Because Your Child’s Athletic Future is Important 

Willow Hill has partnered with Robert Dickman Golf a leader in Golf Development for over 35 years on the North Shore and built a junior golf program that provides functional literacy in athletic development while providing a platform for learning and loving golf, the game of a lifetime. This program has the organizational structure and knowledge to take a child from start to finish. Along this journey they begin with athletic fundamentals to lead to an end point of competitive high school and college golf- if that is what the athlete desires. Much like karate your child will be awarded at different levels of development as they progress in golf and functional development. The PGA of America program used is based on the Long Term Athletic Development and the American Development Model (ADM).

The U.S. Olympic Committee, in partnership with the National Governing Bodies, created the American Development Model (ADM) to help Americans realize their full athletic potential and utilize sport as a path toward an active and healthy lifestyle. The model uses long-term athlete development concepts to coach as many as possible, as long as possible, with the best experience possible.

Golf’s governing bodies (LPGA, The Masters, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, USGA and USA Golf) have partnered with the U.S. Olympic Committee to apply ADM to golf. The goal is to create athletes that love the game, realize their potential and become life-long golfers.

Parents, please watch this short video before proceeding.

The PGA Model program is divided into the following stages that will have age appropriate physical and golf skill fundamentals taught at each stage.

The first 6 stages will be taught in the following Willow Hill Programs:

  • Fundamentals and Learn to Play Stages Junior Clinics (Ages 6-10)
  • Learn to Play and Play to Improve Program (Ages 10-13)
  • Play to Compete Stage (Ages 14-18)

Fundamentals and Learn to Play Stages Junior Clinics

Who: Boys and Girls Ages 6-10

What: This program is designed to develop athletic movement skills in a fun, interactive way while teaching early golf specific fundamentals.

Where: Willow Hill Performance Center

How: Sign up on the Willow Hill Website store. Download the waiver and Sign up sheet and bring to the first clinic.

  • Maximum number of 10 participants
  • No proration for missed classes.
  • Once class is full students will be put on a waiting list.

Date Time Age
Session 1    
May 4 & 6 4:00 to 5:00 6-7
  5:15 to 6:15 8-10
May 11 & 13 4:00 to 5:00 6-7
  5:15 to 6:15 8-10
Session 2    
June 1 & 3 4:00 to 5:00 6-7
  5:15 to 6:15 8-10
June 8 & 10 4:00 to 5:00 6-7
  5:15 to 6:15 8-10
Session 3    
June 22 & 24 3:00 to 4:00 6-7
  4:15to 5:15 8-10
July 6 & 7 3:00 to 4:00 6-7
  4:15to 5:15 8-10
Session 4    
July 20 & 22 3:00 to 4:00 6-7
  4:15to 5:15 8-10
Aug 10 & 12 3:00 to 4:00 6-7
  4:15to 5:15 8-10

Cost: $180 Per session

Rain dates: Friday of each week same time of day as original class date


Learn to Play and Play to Improve Program

Junior Development

Who: Boys and Girls Ages 10-13

What: This program further develops fundamental movement skills while teaching general golf skills and on course learning.

Where: Willow Hill Learning Center and Golf Course

How: Sign up on the Willow Hill Website store. Download the waiver and Signup sheet and bring to the first session.

  • No proration for missed classes.
  • Once class is full students will be put on a waiting list.

This Program Includes

  1. Two Practices Per Week for 5 weeks plus 2 playing lessons.
  2. Tournament advice and counsel
  3. Golf Bag
  4. 6-30 Minute Private lessons

Team Practice Dates 6:15 to 7:15

May 4&6

May 11&13

June 1&3

June 8&10

June 22&24

July 20&22 -Rain dates

Cost $990.00


Play to Compete Stage

Robert Dickman Golf Strive for Excellence High School Program

Who: For Boys and Girls 13 to 18 years old

What: This program teaches players to perform under a variety of conditions while building and refining technical skills.

