Nike Advanced Golf Schools, Monterey Peninsula Pebble Beach, California
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Nike Advanced Golf Schools in Pebble Beach represent America’s premier junior golf experience! Located in Pebble Beach, CA, your child will enjoy an exciting, challenging and competitive learning environment conducted on a rotation of Monterey's most breathtaking courses including Spyglass Hill, The Links at Spanish Bay, Bayonet Black Horse, Rancho Canada, and Peter Hay.
The flagship location for Nike Golf Schools and Junior Camps, this one of a kind experience has been developed with a mindset towards innovation and creativity meeting the needs of tournament-level junior golfers.
This program is designed for those players looking to elevate their games to a more competitive level. Come see for yourself why the Nike Advanced Golf Schools in Monterey are the highest rated Nike programs each and every year.
The program is facilitated by National Director of Instruction, Jeff Ritter. One of the world’s most prominent coaches, Ritter is a constant force in the world of golf media and is ranked by Golf Digest Magazine as one the “Best Young Teachers in America!”
- Small group instruction with low student/teacher ratio of approximately 4:1
- Instruction from internationally recognized teaching professionals
- 9-18 holes daily at some of the most challenging and prestigious golf courses in the world: Spyglass Hill, Spanish Bay, Rancho Canada, Del Monte, Poppy Hills and Peter Hay
- Clinics and discussions on tournament preparation, sports psychology, opportunities for college golf and golf fitness
- Accommodations at the prestigious Robert Louis Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, steps away from the 18th tee at Spyglass Hill Golf Course
- Nike amenity package including a hat, one dozen golf balls, a camp workbook, bag tag and other great prizes
- Field trips to Carmel Beach and downtown Carmel
World Class Golf Courses
The Links at Spanish Bay - Spanish Bay recalls the original Scottish concept for the game of golf, established over five hundred years ago. This was the intention of the design team, Robert Trent Jones Jr., Tom Watson and Sandy Tatum, in their creation of a true links golf course. Links is an old Scottish word for sandy wasteland, usually near the sea, with bristly grasses and ever prevailing wind. The Links at Spanish Bay are so authentic that even the Monterey coastline mirrors the rugged, natural beauty of Scotland.
Rancho Canada Golf Course - Each day, coaches and staff provide campers with three hours of expert instruction at the beautiful Rancho Canada Golf Course located in the heart of the fabled Monterey Peninsula. Campers can take full advantage of the course's 36 Championship holes and premier practice facilities to improve their golf skills.
Del Monte Golf Course - Opened in 1897, Del Monte Golf Course is the oldest course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi. Designed by golf and polo enthusiast Charles Maud, this inland course boasts a meandering layout that has challenged golfers for more than a century.
Spyglass Hill Golf Course - Hosts the annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, as well as qualifying rounds for the California State Amateur. Opened in 1966, Spyglass Hill Golf Course features two distinctly different kinds of terrain that influence the way the holes look and play. The first five holes roll through sandy seaside dunes challenging you to carefully pick the safest path. The following 13 holes are cut through majestic pines with elevated greens and strategically placed bunkers and lakes to grab the errant shot.
Bayonet Golf Course - With 7,104 yards of oak and cypress-lined fairways, Bayonet Golf Course was designed in 1954 by General Robert McClure, the Commanding Officer of the post at that time. Gen. McClure, a left-handed golfer with a severe slice, designed the course to fit his game. Notoriously known for its magnificently manicured, long, and narrow fairways, Bayonet is one tough, but rewarding 18-hole adventure.
Black Horse Golf Course - Showcasing Bates’ elegant bunkering and graceful greens, the new Black Horse offers expanded views of the bay. Distinctively different than its previous design, Black Horse has been transformed from a series of tightly tree-lined holes to a more open, flowing and comfortable environment.
