Nike Junior Golf Camps, University of Illinois

Nike Junior Golf Camps, University of Illinois
Nike Junior Golf Camps, University of Illinois

Join Fighting Illini Men’s Golf Coach and accomplished touring pro, Mike Small, for a week of top-notch golf instruction at University of Illinois. Small has been hosting this premier junior golf camp in Illinois for over a decade and looks forward to another great summer.

Nike Junior Golf Camp participants stay on campus in air-conditioned dorms and travel a short distance to the University’s Orange and Blue Golf Courses, home to the Illini men’s and women’s golf teams, where they participate in daily instruction and staff-supervised course play. *This camp location is for boys only.

Highlights Include

  • Instruction by PGA professionals, college coaches and players
  • Daily course play with Coach Small and his staff on University of Illinois Golf Courses
  • Camper amenity package including a Nike hat, drawstring bag, one dozen SRIXON golf balls, camp workbook and graduation certificate
  • Video analysis and take-home DVD
  • Campers reside in Bromley Hall on the Illinois campus
  • Nike Camp tournament on last day
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Mike Small
Camp Director

Mike Small

Head coach Mike Small has brought national recognition to the Illinois golf program in his decade-plus as head coach. Small was honored as the 2015 Dave Williams National Coach of the Year and coached the team to a Big 10 and NCAA Regional Championship in 2015.

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 Amateur Career
¨ Illini letter-winner, men’s golf, 1985-88
¨ Member of 1988 Big Ten Championship team
¨ 1988 Big Ten Championship Individual runner-up
¨ Named to 'All Big Ten' team

Professional Career
• Member of Illinois Golf Hall of Fame (inducted October 2013)
• Five-time United States PGA Cup team member (2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005)
• Three-time PGA Professional National Champion (2010, 2009, 2005)
• Two-time PGA Professional National Championship runner-up (2007, 2004)
• Two-time PGA Championship low PGA club professional (2011, 2007)
• Ten-time Illinois PGA champion (2013, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2001)
• Made 15 of 31 PGA Tour cuts from 2003-13
• Four-time Illinois Open champion (2007, 2006, 2005, 2003)
• Participated in nine PGA Championships, making three cuts (2011, 2007, 2005)
• Three-time PGA of America National Professional Player of the Year (2010, 2007, 2006)
• Three-time U.S. Open participant (2007, 1998, 1994)
• Nationwide Tour member (1996-2001)
• Exempt member of PGA Tour (1998), with top finish a tie for ninth at the Bell Canadian Open
• Earned PGA Tour exemption by finishing in top 15 of earnings list on Nationwide Tour (1997)
• Won Monterey Open & Cleveland Open (1997)

Coaching Career
• Led Illinois to the NCAA Championships in each of the last seven years and nine times in the last 13 years. 
• Coached NCAA champions Scott Langley (2010) and Thomas Pieters (2012).
• Coached Big Ten individual champions Luke Guthrie (2011-12) and Thomas Pieters (2013).
• Coached seven All-Americans to 12 total laurels: Charlie Danielson (2013, honorable mention), Thomas Pieters (2013, honorable mention; 2012, first team), Luke Guthrie (2012, second team; 2011, first team), Scott Langley (2011, honorable mention; 2010, first team; 2009, second team), Chris DeForest (2011, honorable mention), Patrick Nagle (2003, third team) and James Lepp (2003, second team; 2002, honorable mention).
• Six-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2002)
• Five-time NCAA Regional Coach of the Year (2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2003)
• His teams have won 26 All-Big Ten and 35 Academic All-Big Ten honors.

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Coach Small will be assisted this summer by a number of college head and assistant coaches from prominent athletic programs, including: Ray Kralis,  Head Men’s Golf...

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Coach Small will be assisted this summer by a number of college head and assistant coaches from prominent athletic programs, including:

  • Ray Kralis,  Head Men’s Golf Coach at Illinois State University
  • Tom Porten, Head Men’s Golf Coach at Northern Illinois University
  • Zack Zedrick, Head Men’s Golf Coach at Miami of Ohio
  • Zach Barlow, Asst. Men’s Golf Coach at U of Illinois
  • Phil Zaccari, Head Boys Golf Coach at Effingham St. Anthony HS

Camp Details

Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week. During inclement weather, campers will use the brand-new, state-of-the-art practice facility at Illinois. This facility includes covered range stalls, indoor putting and chipping greens, video swing analysis and much more.  

More Important Camp Details

Check-In and Check-Out

Check-in will take place on Sunday at the cafeteria in Bromley Hall between 2:30 - 3:30 pm. Graduation will take place on Thursday at 2:00 pm at Bromley Hall and campers check-out around 2:30pm following graduation. Linens are not provided and roomates are 98% guaranteed with 2-3 campers housed per room.


