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Summer Golf Camp | England UK | York

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 targeted 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 but want to make rapid improvement.

Summer Camp Programme suitable for ages 10-17

Programme Overview

The Summer Camp golf programme is suitable for campers who are serious enough to want to spend 5 hours a day (including a short lunch break) learning to play the game or who are enthusiastic about improving their handicap. 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 heath-land just south of the Georgian market town of Easingwold. Next summer will be our 9th year working with our much admired, long-time PGA professional golf instructor, Alastair Grindlay.

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. Golf lessons are in the hands of a well-known Club Professional and an Advanced PGA qualified instructor, Alastair Grindlay. 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 are dedicated to improving the performance level of every camper. Alastair has achieved a great deal with the young Village Camps golfers over the 8 years that he has directed the golf programme. In this time all our golfers have improved their handicap, some dramatically. Recently a 13-year old Village Camp golfer had the thrill of making a hole in one. The Golf Camp attracts a number of single handicap golfers each summer. The golfers are divided into ability groups with friendly putting and chipping competitions as well as opportunities to play a full 9 or 18 holes including the much anticipated 18 hole ‘Village Camps Championship’ on the penultimate day. Alastair and the team consistently deliver a friendly, effective programme with many young golfers returning year after year.

A perfect golf course for young golfers!

The 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 water coming into play on several holes, Easingwold is an outstanding example of woodland and heath golf at its best, with wide, forgiving fairways which nonetheless punish the most wayward of drives. All golfers will enjoy the short ‘signature’ 13th with a tricky drive over a stream and pond and the 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 – Many NEW!

Village Camps was impressed with the excellent facilities at the Easingwold course in its first year there some 4 years ago.

But so much has been added over the past 2 years. Just look at the great range of impressive facilities and modern teaching aids now available for our young golfers!


Summer Camp A new indoor teaching unit adjoining a new impressive covered driving range with 8 modern driving bays
Summer Camp Mind-Factor teaching facility

Summer Camp physical screening
Summer Camp Flightscope – a sophisticated teaching aid that analyses and improves the swing
Summer Camp In-depth putting analysis
Summer Camp A small indoor putting surface developed by Alastair where the gradient of the slope can be easily adjusted to simulate real putting conditions
Summer Camp In the event of really bad weather – a projector for indoor lessons AND our golfers can hit towards targets on the screen netting and see each shot on screen

Open-air facilities

Summer Camp Practice putting green
Summer Camp Short-game pitching area
Summer Camp Bunker practice area
Summer Camp ‘Long game’ practice area


Summer Camp A brand new fun 10-hole crazy/mini golf course right in front of the Clubhouse (completion may be in time for summer 2016)


Summer Camp o 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.

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 as well as a half-day excursion to the historic, walled city of York. Campers enjoy an exciting range of evening activities highlighted by the fun team competitions on BIG Night, International Night and the Talent Show.

Further details about the accommodation, meals and facilities at Queen Ethelburga’s can be found on the "Country England Overview Page".

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English Language Add-on GBP 150

*Not available for campers booking the main English programme

The ‘VCTV’ Project’ - A fun way to improve spoken English ONLY for campers booking other specialist camps!

This is a busy, quite different programme specially designed for those campers who decide to choose one of our main speciality programmes BUT who would like to spend some time improving their spoken English.

So we designed this completely innovative programme to encourage every participating camper to have fun practising speaking English with other campers. All the campers in the team work together on this exciting project – and acquire new TV-production skills at the same time.

The ‘VCTV Project’ is operated by a mock TV crew of campers who work closely with our counsellor team to design simple daily programmes that make a variety of short TV broadcasts. Each camper has several different roles that rotate during the two-week session including Director, programme planners, camera operators, interviewers and editors. The crew produces a daily programme that is viewed by all campers who enjoy watching news, interviews, in-depth investigations and clips. These daily programmes appear on the website for parents to view. Every “job” involves discussions and co-operation.

So, every day, each camper just has to speak ENGLISH with his or her VCTV friends! It is fun-learning - not lessons – and it really works. The campers love it!

VCTV takes place on a total of eight weekday-afternoon sessions, each lasting 90 minutes.

VCTV is designed by a TV production and editing expert working closely with our English Language Director and her qualified English teaching staff alongside other specialists.