Nike Junior Golf Camps, CommonGround Golf Course
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Nike Junior Golf Camps
Join long-time teaching professional, Brad Neher, for a week of golf camp in Denver, CO in a fun and positive learning environment. Coach Neher has coached Nike Camps for over a decade and looks forward to another great season!
Spring/Summer Day Camps
Nike Camps at CommonGround run Monday - Thursday, from 9:00am - 3:00pm, and are for golfers of all ability levels (ages 9 - 16). Campers enjoy three hours of range instruction in the morning, followed by a complimentary lunch and course play in the afternoon.
Spring/Fall Weekend Camps
Spring and Fall weekend camps at CommonGround run six Saturdays from 1:00 - 4:00pm. These camps are appropriate for campers of all ability levels, ages 9 - 16.
- Three hours of morning instruction covering putting, chipping, pitching, and full swing
- Daily course play focusing on course management, strategy, shot selection, rules, and etiquette
- Camper amenity package including a Nike hat, drawstring bag, SRIXON golf balls, camp workbook, and graduation certificate
- Safe, fun and healthy learning environment
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Camp Director Brad Neher
Brad has been directing Nike Junior Golf Camps in Colorado since 1999 and enters his 20th year as Nike Camp Director. He is the former assistant coach of the University of Colorado men's golf team and served as the head coach during the 2005-2006 season.View Brad Neher's Bio ⟩
Coach Neher was recently voted the Reader's Choice Best Instructor for Juniors by the Colorado Avid Golfer. The CAGGY Awards honor exceptional instructors every year by coaches who show exemplary motivation and who set an example for the golf instructional community.
An honorable mention U.S. Kids “Top 50” Junior Instructor of America, he was the CEO/Founder of ACE (Access, Competition & Etiquette) Golf Foundation which he formed in 1998, running the organization until it merged with the Gold Crown Junior Golf Association in 2003.
From 1999-2006, he created concepts and fulfilled fundraising efforts to build the Gold Crown Junior Learning Center. In that role, he developed all GCJGA instruction programs that served the youth of Metro Denver, including clinics for the Boy’s & Girl’s Clubs of Metro Denver. He has worked as a GCJGA Director of Instruction for the past eight years (2003-11).
Brad has two professional wins, the 1999 U.S. Open Local Qualifying & 2008 Continental Airlines Pro-Am. He was a varsity letter winner for the nationally ranked CU golf team in 1992-93 and 1993-94. Neher qualified for the 1992 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, was a Colorado Cup Team member, and captured six amateur titles in all.
Brad places an emphasis on the “FUNdamentals” of the game and believes that fun golf depends on personal successes and improvement. He is currently working on his first golf book, Simple 7!
Coach Ben Portie
Ben is currently head women's golf coach at Metro State University following several years as assistant men's and women's golf coach for the University of Northern Colorado.View Ben Portie's Bio ⟩
Ben is currently head women's golf coach at Metro State University following several years as assistant men's and women's golf coach for the University of Northern Colorado. He has assisted Brad with the Nike Jr. Golf Camps at Boulder since 1999. Prior to his coaching duties at Northern Colorado, Ben was the assistant coach at University of Colorado ('07 - '08) and has taught at various golf clubs since the late '90s.
As a player, Portie holds the title of 2011 South Dakota Open Champion as well as the 2011 Colorado Open Champion. He has qualified for a number of PGA and Nationwide Tour events, including the US Open, US Amatuer and US Publinks Championship. Ben brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to the Nike Golf Camps and he looks forward to helping junior golfers improve their games this summer.
Coach Brett Dean
Brett is one of the most talented golfers to come out of the state of Colorado. He attended Arizona State University, where he was a two-time All-American and played with the likes of Billy Mayfair and Phil Mickelson.View Brett Dean's Bio ⟩
Brett is one of the most talented golfers to come out of the state of Colorado. He attended Arizona State University, where he was a two-time All-American and played with the likes of Billy Mayfair and Phil Mickelson. After several years on various mini-tours, Brett got into the coaching side of golf and has been passionate about instilling his knowledge into junior golfers ever since.
