(Looking for the latest camp info? The 2017 Summer Golf Camps Guide is now available.)
Old Man Winter was kind to Long Islanders this past offseason, giving experienced golfers the opportunity to take their up-and-coming junior players onto quiet courses and offer them some valuable (and maybe a few forgettable) pointers to keep in mind through a lifetime in the sport. With the spring season upon us, it's time to look ahead to the summer, when you can send the kids off for a few hours and leave the teaching to the pros around the Island.
Many public courses in Nassau and Suffolk feature summer camp programs that school young players in golf's key fundamentals and the various types of swings and strokes, as well as rules, etiquette and safety on the course. They typically offer programs for both beginners and experienced players, and in some cases, kids work closely with teaching pros who've been recognized nationally for their work as golf and junior-golf instructors. At the end of each session, campers leave with skills and knowledge in place for years of enjoyable experiences on the course.
The following is a general overview of 2016 summer 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 this is not a complete list of Long Island summer golf camps. If courses or facilities in your area are not included here, contact them directly to learn about any available camps, clinics and instructional programs.)
Bergen Point (West Babylon): Two camp sessions are open to golfers of all skill levels from age 7 to 17. Attendees will be divided into groups based on age and experience. Camp meets once a week (for four weeks) from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with lunch included. Call (631) 600-3781 or visit the pro shop to register.
Cedars Golf Club (Cutchogue): The Cutchogue course offers two separate sessions in July (7/6 to 8/1) and August (8/3 to 8/29). Campers meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, with times varied by age group. Juniors age 10 and under receive group instruction and on-course play, plus contests and prizes. Those in the 11-and-over group receive 30 minutes of private instruction each week in addition to on-course play and group work. Cost is $525 per four-week session (10 and under); $600 per four-week session (11 and over). Registration for full sessions includes free rounds at the course valid during the season. Extended instruction is available for additional cost. Call (631) 734-6363 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for full details.
Cherry Creek (Riverhead): Summer camps are run by PGA apprentice Drew Dallanegra and LPGA teaching pro Suzi Caprise. Campers age 7 to 11 will meet on six dates between July 6 and July 20; campers age 12 to 16 will meet on six dates between August 1 and August 15. Both sessions meet from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Instruction covers aspects of the golf swing as well as rules, player safety and on-course play. Cost is $300 per student. Call Cherry Creek at (631) 369-6500 or visit the course's junior golf page for the latest information.
Dix Hills Park (Dix Hills): The Basic Program is open to junior players from age 6 to 14 with limited or no golf experience. The program stresses safety, rules and etiquette through games and contests in a fun atmosphere. Club Division is open to boys and girls who are ready for on-course instruction and play. Campers in this program receive advanced instruction and are introduced to various competition formats. Separate six-week Basic sessions take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning July 12. (Club camps meet on Thursdays only starting July 14.) Cost is $325 (Basic)/$350 (Club). Call (631) 499-8005 to register or for additional camp information.
Glen Cove Golf Club: Weekly sessions run from late June through the month of August. Camps meet Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m and cover the full swing, pitching, chipping, putting, rules and etiquette. Cost per camper is $350. Call (516) 671-0033 to register.
Gold Coast Golf Center at the Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course (Woodbury): Gold Coast offers a variety of junior programs, from half-day and full-day sessions to travel programs for advanced/competitive players. Call (516) 682-4776 for this year's offerings.
Great Rock Golf Club (Wading River): Half-day camps (age 6 to 12) and full-day camps (age 10 to 17) are open to boys and girls starting the week of June 27. All sessions are Monday to Thursday. The half-day camp runs from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and is geared to beginners; full-day camp is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and focuses on fine-tuning skills of experienced players. Instruction in both programs covers safety, rules and etiquette, as well as contests and prizes. All campers receive a hat, shirt and sleeve of balls. Cost is $295 for the half-day camp and $495 for full-day. Call (631) 886-2700 to register or for specific schedule and program information.
Harbor Links Golf Course (Port Washington): All camps begin the week of June 27. Weekly programs for kids age 6 to 9 run Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and include games and drills that help develop important skills and fundamentals, in addition to a skills competition and gift packet. Separate programs for teens age 10 to 16 are split into four-hour AM and PM sessions and run Monday to Friday. These cover the full swing, short game, course management, rules and etiquette, and conclude with a two-day "Junior Scramble" team tournament. Cost is $495 for the 6-9 camp and $595 for the 10-16 camp. Weekly sessions are offered through August. For all program information, schedules and registration forms, visit the Harbor Links website.
