Nike Junior Golf Camps, University of Illinois
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Nike Junior Golf Camps
Join the Fighting Illini Men’s Golf program for five days of top-notch instruction at the University of Illinois. The Fighting Illini Men’s Golf program 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 utilize the exclusive team practice facilities, Lauritsen/Wohlers Outdoor Golf Practice Facility and Demirjian Indoor Golf Facility, for instruction from the coaching staff. Throughout the camp, players travel a short distance to the University’s Orange and Blue Golf Courses, as well Atkins Golf Club, their newly renovated home course where they participate in on-course instruction.
This camp location is for boys only.
- Instruction by PGA professionals, college coaches and players
- Instruction and skills challenges at Illini Golf's private practice facilities
- Course play with the camp staff on University of Illinois Golf Courses
- Camper amenity package including an Illini Golf t-shirt, Nike hat, drawstring bag, SRIXON golf balls, camp workbook and graduation certificate
- Video analysis for all camp participants
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Assistant Men's Golf Coach, University of Illinois Justin Bardgett
Justin Bardgett enters his fifth season as assistant coach for the Fighting Illini men's golf program in 2021-22. He was hired on July 11, 2019, coming to Illinois after one season at Army West Point. Bardgett also brings seven years of professional playing experience to Champaign-Urbana.View Justin's Bio ⟩
During his time with the Army West Point golf team, Bardgett (Barge-A) helped coach the Black Knights to the 2019 Patriot League Championship title, the 12th for the program and the first since 2016. With Bardgett's assistance, all five individuals placed among the top 25 at the tournament, with four finishing in the top 10. The Black Knights advanced to the NCAA Austin Regional to conclude the season, and saw junior Justin Williamson earn PING All-Region honors.
"I am extremely excited to get started in Champaign," Bardgett said. "I have great respect and admiration for the University of Illinois golf program and head coach Mike Small. The success that the program has enjoyed under his guidance is remarkable and I can't wait to get started working towards Big Ten and National Championships."
Bardgett also spent several years in the professional ranks as he was a member of both the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and the PGA TOUR Canada. He appeared in the field at the PGA TOUR's 2011 Puerto Rico Open, and also played in events on the Korn Ferry Tour, formerly the Web.com Tour. Most recently, Bardgett earned top 10 finishes at the Metropolitan Open (St. Louis, Mo.), the Navajo Trails Open (Durango, Colo.), and the San Juan Open (Farmington, N.M.).
Director of Golf Operations, University of Illinois Eric Gilpin
Eric Gilpin enters his first season at the University of Illinois in 2022-23, where he serves as the director of operations for both the Fighting Illini men’s and women’s golf programs. Gilpin joined the Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics in August of 2022.View Eric's Bio ⟩
Gilpin came to Illinois following a season and a half as an assistant coach with the men’s program at his alma mater Lipscomb beginning in January of 2021. During his time with the Bisons staff, Gilpin was responsible for recruiting, player development, team travel, practice, and tournament preparation.
Prior to his return to Lipscomb, Gilpin spent a year and a half at Southern Illinois from August 2019 through December 2020, first as a graduate assistant before stepping into a new role as the Salukis interim head coach for the final three months of his stint in Carbondale.
Gilpin, who grew up in Bloomington, Ill., competed collegiately at Indian Hills Community College (2015-17) and Winthrop (2017-18) before his senior season at Lipscomb in 2018-19.
He totaled 42 collegiate tournament starts and was a national semifinalist for the Jack Nicklaus Award, given annually to the NJCAA Player of the Year as a sophomore at IHCC after helping the program to an NJCAA national runner-up team finish. Gilpin went on to earn GCAA All-America Scholar honors and tallied four top-15 finishes during his time at Winthrop, and was selected as a team captain while competing in all but one event over the course in his lone season at LU.
Gilpin completed his bachelor's degree in finance from Lipscomb in 2019 and added a master's in sports studies from SIU in 2020.
Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced level golfer, our world-class instruction and coaching provides junior golfers with the necessary skills to compete and win. These camps offer training and real competition scenarios that develop every part of your game. During the week, campers work on short game, putting, approach shots, course management, and will test their new skills in weekly competitions and 18-hole tournaments. 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 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.
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
You can expect high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
- Dates: June 4-8
- Age Group: 11-18
- Gender: Boys only
- Camp Type: The Overnight fee includes all golf instruction, green fees, evening activities, housing and meals.
- Overnight: Sunday - Thursday
- Check-In: Check-in for all campers is on the first day between 2:30-3:30pm at Bromley Hall on campus. Please come dressed and ready to play as the afternoon golf session begins immediately following check-in and orientation.
