Golf Camp vs. Golf School

You can improve your golf game with the solid instruction offered at a golf camp. It’s not a full-time commitment but can still be beneficial. College golf camps are a good choice, but there are also plenty of quality private golf camps not affiliated with any school.

Golf, like tennis, is a sport that also offers the possibility of long-term, full-time instruction. Golf academies are places where golfers go to school full time, and work on their golf game every day. The intense immersion in golf can certainly help your game, but that kind of high school experience isn’t for everybody. 


What Are the Benefits of Golf Camp?

Attending a golf camp or golf clinic is a good idea during the golf recruiting process. Camp can help a high school golfer in a number of ways.

  • College golf coaches or PGA professionals are great teachers when it comes to improving your golf swing.
  • College golf camps provide some exposure to college golf programs, but it’s important for golf recruits to realize that you’re not going to be “discovered” at a camp. However, coaches already familiar with you get the chance to evaluate your game more closely at golf camp.
  • Golf camp shows how you measure up against other high school golfers, and it can help show you which golf skills you need to work on the most.
  • A college golf camp can give you a good feel for what campus life is like. You get to live in the dorms, see a school’s athletic facilities and experience aspects of the college that might just make it easier to choose a school when the recruiting process is over.


Choosing a Golf Camp

Do your research when choosing a golf camp, and decide if your goal is to work on your technique, or to gain exposure.


If you’re going to golf camp to improve your technique and swing, learn as much as you can about the coaching staff. What’s their level of experience? Do they have a strong history of producing talented golfers? Ask someone who’s familiar with the camp about the level of quality.


If you want to gain exposure, go to golf camp at a college that’s recruiting you. Coaches don’t really scout at camps, so go to a college where they already know who you are. Find out which coaches will be there, and get in touch with them ahead of time to let them know you’re coming.


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