Ocean Pines Golf Club hosted more than 30 junior golfers this week in the first of a series of sold-out camps that will be held throughout the summer.
More than 120 total registered campers will participate in four camp sessions this summer, which have grown in popularity since Ocean Pines Golf Club PGA Director of Golf John Malinowski began offering them in 2012.
Malinowski and golf course staff provide instruction in swing basics, chipping and putting, rules and etiquette, the use of irons and woods and more for beginner and experienced players ages 5-14. The camps, each held from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. for four consecutive days, are open to the public.
“The first summer we offered camp, some of the sessions had only a dozen golfers. Every year since then we’ve seen an increase in participation,” Malinowski said. “Once we added on-line registration, we saw people sign up earlier and have sold out all four sessions the past two years.”
Visitors to Ocean Pines Golf Club on the days the camps are held will find plenty of pint-sized golf bags and young players on the putting green and driving range and on a hole or two on the course.
Malinowski commented that most adults are enthusiastic about the additional foot traffic. “Golfers know that the future of golf depends on growth-of-the-game initiatives. I feel fortunate that most of them love seeing so many young people enjoy the game and are more than happy to overlook any minor inconvenience camp might cause,” he said.
Although all four camp sessions are sold out for the summer, campers may be placed on a waiting list in case vacancies occur, Malinowski said. He added that those who were not able to participate in camp or would like additional group instruction can attend a junior golf clinic to be offered in the fall.
For more information, contact Ocean Pines Golf Club at 410-641-6057 or visit OceanPinesGolf.org.