- Check-out: The closing ceremony occurs at 1:45pm on Thursday at Bromley Hall and check-out is to follow.
- Meals: Campers will receive all meals during camp (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
- Program: The All Abilities program is designed to improve the fundamental skills needed for golf; putting, chipping/pitching, full-swing and course etiquette. Upon arrival, all participants will be evaluated by the instructors and placed into groups based on age and ability level.
Please note: Camp schedules and details may be subject to change.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Morning instruction and afternoon course play at a rotation of golf courses.
- Meals: Campers will receive all meals during camp (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
- Supervision: 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.
- Camper Amenity Package: Campers will receive an amenity package including a Nike hat, drawstring bag, SRIXON golf balls, camp workbook, and graduation certificate.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:6 staff-to-camper ratio.
- Groupings: Campers are grouped by age, ability, and experience.
- Equipment Needed: Players should supply their own golf clubs, glove, golf balls, and tees.
- Facilities: Orange and Blue Golf Courses and the Lauritsen/Wohlers Outdoor Golf Practice Facility
- Medical Protocol: Camp will have on-site staff to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
- Dorm: Bromley Hall
- Campers Per Room: Campers will be housed in double rooms.
- Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be received no later than 14 days before the start of camp. If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
- Linens: Not included. Bring linens or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase, and a towel.
- Air Conditioning: Yes
- Key Deposit: No deposit necessary.
- Spending Money: We recommend that each overnight camper bring $60-75 per week of spending money to cover incidentals like snacks, souvenirs and other activities. Please bring cash in a marked envelope for your child.
*Staff will stay in the dormitories with the campers and participate in all activities.
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist. All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps, the University of Illinois and the golf facilities being used are NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
- Golf clubs
- Golf Balls/tees/glove
- Golf shoes or tennis/athletic shoes
- Athletic clothing (t-shirts, shorts)
- 5-6 collared shirts (recommended)
- 4-6 golf appropriate shorts/pants
- 6-8 pairs of socks
- Casual clothes
- Sweatshirt/warm up jacket and pants
- Raingear and/or umbrella
- Toilet/personal items
- Insect repellent
- Laundry bag
- Water bottle*
- Hat/visor (Campers receive Nike hat with amenity package)
- Linens, blankets, towels, pillow
- Snacks (optional)
- COVID PPE (as required by state/local guidelines)
- Signed Health & Release forms and waivers (forms completed online do not need to be printed and turned in at camp)
Nike Junior Golf Camps does not provide ground transportation from airports, train stations or bus stations. Parents/guardians are fully responsible for getting campers to and from camp check-in/out. Campers arriving to Willard Airport are to secure their own transportation to and from the airport. Preferred arrivals are between 10:00am - 1:00pm on the first day and preferred departures are between 3:00pm - 6:00pm on the final day.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE JUNIOR GOLF CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our golf camps please see our FAQ page.
This camp is open to any and all entrants (limited only by number, age, grade level, and/or gender).
Please note: Camp schedules may be subject to change.
- 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 Catered dinner, free time, seminars, guest speakers
- 8:00pm Evening activities
- 10:00pm Lights out
Orange and Blue Golf Courses
Participants in the Nike Junior Golf 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.
Lauritsen/Wohlers Outdoor Golf Practice Facility
Dedicated in April of 2015, the Lauritsen/Wohlers Outdoor Golf Practice Facility is one of the nation’s pre-eminent practice facilities. It was inspired by the practice area at Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters. Located adjacent to the J.G. Demirjian Indoor Practice Facility, the outdoor practice area totals 24 acres of target fairways and greens, fairway and greenside bunkers, and putting greens. Student-athletes have the ability to practice any shot in golf from various lies and grass types. That 24 acres of land is made up of 12 acres of rough and eight acres of fairways. There are also 55,000 square feet of greens for student-athletes to master in addition to 56,000 square feet of practice tees. 18,000 square feet of fairway and greenside bunkers complete the state-of-the-art outdoor area.
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Overall Average RatingStars
really enjoyed the attention and focus given
"Gavin really enjoyed the attention and focus given to him by the coaches. It helped that his current coach's philosophy aligned well with the U of I Camp's coaches."
— Matt S. Parent
loved winning skill challenges
"He came home every night practicing his swing and the new adjustments he received from the coaches. He loved winning skill challenges and get prizes."
— Dave F. Parent
appreciated the time given to help
"He really liked some of the training sessions, chipping and putting. He liked the coaches a lot especially Coach Ray. Derek has had no formal training and really appreciated the time given to help him and positive feedback. He wants to attend again next year! Hopefully, we can work on his game in between"
— Deb M. Parent
enjoyed the interaction with the coaches
"Nathan enjoyed the interaction with the coaches at the camp."