Where: Willow Hill Golf Performance Center (Robert Dickman Golf Practice Tee)

Individual sessions and playing lessons at times convenient for the athlete and course/Bob availability.

Sign Up: By calling Robert Dickman direct 847.877.7779 or email Bob@RobertDickmanGolf.com

Session Packages (Up to 60% off private lesson prices)

Silver Program: $395 per session

  • 3 1 Hour Training Sessions (45 Minutes of Instruction followed by 15 Minutes of supervised practice)
  • 90 Min Group Training Session per month May 3, June 7, July 2 August 12 4:00-5:30
  • Top Teachers in State” by Golf Digest
  • Trackman Certification Professional Level 1 & 2 | Certified Operator.
  • Recipient of the PGA Teacher of The Year Illinois Section.
  • Leadership Advisory Staff for Titleist for 35 Years
  • Titleist Performance Institute | TPI Certified.
  • Titleist Fitting Works Certified Club Fitter

Gold Program: $645 per session

  • 3 1 1/2 Hour Training Sessions (1 Hour of Instruction followed by 30 minutes of supervised practice)
  • 90 Min Group Training Session per month May 3, June 7, July 2 August 12 4:00-5:30
  • Top Teachers in State” by Golf Digest
  • Trackman Certification Professional Level 1 & 2 | Certified Operator.
  • Recipient of the PGA Teacher of The Year Illinois Section.
  • Leadership Advisory Staff for Titleist for 35 Years
  • Titleist Performance Institute | TPI Certified.
  • Titleist Fitting Works Certified Club Fitter

Platinum Program $895 per session

  • 3 (3) Hour Training Sessions (2 Hours of Instruction followed by 1 Hour of supervised practice)
  • 90 Min Group Training Session per month May 3, June 7, July 2 August 12 4:00-5:30
  • Onsight tournament training
  • Trackman Certification Professional Level 1 & 2 | Certified Operator.
  • Recipient of the PGA Teacher of The Year Illinois Section.
  • Leadership Advisory Staff for Titleist for 35 Years
  • Titleist Performance Institute | TPI Certified.
  • Titleist Fitting Works Certified Club Fitter

Robert Dickman Golf Strive for Excellence Program was formed to produce high athletic performance and has been a national hot bed for achievement for over 35 years. Students have won over 45 events on tour as well as the Illinois State Junior Amateur, Illinois US Kids Championship, Illinois Mid-Amateur Championship, and countless championships across Illinois and beyond. Countless of junior students have gone on to compete in colleges including Colorado, Marquette, Kentucky, Taylor, Bucknell, Northern Illinois, Illinois, Wesleyan, Carthage, Stetson, Wheaton, Central Iowa, Alabama, Taylor, William & Mary, and Lipscomb. This program has allowed players to develop a skill and a love for the game of a lifetime and for those interested, an ability to compete at an elite level. Although this program has developed countless college players, it does not use a mass-produced cookie cutter format. Bob takes each player where they are in their development and extracts every bit of talent from the individual while teaching strong values and life skills. Bob treats each player as an individual. The personal sessions emphasize skill development while group sessions emphasize skill transfer to the golf course.

2021 Junior Private Lesson Rates
Developmental ages 6-13

1 Hour Lesson Robert Dickman $160
½ Hour Lesson $80

1 Hour Lesson Alec Dutkowski $110
½ Hour Lesson $60

Small Groups Up to 4 Juniors are Available to Match your Schedule at $10 extra per Child

Robert Dickman Junior Personal Package - $500 (Athlete’s 6 -13 years old)

  • 6 - 45-minute sessions of Private instruction
  • Includes 15 minutes of Independent Study.
  • Fundamental Movement Assessment
  • Golf Skills Evaluation: Driving, Iron Play, Chipping, Pitching, Bunker Play, Putting, Course Management, Etiquette

Meet the Teachers

Robert Dickman,PGA

Phone or Text: 847.877.7779
Email Bob@RobertDickmanGolf.com.
www.RobertDickmanGolf.com

2016 Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year

Robert Dickman's students achieve and exceed their highest potential in golf because Bob has the ability to coach them into their natural movement pattern. Bob customizes each player’s swing and designs a program specifically for them. Using specialized technologies and his keen eye Bob can diagnose a problem and use all 4 steps of motor learning to lead them through it.

