Nike Junior Golf Camps, Monterey Peninsula
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Nike Junior Golf Camps
Nike Junior Golf Camps in Pebble Beach, CA represent America’s premier junior golf experience! The Flagship Location for Nike Junior Golf Camps, this one-of-a-kind program returns in 2018 for the 25th consecutive year.
Located at the Stevenson School, camp participants enjoy an exciting, fun-filled learning environment conducted on a rotation of some of the world’s most breathtaking courses including The Links at Spanish Bay, Poppy Hills GC and other great Pebble Beach courses! Join National Director of Instruction, Jeff Ritter, and his amazing staff of teaching professionals for a camp experience you won't forget!
Programs in Pebble Beach, CA run seven weeks throughout the summer with three weeks dedicated to players of all ability levels and four weeks designed specifically for advanced players. Looking to become a master green reader and make more putts? We also offer one-day short game schools which take place on Saturdays and run from 9:30am - 5:00pm at award-winning Poppy Hills. Visit Nike Advanced Junior Golf Camps, Monterey Peninsula or Nike Junior Short Game Camps, Monterey Peninsula for more information and to register.
- Instruction from internationally recognized teaching professionals
- Three hours of daily instruction and 9-18 holes with the staff. Course play includes Poppy Hills, Del Monte, Spanish Bay, Laguna Seca and Peter Hay
- Sports psychology, golf fitness, nutrition and dream-building clinics, professional video analysis and personalized online game plan
- Camper amenity package including a Nike hat, drawstring bag, one dozen SRIXON golf balls, camp workbook and graduation certificate
- Fun, supervised off-course activities including field trips to Carmel Beach and downtown Carmel
- Accommodations at the prestigious Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, steps away from the 18th tee at Spyglass Hill Golf Course
- Safe, healthy and fun learning environment
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Camp Director Jeff Ritter
In addition to acting as National Director for Nike Junior Golf Camps, Jeff Ritter is the CEO/Founder of MAKE THE TURN Performance, A Golf Channel Academy at Poppy Hills G.C. in Pebble Beach, California.View Jeff Ritter's Bio ⟩
An accomplished coach, author and speaker, his passion for high performance living has set him apart as one of the game’s most respected leaders. A Golf Digest Top Ranked Teacher, Golf Tips Magazine Top 30 Teacher, and Golf Channel on air talent, his lessons provide players across the globe with the tools and inspiration to perform their very best.
A consistent presence in the world of golf media, Jeff’s articles appear in Golf Digest Magazine, Golf Tips Magazine, Golf Channel Digital and Golf Punk Magazine in the United Kingdom. He has also been seen and heard on ESPN, FOX Sports, FOX Sports Radio, Sirius XM Radio, The Golf Channel's Lesson Tee Live, Swing Fix and Morning Drive. In 2014 he created and produced the MAKE THE TURN Weekly Challenge Series on Golf Digest TV, which was seen by 20 million viewers. In 2016 Jeff was featured on Golf Channel as host of National Instruction Day where he presented a full day of live coaching to viewers around the world.
For more information about Jeff visit www.mttperformance.com
Lives in: Pebble Beach, CA
From: Lancaster, PA
Coach Jackie LeMarr
Lives in: Flagstaff, AZ From: Scottsdale, AZ Favorite course: Forest Highlands Hobbies: blogging, surf, writing, volunteering, golfing, reporting on the local sports station, Delta Gamma PhoenixView Jackie LeMarr's Bio ⟩
Lives in: Flagstaff, AZ
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Favorite course: Forest Highlands
Hobbies: blogging, surf, writing, volunteering, golfing, reporting on the local sports station, Delta Gamma Phoenix chapter, executive director of Dance Marathon
I’m a recent sports journalism graduate of NAU where I was an active sports writer and leader on the women’s golf team. I’m excited to return for my second season with Nike Junior Golf camps in Pebble Beach. I was a Nike Golf camper for 4 years when I was younger and love to teach kids the awesome game of golf!
