Golf Sports Camp Letter
This Co-Ed camp is designed to provide a week of fun golf in a learning environment. Emphasis is placed on positive feedback, improvement, challenges, daily recognition, rewards and a respect for the game of golf, its traditions, rules and etiquette. The camp has a large percentage of students who return so enrollment fills quickly, usually within two days. The camps are conducted the middle two weeks in June with the first week designed for all skill levels. The second week is a competition camp for those who want to play competitive golf. There are 60 boarders and 10 commuter vacancies each week. The teaching staff is comprised of PGA Professionals and golf coaches. Cadets and other talented golfers also assist.
In Camp #1 the curriculum provides for six hours of instruction and nine holes of golf each day. In Camp #2 the students play nine holes three days and 18 holes twice. On Monday of Camp #2 the students play an 18-stroke play tournament. Their score in this event places them in a teaching group that they will remain in for the rest of the week. On Tuesday the tournament is a Stableford format, Wednesday is a foursome (alternate shot) competition, Thursday is a four-ball tournament, and Friday both camps play a scramble tournament with teams made up of one player from each of the five skill groups. Both camps conclude at noon on Friday with an awards presentation recognizing the winners of the scramble tournament. Awards are also given to campers for the skills tests they passed during the week, and to the champion and most improved player in each group.
Daily instruction includes 50 minutes at various stations to include: driving range, swing video, putting green, chipping green, pitching green, bunkers and classroom. Each area has a skills test that the campers attempt to pass after they have received instruction. The tests are in three levels of difficulty. The bronze test is least difficult, then the silver and finally the gold. The camper gets a bag tag sticker for each skill he or she passes. The same holds true for the silver and gold tests. The camper may carry his passing scores over to future years because sometimes it takes three or four years to reach the gold level in all tests.
Campers register on a Sunday afternoon and start instruction on Monday morning. Their meals are served in the cadet dining hall except for the noon meal, which is at the golf course. Their counselors are cadets who supervise them at all times. In the evenings, there is a recreation program that includes volleyball, swimming, ice skating, racquetball, video games, basketball, pool, tennis, and movies. Campers may return to the golf course after dinner to practice or play additional holes. A counselor is assigned to those who want to spend their evening recreation time at the golf course.