Campers arriving to Willard Airport are to secure their own transportation to and from the airport. Preferred arrivals are between 10:00 am - 1:00 pm on Sunday and preferred departures are between 3:00 - 6:00 pm on Thursday.

Program Options

The Overnight fee includes all golf instruction, green fees, evening activities, housing and meals. The Extended Day fee includes all of the above except housing and breakfast. Extended Day campers may participate in the evening activities.


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.

Registration Packet

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.


Orange and Blue Golf Courses

Participants in the Nike Junior Overnight Camp practice and play each day at the University’s Orange and Blue Golf Courses. Situated approximately six miles south of the campus, the two University of Illinois Golf Courses serve not only the UI golf teams, but also students, faculty, staff and the general public. Both courses feature rolling terrain, strategically-placed bunkers and water on several holes. The Orange Course, the more challenging of the two, has played host to several collegiate events including the 1988 Big Ten Championships and the 1991 Women’s Big Ten Championships.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00am Wake-up, Breakfast
  • 8:00am Camp meeting at practice facility, skill demonstrations from staff focusing on key elements of the swing for that day
  • 8:30am Instruction - campers rotate through stations working on putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play and the full swing
  • Noon Lunch/relaxation
  • 1:00pm Course play with staff (9-18 holes daily) focusing on strategy, shot selection, course management, rules and etiquette
  • 6:00pm Dinner, free time, seminars, guest speakers
  • 8:00pm Evening activities
  • 10:00pm Lights out

Camper Reviews

David E.Parent

  • 5/5.
Would Highly Recommend

"My boys look forward to this camp every year. They have fun and come home with areas that they can improve on. I recommend this camp to anyone I can."

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Lewis R.Overnight Camper

  • 4/5.
Loved the Camp

"Helped my game and my passion to attend U of I. Awesome facility."

Ryan B.Camper

  • 5/5.

"We were busy from the start of the day to the very end of the day. We learned so much in a short amount of time. The individual attention we received was awesome. Can't wait to come back next year!"

Brett E.Parent

  • 5/5.
Thank you so very much

"My son ABSOLUTELY LOVED Mike Small's U of I Golf Camp, thank you so very much!"

Ben K.Parent

  • 4/5.
Camp Was Amazing

"The only complaint my son had was the quality of the food in the cafeteria and the long lines for meals when the volleyball camp was there as well. The golf portion of the camp was amazing."

Zachary H.Camper

  • 5/5.
Best week of the summer vacation

"I had a great time! I told my friends that I will definitely go back and they want to come with me next year! The coaches were all great with a lot of helpful information. It was the best week of the summer vacation!"


  • 5/5.
Loved the camp

"My son loved the camp and really benefited from the instruction!"

Adam C. Junior Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Highlight of my Summer

"Nike Golf Camp at University of Illinois was the highlight of my summer.  I learned so much about my golf game and had a great time with all the activities. I plan on coming back next summer!"

Andrea K. Mother of Junior Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Totally Impressed with the Camp

"I was totally impressed with the camp! The golf instructors were friendly, helpful and taught the kids a lot. Probably the best camp experience from a mom's perspective and from the perspective of my son."

Joseph C.Junior Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Staff Really Cares

"Mike Small runs a truly great camp. The practice facilities are great and the staff really cares about making the campers better golfers."


  • 5/5.
Kid had a Great Time!

"Mike Small was outstanding in running the Nike Golf Camp. My kid had a great time from start to finish!"

Brandon B.Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
So Impressed

"I was so impressed with the quality of instruction and the overall experience of the camp. The Nike Camp really prepared me for the high school season and I can't thank the staff enough for their help."

Joy C. Parent

  • 5/5.
My Son is Motivated!

"This camp provided my son with tools and the motivation to take his game to the next level. Since camp he has worked very hard, and his game has improved dramatically!"

Candice P. Overnight Camper

  • 4/5.
This Camp Boosted My Confidence!

"Awesome! I really improved my game in time for high school tryouts! I had a lot of fun and my short game improved drastically. I am very happy I attended."

Lucy B.Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Great Instruction

"Awesome camp. Great instruction and made great friends. Had plenty of time to practice and the opportunity to play each day. Looking forward to going back next year!!!"

Mike L.Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.

"Coach Small was outstanding."

Katie F. Overnight Camper

  • 4/5.
Fun and Instructive!

"Had lots of fun and also received lots of helpful instruction and tips."

Tanner D.Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Great Instruction!

"I loved the camp and am coming back next year! Great instruction and a lot of fun!"

Camp Dates & Prices

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