Kondor Kidz: a new lease of life for junior golf
A new equipment subscription service plans to make junior golf more accessible and affordable, at the same time as championing sustainability.
Kondor Kidz leases junior golf clubs from as little as £1.49 per month to UK customers and is the first British company to reuse, recycle and refurbish golf clubs for children, saving used sets from being sent to landfill.
Founder Callum Cooke is a former golf club manager and retail professional who launched the service after seeing parents struggle to source height and age-appropriate equipment for their children.
Cooke says he was inspired by the principles of the circular economy and used the ideas of eliminating waste and regenerating products to remove one of golf’s biggest perceived barriers to participation: cost.
"One day I was driving home from work and saw a billboard for The Bike Club and had a cliché “lightbulb” moment, where I realised this utilisation of the circular economy model would make golf more accessible," says Cooke.
Kondor Kidz has partnered with leading manufacturers of junior golf equipment, including Golfway and Lynx, to stock its rental inventory for children aged 16 and under.
Parents can lease a brand-new starter set including a carry bag, 3 wood, 7 iron, wedge and a putter from £8.99 a month, on a minimum three-month contract.
Cooke says leasing equipment from Kondor can save as much as 48 per cent of the total cost of buying the equipment outright.
Kondor Kidz operates a simple three-step model – order, play and exchange – that saves parents money and keeps the right equipment in the hands of growing juniors.
Once a child outgrows a set, they send it back and exchange it for new clubs.
The used clubs are then recycled and refurbished and made available to new customers at a discounted price.
Kondor Kidz launched in 2023 and has quickly evolved into a one-stop shop for junior golf equipment in the UK.
The brand operates an online store selling a range of junior-focused apparel, accessories and equipment from a range of preferred partners.
Cooke has ambitious plans to scale the brand quickly and recently launched a seed round to raise £210,000 through the UK government’s Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme.
Callaway Golf has rolled out a junior golf clubs subscription service in the U.S. with package sets available to lease from $15 per month with free shipping.
Demand for its service has been so extreme that it is currently not accepting new orders.