Nike Junior Golf Camps, Bennett Valley Golf Course
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Nike Junior Golf Camps
Our junior golf camps in Santa Rosa, CA are suited for golfers, ages 5- 10, of all skill levels. Join our staff of teaching pros, led by Sonoma State Head Coach, Val Verhunce, for a week of great golf instruction and fun!
These programs include 15 total hours of range instruction and are designed to create interest and foster development in golfers of all abilities. Strong emphasis is placed on the fundamentals—stance, grip, posture, full swing, rules & etiquette, etc. As the week unfolds, campers receive quality short-game instruction and by Friday, each Nike junior golfer will see improvement in his or her golf game!
- Small group instruction with low student/teacher ratio from accomplished college coach, Val Verhunce
- Drills, games, and skills competitions each day
- Camper amenity package including a Nike hat, drawstring bag, SRIXON golf balls, camp workbook, and graduation certificate
- Safe, healthy and fun learning environment
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Camp Director Val Verhunce
Val is a Class A PGA Professional & Sonoma State Univ. Head Golf CoachView Val's Bio ⟩
The 2022-23 season will be the 20th for Val Verhunce since starting the Sonoma State men’s golf program in 2004. He has been head coach of the women’s team, as well, since its inception in 2007-08.
Verhunce has led the men's program to 11 NCAA Regional appearances and seven NCAA Championship appearances, coaching six student-athletes to 13 All-American honors, including one who earned the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year award twice in his career (Jarin Todd).
On the women's side, Verhunce has guided the Seawolves to eight NCAA Regional qualifications and two NCAA Championship showings, as well as coaching a four-time All-American in Spencer Heller, who was just the third student-athlete in the history of Sonoma State to earn the All-America distinction four times.
A PGA Professional with over 25 years of experience and a Class “A” member of the Professional Golfers Association of America, Verhunce has supported golfers in realizing their goals along in addition to providing them with a high level of motivation.
The former men’s head golf coach at St. Vincent’s High School in Petaluma, Verhunce, a proven team player and leader is currently operating at Adobe Creek CC, and Peacock Gap. Verhunce is the owner and director of instruction for the Val Verhunce Golf Improvement Centers. Prior to that, he was the director of instruction at Rooster Run.
At Nike Junior Golf Camps we accommodate all skill levels; the junior player just discovering the game, the high school player trying to move up on the team, and the tournament level junior looking to improve his or her tournament results. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.Show Less See More Camp Details
A detailed camper information 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
- 8:50am Check-in
- 9:00am Staff demonstrations/safety discussions
- 9:15am Instruction - practice on skills and fundamentals; grip, stance, posture, pitching, putting, bunker play and full swing
- 12:00pm Campers depart
Bennett Valley Golf Course
Bennett Valley Golf Course (BVGC) opened in 1969 and is located at the base of Bennett Peak, where Matanzas Creek meanders throughout the tree-lined course. Native oak, redwood and pine trees enhance the course’s beauty and create a classic, natural setting. The par 72, 6,500 yard course (from the tips) is considered one of best maintained in the area. BVGC also features a driving range with both natural grass and artificial mats, as well as a large practice putting green.
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SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
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.