Robert Louis Stevenson School
Campers are housed at the prestigious Stevenson School, located in Pebble Beach, California. RLS is a beautiful college prep school. The dorms are nestled in the Del Monte Forest a quarter of a mile down the road from the first tee at Pebble Beach Golf Links and just steps from the eighteenth tee at Spyglass Golf Links. It is the most beautiful location to hold a golf camp in the world!Meet your coaching staff
Jeff Ritter is one of the world's most prominent golf instructors with a presence that reaches all corners of the globe. Hailed for his unique approach to coaching, Jeff’s method of communication utilizes creative concepts from all walks of life in a manner that inspires his students and makes this difficult game seem effortless. He credits his passion for: inspiration, body health and “mental flexibility” for the reputation that has set him apart as a purveyor of not only playing well, but living well.
A consistent presence in the world of golf media, Jeff’s articles appear in Golf Digest Magazine, Golf Tips Magazine,Golf Infuzion Magazine, Golf Punk Magazine in the United Kingdom, The A Position and the Arizona Republic. He has also been seen and heard on ESPN, FOX Sports, FOX Sports Radio, Sirius XM Radio and The Golf Channel. In 2010 Jeff was named by Golf Digest Magazine as one of the "Best Young Teachers in America"! His latest book “Your Kid Ate a Divot! Eighteen Life Lessons From the Links” is available at Barnes and Noble.Read Full Bio
Before striking out on his own in 2000, Jeff was formerly an instructor with the Golf Digest Schools and the acclaimed Dave Pelz Short Game School. In addition, he has found success with players ranging from new golfers, top amateurs, and collegiate standouts as well as players from the PGA and LPGA Tours. In addition to acting as Nike Golf Schools and Junior Camps National Director of Instruction, Jeff also runs programs throughout the year from his Jeff Ritter Golf Academy located at The Raven Golf Club - Phoenix.
"One of the bright young minds in golf instruction"
David Denunzio - Editor, Golf Magazine
"Jeff's approach to teaching is without doubt the most colorful and helpful in the world"
Shaun Mcguckian - Show Me The Golf - United Kingdom
"A dedicated coach, Jeff walks his talk with a message we can all learn from"
Mark Verstegen, Founder/President Athletes' Performance. Trainers of Top Champions in Sport
Respected for his dedication to the development of young competitive players, Aaron has been an integral component to the success of Junior and High School golf programs across the country. Due to his commitment to Juniors, Aaron was awarded the position of Assistant Camp Director for Nike Junior Golf Monterey Peninsula.
Prior to joining the Nike Camp Staff, Aaron had spent years honing his skills with the help of some of the game’s top coaches, most notably being strongly influenced by PGA Tour Instructors Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett. A dedicated player himself, Aaron has enjoyed success competing both on the collegiate and professional levels and finds that his experiences in competition form some of the greatest lessons he imparts to his students.
Patrick’s has enjoyed a successful career in teaching golf. He has taught four PGA Tour winners, five Champions Tour players, and attracted a wide following among nationally ranked junior and collegiate players, many of whom have earned college scholarships. Leveraging his close relationships with college coaches and his understanding of several college environments, Patrick takes pride in helping student-athletes choose the right collegiate program.
A native of Monterey, Patrick has worked with some of the games greatest teachers, including: Top 100 golf instructors including Hank Haney, Butch Harmon, David Ledbetter, and Jim Flick. In addition, Patrick also worked alongside PGA Tour stars Mark O’Meara, Johnny Miller, Ken Venturi, David Feherty, Hal Sutton, Andy North, Davis Love III, Curtis Strange, and David Duval.
Jason Owen is the Head Men’s Golf Coach at Cal State Monterey Bay. In his third season he and his student-athletes brought CSUMB its first NCAA Division II National Championship. Leading up to the 2011 NCAA Championship, CSUMB earned seven team victories -including the program’s second consecutive CCAA conference championship - and its first NCAA Central/West Regional title. Owen was named 2011 Division II National Coach of the Year, as well as CCAA Coach of the Year and the All-West Region Coach of the Year.
