- The player pays all expenses.
- No limit to how early you may take visits.
- No limit to a number of unofficial visits you may take.
- Allowed to meet on campus with coach(s), current players, admissions staff, academic advisor, and trainers.
Setting Up an Unofficial Visit
- Email 2 weeks in advance to schedule a visit.
- Follow up with phone calls. Keep in mind, coaches can’t respond to emails or voicemails until Sept 1st of a player’s Junior year. For Freshmen and Sophomores, keep calling until you get them on the phone!
- Start calling 2 weeks in advance and be persistent.
- At the least, try to schedule a 30-minute meeting with the coaches.
What to do on an Unofficial Visit
- Campus Tour
- Tour golf and athletic facilities.
- See the Freshman dorms.
- 30-minute meeting with Head and Assistant Coach.
On the Golf Course
If a coach has come out to watch you, you have already won half the battle. Your tournament finishes and academic profile have proven enough for a college coach to want to come and see you perform. This is what you should know.
Coaches look for players with mental toughness and maturity. Coaches demand great attitudes from their recruits because it’s more difficult to improve a player’s attitude than it is a physical golf skill. Coaches want to see players react to all situations, good and bad, with composure, no matter how the round is going. If you deal with adversity more professionally than the coaches existing players that’s a huge plus for you!
What else do coaches look for?
- Do you go through your routine on every shot?
- Where do you spend your practice time? (Range, Short Game, Putting)
- Do you have a bad attitude during practice?
- Are you socializing or focused on efficient practice?
Player Appearance: Look like a young professional. Give the coach a preview of an individual he would want representing his team on and off the course. Are you well groomed? Are your clothes clean and ironed? Are your shoes clean? These are all things coaches consider.
Parents: A supportive relationship between player and parents can mean a lot to a college golf coach. A good player-parent relationship often translates over to a good player-coach relationship. An argumentative, unhealthy player-parent relationship can be a sign of future relationships with the coaches and other players.
Scholarships and National Letter of Intent
College scholarships help students achieve their peak academic and athletic potential. A scholarship is a one-year agreement between the player and coach. If a player continues to meet team requirements and expectations he or she is likely to maintain or increase the scholarship.
Full Scholarship: Includes tuition, fees, books and room & board.
Coach Interviews – East Coast
Coach Interviews – West Coast