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International Junior Golf Academy

26945 Bella Vista Drive Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, 34737 Locations: Bluffton, South Carolina, Virtual Program (view map)

Ages:
10 to 18 (Coed )
Type:
Day camp, Overnight camp
Specialty:
Golf
Cost:
$1,750 to $2,750 USD

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About this camp

International Junior Golf Academy
 

We are a full-service boarding school for golfers grades 7-12 as well as post-graduate students. We offer year-round training, academics and tutoring (SAT, ACT, TOFEL) for college-bound student-athletes. Our focus is on preparing our athletes for the rigors of life as a collegiate athlete.

For more information please visit our website at www.ijga.com or contact Jeff Conroy at (855) 378-8177 ext. 4002 or email [email protected]


The Our Kids review of International Junior Golf Academy

 

The IJGA is results oriented, with a staff and a record to prove it. Both day and overnight programs are available from core to elite levels, and the academy partners with a secondary institution, Heritage Academy, allowing students to live, learn, and develop both their academics and their games along with peers of a like mind from around the world. Facilities are extensive and detailed. A counselling office provides academic counselling for students intending to pursue training and academics at post-secondary institutions. There’s a shared love of the game, something that is also fostered here, as well as a proven ability to deliver players to Olympic and professional competition.
 


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Overnight Camp
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Ages: 10 - 18
Golf $1,750 to $2,750
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26945 Bella Vista Drive, Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida , United States
Other locations: Bluffton, South Carolina, Virtual Program

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Reviews & Testimonials


Training Method
J. Pang - Malaysia — Camp alumni

I like the way the training method is different from what other academies train. It’s not traditional. They make it fun.


Training Program
M. Dechathipat - Thailand — Camp alumni

The facilities at IJGA are amazing and the coaches are like family. Also, our training facilities are huge so you can train however you want. You have the ability to master every aspect of your game.


Overall Student Experience
M. Hisaski - Japan — Camp alumni

We training together, play together and study together. We become one big family just becoming better people overall.


Program Overview
M. Simaski - United States — Camp alumni

As a player, this is where I want to train because the facility and coaching team provide me what I need mentally to be ready for competition. If I am working on my swing, I can work on my mechanics one minute and on feel for competition the next. The facilities and private training course give me all the conditions and the ideal environment to develop all areas of my game.


IJGA Campus
M. Andersen - Denmark — Camper

We live right on the course and right on the practice facility, so we can play whenever we want.


Camp
T. Molina - Mexico — Camper

I was here for a Summer Camp last year, and that is why I came again as a full-timer. I love it here, and the coaches are awesome.



Accommodation & Property Details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Dorm or Building

Amenities

  • Electricity in Sleeping Area
  • Shower in Sleeping Area
  • Toilet in Sleeping Area

Washrooms Facilities

  • Flush Toilets
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Basketball Court
  • Golf Course
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Weight Room

Landscape

  • Beach
  • Lake/Pond/River


Director's Message

Gary Gilchrist & Jonathan Yarwood, Director's of Golf

Gary Gilchrist, Director of Golf at IJGA Bishops Gate

Gilchrist has been doing it for more than 25 years. First as a top-ranked amateur and professional golfer in South Africa, then as a leading instructor for many of the world’s best junior golfers over a storied 20-year career that began at IMG’s Junior Golf Academy. Just outside of Orlando in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL, IJGA Bishops Gate is the elite training ground for juniors, amateurs, collegiate and professional golfers. 

Personally developed and directed by Gilchrist, his signature “Train Like a Champion” program is designed to boost development allowing students to peak at the right time. Ultimately, the goal is to create a breeding ground for champions by training and developing student-athletes from all over the world into the best they can be both in golf and in life.

Jonathan Yarwood, Director of Golf at IJGA Old Carolina

Yarwood a British PGA Master Professional, has a long standing career that speaks for itself. Jonathan has trained a U.S. Open winner, two U.S. Amateur winners, two U.S. Girls’ Winners, three AJGA Players of the Year, four #1 juniors, a collegiate #1 and winners on the PGA, LPGA, European, Challenge, Asian and Australasian tours.

He has been recognized for his contribution to the game by being honored as the youngest British PGA Master Professional in 2011. He was also voted ‘Top 20 Teacher under 40’ by Golf Digest as well as the ‘Best Teachers in State Rankings’ for over a decade. He is proud to be a part of the world-class team at IJGA and to bring his experience to a new generation of junior players.


