Nike Junior Golf Camps, Purgatory Golf Club
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Nike Junior Golf Camps
Junior golfers of all ability levels are invited to our golf camps outside Indianapolis at Purgatory Golf Club. Campers enjoy top-notch instruction during the week under the direction of an experienced staff of instructors.
Full Day Camp
This option runs Monday through Thursday from 9:00am - 4:00pm and is an excellent opportunity for junior golfers to improve their skills and their course management at the same time. The students in the full day camp enjoy three hours of instruction each morning. This instruction works on all facets of the game and prepares the junior player for the challenges of the course. After a lunch, which is included in the price of the camp, it’s off to play the course. During course play professionals teach strategy, etiquette and course management. The Full Day Camp is designed to create complete golfers and raise their game to the next level.
Half Day Camp
Half Day Camps run Monday through Thursday from 9:00am - Noon and include twelve hours of total instruction on the practice range and short game areas. For three hours each day, campers sharpen their skills with strong emphasis on the fundamentals—stance, grip, posture, full swing, rules & etiquette, etc. As the week unfolds, campers receive quality short-game instruction and by Thursday, each Nike junior golfer will see improvement in his or her golf game!
- Three hours of daily practice with our experienced staff covering all facets of the game; putting, chipping/pitching, full-swing
- Daily course play with staff (full day camps only)
- Camper amenity package including a Nike hat, drawstring bag, one dozen SRIXON balls, camp workbook, and graduation certificate
- A healthy and positive learning environment designed to help every camper get better!
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Co-Director Vince Lazar
Vince Lazar enters his 19th season as DePauw’s head men’s and women’s golf coach and was named the National Golf Coaches Association’s Women's Division III Coach of the Year in 2002, 2004 and 2011.View Vince Lazar's Bio ⟩
Additionally, he is a seven-time regional coach of the year selection. He has led his teams to 14 appearances in the NCAA national championship, including 9 top-5 finishes. During his tenure,11 student-athletes have earned a total of 24 all-America honors and they've accumulated over 25 All-American Scholar accolades.
Camp Director Jon Whithaus
Jon is in his third season as the Assistant Women's Golf Coach at Duke University and also owns and operates Elite Level Golf. He has extensive experience working with players to help them to move from one level to the next level in their careers. He has worked in various capacities with amateur players and professional players, having experience with players who have competed on The European Tour, The LPGA Tour, The Symetra Tour, The Challenge Tour and The Sunshine Tour.View Jon Whithaus's Bio ⟩
Jon has had a very successful collegiate coaching career over the past two decades, previously as the Associate Head Men's Golf Coach at Duke University (4 years) and the Head Men's Golf Coach at Ohio Wesleyan University (12 years). His teams have reached the NCAA Championship in 16 of those years, highlighted by 9 top-10 finishes. His teams have won over 60 tournament titles throughout his career. Whithaus is the only coach in NCAA Division I to coach both a men's (2011) and women's (2016) program into the match play semifinals of the NCAA Championship.
This program is designed for boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 18. Our staff is on hand to provide campers with top quality instruction each day. 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 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
- 9:00am Campers arrive, warm up and stretching
- 9:15am Instruction - practice on skills and fundamentals; grip, stance, posture, pitching, putting, bunker play and full swing
- Noon Lunch and half day campers depart
- 12:45pm Course play with staff. On-course instruction on club selection, course management, rules and etiquette
- 4:00pm Full day campers depart
Purgatory Golf Club
At Purgatory Golf Club you’ll be challenged with extensive bunkering and tall grass on every hole. While it is clearly a golf course for someone who knows golf, you don't have to be a low handicap player. The course offers a minimum of six sets of tees on each hole. It's a wonderful course for people who prefer a little shorter course.
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"Thanks for the director and coaches for helping me improve last week. I definitely learned a lot about my weaknesses and how to work on them during practice! Hopefully I can come back next year and show you how good I am!"
— Mike R. Camper
Saw Immediate Improvement
"My kids saw immediate improvement during the Nike Camp week. They also lacked some confidence going into the session and came out with more excitement for the game and a strong sense of personal confidence."
— Jessica S. Parent