This program is designed for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 16. The staff is on hand to provide campers with top quality instruction each day. At Nike Junior Golf Camps we accommodate all skill levels and, 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
- 8:45am Campers arrive
- 9:00am Instruction - practice skills and fundamentals; grip, stance, posture, pitching, chipping, putting and full swing
- Noon Lunch/relaxation
- 1:00pm Course play with the staff. Emphasis on shot selection, strategy, rules, and etiquette
- 3:00pm Campers depart
CommonGround Golf Course
The CommonGround Golf Course is affiliated with the Colorado Golf Association and was one of the courses used for the 2012 US Amateur Championship. It is truly a phenomenal golf facility and will prove to be the perfect environment for a Nike Junior Golf Camp.
Through the use of “width that matters” and strategic placement of features, this Tom Doak design delivers an outstanding experience to all levels of golfers. From the raw beginner, to the most skilled player, CommonGround Golf Course has been designed to maximize the enjoyment of the game for everyone. Although located in the heart of the city, the urban sprawl surrounding the course is unnoticeable, and the breathtaking views of the majestic front range of Colorado are a site to behold.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
great experience at camp
"My kid was able to play with his friend, They loved playing 9 holes in the afternoon. Both kids looked forward to going and said they learned a lot. Also, both my son and his friend said they had the best sandwiches."
— Andrea S. Parent
We love golf
"Connor loves being with kids who love to play golf! He looks forward to being out on the course alone with his peers."
— Dana G. Parent
really loved camp
"Brennan really loved the camaraderie and the competitive aspects of the camp. He liked that they played 9 holes every day."
— Bruce C. Parent
Appreciated the Instruction!
"Appreciated the patience and guidance for my son, who previously wasn't that exposed to golf, who now has taken an active interest."
— Colin K. Parent
"Love that the pros remember my son's name when he comes back every summer. Awesome experience. Brad and Andy are the best!"
— Mandi L. Parent
Great Confidence Builder!
"My son had a great time and gained a lot of confidence."
— John L. Parent
Sarah was a good instructor. Lunch was good, but a drink should be included.
— Charlie B. Parent
"Everyone was very welcoming to a beginner. However, some of the instructions were too vague to follow or understand -- like "you just have to finish" (a swing), without saying what it means to finish."
— William L. Parent
Best golf experience
"This was the best golf experience my son has ever had."
— Zander O. Parent
"Great job. My son had a really fun time. Instructors are fantastic and will be doing it again."
— James O. Parent
Kids enjoyed the camp
"My kids enjoyed the camp, but we were told they could accommodate GF. My kids ended up with salad as there only food for a 9-3 day of golf in the sun. Also, there was no secure drop off or pick up. They would have no idea if a kid went missing. I was also surprised that the kids were mostly left unattended while playing holes in the afternoon."
— Robert K. Parent
"Great camp. Look forward to doing it again next year!"
— Patrick D. Parent
"Great camp - all of the instructors were patient and worked really well with the kids. I was very happy with the level of instruction. We will be back next year, with friends!"
— Terri L. Parent
"Brad Neher, the director, made this a truly enjoyable experience and my sons improved immensely and it ignited an interest in golf that they didn't display prior to canp."
— Lisa M. Parent
Highlight of his Summer
"This was a great opportunity and the highlight of my son's summer. He came home everynight telling us every detail of his day. Thank you!"
— Dan F. Parent
Look Forward to Next Year
"The camp was wonderful and my boys absolutely loved going every day. They learned a lot and took away some tips that will make them better golfers. I also have a son with food allergies and the team was great and supported him with things he could eat. Thank you so much! We look forward to next year."
— Bobby Parent
"Ella really enjoyed the camp / instructers and I believe she improved!"
— Kelly D. Parent