Nike Junior Golf Camps, Ruffled Feathers Golf Club
Improve your game and have serious fun at
Nike Junior Golf Camps
Get better this summer at our junior golf camps at Ruffled Feathers in Lemont, IL. Join longtime Camp Director and one of Golf Digest's Best Young Teachers in America, Jake Thurm, for a great week of golf instruction and fun!
Half Day Camps
Our half day programs are designed to create interest and foster development in beginner and intermediate golfers. The camps run Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and include fifteen hours of total range instruction. 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!
- Instruction from dedicated golf professionals with low student/teacher ratio
- Three hours of daily practice with the staff covering all facets of the game; putting, chipping/pitching, full-swing
- 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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Camp Director Jake Thurm
Jake was recently named one of "America's Best Young Teachers" by Golf Digest.View Jake Thurm's Bio ⟩
Jake has a B.S. in Psychology. He is a PGA Tour Instructor who was personally trained by the 2000 PGA National Teacher of the the year, Dr. Jim Suttie. He operates golf schools at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club, The Learning Center at Fresh Meadow, and the Athletico Performance Center in Oak Brook.
Jake also writes a summer series for The Daily Chronicle, and is on the Boditrak PGA Tour Advisory Board, where his is an expert in the field of pressure mapping and 3D motion. Jake's clients have won PGA Tour events, professional and high school state championships, college tournaments, amateur tournaments, and earned college scholarships.
- Kevin Streelman
- James Hahn
- Mark Wilson
- Emiliano Grillo
- Dudley Hart
- Gary Halberg
"Jake Thurm is a close friend of mine and his knowledge of the game and the golf swing is unquestionable. His dedication and passion for teaching rivals any young instructor in the Chicagoland area. I enjoy sharing secrets and stories from the Tour with Jake every time we work together. My ball striking has continued to improve under his guidance."
PGA Tour Winner: 2013 Tampa Bay Championship, 2014 Travelers Championship, 2009 Kodak Challenge
"Jake Thurm is one of the brightest young teachers in the country. If you really want to improve your game, Jake is the guy to see. I personally use him to help teach in my own golf schools and I can say from first hand experience that he gets great results with people.”
Dr. Jim Suttie
2000 PGA National Teacher of the Year, #1 Ranked Teacher in Illinois, TOP 20 Instructor Golf Digest
Jake Thurm is a swing guru whom I will trust getting lessons about my own swing. He understands the core values of kinetics and movement creating tendencies in the swing. The end result is a clear and simple thought process that I can take from the practice range to a PGA Tour event. What he says not only works to improve my game, but is the truth of golf instruction in the modern day. Move over other top instructors, Jake Thurm is on the rise!"
James Hahn PGA Tour Winner: 2015 Northern Trust Open, 2016 Wells Fargo Championship
These programs are designed for boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 17. The staff is on hand to provide campers with top quality instruction each day. 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
- 8:50am Campers arrive, check-in
- 9:00am Warm-up, overview of daily schedule with staff
- 9:15am Instruction - practice on skills and fundamentals; grip, stance, posture, pitching, putting, bunker play and full swing
- Noon Campers depart
Ruffled Feathers Golf Club
Designed by the legendary Pete Dye and his son, P.B. Dye, to blend seamlessly with its breathtaking natural surroundings on the former site of verdant farmland, Ruffled Feathers' par-72, 6,898-yard championship layout is as aesthetically beautiful as it is imaginative. Majestic trees frame lush, exquisitely-sculpted fairways and manicured greens, with 114 beguiling bunkers, a plethora of spectacular water features and gorgeous native wetlands creating both strategic diversity and a visually stunning backdrop for golf.
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Ruffled Feathers New Camp
This is a new camp location at Ruffled Feathers. See reviews below from Fresh Meadow Golf Club in Hillside also run by Camp Director, Jake Thurm.
— New Camp Location
Had a Great Time
"I had a great time and it was fun hanging out with my friends and being able to be in the same group as them!"
— Camper (from Fresh Meadow Camp, hosted by Jake Thurm)
"I am so pleased with the nike golf camp. My seven year-old had never touched a golf club in his life and after one week fell completely in love with the sport. Thank you!!"
— Parent (from Fresh Meadow Camp, hosted by Jake Thurm)
Camp was fantastic
"Camp was fantastic. It was my son's first introduction to golf and it really increased his interest and he loved it."
— David C. Parent (From Fresh Meadow, hosted by Jake Thurm)