Nike Junior Golf Camps, University of Minnesota

Nike Junior Golf Camps, University of Minnesota
Nike Junior Golf Camps, University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota is pleased to offer both an overnight and day camp for boys, ages 10-18. Join Men's Head Coach John Carlson and his experienced collegiate staff for an unforgettable golf camp experience in Minneapolis this summer.

The overnight camp at Minnesota includes golf instruction, course play, meals, housing and activities, and runs from Sunday evening to Thursday afternoon. The day camp runs from 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Thursday, and includes three hours of range instruction each morning followed by lunch and course play in the afternoon. In addition to training at the course, the curriclum includes educational sessions on nutrition, fitness, club fitting and course management. Coach Carlson is joined by UM assistants, other Division II and III coaches, local high school coaches, and current Golden Gopher athletes. 

Players can participate in the commuter camp on a per-day basis for $175/day. (Does not include camp shirt or amentity package) Please call 1-800-NIKE-CAMP to have a golf representative assist you.

This camp is a boys-only program.

Highlights Include

  • Instruction from nationally recognized college coaches and players
  • Daily course play under staff supervision
  • Educational sessions on fitness, nutrition, course management and more
  • Meals, housing and evening activities on UM campus (resident camp only)
  • Camper amenity package including a Nike hat, drawstring bag, one dozen SRIXON golf balls, camp workbook and graduation certificate
  • A healthy and positive learning environment designed to help every camper get better!
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

John Carlson
Co-Director

John Carlson

John Carlson enters his fifth season as head coach of the University of Minnesota's men's golf program. He served as associate head coach during the 2010-11 season. In Carlson's third season, Minnesota won four tournaments, its first victories as a team since the 2006-07 season.

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Carlson was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2014 after guiding the Gophers to their first Big Ten title since 2007. Minnesota would go on to make its first NCAA Regional appearance as a team since 2009 and finish the season with a 115-42-1 record.

The Gophers won by four strokes over Illinois in French Lick, Indiana, to claim the conference championship. Big Ten Freshman of the Year Jose Mendez tied for medalist honors to become Minnesota's first individual Big Ten champion since 2003. Jon Trasamar tied for third and joined Mendez on the All-Championships Team.

Mendez earned PING All-Region honors following his ninth-place tie at the NCAA Raleigh Regional. The Gophers placed ninth as a team. Mendez was later named to the Golf Coaches Association of America's All-Freshman Team.

In addition to the Big Ten Championships, Minnesota also won the Barnabas Health Intercollegiate, the Del Walker Classic and the Rutherford Intercollegiate. Mendez won three tournaments.

The Gophers finished second at the Big Ten Championships in 2013, their highest finish since 2009. Senior Erik Van Rooyen (tied for second) and freshman Jon DuToit (tied for eighth) made the All-Championships roster. Minnesota posted a 17-6-2 record against Big Ten opponents during the season.

Under Carlson's guidance, Van Rooyen qualified for three consecutive NCAA Regionals. Current pro Donald Constable also qualified as a senior in 2011. Both Van Rooyen and Constable earned PING All-Region honors.

The Gophers have also been successful in the classroom under Carlson's watch. Minnesota has been named a GCAA All-Academic Team in each year of Carlson's tenure, and earned Gopher Athletics' Norman Borlaug Commitment to Academic Excellence Award in 2014.

Carlson, a native of Bagley, Minn., came to Gold Country after a three-year stint as an assistant golf professional at Wayzata Country Club in Wayzata, Minn..

Prior to that, Carlson spent five years playing professional on the Nationwide and NGA Tours, winning 14 career titles. He also won back-to-back Tapemark Charity Pro-Am titles while at Wayzata CC.

A four-year letterwinner at the University of Wisconsin, Carlson won three collegiate events as a Badger and earned Academic All-Big Ten as a senior.

Carlson and his wife, Caese, have a daughter, Collins.

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Justin Smith
Assistant Coach

Justin Smith

Justin Smith was hired as the University of Minnesota assistant men's golf coach in September 2014. Smith excelled on the course with the Gophers from 2001-04. Smith was named to the...

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Justin Smith was hired as the University of Minnesota assistant men's golf coach in September 2014. Smith excelled on the course with the Gophers from 2001-04.

Smith was named to the All-America third-team once and honorable mention twice. He tied for fourth at the 2002 NCAA Championships after tying for medalist honors at the Midwest Regional.

Following his collegiate career, Smith enjoyed success on the NGA and Web.com Tours. He won the NGA Tour's 2005 Players Turf Classic, 2006 Touchstone Energy Open and 2007 Guatemala International Open. Smith's top Web.com Tour finishes included second place in the 2009 Miccosukee Championship, ninth in the 2009 Christmas in October Presented by Kansas City Crusaders and 10th in the 2010 Chiquita Classic.

