At our Summer Golf Camp you can learn the game or improve your handicap at a friendly parkland golf course close to camp with excellent facilities and inspiring lessons from a top teaching professional. This much-acclaimed, intensive golf camp is for golfers of all abilities who either want to make a great start learning the game or already play golf and are keen to make rapid improvement.
Our popular Golf Camp is aimed at enthusiastic golfers of all abilities from beginners to low handicappers who are serious enough to look forward to spending about 5 hours a day (including a short lunch break) learning to play the game. Lessons are held every weekday morning from about 09.00 through to 14.00 at Easingwold Golf Club, about 30 minutes drive from the campus. This professionally designed parkland course lies in an inspiring setting in wooded countryside a few minutes from the Georgian market town of Easingwold.
Lunch - at lunchtime, campers enjoy their packed lunches in the easy-going ambiance of the ‘Spike Bar’ with a TV and pool table. Twice a week a simple hot lunch is served in the Spike Bar.
Top Teaching from an Advanced PGA Qualified Professional Instructor
Village Camps is always committed to high quality teaching standards. This is nowhere more important than with the golf programme where dedicated professional lessons and a patient approach are vital to encourage and motivate the aspiring young golfer. Next summer will be our 10th year working with our much admired, long-time PGA professional golf instructor, Alastair Grindlay. Alastair is a well-known club professional and an Advanced PGA qualified instructor. He is one of the most qualified golf professionals in the area and has more than 20 years of teaching experience in England, Germany and Spain.
Alastair and his team have achieved notable success with the young Village Camps golfers over the 9 years that they have directed the golf programme. In this time our beginners invariably achieve their first ever handicaps whist experienced players usually show a dramatic improvements in their handicaps to take back home to their ‘home’ club.
A few years ago, a 13-year old Village Camp golfer had the thrill of making a hole in one!
The golfers are divided into ability groups to enjoy friendly putting and chipping competitions as well as opportunities to play a full 9 or 18 holes. The highlight is the much anticipated 18-hole ‘Village Camps Championship’ on the penultimate day. Alastair and his team consistently deliver a friendly, effective programme with so many of the young golfers returning to our Golf Camp year after year.
Easingwold - a perfect course for young golfers!
This delightful 18-hole course is 6699 yards long (5934 metres) par 72, part of an established Club dating back to the 1930's. With over 15,000 mature trees and challenging water hazards and sand-traps coming into play on several holes, Easingwold is an outstanding course. All golfers will enjoy the forgiving fairways, the short ‘signature’ 13th with its tricky drive over a stream and pond and the final, testing 18th, a par 5 with a dog-leg and narrow fairways. The Club is affiliated to the English Golf Union and the greens are constructed to the demanding specification of the US Golf Association.
Superb teaching facilities – some NEW!
In the years that we have based our Golf Camp at Easingwold the amenities and facilities have greatly improved with an impressive range of modern teaching aids. These now include:
a high quality covered 8-bay modern driving range
a new fun 10-hole crazy/mini golf course
a new well-equipped teaching unit
‘Mind Factor’ teaching facility
‘Flightscope’ - a sophisticated teaching aid that analyses and improves the swing
a small indoor putting surface developed by Alastair where the gradient of the slope can be easily adjusted to simulate real putting conditions – with an in-depth putting analysis
a projector for indoor lessons allowing our golfers to hit towards targets on the screen with each shot showing its on-screen, predicted course to the target.
These facilities are used generally but are particularly useful in adverse weather conditions.
Accommodation, Excursions & Activities
The Village Camps site, Queen Ethelburga's College, provides an exceptional standard of state-of-the-art accommodation. The Camp has an impressive range of leisure and sports facilities all in the glorious 'parkland' setting of the green Yorkshire countryside. Highlights include a full day excursion to Manchester with time for shopping and planned leisure activities in the impressive Trafford Centre as well as a half-day excursion to the historic, walled city of York. Here there is time to visit the famous York Minster and other major points of interest. In the afternoons and evenings, campers at York enjoy an exciting range of activities. Highlights are the fun team competitions on BIG Night, International Night and the Talent Show.
Further details about the excursions and activities can be found in the "Country England Overview Pages".