Following this summer, I’m planning on studying sports law at Arizona State University law school.
Special skills: Journalism, putting from the fringe, website design
Coach Chris Felix
Lives in: Phoenix, AZ From: Phoenix, AZ Favorite course: Quintero Golf Club in Peoria, AZ Hobbies: golfing, watching/playing soccer, hiking, ultimate frisbee, tennis, bowling, softball, basketball,View Chris Felix's Bio ⟩
Lives in: Phoenix, AZ
From: Phoenix, AZ
Favorite course: Quintero Golf Club in Peoria, AZ
Hobbies: golfing, watching/playing soccer, hiking, ultimate frisbee, tennis, bowling, softball, basketball, cornhole, hanging out with friends
Hi y'all! I graduated from The University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley with a bachelors degree in Marketing. While at UTRGV I played on the men's golf team all four years and was also a part of the American Marketing Association, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Prior to college, I attended Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, AZ where I lettered in golf all four years and one year in track (pole vault). My biggest golf achievement thus far is playing in the 2013 U.S. Amateur at The Country Club in Brookline, MA. I tied my career low round with a 66 at The Wigwam Gold Course to qualify.
I’m looking forward to returning to Pebble Beach for another fun-filled summer with aspirations of passing on some instruction to help your golf game, life lessons, and an overall great experience!
Special skills: parallel parking, knowing the lines to multiple tv shows/movies, can recite every state in a song in alphabetical order.
Coach Nick Swanson
Lives in: Santa Barbara, CA Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA Favorite Course: Sandpiper Hobbies: weightlifting, biking, snowboarding, cooking, surfing and investing Special Skill: I love to go onView Nick Swanson's Bio ⟩
Lives in: Santa Barbara, CA
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Favorite Course: Sandpiper
Hobbies: weightlifting, biking, snowboarding, cooking, surfing and investing
Special Skill: I love to go on spontaneous adventures.
I play Division I golf at UC Santa Barbara in the Big West Conference where I am currently a junior studying economics and accounting. I have recorded two top ten finishes in the 2017 season and earned conference player of the month honors. I have competed in two USGA Amateur Championships: in 2014 at Atlanta Athletic Club and in 2016 at Oakland Hills. I attended Marina High School in Huntington Beach, CA, where I was a four year letter winner and named the league MVP.
I have an extensive background in junior golf. I have competed in countless national junior golf events with the AJGA and other tours. I also have experience coaching junior golfers; for three summers I instructed junior golf clinics at my local golf course.
When I am not studying or traveling to college tournaments, I work for the Southern California PGA Junior Tour running golf tournaments of all levels for both girls and boys. This has allowed me to learn a great deal more about junior golf and the college recruiting process. With my experience working at SCPGA and playing college golf, I have an extensive knowledge about what it takes to be a successful golfer. I can't wait to share my experience and help junior golfers reach new levels!
Coach Aaron Olson
I’ve been working with Jeff Ritter assisting and running Nike Junior Golf Programs across the globe for seven seasons. Coach Olson was recently elected to the list of "Best Teachers in California" by Golf Digest.View Aaron Olson's Bio ⟩
I’ve been working with Jeff Ritter assisting and running Nike Junior Golf Programs across the globe for seven seasons. Coach Olson was recently elected to the list of "Best Teachers in California" by Golf Digest.
Lives in: Pacific Grove, CA
Golf Instructor at MAKE THE TURN PERFORMANCE in Pebble Beach, CA.
