Last fall I wrote that $5 rounds of golf for kids could be coming to Alberta.Well, that rather monumental moment has arrived.In a partnership with California-based Youth on Course, Alberta Golf and Golf Canada, subsidized $5, 18-hole rounds ($3 for nine holes) are already taking place at 12 Alberta courses including five in the Edmonton area.“This is great,” said Kevin Smith, director of communications for Alberta Golf about the program open to kids 6-18 years of age.“It’s great for the game and for youth recreation; it’s great for kids who may have thought golf is too expensive and it’s great for kids that don’t belong to a course.”The five participating courses around Edmonton are RedTail Landing, Goose Hummock Golf Resort, Whitetail Crossing, Eagle Rock and the Westlock golf course.In Central Alberta Olds golf course has signed up while in the Calgary area the courses are River Spirit Golf Club, Heatherglen Golf Course, Serenity Golf Club, McCall Lake Golf Course, Shaganappi Golf Course and the Tunnel 9 at Banff Springs.“It was a no-brainer for us,” said Joshua Davison, head pro at RedTail Landing, who recently had the first kid in Canada, Yasser Aziz Abduraut, take advantage of the program.“It’s phenomenal; it’s another way for us to support junior golf. It compliments our junior programs and our junior summer camps.”To take advantage of the Youth on Course program kids simply have tojoin Alberta Golf (albertagolf.org) at a one-time cost of $49.95.“You’ll get emailed a Youth on Course number and then you’ll get mailed at Youth on Course card,” said Smith.The rounds are subsidized through fund-raising private contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations all administered through Youth on Course which started in north California in 2006 with just one golf course and has expanded exponentially into 30 States and now Alberta with 50,000 active members.Youth on Course expects to have its millionth round by the end of this year.“We’re very excited about it,” said Adam Heieck, CEO of Youth on Course. “Golf Canada and Alberta Golf have lined up some great courses.Youth on Course’s Canadian debut will initially be a two-year pilot only in Alberta launched under the umbrella of Canada’s National Junior Golf Program – Future Links.“We’ve already got 3,500 youths registered in Alberta Golf,” said Smith. “The hope is this is a big hit and we sign on more courses next year.“Golf Canada will evaluate the results in Alberta and is hoping to have it in every province by 2021.“Another cool thing is that the Youth on Course travels to the U.S. with you. So if you are a member you can play in the United States for $5 as well.”At $5 for 18 holes how can it not be successful?“It’s definitely going to be very popular,” said Davison. “How can you not like getting to play a course like RedTail for just $5. We’re pretty much giving the course away for free while at the same time growing the game of golf.”SCENETo address drainage issues on their opening hole, the Edmonton Petroleum Golf Course is adding some nine different catch basins and is re-sodding the fairway.“We’re also reworking the tee complexes and adding a new forward tee,” said head pro Kyle Boyd.The Pete Club, which opened last Friday, expects the No. 1 hole to be open on June 1.At Windermere, the greens on holes 4 and 10 have been re-sodded. Head pro Jason Hnatiw said those greens which will open in about 10 days have already been rolled, top dressed and mowed.By all accounts Royal Mayfair is already pristine. “Best opening I’ve ever seen,” said member and former head pro Derek Gibson.NOTEDA new golf radio show I will be co-hosting with The Ranch’s Murray McCourt will debut on Sunday May 5 (9 a.m) on TSN 1260. Called the YEG Golf Show presented by the TaylorMade Performance Centre, we’ll discuss everything local in golf and have weekly giveaways.The first hole-in-one of the season goes to former Journal employee John Kopeck. Now president and CEO of St. Michael’s Health Group, Kopeck aced the tough 16th at Highlands from 190 yards with a 4-iron.After last year’s golf column went into hibernation there were a bunch of holes-in-one which I saved that didn’t make it into print.Without room for a lot of details here they are: Stephen Leenheer at The Ranch; Roy Finch at RedTail Landing; Dave Scott, Terence Lam and Barrett Jarosch at Windermere; 14-year-old Jared Bendfeld at Daysland; Randy Guiding at Athabasca; Norm Jevne at J.R. Golf Course; Claudia Kowal at Mill Woods; Doug deBruijn at Sturgeon Valley; Chelsey Craft, Dave Brodie and Dieter Hockel at Coloniale and Matt Kozicky, who plays out of the Derrick, at Hinton.email@example.comFollow me on Twitter: CurtisJStock.