— Brian D. Parent
"Practicing at the University Practice facility. Playing golf non-stop for 3 straight days!"
— Owen S. Camper
a lot of fun
"The camp experience was a lot of fun despite the setbacks of covid"
— Charlie H. Parent
And food was good!
"He loved being able to use the U of I facilities. All the coaches and players very friendly and helpful. And food was good!"
— Michelle E. Parent
He benefited from the wedge clinics the most
"He liked the whole experience, but in particular the clinics where they had more individualized time spent with coaches. He benefited from the wedge clinics the most."
— Laura G. Parent
so many different college coaches
"Hugely positive experience. Enjoyed opportunity to “step up” and work with high school age group in “high” group. So thankful that coaches were willing to see his skills and provide access to right opportunity. He really enjoyed opportunity to work and learn from so many different college coaches."
— Kate K. Parent
He really enjoyed the time spent with everyone.
"The personal interaction with the Coaches and College Players was a great inspiration for Jacob to be motivated to excel at Golf. He really enjoyed the time spent with everyone."
— Jeff K. Parent
I also really enjoyed the competitive scrambles
"The highlights of the camp included practicing in the mornings and learning a lot about the swing and the game as a whole. I also really enjoyed the competitive scrambles in the evenings where I could practice what I have learned."
— Charlie W. Camper
Highly recommend this golf camp.
"This was Colts first time at the camp. He was hesitant to go until we arrived and was greeted with so many smiling faces! We stayed off campus at the Hyatt for the 4 nights. I believe next year he will stay over with the others. He met a lot of nice boys who share his passion of golf. The instructors were top notch and very encouraging. Highly recommend this golf camp."
— Tammi C. Parent
"Great instruction and really nice kids at the camp. The boys loved getting to know the jr. counselors!"
— Meg C. Parent
We Are Ready To Come back!
"Jack loved the camp. The coaches, floor monitors, camp kids. He said it was so fun and he loved playing 27 holes a day and the contests. He said the night time was so fun swimming, playing in lobby. Overall great time. Ready to go back next year."
— Kim D. Parent
Motivation To Improve
"My son had a great time. It was a good opportunity for him to compare his skills to others his age and motivate him to improve."
— Ericka K. Parent
Great Intro To College Life
"Grant really enjoyed the camp and his game improved tremendously. He also had fun meeting new friends and experiencing a little bit of “the college life!” "
— Melissa S. Parent
We Will Absolutely Be Back!
"While Miles was the youngest at the camp, everyone from the counselors to campers made him feel very welcome. He came out of the camp fired up to continue practicing his golf game and has already marked his calendar to return next year."
— Brandon K. Parent
Overall great Experience
"Overall, my son thoroughly enjoyed the camp and wants to attend both sessions next year. His golf skills (especially short game) improved and he had a great time with the kids he knew going in and the new friends he made during the camp. He really liked the coaches and felt supported and encouraged the entire week."
— Greg Z. Parent
Great Time At Camp
"The tournament at the end helped showcase skills learned throughout the week while keeping the campers engaged in a competitive activity"
— Tiffanie F. Parent
"I loved learning new skills and getting to meet new people from other parts of the country and being able to stay in dorms and using U of IL golf facilities."
— Anderson P. Camper
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."
— David E. Parent
Loved the Camp
"Helped my game and my passion to attend U of I. Awesome facility."
— Lewis R. Overnight Camper
"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!"
— Ryan B. Camper
Thank you so very much
"My son ABSOLUTELY LOVED Mike Small's U of I Golf Camp, thank you so very much!"
— Brett E. Parent
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."
— Ben K. Parent
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!"
— Zachary H. Camper
Loved the camp
"My son loved the camp and really benefited from the instruction!"
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!"
— Adam C. Junior Overnight Camper
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."
— Andrea K. Mother of Junior Overnight Camper
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."
— Joseph C. Junior Overnight Camper
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!"
— Teresa Parent
"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."
— Brandon B. Overnight Camper
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!"
— Joy C. Parent
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."
— Candice P. Overnight Camper
"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!!!"
— Lucy B. Overnight Camper
"Coach Small was outstanding."
— Mike L. Overnight Camper
Fun and Instructive!
"Had lots of fun and also received lots of helpful instruction and tips."
— Katie F. Overnight Camper
"I loved the camp and am coming back next year! Great instruction and a lot of fun!"
— Tanner D. Overnight Camper
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Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.
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