Bear Trap Dunes hosting ‘Surf n’ Turf’ golf/surfing camp

Date Published: 
August 1, 2014

Coastal Point • Submitted  : Kids enjoy a day at the beach learning to surf.Coastal Point • Submitted : Kids enjoy a day at the beach learning to surf.Bear Trap Dunes may be the only golf club teaching kids how to get barrels and birdies in the same week, with their three-day Surf n’ Turf golf and surfing camp for kids, scheduled from Tuesday, Aug. 12, through Thursday, Aug. 14.

Now in its first summer, the camp held its first session last month, which, according to Bear Trap’s Mike Rushin, was very successful.

“Great success with the first one of the year,” said Rushin. “It’s an idea we came up with this winter, and we kind of ran with it.”

Bear Trap Head Pro Neil Maurer and Rushin pitched the idea for a camp collaboration to Salty at Endless Summer Surf Shop in Ocean City, Md., who, as a golfer himself, thought the partnership would be a great idea.

“They have a great time with it,” said Rushin of the surf camp held on the second day. “I think one or two of the kids [had] been surfing before, but most of them thought it would be fun to try and they got out in the water and they loved it.”

With campers ages 7 to 17, their golf experience varies, but Rushin said that, if an advanced golfer wanted to sign up, they would be able to cater to a different skill level. Most of the training is fundamentals-based, with some light competition on the last day.

“We have some more experienced golfers, and then we have some beginners,” Rushin explained. “We try to make it as fun as possible.”

One of the ways that the camp is set apart in terms of fun is with their signature “Golfzilla,” a 30-foot-high Godzilla that campers try to hit with golf balls.

“It’s pretty fun. The kids seem to like that a lot,” Rushin said of the unique drill.

To sign up or to inquire about pricing, contact the Bear Trap Dunes golf shop at (302) 537-5600, ext. 1, or get more information on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/beartrapdunes.