Ray Travaglione founded the IJGA in 1995. We combine training, academics and competition for serious junior golfers to help them succeed both on and off the course. The mission of the IJGA is to prepare students for college golf and beyond.
Students who are interested in the academic year golf program should apply immediately. We accept applications on a rolling basis, and will evaluate applications as they are submitted. We have a limited number of openings for every program, but can start a program at nearly any time of the year.
You are encouraged to call the admissions office at 843-686-1500 to schedule a visit. A visit usually takes half a day and your game will be professionally evaluated by one of our IJGA instructors.
Once the Academy has received your application it will be reviewed within one week. We are looking for students with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA, are goal oriented, hard working, and have a passion for golf. Students are encouraged to visit; your game will be professionally evaluated by one of our IJGA instructors and you will interview with admissions.
International Students who will be attending high school at the Academy will be issued an I-20 through Heritage Academy once the deposit and Heritage Academy tuition are paid. International students who attend the academy as a Post Graduate usually attend on a tourist visa that can be obtained through your country’s embassy. International PG students who are issued an I-20 must be a full time student with The University of South Carolina Beaufort.
Students and parents will be mailed an acceptance package after the students have been accepted. A deposit is due immediately to secure their spot on the roster, with the balance due prior to their first day of school.
Students who are interested in scholarships should speak directly with the admissions office. All financial aid considerations are determined on a case-by-case basis.
When students arrive for the fall semester, they are evaluated for one week by all of our IJGA instructors. Students are grouped together by handicap, age and personality. Students who arrive in the spring will be placed in a group based on the same factors.
Necessary Items: Golf equipment, clothing, laptop, backpack, toiletries, linens for twin bed, blanket/comforter, alarm clock, umbrella, bug spray, suntan lotion, towels, money/credit card, hangers, swimsuit, school supplies, business formal clothes for ceremonies and events, and travel supplies.
Optional Items: I-pod, camera, cards, sports equipment, reading lamp, cell phone, and long distance phone card.
Prohibited Items: Drugs, tobacco products including e-cigs, alcohol, candles, flammables, hanging lights, TV’s and stereos, pets, fireworks, firearms, pornographic poster/magazines and paintball guns.
High school and middle school students live at “The Village,” a set of condominiums at The Lakes at Myrtle Park, a new housing community in Bluffton, S.C.
Each unit has two or three bedrooms and only two students to each bath, kitchen, living/dining area and comes fully furnished. There is a community game room, basketball court and outdoor grill. The location also allows for easy entry to the USCB campus, which will provide students full access to all the amenities of the campus.
High School juniors and seniors and Post Graduate students in good standing may have a car at the Academy. No other student is allowed to ride in the car without the permissions of his or her parents.
There is a laundry service available however most students do their own laundry. There is a washing machine and dryer in each apartment.
During the week, students have their breakfast and dinner at their housing complex while lunch is held buffet-style at Pinecrest Golf Club. During the weekends, those not traveling for tournaments will have breakfast at housing, and lunch and dinner will be provided at either local restaurant partners or catered.
Residential Instructors are full time employees of the Academy. Many of them have a background in education, counseling, or golf. Applicants go through a strict screening process and background check. Students are placed in housing by age. Residential Instructors monitor study sessions and communicate with the parents on a regular basis.
Students can fly into Savannah, GA (SAV), or Hilton Head (HHH) airport. Transportation to and from the airports can be arranged through the Admissions staff at the IJGA.
Students play on the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) throughout the year as well as other junior tour events. The student will create a tournament schedule with the assistance of their golf instructors. All IJGT tournament travel arrangements are made through the Academy. Residential instructors and golf instructors travel with the group.
Yes, the entire campus is wireless.
The International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) is the premier destination for middle and high school golfers as well as graduates seeking a competitive advantage amongst their peers. IJGA’s unique programs deliver customized golf training, tour competition, performance training, character building and an elite college preparatory education – in a close, family environment in Hilton Head, South Carolina.