Coach Samantha Garcia
Age: 25 Where you live currently: McAllen, TX What’s your hometown: McAllen What’s your favorite golf course: TPC San Antonio Hobbies: Yoga, Travel, Reading (expanding the mind),View Samantha Garcia's Bio ⟩
Where you live currently: McAllen, TX
What’s your hometown: McAllen
What’s your favorite golf course: TPC San Antonio
Hobbies: Yoga, Travel, Reading (expanding the mind), and shooting
Special skills: long off the tee
I am currently pursuing a professional golf career and a masters degree in Business Administration. I graduated from the University of Texas- Pan American, now known as UT Rio Grande Valley, with a degree in Economics and Communications. This is where I played four years of Division 1 golf in the Great West and WAC conferences. During my years at UTPA, I helped my team win the PGA Collegiate Minority Championship at Port St. Lucie twice and placed top 5 individually for the three years I attended.
I am so grateful for golf in my life because of the morals and lessons the game has taught me. It has truly shaped who I am today. I look forward to passing on this knowledge and a great summer.
Staff Cate Ritter
Our camps are proud to showcase heath and nutritional coaching from top nutritionist Cate Ritter. The “go to” girl for for some of the world’s top publications, Cate’s road to nutrition was literally born on the links.View Cate Ritter's Bio ⟩
A top ranked Northern California junior and standout collegiate athlete, Cate speaks the player’s language, clearly understanding the demands and rigors of tournament golf. Her passion for the game was the catalyst behind creating special programs dedicated to competitive players to better achieve their personal and professional performance goals.
Still an avid golfer, Cate’s golf-based nutrition tips have appeared in Golf Digest Woman, Golf Infuzion Magazine, Golf Tips Magazine, GolfPunk Magazine, the 19th Hole Magazine, The Arizona Republic as well as ABC TV. Cate's invaluable contribution to the Nike Junior Golf Camp experience serves to inspire kids in the simple ideas and principles behind living and playing your best for a lifetime! Cate is especially excited to be joining us this summer as she has fond memories a Pebble Beach. In fact, if you make your way to the Pebble Beach clubhouse you'll find her name on a perpetual trophy for her participation in the 1999 Tournament of Champions conducted by the Junior Golf Association of Northern California!
Staff Penny Ritter
Camp Dog Age: 1 Lives in: Pebble Beach, CA Favorite course: Poppy Hills Hobbies: beach walks, swimming in the ocean, digging holes, carrying extra large sticks, catching my ball, and mischiefView Penny Ritter's Bio ⟩
Lives in: Pebble Beach, CA
Favorite course: Poppy Hills
Hobbies: beach walks, swimming in the ocean, digging holes, carrying extra large sticks, catching my ball, and mischief
Penny’s favorite camp activity is Carmel Beach Night.
Extremely playful, Penny is notorious for chasing tennis balls, stealing fuzzy head covers, and licking campers faces. She’s the most positive member on staff with a natural ability to bring a smile to those in her presence.
Built upon a holistic approach to achieving peak performance, our programs infuse clinics on nutrition, golf fitness, sports psychology, college golf and dream-building into the camp experience. It’s this diversified approach to learning that provides kids with not only the skills to play better golf, but the tools take charge of their lives physically and emotionally as well. The program is facilitated by Nike Junior Golf Camps National Director of Instruction, Jeff Ritter. One of the world’s most prominent coaches, Ritter is a constant force in the world of golf media and is ranked by Golf Digest Magazine as one the “Best Young Teachers in America!” An accomplished coach, author and compelling motivational speaker, his unique approach to teaching has made his program a favorite amongst campers for over a decade.Show Less See More Camp Details
Check-in and Check-out
Check-in will take place on Sunday at the Stevenson School from 1:00pm-2:30pm. Check-out will take place on Friday at Atwood Dorm at 1:00pm following a brief graduation ceremony.
The Overnight fee includes all golf instruction, green fees, evening activities, housing and all meals. Extended Day option available for commuters. Price includes all golf activities, lunch, dinner and participation in evening activities.
It is recommended that campers fly into either San Jose International Airport or Monterey Airport. Parents are responsible for making arrangements with a shuttle service to drive campers to camp. The Monterey Airbus offers service from both airports to camp: http://www.montereyairbus.com/
Weekend stayover option available for campers staying multiple weeks ($300 fee).
