Cal Junior Golf Camps at UC Berkeley
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Come to Cal Junior Golf Camp in Berkeley, CA for a week of top-notch golf instruction this summer. Junior golfers have the privilege of learning from Cal Women's Head Coach Nancy McDaniel, Men's Head Coach Walter Chun, and their coaching staffs.
Our junior camps at Cal are open to campers ages 10 - 17 and focus on creating better golfers. Golf activities take place at Metropolitan Golf Links in Oakland, home of the Cal Varsity Golf teams.
Cal Golf is proud to host an overnight camp at UC Berkeley. Campers live in dorms on campus and are transported to the golf course each day. All meals, housing, golf and evening activities are included in the camp curriculum.
Day Camps begin on Monday morning each week and run from 8:45am - 4:00pm. The program includes three hours of range instruction in the morning followed by lunch and 9 - 18 holes of golf in the afternoon.
- Small group instruction at the SCORING Zone (home of Cal Golf) from nationally recognized college coaches and players
- Daily course play at Metropolitan Golf Links
- Overnight accommodations on the beautiful UC Berkeley campus
- Camper amenity package including a hat, drawstring bag, one dozen SRIXON golf balls, camp workbook and graduation certificate
- Fun, supervised evening activities (overnight only) including tours of Memorial Stadium and the High Performance Center, nightly games and collegiate golf discussion
- Campers leave with newly acquired skills, fun ways to practice with friends and a new appreciation for the game!
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Co-Director Nancy McDaniel
Coach Nancy McDaniel serves as the head women's golf coach at Cal. She was recently inducted into the Women’s College Golf Association Hall of Fame in December 2016.View Nancy McDaniel's Bio ⟩
She has led her team to 17 consecutive NCAA Regionals and nine NCAA Finals as well as two Pac-12 Conference Championships. She has been WGCA National Coach of the year and 2-time Pac-10 Coach of the year.
“Coach McD. challenged me and pushed me to reach my full potential. Without her guidance and encouragement, I would not have been able to achieve the success that I had during my career at Cal.” Sarah Huarte Glynn (NCAA Individual Champion 2004)
As a player McDaniel earned All-American honors and 2 collegiate wins at the University of Washington. As a professional she played in the 1992 U.S. Women’s Open and finished 13th in the Order of Merit on the Ladies Asian Tour.
During Cal's rise to the upper echelon of the collegiate women's golf landscape, McDaniel has led the Golden Bears to compete at seven NCAA 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. Duke was the only other school during that span to register three straight top five national finishes. After the 2005-06 season, McDaniel was selected the LPGA Teaching Division Western Section Coach of the Year. Following four top five 2007 fall finishes, McDaniel was recognized as Golf World's Midseason 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.
Co-Director Walter Chun
Coach Walter Chun is the head coach of the Cal men’s golf program.View Walter Chun's Bio ⟩
He was honored with the Jan Strickland Award as the nation’s top assistant coach for his work during the 2007-08 season. In June of 2009, he served as a Team USA assistant coach for the Palmer Cup. He has coached outstanding players in recent years who have gone on to be PGA Tour professionals like Max Homa and Michael Kim.
Chun began his affiliation with Cal in 1997 as a player and was a two-time team captain while competing on three occasions at the NCAA West Regional (2000-02) and once at the NCAA Championship (2000). Chun also qualified for two U.S. Amateur Championships, the first in 1999 at Pebble Beach and the second in 2002 at Oakland Hills Country Club
Coach Beverly Vatananugulkit
Coach Beverly Vatananugulkit serves as assistant golf coach for the Cal women's team.View Beverly Vatananugulkit's Bio ⟩
A standout player at UC Davis, Beverly earned Freshman of the Year for the Big West Conference after winning the conference championship individually. In her career as an Aggie she led her team to 4 straight Big West Team Championships and two NCAA Championship qualifications.
Coach Eric Mina
Coach Eric Mina was recently awarded the assistant coaching position at Cal after playing professionally from 2011-14 in Japan Tour, PGA Tour China, European Tour and Web.com Tour events.View Eric Mina's Bio ⟩
He most recently worked as a master instructor at the Jeff Isler Golf Academy in Southlake, Texas. Mina graduated from Cal in 2011 after a standout career for the Golden Bears that included Pac-10 individual medalist and All-American honors.
Cal Golf Camps provide 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 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.Show Less See More Camp Details
The Overnight Camp begins on Sunday afternoon and includes overnight accommodations, meals, and all golf activities. The Day Camp option begins on the Monday morning following the start of the overnight camp, and includes all golf instruction, lunch, and course play. Day campers are dropped off and picked up at the golf course each day and participate in golf activities from 8:45am - 4:00pm.
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.
We recommend that campers flying to camp arrive at Oakland Airport or San Francisco Int'l Airport. Both airports have shuttle services and recommended ground transportation with routes to campus. Campers must secure their own transportation to and from the airport.
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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00-7:45am Wake-up/breakfast
- 8:00am Depart campus for Metropolitan Golf Links
- 8:45am Arrive at golf course (day campers arrive)
- 9:00am Instruction - campers rotate through stations working on putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play and full-swing
- Noon Lunch at course
- 1:00pm On course instruction focusing on course management, shot/club selection, rules and etiquette
- 4:00pm Campers depart course (day campers picked up)
- 6:30pm Dinner
- 7:45-8:15pm Free time
- 8:15-10:00pm Supervised evening activities
- 10:15pm Lights out
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.
University of California, Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley (voted the No. 1 public university in the world) is nestled in the hills of Berkeley, CA, overlooking the Oakland skyline and San Francisco beyond. It was founded in 1868, born out of a vision in the State Constitution of a university that would "contribute even more than California's gold to the glory and happiness of advancing generations."
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Best golf camp
"My daughter said this was the best golf camp she had ever been to. She liked that there were other golfers as enthusiastic about golf as she is. She also said the coaches were awesome."
— Penny C. Parent
Walker made the camp fun
"My son enjoyed having Walker Huddy as a camp staff member. Walker made the camp fun and even adjusted my son's driver for a better fit."
Little one-on-one instruction
"The age range of the campers was too broad to meet the needs of all. There was very little one-on-one instruction given and the last 60-90 minutes of each day were spent on activities suited to a very young audience. It also appeared that the staff spent significantly more time with the younger female attendees, almost as if it was a future recruiting opportunity."
Talking About Next Year's Camp
"The Jackson girls had a great time, both with the other golfers and with the instruction. They feel they learned a lot and are excited to get out and practice/play. They are already talking about next year's camp!"
— Rachel J. Parent
"Coach McDaniel, Coach Sofie, and Coach Jackie were an inspiration to me and it was an honor to have the opportunity to train with them."
— Jessica Camper
"My son expressed how much he loved the camp and the instructors and wanted to participate again! This was his first golf camp and he was excited to go every morning. He did express how he was going to miss the camp, the kids, and especially the staff! It was a great experience for all! Keep up the great work and looking forward to more Cal Golf camps!"
— Anna K. Parent
"Cal Golf Camp was my favorite camp all summer. Working with the Cal coaches was so much fun and I can't wait to show them how much I've improved next summer!"
— Lilly M. Camper
It's a super helpful camp!
"I had so much fun at camp AGAIN. My golf game has improved and did really well at a US Kids Golf tournament the following week. Thank you again for a really great golf camp!"
— Jennie O. Camper