Indian Island Country Club (Riverhead): Now in its 15th year, Indian Island golf camp consists of week-long sessions that include lessons, lunch, prizes, skills contests and on-course competition. Camps are open to boys and girls of all skill levels between the ages of 7 and 16. Fees are $525 per week, per camper, with family, returnee and multi-week discounts available. Week-long sessions begin June 27 and continue until Labor Day weekend. See the Indian Island camp brochure for all details.
Island's End Golf & Country Club (Greenport): Week-long sessions begin July 11 and are open to intermediate and advanced junior golfers. There are seven total sessions in July and August. Programs run Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., with an extra hour on Friday for on-course instruction. Cost is $250 for each week-long session. Beginner golf clinics are also available starting on June 30 for all golfers age 5 and up. Visit the Island's End website for more information.
Long Island Golf Camps / Mike Reilly Golf Academy (Massapequa, Babylon, Hauppauge): Long Island Golf Camps runs programs at three public courses -- Peninsula Golf Club (Massapequa), Sumpwams Creek/E. Donald Conroy Golf Course (Babylon) and Wind Watch Golf & Country Club (Hauppauge). The Peninsula and Wind Watch camps are week-long, full-day programs (9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) with sessions beginning June 27. They include instruction on different aspects of the swing, on-course play and daily lunch. Babylon camps run Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; afternoon sessions might be available based on demand. Instruction takes place on the course and in the short-game area. Enrollment is $595 for Peninsula, $605 for Wind Watch and $249 for Babylon. For schedules and registration, and for information on a fourth camp program held at the private Colonial Springs Golf Club in East Farmingdale, visit the Long Island Golf Camps website.
Mill Pond (Medford): Camps are available in 3-day and 5-day sessions beginning in early July. The shorter programs are beginner-oriented with a focus on fundamentals for new players. Juniors with some playing experience will receive instruction on course management, rules and etiquette. Week-long programs are geared to more experienced juniors, with on-course instruction included during the last two days. (On-course play will be held at Rolling Oaks in Miller Place.) Beginning August 4, additional high school development camps are available for experienced golfers age 12 to 17 looking to advance their game on a competitive level. Visit the Mill Pond website or call (631) 732-8249 for info on registration, pricing, schedules and program format.
Poxabogue Golf Center (Sagaponack): A total of nine sessions run from the week of July 4 to the week of August 29. Sessions are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, and are open to boys and girls from age 7 to 16. Campers will learn basics of the full swing, short game, course management, rules and etiquette, and will receive a hat, snacks and giveaways. Cost is $459 per session. Visit the Poxabogue website for details.
Smithtown Landing Country Club (Smithtown): Camp programs led by PGA professional and Hall of Famer Michael Hebron begin June 27. Campers meet once a week on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays and are open to boys and girls age 6 to 14. Instruction covers grip, swing, putting, chipping, pitching, rules and etiquette. Call (631) 979-6534 to register.
Spring Lake Golf Club (Middle Island): Four-day camps will take place July 26-29 (age 11 to 14) and August 2-5 (age 7 to 10). Camps meet from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with lunch and on-course play every afternoon. Cost is $229. Contact Spring Lake pro Cristy Jurgens at (631) 924-5115.
Stonebridge Golf Links (Hauppauge): Full- and half-day programs are available for beginners through intermediate players. Half-day sessions (9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.) are geared to beginners age 6 to 9 and focus on fundamentals, rules, etiquette and course/club basics. Full-day camps (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) help experienced players age 10 and up improve on skills and knowledge through on-course play and instruction. An August camp for players on or trying out for school teams is designed for advanced instruction and includes 18 holes of golf daily and video analysis. Cost is $210 for half day, $365 for full day and $499 for school team. All campers receive a Nike sports bag and water bottle. Call (631) 724-7500 for session schedules and registration info.
Timber Point (Great River): The 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. Separate Wednesday and Thursday sessions begin on June 29/30 and meet weekly through the first week of August. Fee is $250. Call (631) 581-2401 or see the camp sign-up form for price, schedule and registration information.
West Sayville Golf Course (West Sayville): A total of six week-long programs (Tuesday to Saturday, four hours per day) will be offered beginning on July 12. Campers receive instruction on and off the course, with lessons concentrating on all aspects of the swing, including grip, stance and alignment. The Saturday session consists of nine-hole play, an awards ceremony and pizza party. The $400 fee also includes shirt, hat and rule book. Multi-week discounts are available. Visit the course website and download the camp registration form for more information.