BGGA Junior Golf Camps, Florida

BGGA Junior Golf Camps, Florida
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BGGA Junior Golf Camps, Florida

Summer junior golf camps at Bishops Gate provide players with a plan and strategy to get better. You will have the opportunity to experience the training and excitement of the year-round program in a camp environment where learning and fun are the number one priority.

Choose from the selection of program options below and get started on your golf camp journey today!

Intensive Summer Camp

  • Full day of golf training
  • Intensive fitness program
  • Tailored for more competitive players

Developmental Summer Camp

  • Half day of golf training
  • Half day of fun activities
  • Foundational golf skills and training for less experienced players

ESL English Language Camp + Golf

  • ESL classes in the afternoons with a qualified ESL professional
  • Morning golf program

Tournament Preparation Camp

  • Focus on strategy for competition such as game plan, routines, strategic performance
  • Spend more time on-course working on mental and playing skills to prepare for summer events

Questions About Camp?

For specific camp questions and inquiries, please contact the BGGA recruiters directly at (407) 627-0136.

Highlights Include

  • Technical coaching – full swing, short-game, chipping, putting
  • Mental training – course strategy, mental stamina and confidence
  • On-course training – access to 11-hole course at BGGA, 18 holes at Bella Collina and 36 holes at Mission Inn
  • Fitness – golf-specific fitness programs tailored to each individual student’s body, functionality and golf game
  • Make friends from all over the world and create memories that will last a lifetime
  • Participate in fun social activities every day of camp
  • On-site amenities include a basketball court, lakeside swimming pool, and game room complete with ping-pong, pool table, PlayStation 4, XBOX One, and cable TV
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Kevin Smeltz
Camp Director

Kevin Smeltz

Kevin serves as director of golf at BGGA and his passion is the development of junior golfers. Since joining, he has set about building the team of highly skilled professionals he is proud to introduce to you today.

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Working with some of the best in the game including Nick Price, Charles Howell III, and Na Yeon Choi, Kevin knows what it takes to produce a winner. Although he still works with several professional tour players, Kevin’s heart is in junior golf. While under his instruction, Kevin’s players have won 20 tournaments on the PGA Tour, Champions Tour, and LPGA Tour. Kevin has taught two U.S. Walker Cup team members, two No. 1-ranked college players, a No. 2-ranked college player, and many top-ranked juniors. Kevin has been awarded many accolades including voted one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers (2012-Present) and regularly contributes to golf magazines around the world.

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Scott Shaffer
Coach

Scott Shaffer

Scott Shaffer is a senior coach at Bishops Gate Golf academy. He is one of three POD leaders and on the golf management board. He is expert on Trackman and 3D Biomechanics and has spent...

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Scott Shaffer is a senior coach at Bishops Gate Golf academy. He is one of three POD leaders and on the golf management board. He is expert on Trackman and 3D Biomechanics and has spent time with Dr Rob Neal honing this expertise. He has a fluid approach to teaching and finds ways to adapt his style and information to suit the student. This has yielded great results including six FCWT 1st Team All Americans and two FCWT Player of the Year awards as well as a 100% percent college placement rate. Scott’s students have gained places at Florida State, Auburn, University of Georgia, University of Arkansas, Costal Carolina, University of Central Florida, Denver University and many more. He is a knowledgeable and a valuable member of team BGGA.

David Louys-Moroney
Coach

David Louys-Moroney

David is the cosmopolitan of the BGGA team with 16 years teaching experience from nine countries around the world. David is a native from New Zealand and on completion of his New Zealand...

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David is the cosmopolitan of the BGGA team with 16 years teaching experience from nine countries around the world. David is a native from New Zealand and on completion of his New Zealand Professional Golfers Apprenticeship in 1997 played professionally on the Australian Sunshine Circuit. In developing his coaching knowledge, he worked in England, Ireland and then Slovenia where he was appointed National Development Coach. David took the role of Academy Director of the David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Turkey then in South Korea. During his time in Korea, he was the coach of 4 KLPGA tournament winners. One of his students, Yun Ji CHO, won the 2010 KLPGA rookie of the year. David now brings his knowledge and unerring work ethic to BGGA and these qualities have quickly established him as a popular and valued member of the team.

