Golf camps can help you play golf in college
Golf camps provide a number of benefits to aspiring golfers, especially those who are looking to compete at the collegiate level. They offer high-level training, and, in some cases, provide opportunities for exposure. All of these benefits are essential for those athletes who hold high aspirations. That's because only 7% of high school golfers go on to compete in college while just 2% become D1 golfers.
These camps tend to consist of some of the sport's best coaches sharing their knowledge with interested and engaged campers. The number and types of drills that you'll participate in can be extensive, especially if the camp's length is considerable. In most cases, you'll play at least 18 holes of golf, more if the length of the camp allows that. Most camps last a day or a few days although some are just half-day camps while others last weeks.
Also take into account the differences between camps, clinics and showcases. Clinics is a term that's often used interchangeably with camps. However, they tend to focus more on one aspect of the sport, not an encompassing look at it. Clinics also tend to last for shorter time periods. Showcases are events that are focused more on giving you an opportunity to showcase your skills to prospective college coaches. Learning isn't the focus at these events.
"But are there any golf camps near me?" In most cases, the answer will be in the affirmative. Nearby colleges are usually great options as most will host college golf camps. However, a significant number of privately run camps take place throughout the country and in other parts of the world. Take a look at this selection of some of the top camps:
The National High School Golf Association also provides an extensive listing of camps.
It's good to be mentally prepared for the camp experience. One way to do so is by researching various aspects of the camps that you're considering.
The daily schedule is an important one. Take a look at the one posted for any camps that you'll be attending and visualize going through those days yourself. Doing so will help you know what to expect and get the most out of your experience. Also take into account the differences between day camps and overnight camps. The shorter the camp, the more apt it is to focus on drills and similar activities and less on playing the courses.
You will also want to look over the camp rules. These are generally related to safety, professionalism, dress, transportation and equipment. Note that breaking these rules may result in immediate removal from the camp.
Pay close attention to which equipment will be provided by the camp and which should be provided by you. For example, most camps will require campers bring their own clubs. However, clubs are sometimes provided for half-day beginner camps. In many cases, camps will also provide items such as a golf net, golf training aids, golf balls and other necessary equipment. Note that one benefit that camps might offer you is access to equipment that you may not have yourself.
Golf drills and training
Much of the camping experience will involve teaching you drills, allowing you to take that knowledge back home to extensively practice them there. Here are some examples of golf drills that you may take part in during your camping experiences:
- Driving Drills
- Swing Drills
- Chipping Drills
- Putting Drills
- Swing Syncing Drills
- How to Hit Down on the Ball
- Tempo Drills
- Pitching Drills
- Lag Drills
- Takeaway Drills
- Short Game Drills
- Wrist Hinge Drills
Golf camp types
Golf Camps are generally divided in three important ways: by gender, by age and by skill level. Most camps do not specifically bar golfers from participating due to their skill level not fitting them, but they will usually strongly encourage campers to be in a camp that fits theirs. Research camps that you're considering to see if they are selective about who they admit as it relates to campers' skill levels.
Regardless, always ensure that you will be in a camp that best fits your skill level. Some will teach campers how to do things like the basics of holding a swinging a club while others will focus on campers who hold D1 aspirations and want to hone their already high skills. Nike junior golf camps provide good examples of the former while IMG Golf Academy offers examples of the latter.
Note that some camps do offer some leeway as far as the ages of the campers go. For example, if you're a 13-year-old golfer who believes that you're ready for a camp focused on those who are 14-18 years of age, ask the camp if they'd consider making an exception for you. Some will if they agree with you.
Here are some examples of types of camps to consider:
Looking for golf camps near me
As you consider which college golf camps, high school golf camps and other types of camps to attend, take into account their locations. All things being equal, you'll want to go to a nearby one to save on time and cost. However, camps that are further away may offer benefits that supersede the advantages of nearby ones. This is especially true if you're located in a colder climate and are looking for a winter camp.