Owen competed as a student-athlete on the 1995-2000 NCAA Division I Southeast Missouri State University golf team. He completed his career as the most accomplished golfer in Southeast Missouri State University history. Some of his records include: lowest season scoring average (71), most collegiate tournaments won in a career (7), and most wins in a season (4), among others. Owen was also a three-time Southeast Missouri State MVP and three-time Ohio Valley All-Conference Team selection.
In addition to his success as a collegiate coach, Owen also has a distinguished recored as a top player. He competed for three on the NGA Hooters and Web.com (formerly Buy.com) tours. Jason has also qualified for numerous U.S. Open sectional tournaments and was an alternate for the 2001 U.S. Open Championship.
Courtney Mahon is in her fifth season as a professional golfer, competing on the LPGA Symetra Tour. Her highest career finish was at the Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City Championship in Leawood, Kansas where she placed 12th. This year Mahon made it to the Final Stage of LPGA Qualifying School.
Her amateur career is highlighted with six consecutive Women’s State Championship titles in a five year span; three in Kansas and three in Missouri. She also racked up two individual collegiate titles while competing for the University of Arkansas. Mahon was part of the University of Arkansas team that was ranked as high as fifth in the nation and placed 10th in two NCAA National Championships.
Courtney’s competitive background, positive energy, and understanding of the golf swing have made her a tremendous golf instructor. She became a Division I Head Golf Coach at the University of Missouri, Kansas City straight out of college. Courtney made a tremendous impact on her players, improving each player’s stroke average by at least three shots. UMKC won their first team title and had two players win individually under Mahon’s direction.
Dave Johnson is a graduate of Ferris State University's Professional Golf Management program and a member of the PGA of America. He has been an instructor on the Monterey Peninsula since 1996 and counts among his junior golf instruction accomplishments, the AT&T Pebble Beach Junior Golf Professional of the Year in 2003. He also served on the Board of Directors of the AT&T Pebble Beach Junior Golf Association where his thoughts and energy helped to guide one of the best junior golf programs in Northern California. Dave was the Director of instruction for the City of Monterey's adult and junior golf program where his instruction has influenced hundreds of players in the area's avid golf community. Dave continues to teach and play out of Rancho Canada Golf Club in Carmel, California and competes in various events in the Northern California PGA section. His twenty plus years of teaching experience helps the membership and area golfers improve with an emphasis on the short game and scoring management.
Jim Waldron is from southeast Nebraska and has been in Scottsdale, Arizona for five years. Jim Graduated from the Golf Academy of America in December of 2009 with an Associates Degree in Golf Complex Operations, and is certified in Teaching, Tournament Operations, and Club Repair and Fitting. Jim has experience working as a personal trainer, training and helping individuals with their physical fitness and nutrition. In 2012 he pushed the limits on distance and competed in RE/MAX World Long Drive qualifiers and regional events. Jim believes in setting a solid foundation for junior and new golfers, mastering the key fundamentals to play golf and have fun doing it!
Neely Robertson has a passion for encouraging students to improve in every aspect of their game. Based in Phoenix, Arizona Neely brings to the Nike Junior Golf Camps a wealth of knowledge as a competitive player and coach. Since his playing days, he has dedicated himself fully to the art of teaching, learning from some of the top names in the business, including the 2011 National PGA Teacher of the Year, Mike Malaska. A favorite amongst his junior players, his philosophy focuses on helping kids systematically reach their personal goals, while inspiring possibility as to the true potential that exists within them.
Jeff Brookhart is first and foremost a student of the game. Originally from Massachusetts he is now a senior majoring in Business Administration concentrating in the PGA’s Golf Management Program at Methodist University in North Carolina. Inspired by the pureness of the sport he hopes to separate himself from the crowd as an outstanding teacher of the game. Through his four years of education he has learned the ins and outs of the golf industry with work experience under several respected teachers and professionals. Taking the opportunity to increase his own skill level, Jeff underwent the instruction of Dr. Bob Winters of the Williamstown, MA camp in 2005.
