u.s. junior Tours
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
U.S. Junior Tours Golf Experience is a first class educational and
athletic travel program for young golfers, ages 10-18, and their
families. Our mission is to provide worldwide experiences including
professional instruction, competition, and cultural touring all in
an atmosphere that fosters learning and character development.
What makes this
program so unique?
The uniqueness of U.S. Junior Tours is that along with
focused practice and instruction, athletes compete directly
against individuals or teams from the countries we visit.
Competition may take place in friendly matches, competitive matches
or in a tournament setting. Also USJT will offer an English Language
Immersion and Golf Programs fo junior golfers from
Europe, Asia, and South and Central America who speak English as a
How do you choose the
golfers and how many golfers are selected?
Acceptance to the program is based partially on athletic
ability, yet even more focus is placed upon the young golfer's
dedication to improvement, personality, integrity, and eagerness to
travel and experience other countries and cultures. Golfers that are
accepted to our program may choose one or more of the offered
Is this a good
Absolutely, it's what sets U.S. Junior Tours apart from all the
other golf and travel programs. When you're not on the course, you
will have a chance to see and do some amazing things. You'll explore
important points of interest, visit historic sites, learn about the
culture of your host country, and meet other serious athletes that
share your passion for golf.
How does the team get
around when we're overseas?
U.S. Junior Tours teams enjoy the comfort of traveling on a
chartered air-conditioned motor coach. Our staff will be there each
step of the way to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Do I need a passport?
All of our international destinations require U.S. citizens to have
an up-to-date passport. Travel is not permitted using a passport
that is within 6 months of expiration prior or during the tour. U.S.
citizens do not need visas to travel to USJT international
destinations. Program participants who are not U.S. citizens need to
check with their governmental offices as to passport and visa
requirements for travel destinations. Information is available for
U.S. citizens from the U.S. Department of State at
What is the gateway
The gateway airport is where travelers from North America meet and
depart as a group the for USJT programs in Europe. Newark, NJ
Liberty International Airport is often used and is a favorite USJT
What time should I
arrive and depart the gateway city?
Travelers from North America:
Transportation from your home to the gateway city and from the
gateway city back to your home is your responsibility. U.S. Junior
Tours will, with your approval, ticket you directly from your local
airport of choice to the gateway airport, then on to our destination
and return. USJT will bill you for these flights at the best prices
Continuous ticketing assures that you will
arrive at the gateway airport in plenty of time, should your flight
get delayed or cancelled the carrier is responsible for getting you
and your luggage to our final destination, and upon our return to
the States, you will have plenty of time to catch your flight back
to your local airport.
Travelers from outside North America:
Travel arrangements and transportation from your home to USJT
program destinations is your responsibility. Ticketing for travel
must be done in your home country.
Where will a staff
member pick me up at the airport when I arrive?
A USJT staff member will meet you at the arrival gate area of your
flight. We will also make sure you board your connecting flight
home. It is important that you send us your airline itinerary if you
have made your own travel arrangements to our gateway city so we
know when and where to find you.
Forwarding an electronic picture is very
helpful in the identification process.
What is the food
If you've traveled overseas before, you know that food
varies a great deal by taste, quantity, and quality depending on
where you go. While we believe strongly that part of the overseas
experience is trying new types of foods, we recognize that all
players may not share the same sense of adventure. Therefore, we
offer a menu that includes both some authentic entrees for you to
try as well as some staples you eat at home. The program does allow
you to lunch each day on your own, so you are welcome to be as
adventuresome or conservative as you like.
When we are
traveling, where do we stay?
You will stay in university campus facilities. The facilities are
selected for comfort, safety, and proximity to the golf courses.
Can I request a
If we stay in double rooms and you know another golfer attending the
same program, let us know and we will be happy to assign you to the
same room. Often on campus facilities house only one traveler per
Can my parents come
Your parents, grandparents, siblings, and any other
family members and friends are welcome to join you overseas and
enjoy a wonderful golf vacation. Family members interested in
traveling should visit the Family Member Program section. The
package entitles then to stay at the same facilities, eat the same
meals, and attend all the scheduled activities with the golfers.
Can parents watch the
instruction and follow us when we play?
Of course! Parents are welcome to attend all the instruction,
practice, and play. However, only those purchasing the Family Member
Program package will be allowed to travel on our team bus to all
activities. Unfortunately, if you are making your own arrangements
to accompany the group you will also be responsible for your own
transportation to/from matches and other activities.
Can we travel on our
own and meet the group in Europe?
At times, and under specific circumstances U.S. Junior
Tours allows families to meet us at the destination point. This must
be requested and cleared with the Executive Director well in advance
of the program.
There are also times when parents/families of
program participants will, on their own, join us at some point into
the trip, that is not a problem, however they must make their own
arrangements to accompany the group, and will also be responsible
for their own lodging, meals, and transportation to/from golf course
and other activities unless prior arrangements are made.
What steps do you
take to ensure my son's/daughter's safety?
Only people who have experience in taking large groups of athletes
to overseas destinations administer the U.S. Junior Tours' program.
Executive Director, Scott Ott, personally leads all trips.
With our ratio of one adult staff member for
every 6 golfers/students, we are able to create a highly supervised
and structured environment. Secondly, we only stay in safe areas.
Thirdly, our schedule is packed with golf and educational activities
so there is very little downtime. When your son/daughter is not on
the course, he'll/she'll either be practicing, sightseeing, or
relaxing on campus. Our primary concern is the safety of our
Is my son/daughter
covered by insurance?
Travelers' insurance is available and may purchased to cover any
necessary medical expenses as well as emergency return to the U.S.
Special Note: Proof of primary medical insurance coverage is
required for all USJT participants as well as those enrolled in the
USJT Family Member Program.
Is there an evening
curfew for the golfers?
Yes, and it is strictly enforced to create a serious, focused
atmosphere. If your son/daughter chooses to participate in our
program, he/she is required to be in his/her room at curfew.
Are there other rules
governing golfers' behavior?
Each golfer and his/her parent(s) is required to sign a Code of
Conduct Agreement that outlines the behavior we expect of our
athletes. Violations of this agreement can result in anything from
reduced course time to expulsion from the program. It is important
that golfers and their families understand that U.S. Junior Tours is
a serious golf program. While we do take time to take in some of the
sights, it is our sincere hope that players who travel with us see
our trips as a chance to improve their skills. The only way this can
happen is in a structured atmosphere.
Is there a lot of
Not really. The daily schedule is packed with golf activities such
as instructional sessions, team practices, and matches. Your
son/daughter will have a few hours off each day to relax. We focus
on providing each player with a comprehensive golf experience.
have you been running these tours?
Golf trips since 2003, other sports since 1994. As the Executive
Program Director, M. Scott Ott provides a wealth of experience, and
has personally led delegations of American athletes to Scotland,
Ireland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Puerto Rico and