St Andrews Golf Camp
The Junior Golf Experience at The Home of Golf
US Sports Camps is thrilled to offer our new, exclusive golf camps in St Andrews, Scotland - The Home of Golf! Now available for Summer 2019, St Andrews Golf Camp is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our campers and parents to stay, train and play in the world's most iconic golf setting.
Our all-inclusive, 10-night program harnesses the tradition of The Home of Golf to offer a world-class instruction experience to each junior golfer. Open to experienced junior players with a handicap of 15 and below, competitive players receive the hands-on instruction (4:1 ratio) necessary to take their game to the next level.
Elite campers will have their own personalized training program which includes short game instruction at St Andrews Links Golf Academy's world-class short game area, Trackman sessions, aim point putting lessons, full-swing work, physical training and golf psychology. Apart from training at the academy's facilities, campers also take part in daily on-course instruction with our staff of PGA professionals. The rotation includes Kingsbarns Golf Links, The Jubilee Course, The Castle Course, The Eden Course, The Strathtyrum Course and The Torrance and Kittocks at Fairmont St Andrews.
For the duration of the program, campers stay at the historic St Leonards boarding school in adjacent rooms to the camp staff.
A truly amazing experience for any golf family, this camp is designed to take advantage of the amazing golf getaway at St Andrews and allows each parent/child group to improve their game together! Open to players of all ability levels, each participant will receive 13 total hours of tuition from certified PGA professionals at St Andrews Links Golf Academy. Groups will also play in a camp tournament each day at one of the legendary courses in our rotation.
This 6-night camp includes accommodations at either the 5* Fairmont St Andrews or the 3* Ardgowan Hotel (separate packages below). The camp price also includes transportation to all pre-booked golf courses, a full Scottish breakfast each morning and dinner for three evenings.
- Junior camp accommodations at historic St Leonards boarding school
- Parent/Child accommodations at 5* Fairmont St Andrews or 3* Ardgowan Hotel (separate pricing)
- Small group instruction from qualified PGA professionals at St Andrews Links Golf Academy
- Daily course play in St Andrews: Kingsbarns Golf Links, The Jubilee Course, The Castle Course, The Eden Course, The Strathtyrum Course and The Torrance and Kittocks at Fairmont St Andrews
- Round-trip luxury transportation to Edinburgh Airport and all pre-booked golf outtings (restaurant transportation available for parent/child)
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Director of Instruction Steve North
Steve North is responsible for the delivery of the world class Instruction & Customisation at St Andrews Links Golf Academy. He is one of Golf Monthly’s Top 25 Coaches and was also awarded a Top 25 Most Admired Operator in Golf Award, by Golf Inc. magazine (US) in 2008, which has ultimately helped establish the Golf Academy as a respected innovative leader in the industry.View Steve's Bio ⟩
Steve moved to the Home of Golf to build and develop the Golf Academy after many successful years as David Leadbetter’s Director of Instruction in the Far East.
Specialising in the use of analysis software and technology, Steve continues to keep the Golf Academy at the very forefront of instruction and has gone on to play pivotal roles for the Scottish Golf Union (SGU), University of St Andrews and the St Andrews Links Junior Golf Association (SALJGA) coaching programmes. During this time he has also coached numerous players to national titles throughout the globe.
Over the years Steve has conducted golf clinics for some of the world’s leading corporations including Allianz, Brooks Brothers, HSBC, Credit Suisse, RBS, Chase Manhattan Bank, BMW, Audi and FedEx.
Steve currently features on many media platforms including Golf Monthly, Callaway Golf, the BBC, the Open Championship, Trackman Golf, HSBC Premier Golf Network, as well as St Andrews Links media including the Yearbook, St Andrews Links News and the St Andrews Links blog.
Senior Instructor Fintan Bonner
Fintan Bonner serves as a senior instructor at St Andrews Links Golf Academy and is currently Director of Golf for the St Leonards School.View Fintan's Bio ⟩
Fintan joined the St Andrews Links Golf Academy team from a coaching role he held in Black Bush Golf Club in Ireland. He began playing golf at a young age and achieved a wide range of success as an amateur. Whilst he was a junior he was a selected to be a member of the Leinster Elite Panel and was chosen to represent his province on numerous occasions.
From a coaching standpoint Fintan is an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner and a PGA Level 3 certified coach. He believes that the roots of good coaching are grounded in the instructor’s ability to communicate effectively with their student and create a successful learning environment. As well as being a highly regarded instructor, Fintan is a Custom Fit Specialist, having trained with some of the top Customisation experts in the world.
At University College Dublin, Fintan achieved a Diploma in Sports Management and went on to achieve a BA (Hons) Degree in Accounting and Human Resource Management at National College of Ireland. He was awarded a Golf scholarship at both of these Universities and was a member of the winning team that clinched the Irish University Championship two years in a row.
