Jan Mann's Tar Heel Golf Camp
Tar Heel Golf Camp Questions and Answers
Q: What type of golf bag should I bring to camp?
A: Please bring the lightest bag possible. You will be expected to carry your bag throughout the entire camp. Please clean out your bag prior to camp so that it is as light as possible and only important items are in it.
Q: Should I bring my pull cart?
A: Overall, you will carry your bag very little. While out on the course in the mornings and some evenings, you will be responsible for your bag. Sometimes your bag will be put on the instructor’s golf cart but this should not be expected every time. You will only walk a couple holes each morning and approximately 5-8 holes each evening. It is recommended to bring a push cart if an injury prevents you from carrying your bag or if you have never carried your bag.
Q: Do I need golf shoes and a golf glove?
A: Yes, please bring at least 1 glove. Golf shoes are not mandatory but are recommended.
Q:Do I need raingear?
A: Raingear is usually not needed during camp because a limited amount of instruction would take place while it is raining. A lightweight rain jacket or a short sleeve rain jacket would be the best choice to bring due to the hot summer days. The jacket could also be worn in case of a cool summer morning.
Q: Do I need additional clothing besides my golf clothing?
A: Please bring enough golf outfits for instruction each day. Additionally, you may want to change into shorts, t-shirts, sweats or other casual clothing after we return each evening from the golf course. You will spend very little time in non-golf clothing.
Q:How many golf balls should I bring to camp?
A: The only time you will be using your own balls is during morning on course instruction, evening on course instruction and during the camp tournament on the last day of camp. 1 dozen balls should be enough for every level of player. Please do not overload your bag with balls. You have to carry it and our camp staff has to handle the bag throughout the week.
Q: Can I bring snacks and drinks with me to camp?
A: Yes. Snacks and drinks are permitted in your dorm room. There is not a refrigerator in the dorm room but there is an ice machine in the basement of our tower. All meals and drinks are provided by the Tar Heel Golf Camp. There is also a vending machine that sells drinks and snacks located in the basement of our dorm.
Q: How much money should I bring to camp?
A: All meals are provided starting with dinner on Saturday and ending with lunch on Wednesday. We will be going to an ice cream shop one time during camp and you will need to purchase your own ice cream that night. We will also be visiting a couple of book stores on Franklin Street, so you might want some money to purchase a UNC Souvenir. You are responsible for keeping track of your own money so please do not bring more money than what is needed. (You are responsible for locking your dorm room)
Q: Should I bring my laptop, ipod, ipad, ereader, etc?
A: You will be busy from 7:30am-9:00pm each day with a short break for lunch and dinner. Very little time is left for using these devices. It is your responsibility to keep track of your property and to lock your dorm room. The Tar Heel Golf Camp is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Q: Can I swim during camp?
A: Most nights, the camp counselors will allow campers to swim at the Granville Towers pool. Swimming is only allowed with camp supervision, no exceptions. The pool does not provide towels so please bring your own.
Q: Will I have the opportunity to visit Franklin Street?
A: Yes. The camp counselors will chaperone all campers to Franklin Street during lunch one day so they can purchase UNC memorabilia. One evening trip to an ice cream shop will be made. Other visits to Franklin Street need to take place prior to check-in or after check-out.
Q: Can I check-in early to camp if I arrive to Granville Towers prior to 2pm?
A: Please wait until 2pm to check-in at Granville Towers. The camp director and counselors will be preparing the dorm floor for arrival. If your travels get you to Chapel Hill early, feel free to visit the many stores and restaurants on Franklin Street.
Q: Can I go back with my parents to the dorm after I finish with my round on Wednesday?
A: Yes. Please sign the form on the bus door before you leave the golf course. I will need to have everyone accounted for before returning to the dorm. Please meet us at awards and check-out after the camp championship has finished.
Q: What time will awards and check-out begin?
A: The starting time will be dependent on the time that the camp championship ends at Finley Golf Course. We will return to Granville Towers once all golfers have completed their round. Awards and closing will begin about 15-30 minutes after our arrival to Granville Towers. (1:30-2:00pm is an approximate time) Campers are asked to move all of their belongings out of their dorm room prior to check-out.
Q: Should I play 9 or 18 holes for the Camp Championship?
A: In most cases, it is the camper’s decision. No decisions need to be made until the day before the camp championship. Some campers will find that they are more tired than usual by the last day and will choose to play 9 instead of 18 holes. If needed, campers are encouraged to seek a counselor’s or instructor’s advice.
Q: Will I be eligible to win the Camp Championship if I only play 9 holes?
A: A camper must play in the 18 hole division in order to be the overall camp champion. Though, there are two 9 hole age divisions and all winners receive awards.
Q: How do I get assigned to instructional groups?
A: The camp director will use the golf information you provide on your application. To assign you to the appropriate instructional groups, please be completely honest and provide detail of your playing experience. Groups are assigned according to age and ability level.
Q: Can I choose which instructor I want to learn from?
A: All of the instructors are NCAA division I women’s college golf coaches and are exceptional teachers. You will work with all of the instructors each day. A specific instructor will be assigned to your morning instructional group and your evening instructional group.
Q: What is a typical day at camp?
A: Click here to view a pdf of the 2012 camp schedule. Putting, chipping, and full swing instruction will be provided each day. Other important areas such as strength and conditioning, mental game preparation, rules of golf, uneven lies, trouble shots, course management and bunker play and strategy will be taught.
Q: I get a lot of full swing instruction at home but I don’t get much short game instruction. Will I be able to improve my short game?
A: Yes. An emphasis is put on understanding the best shots to use around the green and the technique involved in executing the shots. Chip and runs, pitches, lobs, bunker shots, short putts, and lag putting are all taught during camp.
Q: I already have a full time swing instructor that I trust. How do I also work with a Tar Heel Golf Camp instructor and not get confused?
A: Most campers that attend camp take lessons from an instructor from their home. The Tar Heel Golf Camp instructors will ask you what you have been working on and additional questions about your swing. The instructors will offer additional advice, give you different drills, and/or confirm that you are “on the right path for improvement.” The instructors do not want to overwhelm you or confuse you. They will communicate with you openly and they will want you to communicate with them openly and honestly. The instructor’s only objective is to help you lower your golf score and help you better understand your golf game.
Q: How do I remember all of the instruction that I will be receiving every day?
A: You will receive a small 3 ring binder on the first day of camp. You will be encouraged to keep it in your golf bag and to add your own notes through out each instructional session. You will learn more if you write your own notes in the binder and use your own words to do so. The instructors are always available to clarify anything that you are confused about or need to be reminded about.
Q: I have a lot of college golf and recruiting decisions. Will I have the opportunity to ask my questions?
A: Yes. We will have a Q&A session with all of the campers, counselors, and college coaches. All questions, broad and specific to UNC, can be asked during the Q&A. The coaches and counselors will answer honestly and will be straight forward with you. The counselors will be available 24/7 to answer additional questions you may have. The coaches are also available throughout the day and evening to answer your additional questions.