The rise in golf demand during the 2020 and 2021 pandemic seasons has not only led to a rush on tee times across Long Island, but also heightened interest in space for juniors at local summer camps. Experienced juniors and the many new teen and tween players are seeking guidance from local coaches and pros in order to make a smooth entrance and progression into the sport.
Not surprisingly, some summer golf programs have already sold out before the dawn of spring. Limited slots at other junior camps are filling up fast.
Luckily there is a wealth of local options for parents who are eager to have their young players start building the foundation for lifelong interest in golf. Many public courses in Nassau and Suffolk feature summer camp programs that school young players in golf’s key fundamentals, the various types of swings and strokes, as well as rules, etiquette and course safety. Kids work closely with teaching pros on the course, at the range and around practice greens and bunkers; in some cases, the pros working with your young golfer have been recognized nationally for their work as junior instructors. Campers leave each session with skills and knowledge in place for years of enjoyment on the course.
The following is a general overview of 2022 summer golf camps offered at various public golf courses around Long Island. For more information, follow the links below to the course websites and junior camp pages.
(Please note this list only includes camp programs hosted at public golf courses. This does not include golf programs held at general summer camps or any type of private instruction.)
Bergen Point (West Babylon): Four weekly sessions run from Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon, and are open to kids age 7 to 17. Instruction includes short-game practice, driving range, on-course play and daily contests and competition. Cost is $300 per session. Sign-up forms are available on the Bergen Point website.
Bethpage State Park (Farmingdale): Bethpage’s Summer Junior Golf Program is open to players of all skill levels from age 6 to 17. Half-day programs are geared toward younger players, while full-day camps are designed for intermediate and advanced players with on-course experience. A monthly program with tournament play is also available for competitive juniors. All programs feature a combination of skills development and performance-related training and fitness. Sessions begin the week of July 11. Register for full-day ($775) and half-day ($500) sessions at the Bethpage / Golf Channel Academy website.
Cedars Golf Club (Cutchogue): The Cutchogue course offers two separate month-long sessions with start dates of June 29 and August 1. Campers meet Mondays and Wednesdays for four weeks, with separate times for age 6-to-10 groups and age 11-to-15 groups. All participants receive a Cedars camp shirt and a full-season Junior Pass. Cost is $650/675 per session. Register in person or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and check the Cedars website or for full details.
Cherry Creek (Riverhead): Cherry Creek camp programs will be available in July and August. Specific 2022 program details to follow. Call (631) 506-0777 for the latest information.
Eisenhower Park (East Meadow): PGA Junior Golf operates a series of camps for all ability levels, including advanced camps for competitive juniors. The program includes full-day camps for players age 11 to 17, modified full-day camps for experienced players age 8 to 12, and half-day camps for beginners and intermediates age 7 to 11. There is also a special 90-minute session for “Wee Ones” age 6 to 8. All regular camps include hours of hands-on instruction led by certified PGA professionals. Full-day camps include on-course play and teaching. Weekly sessions for all programs begin June 27, and discounts are available for Nassau County residents and First Tee participants. Visit the PGA Junior Golf Camp site for full information on pricing, session dates and available discounts.
Glen Cove Golf Club (Glen Cove): From the week of June 27 to Labor Day weekend, Glen Cove is offering ten weekly sessions for juniors age 8 to 16. Camps run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and cover all parts of the swing, plus rules and etiquette. Cost is $400 per camper, with daily lunch included. Sign up at the Glen Cove Golf Camps website.
Harbor Links Golf Course (Port Washington): Harbor Links offers a wide variety of programs led by teachers all named U.S. Kids Golf Certified Instructors. Camps begin the week of June 27, with sessions available through August. Weekly programs for kids age 6 to 9 run Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and include games and drills that help develop important skills and fundamentals, in addition to a skills competition and gift packet. Separate programs for teens age 10 to 16 are split into four-hour AM and PM sessions and run Monday to Friday. These cover the full swing, short game, course management, rules and etiquette, and conclude with a two-day “Junior Scramble” team tournament. A “Birdie Program” is also available for advanced juniors looking to improve for competition. Rates vary based on age group and time of sign-up. For all program information, schedules and registration forms, visit the Harbor Links website.
