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University of Minnesota is pleased to offer both an overnight and day camp for boys, ages 10-18. Join Director of Men's Golf, 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 9:00am - 3:30pm Monday through Wednesday and 8:00am - 1:30pm on the final day. Each full day of camp includes instruction each morning followed by lunch and course play in the afternoon. In addition to training at the course, the curriculum includes educational sessions on nutrition, fitness, club fitting and course management. Camp Director 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 at a pro-rated amount. (Does not include amenity 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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Camp Coaches

  • Nike Golf Camps John Carlson

    Camp Director John Carlson

    John Carlson is the Director of Men's Golf for the University of Minnesota. In Carlson's third season, Minnesota won four tournaments, its first victories as a team since the 2006-07 season.

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    Associate Head Men's Golf Coach Justin Smith

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

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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 Director of Golf, 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.


Please refer to the registration packet (emailed in spring) for check-in/check-out details.


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 who meet the age and gender requirement.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00am Breakfast (resident campers only)
  • 8:00am Bus departs for golf facility (resident only)
  • 9:00-11:30am 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
  • 1:30-3:30pm Individual group breakout. On course instruction focusing on course management, shot/club selection, rules and etiquette
  • 3:30pm Day campers depart, resident campers back to campus
  • 5:00pm Dinner
  • 7:00pm Evening activity

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.

Camp Reviews

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Overall Average Rating 4.50 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.
    Loved Making New Friends

    "Not only the golf but the social aspect after golf and staying in the dorms. He had a great time hanging out with fellow golfers."

    — Reid B. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Best Camp Ever!

    "As an overnight camper our son had a great time even with some rain thrown in. His comment was that this was the best camp he has ever been to, made some new friends and got some great coaching."

    — Kent B. Parent

    • 3/5.
    Great Course

    " My son did enjoyed the camp. I love that golf course and was so happy he could play there."

    — Denise H. Parent

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    • 5/5.
    Fun Time!

    "Walking to dinners at night with the group of "over-nighters". The lunches were really good. Best part of the camp was the final tournament and awards."

    — Quinn B. Camper

    • 5/5.
    Unbelievable Instruction

    "Best coaching staff ever!"

    — Michael A. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Unbelievable Instruction

    "Best coaching staff ever!"

    — Michael A. Parent

    • 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."

    — Ashley P. Camper

    • 5/5.
    Great Job

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

    — Danny E. 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."

    — Parent

    • 5/5.
    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!"

    — Ramsey N.

    • 5/5.
    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."

    — Parent

    • 5/5.
    Kids Loved the Camp

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

    — Arianna P. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Camp Staff was Wonderful

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

    — Camper

Nike Junior Golf Camp, University of Minnesota

John Carlson, Camp Director
University of Minnesota
1906 University Ave. SE

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
Questions? Call 1-800-645-3226

Camp Dates & Prices

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

* 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 9:00am-3:30pm $495.00
Availability: Yes

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-645-3226 we would be happy to help you.
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