Zach Parker
Coach

Zach Parker

Zach Parker is a child centered coach and takes the greatest satisfaction in enabling students to achieve their dreams. Zach achieved the position of Director of Golf at GGGA early in his...

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Zach Parker is a child centered coach and takes the greatest satisfaction in enabling students to achieve their dreams. Zach achieved the position of Director of Golf at GGGA early in his career. During his quest to learn and grow he gained his TPI Level Three certification in Golf Coaching & Junior Development and his K-Vest Level Two Science and Motion Certification. Zach’s passion to push those around him outside their comfort zone and allow the athlete to become their own best coach has allowed him the opportunity to coach 4 AJGA All American team members, two European Tour players and countless athletes who have and continue to represent their countries on an international level. Zach’s nurturing commitment to his players and his support of the BGGA team make him both a role model and a well-respected team player.

Nate Dougherty
Coach

Nate Dougherty

Nate Dougherty is at the forefront of golf technology at BGGA. His knowledge and enthusiasm has been inspiring for the BGGA team and this has cemented the use of technology to support the...

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Nate Dougherty is at the forefront of golf technology at BGGA. His knowledge and enthusiasm has been inspiring for the BGGA team and this has cemented the use of technology to support the progress of students. He has spent several winters teaching, training and playing in Florida while continuing to work summers as a club professional in Philadelphia. Nate spent 3 years working for Golf BioDynamics at Trump Doral in Florida, where he was able to specialize in 3D swing analysis and earning certifications from both Dr. Rob Neal and Jim McLean. Before arriving at Bishops Gate in 2015, Nate spent one year at IJGA in Hilton Head, SC providing 3D services for the academy. As an evidence based coach, Nate combines his competitive and professional experiences to create a training environment that enables players to maximize learning and skill development.

Drake Edmond
Coach

Drake Edmond

Drake Edmond experienced early success by achieving accolades such as Rookie of the Year, LaPorte Herald Argus Golfer of the Year, 3 DAC All-Conference Player of the Year, 2 MVP awards and...

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Drake Edmond experienced early success by achieving accolades such as Rookie of the Year, LaPorte Herald Argus Golfer of the Year, 3 DAC All-Conference Player of the Year, 2 MVP awards and state finalist. Drake‘s passion for the game of golf led him to move to Florida where he went on to earn a degree in Golf Management from Professional Golfer’s Career College in 2011. His love for the game, competitive nature, and commitment to self-improvement was something he wanted to share with golfers of all levels. Drake served as an instructor at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy World Headquarters in Orlando, Florida. He has served as an instructor for Nike Golf Camps and is proficient in utilizing Sam Putt Lab, Trackman, force plates, and V1 analysis. Through his calm, supportive demeanor Drake develops each player to have confidence in themselves and the resilience needed to be a top junior golfer.

Nick Duffy
Coach

Nick Duffy

Nick Duffy brings a passion for teaching and years of playing experience to BGGA. Nick grew up playing junior golf and qualified for the ‘98 and ‘99 U.S. Junior Championships....

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Nick Duffy brings a passion for teaching and years of playing experience to BGGA. Nick grew up playing junior golf and qualified for the ‘98 and ‘99 U.S. Junior Championships. After a promising junior career, Nick went on to attend Northwood University and play on the golf team. After College Nick went on to play professional golf on the Hooters, Golden Bear and Gateways Tours. Prior to joining BGGA, Nick was a Head Coach at the Core Academy and at Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy. His achievements include coaching AJGA Champions and Elite Level Juniors and playing in 3 national championships while at Northwood University.

John Montgomery
Coach

John Montgomery

John Montgomery brings 17 years of competitive golf experience to BGGA as an Assistant Coach. He attended Alabama State University on a full golf scholarship and earned a degree in...

