Our golf academy students go to Yale, they go to Oklahoma State, they go to Duke, but they also go to The Masters and The Olympic Games.
IJGA is a premier junior golf academy with a storied history in a beautiful setting committed to developing our student-athletes in golf and in life.
OLD CAROLINA CAMPUS
The intimate and inspiring Old Carolina Campus has been renovated with a state-of-the-art indoor practice facility, the IJGA Performance Training Center, featuring the Swing Catalyst 3D Motion Plate & Studio, along with indoor hitting bays, chipping areas, simulators and technical swing analysis devices such as TrackMan, K-Vest, BodiTrak, SAM PuttLab and V1; a challenging short game and putting area, FUEL dining hall and the Learning Center.
Outdoors, student-athletes sharpen their iron-making shots and short game skills on the Challenge Course, rolling Himalayas and 9-hole large putting green.
Director of Golf Jonathan Yarwood boasts one of the most robust teaching resumes in junior golf. He has trained a U.S. Open winner, two U.S. Amateur winners, two U.S. Girls’ Winners, three AJGA Players of the Year, four No. 1 juniors, a collegiate No. 1 and winners on the PGA, LPGA, European, Challenge, Asian and Australasian tours. He has been recognized for his contribution to the game by being the youngest person to be made a British PGA Master Professional in 2011. He was also voted a ‘Top 20 Teacher under 40’ by Golf Digest as well as voted in the ‘Best Teachers in State’ rankings for over a decade. He has trained student-athletes of 11 years of age until they ultimately reached the tour.
A Student Life team, with advanced degrees and experience managing peer groups and character development, are mentors to our children. IJGA Residential instructors cultivate a culture of achievement.
The wonderful staff at Heritage Academy, a college preparatory school where teachers work with students so they don’t have to compromise their schoolwork in pursuit of their passion, supports our students.
OWNED AND OPERATED
The owner’s footprints are on the ground, something you can’t say about most golf academies.
WE LIGHT THE WAY FORWARD
We advocate for a future for our student-athletes by constantly rethinking the concept of a golf academy through innovation, acquisition, and growth. We put IJGA where your future is.
You’re the reason we’re here. We empower golfers, like yourself, to push beyond physical and mental boundaries, to challenge your potential and ultimately – to change the world through golf.
It’s Where You Belong.
A STORIED HISTORY
For over twenty years, IJGA has had a positive and transformational impact on young people’s lives. Students from around the world have come to learn the same methods that have helped some of the best players on the LPGA and PGA Tours.
Founded in 1995, IJGA opened its doors with an enrollment of six students and the goal of providing a structured program of high-level golf instruction combined with college preparatory academics. As the six students began to achieve their potential, it became apparent that without the challenge of competition, it would become impossible for the students to develop into successful players. Since no organized school year junior tour existed at that time, the International Junior Golf Tour was formed to provide a platform for junior golfers to showcase their skills and talents. In 1997, Heritage Academy was founded to serve as the academic component for students interested in pursuing an extra-curricular passion. Heritage provides the necessary tools and resources for students to be successful both in and outside the classroom.
Prominent alumni who have gone on to successful careers on the PGA and LPGA Tour include Morgan Hoffmann, Pablo Larrazabal, Rich Werenski, Shanshan Feng, I.K. Kim, Stephanie Meadow, Maria Jose Uribe, Song Hee Kim and more.
The IJGA summer camp training program was established in 1997 for golfers who wanted to experience the same world-class coaching methods provided in the Academy golf program. More than 6,000 students from around the world have enrolled in our summer camp. The summer programs continue to provide opportunities for players to build a solid foundation of success in a shorter time period. Over the years the summer program has evolved from a camp to a summer academy experience in which many of our Academy students stay in the summer to continue their education, golf training, performance training and competition.