Since graduation in 1984 the former Northern Illinois University golf team captain has dedicated his career to understanding and communicating the game of golf. As a player Bob was the Illinois PGA Assistant Professional Player of the Year in 1985, 1986 and 1987 and twice qualified for the National Club Professional Tournament. He went on over the next twenty years to serve as the Head Golf professional at Old Warson Country Club (host of the PGA Ryder Cup Matches) and Glen View Club ( US Open Host). He is the 2016 Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year and has been nominated for the Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year 7 times. Currently Bob is a Level 3 Titleist Performance Institute Golf Professional, Junior Coach, and Biomechanist. As a longtime member of Titleist Advisory Staff and winner of Titleist Top 100 Global Fitting Accounts 5 times, players have sought Bob's fitting advice as readily as his instruction.

Whether a professional, competitive amateur, mid to high handicapper, or junior player, Bob will use his wealth of knowledge and experience to elevate your game. Bob has instructed thousands of golfers of all levels and walks of life in his 30 years of coaching. Bob's students have won over 45 events on tour as well as the Illinois State Junior Amateur, Illinois US Kids Championship, Illinois Mid Amateur Championship, and countless club championships from clubs across Illinois and beyond. Countless of his junior students have gone on to compete in colleges including Colorado, Marquette, Kentucky, Bucknell, Northern Illinois, Illinois, Wesleyan, Carthage, Stetson, Wheaton, Alabama, and Lipscomb.

Besides receiving personal attention from the person "whose name is on the door" students tap into the most sophisticated training and fitting technologies in golf such as the Trackman Launch Monitor, K-Vest 3D Motion Capture, V1 Video System, BodiTrak Ground Reaction Sensors, and Premier Level Titleist Training methodic.

For over 35 years Bob’s junior programs have become a “hot bed” for achievement because of his endeavor to build programs that provide an optimal learning and training environment for juniors. Junior golfers are not just small golfers and must be taught much differently than adults. For this reason, Bob’s sessions apply age-appropriate skill development and functional movement skills during these sessions.

Some of the Reasons Robert Dickman Golf is a “hot-bed” for junior development.

Adherence to the Growth Velocity Curve

During a child’s development there are different age windows of opportunity to apply various aspects of training. For instance, puberty is termed a speed window because it is the biological time of development when speed training must be emphasized. It is somewhat difficult to work on new skill development during this phase. Whatever speed a child leaves puberty with is their speed for life. During this developmental age we put a heavy emphasis on speed development.

Use of 3D Motion to Develop Swing Efficiency

If you go to the PGA Tour you will see 150 different swings, but further study will show they have very similar swing efficiency. We build on players strengths to create a swing that is right for them with similar swing efficiency to the best players in the world. The only way to capture and train this is with 3D Motion Capture supplied by our K-Vest system.

Trackman Level 2 Certified Instructor

The Trackman 4 outdoor/indoor unit is the industry's most accurate tool for the measurement of the golf swing. The entire flight of the ball from impact to landing is captured while displaying its 3D trajectory in real time. It is the first of its kind to measure the complete path of any shot, ranging from short pitches to 300-yard drives; Trackman Pro pinpoints the landing position with an accuracy of 1 foot at 100 yards. All club face, swing, and ball flight data, from club speed to hang time, is illustrated and delivered in easy to understand, scalable data.