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John Montgomery brings 17 years of competitive golf experience to BGGA as an Assistant Coach. He attended Alabama State University on a full golf scholarship and earned a degree in Business Marketing. Some of John’s accomplishments at Alabama State include being named to the SWAC’s First Team All-Conference four times, 2009 SWAC Medalist and 2012 SWAC Champions. John also competed for more than two years on professional mini tours. John’s passion for life and high, positive energy level contributes to the atmosphere at BGGA.

Sue Kim
Coach

Sue Kim

Sue Kim is an Assistant Coach at Bishops Gate Golf Academy. She was a student of Kevin Smeltz for seven years and now assists him with coaching BGGA students. After turning professional in...

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Sue Kim is an Assistant Coach at Bishops Gate Golf Academy. She was a student of Kevin Smeltz for seven years and now assists him with coaching BGGA students. After turning professional in 2011, Sue played on the Symetra Tour for two years and recorded two wins. She then played on the LPGA Tour for four years before being sidelined by injury. Sue has always had a passion for coaching and knew BGGA was the place for her to turn after ending her professional career.

Iain Highfield
Staff

Iain Highfield

Iain Highfield (Director of Mental Training) is an impassioned, student focused practitioner. He works hard and with endless positivity to guide and enable the students to be mentally...

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Iain Highfield (Director of Mental Training) is an impassioned, student focused practitioner. He works hard and with endless positivity to guide and enable the students to be mentally strong golfers. Iain graduated from the Leeds with a degree in Sports & Exercise Psychology. Iain began to apply his coaching models to junior golf in 2009 at his local club Cookridge Hall. In 2011 he co-founded Leap Golf UK and worked with elite juniors as well as European Tour professionals. During this time Iain was based at the Nike Golf academy. Iain also consulted for De Vere Golf Academies and England Schools Golf, as well as coaching the Nottingham University golf team. Since arriving in the USA Iain has consulted with college teams and PGA tour coaches as well as appearing on PGA tour radio. Iain’s favorite quote that shapes his coaching philosophy is ‘Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I will learn.’

Karen Harrison
Staff

Karen Harrison

Karen Harrison (Director of Health and Athletic Development) has an eye for detail and this is reflected in her meticulous fitness plans for BGGA students. Originally trained as a...

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Karen Harrison (Director of Health and Athletic Development) has an eye for detail and this is reflected in her meticulous fitness plans for BGGA students. Originally trained as a podiatrist, Karen studied at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia, then at the University of Queensland to obtain a Post-Graduate Degree in Exercise Science majoring in Biomechanics. In 2004, Golf BioDynamics (GBD), the company jointly owned with husband Dr. Robert Neal, re-located to The Jim McLean Golf School in Miami, Florida (USA). Over the next decade, Karen further developed her golf skills, specializing in swing analysis, becoming proficient in BioFeedback Training and providing physical training programs for golfers. In 2014/2015, Karen assumed the role as Director of Health and Athletic Development with the IJGA team in Hilton Head (SC). She has joined the BGGA team in 2015 and has transformed the place of athletic development at BGGA.

Camp Details

Junior golfers of any age will have a great time at BGGA summer camp. We know what makes a memorable summer camp experience – having great coaches and a fun, learning environment so that you can get better and have memories that last a lifetime. BGGA’s Campers receive individualized fitness, mental, and technical training techniques they can take home with them to continue improving their individual game. Following an assessment day, campers will work closely with BGGA’s highly skilled and experienced coaching team to develop the tools they need to follow their training plan.

More Important Camp Details

Housing

Bishops Gate Golf Academy campers are housed in upscale, spacious, fully furnished condos that emit a “home away from home” feel. Campers room with either one or two students with a maximum of six students per home. In addition, each home has a living room, dining room, fully-appointed kitchen and laundry room, and, in most cases, an enclosed patio for relaxation and games. All units have wireless Internet access and satellite television. The condos are convenient to all golf facilities, dining hall, and recreational activities that are just steps away from home.

