Nike Golf Camps, University of Minnesota

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

University of Minnesota is pleased to offer both an overnight and day camp option in 2016. Join Head Coaches, John Carlson and Michele Redman, and their 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.

Coaches Carlson and Redman are 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 at $195/day. Please call 1-800-NIKE-CAMP to have a golf representative assist you. 

Highlights Include

  • Instruction from nationally recognized college coaches and players
  • Daily course play under staff supervision
  • Group training on putting, chipping, pitching, sand play and full swing
  • Educational sessions on fitness, nutrition, course management and more
  • Meals, housing and evening activities on UM campus (resident camp only)
  • Nike amenity package including Golden Gopher t-shirt and hat, one dozen golf balls, camp workbook, and other great prizes
  • A healthy and positive learning environment designed to help every camper get better!
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

John Carlson

John Carlson

John Carlson enters his fourth 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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Michele Redman

Michele Redman

Michele Redman is set to begin her fourth season as the head coach of the University of Minnesota women's golf program. Redman officially joined the "U" family in August of 2011.

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Redman and the Gophers are coming off of one of the best seasons in program history in 2013-14. The Gophers' NCAA Central Regional berth in 2014 was just the seventh in school history while the Maroon & Gold finished just two strokes shy of a trip to the NCAA championships. The team also picked up its first win in six seasons at the BYU Entrada Classic last season while the team also hosted the Minnesota Invitational at the Minikahda Club -- the team's first home tournament in eight years.

Statistically speaking, the 2013-14 season may have been Minnesota's best ever with four of the program's top tournament scores including the 2014 UCF Challenge, which tied the school record at 869, as well as four of the top seven rounds in program history. Individually, Carmen Laguna set a new school scoring average record at 74.19 to lead the Maroon & Gold while Anna Laorr, Banchalee Theinthong and Sarinee Thitiratanakorn also posted averages that ranked among the top-10 in program history. Theinthong graduated with the second lowest career scoring average in Gophers history (76.45) while Laorr earned her first career win in 2014 at the BYU Entrada Classic.

In her four years at Minnesota, Redman has also coached her student-athletes to 11 Academic All-Big Ten honors as well as four WGCA All-American Scholar awards.

Redman, who competed on the LPGA Tour for 20 years, is a graduate of Indiana University, where she was a four-time All-Big Ten selection, a two-time All-American and the medalist of the 1987 Big Ten Championships.

Redman led the team in stroke average in two of her four seasons in Bloomington and helped the Hoosiers claim two Big Ten Conference titles. IU also competed in three NCAA Championships in her time on campus, including an 11th place finish at the 1985 Championships.

"I am so excited to be selected as the new Head Coach for the University of Minnesota Women's Golf program," said Redman, who now resides in Minnesota. "It is an honor for which I am truly grateful. I feel privileged to be able to guide and encourage young women as student-athletes throughout their college experience."

A member of the Indiana University Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame and the National College Golf Coaches Hall of Fame, Redman comes to Gold Country the winner of three Futures Tour events, two LPGA tour events and ranked 27th in all-time career money earnings in the history of the LPGA Tour. She has been a member of four United States Solheim Cup teams as well as the 2011 United States Handa Cup team.

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 Tours. He won the NGA Tour's 2005 Players Turf Classic, 2006 Touchstone Energy Open and 2007 Guatemala International Open. Smith's top 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.

John Cleary
Assistant Coach

John Cleary

John Cleary enters his fourth overall season on the University of Minnesota coaching staff and his first as associate head coach after guiding the Gophers to one of the best seasons in...

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John Cleary enters his fourth overall season on the University of Minnesota coaching staff and his first as associate head coach after guiding the Gophers to one of the best seasons in program history a year ago.

"John has done an incredible job over the last three seasons as we continue to build a winning program at the University of Minnesota," Redman said. "He is an invaluable asset to our staff, to our girls and to our program."

Prior to joining the Gophers in 2011, Cleary spent two seasons as an assistant for the Texas Tech women's golf program. During his two seasons in Lubbock, the Red Raiders qualified for the NCAA East Regional both years, finishing ninth in 2010 and 16th in 2011. Additionally, Tech had three team victories and three individual medalists and Rosalyn Kim advanced to the NCAA Championship in 2010 after finishing third at the East Regional.

Cleary earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas in 1991. He began his coaching career in 1997 as an assistant coach at Loyola (Ill.) and then moved on to Northwestern University where he served as an assistant for three seasons with the women's program and one year with the Wildcat men's team.

He is a member of the PGA and played in the 2000 Western Open. In addition, he was the runner-up at the 2000 Illinois PGA Championship and also qualified for six PGA National Club Professional Championships.

Cleary and his wife, Crystal, reside in Minneapolis. The couple welcomed a son, Cullen, in 2014.


Nike 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...

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Nike 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 and momen’s varsity golfers are on staff to ensure a top-notch learning experience. 

Camp Details

Nike 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 two outstanding coaches in John Carlson and Michele Redman 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. Prorated camp days cost $195/day. 


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.


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

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."

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  • 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!"


  • 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."


  • 5/5.
Came Back Fired Up

"My daughter enjoyed the experience and especially the instructors. They were very personable and felt she learned something from each of them. The size of the camp allowed her to get the attention you would expect. She came back fired up to improve her golf game. She attended with a golf teammate. The goal for next year is to send the entire team!"

Parent of Overnight Camper

  • 4/5.
Golf Stroke Greatly Improved

"My daughter enjoyed the University of Minnesota golf camp immensely and wants to go back next year. Her golf stroke is greatly improved!"


  • 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

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For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.