Now an aspiring teacher Jeff has had the chance to return the favor by sharing his knowledge of the game through teaching youth clinics, leading women’s clinics, assisting beginner classes, and coaching advanced players. This year he hopes to help campers understand their own game and give them the necessary tools to succeed. After developing his personal swing philosophy that envelops every golfer’s particular need, he is ready to prepare you for your next shot. Nike Golf Schools and Junior Camps, Monterey is excited to have a young, passionate mind on board.
Nike Junior Golf Camps, Monterey is proud to showcase heath and nutritional coaching from top nutritionist Cate Munroe. The “go to” girl for for some of the world’s top publications, Cate’s road to nutrition was literally born on the links. A top ranked Northern California junior and standout collegiate athlete, Cate speaks the player’s language, clearly understanding the demands and rigors of tournament golf. Her passion for the game was the catalyst behind creating special programs dedicated to competitive players to better achieve their personal and professional performance goals.
Still an avid golfer, Cate’s golf-based nutrition tips have appeared in Golf Digest Woman, Golf Infuzion Magazine, Golf Tips Magazine, GolfPunk Magazine, the 19th Hole Magazine, The Arizona Republic as well as ABC TV. Cate's invaluable contribution to the Nike Junior Golf Camp experience serves to inspire kids in the simple ideas and principles behind living and playing your best for a lifetime! Cate is especially excited to be joining us this summer as she has fond memories a Pebble Beach. In fact, if you make your way to the Pebble Beach clubhouse you'll find her name on a perpetual trophy for her participation in the 1999 Tournament of Champions conducted by the Junior Golf Association of Northern California!
Built upon a holistic approach to achieving peak performance, our programs infuse clinics on nutrition, golf fitness, sports psychology, college golf and dream building into the camp experience. It’s this diversified approach to learning that provides kids with not only the skills to play better golf, but the tools take charge of their lives physically and emotionally as well.
The program is facilitated by National Director of Instruction, Jeff Ritter. One of the world’s most prominent coaches, Ritter is a constant force in the world of golf media and is ranked by Golf Digest Magazine as one the “Best Young Teachers in America!” An accomplished coach, author and compelling motivational speaker, his unique approach to teaching has made his program a favorite amongst campers for over a decade.
Course schedule by week:
Advanced Session I: Rancho Canada, Del Monte, Black Horse, Spyglass, Peter Hay
Advanced Sessions II-IV: Rancho Canada, Bayonet, Spanish Bay, Spyglass, Peter Hay
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00am Wake-up, breakfast
- 8:00am Daily discussion at practice facility and skills demonstrations from staff covering each facet of the game
- 8:30am Instruction - station rotation, putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play and the full swing
- Noon Lunch/relaxation
- 1:00pm Course play with staff. Tournament setting with focus on improving all aspects of competitive play including course management, club/shot selection, mental toughness and much more
- 6:00pm Dinner, relax, free-time
- 8:00pm Evening session - roundtable discussions on tournament preparation, club-fitting, practice routines, opportunities for college golf. Guest speakers, topics to include sports psychology, mental toughness, fitness and nutrition
- 10:00pm Lights out
- Check-in will take place on Sunday at the Robert Louis Stevenson school from 1:00pm-2:30pm.
- Check-out will take place on Friday at Atwood Dorm at 1:00pm following a brief graduation ceremony.
- The Overnight fee includes all golf instruction, green fees, evening activities, housing and all meals.
- Extended Day option available for commuters. Price includes all golf activities, lunch, dinner and participation in evening activities.
- Weekend stayover option available for campers staying multiple weeks ($250 fee).
- Nike Golf Schools and Jr. Camps does not provide transportation to and from airports, bus depots or train stations. The packet we send to registered campers in the spring offers suggestions on shuttle services for each specific camp. It is recommended that campers fly into either San Jose International Airport or Monterey Airport. Parents are responsible for making arrangements with a shuttle service to drive campers to camp. The Monterey Airbus offers service from both airports to camp: http://www.montereyairbus.com/
- Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff lives in the dormitories/resort accommodations with the campers and participates in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
- A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring.