Thanks to everyone who participated in the inaugural Heart Institute Golf Camp! Check back in the spring for information on Golf Camp 2018.

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In partnership with The First Tee of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky and the Children’s Heart Association of Cincinnati, the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s is currently recruiting participants to be considered for its first summer golf camp to take place in July 2017. Participants who are accepted into this camp will attend a 3-day SCRATCHgolf camp followed by The First Tee PLAYer program for 4 weeks.  

At the same time, participants may take part in a research project to investigate the health benefits of participating in this golf camp. Participants who wish to join the research project will be asked to complete questionnaires before, during, and after the conclusion of golf camp. Additionally, researchers will measure the child’s daily exercise activity through use of a Fitbit (or similar technology).

2017 Camp Dates and Details

Golf Camp is open to Congenital Heart Disease patients and Center for Better Health and Nutrition patients, ages 8-13. Consideration for admittance to camp is based upon review from our medical

Participants must commit to a 3-day SCRATCHgolf camp. This 3-day camp will take place at Reeves Golf Course on Thursday, July 6 and Friday, July 7 from 9-11 a.m., and on Saturday, July 8 from 12-3 p.m. The Saturday class will include a light lunch and a fun-format FootGolf game.

Participants must also commit to The First Tee PLAYer program which meets 2 times a week for 4 weeks (July 10 through August 3, 2017). Days, times, and locations vary by age as shown below. Participants may select their preferred location during registration.

Participants age 8-9

  • Reeves Golf Course, Mondays & Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m.
  • The Golf Courses of Kenton County, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12-2 p.m.
  • Meadow Links & Golf Academy, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9-11 a.m.
  • Neumann Golf Course, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9-10:30 a.m.

Participants age 10-13

Reeves Golf Course, Mondays & Wednesdays, 5-6:30 p.m.

*See below for location addresses and website links.


All participants who enroll in golf camp will receive

  • A full set of junior golf clubs
  • A logo golf shirt
  • And more!

About the Children’s Heart Association of Cincinnati

The efforts of the Children’s Heart Association of Cincinnati are aimed primarily on supporting clinical, translational and basic investigations intended to advance pediatric cardiovascular medicine.  The SCRATCHgolf camp mission is to help congenital heart defect kids and children identified as at risk for future heart disease socially, mentally and physically through golf.  We hope to meet new friends, take a mental break from medical issues and maybe even learn some important life lessons through golf.  

About The First Tee

The First Tee is nationally recognized non-profit youth development program that uses golf as a platform to help teach kids important character-building life skills, core values and healthy habits which they can use throughout their lives on and off the golf course.



Consideration for admittance to camp is based upon review from our medical staff.

Participants must be present for the length of the 3-day SCRATCHgolf camp and for at least 6 of the 8 The First Tee PLAYer classes to receive incentives for this program.

Transportation to and from camp will not be provided.