Senior Instructor Scott Herald
Scott is a senior instructor at St Andrews Links Golf Academy and serves as one of our instructors at camp.View Scott's Bio ⟩
Scott joined the team at the Golf Academy with a successful background in both coaching and playing. He attended University in Nashville, Tennessee on a golf scholarship before returning home and successfully undertaking his PGA qualifications at The Belfry and University of Birmingham.
Scott’s passion for golf began at an early age and he quickly showed signs of his natural talent for the game, winning titles at each age group within his county and playing in prestigious national and international events. After turning professional in 2008, he enjoyed success on the PGA Europro tour and the domestic Scottish circuit notably finishing 5th at the prestigious Scottish PGA Championships at Gleneagles in 2014.
Combined with his playing career, Scott began to forge an interest in coaching and different techniques, learning from some notable tutors whilst developing his own philosophies of how to maximise an individual’s potential. Scott believes a successful coach-pupil relationship relies on communication and trust, and that utilising the facilities and technology available within the Golf Academy can enhance this bond.
Owner Marc Gentles
Marc Gentles is the co-founder of St Andrews Golf Camp and St Andrews Golf Travel and serves as director for the camps. Marc previously worked for St Andrews Links Trust who manages the seven links courses in St Andrews including The Old Course.View Marc's Bio ⟩
A former Scottish Internationalist who plays of a handicap of +2, Marc now owns and operates camps in St Andrews with Graeme Dawson and his wife, Jamie Craig-Gentles.
Owner Jamie Craig-Gentles
Jamie is the co-founder of St Andrews Golf Camp and is in charge of all operations.View Jamie's Bio ⟩
She is a qualified medical nurse and has been able to use this to travel the world. Although she is well-traveled and has a passion for other countries, Jamie loves St Andrews and Scotland. She enjoys meeting new people and experiencing new foods and cultures. In recent years Jamie has worked in management over a variety of high-end hospitality settings including the Old Course Hotel. Now, as a full-time mother to Luna, Jamie can't wait for Luna to join the golf camps in future years!
Staff St Andrews Links Golf Academy
Instruction is lead each day by Steve North and the staff of PGA professionals at St Andrews Links Golf Academy.
St Andrews Golf Camp is a unique experience for junior golfers to learn and expand, not only their golf knowledge, but to gain new cultural experiences and make new friends in an international setting. Over the course of the 10-day camp, each participant will have the chance to learn “Links Golf” from some of the best professionals in Scotland, experience playing some of the finest links golf courses in the world, and experience some of Scotland’s finest traditions. St Andrews Golf Camp is the only locally based junior golf camp. Our team has the local knowledge and expertise to ensure your experience in St Andrews is truly memorable.
The Elite Camp fee includes three meals per day, all golf tuition, all green fees for all golf courses, permanent supervision, all transfers while in St Andrews plus airport transfers to Edinburgh Airport. If individual airport transfers are required, these will be provided at an additional £135.00 each way.
The Parent/Child Camp fee includes six nights in the 3* Ardgowan Hotel or 5* Fairmont St Andrews (separate packages below), full Scottish breakfast each morning, dinner on three evenings, golf on The Torrance, The Kittocks, Kingsbarns, The Eden and The Castle Course, tournament each day and overall prize, 13 hours of instruction at the Academy, and St Andrews Golf Travel's Marc or Graeme personally looking after you for your stay.Show Less See More Camp Details
St Andrews Golf Camp is delighted to be working in partnership with leading boarding school, St Leonards to provide accommodation in St Andrews. We will have EXCLUSIVE use of their recently refurbished Bishops Hall which will offer a friendly, welcoming and safe environment for each golf camp. St Leonards' Bishops Hall is equipped with study bedrooms, common rooms, kitchen facilities, computing facilities and games rooms. Wireless internet access (monitored) is available, enabling our junior golfers to stay in contact with family and friends. Students receive breakfast, lunch and dinner daily utilising a mix of both St Leonard's excellent dining facilities and the diverse selection of top quality restaurants in St Andrews. When the juniors are not golfing, access to the schools swimming pool and outdoor football pitches will ensure they are kept entertained daily until lights out at 10:00pm! Supervision is provided 24/7 by our experienced staff with the safety of our juniors of paramount importance
St. Andrews Golf Camp provides airport and local transportation via luxury vehicles.
The staff lives in the dormitories 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.
