who can look at many aspects of golf, the golf program and the golf course. This may include golf handicaps, special events, course developments, charity events and golf competitions.
Golf as the vehicle to create positive changes in young people to improve mental and physical health, confidence in leadership and development of great life skills.
While golf ability and golf improvement are very important components to our golf program, we place greater emphasis on our core values. We reward students for demonstrating our core values. Each term we introduce a new core value until we reach 9 core values (one value for each hole on the golf course).
Developing positive character in students is an important component to our golf program. Within our groupings we encourage leadership and provide encouragement for those who demonstrate leadership. We are extremely fortunate to have a much-respected teacher and Cornish College Chaplain, Mr Jarrod Davies, as one of our golf program leaders.
Warm up is a vital part of golf. It helps with injury prevention and also aids in skill development. Our golf program uses various warm up exercises, dependent on age.
We focus on fundamental movement skills (FMS). These skills are very important skills for students to develop. They are great for developing coordination, balance, strength and power, which help with all facets of golf. Interestingly, FMS’s are also great for other sports, therefore our golf program can also help develop other sports being played by students.
We have 9 golf program groupings:
Currently we have a driving range with 10 hitting mats of approximately 200 metres in length. We conduct specific golf swing training and skills tests on the driving range.
Cornish College students of any age can participate in our Golf Program. Our program is very popular and we suggest you apply as soon as you are interested as some groups may have a small waiting list. For an application form or further information please contact Sean Kirschenberg, Cornish College Golf Program Coordinator at email@example.com or 0418 552 668.
Our aim is to develop students into long-term successful golfers. Long-term development allows students to enjoy golf longer and develop fundamental movement skills (FMS), which will help with all sports they choose to play. Our aim is to allow students to develop sustainable and successful golf and athletic skills, while also learning the valuable core values and life skills. We will also be implementing some exciting long-term opportunities for students who would like to create a career out of golf.
Learning golf can be challenging and it’s important we educate all students on how to conduct themselves on a golf course. There are many aspects of golf etiquette that are covered in our program, including safety, suitable clothing (including food, water and sunscreen), what clubs to use, caring for the course, respecting other players, when to mark the scorecard, pace of play, order of play and how to score.
It’s important students feel that they belong and develop friendships in the golf program. We encourage students to respect others, regardless of their athletic ability or age.
We use SNAG Golf Equipment for our ELC Group, which is a great learning tool. Fitted golf clubs are provided to all students (a free specific junior fitted club is provided to every student). We also use FMS related equipment and teaching aids to enhance learning. We are also fortunate to have access to the fitness area at the sheds, adjacent to the golf course.
At Cornish College we take safety very seriously. All students, families, teachers and staff have a responsibility to ensure our safety requirements are met.
Our five safety guidelines in the golf program are:
Golf can be played from 2 years of age to 102. We use physical and mental energy and golf can be very social.
In business, golf provides great networking opportunities whilst on the course. Players must also learn values including honesty, integrity, persistence and confidence.
In 2015 we had our first hole in one at Cornish Links. Lachlan Robertson had a hole in one on the 5th hole. Lachlan was awarded with a special hole in one trophy and Lachlan’s name has been added to the special Hole in One Honour Board, which will be a part of Cornish College’s golfing history.
We are truly blessed to utilise the land for our golf course and we will always be grateful and respectful to this land. We use no pesticides, we aim to use recycled materials and we use native plants to help create habitat for local wildlife. We have many species of plants and animals within our golf course. We ensure Cornish students are involved in the development of the golf course and we’ve had many students help plant trees around our course.
Each year we run the Cornlow Medal. Students are allocated points each week for demonstrating great golfing ability, leadership skills or our core values. At the end of the year the votes are tallied up and we announce a winner (votes are kept under tight security!).
In 2014 Danielle Veldstra, a Year 6 student, was awarded the inaugural Cornlow Medal winner. We also provide all students with their certificates on completion of each year.
Part of the Cornish College landscape includes a giant hill on the golf course the younger students refer to as the ‘Big Hill’. It’s an iconic Cornish landmark that ELC students have had fun on regularly for many years. The 6th hole tees off from the top off the Big Hill, making it an integral part of our golf course.
During most sessions students play many different games. On our practice putting green students often create an obstacle course putting game, which is enjoyed by students of all ages.
In 2015 students invited the Noble Park English Language School to visit Cornish College to learn golf. Cornish Year 9 and 10 students organised a wonderful day for the Noble Park students. Most had never played golf before and their positive feedback was overwhelming.
In 2014 we formed a successful relationship with Keysborough Golf Club. Our Cornish Golf Program has limited access to Keysborough Golf Club and during spring, summer and autumn we play the course. Cornish College is extremely grateful to have limited access to the course and facilities.