Fortunately, if you're asking yourself, "Where are some golf summer camps near me?" you'll most likely have a tremendous number of options. One of the reasons for this is because most college golf camps are golf summer camps as that's when staff members have the time available for that. This is because they're generally college coaches and golfers who are out of season then. Regardless, you'll have a selection of camps regardless of which season you're looking at.
Also take into account that a spring camp could be a great way to spend your spring vacation from school.
Regardless of the time of the year, these locations have been proven to be especially popular for camps:
Prospective college golfers should make sure to especially consider some of the top golf camps that are offered by universities. Being able to learn from college coaches who you might be playing for or competing against provides several benefits. Not only do you get to soak in their knowledge, but you also get to showcase your skills. Here are a few college camps that are particularly prestigious:
Stanford offers camps for golfers as young as 5 years old. It also has camps as short as half-day ones as well as overnight ones. All will provide access to the Stanford Golf Course. Duke's offerings include boys and girls golf camps that last six days, which is a length that's "longer than most." Those campers will train and play at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club. UCLA offers the ability to combine a visit to Los Angeles with access to the Oak Clubs at Valencia. Time will also be spent on the UCLA campus. NC State's camps have been run for more than three decades. Its staff includes PGA professionals as well as college coaches and student-athletes.
Head to these links to view a list of the country's top golf schools to see what other college camps are being offered:
Camps and recruiting
Participating in a golf camp will play a pivotal role in your recruiting process. If you're looking to play with the nation's best golfers at the collegiate level, you're going to want to improve your game as much as possible prior to then. Learning from so many talented and knowledgeable coaches will help you receive that opportunity. Of course, a pivotal piece of your overall resume is your skill on the golf course, so anything that helps you improve will help you impress during the recruiting experience.
You may also receive exposure from camps as coaches who you may play for in college can see your play first-hand while at a camp. Make sure that you always show your mental toughness and work ethic while participating at one. In fact, make doing those things a habit. However, unless you're participating in a showcase, your priority at these camps should usually be on soaking up information and improving your overall level of play.
Note that as you go through the recruiting process, three main terms will be used to describe you and your peers: golf prospect, golf recruit and golf commit. It's important to know what these mean.
A prospect is a golfer who is eligible to play college golf in the future. The likelihood of that happening is irrelevant. A recruit is a student-athlete who has received interest from a college coaching staff; members have spoken to that golfer about possibly playing for that program. A commit has come to an agreement with the head coach to play there. This can include the signing of a National Letter of Intent, which is binding, or be verbal, which is not.
As you go along your own recruiting path towards, hopefully, a spot on a college team and possibly a scholarship, learn as much about the process as possible. These links provide a great deal of information.
The "Recruiting Guidelines" links provide information on the approximate skill level of golfers playing D1, D2, D3 and other levels of college golf. It describes what coaches are looking for. For example, they often also look at day-by-day play at multi-day tournaments to see if players played well one day but not the next or vice versa. Consistency is important. Playing in verified tournaments on a regular basis can also help you impress them.
Many who have college golf aspirations take advantage of resources to help them reach those goals. One is Next College Student Athlete. Since it was founded in 2000, NCSA has helped more than 200,000 student-athletes in a variety of sports achieve those dreams and earn spots on college rosters. It has also worked with 35,000 coaches to help both athletes and coaches find the best fits possible. Golfers want to be at a place that helps them get the most out of their game and their education, and coaches are looking to find golfers that fit the culture of their program and school.
Those who use NCSA's services have been pleased with it. In fact, NCSA has earned an average Google Reviews score of 4.9 out of a perfect 5 with more than 2,000 reviews having been posted. Part of the reason for this is due to NCSA always staying ahead of the curve. It was the first company of its type to bring digital technology to what had been a paper-based recruiting process. NCSA started offering highlight videos to coaches a year before YouTube was created as well. It's also filled with staff members who understand all of the nuances of recruiting.
To take advantage of what NCSA has to offer, fill out your free profile today. Should you have any questions, call 866 495-5172 for support.