Note: US Sports Camps Inc. is not a sponsor, co-sponsor, owner or operator of the St Andrews Golf Camp.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30am Breakfast at St Leonards
- 9:00am Morning course play with PGA professionals
- 1:00pm Lunch at Eden Clubhouse
- 2:00pm Afternoon instruction at The Links Academy
- 6:00pm Dinner in St Andrews
- For complete schedule, please download the brochure
St Andrews Links® Golf Academy
St Andrews Links Academy boasts some of the finest state-of-the-art teaching facilities as well as a great short game area and driving range. While in St Andrews, Steve North and his team of PGA professional will be working on teaching our juniors the key aspects to mastering the Links game. There will be no swing reconstructions or technical pointers unless this is something the individual would like. We will be working on teaching the juniors how best to play the links game. This will include trajectory control, shot shaping and spin control. Around the greens will include bump and run chip shots, pot bunker play and long putting. All these things will help prepare the juniors for the challenges that lie ahead of them when playing Links golf.
St Andrews Links® Golf Courses
St Andrews is famously known around the world as the Home of Golf. In total the town has 189 holes of golf to choose from which offers juniors on our golf camps an exciting variety of links golf to experience. St Andrews Links Trust currently operates six courses on the links – the world-renowned Old Course, the New Course (established in 1895), the Jubilee (1897), the Eden (1914), the Strathtyrum (1993) and the nine-hole Balgove. A seventh – The Castle Course – has been built in a panoramic coastal setting to the south of the town.
The Jubilee Course - The third championship course at the Home of Golf, the Jubilee is considered by many to be the most challenging course on the famous Links. Built in 1897, it was originally intended for use by ladies and beginners; however, after seeing its prime golfing location between the New Course and the sea, the Jubilee was converted to a championship layout in 1988.
The Castle Course - The newest addition to St Andrews Links, The Castle Course opened in 2008 becoming the seventh course at the Home of Golf and part of the largest public golfing complex in Europe. Set on a rugged cliff-top with spectacular views over St Andrews, The Castle Course offers a memorable golfing experience.
The Eden Course - Only slightly more forgiving than its contemporaries on the seaward side of the Links, the Eden Course was built in 1914 by Harry S. Colt whose use of natural boundaries and severe bunkers provides a course full of character.
The Strathtyrum Course - Designed to complement the tougher championship layouts at the Home of Golf, the Strathtyrum was opened in 1993. Although few in number (15), the bunkers are cunningly placed and there is considerable emphasis on iron play accuracy. The greens themselves are large and have slopes and borrows which can test even the most confident putters.
The Balgove Course - The Balgove is the only nine-hole course at the Home of Golf and primarily caters for families, children and beginners. Featuring bunkers and a double green, the Balgove is the perfect practice ground for Links golf and consolidates St Andrews Links’ reputation as a destination that caters for all ages and abilities.
Kingsbarns Golf Links
Kingsbarns Golf Links is situated 7 miles from St Andrews along 1.8 miles of picturesque North Sea coastline, where each hole embraces the sea. In addition to enjoying our Worldwide Top 100 ranked course, we hope lifelong memories of our comfortable, friendly and attentive service complete your “Kingsbarns Experience”.
Fairmont St Andrews
The Torrance - Designed by former Ryder Cup and golfing legend Sam Torrance, Its marked by its deep revetted bunkers, large greens and links design. The Torrance has hosted the Seniors European Tour Event six times between 2009 and 2014, and continues to offer an enjoyable golfing experience.
The Kittocks - The Kittocks Course has been designed by Bruce Devlin, a notable course architect of many famous courses including the Kings Course at Gleneagles and the exclusive Secession club in Beaufort, SC. It’s a 72-par course spread upon 5600 – 7191 yards. The Kittocks is a long and challenging course requiring nerves of steel to navigate its many holes running alongside the coastline. It’s famously played host to Europro Tournament 2007 and 2009 and Scottish Youths National Championship 2016.
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I wanted to thank you for the terrific time that Olly had during his time at the camp. He had a brilliant week and came back very positive about the golf and the whole event. It was his first real experience of playing links golf and so he feels he learned a lot about the required skills and his game. He really enjoyed the coaching and playing the different courses. He obviously had a good group of players around him and has made some new friends as a result of the camp. The fact these are mostly overseas individuals makes it a more diverse and rewarding experience. From my perspective the whole organisation of the event and the structure/ communication made it very easy to deal with you and the team. Thank you once again for hosting what was clearly a very successful camp.
— Andrew K. - Junior Camp Parent0
Lives up to the Hype
There are very few things in life that live up to the hype, and even fewer things that exceed it. Our trip last week exceeded the hype. You guys do it right all the way around. I won't go on and on here, but your personal service was exceptional. Words don't do it justice to how relaxing it was to have everything all set up, being driven around and not worrying, and all the personal touches. I'll end by saying a very heartfelt thank you. You guys are a class act and wonderful hosts. I hope to be able to come back soon.
— Phil W. - Parent/Child Camp0
Memories For a Lifetime
Just to tell you that Laura arrived tonight, really very happy with her 10 days at St Andrews Golf camp and the people she met. Great moments for her to remember and capitalize on. Many thanks to you and all the staff she enjoyed sharing conversations.
— Emmanuelle - Junior Camp Parent0
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