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.
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
- 6:45am Wake-Up
- 7:15-8:00am Breakfast
- 8:30am-Noon Skills Training- campers spend one hour at three different stations, putting & chipping, pitching & bunker, and full swing
- Noon-12:30 Lunch at golf course
- 12:45-5:15 Course play which includes instruction on course management, strategy, rules and etiquette
- 6:00-6:30 Dinner at Stevenson School
- 6:30-9:30 Evening Activities (Two-club camp tournament, trip to downtown Carmel, beach excursion, tour of Pebble Beach Golf Links and much more!)
- 10:00 Lights Out
World Class Golf Courses
Links at Spanish Bay - Spanish Bay recalls the original Scottish concept for the game of golf, established over five hundred years ago. This was the intention of the design team, Robert Trent Jones Jr., Tom Watson and Sandy Tatum, in their creation of a true links golf course. Links is an old Scottish word for sandy wasteland, usually near the sea, with bristly grasses and ever prevailing wind. The Links at Spanish Bay are so authentic that even the Monterey coastline mirrors the rugged, natural beauty of Scotland.
Del Monte - Opened in 1897, Del Monte Golf Course is the oldest course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi. Designed by golf and polo enthusiast Charles Maud, this inland course boasts a meandering layout that has challenged golfers for more than a century.
Poppy Hills Golf Course - Poppy Hills is the first golf course to be owned and operated by a regional golf association in the country. Built in 1986 by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Poppy Hills hosted the PGA Tour’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am from 1991 through 2009.
Peter Hay Golf Course - Opened in October 1957, Peter Hay Golf Course is the only 9-hole par-3 golf course open to the public on the Monterey Peninsula. The course is located across the street from Pebble Beach Golf Links. From working on chip shots to teaching children the game of golf, Peter Hay Golf Course is popular with golfers of all skill levels.
Laguna Seca Golf Ranch - Laguna Seca is a favorite destination for local and visiting golfers because it offers the well groomed amenities of a private facility and a beautiful inland course setting. The golf course will make you use every club in your bag to conquer its ups and downs to well guarded greens, while elevated tees treat you to impressive vista of the Monterey-Salinas corridor.
The Stevenson School
Campers are housed at the prestigious Stevenson School, located in Pebble Beach, California. The Stevenson School is a beautiful College Prep School. The dorms are nestled in the Del Monte Forest a quarter of a mile down the road from the first tee at Pebble Beach Golf Links and just steps from the eighteenth tee at Spyglass Golf Links. It is the most beautiful location to hold a golf camp in the world!
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"Smooth and well organized. A lot of camps are chaotic, particularly at drop-off. This was very well run."
— Janie Z. Parent
"Thank you to Coach Jeff and Coach Langley for making my daughter's second year at Nike camp simply amazing. The attention to detail and instruction as well as making my husband and I feel that her safety is most important makes this camp just wonderful. Looking forward to next year."
— Georgia M. Parent
Jeff Ritter and his staff put on an excellent program at the Nike Golf Camp - Pebble Beach. The coaches were not only great golfers and patient with the campers, they were outstanding role models for life as well. My son was involved in the "Extended Day Program" and every day he would gush about how "really fun" the day had been, how great the food was and how much he was looking forward to the next days training and activities. When the week was over, we asked him if he would want to go back again. He quickly relied, "I'd go again next week!" Thanks to the entire staff for an outstanding week that my son will remember as a highlight forever.
— Baynes B. Parent
Absolutely loved camp
"Joseph absolutely loved camp. He said this was his best year at Nike Camp, Pebble Beach. Thank you for your excellent instruction and for keeping the kids safe and engaged."
— Joseph H. Parent
"My son had an incredible week. He already said he wants to go back for 2 weeks next summer! He thrived on the format you've structured and loved every minute (except for maybe the french dip dinner). Thank you!"
