Golf is one thing. Tour golf is something different. Tour golf brings out a competitive spirit and laser focus that is the envy of many weekend hackers.

Kids look up to those professionals who grind it out each week on the PGA and LPGA tours. Wouldn’t it be great if they could emulate that strength and discipline – and fun — with a league of their own?

That experience can be found on the JC Golf Tour, a tour for kids (ages 10-17) of all skill levels.

“It’s our developmental tour,” said Steve Lyons, the tournament coordinator at Twin Oaks who runs the program. “It’s great because we have gross and net divisions in two different flights so we always attract many players with different skill levels. We have players who shoot under par to over 100, so there’s something for everyone.”

The tour, gearing up for its eighth season, stages tournaments every Sunday at many of the JC Golf courses in San Diego. The 11-week tour tees on Sept. 18 and registration is now open.

The tour, which attracted about 80 players last year, features a points race set up “like the FedEx Cup,” said Lyons. There are weekly prizes for tournament winners, including a free round, and a grand prize for the season champion. The prize: free golf for a year!

“The season is fun for the kids,” Lyons said. “We play at eight of our properties so there is a lot of variety.

“We’re doing whatever we can to grow the game.”

Marc Figueroa is a freelance writer who has been covering golf in San Diego for more than 20 years.