Cal Golf Camp Oakland, California
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Come to Cal Golf Camp in the East Bay for a week of top-notch golf instruction and fun this summer. Campers have the privilege of learning from Camp Director and Cal Women's Head Coach, Nancy McDaniel, and Assistant Coach, Sofie Aagaard. This program offers a day camp program this year to accommodate a wide range of junior golfers.
Beginner Golf Camp - June 16 - 19
We are excited to have our first California Beginner Golf Camp! This will take place on the Cal Scoring Zone at the Metropolitan Golf Links. Snag Golf equipment will be used for those just starting the game and others may bring their own golf clubs. We will flight the kids according to experience and everyone will be learning and challenged at their pace. A "short course" will be part of the everyday experience as well as games and activities to promote passion for golf and even learn some of the rules and etiquette! Our all-star cast of collegiate players and coaches will be your guides throughout the week. This program is for kids ages 5 - 12 and runs from 8:30am - Noon each day.
Day Camp - June 23 - 26
Nike Golf Camp hosted by the Cal coaching staff offers a day camp from 8:45am - 4:00pm. The program includes two-three hours of range instruction in the morning followed by lunch and 9-18 holes of golf in the afternoon. Golf activities take place at Metropolitan Golf Links in Oakland. This program is open to golfers ages 10 - 17.
- Small group instruction at the SCORING Zone (home of Cal Golf) with low student/teacher ratio from nationally recognized college coaches and players
- Daily course play with the staff (9-18 holes) at Metropolitan Golf Links
- Nike amenity package including a hat, one dozen golf balls, camp workbook, bag tag, water bottle and other great prizes
- Safe, healthy and fun learning environment for golfers of all skill levels
Metropolitan Golf Links
In the tradition of the great links courses, The Metropolitan Golf Links is wide open. There's even some heather and clusters of native grasses to add to the ambiance. But the fairways are mostly open and the greens are large and receptive so that even the high-handicapper can get around expeditiously. Miller and Bliss have designed the course so that the low-handicapper will have to think his or her way around the course to score well. The Metropolitan Golf Links is strong enough from the back tees to serve the needs of the Cal Bears Golf Program.Meet your coaching staff
Nancy McDaniel, the founding coach of the California women's golf team is in her 18th season directing one of the most nationally regarded golf programs in the country and the reigning Pac-12 Champions.
Cal has risen to the upper echelon of the collegiate women's golf landscape -- McDaniel has led the Golden Bears to compete at seven NCAA Final Championships, highlighted by three top-five showings from 2004-06, capped by 2004's program-best finish of fourth at the NCAA Championships. That year, Sarah Huarte won Cal's first NCAA individual title. Cal has also earned the Pac-10 Championship in 2003 and the first Pac-12 Championship in 2012. McDaniel was recently named the 2012 LPGA Western Section Coach of the Year for the 2nd time. Following the 2003 season, McDaniel was the NGCA National Coach of the Year.
McDaniel’s coaching expertise and energy extends to junior golfers as a board member of the First Tee of Oakland as well as the First Tee Youth Golf Skills Committee. She is also the co-founder of Collegiate Golf Academy.
One of the most successful players ever to compete at Washington, McDaniel was team captain as a senior in 1988 and earned one All-America and two Pac-10 All-Star team selections. During her career, she won individual titles at the 1987 Washington and BYU tournaments and finished in the top-10 at seven additional events. She was named to Washington's Pac-10 All-Decade team (1986-96) for women's golf and received her bachelor's degree in speech communications in 1988.
McDaniel came to Cal with five years of professional experience on the Women's European, Ladies Asian and Players West golf tours. One of the top players on the Ladies Asian Tour, she finished 13th on the Order of Merit in 1993 and ranked 20th during her final season in 1994. Prior to that, McDaniel won the Players West title at the 1992 Las Vegas Classic and won the LPGA sectional qualifier in Mission Hills later that year. She has been a Class A member of the LPGA Teaching Division for 18 years.
Sofie is currently the assistant women's golf coach for the Cal Golf program. The 2006 Cal graduate was the first three-time All-American in program history. Originally from Sweden, Aagaard began her college career as a freshman at Mississippi State University, earning SEC All-Conference Honors before transferring to Cal in 2003. While at Cal, she was a three- time All-American and a member of the team finishing in the top 5 at the NCAA Championships three years in a row (2004-2006). Aagaard finished her career with a school-record 74.2 average for the Bears.
Nike Golf Camps provides young golfers with the tools to enjoy this great game for a lifetime. Our curriculum is the perfect blend of expert instruction, course play and fun! With an outstanding coaching staff led by Nancy McDaniel, each Nike camper can leave at the end of the week feeling more confident about their game.
Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.
The Day Camp option includes all golf instruction, lunch, and course play. Day campers will be dropped off and picked up at the golf course each day. Beginner campers receive three hours of instruction each day and also participate in a "short course" playing atmosphere.
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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:45am Arrive at golf course
- 9:00am Instruction - campers rotate through stations working on putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play and full-swing
- Noon Lunch at course (Full Day Camp only)
- 1:00pm On course instruction (9-18 holes) focusing on course management, shot/club selection, rules and etiquette (Full Day Camp only)
- 4:00pm Full Day Campers depart