Most recently, Smith served as master clubfitter at 2nd Swing Golf. He trained and coached 2nd Swing's Minneapolis fitting staff and helped identify equipment that would best enhance individual golfers' abilities.

Smith earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota in 2004.

Staff

Nike Junior Golf Camp at University of Minnesota offers a superb coaching staff directed by UM’s Division I coaches. Additionally, up to six Division II and III coaches, prominent...

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Nike Junior Golf Camp at University of Minnesota offers a superb coaching staff directed by UM’s Division I coaches. Additionally, up to six Division II and III coaches, prominent high school coaches, and current University of Minnesota men’s varsity golfers are on staff to ensure a top-notch learning experience. 

Camp Details

Nike Junior Golf Camp at University of Minnesota provides young golfers with the tools to enjoy this great game for a lifetime. Our curriculum is the perfect blend of expert instruction and course play. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week. With Men's Head Coach John Carlson directing the program, each Nike camper can leave at the end of the week feeling more confident about their game.

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Program Options

Overnight camp (Sunday evening to Thursday afternoon) includes all meals, housing, evening activities, transportation to golf course, all golf instruction and course play. Day Camp includes all golf instruction, lunch, and course play. Day campers will be dropped off and picked up at the golf course each day. Campers interested in attending fewer days of camp can call 1-800-NIKE-CAMP and choose which days to attend.

Check-in/Check-out

Please see the camp registration packet for all check-in/check-out details.

Supervision

Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff lives in the dormitories 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.

Registration Packets

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.

This program is open to any and all entrants.

Facilities

Les Bolstad Golf Course

Established in 1929, the University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course is a classic, 18 hole championship course boasting a tree-lined path through the history of Minnesota golf. Designed to focus on short game, the team practice facility has six separate putting surfaces.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00am Breakfast at Bailey Hall (resident campers only)
  • 7:45am Bus departs for golf facility (resident only)
  • 8:30-11:30am Day campers arrive. Instruction and video analysis - campers rotate through stations working on putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play and full-swing
  • 11:45am-1:15pm Lunch and rest
  • 1:30-4:45pm Individual group breakout. On course instruction focusing on course management, shot/club selection, rules and etiquette
  • 5:00pm Day campers depart, resident campers back to dorms
  • 5:30pm Dinner at Bailey Hall
  • 7:00pm Evening activity

Camper Reviews

Michael A.Parent

  • 5/5.
Unbelievable Instruction

"Best coaching staff ever!"

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Michael A.Parent

  • 5/5.
Unbelievable Instruction

"Best coaching staff ever!"

Ashley P.Camper

  • 5/5.
Loved it!

"Thank you to all of the coaches and staff members that make this camp possible. It is an awesome experience."

Ashley P.Camper

  • 5/5.
Loved it!

"Thank you to all of the coaches and staff members that make this camp possible. It is an awesome experience."

Danny E.Parent

  • 5/5.
Great Job

"Coach Carlson and Coach Redmond and their entire staff did a great job. My son really enjoyed it."

Parent

  • 5/5.
Met all our expectations

"The camp met all our expectations. Communication leading up to it and during was good. Super easy to get to it and home daily. Glad it was all day."

  • 4/5.
Intensive golf play

"I loved that there was lots of intensive golf play. I was disappointed to hear that one morning when it rained, they all watched the movie Bagger Vance, which makes sense, except that in the afternoon when it was no longer raining, our son said they had to listen to verbal instructions for 1.5 hours. That is surely something that could have been done in the morning while it was raining. Also, the camp was supposed to end at 4:45 p.m. each day, but in fact instruction ended at more like 4:00 p.m. or so. Then Thursday it ended at 2:30 p.m., which is not what was advertised. So I had to make arrangements for someone to pick our son up much earlier than expected. So, my suggestion for improvement would be to have the camp end at 5pm. Also, have it be a 5-day camp, from Monday through Friday. I would pay more to have it be a five-day camp. Thank you!"

Parent

  • 2/5.
Didn't provide much instruction

"I was told that the college kids/instructors were on their cellphones and didn't provide much instruction. Will not be coming back next year."

Arianna P.Parent

  • 5/5.
Kids Loved the Camp

"My kids loved this camp. Great coaching, very professional staff and beautiful golf course."

Camper

  • 5/5.
Camp Staff was Wonderful

"I want to come back next year to Minnesota! The Nike Golf Camp staff was wonderful!"

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: All Abilities
Age Group: 10 - 18
Gender: Boys
Overnight Camp, Sunday-Thursday
Overnight $925.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: All Abilities
Age Group: 10 - 18
Gender: Boys
Day Camp, Monday-Thursday
Day 8:00am-5:00pm $599.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.