Indian Island Country Club (Riverhead): Indian Island’s annual golf camp consists of week-long sessions that include lessons, lunch, prizes, golf gear, skills contests and on-course competition. Camps are open to boys and girls of all skill levels between the ages of 7 and 16. Specific program information to follow. See the Indian Island website or call (631) 727-7776 for details.
Long Island Golf Camps / Mike Reilly Golf Academy (Massapequa, Deer Park, Hauppauge): Long Island Golf Camps runs programs at three public courses — Peninsula Golf Club (Massapequa), Heartland Golf Park (Deer Park) and Wind Watch Golf & Country Club (Hauppauge). The Peninsula and Wind Watch camps are week-long, full-day programs (9:00/9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) with sessions beginning in late June. They include instruction on different aspects of the swing, on-course play and daily lunch. The Deer Park camp sessions run Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Instruction takes place on the course, at the driving range and in the short-game area. Enrollment is $695 for Peninsula and Wind Watch, and $369 for Babylon, with discounts available before May 1. For schedules and registration, visit the Long Island Golf Camps website.
Middle Bay (Oceanside): Six full-week sessions begin on July 11. Campers meet Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m and receive instruction on the range and the course, with snack and lunch included. Discounts available for siblings and multiple sessions. Call (516) 766-1880 for pricing, program details and additional information.
Mill Pond (Medford): Camps are available in 4-day and 2-day sessions beginning July 5. The longer programs are designed for teen golfers age 12 to 16 and focus on all aspects of swing technique and fundamentals, plus course management, rules and etiquette. Each session concludes with a Friday team competition held at the Rolling Oaks Golf Course in Miller Place. Shorter programs meet Tuesday and Wednesday and are geared toward beginners age 6 to 11 with a focus on swing fundamentals. Discounts for Town of Brookhaven residents are available. Visit the Mill Pond website or call (631) 732-8249 for info on registration, pricing, schedules and program format.
Poxabogue Golf Center (Sagaponack): A total of ten sessions run from the week of June 20 to the week of August 22. Sessions are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, and are open to boys and girls from age 7 to 16. Campers will learn basics of the full swing, short game, course management, rules and etiquette, and will receive golf gear, snacks and giveaways. Cost is $629 per session. Visit the Poxabogue website for info and registration.
Smithtown Landing (Smithtown): The town-owned municipal course runs a popular summer camp each year (canceled in 2021 due to Covid) under the instruction of Hall of Fame teacher Michael Hebron. Visit the camp website or call (631) 979-6534 for 2022 information.
Stonebridge Golf Links (Hauppauge): Starting in mid July, full- and half-day programs are available for beginners through intermediate players. Half-day sessions (9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday to Thursday) are geared to beginners age 6 to 10 and focus on fundamentals, rules, etiquette and course/club basics. Full-day camps (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday) help experienced players age 10 and up improve on skills and knowledge through on-course play and instruction. Cost is $229 for half day and $499 for full day. All campers receive a Puma string bag. Discounts available for siblings and multiple sessions. Call (631) 724-7500 or visit the Stonebridge website for session schedules and registration info.
Sunken Meadow (Kings Park): PGA Junior Golf operates half-day camps for players of all skill levels from age 7 to 13, and modified full-day camps for juniors age 9 to 16. In each camp, players are divided into groups based on experience and receive hands-on instruction led by certified PGA professionals. Weekly sessions meet Tuesday through Friday beginning July 5. Cost is $350 per half-day session and $450 for full-day. Visit the PGA Junior Camps site for complete information.
Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course (Woodbury): Oyster Bay’s Lucas Golf Center typically offers full- and half-day camps for boys and girls age 6 and up. Teaching pros cover chipping, putting, rules and etiquette, and instruction takes place on and off the course. Specific 2022 program information to follow. Call (516) 364-3600 or visit TOB’s Lucas Golf Center website for information and registration.
West Sayville Golf Course (West Sayville): Four sessions meet Monday to Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will run the weeks of July 11, July 18, July 25 and August 1. Sessions are open to new and experienced juniors age 8 to 14. Under lead instructor Sean McLaughlin, head golf coach at Sayville High School, campers learn all aspects of the swing, plus rules and etiquette, and practice on the golf course daily. Visit the West Sayville junior camp page for info and registration.