High-tech Swing Analysis

We utilize a video analysis system that allows the teacher to film a student's swing and identify subtle movement patterns and illustrate them to each student. Session can be recorded and sent with via email to the student for future reference or to the parents so that everyone is on the same page.

Utilization of Block and Random Practice

It is our desire to maximize your child’s ability on the golf course, not just make them great range players. To this end we separate our training session into block and random practice. Block practice is designed to learn a skill. According to motor learning professionals only 3% of this skill will transfer to the golf course using block practice. It is for this reason this reason that our academy employs random practice into our daily routines. The more skilled a player becomes, the more time spent on random practice. Random practice allows for 90% of a skill to be transferred to the course.

Course Management 101 to Graduate School

From a young age when a student can hardly contact the ball creative drills are instituted to teach playing the game of golf and manage the course. As a student progresses a significant amount of time is spent training and competing on the golf course in one on one or small groups under the watchful eye of Bob. Key components of the round are noted by Bob and worked on during practice sessions.

It is much more valuable to become an athlete first and a golfer second. To develop this athleticism Bob has created programs that he teaches with his various locations throughout the year. These programs are specifically designed to be the cornerstone of youth development and have developed some of the top tour professionals in the world. Truly the classes are the single best athletic endeavor your child can enroll in to exploit their athleticism and love for golf at a young age.

Why Bob Dickman:

  • 5 years of Experience Developing Top Performing Athletes
  • Bob Demonstrates Integrity Beyond Approach
  • Bob Makes Golf a Fun Activity
  • Bob Allows Students to Develop Skills Necessary for Success
  • Bob will Build Character the Student
  • Bob will Become Coach, Teacher and Friend
  • Bob Applies Age-Appropriate Coaching
  • Bob Incorporates the Latest Technologies
  • Bob Openly Communicates with Parents and Students
  • Bob Has a Long-Proven Track Record

Expectations of Athletes

Athletes selected to participate in LTAD programs are expected:

  • To be coachable.
  • To conduct themselves in a sportsman like manner at all times.
  • To respect the efforts of parents/ guardians, coaches, golf officials, facility staff, and sponsors always.
  • To learn the rules of golf and play by them.
  • To respectfully question anything, they do not understand.
  • Open communication

Effective Partnership with Parents

Without question, every parent who looks to enroll their child in a program such as this desires the absolute best for them. The single most influential factor in the child’s development is the role the parent plays in nurturing a love for their child and love for the sport. Contrary to this, the most common reason why kids quit sports is “the ride home”. Well intended comments at the wrong time in the wrong way may destroy everything your child and I work have worked on. This can occur during training sessions, a tournament, or a playing round. The following recommendations for parents are:

  • Allow your child to have fun playing golf, it is a long journey.
  • No communication during lessons or while playing in tournaments.
  • Reinforcement of knowledge being learned.
  • Communicate with child using the “sandwich method” of praise constructive comment, praise.

Alec Dutkowski

Phone or Text (413) 346-3771
E-Mail: alecdutkowski@gmail.com.

Alec Dutkowski has been coached by Robert Dickman since he was 10 years old and is the most schooled professional of Robert Dickman coaching methods from a list of over 30 professionals. As a professional Alec continues to compete in professional tours around the country as he prepares to play the PGA Tour.

Prior to turning professional, Alec graduated from Taylor University located in Upland, Indiana. While at Taylor Alec achieved the following honors and wins.

  • 3-time All American
  • Finalist Jack Nicklaus Award
  • 4-time PING All Region team
  • NAIA National Player of The Week in April 2017 and 2018,
  • Crossroads League player of the Year 3 times
  • All-Tournament team sophomore and senior season at the NAIA National Championship.
  • 2018 Northern Amateur Champion
  • Qualified for 2016 U.S. Open sectional

As a teacher Alec has:

  • Taught and mentored 50 aspiring junior and high school players.
  • Formerly lead counselor for golf camps in Nappanne, Indiana for the past 5 year
  • Instructed players from all ages