Cost & Financial Aid

Cost: $1,750 to $2,750 USD /week

Payment Options:

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Stories


My IJGA Summer Experience

Each summer, IJGA hosts participants of The First Tee programs across the country for one week during summer camp. This week’s blog post is a special student essay from Stephanie Pulido. Stephanie has been a member of The First Tee of North Florida for 6 years and is a resident of St. Augustine, FL. We would like to thank Stephanie and The First Tee of North Florida for letting us use her awesome work!

“We hope you will enjoy your stay here as an IJGA student.” Unaware of the truthfulness of this statement as I stepped foot into my temporary home for the week, the realization sets in as I begin to reflect on the best and most memorable week of my life. Despite the tiring nonstop schedule, my life as an International Junior Golf Academy student seemed to have taken place in the blink of an eye. Words could never express my gratitude toward the acceptance into this academy, as this was also my first time away from home. Immediately, I felt right at ease with my newly made friends all within minutes of arriving on campus. Though my fellow IJGA peers came from around the globe, I promised myself to never let distance get in the way between us and our friendships.

Within seconds of arrival on my first day Sunday afternoon, jokes and laughs were already being unleashed. As soon as registration was complete, I made my way up to the third floor in apartment 1131. Interestingly enough, I was greeted the same moment by two full time students. With their English somewhat broken, both students from India and Japan live in the apartment I would eventually stay in for full time schooling and golf. The apartment consisted of three bedrooms, each one housing two girls (six in total), along with one restroom per bedroom, a living room, and kitchen. After finding my name on my bedroom door, I hesitantly walked in with my arms nearly falling off from the heavy luggage. My roommate had not yet arrived, so I randomly picked a bed and side of the closet. After making my decision, I soon started unpacking and making myself at home to find my parents getting ready to leave. With their eyes nearly watering, it was time for mama and papa bear to leave their young one behind.

Alarm set and ready at six o’clock in the morning, my first official day of camp as a golf student had just begun. Scarfing down breakfast in under a few minutes and struggling to lug my golf clubs and push cart into the van, I was offered assistance by many. Being the only participant from The First Tee of North Florida, I boarded the shuttle hardly knowing a single face. Somewhat of a silent drive with teenagers from around the world half asleep, we arrive at Pinecrest Golf Course. With only seven of us in a group (four guys and three girls), we each say a little something about ourselves and get broken off into pairs. To kick off our first training activity, we start out with mental coaching. Interestingly enough, this mental coaching was very different than that of what I had expected. To me, it had felt as if we were just playing a friendly competitive game of chipping. However, this was the beauty of it all. Having an opponent drives you to work harder and push your game to its utmost ability. After realizing how simplified this activity was, and the reason behind it, we all congratulated our opponents, and moved on to the driving range for our swings to be analyzed through iPad.

After our swings were analyzed, it was time for lunch. Over an hour of lunch and more jokes and laughter, we went straight to the first hole to play a guys versus girls scramble. Though we did not officially keep score, it was a great way to get to know the three girls with whom I would be spending the next week with. Now looking back, I have realized how much I have enjoyed playing golf with friends and without the pressures of competition. Being able to take what I have learned each day and apply it on the course also led me to rely more on myself rather than my parents telling me what to correct. After once again hopping back on the vans, we make our way to the housing complex for downtime and afternoon/evening activities. My roommates, newly made friends, and I decided to make a quick Target run for extra snacks, water bottles, etc.

By the time we make our way back to the van, dinner time quickly sets in. Soon after dinner, my newly made group of friends and I make our way to the pool for chicken fights, getting to know each other more, and just pure pool fun. Time flies when you’re having fun, and as for us, this was true. It was time to make our way back to our apartments before curfew for bedtime. Every night, our camp leaders would come in around 10:30 pm to check on us and make sure we’re in bed and ready for the next day to come. The week continued to be filled with fun and success .

When it was time to leave, my friends and I all agreed to not say “goodbye”, but rather, “see you later”, in hope that one day we may meet again. Without speech and holding back the tears as I wish my IJGA camp friends the best, we depart from each other. With as little as a wave goodbye, I hope to one day reunite with my long distance companions in this small world. One of the easiest things to say “hello” and one of the most difficult things to say “so long friend” I have ever done. Knowing that the separation from each other may be forever remains heartbreaking, despite the joy that this camp has brought about overall. I have truly been changed throughout this experience, and I always will be forever. Thank you.

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In the News

October 30, 2017 - IJGA Director of Golf voted one of the best teachers by Golf Digest.

IJGA Director of Golf, Jonathan Yarwood named to the Golf Digest Best Teachers by State List for South Carolina. ...

November 7, 2016 - Two IJGA Students Celebrate Win in Savannah

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters where two IJGA students were victorious ...


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