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Join University of Maryland's Head Women's Golf Coach, Kelly Hovland, Associate Head Women's Golf Coach for Duke University, Jon Whithaus, and University of Rochester's Head Men's Golf Coach, Dan Wesley for an unforgettable overnight short game camp experience at University of Maryland. These programs are designed for golfers of all skill levels with the primary goal of helping juniors reach their short game goals.


Whether it be junior golf, collegiate golf, or professional golf, the best players are the ones who consistently maintain a high level of efficiency and success in all aspects of the short game. Nike Short Game Camps at the University of Maryland offers evaluation, analysis, short game instruction, the PDI assessment, overnight accomodations, discussions, and training from our highly successful instructional staff. The specialized short game work our staff members have done with their students has helped to win tournaments at the highest levels.

The Player Development Index Assessment (PDI): PDI is an objective measurement of an athlete's golf skills and physical performance. Throughout the camp, players will preform the PDI assessment with the camp staff and receive ongoing access to other PDI benefits throughout the year.

• Objectively measure golf and physical skill
• Identifies strengths and weaknesses
• Data collected creates a roadmap for development
• Coaches facilitate 39 different golf shots and four physical performance metrics

The Short Game Camps at University of Maryland offers an three-day overnight program that includes short game instruction, meals, overnight accommodations and collegiate discussions. An extended day option will be available for local players and include short game instruction, meals, and collegiate discussions.

All golf activities take place at the Maryland Golf’s Holman Short Game Practice Facility, which is equipped with a top-notch short game facility and driving range.

Highlights Include
  • Instruction from our elite coaching staff with a low student to coach ratio
  • High-intensity short game instruction - putting, chipping, distance wedges, bunker training, tough lies, and ball control testing
  • Discussions on long-term development, college golf preparation, developing practice habits for success, and the difference between being good and begin a champion!
  • Overnight accommodations at the University of Maryland
  • The Player Development Index Assessment (PDI): All players will perform the PDI Assessment with the camp staff
  • Training and practice on all scoring scenarios within 125 yards
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Camp Coaches

  • Kelly Hovland University of Maryland

    Head Women's Golf Coach, University of Maryland Kelly Hovland

    Kelly Hovland is the head coach of the University of Maryland women’s golf team and serves as Camp Director for the Nike Junior Golf Camp.

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  • Nike Junior Golf Camp Duke Jon Whithaus

    Associate Head Women's Golf Coach, Duke University Jon Whithaus

    Jon serves as the Associate Head Women's Golf Coach at Duke University and also owns and operates Elite Level Golf.

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    Head Men's Golf Coach, University of Rochester Dan Wesley

    Dan Wesley is the head men's golf coach at University of Rochester. Dan has also directed Nike Junior Golf Camps in Rochester, NY in previous years and serves as co-camp coordinator for the Nike Short Game Camps.

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Camp Details

Your desires to improve your scoring ability and consistently move up the scoreboard can be reached through the extensive analysis, evaluation, and instruction that you receive during the short game school. Not only will you truly have an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses from inside 125 yards, but you'll leave the short game school with a clear understanding how to continue your training for years to come.



  • Dates: July 26-28, 2024
  • Age Group: 12-18
  • Gender: Co-ed
  • Camp Type: Overnight & Extended Day
  • Schedule: Extended Day
    • Friday (7/26): 2:00pm - 8:30pm
    • Saturday (7/27): 8:30am - 8:30pm
    • Sunday (7/28): 8:30am - 3:00pm
  • Check-In: Registration occurs on Friday from 1:00pm-2:00pm for all campers at the Maryland Golf’s Holman Short Game Practice Facility at the University of Maryland Golf Course. During camp, all overnight campers will be living in the residence halls on campus at UMD (overnight campers will store their luggage in the varsity building until the evening of Day 1). The first golf session takes place after check-in. Extended Day Campers will check-in at 8:30am at the Maryland Golf’s Holman Short Game Practice Facility for Saturday and Sunday of camp.
  • Check-out: : Check-out will occur on Sunday at 3:00pm from the Maryland Golf’s Holman Short Game Practice Facility. The camp staff will host a recap of the camp prior to each camper's departure.
  • Meals: All meals will be included (breakfast, lunch, dinner) for the duration of camp.
  • Program: The Short Game Camp program is specifically designed for the junior golfer who plays high school golf, wishes to play college golf and seeks to improve their overall tournament results. It is open to all skill levels of young men and women, ages 12-18, but the curriculum is geared towards players who are playing competitively. Specifically, the camp teaches the practice habits of championship golfers, fitness, mental strength, college preparation, time management, course management, academics and team camaraderie.

Please note: Camp schedules and details may be subject to change.


  • Instruction: Short game instruction will include drills covering putting, chipping, distance wedges, bunker training, tough lies, and ball control testing.
  • Meals: All meals will be included (breakfast, lunch, dinner) for the duration of camp. Extended Day campers will receive lunch and dinner only.
  • Supervision: Campers are under staff supervision at all times as staff members live in adjacent rooms to overnight campers. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
  • Camper Amenity Package: Campers will receive an amenity package including a Nike hat, drawstring bag, SRIXON golf balls, camp workbook, and graduation certificate.


