[Now available: 2013 Summer Golf Camps on Long Island]
Summer golf is more than just early-morning mulligans on a dewey first tee and putting out on the 18th hole as the sun goes down on a twilight round. For young kids and teenagers, summer is a great time to learn from teaching professionals about the fundamentals of golf, the golf swing and course etiquette, among other aspects of the game. Many Long Island courses offer summer golf camps for junior players, with programs designed to either put the first building blocks in place for newcomers or provide expert guidance for juniors looking to take their game to the next level.
The following is a list of 2012 summer junior golf camps available and open for registration at various public courses around Long Island. For more information, follow the links below to the course websites and junior camp pages.
(Please note that this is not a complete list of Long Island summer camps. If a course or facility is not included here, contact them directly to learn about their available camps and clinics.)
Crab Meadow: High School Development Program is designed for the intermediate player looking to advance his or her game. On-course play includes lessons in course management, short game, club selection and bunker play, as well as head-to-head match competition. Three-hour sessions take place on Thursdays beginning July 12. $375 registration includes greens fees.
Dix Hills Park: Basic Program open to junior players from age 6 to 14 with limited or no golf experience. Club Division open to boys and girls who are ready for on-course instruction and play. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday sessions begin the week of July 10 and cost $325 (Basic)/$350 (Club). Visit the junior golf program page for more info.
Gold Coast Golf Center at the Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course: Half-day camps available for kids from age 6 to 9 with rates starting at $199; full-day camps include on-course instruction and are open to juniors from age 10 to 17 with rates starting at $499. All programs begin on June 11 with sessions available through August. Other programs and discounts available. Visit the registration page for full camp info.
Great Rock Golf Club: Half-day camps are open to boys and girls aged 7 to 14 and run in four separate sessions from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday to Thursday. The cost is $199 per child, per session. Full-day camps are open to boys and girls aged 9 to 16 and run in five separate sessions from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday to Thursday. The cost is $399 per child, per session. Full-day campers receive on-course instruction and daily lunch. For more, see the Golf On Long Island camp profile or the Great Rock flyer.
Harbor Links Golf Course: All camps are split into AM and PM sessions beginning the week of June 25. Weekly programs for kids aged 6 to 9 run Tuesday to Friday and include games and drills that help develop important skills and fundamentals. Separate programs for teens aged 10 to 16 run Monday to Friday and cover the full swing, short game, course management, rules and etiquette, and conclude with a two-day team tournament. Cost is $410 for the 6-9 camp and $585 for the 10-16 camp, with discounts available for family and friends. For all program information and schedules, visit the Harbor Links website.
Indian Island Country Club: Weekly full-day camps include lunch, prizes, skills contests and on-course competition. Camps are open for boys and girls of all skill levels between the ages of 7 and 16. Fees are $450 per week, per camper, with family and multi-week discounts available. Sessions begin July 2 and last through August. See the Indian Island camp brochure for all details.
Long Island National Golf Club: Four-day camp sessions are available for the weeks of June 25, July 9, July 23 and August 13 and open to boys and girls from age 7 to 13. Fee is $300 per camper. Ninety-minute clinics ($175) are also available on Wednesdays in August. Visit the Long Island National website for additional details.
Spring Lake Golf Club: Programs available for kids from age 8 to 12 (July 16-19) and teens from age 13 to 16 (July 30-August 2). Four-day camps teach swing fundamentals in a fun environment with morning range and putting lessons followed by afternoon course play. Cost is $225 per child. Visit the Spring Lake website for details.
Timber Point Golf Course: Six-week Basic Program is designed for new players from age 7 to 10, and focuses on fundamentals, safety, rules and etiquette through fun games and contests. Club Division (four-week and eight-week programs available) is open to experienced juniors from age 11 to 15 and includes advanced instruction and on-course play. Basic ($250) and Club ($175/$295) sessions begin in the last week of June. See the camp registration form for prices and schedules.
West Sayville Golf Course: Eight-week programs are available on Tuesdays through Fridays beginning July 3. Campers receive instruction at the range and on the course. The $450 fee also includes shirt, hat and rule book. Visit the course website for more information.