— Cooper A. Parent
"Loved it. Great instruction and follow up. Enjoyed the other campers immensely. Good that there was a division between beginners and more advanced players. Thanks so much for a wonderful experience!"
— Juliann C. Camper
My children had a great time
"My children had a great time playing various courses at Pebble Beach. I signed them up mainly to play different courses thinking that the instruction would not be very good as most summer camps do not have good instruction (We have not had good experiences at other specialty sport camps). However, we were wrong about that! Jeff Ritter and his staff gave great feedback to my boys about their swing mechanics. In fact, the feedback he gave my children was similar to the feedback their home golf instruction gave them as well. They enjoyed playing the courses. The children loved watching the long swing golfer break a watermelon. One suggestion I would give is that boarding school have a more allergen friendly meal plan and that the school and the golf course provide a meal menu with allergen information, especially since so many children have food allergies. Last, I would give very positive feedback to Langley who carried my son's epipen all week-- thank you to her! We appreciated all her help."
— Tyler H. Parent
"This was a very amazing camp I want to come back as soon as possible!"
— Nick T. Camper
"Thank you for the experience!"
— Patricio G. Camper
Teaching Kids in a Positive Way
"The staff was professional, very knowledgeable and could teach kids in a positive, fun way. The learning experience was greatly beneficial."
— Travis M. Monterey Peninsula Junior Overnight Camp
"I have been coming to Nike Golf Camps for years for the fun atmosphere and great instruction. This year was no different. Excellent experience!"
— Jessica W. Junior Overnight Camper
"Great facilities, excellent coaching, phenomenal program!"
— Allan R. Overnight Camper
"Thanks for a great week with my friends! I learned a lot and can't wait to come back next summer!"
— Jack S. Overnight Camper
"I want to thank you for giving my son a wonderful experience of going aaway from home to camp. He enjoyed every course and is excited to hit our local courses to show us what he has learned. His passion for golf is high and you have kept his interest in the sport as well as given him hope to play in high school and college. He will be returning next year. Thank you"
— Alexis F. Parent
Instruction was Amazing
"The level of instruction was amazing!"
— Mary M. Day Camper
"My son is from Mississippi and loved it. He wants to come back again next year."
— Jerry H. Parent
Son Loved the Camp
"My son loved the camp. He especially loved the rotations and playing the different courses. He'll be back next year for sure."
— Barbara G. Parent
Improved My Game Immensely
"I had a lot of fun attending the camp. The kids and staff were very welcoming and kind. I improved my game immensely by attending Nike Golf Camp, and I would highly recommend it to friends!! I can't wait to come back next year!"
— Julia S. Overnight Camper
Learned So Much
"My daughter had so much fun during the camp and learned so much!"
— Abbie K. Parent
"Thank you for a great experience for my son! He had a fantastic time and hopes to come back again!"
— Ted D. Parent
Staff was Incredible
"My daughter and her best friend attended together & we were concerned about two ten your old girls being out of place & overwhlemed. They were the youngest campers and 2 of only three girls. However, we were extremely surprised by the level of care, concern and supervision the staff showed towards them. The entire staff tailored things to their level of golf & stamina making them extremely comfortable being 1600 miles away from home The entire staff was just incredibly accommodating & yet ran a disciplined,very well organized, professional event. They can't wait to go back next year!"
— Courtney L. Parent
"Can't wait to take the advanced camp next summer. Incredible experience!"
— Matt H. Overnight Camper
"Outstanding camp once again we have recommended to everyone we know."
— Annie K. Parent
Looking Forward to Next year
"Jeff and his staff did an outstanding job in every facet. I was impressed with the itinerary, the teachings, and the fun incorporated in the daily activities. My daughter loved this experience and is already wanting to come back. Thanks for everything... we look forward to coming back next year!"
— Kevin L. Parent