  • Ratio: 1:6 staff-to-camper ratio.
  • Groupings: Campers are grouped by age, ability, and experience.
  • Equipment Needed: Players should supply their own golf clubs, glove, golf balls, and tees.
  • Facilities: Maryland Golf’s Holman Short Game Practice Facility
  • Medical Protocol: Camp will have on-site staff to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
  • Housing:
    • Dorm: TBD
    • Campers Per Room: Campers will be housed in double rooms.
    • Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be received no later than 14 days before the start of camp. If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
    • Linens: Linens are provided. Bed size is Twin XL.
    • Air Conditioning: Rooms are air-conditioned.
    • Key Deposit: Please bring a check for $85 for room key deposit made payable to “US Sports”. Check will be returned after the key card is turned in on the last day of camp. Meal Cards do not need to be returned following camp. However, if the card is lost during camp there is a $5 replacement fee.
    • Spending Money: We recommend that each overnight camper bring $60-75 per week of spending money to cover incidentals like snacks, souvenirs and other activities. Please bring cash in a marked envelope for your child.
*Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.


To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist. All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!


US Sports Camps and University of Maryland are NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money. Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment and personal items. We recommend that you do not send unnecessary items, which can get lost. Camper bags may be inspected upon check in or at any time during camp to ensure no drugs, alcohol or other improper substances are brought to camp.

  • Golf clubs
  • Golf Balls/tees/glove
  • Golf shoes or tennis/athletic shoes
  • Athletic clothing (t-shirts, shorts)
  • 3-4 collared shirts (recommended)
  • 3-4 golf appropriate shorts/pants
  • 3-5 pairs of socks
  • Casual clothes
  • Sweatshirt/warm up jacket and pants
  • Raingear and/or umbrella
  • Toilet/personal items
  • Insect repellent
  • Laundry bag
  • Water bottle*
  • Sunscreen**
  • Hat/visor (Campers receive Nike hat with amenity package)
  • Snacks (optional)
  • Linens, blankets, towels, and pillow
  • COVID PPE (as required by state/local guidelines)
  • Signed Health & Release forms and waivers (forms completed online do not need to be printed and turned in at camp)


Nike Junior Golf Camps does not provide ground transportation from airports, train stations or bus stations. Parents/guardians are fully responsible for getting campers to and from camp check-in/out. If you have a child flying to camp, please visit the Baltimore Washington International Airport website (www.bwiairport.com) for information on ground service to and from the camp location.


For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.


For general questions about our golf camps please see our FAQ page.

This camp is open to any and all entrants (limited only by number, age, grade level, and/or gender).

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Areas of Focus


  • Measure and analyze the putting stroke of each participant
  • Discuss, find and agree on drills and exercises to improve
  • Practice distance and directional control (Finding the speed of the greens and calibrating square)


  • Ball control testing with focus on spin rates
  • Trajectory control
  • Distance control
  • Distribution patterns


  • Discussing the fundamentals of the short game
  • Understanding and utilizing the bounce of wedges
  • Finding a repeatable technique for chipping, pitching and bunker shots
  • Controlling the spin of the ball
  • Adjusting to different types of lies, grasses and sands
  • Club selection for various situations
  • Choosing your landing spots
  • Reading the green, grain, slope and speed


  • The mental fundamentals of scoring
  • The characteristics of the best putting strokes on tour
  • Effective practice habits & training to score
  • The college recruiting processes & what gains the attention of college coaches
  • Training & practice away from the golf course
  • The different types of strokes: square to square vs rotation and arc
  • Adjusting to different grasses, grain and speeds of greens
  • Green reading and pre-shot routine
Short Game Schedule (Subject to change)
  • 7:15am-8:00am Wake-up/breakfast
  • 8:15am Organizational meeting and review of day's schedule
  • 8:30am-11:00am Campers rotate stations working on putting, chipping, pitching, bunker training and tough lies
  • 11:00am-12:15pm Lunch
  • 12:30pm Green Reading
  • 1:30pm-4:15pm Instruction and training. Fitness and developing practice habits
  • 4:30pm Discussion on "Developing Practice Habits for Success"
  • 5:00pm-7:00pm Dinner & Discussion
  • 7:00pm Short Game Contest and Coaches' Choice Session
  • 8:00pm Discussion on "The Difference Between Being Good & Being a Champion"
  • 8:30pm Free time/relax (Extended Day campers depart)
  • 10:00pm Lights out

University of Maryland Golf Course

Campers practice and play at the University of Maryland Golf Course; an 18-hole semi-private championship golf course located on the north perimeter of the University of Maryland’s flagship campus. The UM Golf Course is the home of the Terrapins’ men’s and women’s golf teams. Open year-round, the 6,700-yard championship course features a newly constructed clubhouse which was completed in April 1999.

Nike Short Game Camps, University of Maryland

Maryland Golf’s Holman Short Game Practice Facility
3800 Golf Course Road

College Park, Maryland 20742
Questions? Call 1-800-645-3226
Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm PST


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.

Camp Dates & Prices

Nike Junior
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Nike Short Game Camps, University of Maryland
Nike Short Game Camps, University of Maryland
Jul 26-Jul 28, 2024
Programs: All Abilities
Age Group: 12 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight $1,425.00 USD
Availability: Limited

Extended Day 8:30am - 8:30pm $1,050.00 USD
Availability: Limited

* Pricing is subject to change based on availability. Enroll today to secure current rates.
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