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.
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!
A new indoor teaching unit adjoining a new impressive covered driving range with 8 modern driving bays
Mind-Factor teaching facility
Flightscope – a sophisticated teaching aid that analyses and improves the swing
In-depth putting analysis
A small indoor putting surface developed by Alastair where the gradient of the slope can be easily adjusted to simulate real putting conditions
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
Practice putting green
Short-game pitching area
Bunker practice area
‘Long game’ practice area
A brand new fun 10-hole crazy/mini golf course right in front of the Clubhouse (completion may be in time for summer 2016)
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".