Supervision, Safety and Security

Campers receive guidance and supervision on a 24/7 basis by resident house parents who take on the responsibility of overseeing our campers’ daily lives. BGGA is inside a private, gated community. Only residents, staff, and members of the club have access to the community.

Dining

Boarding students eat all their meals in Champions Hall, the Clubhouse at BGGA. Overlooking the lake, Champions Hall is the perfect setting for our students to relax, socialize, and play a few games. Bishops Gate Golf Academy utilizes an in-house catering service lead by Executive Chef Bill Redding. Chef Redding is an accomplished Executive Chef with over 20 years of experience in restaurants all over the country. Chef Redding is a Certified Food Safety Manager, and he also holds a certification in Sports Nutrition and Performance.

Non-boarding students

Non-boarding students have the ability to rent luxurious town-homes within or near the gated community of Bishops Gate Golf and Lakeside Community. Although living with a relative, non-boarding students will still be able to eat lunch with their friends at BGGA and train each day.

Camp Activities

The Bishops Gate Golf Academy campus is much more than just a place to sleep and train. It is a place to integrate sports, character development and a healthy social experience.

On-Site Activities

BGGA students have no shortage of activities right here on property. On-site amenities include a full, lit basketball court, lakeside swimming pool, and a game room complete with Ping-Pong, Pool Table, PlayStation 4, XBOX One, and satellite TV on a 60-inch HDTV.

Off-Site Activities

BGGA students have easy access to world-class shopping and theme parks. Being located approximately 30-minutes from Orlando gives our students the opportunity to enjoy weekend and evening trips to Disney World, Universal Studios, Mall at Millennia, and many more internationally renowned attractions.

Questions about Camp?

Representatives at US Sports Camps Inc. are happy to field calls with questions about BGGA camp. However, you can also reach the BGGA specialists directly for more detailed questions at (407) 627-0136.

Note: US Sports Camps Inc. is not a sponsor, co-sponsor, owner or operator of the BGGA Junior Golf Camps. 

Facilities

Bishops Gate Golf Facility

When you arrive at the campus at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, you know you are somewhere special. Located on beautiful Lake Harris in Florida’s Lake County, just 45 minutes from Orlando International Airport, the property boasts a first-class training facility with a 16-acre range and 11 golf holes. This unique training environment allows you to train in golf course conditions every day. There is over 50,000 square feet of training tee space, 30,000 square feet of putting and short game greens, and 15,000 square feet of bunkers.

There is no other training environment better equipped to prepare yourself and your game. The course has been carefully designed to challenge its players. It can be played from multiple tee locations to multiple greens, making it possible to train for almost every shot imaginable. There is a full-time crew working to keep the quality of the greens in pristine condition, and they run as fast and smooth as any you will find in any tournament.

There are two short game areas where you can work on unlimited situations ranging from green side bunkers to 180-yard approach shots. Each of these areas allows the athlete to master the art of scoring.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 8:00-8:30am Breakfast at Bishops Gate Golf Academy (boarding students only)
  • 8:30-11:30am Golf training
  • 11:30am-12:30pm Lunch at Bishops Gate Golf Academy
  • 12:30-3:30pm Golf training: technical, mental, on-course (or ESL sessions)
  • 4:15-5:00pm Fitness training and evening activities
  • 6:00-7:00pm Dinner at BGGA (boarding students only)
  • 7:00-10:30pm Activities
  • 10:30-11:00pm Personal time/lights out

Camp Dates & Prices

2017 Camp Dates*

Week 1: June 11-17
Week 2: June 18-24
Week 3: June 25-July 1
Week 4: July 2-8
Week 5: July 9-15
Week 6: July 16-22
Week 7: July 23-29
Week 8: July 30-August 5

*Boarding students arrive on Sunday. Non-boarding students start on Monday.

Boarding: $1,999
Each additional week: $1,800

Boarding Option open to golfers ages 9-19.

Non-Boarding: $1,650
Each additional week: $1,450

Non-Boarding Option open to golfers ages 7-19.

* Please note dates, times, and availability are subject to change.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.